Monthly Archives: April 2015

ARTalong spring workshops taught by area artists

Posted on April 30, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

ARTalong series of three-hour art workshops – each Saturday, May 9-June 13. Adults age 12 and up. Fees $35 per class – covers everything.

May 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Kids! Make Fiber Dream Catchers with Katelyn Dunn

May 16, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Fundamentals of Drawing with Emily Venturino

May 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Painting in Charcoal with Sandra Bos

May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Make an Outdoor Garden Sculpture with Linda Johnson

June 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.– Ceramic Tile Making with Sandy Miller

June 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Book Binding and Origami Pop-ups with Joyce Sievers

To pre-register, call (931) 319-0129 or email


Ruby Falls becomes deepest “Smart Cave” with Internet access

Posted on April 30, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruby Falls announces phase one of the first-ever Wi-Fi connection 1,120 feet within Lookout Mountain, making it the deepest commercial cave with Internet capability. This wireless connectivity enhances the visitor experience and provides easier internal communication to the cave. From a staff perspective, the use of fiber optics enhances security features. From a visitor perspective, there is still the ability to escape into the cave experience while now having access to connect and share memories with loved ones in real-time. Go to www.rubyfalls.com for more information.


Farris named to “Who’s Who”

Posted on April 30, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ashtyn Farris, a senior agriculture major from Sparta, was one of 45 students at the University of Tennessee at Martin to be honored April 19 as new members of Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges. Each student was nominated by a faculty member and had to complete an extensive application process before being selected by a trained committee.


TTU to host business planning seminar May 14

Posted on April 30, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A free seminar that will be presented this May by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU will help you understand the process of writing your very own business plan and will provide you with a business planning workbook to ensure that the skills you acquire can be put to good use. “Business Planning 101” will be 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, on Tennessee Tech’s campus, at Johnson Hall room 218,  1105 N. Peachtree Ave., in Cookeville.  Although admission is free, registration is required and can be done by visiting www.tsbdc.org/ttu or calling  (931) 372-3648.


SpartaLive gas patrol

Posted on April 30, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Prices effective April 29, 2015 (All prices are for regular gas)

Marathon 6950 Roberts-Matthews Highway $2.35
Exxon 440 W. Bockman Way $2.37
BP 310 W. Bockman Way $2.38
Sunoco 556 W. Bockman Way $2.39
Shell 708 W. Bockman $2.39
BP 579 N. Spring St. $2.39
Exxon 632 Roosevelt Dr. $2.39
Murphy USA 149 Walton Dr. $2.44
Raceway 315 E. Bockman Way $2.44
Mapco 137 E. Bockman Way $2.44
Jose’s Mystic 1714 Roberts-Matthews Highway $2.69

Alpha Delta Kappa welcomes new members

Posted on April 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Alpha Delta Kappa, chapter Alpha Upsilon, welcomes new members. Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary fraternity for women educators. ADK members are L-R: Janey Ruth Price, charter member; Renee England and Emily England, new members; Linda Taylor, president; Barbara Sorrell, chaplain; LaJuana Palk, membership chair


Quilt Trail has new stop-off

Posted on April 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Agricultural Museum at Ellington Agricultural Center has joined Tennessee’s Quilt Trails.More than 7,000 quilt squares are featured on barns and buildings in more than 40 states. The squares celebrate the traditional craft of quilting and what the craft represents—recognition of rural life, family history and tradition.  To see the Tennessee Agricultural Museum barn quilt square, visit Ellington Agricultural Center located at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville. Additional information about the Tennessee Agricultural Museum can be found at www.tnagmuseum.org.


Disabled American Veterans calls for drivers

Posted on April 29, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

The Disabled American Veterans Cookeville Chapter 117 is looking for volunteers to drive veterans to appointments in Nashville and Murfreesboro. As of now, there are three pick up locations in Cookeville with a stop comin soon to Sparta.

“To drive the van, you don’t have to be military, a veteran, or a member of any veteran’s organization. You just have to have a heart to help veteran’s,” said Jimmy Simpson, transportation coordinator for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 117 in Cookeville.

For more information on how to become a volunteer driver, or to learn about pick up locations for VA appointments, call (931)526-6328 and leave a message or email … Read More


Reports of IRS phone scam

Posted on April 29, 2015 11:11 am by Delaney Austin

A white county resident was called on April 28 by a man claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. He claimed that the resident had  a lawsuit brought up against her and her husband. He said they had 24 hours to meet them with an amount near $18,000 or all their property, vehicles, and money would be seized and they would spend 48 hours in jail.
These con artists will obtain private information and try to instill fear into the scam victims to get them to comply. Many times this means threatening to take someone’s house, vehicle, or money.

Note that the IRS will never: 1) call

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Gregory Chelch Goines

Posted on April 29, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gregory Chelch Goines, 27, of Sparta, passed away April 27, 2015.

He was born Sept. 3, 1987.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., May 1, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. April 30, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


White County’s Higgins wins URECA award at TTU

Posted on April 29, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Amanda Higgins, a senior human ecology major from Sparta, received a URECA award at Tennessee Tech University’s 10th annual Student Research Day. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity program provides monetary assistance for undergraduates who pursue research and creative activities at TTU. Award recipients will receive financial support for their research initiatives in the form of a mini-grant. Higgins’ research is titled “Establishment of Lactation Rooms on Tennessee Technological University Campus.” More than 170 Tennessee Tech University students presented the results of their semester work. Over 60 URECA awards were granted; about 30 awards were given for poster presentations.


Fundraisers scheduled for Ratliff family

Posted on April 29, 2015 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

Over the next couple of weeks, there are two local fundraising events planned to help with expenses for WCHS student athlete, Abby Ratliff.

Ratliff, a sophomore who is a member of the Warriorette soccer, basketball and track and field teams, was injured in a sledding accident on Thursday, March 5th. In addition to several broken bones, Ratliff suffered a head trauma and has been in a coma since the accident. She remained at Erlanger for three weeks and was moved to the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.

While Ratliff is progressing with the therapy everyday, the family is still amassing medical and other expenses … Read More


Baseball splits with Cumberland County

Posted on April 29, 2015 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Warrior baseball team split their series with Cumberland County to start the week.  They lost to the Jets 11-2 in Crossville, but picked up the 2-0 win in Sparta on Tuesday.

The WCHS softball team split with the two Crossville high schools.  They defeated Cumberland County Friday by a score of 7-5 and then fell 17-14 to Stone Memorial on Monday.

District 6AAA tournament play gets underway for all spring teams this weekend.  Check back for complete details.


Fire on Dew Road extinguished

Posted on April 29, 2015 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta, Cassville and North End fire departments were dispatched to the scene of a garage fire on Dew Road this morning.


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