Monthly Archives: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Mrs. Cunningham’s Pre-K class

Posted on November 24, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor


Eastland Fire Department Breakfast

Posted on November 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin


Christmas Craft Fair

Posted on November 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin


Carrol Rozell Oakley

Posted on November 24, 2015 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carrol Rozell Oakley, 81, passed away Nov. 23, 2015, at Saint Thomas Highland Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Oakley was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Sparta, to Willie Allen England and Roxie Lee Cooper England.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Haston England; and sister.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Bill Oakley; daughters, Billie Stingley and husband, Alan, Tammy Hicks and husband Steve; son, Greg Oakley and wife Cindy; grandchildren, Benz Oakley, Leslie Price, Jason Stingley, Ginger Singley, Sara Smyth, Nate Smyth, Tiara Stingley, Caitlin Hicks; great-grandchildren, Haylee Stingley, Cameron Stingley, Kieren Smith, Quinn Smyth, Sylar Oakley; and sister, Moline Cravens.

Funeral service … CONTINUED


Torah Portion teaching

Posted on November 24, 2015 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Please come to hear the Torah Portion teaching for the Sabbath at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Yeshua’s Sabbath Church, 4199 Robert-Matthews Highway, in Sparta, O’Connor Road exit, one block from Highway 111. If you have any questions, please call (931) 314-7214 or “like” “Yeshua’s Sabbath Church” on Facebook.


Myron Edwin Adcock

Posted on November 23, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Myron Edwin Adcock, 60, passed away Nov. 22, 2015, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Adcock was born April 20, 1955, to Jesse James Adcock and Winnola “Dink” Rena Luna Adcock.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Lou Ann Hyder Adcock; daughter, Myronika Franklin and husband Ronald; father, Jesse James Adcock; mother, Dink Adcock; brother-in- law, Tim Hyder; brothers, Richard Adcock, Shannon Weaver, Timmy Adcock; granddaughter, Charis Franklin; nephews, Ethan Hyder, Brandon Adcock; nieces, Deeter Hyder, Amanda Bullis and husband Carl, Ariane Caskey and husband Dale, Aja Hyder; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be at noon, Nov. 25, 2015, with burial in … CONTINUED


Local farmer finds large turnips

Posted on November 23, 2015 1:01 pm by Delaney Austin

Jerry Ford, a local farmer, found two turnips in his crops that were about twice the size as usual. The two turnips combined weight was just over 8 pounds with the largest individual turnip weighing 4.25 pounds. The average size of a turnip is about 2.2 pounds, according to web sources.


Holidays on a mission

Posted on November 23, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

The Cookeville Rescue Mission seeks to help all those in the Upper Cumberland area during cold months by providing free meals and a warm bed for all those in need. Executive Director Kim England talks about what the Cookeville Rescue Mission is all about.

“We are a homeless shelter. We provide emergency services for those in need. We provide bedding, lodging, hygiene, and three meals a day,” stated England. “We do a life recovery program for those who have stronghold, regardless of what that stronghold is—alcohol, drugs, relationships.”

Cookeville Rescue Mission (CRM) is first and foremost a ministry, according to England, and receives no state or federal funding. … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Letters to Santa

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


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