Monthly Archives: November 2014

City of Sparta awarded $250,000 THDA grant

Posted on November 18, 2014 11:11 am by Raela Gore

The City of Sparta has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Department Agency to give a helping hand to those who could not otherwise afford necessary housing improvements.  The grant will help families afford much-needed projects to reach code standards.  Sparta has been the recipient of this grant before, with great results.

“It really helps a lot of people in the community bring their houses up to where they’re much more liveable,” Mayor Jeff Young said.  “A lot of people can’t afford to do the things that their homes need, and this grant they can do that.”

Animal Shelter seeking holiday volunteers

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

The White County Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers to help with chores during the upcoming holidays.  To volunteer, call the White County Animal Shelter at (931) 761-3647.


After Thanksgiving Hike at Fall Creek Falls- Turkey Pen Spin

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, work off that turkey dinner with the Fall Creek Falls After Thanksgiving Hike Turkey Pen Spin.  Meet Ranger Brent at the Camper’s Check-In Station for hike to Fall Creek Falls via the Turkey Pen Ridge Trail.  This hike will be a moderate, 2.5-mile round trip walk that should last approximately 1.5-2 hours.  Hikers are encouraged to bring water and a camera.  For more information, contact Ranger Matt Brown at or Ranger Brent Measles at .

After Thanksgiving Hike at Fall Creek Falls- Lost Creek Waterfall

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

Follow up Thanksgiving family festivities at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 with Stuart Carroll for an 18-mile scenic drive and short hike to Lost Creek Waterfall.  Meet at the nature center at 9 a.m.  This 1.5-mile hike that should last approximately 3 hours.

After Thanksgiving Hike at Rock Island State Park set for Nov. 28

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

Join Park Ranger Allen Reynolds at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 for a moderate 1.6-mile walk along The Downstream Trail at Rock Island State Park.  The group will be analyzing local fauna and visiting some of Rock Island’s lesser-known waterfalls.  Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and to bring water and binoculars.  The group will meet at the Twin Falls parking lot.

November named National Home Care Month

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

On November 17, 2014, White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson met with local home care professionals and signed a proclamation declaring November 2014 as National Home Care Month.

Raising a relative’s child or need housing assistance?

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For more information on assistance and support, please contact Melissa Allison at the Upper Cumberland Development District toll free at 1-877-275-8233. Adult relative support group meetings will be 9-10 a.m., Wednesday., Nov. 26, 2014, at Sparta Head Start, 430 N. Spring St. For housing assistance while caring for  a relative ‘s child, contact Myra Walker at (931) 432-4111.


Donate blood Dec. 11

Posted on November 18, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country. Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. An opportunity to donate blood in White County has been scheduled by the American Red Cross for Dec. 11 from 12 noon-5 p.m. at Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way.

WCMS mini career fair

Posted on November 18, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Middle School will be hosting an 8th grade mini career fair, on Friday, Nov. 21, which will be focused on manufacturing jobs in this area. To-date, these are the manufacturers that have confirmed they will be at the career fair: S & S Precision, Jackson Kayak, Custom Tool, BASF, Wilson Sporting Goods, PMI, Federal Mogul, THK Rhythm North, Motlow – McMinnville, and Tennessee Tech.


Eastland Volunteer Fire Department Breakfast to be held Dec. 6

Posted on November 18, 2014 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

Eastland Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser breakfast on Sat., Dec. 6, 6-10 a.m. Adults are $6 and children 12 and under are $3.
The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy. Pancakes are available upon request.
For deliveries, call the fire hall at 935-8200.
Eastland Volunteer Fire Department Station #1 is located at  221 Eastland Cemetery Road. Directions: Go approximately 8 miles from Hwy. 70 on Eastland Rd. Turn right onto Eastland Cemetery Road.

TTU to host regional economic development conference Jan. 13

Posted on November 18, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

An economic development conference, REDI for Action, will be Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Tennessee Tech. The daylong conference will include sessions about tourism, grant writing, education, revitalization efforts and business incubation, among other topics.  The conference is open to the public. City and county leadership, members of chambers of commerce and community leaders and volunteers are encouraged to attend. Registration is $25 per person or $200 for groups of 10. Deadline to register is Jan. 8. Registration fee includes lunch. The conference will be in TTU’s Roaden University Center, 1000 N. Dixie Ave. To register, visit




Kitty Lou Clouse Stoglin Mahan

Posted on November 18, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(Edited version)

Kitty Lou Clouse Stoglin Mahan, 85, passed away Nov. 13, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

She was preceded in death by a son, Randy Stoglin; sister, Reva Birdwell; brothers, Kenneth Clouse, Hugh Lee Clouse; and husbands, Carson Stoglin and Al Mahan.

Survivors include her children, Linda Ferguson McMurtry, Debbie Cooke Rich, Kathy Lee Tenpenny, Jeff Stoglin, Tracey Hutchings; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 3 p.m., Nov. 16, 2014, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Clouse Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Wilhite officiated. Keith Ferguson, Kevin Ferguson, Jason Cooke, Nathan Cooke, Brian Lee, Landon Stoglin, Todd Stoglin … Read More

Posted on November 18, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

9th/10th basketball game cancelled tonight

Posted on November 17, 2014 3:03 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School 9th/10th grade basketball game scheduled for tonight against Rhea County has been cancelled.

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