Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lowery encouraged by first scrimmage

Posted on July 31, 2016 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

After three days of official practice, the White County High School football team hit the field Friday for their first scrimmage during the Jerry Lowery era of Warrior football.

Fans circled the WCHS practice field standing or sitting in chairs and many lined Allen Drive with some sitting in the back of trucks to check out the scrimmage. In addition to the Warriors, Clay County, who is coached by former Warrior head coach Dickie Brown, and Bledsoe County, competed in the scrimmage. The format was each team was on offense for 15 minutes against another team’s defense. Then they would alternate with each team getting to go on … Read More

1,000 for 1,000 at fairgrounds tomorrow

Posted on July 30, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Starting the school year with a new pair of shoes puts everyone on the same playing field, says The River Sparta Pastor John Phillips, and this is the premise behind the church’s upcoming event, 1,000 for 1,000.

1,000 for 1,000 aims to provide 1,000 pairs of shoes for 1,000 children, through gift cards to Shoe Sensation, in Cookeville.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the White County Fairgrounds.

Children must be present with their guardian to receive tickets, which will be exchanged for the shoe gift certificates. One gift certificate will be awarded per child, along with a ticket for a hot … Read More

Saint Thomas Health and NHC Healthcare announce clinical integration agreement

Posted on July 30, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saint Thomas Health and National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE MKT:NHC) announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a clinically integrated continuum of care for Saint Thomas Health patients.   Saint Thomas is a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

This Clinical Integration Agreement, effective August 1, 2016, is the first of its kind in the Middle Tennessee area. Through the agreement, Saint Thomas Health and NHC will work together to provide their healthcare services to optimize the outcomes for Saint Thomas Health patients throughout the region. The agreement is designed to create enhanced clinical processes and ongoing data exchange, which will … Read More

Claire Louise Ohlwiler

Posted on July 30, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Claire Louise Ohlwiler, 95, of Rock Island, and formerly of Orlando, Florida, passed away July 27, 2016, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Ohlwiler was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Rochester, New York, to Clair Owen and Alice VonRitter Owen.

She was a graduate of Monroe High School and a graduate of Rochester Business Institute.

She and her late husband were longtime residents of Orlando, Florida. She has been a member of Rock Island  Presbyterian Church and Rock Island Ladies Club since moving to Rock Island, in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Ralph D. Ohlwiler, and by her … Read More

Simmons pinned as new THP supervisor

Posted on July 30, 2016 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently promoted Cookeville District Trooper Ronnie Simmons to a supervisory position in a recent pinning ceremony, in which Col. Tracy Trott presented Simmons with his sergeant pins. Simmons is one of four new sergeants promoted during the ceremony.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Posted on July 30, 2016 8:08 am by

American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code: Sparta 19.

Doyle VFD installing smoke alarms as part of 100 for 100

Posted on July 30, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Doyle Volunteer Fire Department is participating in a state-wide smoke alarm canvassing effort today. Doyle VFD is one of eight fire departments throughout the state that has been challenged to install 100 smoke alarms in recognition of the 100th year anniversary of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The department will begin visiting residences at 8 a.m. If you are in need of an alarm, please contact Doyle VFD Chief Jason Sparks at (931) 808-8599.

A new season of WCTE’s local program “Live Green Tennessee”

Posted on July 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tune in for a new season of WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS local program, “Live Green Tennessee,” premiering at 7 p.m., Aug. 1, and continuing every Monday at 7 p.m. Encores of each episode will air most Thursdays, at 8 p.m., and Saturdays, at 2:30 p.m. “Live Green Tennessee” combines agricultural and physical wellness as WCTE producers Craig Gray, Daniel Duarte, and Jacob Carr travel all over Tennessee in search of better ways to live green and healthy lives.

During its 9th season, “Live Green Tennessee” plans to take viewers to great places such as Emerickan Honey where beekeepers share the health benefits of consuming local raw honey. “Live … Read More

Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Cookeville base to open Aug. 2

Posted on July 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight will open its Cookeville base on Aug. 2, 2016. The new base, in partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, is LifeFlight’s seventh helicopter base in Tennessee.

The new base will employ 11 medical flight crew members, four pilots and two mechanics.

Tim Hurst, MSN, R.N., FNP-BC, CCRN, AEMT, a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, has been named base manager and chief flight nurse for the Cookeville base.

Hurst has been a flight nurse with Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 1997. He holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a … Read More

Carrie’s Dance Academy is moving

Posted on July 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carrie’s Dance Academy is moving to her new location, in Sparta Shopping Center Annex, on Cook Street, behind Burger King. A grand re-opening will be Aug. 5, 2016. Details will follow soon. For more information call Carrie at (609) 226-1251.

TN Wildlife Resources Agency leasing fields for dove season

Posted on July 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2016 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, about 40,000 hunters harvested approximately 300,000 mourning doves last year.

Landowners can earn up to $3,600 for providing a dove field for public hunting. These fields must be available for a minimum of three priority hunt dates in September.

TWRA … Read More

CRMC begins new program to help patients to say out of hospital

Posted on July 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lynda Richardson

Lynda Richardson

Jason Hutchnes

Jason Hutchens

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is introducing a new “transitional care” program to assist hospitalized patients with illnesses and conditions that put them at risk of multiple admissions to the hospital.

The Transitional Care Program is designed to help patients admitted to the hospital with illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and pneumonia to transition back to home and help them manage their illness to reduce the high risk of readmission to the hospital. The program will provide them a stair-step transition between hospital and home.

“Complex illnesses like these can be difficult to manage at home, and as a result, … Read More

Barnese Walker

Posted on July 28, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Barnese Walker, 86, passed away July 19, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Ms. Walker was born June 19, 1930, in Van Buren County, to Roy Brintz and Gertie Medley Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Hoyt Jr. and I.C. Walker.

Survivors include her sons, James Walker, of Spencer, Earl (Opal) Walker, of Spencer, Marty Walker, of Sparta; daughters, Margie (Roger) Walker, of Spencer, Sue (Robert) Crawford, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Joe, Jared, Kim, Quintion, Josh and Linda.

Funeral service was 11 a.m., July 28, 2016, at Layne Funeral Home, in Spencer, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. Minister Doug Hensley and … Read More

Anna Ruth Hodge

Posted on July 28, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Anna Ruth Hodge, 84, of the Bon Air community, passed July 25, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Hodge was born June 27, 1932, in White County, to James M. and Vernia Cunningham.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Junior Hodge; parents, James M. and Vernia Cunningham; and brothers, James F. Cunningham and wife Dolores, Dave Cunningham.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-laaw, Joan and Odie Brock, of Rock Island; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Judy Hodge, of Sparta; seven step-grandchildren; 21 step- great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hodge was a retired factory worker and CNA at NHC … Read More

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