Warriors advance to championship game

Posted by | December 19, 2014 4:09 pm

The Warrior basketball team earned a spot in the Smoky Mountain Classic Christmas Tournament with a 60-49 win over Sevier County on Friday.  The Warriors will take on the winner of the Carter/Lebanon game at 5:30 p.m. (eastern time) on Saturday.

The Warriorettes, after suffering their first defeat to Dickson County, will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m. against the loser of Gatlinburg Pittman/Sycamore.





Suspect captured

Posted by | December 19, 2014 1:13 pm

Patrolman David Grissom, of Sparta Police Department, and a member of White County Emergency Medical Services interview the suspect, who was captured by law enforcement after hitting a light pole and fleeing into the wooded area on Winding Lane. Along with EMS and Sparta Police, White County Sheriff Department was also on the scene to assist with the search and Caney Fork Electric was on scene to inspect and repair the light pole.


Truck hits light pole on Winding Lane

Posted by | December 19, 2014 1:07 pm

This truck hit a light pole on Winding Lane, at the Highway 111 intersection, with such force that it knocked the light off the top of the pole. The suspect then reportedly took off on foot into the wooded area on Winding Lane.


Law enforcement searches for suspect after crash

Posted by | December 19, 2014 12:45 pm

A suspect has reportedly hit an electric pole on Winding Lane at Highway 111 and has taken off on foot through the wooded area on Winding Lane. Both city and county officers are on the scene searching for the suspect.



Walmart awards Eddie Eagle essay winners

Posted by | December 19, 2014 9:07 am

After Eddie Eagle and Darlene Young, of White County Sheriff Department, visited White County schools to teach the children about gun safety, they challenged the kids to write an essay about what they had learned. The winners were each awarded a gift card to Walmart, provided by Walmart, last night.



WCHS Winter Formal has unique admission charge

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:43 am

The White County High School Warriorette Girls’ Basketball team in conjunction with Student Council sponsored a Winter Formal; admission to the formal was a donation of a new unused wrapped toy. The Student Council and Basketball team collected more than 75 new toys and over $1,000 in cash. The Art department helped design and create decorations.   These donations have been collected and delivered to the desired organizations and facilities to be distributed to families in need during the week of Christmas.


WCHS Beta Club collects coats and jackets

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:38 am

The White County High School student body has set a high standard for the season of giving. WCHS had multiple clubs and organizations sponsor activities during the months of November and December. The WCHS BETA club joined Cash Express and sponsored a Coat drive and collected more than 100 coats and jackets to donate.


WCHS collects canned goods

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:36 am

The White County High School student body has set a high standard for the season of giving. WCHS had multiple clubs and organizations sponsor activities during the months of November and December. WCHS Student Council collected canned goods and non perishable items to donate to families in need. These collections took place during the last two weeks of November in preparation for the holiday season. WCHS students collected more than 1,700 canned goods.


TDOT construction in Van Buren County

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:33 am

VAN BUREN COUNTY, SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road: Work continues on this project. Utilities are currently being installed while work is progressing on pipe replacements and extensions at various locations. Grading and blasting operations are underway. Motorists should expect delays. Flaggers will be present during progression of work. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH and is being enforced. Estimated project completion date is November 2015.


TDOT construction in White County

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:12 am

WHITE COUNTY, SR-111 (Spencer Hwy.) repair of bridge over Calfkiller River (LM 6.37) in Sparta: Work on this project continues. The contractor may have short term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary. Project completion date is June 2015.

WHITE COUNTY, SR-111 resurfacing from north of SR-135 (LM 13.52) to north of SR-136 (LM 17.43): The contractor may have short term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary. Project completion date is December 2014.

 


City approves beer permit

Posted by | December 19, 2014 8:09 am

BeerSparta Beer Board member unanimously approved a beer permit on Dec. 18, 2014,  for EZ Food Mart #3, at 407 W. Bockman Way, in the name of Bhagratiben R. Patel.


Holland appointed as interim city administrator

Posted by | December 19, 2014 7:28 am

Ben Holland, CPA and former City of Sparta aldermen, was unanimously approved by Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on Dec. 18, 2014, to serve as interim city administrator for 90 days. Marty Carmichael, current city administrator, will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2014. City Recorder Tonya Tindle will be able to assist with certain day-to-day operations until a full-time administrator is hired.  However, the interim administrator position was needed because specific laws for city governments do not allow city recorders to perform certain duties that fall under the purview of the city administrator.





Van Buren teams split openers

Posted by | December 18, 2014 5:35 pm

The Van Buren County Eagles opened tournament play with an 84-82 win over East Side, Virginia. 

The Eaglettes were defeated 72-61 by Shelby Valkey, Kentucky. 


Warriorettes win first game

Posted by | December 18, 2014 5:26 pm

The Warriorettes advanced to the semifinals of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic with a 52-38 win over NW Whitfield.  Bella Taylor and Emilee Howard combined for 35 points in the win.  The Warriorettes will take on Dickson County at noon (central time) Friday.


Davis receives degree from UT Martin

Posted by | December 18, 2014 2:10 pm

James Andrew Davis, of White County, was among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during the recent fall commencement held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus.

 

 


Nakia Juan Irwin

Posted by | December 18, 2014 1:52 pm

Nakia Juan Irwin, 40, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 17, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Cattleman’s Association elects new officers

Posted by | December 18, 2014 12:00 pm

2015 Board of Directors. Front row, L-R: Larry Officer, David Seabolt, Milton Russell, Liston Hitchcock, Brenda Dodson, Glen Slatten; second row, L-R: L.R. West, Jimmy Cannon, Bryan Simmons, Willie Miller, Luke Teeple, Michael Curtis Jim Drake (president); back row, L-R: Scott Swoape (UT extension office) Thurman Mason, George Sparkman, David Hunter, Quinn Templeton, Roger Creason, Larry Davis

White-Van Buren County Cattleman’s Association held its annual election of directors and officers Dec. 4, 2014, at White County Agriculture Complex. The meal was sponsored by Performance Feeds. The Cattleman’s Association meets regularly with informative farming and livestock reports from U.T. Extension Agent Scott Swoape, of White County, and speakers from U.T. Department of Agriculture. The White-Van Buren Association has 207 members and is the second largest in the state. The association will be hosting the Upper Cumberland Beef day in late March 2015 at the Ag Complex. Come join for a great beef meal, market updates, new products and … Read More


TDOT explains Calfkiller Bridge project

Posted by | December 18, 2014 11:49 am

According to Jennifer Flynn, Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Community Relations Officer, the construction project on Highway 111 on the Calfkiller Bridge that has the highway down to one lane on both sides of the roadway, is to repair the bridge deck (riding surface) and rails. Bids were open for the project on August 29, 2014 and the contractor for the project is Mid-State Construction Company, Inc. of Livingston, TN.  The cost of the project is $1,568,827.34.  The completion date is June 30, 2015.


Retired Teachers meets for holiday luncheon

Posted by | December 18, 2014 9:55 am

L-R: Jack McCall, guest speaker; Debbie Foster, president of WCRTA; and Gary Sparkman, vice president of WCRTA.

White County Retired Teachers Association held its December meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 10 2014, at First Baptist Church. The group enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Bobby and Jonelda Hutson and sponsored by Ben Lomand Connect.  Robin Hickey provided beautiful Christmas background music on the piano as teachers enjoyed visiting and bidding on auction items. Money from the auction each December helps fund the organization’s needs. John McCall, a motivational humorist, was the guest speaker. Mr. McCall grew up in Carthage, Tennessee, and had many stories of his life in the South.


White County overall winner in JROTC competition

Posted by | December 18, 2014 9:49 am

White County Marksmanship Team. L-R: Seth Price, Josh Brown, Jazmine Johnson and Damion Kelsey

On Nov. 21, 2014, White County High School Army J.R.O.T.C. hosted the 22nd Annual Upper Cumberland Drill competition. This year’s competition included teams from high schools in Sparta, Cookeville and Clinton County, Kentucky. The competition consisted of the: Armed Drill teams, Un-armed Drill teams, Color Guard teams, Academic teams, Marksmanship teams, and individual knockout. Results: unarmed drill: first place, White County; armed drill, first place, Clinton County; color guard, first place, Clinton County; marksmanship, first place, Putnam County; individual knockout drill, first place, Clinton County; academic, first place, White County. The overall winner was White County.


White County overall winner in JROTC competition

Posted by | December 18, 2014 9:46 am

Unarmed Drill Team. L-R: Nakiesha Breedlove, Jacob Jones, Kyra Selby, Sara Turner Corey Pack, Luna Bagley, Latisha Rains and Hannah Faulkner

On Nov. 21, 2014, White County High School Army J.R.O.T.C. hosted the 22nd Annual Upper Cumberland Drill competition. This year’s competition included teams from high schools in Sparta, Cookeville and Clinton County, Kentucky. The competition consisted of the: Armed Drill teams, Un-armed Drill teams, Color Guard teams, Academic teams, Marksmanship teams, and individual knockout. Results: unarmed drill: first place, White County; armed drill, first place, Clinton County; color guard, first place, Clinton County; marksmanship, first place, Putnam County; individual knockout drill, first place, Clinton County; academic, first place, White County. The overall winner was White County.


White County overall winner in JROTC competition

Posted by | December 18, 2014 9:44 am

Armed Drill Team. L-R: Latisha Rains, Hannah Faulkner, C.J. Dennis, Luna Bagley, Adrienne Howard, Cody Ellis, Nakiesha Breedlove and Michael Faulkner

On Nov. 21, 2014, White County High School Army J.R.O.T.C. hosted the 22nd Annual Upper Cumberland Drill competition. This year’s competition included teams from high schools in Sparta, Cookeville and Clinton County, Kentucky. The competition consisted of the: Armed Drill teams, Un-armed Drill teams, Color Guard teams, Academic teams, Marksmanship teams, and individual knockout. Results: unarmed drill: first place, White County; armed drill, first place, Clinton County; color guard, first place, Clinton County; marksmanship, first place, Putnam County; individual knockout drill, first place, Clinton County; academic, first place, White County. The overall winner was White County.


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