Monthly Archives: November 2016

Myra Ola McCain Speck

Posted on November 4, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Myra Ola McCain Speck, 72, passed away Nov. 1, 2016, at Signature Health Care, in Algood, after battling a long illness.

Mrs. Speck was born Oct. 1, 1944, in Leoma, to Noel McCain and Ola B. McCain.

She attended High School, in Loretta, where she was a majorette in the band. She earned her business degree, in Nashville, while working at National Life Insurance Co. This is where she met her husband, Tyrone Speck, and later moved to Sparta, where she worked as a secretary in the office at Sparta Shirt Factory.

Tyrone and Myra later became owners of Brasel’s Fruit Market, where she loved seeing and talking … Read More


Sidewalk shoe sale

Posted on November 4, 2016 9:09 am by


Eastland breakfast

Posted on November 4, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Nov. 5

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast – adults $7, children $3 (scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits, pancakes on request)

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd., at Fire Station #1

Contact: (931) 935-8200 for deliveries


White and Van Buren counties eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans following drought

Posted on November 4, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Nov. 3,  the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Tennessee as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 18, 2016.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon , McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Van Buren and White in Tennessee.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, … Read More


Mary Mildred Sims Geer

Posted on November 4, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Mildred Sims Geer, 98, passed away on her birthday, Nov. 2, 2016, at her home, with her loving family surrounding her.

Mrs. Geer was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Sparta, to Oscar Lee Sims and Johanna Bradley Sims.

“Grandma” loved her family and friends dearly. She adored her husband, Wesley. She loved her kids and grandkids. Actually, she loved kids in general. She was a very hard worker. She loved to put out a huge garden and hand quilt beautiful quilts. She loved to go fishing. She never wanted to let one get away, even to the point of jumping in the pond! She was such a … Read More


George Thurman Lowery

Posted on November 4, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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George Thurman Lowery, 87, of Walling, passed away Nov. 3, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Lowery was born Feb. 22, 1929, in White County, to Henry Lowery and Edna Knowles Lowery.

He was a cattle farmer. Mr. Lowery served his nation in Korea with the U.S. Army. He was an active member of the community, as well as the agricultural community, serving on the boards of the White County Farmer’s Co-op, White County Farmer’s Mutual, Cumberland Beef Breeder’s Association, Shady Grove Cemetery and Caney Fork.

Mr. Lowery was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Mildred Greene Lowery; brothers, W.H. Lowery and wife Dale, … Read More


CC Playhouse rings in holiday season with “A Christmas Story”

Posted on November 4, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Beginning Nov. 4, Cumberland County Playhouse will present A Christmas Story, The Musical. Based on the classic film that has gained popularity with each televised showing each holiday season, A Christmas Story, The Musical is the classic account of Ralphie Parker’s hilariously desperate quest to ensure that the most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas – a Red Ryder® Carbine-Action BB Gun! All the cherished moments are here – the Old Man’s leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, the Santa slide, and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams! Enjoy the perennial favorite in a new way with this delightful new musical. The 2012 Broadway … Read More


Countdown begins for the road to Cookeville and the BlueCross Bowl

Posted on November 4, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

TSSAA High School Championships: Round 1 This Week

The “Road to Cookeville” and the BlueCross Bowl start this week as 219 teams in eight classifications begin the first round of the TSSAA High School Football Championships. It all leads up to the Dec. 1-3 games where, for the eighth consecutive year, Cookeville and Tennessee Tech University will welcome all eight championship games to Tucker Stadium.

Almost 40,000 fans will visit the city of Cookeville and the Tennessee Tech campus to enjoy an experience built around the students participating in these games – players, bands, spirit squads, and fans. For most of these students, it’s a once in a … Read More


Rains deceased following Highway 111 crash

Posted on November 4, 2016 1:01 am by Pamela Claytor

A Doyle woman has died following a three-vehicle crash on Highway 111 at the intersection of Winding Lane, at approximately 9:40 a.m., on Nov. 3.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Ballew, a 2002 maroon Saturn car, driven by Teresa Rains, 47 of Doyle, was traveling west on Winding Lane.

As she attempted to turn left into the south bound lanes of Highway 111, her vehicle crossed into the path of a 2012 Peterbilt truck and trailer, driven by Charles Goodwin, 59 of Georgia, which struck Rain’s car on the driver door, Ballew reports.

The vehicles collided near the median area, and the force of the impact … Read More


Emergency services respond to multiple vehicle crash on 111

Posted on November 3, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

At approximately 9:40 a.m., South Group fire personnel, Sparta Police Department, White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and White County Emergency Medical Services responded to a multiple vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Highway 111 near the intersection of Winding Lane. Multiple patients were transported by EMS for medical treatment for injuries suffered in the crash. Further details are not known at this time.


Photo highlights from Chuck Nabors’ retirement celebration

Posted on November 3, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor


Sidewalk shoe sale

Posted on November 3, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


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