Monthly Archives: November 2016

Frasier accused of sexual battery of an inmate

Posted on November 14, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A Sparta woman, who has been incarcerated at the White County Jail for child abuse/neglect involving methamphetamine, is facing further charges for reportedly committing sexual battery on another inmate in the jail.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, Janell Latrice Frasier, 32, of Sparta, was charged with sexual battery against a fellow inmate, who had been arrested on minor charges.

Although most of the details of the case cannot be released at this time, Frasier was indicted by the White County Grand Jury, on Nov. 4, and was served with the warrant, on Nov. 7.

She was issued a $5,000 bond and will make her first … CONTINUED


Wine in grocery stores referendum passes in city

Posted on November 14, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

On Nov. 8, residents of the City of Sparta voted to allow for the sale of wine in grocery stores, with a final vote of 1,074 in favor and 527 against.

Now that the referendum has passed, what can residents expect?

Statewide, a law allowing for the sale of wine in grocery stores went into effect on July 1, after lengthy negotiations by lawmakers spanning several years, but the law did not automatically legalize wine sales everywhere. The text of the law stated each municipality wishing to legalize the sale of wine in grocery stores had to pass a referendum allowing wine sales.

Several localities began the process … CONTINUED


Jackson Kayak featured in the Tennessean

Posted on November 14, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For world champion kayaker Eric Jackson, the choice for his home came down to outdoor haven Hood River, Ore., and an unknown, rural area in Middle Tennessee near Rock Island, just outside economically distressed White County. Click here to check out the entire story featured in the Tennessean.


Willis H. Calvert Jr.

Posted on November 12, 2016 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Willis H. Calvert Jr., 80, of the Mayland community, passed away Nov. 9, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Calvert was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Rahway, New Jersey, the son of Willis H. Calvert Sr. and Anna Shileski Calvert.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

No services were provided.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Veterans Day parade a 10 a.m.

Posted on November 12, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Don’t forget the Veterans Day parade that begins in about 30 minutes. People are already securing their parking places all across town. Such a great sight to witness


2016-17 gun hunting season for deer opens November 19

Posted on November 11, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee’s 2016-17 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 19. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. As the gun season begins, sportsmen are reminded of changes made for the 2016-17 season in regard to the definition of antlered deer.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.

For more information about Tennessee’s 2016-17 deer hunting … CONTINUED


TDCI offers identity theft prevention tips for holiday shoppers

Posted on November 11, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings out the shoppers, it also brings out the scammers. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans of basic precautions that can help ward off identity thieves.

“The hectic holiday shopping season is a prime time for crimes such as identity theft because consumers are often distracted,” said TDCI Consumer Protection Director Cynthia Wiel. “Tennesseans can reduce the risk of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands by remaining aware of both your surroundings and your belongings.”

The Division of Consumer Affairs encourages consumers to utilize the following holiday shopping tips:

•Avoid carrying … CONTINUED


TWRA interactive map helps hunters find check stations

Posted on November 11, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Some Tennessee big game hunters, especially those pursuing deer this time of year, are being encouraged by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to check in their harvested animals either on a mobile device or a personal computer.

While there are still many brick-and-mortar businesses that provide traditional check station service, an estimated quarter of those establishments have discontinued this service in recent years.

“We want to make hunters aware that there are still many places where you can physically have your deer checked in, but in some areas of the state you may be looking at a longer drive than you previously had,” noted Mark Gudlin, the chief … CONTINUED


State of emergency declared in Tennessee from continued drought and wildfire threats

Posted on November 11, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There is now a Level 3 – State of Emergency in place for Tennessee, as of 7 p.m., Central, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency  activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan in response to the drought and wildfire impacts, and continued threat, in the state.

Statement from TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan

“Approximately 302 of Tennessee’s 480 water systems are experiencing some level of drought impact, ranging from moderate to exceptional. At least three counties have requested water for residents whose wells have run completely dry of water.

In the past month, an estimated 6,000 to 6,200 acres have burned due to wildfires in Bledsoe, Hamilton, … CONTINUED


Posted on November 11, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Monterey Christmas parade

Posted on November 10, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Monterey Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Monterey Civitan Club, the Monterey Lions Club, the Monterey Garden Club, the Monterey FCE Club and the Monterey Depot Historical Society, Standing Stone Historical Society will be 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Call (931) 839-2111 to resister your parade entries.

The parade will form on East Commercial Avenue, in front of the Monterey High School construction site, beginning at 5 p.m. The parade route will proceed west on Commercial Ave.; south on Poplar; east on Depot; south on Holly; east on Stratton; breaking up near the Monterey Dairy Queen and Volunteer Energy Cooperative.

Float competition will be judged in five divisions:… CONTINUED


Darrell Gene Manus

Posted on November 10, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Darrell Gene Manus, 61, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 7, 2016.

Mr. Manus was born July 16, 1955, in Spencer, the son of Gene Manus and Lella Steakley Manus.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 12, 2016, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4:30-9 p.m., Nov. 11, and 8-11 a.m., Nov. 12, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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