Monthly Archives: March 2016

Benefit planned for long-serving emergency responder

Posted on March 7, 2016 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

A man who has selflessly served his community for many decades now needs assistance from the community, as he has recently lost his wife, who had been his partner in service, and now faces his own illness.

Dwayne Steele is a familiar face to emergency services personnel. For 30 years he served as a volunteer firefighter with BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department.

He spent 10 years at White County Emergency Medical Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-IV while working toward his paramedic license. He also worked full time for five years at Putnam County EMS, while working full time at White County EMS .

He continues working in emergency … CONTINUED

Midnight Cry in concert

Posted on March 7, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

New Hope The Baptist Church will be hosting a gospel singing featuring Midnight Cry, at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016. Food and fellowship after the singing. Directions: From Cassville Elementary School, travel one mile south on Will Thompson Road to New Hope Road.

First Love Church

Posted on March 7, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

First Love Church, 264 Judah Dr., in Sparta, will have Spiritual Emphasis Week, with Kevin Weldon, March 13-16, at 6 p.m., nightly. For more information call (931) 738-LOVE or visit the website:

Fire/rescue practice vehicle extrication

Posted on March 7, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Fire Department hosted a vehicle extrication class on Fri., March 4 and Sat., March 5 at Station One. Sparta firefighters, along with firefighters from BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department and Sparta-White County Rescue Squad participated in the course. Firefighter Edward Hensley and Rescue Chief Mike McLatchy were the course instructors. Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young stated that there was a good turnout for the class and thanks White County Sheriff Department, Jeff’s Body Shop, Scott’s Auto Salvage, Edd Rogers, and Damien Hall for donating cars for the class. “We cannot do it without their help. We really appreciate it,” Young says.




White County/Sparta Youth Basketball season and tournament champs – junior boys

Posted on March 7, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

One deceased following Butler Street fire

Posted on March 7, 2016 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department  and White County Emergency Medical Services were on the scene of a Butler Street residence this morning, following a fire that occurred last night. Tennessee Bomb and Arson, and Fire Investigator Jeff Hutson were also at the residence. The fire was reportedly contained to one room of the home. EMS and firefighters removed an individual who had reportedly perished in the fire from a second story window. The individual’s identity and details concerning the cause of the fire have not yet been released.


Capitol Hill Week

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

By State Senator Paul Bailey

(NASHVILLE, March 4, 2016) – Senate Committees worked at “full steam” this week as State Senators approved several key child safety bills, including legislation approved by the Senate Transportation Committee strengthening Tennessee’s law protecting children who are passengers in school buses. Senate Bill 1596 toughens the penalty for using a mobile telephone, or another electronic device, while the school bus is in motion or stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading, when one or more children are on the bus.

The legislation comes after the Knox County crash of two school buses in December 2014 when two children and a teacher’s assistant … CONTINUED

This Week in White County History

Posted on March 7, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor


  • Private First Class Sean Dodson, 19, of Rt. 7, in Sparta, was killed in action in Vietnam.
  • Douglas Aircraft moved into its new plant on Wheat’s Curve, from their previous location on Cookeville Road.
  • Because there were no sanitary fills in the county, Sunset Rock was being used as a site for garbage disposal.


  • Mrs. Kenneth (Geneva) Cotten was pinned as White County Teacher of the Year.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation sought bids for the new Calfkiller River Bridge north of Sparta on Highway 84.
  • First National Bank announced that it would now be open on Saturdays.


  • Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced the

Gun-free schools: Magnets for murder

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

By Dr. John Lilly, Missouri CSG Student: Language of Liberty

You can call it a God given right or a natural right, but each individual has an inherent right to life and to sustain that life. This innate instinct for self-preservation is built into our DNA. When confronted with a threat our pupils dilate, our heart rate increases, blood is diverted from the digestive system to the muscular system. It is the fight or flight reaction. Do we have a right of self-defense? As John Locke said, “In transgressing the law of nature, the offender declares himself to live by another rule than that of reason and common … CONTINUED

Do we deserve Donald Trump as our next president?

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

By Debra Wines:  Democratic Dialog

Last week, the Super Tuesday primaries took place, and I must say, I was impressed with the number of White County voters who turned out. I was also a bit shocked at the number of people who voted for Donald Trump. I’d love to know why? I’ve heard people asked why they are supporting Trump, and their answers make as much sense as Trump’s stump speeches. His supporters claim they admire his “tell it like it is” talk. They like that he speaks the “truth,” he speaks his mind, (that alone is frightening), and he’s not part of the “Washington Establishment.” What surprises … CONTINUED

City to solicit bids for skate park behind amphitheater

Posted on March 7, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A long-awaited skate park in the City of Sparta is finally becoming a reality, as city leaders authorized the solicitation of bids for equipment to begin construction during the March 3 meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Mayor Jeff Young stated the board had decided, after several conversations, to build the park on Bockman Way, in the empty lot behind the amphitheater. The property is behind a wooden fence that separates the amphitheater from a building on the corner of Bockman Way and South Church Street that is owned by the Drake family.

With the proposed plan, the fence would be removed, and replaced with metal … CONTINUED

Calfkiller Coffee to be featured at Taste of Home Cooking School

Posted on March 7, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Don and Dave Sergio will be on hand at the Taste of Home Cooking School, beginning at 7 p.m, March 8, serving samples of Calfkiller Coffee at the dessert bar. Reserved tickets are $35 and general admission is $12. Doors open at 4 p.m., for reserved seating and 5 p.m. for general admission. The event will be at White County Ag Building, 564 Hale St., in Sparta. Tickets are still available for the show at Tickets will also be available at the door.

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