Monthly Archives: August 2016

No delusions here, oppression doesn’t exist in America

Posted on August 1, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog: By Debra Wines

According to, The New Lexicon Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary Of The English Language, the word “oppress” means “to treat with unjust harshness, esp. to rule over tyrannically: to cause to feel mentally or spiritually burdened or physically as though suffocating”.

I was recently told, “America is about freedom from oppression, not creating oppression.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. This statement came from a person who probably never experienced any kind of “oppression” because of his skin color, nationality, religious beliefs or gender. Like the average person, I am sure he has felt the sting of not being treated fairly for one … Read More


Madison’s warning against federal meddling in local schools

Posted on August 1, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By KrisAnne Hall

According to the father of the Constitution James Madison, in Federalist Papers #45, the powers delegated to the central government “are few and defined and those that remain in the States are numerous and indefinite.”

Madison also explained that federal powers are “reserved to external objects” of “war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.” and stated that the central government’s power to tax is intended to be limited to those powers.

Madison clarified the meaning of the often-abused “clauses” in 1792 during the Cod Fishery Bill debate. Specifically, that the General Welfare, Necessary and Proper, Commerce, and Tax and Spend clauses were not … Read More


Parents expect the truth from children

Posted on August 1, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Did your parents expect the truth from you growing up? We find in Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him!” George Washington must have had some great parents. When he was about 6 years old, he was given a hatchet for his birthday. One day, as he wandered about the garden amusing himself by hacking his mother’s pea sticks, he found a beautiful, young English cherry tree of which his father was most proud. He tried the edge of his hatchet on the trunk of the tree and cut away the bark, … Read More


Earl and Elega Sims celebrate 70 years in love with family and friends

Posted on August 1, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

Earl and Elega Sims

Earl and Elega Sims

In a small room at NHC, on a rainy Thursday afternoon, Earl Sims sits surrounded by some of the people who love him most.

Earl, who is 95 years old, has been a resident in the same room at NHC for more than five years now, and the staff has come to know him, and his family, very well in those years.

On July 28, as Elega, who is 89, made her regular visit to Earl’s room, the staff took part in celebrating with them and two of their daughters, Earlayne and Darnell, on their special day.

The family shared pizza and memories, as … Read More


Unemployment rate increases for White County

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jobless rates for White County have increased more than 1 percent since the last figures were released in May 2016.

With the seasonal closing of schools, county unemployment rates for June 2016 show the rates increased in all 95 Tennessee counties.

According to statistics from Tennessee Department of Labor, White County’s unemployment rate increased from 4.1 percent, in May 2016, to 5.4 percent, in June 2016. However, The June 2016 figure is an improvement over the time frame last year, which recorded 6.6 percent unemployment.

Surrounding counties also saw a rise in the jobless rates with Putnam increasing from 4 percent, in May, to 5.4 percent, in June; … Read More


Allen is charged with two incidents in one day

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A Franks Ferry Road resident is facing numerous charges, after being arrested for two alleged incidents in a single day, according to deputies with the White County Sheriff Department.

The first incident occurred in the early morning hours of July 26, 2016.

According to an arrest warrant filed by Sgt. Scott O’Dell, at approximately 1:22 a.m., he was dispatched to 972 Sullivan Knowles Road, which is a fenced-in pasture where horses roam, about a report of a vehicle driving through the fence.

A neighbor reportedly told officers that after hearing the crash, he went out to check on the animals and observed a female in the street who, … Read More


Lackey denied appeal in murder charge

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

James Harland Lackey

James Harland Lackey

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville has denied James Harland Lackey’s contentions of insufficient evidence and excessive sentencing, in an opinion filed on July 27, 2016.

Lackey was convicted in a jury trial, in January 2014, of the second-degree murder of James Caldwell, who was shot to death in his bed in his home, on Hensley Chapel Road, on Feb. 23, 2012.

According to the opinion filed by the Court of Criminal Appeals, on the night of Caldwell’s death, a deputy at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from Lackey, who reportedly stated that he had shot someone and … Read More


Bettye Keener

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bettye Keener, 74, passed away July 30, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Keener was born April 26, 1942. in Spencer. to Lloyd Clendenon and Eula Hitchcock Clendenon.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 3, 2016, at Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Spencer, with burial in Molly Cemetery. Freddy Savage will officiate. Visitation with the family will be 2-10 p.m., Aug. 2, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 3, at the funeral home.

Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.


Roberts makes mark in freshman season for TTU

Posted on August 1, 2016 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

Two springs ago, Ethan Roberts was spending his time on the mound for the White County High School baseball team.

Just over a year later, Roberts, a 2015 graduate of WCHS, has put his name among the nation’s best college freshmen.

Roberts burst onto the scene for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. He tied for the team lead with two saves on the year, but his expertise was more as a middle reliever. Roberts completed three or more innings in nine contests. For the season, he was 6-1 with five of those wins coming in a reliever role. He did win his lone start.

Roberts had the best … Read More


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