Baxter seniors win U.C. Senior Brain Game competition

Posted by | August 17, 2017 9:52 am

Baxter Busy Bees I team members Dianne Elmore, Karen Brown, and Ralph Short

Each year, local senior center teams participate in a battle of the wits to be named Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Games champions and for a chance to challenge other seniors in the state in their trivia knowledge. This year, three Baxter seniors took home that title and will advance in the competition to represent the region in the Middle Tennessee Senior Brain Games.

The Baxter Senior Center’s team known as the Baxter Busy Bees I became the district champions after battling against five other teams in the trivia-based competition hosted by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

The district … Read More

United States Navy Band Brass Quintet coming to Fairfield Glade

Posted by | August 17, 2017 9:33 am

America’s Navy is coming to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, one of five cities in two states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during a 2017 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The United States Navy Band Brass Quintet performance is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Glade Community Church.

Since 1971, the Navy Band Brass Quintet has performed at ceremonies and events throughout the Washington, D.C., area, including high visibility performances at the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Washington Navy Yard. Notable performances include inaugural events for President George W. Bush and Vice President … Read More

Warrior youth football teams struggle against Stone Panthers

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:55 am

#7 Landon Kerr and #12 Bryson Burchett combine to make a tackle, on Saturday afternoon.
Exavier Gamblin #2 and #32 Charles Anderson combine to make a huge tackle,

Exavier Gamblin #2 and #32 Charles Anderson combine to make a huge tackle.

Devin Johnson makes a big tackle for the Warriors.

The Warrior youth football teams faced the Stone Panthers, on Aug. 12, in Crossville. The Panthers swept the Warriors but not without some hard-fought battles from the Peewee and Senior Warriors. Both of those age divisions lost by a touchdown late in their games.

Sparta Peewee and Stone Panthers squared off in another down to the wire matchup. Stone avenged a triple overtime loss from a year ago, with a 31-26 win Saturday. The Warriors were led in rushing by Griffin Adams who had several big … Read More

WCHS Soccer drops season opener to Stone Memorial

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:46 am

Jessie Green cuts through two defenders, on Tuesday night.

Saige Johnson breaks away from a Stone Memorial Defender, on Tuesday night.

The White County High School Girls’ Soccer Team opened the 2017 season at home, on Tuesday, by hosting Stone Memorial and suffered a 6-2 setback.

Millie Simmons got the Warriorettes season started off on the right foot scoring, with 32 minutes left in the half to pull the Warriorettes ahead 1-0. The Lady Panthers would find the back of the net with 28 minutes remaining in the half to pull things even at 1-1. Stone would take the lead for good scoring twice with less than two … Read More

WCHS Warriors Golf Team Finishes Third at the Golf Capital Classic

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:34 am

Tanner Bryant (second from right) is pictured with all the other individual low scorers of the round. Bryant finished in a tie for second place, on Monday, at the Capital Classic. He finished his round with a 75.

The White County High School Warriors’ Golf team traveled to Crossville, on Monday morning ,to take part in the Capital Classic that was held at Lake Tansi. The Warriors finished in a tie for third place in the tournament but won the playoff the finish the tournament in third place.

Cookeville High School and Walker Valley tied for the top spot in the tournament. Both teams finished with an overall score of 314. The Cookeville Cavaliers pulled out the victory on the second hole of the playoff to claim the top spot in the tournament. The Warriors tied with Stone Memorial High School with a combined score of … Read More

Football season officially begins Friday night in White County

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:31 am

Grayson Johnson will look to help lead the Warrior Football team to a victory on Friday night.

The players are getting in the final practice. The coaches have the game plans in order. The cheerleaders are working on their stunts and cheers, and the band is getting their final tune-up. It’s time for one of the great sports tradition in this country.

Books have been written and movies made about it – Friday Night Lights, Varsity Blues, Remember the Titans, All the Right Moves. The list goes on and on. Small towns thrive on it. It’s a source of pride, and it only happens 10 nights out of the year, unless the team is lucky enough to get in the playoffs. It’s about more than … Read More

WCHS volleyball team opens their season with a win

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:23 am

Hannah Leftwich spikes the ball, on Tuesday night, in the Warriorettes’ game vs. Livingston Academy. Leftwich led the Warriorettes in kills with 10.

The best way to gain confidence for the start of any season is to win the opening game of the year. The White County High School Volleyball team did just that on Monday afternoon.

The 2017 edition of the Warriorettes defeated the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcat 3-0, inside the friendly confines of Roy Sewell Gymnasium, to take the season opening match.

The Warriorettes started the day off with a 25-16 victory in game one. The Warriorettes started off the set falling into a 3-1 hole but won 7 straight points to make the score 8-3. Both teams would trade points till the score was 14-10, and then the … Read More

Children’s Advocacy Center receives donation from United Way

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:14 am

The Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District recently was awarded a grant from United Way. Mistie Ragland, with United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland, presented the $1,000 donation.

This donation will be utilized to help support the children of Van Buren County who are in need. Martha Phillips, Children’s Advocacy Center executive director, was on hand to receive the grant from United Way.

The Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District is a non-profit organization that provides much needed services to families in Van Buren and Warren counties. Children’s Advocacy Center provides victim-family advocacy, counseling, education, and abuse prevention programs.

For more … Read More

TN state parks offer rewards with “Healthy Parks Healthy Person”

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:10 am

Being active outdoors is not only good for your health, it can now earn you Tennessee State Parks merchandise, rounds of golf, free camping or even cabin stays thanks to a new statewide program.

Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Health have recently announced a new joint-partnership to develop a web application called Healthy Parks Healthy Person. This program will allow Tennesseans to log their activities at Tennessee State Parks in exchange for points that can be redeemed for rewards.

The new health-based program also includes a “Park Prescription,” which features where healthcare providers can prescribe outdoor activity as part of a healthcare regimen for patients. … Read More

Groundwork has begun for Subway in Van Buren County

Posted by | August 17, 2017 8:02 am

A bulldozer has finally begun digging at the site of the future home of a new Subway restaurant after months of speculation.

Earlier this week, construction crews began the process of clearing the land and leveling off the lot that will become the new home of a Subway restaurant. The property is located along Highway 111, across the street from Discount Cigarette and Tobacco, before Taft Drive.

A sign announcing the new location of Subway has been on the property for quite some time. The original plan reportedly had the new Subway location announced to open by Spring 2017.

No comment could be obtained from East Tennessee Subway … Read More

Van Buren County passes $3.47 million budget

Posted by | August 17, 2017 7:58 am

After an extended period of development and numerous budget committee meetings, Van Buren County has passed its 2017-2018 fiscal budget.

On Aug. 15, 2017, the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners held its monthly meeting to primarily discuss the proposed 2017-2018 county budget.

The July commission meeting was postponed to give the budget committee more time to work through and consider the proposed budget.

As previously reported, the proposed 2017-2018 budget includes approximately $3.47 million for the general fund. The property tax rate has been recommended to remain the same as the 2016-2017 rate of $1.9299 per $100 property assessment.

The proposed 2017-2018 Van Buren County budget’s general … Read More

Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted by | August 17, 2017 7:25 am


8 a.m.-noon

Every Friday and Saturday

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St.

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell

New lights being set in place at Van Buren County park

Posted by | August 17, 2017 6:52 am

The new lights are being installed along the new sidewalks at the Burritt College campus that will be the home of Van Buren’s first county-owned park. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Progress continues to be made at Van Buren’s first county-owned park as new lights are being installed along the freshly poured sidewalks.

Construction crews are continuing to make progress in the construction of Van Buren County’s first county-owned park. The latest addition to the park is the installation of new lights that will light up the pathway along the new sidewalks.

The new park is being constructed in the historic Burritt College campus area. Van Buren’s newest park will feature walking trails, gazebos, an amphitheater, and, eventually, an information center.

This project is being made possible by several grants received by Van Buren County, including a $900,000 state … Read More

Spencer utility crews are busy installing new water lines

Posted by | August 17, 2017 6:49 am

Spencer Utility District officials and construction crews have been busy installing new water service lines on Brock Road as part of the utility district’s plans to upgrade services. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Spencer utility crew members have been busy working in Van Buren County installing new water lines as previously announced to Spencer water customers.

On Aug. 15, 2017, Spencer Utility District officials and construction crews were busy installing new water service lines on Brock Road, in Van Buren County. Crews were strategically working along the roadway removing the old water service lines and installing new lines.

As previously reported, Spencer Utility District sent out letters to water customers, in Spencer and Van Buren County, announcing the water utility service would be upgrading water service lines in certain areas.

“As part of our commitment for better service and dependability, the … Read More

Candlelight vigil held over the weekend in remembrance of Charlottesville victims

Posted by | August 17, 2017 6:44 am

Participants from across the Upper Cumberland attended a candlelight vigil this past weekend, in Cookeville, for those who died in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Approximately 40 members from the Indivisible Tennessee District 6 and the “We The People” organizations met at the Putnam County Courthouse over the weekend to honor the three individuals who died and to show their support to the 19 people who were injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Two of the three people who were remembered during the candlelight vigil were state troopers who were killed when their helicopter crashed this past weekend. Virginia state officials have identified the state troopers as Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke … Read More

Power T – again! So, what’s your sign?

Posted by | August 17, 2017 6:41 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

According to family lore, my 4x great-grandmother was a full-blooded Indian (Native American), at least that’s the way I figured it, based on the information my maternal grandmother provided. She provided me with plenty of information, too.She lived with us from the time I was 4 years old until she passed. I had just completed my freshman year of college.

Later I found, on, that one of the Allens in my family tree – my grandmother’s maiden name was Allen – had been disinherited because he married an Indian. That was in the late 1600’s, in Virginia – New Kent, Charles … Read More

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