Monthly Archives: April 2016

Lost key chain

Posted on April 25, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lost in Sparta, possibly left in a business on April 21 or April 22:  Small key chain containing 4 keys – 1 large shiny key, 2 medium keys and 1 small key. Call James Cavanah, (931) 761-3653, if found.

Stitch, Show and Share Quilt Guild holding biennial show, April 29-30

Posted on April 25, 2016 8:08 am by

Stitch, Show and Share Quilt Guild is holding its biennial quilt show, April 29-30, 2016, in the Agricultural Building, at White County Fairgrounds, on Hale Street (off North Spring Street/ Rte. 289), in Sparta.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., April 29, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 30. Admission is $5. Come enjoy a day full of activities. See more than 200 quilts, shop the vendors, enjoy the antique quilt turning, and view demonstrations. Parking is free and is handicap accessible.

Members have been busy sewing and quilting in preparation for the show, and quilters from surrounding areas have submitted their quilts for your enjoyment. Guild members were also … Read More

This Week in White County History

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


  • Mrs. Charles A. Mitchell was named Second Vice President and Mrs. Joe Little was named Program and Founders Day Chairman of the state Tennessee Parent Teachers Association.
  • Demps Brothers Contractors removed one of Sparta’s oldest landmarks, First Methodist Church, which was built before the Civil War by bricks made by slaves, in preparation for the new church.
  • White County Red Cross Volunteers made 22 kit bags for servicemen in Vietnam.


  • Cantrell’s Appliances had a grand re-opening after the store had a complete remodeling job.
  • A log cabin was built in front of the East Sparta School, due to the efforts from David Rozelle and the Tennessee
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Qualifications for the office of president

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog: By Debra Wines

According to the web site,,“No person except a natural born citizen or citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.”

Actually, I was rather surprised that it did not mention the sex of that “person” nor did it mention that person must be eligible to vote or be a property owner, be able to read, write or have some … Read More

Taking sides: A Christian’s responsibility in civic affairs – Part II

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By Kevin Kookogey, Guest Columnist

This is the second in a series of essays on the duty of Christians in civic affairs, adapted from Kevin Kookogey’s weekly radio address and podcasts at

This week we begin our examination of questions from listeners.

(1) Christians should be informed about politics, but should they really determine which political side is correct?

How can one claim that it is important for Christians to be informed about politics if the conclusion one draws from the information is deemed irrelevant or off limits? It is, after all, conclusions that lead one to act, and to act is to take … Read More

Commissioners change criteria for landfill usage and charges

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

County commissioners have voted to redefine the manner in which household garbage and waste are disposed and modify the charges for specific debris that is dumped at the landfill.

During the April meeting of White County Board of Commissioners, a resolution was passed, with two dissenting votes, that specifically outlines what is covered by the solid waste user fee, which is charged on residents’ electric bills.

The user fee provides White County residents the ability to dispose of Class I waste, which is household garbage only.

Household garbage is defined as waste generated from normal day to day life in a personal dwelling. It does not include appliances, … Read More

Sparta sales tax increase proposed by city board

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

Residents of Sparta and White County have seen several tax increases in recent years, with the implementation of the wheel tax on Sept. 1, 2013, and increase in property taxes that took effect on Oct. 1, 2015.

Now, City of Sparta leaders hope city residents will vote to pass a local option sales tax increase, from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, that they say will fund the repairs to the roads that Mayor Jeff Young states residents have been complaining about for some time.

Ordinance 16-893 states, “The White County governing body has previously levied a county wide local option sales tax on three different occasions beginning with … Read More

Missing juvenile located at Walling residence

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

A 12-year-old boy, who was the subject of an AMBER Alert after he had been reported missing, on April 20, 2016, from his Cookeville school, was located at a Walling residence by White County Sheriff Department deputies.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had issued the alert after the boy, Steven Merriman, was reportedly picked up from school at approximately 3:13 p.m. on April 20, by his non-custodial mother, Sheila D. Randolph, who also goes by the name Sheila Merriman.

An AMBER Alert was issued early on the morning of April 21 for the juvenile. Randolph, a 39-year-old male suspect and the 12-year-old boy were believed to have been traveling … Read More

Jobless rates continue to decrease

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

The economic outlook continues to improve for White County residents as unemployment rates have dropped every month for the past four months.

Van Buren County has also experienced another drop in their percentage of unemployed residents.

According to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, on March 24, the preliminary unemployment rate for March 2016, in White County, was 4.5 percent, which is a decrease from February’s rate of 4.7 percent, and January’s rate of 5.0 percent.

The rate matches the state’s unemployment rate for March 2016, which was also reported as 4.5 percent. February’s rate was better than the state’s rate, with … Read More

Rising oil pushes pump prices higher

Posted on April 25, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(April 24, 2016) — After declining the first few days of last week, prices at the pump rose in line with the price of oil. The national average price of gasoline is $2.13 – 2 cents more than a week ago, but pump prices remain 38 cents less than a year ago, and $1.56 less than this time two years ago.

Extreme oversupply continues to characterize the global oil market. However, the price of crude oil rose due to news of U.S. crude oil inventories and estimates of future production. According to the U.S. EIA’s latest forecast, low oil prices are expected to contribute to a decline in … Read More

Head-on collision at Smithville Highway, Old Kentucky Road intersection

Posted on April 24, 2016 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Services and White County Sheriff Department have been dispatched to a two-vehicle head-on collision at the intersection of Smithville Highway at Old Kentucky Road.

Doyle man charged with solicitation of a minor

Posted on April 24, 2016 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

According to a press release by District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, Investigator Randal Slayton with the District Attorney General’s Office recently began to investigate allegations that Alan Robert Richardson, also known as A.R. Richardson, age 72  of Doyle, was soliciting a teenage girl through email, text and phone communication to engage in a sexual acts.

Richardson is a local soccer trainer in the Upper Cumberland area.

The alleged victim is a minor.

On Friday, April 22, 2016, arrest warrants were issued charging Richardson with solicitation of a minor. Richardson was arrested in Cookeville by investigators with the District Attorney’s Office without incident.

Investigators with the Cookeville Police Department, … Read More

Housekeeper needed

Posted on April 24, 2016 9:09 am by

Housekeeper wanted part-time, two to three days a week. Pay $11 per hour. Call (931) 739-8881.

Housekeeper needed

Posted on April 24, 2016 9:09 am by

Housekeeper wanted part-time, two to three days a week. Pay $11 per hour. Call (931) 739-8881.

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