Clifford Hale

Posted by | March 19, 2019 9:42 am

Clifford Hale, 88, of Gallatin, passed away March 17, 2019, at Sumner Regional Medical Center, in Gallatin.

Mr. Hale was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Pikeville, the son of William Hale and Renae Arnett Hale.

Funeral service will be noon, March 20, 2019, at Spencer Funeral Home, in Van Buren County, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m., March 19, and 8 a.m.-noon, March 20, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home, in Van Buren County, is in charge of arrangements.


Royce Levon Hutchings

Posted by | March 19, 2019 9:35 am

Royce Levon Hutchings, 87, of Sparta, passed from this life, on March 17, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hutchings was born Jan. 25, 1932, in Smithville, the son of Otis Hutchings and Willie Taylor Hutchings.

He was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Mr. Hutchings proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Hutchings was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Boyd Hutchings.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 20, 2019, at Bear Cove Baptist Church, with burial in Taylor’s Providence Cemetery. Military honors will be provided … Read More


Governor announces $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants

Posted by | March 19, 2019 8:53 am

Helps 17 rural counties get connected

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand broadband service to more than 8,300 households and businesses in 17 counties across Tennessee.

“I am pleased to announce that we are getting our rural areas up to speed and expanding broadband in the areas that need it most,” said Lee. “I am committed to ensuring connectivity in every corner of our state as broadband impacts our goals for health care, education, economic development and beyond.”

According to the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, nearly one in four rural Tennesseans lack access to broadband. In addition to … Read More






TN Department of Ag announces grant program for specialty crops

Posted by | March 19, 2019 6:23 am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

“The SCBGP supports specialty crop producers through funding for research, education, marketing, and innovative projects,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Tennessee is an agriculturally-diverse state producing a wide range of specialty crops that can benefit from participating in this program.”

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the grants, which are authorized through the USDA. SCBGP funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture, and other nursery crops.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or … Read More


Conservation partnership expands Fall Creek Falls State Park

Posted by | March 18, 2019 3:32 pm

Sparta, Tenn. (March 18, 2019)—The Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) are thrilled to announce the protection of two significant inholdings in Fall Creek Falls State Park, located in Van Buren County.

These two properties, which total around 27 acres on the northwest side of Fall Creek Falls State Park, have been areas of interest to TDEC for decades. Prior to TennGreen’s acquisition, both tracts were privately-owned and the landowners planned to sell them at auction. However, in order to ensure that these lands would be available to the public, the landowners agreed to work with TennGreen directly.

In … Read More


Deborah Bohannon Sicola

Posted by | March 18, 2019 2:55 pm

Deborah Bohannon Sicola, 68, of Memphis, previously of Sparta, passed away suddenly, on March 14, 2019, after a short hospitalization.

Debbie, as she was known, was born June 10, 1950, and grew up in Sparta. She was the apple of her father’s eye, reflecting back his warm smile with her own dimpled grin. She was her mother’s pride and joy, with a quick mind and a knack for reading and mathematics. Her bright personality and fierce heart made her fast friends, both at school and among her many first cousins.

At school, Debbie excelled at math and music. She was drum major in the marching band and was … Read More


Redden blasts two round trippers in Friday’s game against Clinton Co.

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:50 am

Gianna Redden shows off the game ball. Redden led the Warriorettes with six runs batted in.

The White County High School Warriorettes move their record to 4-0 after two big wins March 15 at the tournament, in Cookeville.  The Warriorettes pounded Clinton County 9-1 on the power hitting of Gianna Redden.

The first inning ended 0-0 after both teams failed to score.  The second inning started well for Clinton after a triple and moving a runner to third base.  The Warriorette defense stepped up and shut down the scoring threat and ending the inning for the Clinton team.

Kasey Scarlett starts the bottom half of the second with a smash of her own, sending the ball over the center field fence.  After Ashlyn Phillips … Read More


Phillips throws no hitter to lead Warriorettes against Lady Knights

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:31 am

Ashlyn Phillips is on third, waiting for her next move.

In the second game of the night, on March 15, Ashlynn Phillips came to the circle and she would not give up a single hit from the Lady Knights.  The first inning saw Jones single and then score on another single by Hannah Kate Sims.  Sparta led 1-0, but the Lady Knights tied the game up after a two errors and a walk, tying the game at one after one inning of play.  Both defenses played well in the second inning, not allowing a run and ending the second still tied at two.

In the top of the … Read More


WCMS Warriors’ comeback falls short against Prescott

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:29 am

Colton Locke is ready to advance during the March 15 game against Prescott. (Photos by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Prescott South Middle School took an early 6-0 lead, on March 15, in the four innings that held despite a comeback bid from the White County Middle School Warriors.

With the score 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Warriors’ comeback started with Levi Griggs drawing a base on balls.  Griggs steals second base, and the next batter, Colton Locke, draws a walk, putting runners at first and second with no outs.  Owen Adams reaches on an error that also scores Griggs and Locke, pushing the score to … Read More


Warriors garner two wins and two losses at Cure 4 Cancer tourney

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:25 am

Over the weekend, the Warrior baseball team traveled to Pigeon Forge to compete in the Cure 4 Cancer Tournament. They played four games in a two-day stretch and headed home with wins over Halls and South-Doyle, while having lost to Alcoa and Gibbs.

The Warriors kicked off the weekend, on Friday afternoon, as they took on Alcoa and fell by the score of 7-4. Despite a hot start at the plate, the boys were unable to secure a victory. David Smith got the Warriors on the board with a two-run blast in the top of the first, but Alcoa struck back quickly, scoring on a sacrifice fly in … Read More


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