Monthly Archives: November 2015

WAKE Sparta to host book drive for law enforcement

Posted on November 23, 2015 8:08 am by Delaney Austin

The White County Anti-Drug Coalition met to discuss the upcoming book drive to benefit the children of domestic abuse situations as well as the children of inmates. White County High School guidance counselors spoke on ways to decrease drug use in the schools.

Police Chief Jeff Guth made a presentation about ways to help children of domestic abuse situations. Currently, the police department has a few toys and stuffed animals they hand out to children who may need some sort of coping mechanism while their parents are being questioned or arrested.

While stuffed animals are effective, Guth said, “The biggest thing we’re working on that I, from a … Read More


Business owners concerned about sidewalks project

Posted on November 23, 2015 8:08 am by Delaney Austin

Downtown business and landowners gathered in Sparta City Hall during the meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to voice concerns about the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) sidewalk project. Mayor Jeff Young assured the concerned parties that a cooperative plan would be submitted for review.

Eddie Rogers of Edd Rogers Chevrolet Buick was the spokesman for a group of downtown business and landowners that wished to address the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the Nov. 19 meeting. Rogers spoke about the sidewalks project that has been in the process for about two years.

Recently, plans have been drawn up by the engineers working for TDOT … Read More


Chiyo Prater

Posted on November 23, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Chiyo Prater, 75, passed away Nov. 20, 2015, at her home in Sparta.

Mrs. Prater was born Nov. 3, 1940, to Moshin Morita and Tsuru Morita, in Iisa, Rota, Mariana Islands.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry L. Prater, of Sparta; children, Johnny Prater, of Sparta, Christina Gendreau and husband Mike, of San Diego, California, Jimmy M. Prater, of Sparta; brother, Megumu Morita; sisters, Mitsue Odonchi, Kikue Taira; and two grandchildren, Kristin Gendreau and Melissa Gendreau.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m., Nov. 24, 2015, Old Union Cemetery. Bro. Randy Garrell will officiate. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Nov. 23, at Thurman Funeral Home.

Thurman Funeral … Read More


Letters to Santa

Posted on November 23, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


This Week in White County History

Posted on November 23, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

1975
•Jim Champ was nominated and chosen to Coachman’s “Man of the Week” because of his willingness to better the community.
•Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate Technician Thomas H. Holloway embarked on a deployment to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence.
•The bloodmobile came to White County to stock up on blood donations for the busy holiday season. The bloodmobile will receive and deliver over 325 pints of blood to local hospitals in surrounding counties.
1985
•Construction started on the new $2.366 million elementary school in White County. The new school will hold approximately 650 students in the 66,000 square foot facility.
•White County … Read More


Doyle and Woodland Park sweep elementary titles

Posted on November 21, 2015 2:02 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Saturday was championship day for the local elementary school basketball teams. Doyle and Woodland Park swept the titles in the four championship games played at White County Middle School.

The day began with the Doyle Lady Indians defeating Cassville’s Lady Bees 32-8 in the girls’ small division championship tilt.

The Indians made it a small school sweep in the boys’ title game with their 40-24 win over Central View.

The Woodland Park Lady Panthers won the large division girls’ title by defeating Findlay’s Lady Falcons 29-9.

The day wrapped up with a 49-19 win by Woodland Park over Spencer in the boy’s large division title game.

Due to … Read More


Tinsel Town Market

Posted on November 21, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Candlelight memorial event

Posted on November 20, 2015 6:06 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


WCHS Christmas sale at Santa’s Workshop

Posted on November 20, 2015 2:02 pm by Delaney Austin

Art students at White County High School, led by art teacher Melissa Amaral, show off their glass Christmas creations. Last year, the students raised money for a new kiln. This year’s product is a direct result of their earnings. This year, Amaral hopes to raise enough money to purchase a new potter’s wheel and soldering iron. Stop by Santa’s Workshop this weekend at the Hyder-Burks Pavillion in Cookeville to support the WCHS art class.

This event is open until 8 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Santa will be available for pictures on Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m., … Read More


Saying thank you

Posted on November 20, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


John Edward Lewis

Posted on November 20, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

John Edward Lewis, 67, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2015, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Lewis was born April 15, 1948, in White County, to John L. Lewis and Nancy Lee Grove Lewis Hill.

He was a brick mason.

Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Charlie Hill; brother, Michael Lewis; and sisters, Peggy Ann Nowin and Betty League.

Survivors include his son, Lewis Carrick and wife Robin, of Sparta; grandchildren, Christopher Carrick, Kaitlin Carrick, Maylasia Carrick, Jaya Carrick; two brothers, Charles Rouse and wife Elizabeth, Nathaniel Lewis and wife Pam; two sisters, Linda McReynolds, Barbara Akin and husband James; … Read More


Doyle Christmas Parade

Posted on November 20, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Doyle Christmas Parade will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. For more information about participating in the parade, call (931) 657-2459.


Sparta Christmas Parade

Posted on November 20, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 2015 Sparta Christmas Parade will be 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Line up begins at 2:30 p.m., at White County High School. All floats and entries must be lined up by 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Be a Gift to the World.” Click here for more information or to register or call (931) 836-3552.


“Time of Testimony”

Posted on November 20, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, Nov. 22

Who: Calvary Baptist Church

What: “Time of Testimony” in the morning service thanking the Lord for His goodness

When: 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Where: 4417 Roberts-Matthews Hwy., Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-5260 or (931) 738-8296


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