Monthly Archives: September 2014

Alpha Delta Kappa hosts sheriff as guest speaker

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

Alpha Delta Kappa, education fraternity, held its September meeting at Miss Marenda’s Tea Room. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe was the guest speaker. The ADKs donated toys to the sheriff department to give to children in distressed situations. Pictured are (L-R) Linda Taylor, Wendy Quick, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Sheila Lynn, Martha Thompson, Teena Hodges, Any teacher interested in ADK should contact Taylor at (931) 260-8849.

White County says goodbye to a beloved hometown hero

Posted on September 29, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

For the small, tight-knit Eastland community, any loss is felt deeply. A loss of the magnitude of Joseph “Dude” Smith-firefighter, World War II veteran and friend to everyone he met-is nothing short of profound for the many lives he touched. The tribute from citizens and emergency services during Smith’s funeral on Sept. 21, in which 13 emergency vehicles followed the procession and residents lined the streets to pay their respects, was a physical representation of just how acutely heartbreaking his passing was for White County. Days after the service, Smith’s family came together to reflect on their favorite memories of the man they have loved so dearly. Read … Read More

No injuries in Roberts Matthews crash

Posted on September 29, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

North End Volunteer Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County EMS and White County Sheriff Department responded to a crash on Roberts Matthews Highway, just south of the Airport Marathon gas station at approximately 8:45 this morning. The driver, who was traveling north, had reportedly lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a turn, and drove off the roadway, flipping the vehicle. He was not injured in the crash. Deputy Lindell Smith investigated the crash.

88 pounds of unused/expired medication collected by Sparta Police

Posted on September 29, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth partnered with Walgreens on Saturday to collect unused and expired medications from residents who wished to properly dispose of them. This Drug Take Back Day event set a new record, with 88 pounds of medication collected.

Sandra Elaine Billings

Posted on September 29, 2014 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sandra Elaine Billings, 68, of Walling, passed away Sept. 29, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Black/White Market this Saturday

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

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday, October 4, at Compugeeks, the White County Animal Shelter will be holding the Black/White Market adoption event for the black and white dogs of the shelter.  Come meet your new best friend from the White County Animal Shelter!

Miss Fabulous Pageant now accepting applications

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

With only weeks until the 2014 Miss Fabulous Pageant, contestants are encouraged to submit their applications.  To access the application, visit the Miss Fabulous Facebook page:

Adoptable Friend of the Week: Kemp

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

My name is Kemp and I’m a 1-2 years old Labrador/Cur mix looking for my furever home.  I’ve been at the shelter a really long time, now.  When I first came to the shelter, I was really scared because people haven’t been very nice to me in the past, but I’m a lot better, now.  I’ll let people pet me once I get to know them, and I can even walk … Read More

Adoptable Friend of the Week: Nina

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

My name is Nina, but sometimes I go by Ne-Ne.  I’ve been at the shelter for a long time– about four months, I think.  When I first came to the shelter, I was very nervous, but I’ve really come out of my shell since then.  I love playing, going on walks, and being doted on.  I like other dogs, but mostly males.  Sometimes I don’t get along with females as well … Read More

Pennies for the Puppies asking for donations

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

Five puppies living in the wild with their mothers were brought into the White County Animal Shelter with serious medical needs.  The pups– Avery, Freddy, Henry, Lucy, and Teddy– have never before had human contact.  The puppies are currently in a foster home, but they are in need of medical attention.  Due to a serious case of mange, Freddy has already had to spend three days in a veterinary hospital.  Lucy is visiting the vet for what appears to be a respiratory infection.  Pals of the Pooches at the White County Animal Shelter (P.O.P.S.) is trying to raise $500 for the puppies’ medical expenses.  To donate, visit Pennies … Read More

George Weber is registered to vote. Are you?

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

Registration to vote in the November 4 election ends October 6.  To register to vote, visit the White County Election Commission at the courthouse.

‘I’m going to finish well,’ says ovarian cancer survivor

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

When Joyce Lester was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June of 2010, she had to tell her children a truth that she dreaded.

“My daughters asked me, ‘Mama, are you going to die? I know cancer does two things: you either lose your hair or you die.’

“And I had to be truthful with them. I could not guarantee 100 percent that I was going to get better.

“I said, ‘The doctors are going to do everything they can,’” Lester said.

Lester’s son received the news in the doctor’s office with his parents.

“My son was with us when we found out. He teared up and said, ‘What … Read More

School Board passes on property purchase

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

After reports of alleged damage to an 8.84-acre property neighboring Cassville Elementary School during the Cassville Elementary Renovation Project, the White County School Board had the option of purchasing the property.

At the April 2014 meeting of the School Board, plans for the Cassville Elementary Renovation Project were revealed. The renovations will offer more security, ADA accessibility for those with disabilities, energy efficiency, storage, parking, space, and adherence to fire codes.

During the construction, an adjoining property owner made complaints concerning water discharge from Cassville Elementary School into his or her property.

“We have an adjoining property owner who is unhappy with the amount of water runoff, volume … Read More

Samuel Porter Swindell

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Samuel Porter Swindell, 94, passed away Sept. 28, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Swindell was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Doyle, to Thomas Harley Swindell and Cora Alice Holton Swindell.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Swindell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Lee Clark Swindell; grandson, Scott Allen Swindell; sister, Reba Graham; and brother, Harley Gaines Swindell.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Mason, of Doyle, son, Samuel (Wayne) Swindell, of Burgess Falls; grandchildren, Ricky Swindell and wife Tammy, Deirdre (Dee) Lawson and husband Mack; great-grandchildren, Shannon Hammons and husband Gerromy, Kyle Chaffin and wife Ciera, Cody Porter, Kirkland Porter; … Read More

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