Monthly Archives: July 2015

Law further protects emergency rescue workers

Posted on July 3, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

As of July 1, 2015, Senate Bill 0020 became effective that expands presumptive disability in acquiring certain infectious diseases in the line of duty by emergency rescue workers to include the hepatitis C virus.


9/10 All Star game rained out

Posted on July 2, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Sparta’s 9/10-year old All Star team’s final game of the area tournament was rained out Thursday night in Carthage.  The team will try to get that game in Friday night.  Sparta is trying to wrap up second place in the area, which would earn them a spot in the district tournament.


Jessie Mae Webb Culley

Posted on July 2, 2015 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jessie Mae Webb Culley, 82, of Sparta, passed away July 2, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Culley was born Aug. 1, 1932, in White County, to Roy Webb and Jesse Francis Cummings Webb.

Jesse Mae worked in the shirt factory for years. She worked at Thomas Industries for 16 years. She was known for cleaning, ironing, and taking care of the elderly. She also worked for Mary Alice Little for 50 years and Margaret Pearson for 10 years.

She is survived by her husband, Ulysses Culley; two daughters, Susie Robinson, Debra (Robert “Tank”) Brewington; four sons, Jeffery “Shotgun” Culley, Grant (Elaine) Culley, Toby (Cricket) Culley, David Wayne (Carolyn) … Read More


DeKalb Utility District breaks ground for new water treatment plant

Posted on July 2, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

USDA Rural Development Area Director Jerry Jolley joined DeKalb Utility District Manager Jon Foutch in celebration of its new water treatment plant today with a groundbreaking ceremony at the DeKalb Utility District office.

Through Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, USDA provided $6,250,000 in loan and grant funds to combine with additional funding from Appalachian Regional Commission, the State of Tennessee and DeKalb Utility District to construct a new Water Treatment Plant along with Raw Water Intake and Transmission line and Distribution System improvements.

Others participating in the event include DeKalb UD Board Commissioners President Roger Turney, Secretary Joe Foutch, Treasurer Hugh Washer, … Read More


Evelyn Jeanice Robinson

Posted on July 2, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Evelyn Jeanice Robinson, 74, of Spencer, passed away July 1, 2015, at her home.

Mrs. Robinson was born July 30, 1940, in Spencer, the daughter of J.L. Hale and Melvina Russell Hale.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m., July 3, 2015, at Spencer Town Cemetery.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Donald L. Smith

Posted on July 2, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Donald L. Smith, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 1, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Smith was born Aug. 28, 1935, in White County, the son of Archie Smith and Heddie Reeves Smith.

He had been a logger.

Mr. Smith loved his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Scott’s Gulf was one of his favorite places to spend time with his family. They would fish during the day, clean them, and fry them, then gather around and play cards at night. He could cut a tree and make it fall exactly where he wanted it to land. He could take a bulldozer and build a lake … Read More


Remember those who have served for our freedom on July 4

Posted on July 2, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Isabelle Kentner (left) and Cydney Shockley (right) have both served their country in the armed forces, joining the select group of women veterans throughout history who have helped ensure freedom for Americans. Kentner served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1957. She trained in Rhode Island, and was then stationed in San Diego, where she worked in communications, specializing in cryptography. Shockley currently serves in the Army National Guard. She first served from 1985-1990, and began her second enlistment beginning in 2008. She is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she worked in petroleum supply. She currently works in maintenance.


No expiration on gun permits

Posted on July 2, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Effective July 1, 2015, a new creates a lifetime handgun carry permit which entitles the permit holder to carry any handgun that the permit holder legally owns or possesses without expiration; sets the application fee for a lifetime handgun carry permit at $500 and establishes other requirements for obtaining and maintaining the permit.


Teachers now regulated by “Little Hatch Act”

Posted on July 2, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A new law prohibits certain campaign-related activities by teachers and certain other public school employees while on school property.

This bill makes the Little Hatch Act (the Act) applicable to school teachers and other school employees.

Generally under present law, the Act governs the behavior of most non-elected public officers and employees as such behavior relates to political activity on public property. Teachers are specifically excluded from the definition of “public officers and employees” under present law. Under the Act, it is unlawful for such public officers or employees to, among other things, attempt to intimidate, coerce, or command any other officer or employee to vote for or … Read More


Some students may no longer be eligible for TN Promise scholarships

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

A law effective July 1 makes various revisions to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act; clarifies a student will no longer be eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship once the student has attended an eligible post-secondary institution as a Tennessee Promise scholarship student for five semesters if the institution is on a semester system, or its equivalent if the institution is on a system other than a semester system.

This bill revises the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act of 2014

(1) Generally, the Tennessee Promise scholarship provides up to two and one-half years of tuition and mandatory fees to a student enrolled full-time at an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution. This … Read More


Law adds animals to list of immunity for rescue from locked vehicle

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

A new law effective July 1 adds animals to the existing procedure that confers immunity from liability on a person for damage caused by breaking into a locked vehicle for the purpose of extracting a child in danger.


Beer permit requirements changed

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

 An applicant for a beer permit must now have been a citizen or lawful resident of the U.S. for at least one year immediately preceding the application date in order for the county to issue the permit.


New exemption from seat belts

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

Utility workers and meter readers are now exempt from wearing seat belts while emerging from and reentering a vehicle at frequent intervals, and while the vehicle is operated at less than 40 mph. The new law is Senate Bill 0120 and  Amends TCA Section 55-9-603.


Jessie Mae Culley

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

Jessie Mae Culley, 82, of Sparta, passed away this morning at her home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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