Monthly Archives: August 2014

Reba Janell Ford

Posted on August 27, 2014 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Reba Janell Ford, 74 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Ford was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Sparta, to Dewey Jones and Winnie Conley Jones.

She was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.

Ms. Ford was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Estelle Wilson, Mary Belle Bumbalough, Eva Hicks; and one brother, Richard Jones.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony Graham and wife Karen, of Nashville, Keith Graham and wife Tracie, of Florida;

grandson, Sawyer Graham, of Florida; sister-in-law, JoAnna Jones, of Tullahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 29, … Read More

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design

Posted on August 27, 2014 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design for 2014 is an all-new, out-of-this-world symbol! The maze at Blowing Springs Farm is in the shape of a mysterious crop circle, open Thursdays through Sundays beginning September 25! Follow the attraction’s social media pages for an upcoming contest related to this sighting!,,,



Wooftrax app is raising money for local animal shelters

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Raela Gore

Taking the dog for a walk is now good for you, your dog, and your local animal shelter.  Download the Wooftrax app, take the dog for a walk, and donations are made to the animal shelter of your choice for every mile walked.  Visit for more information.

Golden Mountain Road to be closed for the fair

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Golden Mountain Road will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 27 in preparation for the 2014 White County Fair.

Win two tickets to see The Features

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Raela Gore

Win two tickets to the The Features, a hometown band of Sparta.  Visit for a chance to win.

Grand opening of Spartawood Ampitheater coming soon

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Raela Gore

Spartawood Ampitheater will be celebrating its grand opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.  Utopia, Atomic Dogs, Rayla Ray Band, and Cannon Creek Bluegrass will be featured.  Tickets are available at


City of Sparta to conduct mosquito spraying

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Selective spraying will be taking place within the City of Sparta to control the mosquito population. Those with sensitivities to chemical sprays can request that their name and address be placed on a list of locations where special allowances will be made in the spraying procedures. Those individuals should call Public Works at 738-2281 to make this request.

Muddy Roots Music Festival hits Cookeville this weekend

Posted on August 27, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

It’s three days of music, camping, vintage cars, vendors, and pinups. From punk to traditional country, the Muddy Roots Music Festival is returning to the June Bug Boogie Ranch in Cookeville this weekend for the fifth year in a row with music for everyone. Tickets are available for a single day or all weekend. Some acts performing include Bobby Bare, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, James Hunnicut, Husky Burnette, The Sonics, The Legendary Shack Shakers and Hillbilly CAsino, just to name a few. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Some qualify to spay/neuter cats free of charge

Posted on August 27, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

The White County Humane Society is utilizing a grant from PetSmart Charities to control high cat populations with the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) method.  The grant covers those within a one-mile radius of Sparta’s NHC.  With the grant, outdoor cats, stray cats, and feral cats can be spayed or neutered free of charge.  To spay or neuter a cat, call the White County Humane Society (935-8377).  Humane traps are available for those who need to catch a cat.  Although the procedure is free, the cat’s transportation to the clinic will not be provided by the humane society.

The White County Humane Society also has funding available to help … Read More

Rogers and Russell reunion

Posted on August 27, 2014 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Rogers and Russell families will have a reunion Sept. 6 at Fall Creek Falls State Park – Shelter #1. Lunch will be at noon. Bring a covered dish. For more information call (931) 837-2074.

Judges to be sworn in today

Posted on August 27, 2014 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

The newly elected judges for the 13th Judicial District will be sworn in today at 4:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse. Judges in the 13th District represent Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties. Amy Hollars, Circuit Court Judge Part I; Jonathan Young, Circuit Court Judge Part II; Ronald Thurman, Chancellor; Gary Mckenzie, Criminal Court Judge Part I; and David A. Patterson, Criminal Court Judge Part II will all take the oath of office today.

YMCA pool open on Labor Day

Posted on August 27, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

Although the Sparta-White County YMCA will be closed on Monday, September 1st for Labor Day, the pool will be open from 11-5.

Sparta-White County YMCA is now hiring

Posted on August 27, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

The Sparta-White County YMCA is looking for a new employee.  He or she must be at least nineteen years old.  To apply, visit the YMCA and fill out an application.


Tommie Bearden

Posted on August 27, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tommie Bearden, 60, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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