Monthly Archives: January 2016

Prowlers reported in Cherry Creek/Blackburn Mountain areas

Posted on January 5, 2016 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

Prowlers have reportedly attempted to attack two female victims in White County recently. The first incident took place on Jan. 2 on Blackburn Mountain Road. The suspect, a male dressed in all black, reportedly attacked a female and tried to get in her car, according to an incident report from White County E-911. The suspect ran away and officers were not able to locate him. A second incident occurred on Jan. 4. A female reported that a man chased her down the road in the area of Cherry Creek Road near Demps Road. The suspect reportedly wore a blue plaid jacket and had salt and pepper hair, according … Read More


Hazel Lee Felts

Posted on January 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Hazel Lee Felts, 86, of the Johnson’s Chapel community of DeKalb County, passed away Jan. 2, 2016, at her home.

Mrs. Felts was retired from BJ Apparel and attended Johnson’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

She was a loving wife, mother & granny.

Mrs. Felts was preceded in death by her husband, H.C. Felts; parents; Harvey Harris and Kathryn Elrod Harris; son, Charles Felts and daughter-in-law, Geraldine Felts; three grandchildren, Charles Felts Jr., Chris Felts, Ty Bohannon; brother, Darnell Harris; and three sisters, Alvaree Holland, Louise Henderson and Donvall Puckett.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Hitchcock and husband Lonnie, of Sparta; one son, Harvey Felts and wife Glenda, of … Read More


Betty Sue Winstead Jolley Butler

Posted on January 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Betty Sue Winstead Jolley Butler, 86 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 4, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Butler was born Oct. 22, 1929, in Sparta, to Claude Potter Winstead and Lola Beatrice Humphrey Winstead.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kelcy Butler; son, Glenn Jolley; brother Carl Winstead; and sister Jean Haston.

Survivors include her daughter Pat McBride and husband Clifford; two sons, Danny Jolley and wife Marilyn, Ronnie Jolley and wife Beverly; daughter-in-law, Sherry Jolley; grandchildren, Stacey Jolley, Steven McBride and wife Cindy, Jennifer Jolley, Travis McBride and wife Jennifer, Chad Jolley and … Read More


Jason Lee Herren

Posted on January 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jason Lee Herren, 39, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 3, 2016, at Owensboro Regional Hospital, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Mr. Herren was born Oct. 21, 1976, in Sparta, to Linda Tindle Herren and Gillis Lee Herren.

He was a truck driver, mechanic and a member of Findlay Church of Christ.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Golden and Bernice Herren.

Survivors include his children Tobbie J.B. Herren, Johnny Wade Herren, Tristan Hollis Herren, Shanialee Nicole Herren; mother, Linda Tindle Herren; granddaughter, Sadie Faith Herren; uncles, Milton Herren and wife Jeanette, Eddie Herren and wife Martha; and great-aunts, Jewel Tharp and Raynelda … Read More


Pick TN Conference brings issues and experts together

Posted on January 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Whether you grow an orchard, flowers, a corn maze, wine grapes, acres of produce or manage a farmers market, the Pick TN Conference offers figurative and literal tools to optimize those operations. The proof is on the Pick TN Conference website where the roster of breakout sessions, networking opportunities and expert speakers is outlined.

The new conference for Tennessee farmers is scheduled for Feb. 11-13 in Knoxville. A collaborative effort of Tennessee producer organizations and agriculture agencies, the Pick TN Conference is offered as a solution for modern farmers who have little time to explore all the constantly evolving options, issues and information they need to succeed.

Conference … Read More


Be an ombudsman volunteer

Posted on January 5, 2016 5:05 am by

Aging Services for the Upper Cumberland Inc. is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, and skilled communicators to be volunteer Ombudsmen.

As a volunteer ombudsman, you will be assigned to a specific long-term care facility, working to ensure that the resident’s rights are being protected. You will help residents with problems they are unable to resolve alone.

Volunteer ombudsmen dedicate three hours per week to this job. Ongoing training and support are provided.

For more information, please call Kim Fowler at (931) 432-4210.


Both WCHS teams crack AP Top Ten

Posted on January 4, 2016 6:06 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Associated Press released their initial top 10 rankings for each classification of Tennessee high school basketball Monday and both White County High School teams cracked the Top Ten poll in the state.

The Warriors, who are undefeated at 13-0, come in ranked #7 in Class AAA boys with 36 points.

The Warriorettes, who are 11-2, are sitting at #10 in the girls Class AAA poll with 18 points.

WCHS heads to Lebanon Tuesday night.  Lebanon’s boys’ are 13-1, but are not ranked in the AP state Top Ten, but are ranked in the Tennessean’s Midstate Top 10 at #10.  That ranking is regardless of classification.  Neither WCHS … Read More


Dorothy Mansell Sherrell Copeland

Posted on January 4, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dorothy Mansell Sherrell Copeland, 88, of Athens, passed away Dec. 31, 2015, at Life Care Center of Athens (Tennessee).

She was a native of White County and was the daughter of George Edward Mansell and Lizzie Jane Eller Mansell.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Roy Clarence Sherrell; her second husband, Bob Copeland; and a brother, James Mansell.

She was a member of Genesis Baptist Church of Athens.

She was a graduate of Nashville Business College and was associated with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for 30 years as a clerk in the Warren County office and the Coffee County office.

Survivors include … Read More


Calvary Baptist speakers

Posted on January 4, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, Jan. 17

Who: Calvary Baptist Church

What: Eric and Rebekah Elrod will share their burden for the mission field in India

When: 11 a.m., service

Where: 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway, Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-5260


TennCare rates increase throughout 2015

Posted on January 4, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

TennCare rates have steadily increased each month this year in both White and Van Buren counties, according to S Chip Reports provided by the State of Tennessee.

White County enrollment in TennCare, which includes Amerigroup, BlueCare, United Healthcare and TennCare Select, has increased 7.5 percent, and Van Buren County enrollment has increased 9.5 percent, with steadily increasing numbers each month.

White County enrollment was reported at 6,727 in January, and increasing to 7,232 in November.

Van Buren enrolment was reported at 1,278 in January and 1,400 in November.

These figures have increased every single month in 2015.

The highest number of enrollees in each county are females, with … Read More


Microbeads prohibited in new federal law

Posted on January 4, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

A bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products was signed into law on Dec. 28, with the key ingredient in many facial scrubs and toothpastes being phased out over the next two years.

An official statement from the United States Press Secretary was released on Dec. 28 that states, “On Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, the President signed into law HR 1321, “The Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015,” which prohibits the manufacture and introduction into interstate commerce of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally-added plastic microbeads.”

A microbead is defined as a solid plastic particle that is less than five millimeters in size that is intended to … Read More


Lloyd Keith Thacker

Posted on January 4, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lloyd Keith Thacker, 66, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 3, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Thacker was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to Preston Thacker and Ellen P. May Thacker.

He was retired from Textron in the industrial maintenance repair department and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Thacker, of Spencer; son, Clinton David Preslee Thacker, of Spencer; two brothers, Lee Thacker and wife Herme, of North Carolina, Clinton Thacker and wife Bernice, of Spencer; two sisters, Nina Jean Dunlap and husband Hobert, Arlene Higdon and husband Ed, all of Spencer; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., … Read More


POPS receives $1,000 donation

Posted on January 2, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

POPS (Pals of Pooches) was recently presented with a $1,000 check through “Gator’s Big Give.” Stephanie Smith, of White County Animal Shelter said, “We are truly honored and want the send a huge thank you to 106.9 Kicks Country and their sponsors, Johns Family and Implant Dentistry, Algood Drugs, Heather Skender, REALTOR, and NAPA Auto Parts of Cookeville. White County Animal Shelter is very grateful for your kindness and generosity.”


Be an ombudsman volunteer

Posted on January 2, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Aging Services for the Upper Cumberland Inc. is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, and skilled communicators to be volunteer Ombudsmen.

As a volunteer ombudsman, you will be assigned to a specific long-term care facility, working to ensure that the resident’s rights are being protected. You will help residents with problems they are unable to resolve alone.

Volunteer ombudsmen dedicate three hours per week to this job. Ongoing training and support are provided.

For more information, please call Kim Fowler at (931) 432-4210.


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