Region Tournament Brackets

Posted by | February 23, 2017 10:41 pm

Here are the Girls and Boys Brackets For Region 3A and Region 3AAA.


13th Judicial District Recovery Courts hold graduation

Posted by | February 23, 2017 1:40 pm

The 13th Judicial District Recovery Courts, which encompasses White County, has announced that six participants will graduate from the Drug Court (three graduates) and Veterans Treatment Court Programs (three graduates). The Drug Court and the Veterans Treatment Court Programs are a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment programs for non-violent felony and misdemeanor offenders. The programs consist of a minimum of one to two years of treatment, which may involve inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment, or a combination of any of the above. There are four phases of treatment designed to help break the pattern of drug dependency and arrest. Completion of these phases takes a minimum of one year. Participants … Read More




WCMS Baseball hosting a Middle School Tournament

Posted by | February 23, 2017 11:00 am

The White County Middle School Baseball team will be hosting a Middle School Baseball Round Robin Tournament Today, Friday, and Saturday. The Tournament will be split into two pools with four teams in each pool. The teams in Pool A include White Co., Walter J. Baird, Prescott, and Cumberland. In Pool B the teams included are Algood, Overton Upperman, and Stone. There will be a game played at both the Babe Ruth Field at the Fairgrounds and The White County High School Baseball Field. There are two scheduled games for today and two tomorrow on both fields, and Saturday they will finish up the pool play games with … Read More




Protesters peacefully gather at Rep. Diane Black’s office

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:23 am

Numerous peaceful protesters have gathered this morning at US Representative Diane Black’s field office in Cookeville. The protest has been organized by a group called Indivisible TN 6. Protesters have brought a list of formal concerns in regards to immigration, affordable healthcare, and others. Staff with Diane Black’s office are working to hear all of their concerns. Further details will be updated as the protest and discussions are currently ongoing.

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I am searching for a church – which one is right?

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:12 am

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCuthen

Nothing can be more confusing than to drive around looking for a new church to connect with. Nearly on every corner, there is a type of “church.”   One may question: Why so many? Why so many of the same type of church? Who is right? Who is wrong? Can all of them be right or wrong?

When one is searching for a church, there is more than just seeing what types of “programs” they offer. However, “programs” can be a starting point to reaching and connecting with those who are seeking to better themselves, their children, or the entire family.

It was … Read More


Viewing time, eternity from different perspectives

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:09 am

Playl’s Ponderings: By Steve Playl, former pastor at First Baptist Church in Sparta

Heading back into Gatlinburg, on Cherokee Orchard Road, from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, our hearts were overflowing, and our heads were spinning. We had spent hours cruising and taking in the devastation to human structure and divine creation. Our minds were filled with a combination of disbelief, awe, sadness and unanswered questions. “Why?” was the first word in most of those questions.  It was a few weeks past, and a few weeks had passed since the fires had swept through Sevier County.

As we headed toward the Parkway, we tried to clear our … Read More


The U.S. is not a democracy, Part III

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:08 am

Language of Liberty: By By Mark Herr, Center of Self Governance Administrative Staff

A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin when he said to her, “Madam, we have given you a republic, if you can keep it,” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she keep it?

Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel her how to ‘keep’ the U.S. republic. … Read More


National Children’s Dental Health Month observed

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:03 am

Balin Taylor, 9, gets his regular dental checkup from Dr. Waymon “Doc” Haston, while his brother, Jean Taylor, 7, patiently waits in another room for this turn with the “Doc.” (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

February may be the shortest month of the year, however it isn’t short of the number of national causes that are observed this month.

One such cause that is celebrated this month is the National Children’s Dental Health Month.

According to the American Dental Association, National Children’s Dental Health Month started out in Cleveland, Ohio, as a one-day event, in February 1941. The ADA launched its first observance of Children’s Dental Health Week, on Feb. 8, 1949.

Over the course of several years, the single-day observance developed into a month long event by 1981. The goal of NCDHM is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health, … Read More


Animal shelter seeking donations

Posted by | February 23, 2017 9:00 am

Recently, the White County Animal Shelter expressed it is running low on some much-needed supplies at their shelter.

The animal shelter depends greatly on generous donations from the community.

If anyone would like to help, there are several items that the shelter is specifically seeking. They are in need of dry dog food (adult), liquid (high-efficiency) laundry detergent, bleach, and white vinegar. Donations are now needed but also throughout the year.

The shelter has established three convenient drop-off locations, one in Cookeville, at the Country Giant/Kiss Broadcast Complex, at 698 South Willow Ave. Also in Sparta, donations can be brought directly to the shelter at 5600 Gum Springs … Read More


Weed Wrangle Day set for state parks – volunteers needed

Posted by | February 23, 2017 8:54 am

March is fast approaching, and spring will soon be in full swing here in Tennessee.

For many families, there is one chore that most are all too familiar with: spring-cleaning.

For many, spring-cleaning is an annual tradition that allows everyone to open the windows, which allows the fresh air of spring to move out the stale air of winter. It’s a time for people to thoroughly clean their homes.

While many people will be doing spring-cleaning at home, the state parks will be doing a spring-cleaning of their own. All across the state, including nearby parks Burgess Falls, Fall Creek Falls, and Rock Island, will be planning for … Read More


White County to receive $10,000 grant to promote children wellness

Posted by | February 23, 2017 8:50 am

During the White County Steering Committee A meeting on Feb. 13, 2017, commissioners received word that White County, as well as all of Tennessee’s 95 counties, has received a $10,000 non-matching grant from the Tennessee Department of Health

The grant is being given to all Tennessee counties to be used to promote children’s health and community wellness. The Regional representative from the   department of health, as well as County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, proposed the grant could be used to build a playground.

The proposed site for the new playground was recommended to be at the White County Recreational Complex, at 4201 Smithville Highway. The committee did pass … Read More


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