Monthly Archives: January 2016

Griggs qualifies for state in latest meet

Posted on January 12, 2016 12:12 am by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School swim team traveled to Sewanee over the weekend to compete in the Snowball Invitational.

Japheth Griggs, who had already qualified for the state meet in the 50-yard freestyle, added another even to his state schedule.  Griggs finished third in the 100-yard freestyle and earned a spot in the state with his time of :52.79.  He also set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.50.

The WCHS girls’ relay team set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

See Thursday’s print edition for all the details of the meet.


VBCHS wins two at Monterey

Posted on January 12, 2016 12:12 am by Tammy Wilhite

Eagles now ranked #10 in the state

The Van Buren County High School teams stepped out of District 6A Monday and traveled to Monterey.  Both teams notched wins on the evening.

The Eagles, who just moved to #10 in the latest Associated Press Class A Top Ten poll, had to hold off a scrappy Monterey squad.  VBCHS held on for the 62-59 win as Drew Roberts led the way with 19 points and Caden Mills added 16.

The Eaglettes took control of the game early jumping out to a 25-5 lead and then coasted down the stretch for the 70-46 win.  Lakelyn Bouldin led the way with 24 … CONTINUED


WCMS takes two wins over South

Posted on January 12, 2016 12:12 am by Tammy Wilhite

The White County Middle School 8th grade teams hosted South Middle from Franklin County Monday in Central Tennessee Conference action.

Both WCMS teams came away with wins.  The Warriorettes notched the 26-22 win as Kanden Reeves poured in 16 points.  The Warriors, with a balanced attack, won their game 34-17.

The teams are to return to action Tuesday against Warren County.

See Thursday’s print edition for the details.


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

Posted on January 11, 2016 8:08 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.


Comptroller’s office reveals additional details on arrest of former Sparta Police officer

Posted on January 11, 2016 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has revealed that two members of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association (TLETOA) stole at least $175,700 from the nonprofit association. The investigation was initiated at the request of TLETOA officials after they discovered questionable payments from the association bank account.

The TLETOA is comprised of approximately 400 law enforcement training officers, and its primary purpose is to provide training to law enforcement personnel throughout the state. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office provides the primary funding for the training conducted by TLETOA via a grant to Columbia State Community College.

Comptroller investigators found that from May 2010 to October … CONTINUED


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

Posted on January 11, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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.


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

Posted on January 11, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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 … CONTINUED


Miller seeks re-election as assessor of property

Posted on January 11, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tina Lassiter Miller is announcing her candidacy for re-election as White County Assessor of Property for the upcoming Democratic Primary, on March 1, 2016.

Miller is a White County native, attended school in White County and is a White County High School graduate. She resides in the Mt. Gilead community with her husband David and their son, Matthew. She is now serving as assessor of property, in White County.

“I love White County and its people,” said Miller. “I love the job serving as assessor of property. My background for the office began in 1991 when I went to work for the previous assessor. Those years of experience … CONTINUED


Johnny Margeson

Posted on January 11, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Johnny Margeson, 55, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 9, 2016, at his residence.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 12, 2016, at Sparkmantown Cemetery, in Van Buren County.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Fire and Rescue Banquet honors volunteers

Posted on January 11, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

On Jan. 9, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, and several White County volunteer fire departments hosted their annual fire and rescue awards banquet to honor the exemplary service of their own members, as well as members of the community who have shown dedication to the emergency organizations over the past year. A special award was presented to Jeremy Cox by the rescue squad for his life-saving actions, above and beyond his assigned task, at a scene.


MTNG donates to Coordinated School Health Program

Posted on January 11, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Middle Tennessee Natural Gas has donated $1,000 to White County’s Coordinated School Health Program, which will be applied toward the purchase of two Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.) – one for the school bus garage and one for White County Board of Education’s central office.  L-R: Marcie Kinnard, coordinated school health director, and Adam Barnes, MTNG superintendent of the Sparta office.


Walmart donates to Coordinated School Health Program

Posted on January 11, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Walmart of Sparta has donated $2,000 to White County’s Coordinated School Health Program, which will be used to purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) for White County Middle School sports program. L-R: Luke Dycus, WCMS athletic director; Jason Jenkins, Walmart assistant manager; Marcie Kinnard, coordinated school health director; and Brent Ryan, athletic trainer for WCMS and White County High School.


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