Monthly Archives: September 2016

CRMC designated Storm Ready

Posted on September 9, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is the eighth hospital in Tennessee to be designated StormReady® by the National Weather Service. The StormReady® designation signifies that CRMC has fulfilled recommendations by the National Weather Service for responding to extreme weather.

“CRMC has been practicing our recommendations for many years,” said Krissy Hurley, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at US National Weather Service Nashville. “We recognize the great work that is already being done here.”

According to the National Weather Service, Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. The StormReady® program helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before, during … Read More


Warriors and Cavaliers meet on the gridiron Friday

Posted on September 8, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

After opening Region 4-5A play last week against a Top Ten ranked 5A team, the White County High School football team hits the road for the first time this season for a match-up against another Top Ten ranked team.

The Warriors and Cavaliers, who are ranked #10 in the state, are set for another one of the many battles in the history of the two programs.

While this is not a region contest, it has a lot more bragging rights that go to the victor.

The WCHS Warriors and the Cookeville Cavaliers are one of, if not the state’s oldest rivalries. While the teams may not have been … Read More


Thursday’s sports action

Posted on September 8, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Two of the local sports teams were in action Thursday.

The Warriorette golf team defeated both Warren County and Cookeville in an 18-hole three-way match at the Sparta Country Club.  WCHS came in with a 161 team score, which was five strokes ahead of Cookeville (166) and 15 strokes ahead of Warren County (181).

The WCHS volleyball team did something no other team has been able to do this year.   They defeated Cookeville in one of the sets of the District 6AAA match.  The Lady Cavaliers, however, won the overall match 3-1 (9-25, 11-25, 25-23, 15-25).

See Monday’s print edition for complete details of both contests.


Sam Brady Jr.

Posted on September 8, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sam Brady Jr., 88, founder of Brady Printing and Office Supply, passed away Sept. 7, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Brady was born Aug. 25, 1928, in Cannon County, to Sam Brady Sr. and Magnolia Purser Brady.

He was the founder and owner of Brady Printing and Office Supply where he had been active for the last 55 years. He started the business after going to Linotype School to learn to operate a linotype machine, a print industry standard from the late 19th century to the 1980’s.

Mr. Brady was an antique car enthusiast and has been a member of many antique car clubs over the years. He … Read More


Illa Rhea Eller Shockley

Posted on September 8, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Illa Rhea Eller Shockley, 81, passed away Sept. 6, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Shockley was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Sparta, to Wesley Eller and Irene Stewart Eller.

She was a faithful member of Plainview Church of Christ and West Sparta Church of Christ for many years

Mrs. Shockley was preceded in death by parents; husband of 20 years, James F. Shockley; son, Jeffrey Wayne Shockley; and brothers, Arless Eller and Alton “Corky” Eller.

Survivors include her son, James Wesley “Wes” Shockley; sisters, Reba Nell Eller Hutchings, Willene Eller Sullivan; grandsons, Alex Shockley, Zack Shockley, Jordan Shockley, Kayla Shockley; best friends, Treva Geer, Jewell Prater; … Read More


Posted on September 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Commodities distribution

Posted on September 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency will hold a commodities distribution for White County, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 22, 2016, at White County Agriculture Complex, 565 Hale Street.

Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.


TDCI shares Insurance 101 education tool for teen drivers

Posted on September 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

With a new school year underway, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reminds educators and parents of an educational resource for teen drivers launched by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners this past spring.

Developed by the NAIC communications team, Insurance 101 for Teen Drivers is a free interactive presentation module that helps teen drivers get smart about insurance. The module and lesson plan empowers classroom educators, parents, and drivers’ education teachers to show and tell teen drivers how being an unsafe driver can hurt financially as well as physically.

The Insurance 101 teaching module features a 55-minute program divided into three segments: a lecture to define … Read More


Putnam chosen as one of five counties to participate in Select Tennessee Property Evaluation

Posted on September 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the five counties chosen to participate in the fall round of the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP). The counties selected are Decatur, Greene, Grundy, Hickman and Putnam.

The purpose of Select Tennessee PEP is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee. Launched in 2015, the program provides counties with the tools they need to make themselves more marketable to potential new business.

In collaboration with Austin Consulting, a leading site selection consultant, this program provides professional advice about the value of a community’s site and the potential for new corporate investment.

Austin Consulting … Read More


Author tells story of Bohannons and Harps of Falling Water River

Posted on September 8, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Feb. 7, 1989, writer Mike Jordan’s 92-year-old great-grandmother called him over to her lounge chair and said she had something very important to tell him. She told him the history, as she knew it, of the Bohannons/Bohannans, first of Tennessee, then of Bohannan Mountain, Arkansas, in the Ozarks.

They were, she said, amazing American pioneers whose story should be told. In Arkansas, she said, they were even part of the Underground Railroad. Because he was a writer, she urged her great-grandson to track the story down and write about it.

One week later, on Feb. 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, his great-grandmother, Mattie Bohannan, passed away.

The result … Read More


Spencer author releases thrilling sequel to fantasy book series

Posted on September 8, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

bookAuthor Linda Lee announces the nationwide release of her new fantasy novel, “Imi Stoglin: The Six Medallions,” which is the second book of the “Imi Stoglin” series.

In “Imi Stoglin: The Six Medalions,” Imi Stoglin wakes up one morning to discover that she is immortal. The mystified and bewildered Stoglin realizes that she is the chosen one with the help of the phoenix. Stoglin is the last of the magical women who were born to protect the world and all that dwell in it from evil.

Stoglin and Blaze Greywolf set off on a mission to locate the six medallions that will restore balance to the earth and … Read More


Local apples easier to find as they become easier to grow

Posted on September 8, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Local apples should be easier than ever to find in Tennessee this fall. Local growers are closing out one of the sweetest fruit seasons in many years. Favorable weather conditions, plus new growing options have increased the presence of fresh apples on farms, at farmers markets and in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) throughout the state.

Excessive rainfalls in some places and drought in others proved challenging for some growers, but generally Tennesseans enjoyed fruit harvests that started early and lasted longer than usual.

Another reason apples are surging this year is new techniques and tree varieties. Traditional orchards with long rows of tall, spreading trees require ladders and … Read More


Putting the “GRAND” in parents

Posted on September 8, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCutchen

To get to grandma’s house in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, we had to drive down miles and miles of dirt road. Her house was in a little community called Richwoods. At the time, I didn’t think there was much “rich” to the community. After all, I was a kid who was growing up in the city of St. Louis. We had it all; so I thought!

Grandma’s house was not fancy. On the front porch was her laundry room with all the primitive conveniences – a tub, a washer that had a ringer to get the water out and a line that was … Read More


Sparta residents to be hit with increase on trash and electric bills

Posted on September 8, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta city leaders voted, during their Sept. 1 meeting, to approve two increases in the cost of utilities for city residents that will become effective in October.

The first of these increases is for the city’s solid waste fee, which would increase the cost to residents by 71 percent, from $7 to $12, on Oct. 1, and does not include the additional county fee.

Alderman Jerry Lowery remarked that he felt this was “steep.”

“I’ve talked to several people in the city limits and felt like, of course this is almost like a tax increase of 71 percent…that’s a little steep for that,” Lowery said. “Does it have … Read More


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