Monthly Archives: January 2016

William Ronald “Ronnie” Adcock

Posted on January 12, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

William Ronald “Ronnie” Adcock, 55, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 11, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Adcock was born in Sparta to William “Fat” Adcock and Dimple Elease Poston Adcock,

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two sisters, Pam Holder and husband Michael, Mary Jane Adcock, all of Sparta; two nephews, Kaleb Tayse, Tyler Spivey and Brittany; great-nephews, Braxton Spivey, Jayden Spivey; one uncle, Billy Poston; five aunts, Lois Kirby, Christine Kirby, Helen Poston, Sue Graham, Shirley Poston, all of Sparta; two special friends, Lewis “Cotton” Munk, Kathy Hutson, both of Sparta; and several cousins and friends.

Funeral service will … Read More


Calvin Darryl Sims

Posted on January 12, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Calvin Darryl Sims, 57, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 12, 2016, at Upper Cumberland Hospice and Palliative Care, in Cookeville.

Funeral service will be graveside, at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 14, Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Jan. 14, at Hunter Funeral Home.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.


State Representative Kevin Dunlap to hold meet-and-greet

Posted on January 12, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Kevin Dunlap will hold a breakfast meet-and-greet with White County constituents, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The meeting will be held at White County Courthouse, in Sparta, at 1 E. Bockman Way. Rep. Dunlap will provide breakfast and give constituents a chance to share their concerns with their State Representative.

“As the state legislature re-convenes this year, I’m looking forward to hearing from White County residents and being able to bring their concerns to Nashville and Capitol Hill,” said Dunlap.

The meeting will last 8-9:30 a.m., on the second floor of the courthouse.


Martin Luther King Day parade and ceremony set for Jan. 16

Posted on January 12, 2016 1:01 pm by

A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Line-up begins at 10 a.m., at White County Justice Center, where the parade will proceed to downtown Sparta in the vicinity of Liberty Square. Beginning at noon, there will be a special ceremony at Sparta Civic Center with featured speakers and musical entertainment. Everyone is invited.


Sparta Police release details on Highway 111-Roosevelt crash

Posted on January 12, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

A driver has been cited for not obeying a traffic light following a crash on Jan. 6 at an intersection that experiences a large number of crashes within the city limits of Sparta.

According to a report by Sparta Police Patrolman Andy Julian, at approximately 1:54 p.m. on Jan. 6, a 2005 red Ford F-150, driven by Holden Cole Null, age 21 of Sparta, was traveling south on Highway 111, when it was struck by a 2015 black Kia Soul, that was traveling west on Roosevelt Drive, attempting to cross over Highway 111.

Julian’s report states that several witnesses reported that the driver of the Kia, Rhonda R. … Read More


United Way hosting job fair at Sparta Civic Center, Jan. 13

Posted on January 12, 2016 1:01 pm by

United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland be hosting a job fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way. The Career Coach will be on-site for the event.

UCHRA will be hiring for driver positions, and R.C. Grace LLC will be hiring for a truck driving recruiter position.

Pacesetters, as well as Saint Thomas Hospital, will be hiring for various positions. Averitt Express, Perdue Farms and Community Options will also be at the job fair.

Career Coach staff will help applicants prepare resumes and register with Jobs4TN.gov where there are more than 90,000 jobs available.

If you are … Read More


THP state trooper makes traffic stop and discovers meth

Posted on January 12, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Trooper Joseph Williams, of White County, who serves with the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Cookeville District initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 1.2 grams of methamphetamine in resale bags, and other paraphernalia items. The trooper made the arrest of the Tennessee man on felony drug charges and also fugitive from justice out of Texas in White County, Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.

Trooper Williams stopped a 1982 GMC pickup for a window tint violation on U.S. Hwy 70 near mile marker 10 in White County at approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver.

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William “Bill” Eugene Swift

Posted on January 12, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

William “Bill” Eugene Swift, 82, of Doyle, passed away today at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


TTU sponsoring Hot Cider Social

Posted on January 12, 2016 12:12 pm by

TTU’s International Friends is hosting its annual Hot Cider Social, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in room 145 of Southwest Hall (200 W. 10th Street, Cookeville). This event allows students from TTU’s international community to meet families and individuals from the local community. For more information please contact Debbie Barnard at (931) 349.0165 or dbarnard@tntech.edu .


Carter pleads guilty in 2013 death of Jeanne Mannes

Posted on January 12, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Three years after a crash at the intersection of Highway 111 and Taft Church Road took the life of Jeanne Mannes, age 76 of Van Buren County, Curtis Orlando Carter, 35 of Chattanooga, has pled guilty to reckless homicide, according to a press release by Assistant District Attorney General Philip Hatch.

The crash occurred on Jan. 12, 2013.

Mannes had been traveling south on Highway 111 in a 2005 Toyota Camry. According to family members, Mannes was returning home after helping a friend find her way to Interstate 40.

Mannes was stopped at the traffic light at the Taft Church Road intersection when a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven … Read More


Karaoke at Senior Center tonight

Posted on January 12, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Karaoke returns tonight at Sparta-White County Senior Center after a break for the holidays.  Come out and join the fun. Bring your own CDG’s or choose from the list of more than 800 songs. Fun begins at 6 p.m. There is a $2 admission charge.


Taste of Home Cooking School tickets on sale Jan. 25

Posted on January 12, 2016 5:05 am by

Taste of Home Cooking School is returning to Sparta. The much-anticipated event, which is sponsored by The Expositor, has been held in October for the past several years, but Michelle Roberts, culinary specialist, will be in Sparta at the White County Agriculture Complex, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Featured recipes will highlight a spring/summer menu. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. General admission is $12 and $35 for V.I.P. tickets.


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