Monthly Archives: November 2015

TBI accepting entries for 2016 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest

Posted on November 6, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling all 5th graders from across the state to participate in the United States Department of Justice 2014 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest by entering at the state level for a chance to be selected as the national winner and awarded a free trip to Washington D.C. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate America’s united effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of proactive education programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Child Protection Division, sponsors an annual Missing Children’s Poster Contest for 5th grade students to develop … CONTINUED

Loyd Hutchings

Posted on November 5, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Loyd Hutchings, 75, passed away Nov. 4, 2015, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

Mr. Hutchings was born April 22, 1940, in Smithville, to Casto Hutchings and Lillie Myrtle Billings Hutchings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willard, Herman, Reed, W.G., Claude Hutchings; sisters, Lucille Hawkins,    Ravanell Johnson, Lenice Bumbalough; and two infant siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years of marriage, Dorothy Goodwin Hutchings; three children, Rhonda Green, Mark Hutchings, Hilda Davis and husband Tim, all of Sparta; brother, Alton Hutchings and wife Nancy, of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, James Meisenzahl, Michael Green Jr., both of Rickman, LeAnna Hutchings, of Murfreesboro, Shane Davis, … CONTINUED

White County FFA students kick off holiday fruit sale

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

Proceeds from the FFA holiday fruit sale help support attendance at skills contests, Camp Clements, and state and national conventions. You can contact any FFA member to order or go online: If you choose the website, you can still credit an FFA member of your choosing with the sale during the checkout process.. To order simply click on local sales once you are on the site, and it will give step-by-step instructions to purchase. White County High School FFA officers for 2015-2016 are displaying the poinsettias and the boxed fruit that are sold for their annual fundraising event. Front row, L-R: Jenessa Bolin, treasurer; David Gentry, junior … CONTINUED

Tennessee authors are telling mostly true stories for all ages

Posted on November 5, 2015 2:02 pm by Delaney Austin

Suellen Alfred and Joyce Milligan Tatum, co-authors of “From the Mountains to the River: Mostly True Stories Worth the Tellin’,” will be telling stories at the White County Public Library on Nov. 7 from 10 until noon.
Alfred and Tatum, storytellers and friends, decided to write a collection of stories after many years of exchanging stories for fun. “All I could remember is that we would sit around telling each other funny stories,” stated Alfred. “One day, [Tatum] said we have got to put these in a book—so we did.”
In the matter of a year, the co-authors collected their stories, submitted them into multiple publishers, and had … CONTINUED

Thinking about Thanksgiving

Posted on November 5, 2015 2:02 pm by Delaney Austin

TTU to host seminar targeting potential entrepreneurs

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

Have you dreamed of owning your own business? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you have a great idea you think the world needs?

“So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur” is the title of the free webinar being presented from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10. Led by Brandon Brown, Small Business Specialist at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the seminar will address topics of interest to individuals considering entrepreneurship.

Although admission is free, registration is required and can be done by visiting the web site at or calling the TSBDC office at TTU at (931) 372-3648.

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


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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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