Champ Ferguson descendants

Posted by | July 25, 2016 3:27 pm

A doctoral student from the University of Illinois who would like to interview descendants of Champ Ferguson. Contact Laura Schook at (502) 641-0747.

Lost hikers, crashes, drowning keep rescue squad busy

Posted by | July 25, 2016 2:43 pm

The rise in temperature during the summer months brings a rise to people heading outdoors. It also brings an increase in rescue calls to White County’s natural areas, for lost or injured hikers and swimmers .

On the evening of Sunday, July 17 alone, rescuers were dispatched to three calls, back to back.

At approximately 5:35 p.m., at the 8000 block of Crossville Highway, a 2002 Pontiac mini van, driven by Timothy Lee, 56 of Sparta was reportedly traveling home from Dollar General when the van drove across oncoming traffic, off the road, hitting a culvert, according to a crash report by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Roberts.… Read More

Jonelda Cash Wright

Posted by | July 25, 2016 1:36 pm

Jonelda Cash Wright, 74, passed away July 24, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands, in Sparta.

Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Ed Cash and Thelma Farley Cash; husband, Charles W. Wright; and son, Bobby Terry Cash.

Survivors include one son, Charlie Wright and wife Cindy; grandson, Jonathan Wright and wife Paige; granddaughter, Jill Cash; great-grandchildren, Blakelynn Wright, Greyson Wright; sisters, Geraldine Turner, Helen Barr, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., July 27, 2016, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Robinson Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Moore will officiate. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., July 26, at the funeral … Read More

Hensley Chapel revival

Posted by | July 25, 2016 1:28 pm

Sat.-Sat., Aug. 6-13

Who: Hensley Chapel Free Will Baptist Church

What: Revival (speakers: Bro. Kerry Young and Bro. Greg Jenkins)

When: 7 p.m., nightly

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 273-7441

Red Cross Blood Drive

Posted by | July 25, 2016 1:10 pm

American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code: Sparta 19.

DeRossett Fifth Sunday Singing

Posted by | July 25, 2016 1:04 pm

DeRossett Brethren in Christ Church will host a Fifth Sunday Singing (July 31), at 6 p.m. Dinner to follow. Open to the community. For more information or transportation, call (239) 248-4762.

Plainview Friends and Family Day

Posted by | July 25, 2016 12:59 pm

Plainview Church of Christ will host Friends and Family Day, on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Bible classes, 10 a.m.; worship service, 11 a.m. (Tyler Alverson, speaker); worship service, 1:30 p.m. (Travis Alverson, speaker). Basket lunch at noon. Everyone is invited.

Fifth Sunday night singing

Posted by | July 25, 2016 12:49 pm

Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church will host a fifth Sunday night singing (July 31), at 5 p.m. Covered dish supper will follow. Featured singers will be Bethel Baptist Youth.

Elbert Aubrey “Tommy” Forsythe

Posted by | July 25, 2016 12:44 pm

Elbert Aubrey “Tommy” Forsythe, 72, of Spencer, passed away July 22, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Forsythe was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Spencer, the son of Elbert Forsythe and Evelyn Griffith Forsythe.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 25, 2016, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Ruth Bradley Steimel

Posted by | July 25, 2016 12:24 pm

Betty Ruth Bradley Steimel, 83, of Sparta, passed away July 22, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Steimel was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Sparta, the daughter of Charles Bradley and Martha Oaks Bradley.

The family has chosen cremation. There will be a private family service at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cantrell spends summer working to get better

Posted by | July 25, 2016 9:50 am


Hunter Cantrell, a 2014 graduate of White County High School and a standout on the Warrior football team, has manned the starting punter role for the Tusculum College football team as both a freshman and sophomore.

The hard-working Cantrell does not rest on that though.

Cantrell, who comes from a football family, has been in Sparta for the summer with his family, but has still been working hard on improving his game for his final two seasons at Tusculum.

In addition to mowing yards as a means of summer income, Cantrell has made it a priority to stay in shape. He works out with weights and does … Read More

1,000 for 1,000 will give free shoes to White County students in need

Posted by | July 25, 2016 9:04 am

Starting the school year with a new pair of shoes puts everyone on the same playing field, says The River Sparta Pastor John Phillips, and this is the premise behind the church’s upcoming event, 1,000 for 1,000.

1,000 for 1,000 aims to provide 1,000 pairs of shoes for 1,000 children, through gift cards to Shoe Sensation, in Cookeville.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the White County Fairgrounds.

Children must be present with their guardian to receive tickets, which will be exchanged for the shoe gift certificates. One gift certificate will be awarded per child, along with a ticket for a hot … Read More

Farmers’ Market

Posted by | July 25, 2016 7:31 am

White County Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the growing season. The market is open 6-10 a.m. Buyers need to get there early for best selections.

All local gardeners and producers are encouraged to participate in the market. There is no fee for sellers. All vendors must acquire a permit through the City of Sparta.

This market is a joint effort of the City of Sparta, White County, U.T. Extension and local producers. Metcalf Park is located downtown off South Church Street, just behind the U.T. Extension office.

For further information, contact the U.T.Extension Office at (931) 836-3348.

Choate and Farris wed on May 28

Posted by | July 25, 2016 6:34 am

Megan Raye Farris and Larry John Sampson Choate were united in marriage, on May 28, 2016, at First Baptist Church, in Sparta.

The bride is the daughter of John and Laura Farris, of Sparta. She is the granddaughter of Martha Vaughn and the late Bruce Vaughn and Louise West and the late Clifton Farris.

She is a 2006 graduate of White County High School and received her finance degree and master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Tech University. She is the assistant director of economic and community development at the Upper Cumberland Development District.

The groom is the son of Larry and Thressa Choate, of Sparta. He … Read More

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