Monthly Archives: February 2015

Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain supply

Posted on February 3, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive, in Sparta, 3-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at the Sparta Walmart, 231 Mose Dr. Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

YMCA hosting blood drive

Posted on February 3, 2015 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

Statewide youth waterfowl hunt set for Feb. 7

Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 2015 Tennessee statewide youth waterfowl hunt is set for Feb. 7. One has already been held Jan. 31. The dates that appear in the annual Tennessee Wildlife Magazine calendar were listed incorrectly. Youths between 6 and 15 years old may participate in these two youth hunt days and bag limits are the same as during the regular waterfowl season. Federal regulations require an adult at least 21 years of age to accompany youth hunters in the field. Adults are not allowed to hunt.

Haslam makes case For Insure Tennessee to general assembly

Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Feb. 2, Gov. Bill Haslam addressed a joint convention of the 109th General Assembly as legislators began an extraordinary legislative session to consider his Insure Tennessee plan. The proposal does not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget

“This is not Obamacare. If it was, it wouldn’t have taken this long to negotiate. We have done what you asked us to do and what we said we would do. We found a unique, Tennessee solution,” Haslam said.

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Men’s breakfast

Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

North Sparta Church of God will host a White County Men’s Community Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in the fellowship hall at the church, 335 N. Spring St.


Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

New Hope Baptist Church will have a singing at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

Hickory Valley breakfast

Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host a ham breakfast 6-10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the fire hall, 3680 Hickory Valley Rd. The menu will include country ham, eggs, potatoes, gravy, biscuits and drinks. Adults, $7 and children 10 and under, $5.

Feb 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

Posted on February 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rock“The Day the Music Died,” dubbed so by a lyric in the Don McLean song “American Pie.” is a reference to the deaths of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959. Pilot Roger Peterson was also killed.

White County celebrates library lovers’ month

Posted on February 2, 2015 2:02 pm by Delaney Austin

February is Library Lovers’ Month. This is a celebration of all libraries including school, public, and private. This time is set aside to recognize the value of library workers, volunteers, and support groups and the work they do to assure the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.

Look for more information in upcoming editions.

Nancy Ann Tobola

Posted on February 2, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Nancy Ann Tobola, 75 of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2015, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Tobola was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Quincy, Illinois to James Smith and Helen Meyer Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Raymond Goddard; and two brothers, Kirby Smith and Emmett Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Noe and wife Brenda, of Richmond, Virginia, Jimmy Goddard and wife Barbara, of Aurora, Colorado; two daughters, Mary Kay Hussli and husband Randy, of Lakewood, Colorado, Helen Louise Walker and husband Randy, of Sparta; sister, Virginia Powell; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

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TWRA Turkey Hunt Application Deadline

Posted on February 2, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

Hunters need to apply by Feb. 4 for the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) 2015 Spring Turkey Quota Hunt.

Applications are available and may be turned in at any TWRA license agent, regional office, or online at Applications may be turned in up until 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 4.

The cost is $10 per permit plus agent fees. Hunters will have access to 12 choices with a total of 24 hunts listed. No person may apply more than once.

Completion of Exit Plan could lead to dismissal of 20-year disabilities lawsuit

Posted on February 2, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A federal judge issued an order Jan. 29, 2015, approving an Exit Plan that ultimately will lead to the end of a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit stemming from conditions at three current and former state developmental centers for persons with intellectual disabilities. The order  approves the Exit Plan in the long-standing Clover Bottom lawsuit. The Exit Plan was agreed to and executed by all of the parties to the lawsuit: the State, the U.S. Department of Justice, People First of Tennessee and the Parent Guardian Associations of Clover Bottom Developmental Center and Greene Valley Developmental Center.

State data mapping project launched for Plateau area

Posted on February 2, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee is expanding its geographical information services development to collect information mainly in the Cumberland Plateau region of the state. Tennessee’s GIS Services received a $670,000 grant to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data. The data collection will utilize LiDAR, a remote sensing detection system that works on the principle of radar, but uses light from a laser. Data will be collected in 27 Tennessee counties. Additional collaborative funding to support this $2.7 million dollar project is coming from state and federal entities.

Posted on February 2, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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