Drug trafficking investigation leads to arrest of individuals from Spencer, Cookeville and Rock Island

Posted by | March 22, 2018 8:09 pm

A joint investigation into drug trafficking by multiple local, state and federal agencies has resulted in the arrest Wednesday of three individuals in Putnam County. Those agencies participating included the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Middle Tennessee Task Force, FBI, DEA, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Cookeville Police Department, and 13th Judicial Drug Task Force.… Read More

R. L. Mason

Posted by | March 22, 2018 3:52 pm

R. L. Mason, 87, of Quebeck, passed away today at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dwight Luna

Posted by | March 22, 2018 2:11 pm

Dwight Luna, 68, of the Johnson Chapel community of DeKalb County, passed away today at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mother Nature dominates diamond action to start the week

Posted by | March 22, 2018 1:07 pm

The WCHS soccer team had an interesting soccer match, on Tuesday night. The weather for the match saw three different kinds of precipitation. The Warriors had rain, snow, and sleet all, on Tuesday night.

Just like many of the baseball and softball teams all across the Midstate area, Mother Nature has thrown a curve that was almost impossible to hit.

The Warrior baseball and Warriorettes softball teams had to cancel their games to open up this week.

The softball team had games postponed on Monday and Tuesday of this week, while the baseball team had a postponement of their own, on Tuesday. The Warriorettes were scheduled to take … Read More

WCHS swim team wins divisional championship

Posted by | March 22, 2018 1:04 pm

The White County High School swim team put a lot of hard work in the pool this year and knew that they had a chance to make this a special year. The Warriors sent two of their swimmers to the state swim meet, with the Warriorettes sending one. The swim team found out recently that all of their hard work paid off for them as they were awarded the 2017-18 Middle Tennessee High School Swim Association Division III Combined Team Champion. This award is given out to the swim team that has the best overall year as a combined team. The WCHS swim team picked up wins in … Read More

WCHS archery team picks up two more wins

Posted by | March 22, 2018 1:01 pm

The White County High School archery team closed out its regular season this past Saturday by picking up a win in a tournament, in Warren County. The archery team also picked up a win the week before in the Blazin Arrows Tournament, at Blackman High School, in Murfreesboro.

At the Blazin Arrows tournament, the archery team had four members place. On the girls’ side, Alexis Smith brought home fourth place overall. On the boys’ side, Cameron Dixon was the top shooter overall, with Zach Knowles coming in second place and Taylor Parks finishing in fourth place.

On Saturday, at Dibrell Elementary School, Alexis Smith finished in third place … Read More

Minor injuries suffered in collision

Posted by | March 22, 2018 12:54 pm

On March 16, 2018, Emergency personnel from multiple agencies were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle collision, on Highway 111, at the Captain Carter Road intersection, in Van Buren County. Only minor injuries were reported, and no one involved in this incident was transported from the scene. Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation of this incident.

Fall Creek Falls State Park hosting free guided hikes to celebrate spring

Posted by | March 22, 2018 10:19 am

Fall Creek Falls State Park, along with Tennessee’s other 50-plus state parks, will be hosting a free, guided hike, on March 24, to highlight the amenities and programming available during one of Tennessee’s most beautiful seasons.

Longer days, warmer weather, and the emerging spring flowers are early indications that spring is coming. To celebrate the start of spring, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is promoting spring hiking, on March 24.

“Our rangers are trained to share the rich history of Tennessee’s public lands in a way that excites the imagination and leaves you wanting more,” stated Brock Hill, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy commissioner.… Read More

Children’s Advocacy Center and City of Spencer hosting community wide Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by | March 22, 2018 10:02 am

Children are having lots of fun at last year’s Easter Egg Hunt, in Spencer.

The City of Spencer and the 31st Judicial District Children’s Advocacy Center are joining forces once again for the annual community-wide Easter Egg Hunt.

Children from the ages of 2 through 12 are invited, on March 31, to Spencer City Park for a morning of Easter festive fun. This event is sponsored by the City of Spencer, Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District, Citizens Tri-County Bank, and Caney Fork Electric Cooperative.

This year, for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, there will be a bounce house, park activities, and, of course, the egg … Read More

Spike in jobless rate hits Spencer

Posted by | March 22, 2018 9:59 am

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released county unemployment statistics for January 2018, with Van Buren County experiencing an increase of over 1 percent in its jobless rate.

According to monthly data released last week, the vast majority of the state’s 95 counties, including Van Buren, continue to record unemployment rates under 5 percent.

“Because of seasonal employment trends, Tennessee typically sees a slight uptick in county unemployment at the start of the year,” explained Burns Phillips, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner. “But the year-to-year comparison of statistics shows just how well the state is doing when it comes to job creation.”… Read More

Van Buren Commission approves purchase of $182,000 ambulance

Posted by | March 22, 2018 9:55 am

The Van Buren County commissioners have approved the purchase of the Ten Commandments’ monument and placing it on display at the county’s new administration building. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Van Buren County commissioners took up business March 20 that was discussed during the board’s last monthly meeting about the shortage of functioning ambulances.

During their Feb. 20 meeting, commissioners had discussed several different courses of action that the county could take to resolve the ambulance shortage.

According to information that was presented to the commissioners during last month’s meeting, Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service has two ambulances that are not in working condition. Since 2009, the VBCEMS … Read More

The Stitch, Share and Show Quilt Guild holding biennial quilt show

Posted by | March 22, 2018 9:49 am


The Stitch, Share and Show Quilt Guild is holding its biennial quilt show on May 4 and 5, 2018, at the Agricultural Building, on the White County Fairgrounds, Hale Street (off Spring Street/Rt. 289), in Sparta. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., May 4, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 5. Admission is only $5. Come join us for a day full of activities. See over 200 quilts, shop the vendors, enjoy an antique quilt turning, and view demonstrations. We have free parking and are handicap accessible. There will also be a food vendor on-site.

Our members have been busy sewing and quilting in preparation for the show, and … Read More

Wanda Gibson

Posted by | March 22, 2018 8:57 am

Wanda Gibson, 72, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., March 25, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., March 24, at the funeral home.

Full obituary will follow.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Telling the truth without being too honest

Posted by | March 22, 2018 8:48 am

Don’t you love it when people tell the truth?

Honesty is certainly a virtue, and none of us want to be lied to. But can folks sometimes be too honest? … too truthful? …too blunt with reality?

“How do you like my new hairdo? (or dress…or beard…or shoes)?” may not be a question that seeks a totally honest response.

Some folks, with more honesty than sensitivity, will tell you what they really think! There are definitely those who are – shall we say – brutally honest, those who are proud to say, “I just say what I think. I tell it like it is. If you want my … Read More

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