Monthly Archives: November 2015

TTU’s Cumberland Quintet performs Nov. 9

Posted on November 5, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Cumberland Quintet will perform Nov. 9, 2015, at Tennessee Tech University. The quintet’s members are TTU music professors Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Wonkak Kim, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon and Jeremy Hansen, horn.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave. It is free and open to the public.


Dedication day for Central View Little Free Library

Posted on November 5, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Reading Specialist Brenda Simpson, Principal Hope Brown, Teacher Jenny Johnson and several students placed the first books. Many thanks to the donors for Central View, Rich and Helen Morgan.

 


Betty Ann Broyles Geer

Posted on November 5, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Betty Ann Broyles Geer, 80, of Cookeville, passed away

Nov. 4, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.

Mrs. Geer was born Oct. 5, 1935, in White County, to Waymon Broyles and Virgie Howard Broyles.

She retired as the director of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. She was also a homemaker to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Bear Cove Baptist Church, and after moving to Cookeville, she joined the Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Wallace Geer Sr.

Survivors include her two sons Roy W. Geer Jr. and wife Sarah, of

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Pastor says he is “angry” about treatment of officials

Posted on November 5, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Rousing opening remarks by a White County pastor at a meeting hosted by Citizens Against Islamic Indoctrination on Tuesday directly addressed a recent chain of events that he said is an actual form of terrorism by specific individuals and should not be tolerated.

Steve Gerhart, pastor of North Sparta Church of God, opened the Nov. 3 event with prayer and few straightforward words to the audience of approximately 500 people. The meeting is one of several that has been held to provide residents an outlet for expressing their views about removing a specific textbook from White County’s seventh grade classrooms. Opponents say the book is biased and promotes … Read More


Betty A. Geer

Posted on November 5, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Betty A. Geer, 80, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 4, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Cora Daisy Joyce Snodgrass Simpson

Posted on November 4, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Cora Daisy Joyce Snodgrass Simpson, a resident of Sparta, died peacefully at Saint Thomas Hospital, in Nashville, on Nov. 3, 2015.

Mrs. Simpson was born May 30, 1923, to John Vass Snodgrass and Chlora Mason Snodgrass.

She became more familiarly known as Cora D.

In 1936, Cora D. was valedictorian of her eighth grade class at East Sparta City School. In 1940, she graduated fourth in her class at White County High School and delivered the salutatorian’s graduation speech.

After high school graduation, she studied home economics for a year at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. While at Tech, she was a member of the gymnastics team.

She left school … Read More


WCHS honors veterans

Posted on November 4, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

White County High School’s Junior ROTC honors veterans past and present by setting up crosses in front of the main building.


Dollar General Store construction

Posted on November 4, 2015 11:11 am by Delaney Austin

Work continues towards a new Dollar General location in Sparta, on the east side of town, near the post office.


Ernest N. “E.N.” Walker

Posted on November 4, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ernest N. “E.N.” Walker, 94, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 1, 2015, at Veterans Administration Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Walker was born July 6, 1921, in Van Buren County, to Issac Clinton Walker and Lula Mae Poore Walker.

Mr. Walker proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving under Gen. George Patton. He was a farmer and logger for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and loved coon hunting.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emogene Walker; four brothers, Brintly Walker, Roy Brent Walker, M.C. Walker, Smith Walker; two sisters, Evelyn Welch, Hassie Walker; … Read More


Rescue Squad collecting for photo drive

Posted on November 4, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad’s annual portrait fundraising drive is currently underway. This year’s drive will raise funds to purchase much needed equipment. The drive accounts for 60% of the department’s operating budget. “Our costs have risen dramatically this year, diesel fuel, gas and insurance alone account for about half of our budget. Along with government funding cuts, your help is needed more than ever,” said Chief Mike McLatchy. The service provided by The Rescue Squad is priceless. When an emergency situation arises, time is of the essence. The all-volunteer Rescue Squad gets no personal gain for the heroic work they do. They are not paid. They donate time, … Read More


St. Andrew youth fundraiser

Posted on November 4, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


WCMS wins 3 of 4 from Prescott South

Posted on November 4, 2015 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

The White County Middle School sixth and seventh grade teams hosted Prescott South Tuesday.

WCMS came away with wins in three games of the quadruple header.

The sixth grade girls opened the night of basketball and picked up their first win of the season with the 31-19 victory.

The sixth grade Warriors were the second to hit the court and followed with a 32-14 win.

The seventh grade Warriors and Warriorettes split their games.  The Warriorettes won thier game 28-14 while the Warriors suffered a 58-28 loss.

The sixth grade teams return to action Tuesday when they host Walter J. Baird at 6 p.m.

The seventh and eighth … Read More


Cora S. Simpson

Posted on November 4, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cora S. Simpson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 3, 2015, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Riverbank Books closing nearly one year after fire

Posted on November 3, 2015 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

It’s been nearly a year since a raging fire destroyed the building that housed Riverbank Books, and in that time, the business has moved and reopened in a neighboring building.

Owner Tonya Carter says things just haven’t been the same since the fire; and though initially a great deal of community support helped the store reopen, the business never really recovered and will soon be closing its doors for the last time.

Riverbank Books was a dream realized by owner Tonya Carter, who, after selling books online for several years, opened the business on Bockman Way nearly four years ago.

“We drove by and saw the building for … Read More


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