Monthly Archives: August 2015

Emmy winner to speak at TTU

Posted on August 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Emmy winning ABC anchor and correspondent John Quinones will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 22, 2015, at Tennessee Tech University, in Derryberry Hall, about overcoming adversity, pursuing dreams and responding to the mistreatment of others.

Derryberry Hall Auditorium is a 1 Wm. L. Jones Dr., in Cookeville.

Quinones is a seven-time Emmy winner who has worked for ABC News for more than 30 years. He is the co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and anchor of its series “What Would You Do?”

It is free and open to the public.


Warriors take on the Dragons Friday in Jamestown

Posted on August 26, 2015 5:05 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Coming off their opening night win, the Warrior football team hits the road to Jamestown Friday to do battle with the York Institute Dragons.

The Warriors defeated Monterey 14-7 in their opener while York fell victim to Stone Memorial 54-18 in their first game.

Kick off for that game is 7 p.m. at York Institute.

See the preview of that game in Thursday’s print edition as well as details on the junior varsity Warriors’ 36-18 win over Livingston Academy on Monday.


Rescue Squad concerned about funding for volunteer organization

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mike McLatchy, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, addressed members of White County Budget Committee during a meeting Sunday, Aug. 23. McLatchy expressed concern about the funding ratio for the rescue squad compared to the fire departments. McLatchy reminded committee members the rescue squad covers the entire county. Reportedly, the funding formula for fire departments was set up many years ago and was based on square mileage of the district.

Eastland VFD-$12,222

Doyle VFD-$12,273

Hickory Valley VFD-$13,527

Mt. Gilead VFD-$13,752

BonDeCroft VFD-$15,035

Cassville VFD-$15,485

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad-$16,273

North End VFD-$16,587

Sparta Fire Department-$17,273

Cherry Creek VFD-$17,376

Central View VFD-$17,692


Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd, 73, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Simmons was born Jan. 23, 1942, the daughter of J.L. Bickford and Verena Mae Walling Bickford.

She was a retired state employee from Fall Creek Falls Restaurant and a member of New Hope Full Gospel Church.

Mrs. Ladd was baptized at Taylor’s Providence Free Will Baptist Church of Sparta.

In 1978, her first husband, Jewel Alfred Simmons, preceded her in death. In 1997, her second husband, Alan Eugene Ladd, also preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Lee Bickford; and two sisters, … Read More


TTU to host seminar about real estate in the Upper Cumberland

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Finding and securing commercial space in the Upper Cumberland can be daunting. The supply of office and industrial space is tight.  There is a lot of money at stake, the terminology can be confusing and the contracts complicated. A free seminar called “Small Business Real Estate” will be presented 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept, 8, 2015, by Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU. This seminar will show you how to find a facility, how to negotiate the best deal possible, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

The seminar will be on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall, room 218, at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville.

Although admission is … Read More


Clifford Templeton

Posted on August 26, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Clifford Templeton, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Emily Jane Jones Lane

Posted on August 26, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Emily Jane Jones Lane, a95, of Sparta, formerly of Pennsylvania and Florida, passed away Aug. 24, 2015, at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 29, 2015, at the home of her granddaughter, Lisa Ferraro.

Mrs. Lane’s ashes will be buried in Noxen, Pennysylvania, next to her husband at a later date.

This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Tuesday’s local sports action

Posted on August 26, 2015 3:03 am by Tammy Wilhite

There was plenty of action in the local sports scene on Tuesday, August 25th.

The WCHS golfers hosted Cumberland County at the Sparta Country Club and came away with a win.

The WCHS volleyball team suffered their first defeat of the season falling at Cumberland County.  The WCMS volleyball team improved to 4-0 with a win at Upperman.

The WCHS soccer team opened their season with a 5-1 loss at Livingston Academy.

The WCMS football team was defeated 22-6 at home by South Middle.

See Thursday’s print edition for details of all these games as well.


Multi-County Wildlife Meeting

Posted on August 25, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Joshua Iceman trial begins

Posted on August 25, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Joshua Iceman, who has been accused of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder in the death of eight–week-old Taylor Madison Iceman, pleaded not guilty in the first day of trial.  In opening statements, the state alleged that Iceman caused fatal injury to the child by abusing her. The defense countered that Taylor Iceman may have had medical factors contributing to her death, and that emergency doctors treating her may have exacerbated her conditions with medication they gave her on the evening she was airlifted to Erlanger in Chattanooga. Taylor Iceman passed away on Sept. 5, 2011. More information on the trial will be in Thursday’s edition of … Read More


County Commission special-called meeting Aug. 31

Posted on August 25, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Notice is hereby given to all County Commissioners, all residents of White County, Tennessee, and to all persons interested that an open, special-called meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of White County will be held on Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the third floor courtroom of the White County Courthouse, in Sparta, Tennessee, to discuss the resolution making appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations of White County, Tennessee, for the year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016.


Peeled Chestnut singing

Posted on August 25, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Church newsPeeled Chestnut United Methodist Church will host a singing, 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at the church. Featured singer will be Johnathan Bond. Covered dish meal to follow singing.


Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Ride

Posted on August 25, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Ride will be Sept. 26, 2015, which is in memory of Aaron’s birthday. Registration starts at 8 a.m., at Central Church of Christ, in the parking lot. Pre-registration is $20 and can be done at Town Hill Bicycle Shop, 10 E. Rhea St., in Sparta. The cost is $25 if registration takes place the day of the race.  Ride begins at 9 a.m. Anyone can ride who has a bike. The event is a fundraiser for the Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation. For more information call Cherri McNeil, (931) 836-8190.


Charles “Chuck” Richard Thomas

Posted on August 25, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a visitation to celebrate the life of Charles R. Thomas, 87, of Cookeville, 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 26, 2015, at Whitson Funeral Home, in Cookeville.

Mr. Thomas passed from this life Aug. 23, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1927, in Charleston, Illinois, to Melvin and Margery Thomas.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, with a degree in industrial arts. He spent his entire career of 37 years with Thomas Industries Inc., retiring as general manager … Read More


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