Debbie Allen Isbill

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:10 pm

Debbie Allen Isbill, age 63, of Springfield, Tennessee, formerly of Sparta, passed away in her home on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from an extended illness.

Visitation for friends and family will be held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6-8pm and again on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 12 Noon until the time of the Funeral Service at 1pm. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Sorgho, KY at a later date.

Mrs. Isbill was born June 2, 1954 to the late Douglas and Dorothy Shugart Allen in Louisville, KY. She grew up behind her home

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Spencer Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Feb. 22, 2018

Posted by | February 22, 2018 5:45 pm

Lillian Elizabeth Duncan Keck

Posted by | February 22, 2018 1:45 pm

Lillian Elizabeth Duncan Keck, 96, passed away peacefully, on Feb. 5, 2018, at Clarity Pointe Memory Care Assisted Living, in Farragut, Tennessee.

Mrs. Keck was born in Huntsville, Tennessee, to Flem B. Duncan and Cassie Lee Duncan.

As a child, Mrs. Keck and her family attended the Helenwood Presbyterian Church, in Helenwood, Tennessee. She was a member of the Fountain City Presbyterian Church since 1984.

She graduated from Huntsville High School, in 1940. After graduation, she moved to Knoxville to attend the National Business College. Following her graduation, Mrs. Keck worked for C.M. McClung, in Knoxville, Tennessee; Eastman, in Oak Ridge; and the USO Headquarters, located in the … Read More

Karen Sue Cox

Posted by | February 22, 2018 1:25 pm

Karen Sue Cox, 70, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 21, 2018, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.

She was born Oct. 31, 1947, in Gallipolis, Ohio, the daughter of Edward Spaulding and Emogene Rose Spaulding.

She was cremated in accordance with her wishes. No service has been scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Waymon Ray Stults

Posted by | February 22, 2018 12:49 pm

Waymon Ray Stults, 76, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Stults was born Oct. 4, 1941.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Feb. 24, 2018, at Highland Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Veterans’ Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, Tennessee 38583.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.



Annual Fall Creek Falls Thaw 15K Run is March 3

Posted by | February 22, 2018 12:42 pm

Runners from across the state will join together at Fall Creek Falls State Park, on March 3, for the final portion of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. (Photo Courtesy of Tennessee State Parks)

Park rangers and staff members at Fall Creek Falls State Park are preparing for a fast approaching annual 15K race that brings runners from across the state for the final portion of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour.

On March 3, 2018, Fall Creek Falls State Park will be hosting the finale of the TSP running tour. The 15K race will take participants through Fall Creek Falls, which offers some of the most beautiful … Read More

Van Buren County state elected officials busy with legislature

Posted by | February 22, 2018 12:39 pm

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly is back in full swing, and both of Van Buren County’s elected state officials are busy sponsoring and legislating numerous bills.

Van Buren County, which is part of the 16th State Senatorial District, is represented by State Senator Janice Bowling, who has held that seat since 2012. Bowling serves as a member of the Government Operations Committee, the Transportation and Safety Committee, and the Joint Government Operations Judiciary and Government Subcommittee.

Bowling also serves as the chair of the Joint Government Operations, Education, Health, and General Welfare Subcommittee and is second vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As of Feb. 20, Bowling has … Read More

Van Buren County Commission discusses ambulance shortage

Posted by | February 22, 2018 12:31 pm

Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service is struggling to serve those in need because of the lack of operational ambulances.

Van Buren County commissioners held discussions during the Feb. 20 meeting about what course of action the county should take to resolve a potential ambulance shortage because two units are out of service.

According to information that was presented to the commissioners, Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service has two ambulances that are not in working condition. Since 2009, the VBCEMS has operated with four ambulances and is now only operating with two.

A report that was given from Steering Committee A to the full court of commissioners … Read More

Eaglettes finish District 5A Tournament in second place

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:34 am

The Van Buren County High School Eaglettes finished the District 5A Tournament in second place on Saturday night. The Eaglettes fell to Whitwell High School 62-46 in the Championship game. Stats from that game were unavailable at press time.

Eagles win their fourth straight district title

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:31 am

Van Buren County Eagles

The Van Buren County Eagles continued their intense pace in District 5A play over from the regular season into the league tournament. The Eagles not only went undefeated in 5A play this season but no team got within 25 points of them. They followed that up with a solid district tournament winning their two games by a combined 54 points on the way to the District 5A title and their 25th win of the season. It was the fourth straight district tournament championship for the Spencer boys. Van Buren County (25-5) will now host the fourth-place team from District 6A, Clay County (18-11), in … Read More

Warriors come up short in District 6AAA title game

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:24 am

Dyson Reece goes up for a layup over a Stone Memorial player in the championship game, on Tuesday night. Reece finished the game with 11 points.

Stone Memorial spoiled the Warriors’ run to the District 6AAA championship, on Tuesday night, when they defeated White County 50-40 in the title game at Rhea County High School. The Warriors, who started the tournament as the number five seed, took down Rhea County on a last-second shot, on Friday night, and then turned around the next night and took down their arch-rival, Cookeville, in the semifinals in overtime. The Warriors just ran out of steam on Tuesday night.

The Panthers outscored … Read More

WCHS will pre-sell tickets for Saturday’s game

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:22 am

WCHS will pre-sell tickets for Thursday’s and Friday’s games to season ticket holders

The White County High School Warrior Basketball team will pre-sell tickets for Saturday’s home Region game vs. East Hamilton. Season ticket holders will be the only people that are able to purchase these tickets.

WCHS Principal Grant Swallows sent out this statement.

“White County High School is scheduled to host the first round of the Region 3-AAA boy’s tournament, on Saturday night,” said Swallows. “Season ticket holders that have reserved seating throughout the season will be given the opportunity to purchase their seat for this game. Those seats will be sold at White County High … Read More

Preview of the Region 3A and 3AAA Tournament

Posted by | February 22, 2018 6:19 am

All four White County High School and Van Buren County High School teams will be competing in their Region Tournaments, which begins this weekend. The WCHS teams will be competing in the Region 3AAA tournament, and the VBHS teams will take part in the Region 3A tournament. All four teams will be shooting for at least two wins, which would earn them a trip to the substate. A region championship gives the team a big boost by securing a home game in the substate.

The semifinals and finals of the Region 3AAA tournament will be played at Rhea County High School, and the semifinal and finals of the … Read More

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