Monthly Archives: November 2015

TTU homecoming parade coverage

Posted on November 16, 2015 11:11 am by Delaney Austin

Tennessee Technological University welcomes visitors during homecoming and its centennial celebration with a parade down Dixie Ave. View post for more pictures.


Candlelight memorial event

Posted on November 16, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Whirl Wide Entertainment/Jason Ward Events brings country artist to Christmas parade

Posted on November 16, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

A Nashville country music recording artist will be spicing up Sparta’s annual Christmas parade, as Whirl Wide Entertainment and Jason Ward Events are bringing singer Briana Tyson to perform on their float in the parade.

“We are very excited that she will be coming to perform and to let people know what she’s capable of doing,” Kelly Judd, CEO of Whirl Wide Entertainment says.

Judd says he is thrilled to bring a county music artist into the Sparta parade. “This is something new for Sparta,” he continues.

Tyson, who is currently recording her second studio album, will be singing Christmas songs on the float throughout the duration of … CONTINUED


White County man continues search for his missing mother

Posted on November 16, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

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January will mark 20 years since David Pruitt has last heard from his mother, Ann Blanche Ferguson Frady who, at the time, was 57 years old.

Since that time, he and his wife Kimberly Pruitt, have not stopped following every lead, in hopes of finding answers concerning what happened to “Momma Blanche.”

David Pruitt, who has resided in the BonDeCroft community for 25 years and serves as a volunteer firefighter, grew up in Bledsoe County.

At the time of her disappearance, Frady was residing in Van Buren County, near the Bledsoe County line on Jack’s Branch Road. She was last seen on Jan. 14, 1996 at JJ’s market … CONTINUED


School board stands firm in decision to retain WCMS social studies textbook

Posted on November 16, 2015 8:08 am by Delaney Austin

The White County School Board of Education met to discuss a recent records request by Chris Sapp in regards to the recent conflict involving a seventh grade social studies textbook.

All members of the school board have been given the information requested and have agreed to meet personally with Sapp to discuss the matter further. As far as the seventh grade textbook, the school board remained firm in the decision to retain the book.

“As for recent concerns involving the 7th grade social studies textbook, we stand by our decision at this time to retain the textbook,” stated Chairman Edd Cantrell. “This decision was based upon the … CONTINUED


Amanda Oakes Tate Scheidler

Posted on November 16, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Amanda Oakes Tate Scheidler, 44, passed away Nov. 11, 2015.

Ms. Scheidler had a deep belief in God and studied her Bible daily. She was writing a book for people who had been physically abused. She was a very loving and caring person who loved her children more than anything in the world. She will be dearly missed.

Ms. Scheidler was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hutchins Tate; brother, Robert Kevin Tate; and sister, Marianne Tate Gleason Thompson.

Survivors include her mother, Anita Oakes Tate Booker; daughter, Mariah Lynn Scheidler King (Christopher); son, Robert Jacob Scheidler (Kristin); and grandchildren, Brently Lyndon Dale King, Bryson James King, … CONTINUED


Willene Simmons

Posted on November 16, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willene Simmons, 84, of Quebeck, passed away Nov. 15, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 17, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Skurlock Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Nov. 16, and after 11 a.m., Nov. 17, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Lucille Blanton Lovell

Posted on November 16, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Betty Lucille Blanton Lovell, 62, passed away Nov. 14, 2015, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Ms. Lovell was born Feb. 11, 1953, in Van Buren County, to Verna Green Blanton and Isaac Blanton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Claude Blanton and Bobby Blanton.

Survivors include five children, Treva Rawlins, of Murfreesboro, Trena Teal, of Sparta, Trent Tipton, of Hawaii, Travis Tipton, of Mississippi, Timothy Tipton, of Sparta; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; mother, Verna Blanton; and two brothers, Lynn Blanton and Jackie Blanton

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 18, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery. … CONTINUED


Gas prices update

Posted on November 16, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gas prices should slip lower this week after the price of oil hit its lowest settlement since August. Gasoline prices nationwide are averaging $2.17, after slipping 5 cents last week. Motorists are now saving an average of $11 for a full tank of gas. The current price of gasoline in Tennessee is $1.98 – 4 cents lower than a week ago, 3.5 cents lower than last month, and 70 cents lower than this time last year.


Christpoint Church

Posted on November 16, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Letters to Santa

Posted on November 16, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Overton County Patriots meeting

Posted on November 16, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Overton County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Livingston Library. Norm & Maxine Osburn, of SNIP-OC, will be speaking on spaying/neutering of dogs and cats. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call (931) 823-6662 or (931) 510-1544.


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