Researching ancestry

Posted by | April 25, 2019 3:12 pm

Researching ancestry of the Jones family and looking for direct descendants of Mary M. Jones-Lewis, sister of Ammon Jones. Their father was Benjamin Franklin Marion Jones.
 
Mary’s information is listed below.
DOB: 10 Jan 1879
DOD: 13 Feb 1971
 
Please contact Don Jones, any information would be helpful, as I believe there are still family members in this area.
 
Phone: (409) 622-7792 (Jasper, Texas)
Email: donnajones240@yahoo.com

TVA partnership awards STEM grants to White County schools

Posted by | April 25, 2019 1:28 pm

BonDeCroft. L-R, front row: Braden Rollins, Waylon Worrix, Taylor Lindsey, Candyce Hitchcock – TVA representative on behalf of Volunteer Energy Cooperative; Rachel Crickmar – TVA; Shelia Felton – Federal Programs/Grants; Sara Cope – Grant Recipient Principal; Angela Fresh – Elementary Supervisor

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded five White County Schools a total of $15,985 for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education projects.

The grant award is a part of $580,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 161 schools across TVA’s seven-state service territory.

“The White County School System would like to thank our schools’ local … Read More



Legislative wrap-up

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:24 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

House Republicans Successfully Guide Charter School Commission Bill Through House

Recently, State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and House Republicans passed House Bill 940 in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

This initiative – which is part of the governor’s legislative agenda this year – establishes a 9-member independent charter commission to ensure that all Tennessee charter schools can best serve the state’s student population that relies on these institutions to achieve their academic goals and dreams. Additionally, the measure clarifies that a majority of commission members must reside in counties where at least one public charter school is operating.

Students who rely on charter schools for their education must … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:19 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

April 18, 2019 – It was a very busy week on Capitol Hill, with approval of several major bills as we look toward adjournment in early May.  I was very pleased to receive approval from my Senate Commerce and Labor Committee colleagues for legislation I am sponsoring that calls on Tennessee’s Commissioner of Finance and Administration to request a block grant waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to better serve recipients of the state’s TennCare program.  Senate Bill 1428 is designed to maximize flexibility in constructing an innovative plan that serves the needs of Tennesseans, while ensuring the state continues to receive its full … Read More



WCHS hosts Work-Based Learning Employer Appreciation Dinner

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:15 am

Numerous employers and participants in the Work-Based Learning program at White County High School gather at a recent dinner held to show appreciation to the numerous businesses that participated in providing leadership for the students.

Students. L-R: Seth Luna, Brett Howard, Seth McCormack, Angelle Howard, and Kennedy Selby.

On March 14, 2019, White County High School hosted an appreciation dinner for those employers who have participated by mentoring a Work-Based Learning or a Clinical Internship student.  Both programs allow students to earn a credit in their high school program of study while working with an employer that is directly linked to that program.  There have been over 200 students to participate in the programs, with approximately 68 different employers working with the students, most of which have been in White County.  Approximately 42 people attended the event at First National Bank. Several attendees … Read More


Karen Wilson wins Expositor’s Easter Hunt Contest

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:06 am

Karen Price, of Sparta, won the recent Easter Egg Hunt Contest held by The Expositor. She correctly guessed the number of eggs throughout the April 15 edition of the newspaper. After calling and reporting the correct number of eggs (16), Price was entered into a drawing with several other candidates who also called in with the correct number. Price’s name was pulled from the Easter basket, and she was notified as the winner of The Expositor’s 2019 Easter Egg Hunt Contest. Price has won a free six-month subscription to The Expositor. Congratulations, Karen Price. Also, thank you to all of the loyal patrons who called in and participated … Read More



SOCIALISM: unbiblical, unconstitutional, unworkable

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:03 am

Language of Liberty – By Bryan Fischer

Socialism has become the leftist fad of the day, with Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) leading the charge. According to Gallup, more Democrats have a more favorable view of socialism than capitalism (57 percent-47 percent). This is despite the historical fact that every Socialist country in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries has turned into a cultural and economic sinkhole.

What socialism is about, at its base, is the involuntary redistribution of wealth by the government. And since government has the power to punish, in reality, it is the involuntary redistribution of wealth at the point of a gun. … Read More


Photographer donates services to Sparta Head Start

Posted by | April 25, 2019 10:01 am

By Rachel Auberger

Recently, Ginger Scott, a photographer, donated her services to the Sparta Head Start preschool so that students could have spring photos, just like their older friends and siblings, in White County elementary schools.

Spring photos are not always offered at Head Start schools, but the centers are always looking for ways to enrich the lives of the children and families who attend classes at their facilities. This year, the Sparta center was excited to be able to add photos to their schedule of events for the children and give the families something to remember these precious days with their young children.

“We are thankful to … Read More


“Love you…bye for now.”

Posted by | April 25, 2019 9:59 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Hardly a day passes without a phone call from Katie Grace, and that phone call is one of the highlights of our day. Often she is on her way to kindergarten, in the car, on speaker phone, when we hear from her. Sometimes she calls in the afternoon, when she and Mom are headed home or out to eat or on their way to the grocery store.

Arrival at their destination is her cue to terminate the conversation, and we hear words something like this: “We’re home now – or at school, or at K 38 – gotta go now…”

…but with … Read More



The best views and hard boundaries

Posted by | April 25, 2019 9:40 am

By Topher Wiles

Golden Corral was where I received one of the biggest shocks of my life, but it had nothing to do with the food.  Here I was, as usual, finishing off too much of a meal at the delicious dessert buffet when I was approached by an acquaintance in the community.  I knew little of this 16-year-old girl and her values when she approached me with a smile on her face.  My greeting to her was the same as I would offer any other teen that I met through church student ministry events.

After exchanging pleasantries, she made the bold proclamation, “My aunt sitting over there … Read More


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