Monthly Archives: October 2016

Expressing thankfulness for God in prayer

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta church of Christ

I remember when my oldest daughter was a toddler, she would begin her prayers to God in such a sweet way, “Dear God, we are thankful for God . . .” It sounded so cute as she innocently stated the phrase; yet, I think she was on to something that we may have forgotten. Have we ever said or shown that we are thankful for God Himself? It is true that in daily prayers we are thankful for all the provisions that God has given to us (Mat. 6:25-33). We are thankful for Jesus the Savior who is equal with … CONTINUED


Make time to pray

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Do you believe in the power of prayer? A group of physicians were used in double-blind “drug” studies of the efficacy of Christian prayer on healing. Patients from the San Francisco General Medical Center were randomly divided into placebo and test groups. Patients in the test group were prayed for by Christians; the placebo group received no prayer. There were no statistical differences between the placebo and the prayer groups before prayer was initiated. The results demonstrated that patients who were prayed for suffered “less congestive heart failure, required less diuretic and antibiotic therapy, had fewer episodes of pneumonia, had fewer … CONTINUED


Celebrate Child Health Week

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

October 3 -9 is Child Health Week, and across the Upper Cumberland, local health departments and community health centers will be conducting various activities focusing on the health of children in recognition of this week.

White County Health Department and Community Health Center wants to help keep everyone’s healthy. Please make sure children are current on their well child and dental exams and are current on all their immunizations. Don’t forget to eat fruits and veggies daily and get 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

Use fall break as a time to catch up on appointment needs, and make that appointment by calling (931) 836-2201.… CONTINUED


Car seat inspections provide education to parents

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol spent an afternoon at the White County Health Department on, Sept. 29, as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, inspecting car seats for parents to ensure their most precious cargo reaches their destination safely.

A number of vehicles came through and were inspected by Lt. Jimmy Neal, Sgt. Kent Norris and Trooper Darrell Winningham, not only to ensure the seats were properly installed but also to check for any recalls and to ensure they were not expired.

The event was one of several across the state conducted by THP during the month of September, during or near Child Passenger Safety Week, as … CONTINUED


Chamber to launch new website

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

There has been a great deal of change over the past year at the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, and to continue the positive momentum, the board of directors has decided to move forward with a new Chamber Master website that Director Marvin Bullock believes will open Sparta and White County to a much wider online audience.

The move to a new website service had been discussed at a recent Chamber work session, however Chamber Master, which hosts a member management system that allows users access to a database that summarizes pertinent data and have complete control over updating and changing content, recently offered to waive their $3,000 … CONTINUED


EMS, Doyle VFD receive grant funds

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Two White County emergency services departments have received $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The application process began nearly one year ago. On Sept. 29, 2016, both departments announced they received notification of receipt of the grant funds.

Doyle Volunteer Fire Department announced they had received $315,000, which will be used to purchase a new fire engine and other equipment for the department.

The department’s current fire engine is over 20 years old.

To be able to apply for the grant, Doyle volunteer firefighters went door to door, collecting survey … CONTINUED


Jewell Hoffman Johnson

Posted on October 3, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jewell Hoffman Johnson, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 2, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Hodge compiles book of poetry

Posted on October 2, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00061]Gene Hodge was born in Sparta, Tennessee. His first poem was composed while a senior at White County High. After graduation he attended McKenzie College, in Chattanooga. Hodge served in the U.S. Army, and after discharge, and to the present, has been a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 175. He now resides in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

Hodge is well known for entertaining at numerous events in Sparta, with his talented version of Elvis Presley chart-toppers.

This book is a lifetime achievement, said Hodge, and solely created by his talents from cover design to publishing.

Within the pages you will feel the passions of … CONTINUED


Gearldene Exum Blaylock

Posted on October 2, 2016 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gearldene Exum Blaylock, 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 30, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Blaylock was born June 6, 1943, in White County, to Luther Exum and Ova Lennie Dobbs Exum.

She was a former hairdresser. Mrs. Blaylock also went to nursing school where she went on to be a CNA. She loved to volunteer in her community so she could help others.

Mrs. Blaylock was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Gordon Blaylock; sister, Jean Phillips; and brothers Jim Exum, Oakley Exum and Royce Exum.

Survivors include her daughter, Angela Kay Blaylock Parrish, of Manchester; brother, Luther Exum and wife … CONTINUED


Chili cook-off and silent auction

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

Saturday, Oct. 8

Who: Mary Scott Turner organization

What: 12th Annual Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction, $3 person/$5 per couple; noon-3 p.m., chess tournament, $5 entry fee, with 50 percent of proceeds going to the winner; 3-5 p.m., chili cook-off and silent auction

When: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: 180 Janice Dr., in Sparta


Lynn reunion

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

Sunday, Oct. 9

Who: Lynn family and friends

What: Reunion

When: 11 a.m.-until

Where: Sparta Civic Center


Pleasant Hill Baptist homecoming

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

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will host its homecoming beginning at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Special singing will be by “Forgiven” from Knoxville. A covered dish lunch will follow.


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