Gerald Roderic Smith

Posted by | October 25, 2016 12:35 pm

Gerald Roderic Smith, 82, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 24, 2016, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Smith was born April 25, 1934, in Russell County, Virginia, the son of Carson Smith and Beulah Watson Hurn.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m., Nov. 6, 2016, in St. Paul, Virginia.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Ray Baker

Posted by | October 25, 2016 12:28 pm

Daniel Ray Baker, 65, of Sparta, passed Oct. 25, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Baker was born Nov. 6, 1950, in Sparta, the son of Dan Baker and Ruby Fletcher Baker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Willie Baker.

Survivors include two daughters, Tracy Conley and Rick, of Sparta, Michelle Fox and Travis, of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Justin, Cody, Brooke, Katelin, Breanna, Zack, Tyler, Alyssa, Kyra; and a niece, Jennifer Baker.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 5, 2016, at Doyle Methodist Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ficosa North America to celebrate new Tennessee plant grand opening

Posted by | October 25, 2016 11:41 am

Global automotive manufacturing company to open new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in middle Tennessee Friday, October 28

WHO: Ficosa North America, a branch of the global automotive technology manufacturing company Ficosa International, will officially open their new 270,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility in Cookeville, Tennessee (about 80 miles east of Nashville).

VIP’s from Panasonic (who partnered with Ficosa in 2015) and Ficosa who will be attending the event, among others, include:

  • Javier Pujol – CEO, FICOSA
  • Jordi Casas – COO, FICOSA
  • Masahisa Shibata – Senior VP of Automotive and Industrial System Company, Panasonic Corp
  • Tom Gebhardt – President of Panasonic Automotive Systems of America
  • Steve Deguchi – Vice
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Peeled Chestnut singing

Posted by | October 25, 2016 7:37 am

Sunday, Oct. 30

Who: Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church

What: Fifth Sunday singing and supper

When: Singing at 5 p.m., with supper to follow

Where: Church

Elizabeth Bumbalough Brown

Posted by | October 25, 2016 7:31 am

Elizabeth Bumbalough Brown, 71, of Waterford, Michigan, formerly of Sparta, passed away Oct. 22, 2016.

Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 26, 1944, in White County, the daughter of Noah Bumbalough and Lela Randolph Bumbalough.

She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandma, sister/sister in-law, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Brown; daughter, Regina Brown; her sisters, Elise Kernell, Vernesse McCowan, Earlene Stamps; and brothers Audie, Hershel and O’Dell Bumbalough.

Survivors include her children, Robin (Russ) Coe, Jodi (Todd) Pridmore, Megan Brown; grandchildren, Emily, Audrey and Bethany Coe, Amelia Pridmore; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brown, Ruby Brown; and brother in-law J.B. Brown.

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Mae Etress Stover Wallace

Posted by | October 25, 2016 7:17 am

Mae Etress Stover Wallace, 92, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Wallace was born March 28, 1924, in Willow Grove, Kentucky, to Albert Stover and Edda Jane Ann Thrasher Stover.

She was retired from Wagner and had also worked in Walmart’s paint department. She attended Findlay Church of Christ, and she loved to cook and spend time with family.

Mrs. Wallace was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Wallace; sons, Jesse Wallace, James Wallace; daughter, Kathryn Johnson; grandson, Steven Mayfield; brothers, Ray, James, Bertie, Robert; and sisters, Bethel, Ethel, Beatrice, Velma and Lennie.

Survivors include her son, Carl Wallace; three granddaughters, Sherry … Read More

Statewide compliance sweep targets sex offenders during Halloween

Posted by | October 25, 2016 6:58 am

From candy to costumes, kids across Tennessee are gearing up for Halloween. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Correction is taking additional measures to keep them safe this Halloween season with the launch of Operation Blackout.

Operation Blackout is a yearly, massive statewide sweep to ensure registered sex offenders under Tennessee Department of Correction supervision follow strict guidelines for the fall season and Halloween. Hundreds of teams of TDOC probation parole officers work with local law enforcement to saturate communities across the state, conducting random visits and compliance checks on more than 3,000 sex offenders statewide between October 21 and the morning of Nov. 1. These visits are in … Read More

White County FFA members attend national convention in Indianapolis

Posted by | October 25, 2016 6:49 am

More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United Stated, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands attended the National FFA Convention and Expo, in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 19-22, 2016. This was the 89th National FFA Convention and the anniversary of the 50th Expo. The theme of the convention and expo was “Transform Purpose to Action.” The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,267 student members with 7,757 local chapters in all 50 states, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and … Read More

Community invited to register as bone marrow donors for CRMC employee Judy Phillips

Posted by | October 25, 2016 6:38 am

Non-profit regional blood center Blood Assurance is hosting a bone marrow registry drive for Judy Phillips, a Cookeville Regional Medical Center employee, who was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. The community is invited to participate in a drive to find a bone marrow match for Phillips, which is taking place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Putnam Room located across from the hospital’s dining café. A swab sample of cheek cells will be taken from each participant and tested to determine the donor’s tissue type.

“Judy has given so much to all of … Read More

UDC members attend convention

Posted by | October 25, 2016 6:31 am

Members of Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the TN Division Convention, held at the Historic Reed House in Chattanooga. Back row, L-R: Annette Coorts-Flanders, Cathy Sullivan, Carolyn Carr, Barbara Parsons; front row, L-R: Donna Hamilton, Betty Ledbetter, Pamela Wood and newly elected TN Division President Matilda Speck

Sons of Confederate Veterans and Order of the Confederate Rose meetings are scheduled for Nov. 1

Posted by | October 25, 2016 6:28 am

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Sparta Camp 875, General George Gibbs Dibrell and the Tennessee Society Order of the Confederate Rose, Local Chapter 13, Dibrell’s White Roses, meet together at 6 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, in the meeting room of the White County Public Library.

The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers, organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896. The Order of Confederate of Confederate Veterans with their historical, educational and social functions so they may continue to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring that … Read More

District 6AAA makes predictions for basketball season

Posted by | October 24, 2016 1:18 pm

Warriors picked 2nd; Warriorettes picked 3rd

With the official start of high school basketball practice one week away, the coaches and media members of District 6AAA descended upon the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Monday for the annual media day luncheon.

After lunch, each coach took turns at the podium talking about their teams and the event wrapped up with the preseason polls being announced.

Consistency reigned at the top of the polls as the Cumberland County girls’ and the Cookeville boys’ held down the top spots in both female and both male polls.

The girls’ polls show what the coaches predicted in their speeches … Read More

Luna signs to play basketball with Bryan College

Posted by | October 24, 2016 10:14 am

Friday was a big day for Deandra Luna.

In front of a room full of family, teammates and friends, the senior point guard of the Warriorettes signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Bryan College, which fulfilled a life-long dream for her.

Since she began playing basketball at the ripe old age of three, Luna loved being on the basketball court and realized at an early age that being able to play college basketball one day was a dream for her.

Friday that dream got a little closer when she signed her name on the letter of intent with Bryan College, which is located in Dayton, … Read More

Mae Wallace

Posted by | October 24, 2016 6:57 am

Mae Wallace, 92,of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2016 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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