Cole’s Chapel School Reunion

Posted by | April 27, 2015 3:09 pm

Cole’s Chapel School Reunion will be Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, 1320 Browntown Rd., in Sparta. Good food, good people. Please bring your family and visit with former classmates. Plates and utensils will be provided.



TTU’s Hooper Eblen Center to get a summer facelift

Posted by | April 27, 2015 11:29 am

The seats and aisles in Tennessee Tech University’s Hooper Eblen Center will be remodeled this summer. Although work has begun, there will be sufficient seating for scheduled special events, including TTU’s commencement and several area high school graduations. As a result of the construction, Eblen Center will be closed to recreational walkers until the fall. Information about when the building will reopen for walkers will be posted on TTU Athletics social media accounts and ttusports.com. Summer sports camps will not be affected by the work.


Daughters of Confederacy attend district meeting

Posted by | April 27, 2015 11:20 am

Capt. Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the Middle TN District Meeting at the historical War Memorial Building in Dickson. The meeting was hosted by Old Hickory 747 UDC and Fort Donelson 1582 UDC. L-R: Donna Hamilton President Capt. Sally Tompkins 2123, TN Division Treasurer- Sara Vise TN Division President-Capt. Sally Tompkins 2123 members Carolyn Carr, Betty Ledbetter, Barbara Parsons Past TN Division President, Pamela Wood TN Division Recorder of Military Service Awards, and Matilda Speck


UCHRA commodities distribution

Posted by | April 27, 2015 11:16 am

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency will hold a commodities distribution for White County, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the White County Ag Building of the fairgrounds, 565 Hale Street, in Sparta. Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office. Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.


Dances at Cookeville Senior Center

Posted by | April 27, 2015 11:06 am

On Thursday, April 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Southern Express, a country music band with sax, plays at Cookeville Senior Center, 186 S. Walnut Ave. Ages 40-plus are admitted. On Saturday, May 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. enjoy Slick Nickel, a country music band. Free dance lessons 2-3:30 p.m., on Wednesdays.


WCHS presents “Mary Poppins”

Posted by | April 27, 2015 11:01 am

This week, White County High School will present MARY POPPINS.  In the play, Jane and Michael Banks are out of control, and their family is falling apart.  Then, an unconventional nanny floats into their life on her umbrella and, with the help of a chimney sweep named Bert, she shows all of them that sometimes a family has to be a bit upside-down for a while so that everything can be set right. Featured songs include  “Step in Time,” “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Show times – 6 p.m., Friday, May 1;  2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Admission, $5.


WCHS science class visits wildlife management area

Posted by | April 27, 2015 10:50 am

White County High School Applied Environmental Science, Agriscience, and Large Animal Science classes visited Bridgestone/Firestone Wildlife Management Area and Centennial Wilderness on April 17. The students hiked 6.8 miles while learning about the diverse ecosystem in eastern White County, which consists of 18,000 acres of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and scenic views. Pictured with the students are Kyler Moore – WCHS Agriculture Teacher, James Douglas – Manager, and Technicians – Paul Stockton and Richard Underwood.


Gas prices update

Posted by | April 27, 2015 10:35 am

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have risen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. The national average has increased 10.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 116.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


Tornado siren test at 1 p.m. today

Posted by | April 27, 2015 10:32 am

A test of the City of Sparta’s weather siren will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, weather permitting. Testing will not be done during inclement weather so as no to confuse the public about an actual weather threat.


Sparta Electric outage

Posted by | April 27, 2015 10:31 am

According to L. R. West, of Sparta Electric, there will be a power outage for Sparta Electric customers, beginning at 11 p.m., Saturday, May 2. West said the outage will last approximately one hour.


Spring Cantata at First Community Church

Posted by | April 27, 2015 9:17 am

First Community Church of Sparta invites everyone to the Spring Cantata, “Heaven” on Sunday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

There will be a fellowship meal following the service.

184 Taft Church Rd., Sparta, TN 38583

For more information, call (931) 738-3200


Charles L. Moore

Posted by | April 27, 2015 7:31 am

Charles L. Moore, 64, of Cookeville, passed away April 26, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



William Allen Gay

Posted by | April 27, 2015 7:16 am

William Allen Gay, 68, of Sparta, passed away April 25, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Gay was born June 10, 1946, in McMinnville, the son of Euin Bell Gay and Emmie Lizza Pinegar Gay.

He was employed as a custodian in the White County School system for many years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gay was preceded in death by two brothers, Samuel R. Gay and James L. Gay, and two half- sisters, Mary Jones and Reba Davidson.

Survivors include three sisters, Mae (Luther) Parsley, of Sparta, Leslie Ludwig, of Sparta, Carolyn (Kenneth) Smith, of Sparta; brother, Joe Gay of Wyandotte, Michigan; sister-in-law, Wilma Gay, of Sparta; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.… Read More


Sparta-White County Senior Center

Posted by | April 27, 2015 7:08 am

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St., (931) 836-3663

Monday, April 27

9 a.m., Exercise

10 a.m., Yoga

Noon, Bingo, NHC Homecare

1 p.m., Supper

4:30 p.m., Covered dish and game night

Tuesday, April 28

8 a.m., Art class

10 a.m., Tai Chi

10 a.m., BP screen, NHC Homecare

Noon, Bingo, Suncrest

1 p.m., Supper

Wednesday, April 29

9 a.m., Exercise

10 a.m., Concert

11 a.m., Buffet

Noon, Gospel singing

1 p.m., Supper

Thursday, April 30

9 a.m., Art Play Day

9 a.m., Inspiration class

10 a.m., Tai Chi

Friday, May 1

7-10 p.m., Friday night dance, Cane Creek Band

Saturday, May 2

7-10 p.m., Saturday night dance, Cane Creek Band



This Week in White County History

Posted by | April 27, 2015 6:50 am

1975
•Doug Benningfield received a $500 scholarship from Cookeville Production Credit Association.
•The White County Senior High began the girl’s softball program.
•The fifth and sixth grade Social Studies classes from East Sparta Elementary School visited the State Capitol in Nashville.
1985
•Carl Sims donated several thousand dollars worth of Data General computer equipment to White County High School.
•Dr. Leonard F. Hodes of Hamilton County joins local Walling Dental Center.
•Tonya Bolin officially signed to play volleyball for Middle Tennessee State University.
1995
•Several local businesses were burglarized, including: Hickory Valley Factory Outlet, Mallory Controls, and Carter’s Hickory Mill.
•Senator Fred Thompson made a brief stop in Sparta to make a few comments and answer questions.… Read More


Curtiss clarifies legislator’s statement in the House

Posted by | April 25, 2015 10:17 am

Charles Curtiss, former state representative from White County, would like to clarify why his name was mentioned on the House floor during the April 22, 2015 session. A bill from Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, was presented to the House that State Representative Kevin Dunlap, who also represents White County, reportedly refused to “carry” to the House. Click here to read the background on the story.

Curtiss said, “I had spoken to him [the legislator who mentioned Curtiss’ name on the House floor] earlier in the plaza and said the legislature had never allowed liquor stores in sparsely populated areas, and one reason was a lower concentration of law enforcement.… Read More


Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race

Posted by | April 25, 2015 9:59 am

And they're off for the first leg of their race up Highway 84.

The 6th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race is now in progess, with more than 200 bikers taking part in the event. Time trials will begin at 2 p.m. today. Racers are competing for $4,000 in cash and $3,000 in prizes. The route will take cyclists through Highway 84, Mill Creek Road and Cherry Creek Road. Funds raised by the race go right back into White County, with donations to numerous organizations. Not only does the foundation bring money to White County, but racers spent an estimated $15,000 in Sparta last year while here for the race.


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