Monthly Archives: May 2015

TTU’s TSBDC partners with Etsy to help area crafters

Posted on May 19, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Etsy and Tennessee Tech University’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center are bringing a craft entrepreneurship program to Cookeville. The program will provide microbusiness training to adults with creative skills that will help them sell their products. Applications are being accepted for the free entrepreneur-training program. Students will learn the basics of starting and running and online business. The course, which will run for five weeks starting June 1, will meet once a week in the evenings. Space is limited, so those who are interested to sign up as soon as possible. For more information about the course, call (931) 372-3648 or

Yeshua’s Sabbath Church news

Posted on May 19, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Many in the church today are interested in “prophecy.” Are prophetic signs occurring each year as we approach end-time events?  If you are interested in the prophecies of the Bible, join us at 4199 Roberts Matthews Highway, in Sparta, one block off Highway 111 at the O’Connor Road exit, at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 23, for praise, worship, and teaching. This also coincides with Pentecost. We teach this 1-3 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015. You are welcome to come to these events at our church. Contact Larry J. Pratt for more information, (931) 314-7214.

Class of 2015; It’s time to celebrate

Posted on May 18, 2015 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The rain hit about an hour before graduation was to start, but then disappeared and allowed the WCHS Class of 2015 to receive their diplomas on Dee Harris Field.  A capacity crowd was on hand as approximately 280 members of the Class of the 2015 moved from high school student to graduate.

A great portion of the student body was headed to Project Graduation afterwards.

See Thursday’s print edition for more information and pictures from graduation night at White County High School.

Rock Island Junior Ranger 2015

Posted on May 18, 2015 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Rock Island State Park will be hosting the 2015 Junior Ranger camp, June 2-4, for ages 7-11. The cost is $10 per person. Sign- up will be at the park office. The programs will explore the natural, cultural, and historical significance of Rock Island State Park. If interested, contact the park office at (931) 686-2471.

Ericka Young celebrates 10th birthday

Posted on May 18, 2015 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ericka Young celebrates her 10th birthday May 18. She is the daughter of Daniel and Tina Young. Grandparents Rick and June Young, Buster and Patty Young. Great-grandparents the late Oliver and Ruth Young, Reba Cunningham, Pauline Young and Mary Young, all of Sparta, and Roy Young, of Ohio.

Ceremony marks completion of Center Hill Dam barrier wall

Posted on May 18, 2015 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Officials celebrated the completion of a barrier wall in the main dam embankment of Center Hill Dam during a ceremony today at the work platform on top of the dam. The $115 million foundation barrier wall is a key component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Center Hill Dam Safety Remediation Project. This is the second of three major contracts to remediate the Center Hill project. The auxiliary dam is a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam.

School choice bill that benefits special needs children signed into law

Posted on May 18, 2015 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Today, Governor Haslam signed the Individualized Education Act that will benefit thousands of children with special needs. The bill will provide education savings accounts to families of special needs children, allowing them to spend the money we already allocate to their education on private school tuition, tutoring, therapy, and other educational services.

U.T. Martin names White County students to chancellor’s honor roll

Posted on May 18, 2015 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Martin have been honored with publication of the Spring 2015 Chancellor’s Honor Rolls.To be eligible for Chancellor’s Honor Roll recognition at UT Martin, a student must take at least 12 hours of credit (pass-fail courses are not included) and achieve a 3.2 (B) grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. Students can make the Chancellor’s Honor Roll with honors (3.2 through 3.49), high honors (3.5 through 3.79) or highest honors (3.8 through 4.0).

  • Ashtyn N. Farris, Sparta, High Honors
  • Kaytlyn M. Franklin, Sparta,High Honors
  • Alexandra T. Stover, Sparta, High Honors

Juanita Adams

Posted on May 18, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Juanita Adams, 84, of Sparta, TN, passed away May 17, 2015, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Adams was born Aug. 26, 1930, in White County, to John Young Graham and Nellie Howard Graham.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lonnie Milton Adams; and sister Dorthy Graham.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Starlena Adams; granddaughter, Kelsey Lynette McCulley and husband Daniel; great- granddaughter, Kylie Mae McCulley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., May 20, 2015, at Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Howard. Bro. Doyle Crawford will officiate. The family will receive friends … Read More

County commission meeting

Posted on May 18, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m., tonight, at the courthouse, in the third floor courtroom. The  meeting is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Dancing in the street

Posted on May 18, 2015 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

People of all ages enjoyed the Sonic Cruise In on the Square.

Classic cars take over downtown Sparta

Posted on May 18, 2015 1:01 pm by Delaney Austin

Saturday’s Sock Hop and Cruise-In was a major success. Many showed up with their classic cars shined and ready for show. Here are a few of the cars that were present during the Cruise-In.

Calfkiller Brewing Co. a popular stop on the Art ‘N Ale Trail

Posted on May 18, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Roberts Family Diner grand opening

Posted on May 18, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County has welcomed another new business to the community with the grand opening today of Roberts Family Diner, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., at Baker’s Crossroads. Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony acknowledging the diner as one of the newest members of the Chamber. L-R: Jenny Wilson, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant; Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president; Chase Roberts, Erica Roberts, Jerry Roberts, and representatives from O’Conner Utility District.

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