Monthly Archives: May 2015

Donald “Cozmo” Hugh Meadows

Posted on May 31, 2015 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Donald Hugh “Cozmo” Meadows, 59, of Sparta, passed from this life at his home surrounded by his family, on May 30, 2015.

Mr. Meadows was born July 23, 1955, Jonah and Irene Clouse Meadows.

He spent 30 years at Mallory Timers and almost nine years at Aviagen.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Meadows was preceded in death by a brother, Dewayne Meadows.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Donna Meadows; two sons, Donald “Chip” Meadows and wife Marla, of Sparta, John Meadows and wife Lynette, all of Sparta; four grandsons, Tyler Meadows, Joshua Meadows, Eli Young, Daniel Rice, all of Sparta; three granddaughters, Madison Meadows, Kaci … Read More


WCHS athletes excel in classroom

Posted on May 31, 2015 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

While there is much attention placed on the success of White County’s student athletes as they play their sports, their most important successes are sometimes overlooked.

White County can be proud of the fact that so many of the players they watch compete in their respective sports are more than getting the job done in the classroom as well.

Each year, when the WCHS Top Ten is announced for the current graduating class, more times than not, the list is filled with names of athletes that spent all four years of their high school careers finding time to not only make the grade, but also play at least … Read More


Hillis takes reins of Warriorette volleyball program

Posted on May 31, 2015 4:04 am by Tammy Wilhite

There will be changes all around at the helm of each of White County’s volleyball programs and both the new high school and middle school coaches are former Warriorette volleyball standouts themselves.

Danielle (Webb) Hillis, a 1997 graduate of WCHS, is taking over the WCHS program. The new coach of the WCMS team will be Joni (Simpson) Trivette, a 2007 graduate of WCHS. Both were standouts, not only on the Warriorette volleyball team, but also for the basketball teams.

Hillis takes the reins of the high school program after having been the head coach of the middle school several seasons ago and more recently was an assistant at … Read More


Stanton Ray Johnson

Posted on May 30, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Stanton Ray Johnson, 68, of Sparta, passed away May 29, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Mr. Johnson was born June 27, 1946, in White County, to Robert Paul Johnson and Clara LaFever Johnson.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., June 1, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with private burial at a later time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Library kicks off summer reading program

Posted on May 30, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Library Director Cathy Farley, Children’s Librarian Dana Gorter, Assistant Library Director Michael Hale, and Teen Librarian Erin Savage dress the part for this year’s summer reading program: “Every Hero has a Story.” Farley appears to be mocking the famous Tommy Lee Jones line by saying, “This is my HAPPY face.”


Peeled Chestnut Cemetery Board of Directors

Posted on May 30, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Peeled Chestnut Cemetery Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, at the cemetery shelter. The president recently resigned, so nominations will be accepted to fulfill the remainder of the term. Any person affiliated with the cemetery is welcomed to submit a nomination.


“Sober for Life” group therapy at Christian Counseling Center

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

This summer, the Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County will offer group therapy sessions for those who have struggled with addictions. Each session is led by a professionally trained counselor and will help those attending explore their thoughts, emotions and behaviors during their recovery. Group therapy sessions recommend a six week commitment period. Separate men’s and women’s sessions will be held.  Cost is $15 per session. To sign up, contact the Christian Counseling Center at (931) 707-8200. Sessions will begin as early as June 19. Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County is a non-profit 501©(3) agency funded by area churches and organizations.


TDOT road construction-Van Buren

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

VAN BUREN COUNTY, SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road: Work on this project continues. Utilities are currently being installed. Grading and blasting operations continue and the contractor is addressing the slope with removal of unsuitable material and installing graded solid rock within the construction zone. Motorists should expect periodic delays. Flaggers will be present during progression of work. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH and is being enforced. Estimated project completion date is Spring 2016. [Jones Bros., Inc. /CP&JP/CNM266


TDOT road construction-White

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WHITE COUNTY, SR-111 (Spencer Hwy.) repair of bridge over Calfkiller River (LM 6.37) in Sparta: Work on this project continues. The contractor may have short term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary. Project completion date is June 2015. [Mid-State Construction Co, Inc./CS/CNN292]


TDOT road construction-Putnam and White

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

PUTNAM and WHITE COUNTIES, SR-111 resurfacing from north of SR-136 in White County (LM 17.43) to north of SR-136 in Putnam County (LM 2.03): Work on this project will begin during this report period. The contractor may have short lane closures to perform various operations on an as needed basis. Flaggers will be on site to help with traffic control. Estimated project completion is September 2015. [Tinsley Asphalt, LLC/CS/CNP111]


TDOT road construction-Putnam County

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

PUTNAM COUNTY, SR-56 bridge repair over I-40 (LM 0.54): Work on this project continues. The contractor may have short lane closures to perform various operations on an as needed basis. Flaggers will be on site to help with traffic control. Nighttime interstate lane closures and traffic pacing will be permitted for bridge repair operations if necessary, but only during the hours of 8PM to 6AM. One lane of I-40 in each direction will be maintained during these temporary closures. During this report period the contractor may have interstate lane closures on each evening except for Friday and Saturday nights to allow the contractor to perform demolition work on … Read More


TDOT road construction-DeKalb County

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

DEKALB COUNTY, SR-26 (U.S. 70) construction of a welded steel plate girder bridge and three retaining walls over the Caney Fork River and Sligo Road (LM 24.58): This bridge replacement project continues. During construction, the current bridge over the river will remain open to traffic until the new structure is constructed and able to carry traffic. The contractor may have short lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis. Flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control. Estimated project completion date is June 2016. [Massman Construction Co./CS/CNM073]


Kinkel next president of Motlow

Posted on May 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dr. Anthony G. Kinkel was named the new president of Motlow College during a special called meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents,  on May 27. Kinkel, who will begin his new position on Aug. 1, will become the institution’s sixth president. He succeeds Dr. MaryLou Apple who will retire June 30. Kinkel has 30 years of service in public education, including 11 years as a president in higher education. His public service extends beyond education, having been elected six times to the Minnesota House of Representatives and twice to the Minnesota Senate.


Nurse honored for compassionate work

Posted on May 30, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wendy Steele, RN Nurse Manager at Highlands Medical Center, was recently honored at the Center for Community Health Ministry’s second annual Compassionate Care in Nursing Awards Dinner. The Center for Community Health Ministry seeks to nurture and sustain nursing leaders, students, mentors and peers by providing professional nursing education that enhances whole person health through continuing education, seminars, retreats and the use of media. If you would like additional information, call (931) 261-0384.


Averitt wins fourth-straight Walmart Carrier of the Year Award

Posted on May 30, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Walmart has named Averitt Express as its 2014 LTL Regional Carrier of the Year. This marks the fourth-straight year that Averitt has earned the retailer’s service award. In addition to the transportation provider’s four consecutive regional carrier awards, Walmart also honored Averitt with its Rising Star award in 2008. Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.


Ice storm debris removal update

Posted on May 30, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Thursday, May 28, debris removal operations commenced to remove brush left from the major ice storm in February. AAA General Contractors assigned six crews in six self-loading trucks, two bucket trucks, and multiple ground personnel equipped with chainsaws to remove debris on Ash Bury Drive, East Ravenscroft Road, Idlewild Drive, Old Railroad Grade Road, and Red Road. Each AAA General Contractors crew was accompanied by at least one Rostan representative. White County Highway Department assisted with closing Old Railroad Grade Road to limit traffic and reduce safety hazards.


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