Monthly Archives: August 2014

Abby Young is turning 16

Posted on August 29, 2014 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Happy 16th birthday to our baby girl. You have become a smart, gorgeous, intelligent young woman. We are so very blessed to be your parents. Love always – Mom and Dad, Daniel Jr. and Ericka.

Sparta Police, TBI investigating Knollcrest shooting

Posted on August 29, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth has confirmed that the deceased individual located at Knollcrest Manor Apartment Complex, was a victim of a gunshot. The call was placed to E-911 at approximately 10:48 p.m. last night. Sparta Police is investigating along with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. “We are investigating all angles. We want to do a thorough investigation. When we are done with our investigation we will release more information,” Guth stated.

Checkpoint citations released by THP

Posted on August 29, 2014 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

The totals for today’s checkpoint have been released by Sgt. Jimmy Jones of Tennessee Highway Patrol. The citations issued were: three DUIs, one driving on revoked license, two drug charges, one helmet law violation, one implied consent violation, one registration violation, and one commercial vehicle (tractor-trailer) placed out of service for safety violations. The checkpoint was a coordinated effort between THP, Spencer Police and Van Buren County Sheriff Department.

Special Olympics benefit at Spring Street Village

Posted on August 29, 2014 12:12 pm by Raela Gore

A benefit for the Upper Cumberland Special Olympics is being held at the consignment shop in the Spring Street Village shopping center.  All proceeds from clothing purchases will benefit Special Olympics.

Several arrested in Van Buren checkpoint

Posted on August 29, 2014 11:11 am by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Spencer Police and Van Buren County Sheriff Department have been conducting a sobriety checkpoint this morning on Highway 111  at the southern border of the county. The checkpoint began at 9 a.m. In the first 90 minutes, three DUI arrests had already been made, including drivers believed to be under the influence of drugs. THP will release the total number of arrests and citations later today.

Deceased person found at Knollcrest

Posted on August 29, 2014 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on Thursday evening, Aug. 28, 2014, Sparta Police Department responded to Knollcrest Apartments after the discovery of a deceased person. Sparta Police, along with White County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, were on the scene until the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 29. Details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation. Sparta Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing the investigation.

White County Animal Shelter needs supplies

Posted on August 29, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

The White County Animal Shelter is in need of some supplies for the animals.

  • Concentrated Dawn dish soap (or the Great Value brand)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Lysol spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Bleach
  • Flea and Tick medicine for extra large dogs (Frontline is best)
  • Lightweight, warm blankets

To donate, take supplies to the White County Animal Shelter at 5600 Gum Springs Mountain Road or to Compugeeks at 386 W. Bockman Way.  Volunteers are always needed, as well.  For more information, contact the animal shelter at (931) 761-3647.

Doyle candidates approved for Nov. election

Posted on August 29, 2014 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

The White County Election Commission approved candidate nomination petitions for the following candidates for the City of Doyle for the November 11 election:

•Mayor: Ray Spivey and Robert Meeks

•Aldermen (choose six): Raleigh Barger, Timothy Brock, Douglas Graham, Wayne Kress, Lora Margeson, Carolyn Poole, Jerry Rogers Jr. and James Yates

Foster parents needed in Sparta-area

Posted on August 29, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Sparta-area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and residents of Tennessee. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study. Free training classes will be held 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Youth Villages office, 448 Neal St., in Cookeville. For more information call (931) 525-6905 or email


More than 30 colleges/universities to be featured at Sept. 3 event

Posted on August 29, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Motlow College invites its student body, students from area high schools and those who are home-schooled, and the general public to the annual College Fair 9-11:30 a.m., Sept. 3, at the Moore County campus, inside Nisbett Center. The event will include representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities, technology centers, specialty schools and the Armed Forces. For more information call (931) 393-1548 or email


Sparta’s Geekbox speakers make grand entry into racing

Posted on August 29, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Geekbox speakers executives Charles Bell and Greg England celebrated the mini boom box’s new relationship with professional stock car driver Justin Boston (“JBoss”–No. 25: ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers –Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports) recently at the Bristol Motor Speedway.



TCAT graduates ready for technical employment

Posted on August 29, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Technical skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to the workplace are the outcomes of 29 students receiving 31 diplomas at the conclusion of summer trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville. Two of those students are White County residents. Students and their program areas include Tonya Hall, business systems/administrative office, and Justin Jones, welding.

Uplands Village residents prepare for 32nd Annual Silent Auction

Posted on August 29, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

 The May Cravath Wharton Association of Uplands Village will be holding its 32nd Annual Silent Auction, Sept. 25-27, 2014. Proceeds from the auction benefit the mission of the Wharton Association, which grants scholarships to area residents, addresses community needs for such things as food, home heating, and electricity, holds special events and provides supplemental equipment at the assisted living and long-term care centers in Uplands Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Pleasant Hill. Funds are also contributed to the Cravath Fund, which supports elders who have outlived their financial resources. Silent auction hours are 4-8 p.m., Sept. 25; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 26; and 10 … Read More

TDOT halts work for holiday

Posted on August 29, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In observance of the Labor Day holiday period, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures on interstates and state highways beginning at noon, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, through 6 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.


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