Library Spring Book Sale

Posted by | March 24, 2017 10:02 am

White County Public Library will conduct its Spring Book Sale as follows:

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, March 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 31

8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 1

Book sales finance the library’s Summer Reading Program and other programs that promote literacy in White County. If you have any old books you would like to donate, please drop them off at the library, 11 N. Church St.


Decline lands February unemployment rate at 5.3 percent

Posted by | March 24, 2017 6:42 am

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for February. This is an improvement from the revised January rate of 5.4 percent. February’s U.S. preliminary rate is 4.7 percent, matching Tennessee with a tenth of a percentage point decline from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s rate has increased by six-tenths of a percentage point while the national rate has declined by two-tenths.

“When you see the unemployment tick up over a period of time, that always catches your attention,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “But when you look at the statistics, they tell an interesting … Read More


2017 Dream Sweep Yard Sale announced for May 13

Posted by | March 24, 2017 6:35 am

The Lite Rock 95.9 • 106-9 Kicks Country • Rock 93-7 • News Talk 94.1 Dream Sweep Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 13, at Putnam County Fairgrounds.

The Dream Sweep Yard Sale runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 200 neighbors from across the Upper Cumberland sell everything from toys to clothes, furniture to auto parts, antiques to just plain junk. The event offers sellers the chance to make money for summer vacation and clean out the closets – without the hassle of holding a yard sale at their home.

Better than 8,000 people attended last year’s sale. Their gate admissions helped the Upper … Read More


Turkey hunters reminded of harvest check-in procedures

Posted by | March 24, 2017 6:20 am

With spring turkey hunting season quickly approaching, sportsmen are reminded of the various methods to check in their birds. All harvested turkeys must be checked in by the end of the calendar day.

Turkeys can be checked in on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website or on the “TWRA On the Go” smartphone app or at a check station.

For sportsmen who do not have web/smartphone access, the TWRA suggests using a friend’s phone or computer to check in your harvest. If this is not possible, sportsmen can check in their harvest at a check station. Please note that due to a vendor change, there is about a … Read More


Tennessee farmers who grow organic crops and have become USDA certified can now qualify for a cost share reimbursement for the expense of their certification

Posted by | March 24, 2017 6:15 am

Beginning March 20, 2017, certified organic producers and handlers can apply to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for a 75 percent cost share up to a maximum of $750 to defray costs related to receiving and maintaining organic certification, including inspection costs.

Those interested can apply at 59 FSA field offices across Tennessee. Applicants must submit an application form, W-9 tax form, proof of certification and an itemized invoice of the certification expenses.

Organic certification typically costs small farm producers between $600 and $1,000 annually. Costs increase based on product and sales volumes.

This marks a change in the process for those applying for this cost share. … Read More


Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approves new master’s degree in accountancy on March 23

Posted by | March 24, 2017 6:08 am

The new Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees held its first official meeting on March 23 at Tennessee Tech.

COOKEVILLE (March 23, 2017) – In its inaugural meeting, the Tennessee Tech University Board of Trustees today approved a new master’s degree in accountancy, non-mandatory fees for the next fiscal year, and various university policies. The board also selected its student trustee.

Gov. Bill Haslam was in attendance at the meeting. He described the new board as a “difference maker” for the university.

“It is hard to underestimate the impact of this university,” Haslam said. “Of the teachers in the Putnam County system, 90 percent of them graduated from Tennessee Tech. Of the folks working over at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, 25 percent of those folks have degrees … Read More



Mocs season ends in NCAA Tourney loss at Louisville

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:53 am

Lakelyn Bouldin, of Van Buren County

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell short in an 82-62 loss at Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Mocs got out to an 8-5 lead behind five points from junior Keiana Gilbert (Pulaski, Tenn.) who scored her 1,000th point in the loss. She had the Mocs first five of the game and freshman Lakelyn Bouldin (Spencer, Tenn.) followed with a 3-pointer of her own to break a 5-5 tie for the Mocs’ second and last lead of the game.

Louisville’s Jazmine Jones hit a layup, setting off a 15-0 run … Read More


Burkett, Roberts dominate the mound to help clinch Golden Eagle series sweep over SIUE

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:50 am

Ethan Roberts (Photo courtesy of TTU SPORTS)

COOKEVILLE – With offense serving as the dominant theme on Friday and Saturday, the tide turned to favor the Tennessee Tech pitching staff Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Eagles (15-6, 6-0) sealed a three-game series sweep over Ohio Valley Conference rival SIUE (10-9, 2-4) in a pitcher’s duel, 3-2.

With the win, the Golden Eagles remained the only team in the OVC undefeated in league play, boasting a 6-0 mark thanks to series sweeps over UT Martin and now the Cougars. It marks the program’s best start to conference play since the 1956 Tech squad started 9-0 and finished 10-1 in the OVC while winning the league and … Read More


WCHS Warriors Baseball Team goes 1-3 in Gatlinburg

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:45 am

Holden Howard throws a pitch on Saturday morning. Howard threw five innings on Saturday and didn’t give up an earned run. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The WCHS Baseball Team traveled down to Gatlinburg this past weekend to compete in the Cure 4 Cancer Tournament.

The Warriors struggled with the bats this past weekend and were only able to pick up one win in four games. In their   two games on Friday night, the Warriors fell to Karns High School 3-0, and in the second game the Warriors got an 8-1 win over Oak Ridge. On Saturday the Warriors fell 2-0 to Hardin Valley High School in the first game and lost the second game 10-0 in six innings.

In the first game on Friday night, the Warriors and Karns High School were locked … Read More


White County High School Warriorettes Softball Team able to complete sweep of Monterey

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:33 am

Gracie Villard runs the bases during Monday’s game. (Photo by UPPER CUMBERLAND REPORTER)

On Monday night, the White County High School Warriorettes Softball team traveled to Monterey to take on Monterey High School in a doubleheader. The Warriorettes were able to defeat Monterey High School by a score of 11-0 and 17-4.

In the first game of the night, Maggie Savage was dominant in the circle for the Warriorettes as she threw five innings and only gave up one hit. She didn’t allow that hit until the fifth inning. She also struck out seven and walked only one.

The Warriorettes got the scoring started in the second inning when Savage got the inning going with a single. Then Jessie Green laid … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes split with Tullahoma Middle School

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:30 am

Ashlynn Phillips squares around to bunt in Monday night’s game vs. Tullahoma. (Photo by UPPER CUMBERLAND REPORTER)

The White County Middle School Warriorettes Softball took on Tullahoma Middle School, on Monday night, in a double header. The Warriorettes were able to come away with a walk-off victory in game one of the doubleheader scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win by a final score of 13-12. In the second game of the night, the Warriorette’ bats weren’t able to keep up with Tullahoma as the Warriorettes fell 10-1.

In the first game of the evening, the Warriorettes were able to finish it in dramatic fashion, with a 13-12 walk-off victory over Tullahoma. The game was tied at 12 with the … Read More


First look at his baby

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:23 am

BANGOR, Wash. (March 21, 2017) Sonar Technician 3rd Class Darren Rosser, from Crossville, Tenn., assigned to the Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733), meets his baby girl for the first time as the boat returns to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrent patrol. Nevada is one of eight ballistic-missile submarines stationed at the base providing the most survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad for the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)


Words matter: Government is not a living thing. Or is it?

Posted by | March 23, 2017 8:06 am

Language of Liberty – By Mike Herr, CSG Administrative Staff

In “A History of American Political Theories”, Charles Merriam stated, “The Revolutionary doctrines of an original state of nature, natural rights, the social contract, the idea that the function of the government is limited to the protection of person and property – none of there finds wide acceptance among the leaders in the development of political science.”

To illustrate this erroneous line of thinking, New Zealand’s legislators recently passed a law giving the Whanganui River the legal status of a “PERSON”. The river now has its own rights and the ability to represent “itself” through human representation. Although … Read More


Legislative news from the House

Posted by | March 23, 2017 7:24 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

House Republicans demonstrated continued support for veterans and their families this week, moving forward with two

major bills to expand access to education in Tennessee. The House Government Operations Committee gave a positive nod for the Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen (STRONG) Act to create a pilot program to provide eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard funding toward a first-time bachelor’s degree through a tuition reimbursement program.

In addition, House lawmakers passed House Bill 433 this week that will make it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities.

The … Read More


Living the dream

Posted by | March 23, 2017 7:19 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

They had the ball inside our 20-yard line – the “red zone” – with about two minutes left in the game. We (the University of Tennessee Volunteers) were holding onto a one-touchdown lead. One of our defensive backs intercepted a pass and ran it all the way back for a TD. A “pick six”!

Now we were ahead by two touchdowns! But, wait! Somebody left some yellow laundry on the field. A penalty flag! We were called for off sides, negating the spectacular play, returning the ball to them inside the fifteen. Instead of a two touchdown lead, we’re back to just … Read More


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