Monthly Archives: October 2016

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for Federally Facilitated Marketplace

Posted on October 28, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reminds consumers that open enrollment for insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace begins Nov. 1, 2016. During open enrollment, Tennesseans can apply for cost assistance, change plans and enroll in a plan.

Tennesseans will have access to marketplace coverage for 2017 no matter where they live. However, consumers shopping for coverage will notice several significant changes in the marketplace, including:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee will not offer coverage on or off the exchange in the Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville markets.
  • Cigna will provide coverage in Nashville, Memphis, and Johnson City.
  • Humana will provide coverage in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville
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Carl Denny Rogers

Posted on October 28, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carl Denny Rogers, 60, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2016, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Rogers was born Feb. 20, 1956, in White County. He was a former custodian at White County High School, construction worker, Handy Rentals manager and most recently worked at LTD.

He was the associate pastor at Doyle Church of God.

Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Lee Rogers; mother, Alvilda Hickenbottom Rogers Greene; and sisters, Sharon Guy and Donna Madden.

Survivors include his wife, Lila Rogers; two daughters, Lara Bennett and husband Chris, Lisa Whitmore and husband Bobby; grandchildren, Blake Bennett, Sara McBride, Ethan Bennett, Kyle Harrison, Abel … Read More

Warriors wrap up season with trip to Cleveland

Posted on October 27, 2016 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

When the White County High School Warriors hit the field Friday night at Cleveland High School, it will be a battle between two teams who know that their season will come to an end when the final horn sounds.

Both the Warriors (3-6), who are coming off their bye week, and the Raiders (4-5) find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoffs as both have been eliminated from post season scenarios.

The discussion around sports is sometimes about whether it is better to be lucky or good. Cleveland coaches and fans might quickly answer that question as “lucky.”

The Raiders started out the season very good. … Read More

Cassville Fire Department visits Cassville students

Posted on October 27, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Firefighters from Cassville Volunteer Fire Department visited students at Cassville Elementary School today to teach them about fire safety, and what to do in the event of a fire. Firefighters stressed the importance of a home escape plan, and how to make firefighters aware of their location if they cannot escape a fire.

Overton County couple charged in TBI statutory rape investigation

Posted on October 27, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

COOKEVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have secured indictments for a Monroe, Tennessee, couple in connection to an ongoing statutory rape case.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents began investigating Travis and Traci Puckett on Feb. 12, 2015. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information connecting the couple to multiple sexual offenses involving a minor teenage victim that occurred, in 2007, while Travis and Traci volunteered at the same church as the alleged victim.

On Monday, the Clay County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Travis (DOB 8-26-80) with nine counts of Statutory Rape by … Read More

WCHS Band selling smoked turkey breasts in time for Thanksgiving

Posted on October 27, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County High School Band members will be taking orders for smoked turkey breasts just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Orders will be taken Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 10. The turkey breasts will range is size between 4 pounds and 7 pounds. Price is $30 each. Order pickup will be 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at the band room back entrance at WCHS.

School bus involved in minor traffic crash

Posted on October 27, 2016 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

A White County school bus was involved in a minor traffic crash this morning while picking up a high school student. According to Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools, a pickup truck hit the back of the school bus while it was stopped to pick up the student. Dronebarger states there were no injuries and no damage to the bus. White County Sheriff Department responded to the scene.

Carl D. Rogers

Posted on October 27, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carl D. Rogers, 60, of Sparta, passed way Oct. 26, 2016, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Spotlight on Northfield Elementary

Posted on October 27, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Casper, the rescued cat

Posted on October 27, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

friends-of-white-county-animals-logoIntroduction by Sharon Langford, president – Friends of White County Animals

I first heard about Carolyn’s love of animals when Shirley Gribble Smith nominated Carolyn for our Fur Responder Award and met her when Shirley and I presented the award. Since then I have talked and emailed with Carolyn and have tremendous respect and gratitude for all she is doing to help animals. Carolyn is extraordinarily generous with her resources and very modest and humble. Shirley and I convinced her to share a story about rescuing and loving cats knowing that it will be heartwarming and inspiring.

Casper, by Carolyn Turner

I’m not sure what it is about … Read More

When all is said and done, there is only one true leader of our nation

Posted on October 27, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCutchen

This election has been like none other in my lifetime. I have read countless thoughts about Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. Many weigh in on the presidential candidates’ abilities to lead our nation. News media has their choice. Christians are divided on their choice. The nation at large is divided on their choice. Who will win? Who should win?

It has been said by multiple people that conscientiously they cannot vote for either candidate; therefore, they will sit home and not cast a vote. Truth be told, that is their right not to vote, but I will say ever so boldly, make … Read More

Save a life

Posted on October 27, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Dear SpartaLive.

This month is October, my favorite month of the year. My birthday is in October, so it has that going for it. It is also the month in which we can put summer behind us and watch the trees start to show off their fall colors. It’s a time of watching football with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you watch pro football, you will notice the players with their pink cleats, towels and sweat bands. You can’t miss it.

September was declared Prostate Awareness Month. Rush Limbaugh has set aside one day for the past 25 … Read More

Questions for city leaders

Posted on October 27, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Dear SpartaLive,

My name is Bobby Lee McCulley, and I am a proud resident and voting citizen of White County. I have a couple of questions that I would like to ask the City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Unfortunately, I cannot address our elected city officials during their normally scheduled and publicly held meetings. The White County Commission allows the citizens to address them during their normally scheduled and publicly held meetings. Apparently, if I wish to address MY ELECTED CITY OFFICIALS, I must get permission first and be placed on their agenda. This process takes a good period of time I have been told, … Read More

Art ‘N Ale Trail highlights new stops

Posted on October 27, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A wealth of local talent will be on display, Saturday, Nov. 5, during the 4th Annual Art ‘N Ale Trail, a 23-mile round trip through six stops in White County.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The stops include: The Mad Raven Book Store, which will be hosting book signings by authors, The Fragrant Mushroom Gallery, Blue Collar Pottery Studio, Misty Mountain Pottery, Calfkiller Brewing Company and wood carver Bob McCormack.

During the self-guided tour, visitors are encouraged to watch demonstrations, ask questions and maybe even sign up for a class to discover your own untapped talent.

Thor McNeil, who coordinates the event each … Read More

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