Monthly Archives: November 2016

Red Cross blood drive

Posted on November 29, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Red CrossThursday, Dec. 8

Who: American Red Cross

What: Blood drive

When: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: Visit and enter sponsor code Sparta19 to schedule an appointment

THP’s Identity Crimes Unit encourages you to be pro-active

Posted on November 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Identity Crimes Unit wants to help Tennesseans protect themselves from falling victim to identity theft. Cyber Monday has officially kicked off the online shopping season, so online shoppers are reminded to take precaution when entering your personal information.

The ICU has compiled several tips that can help keep online shoppers, and their electronic devices protected from identity thieves. For additional information on identity crimes please visit our website at

•Make sure your computer or mobile device is configured securely, and has the appropriate level of security software installed;

•Keep your computer or mobile device current with the latest updates. One of the best … Read More

Governor’s 6th Annual Holiday Open House begins Friday

Posted on November 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays invites visitors to tour the Tennessee residence decorated for the holidays

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam will open the Tennessee residence on Friday, Dec. 2, for the 6th Annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays. The open house invites Tennesseans to tour the executive residence, which will be decorated for the holidays.

This year’s holiday theme is “Tennessee Agriculture,” with trees decorated in celebration of produce, livestock and forestry products from across the state. In Conservation Hall, the trees will be decorated with ornaments created by Tennessee students who participated in 4-H, FFA, and Ag in The Classroom programs across … Read More

Van Buren splits pair at Monterey

Posted on November 28, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Van Buren County High School’s basketball teams were in action Monday at Monterey’s new gymnasium and came home with a split in the night’s action.

The Eagles improved to 3-1 with the 74-62 win over the Wildcats.  Caden Mills (30) and Bo Walker (20) combined for 50 of the Van Buren County points in the victory.

The Eaglettes fell to 0-4 with the 40-34 loss.  Mallory Christian led VBHS with 11 points.

The Eagles and Eaglettes open District 6A play Tuesday when they host Whitwell.

Savage signs to play softball for Vol State

Posted on November 28, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Maggie Savage became the second WCHS student athlete from the Class of 2017 to sign a letter of intent to play college sports.

Last week, Savage signed her name on the dotted line to play softball at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Savage, who is a first baseman and pitcher for the Warriorettes, is being signed by Coach Johnny Lynn to be a pitcher for his Lady Pioneers.

Lynn has been coaching softball at Vol State for 23 years. He talked about what brought Savage to his attention.

“Every college needs a great pitcher. We were out at a showcase watching a young lady pitch and … Read More

South Group fire departments respond to Center Drive garage fire

Posted on November 28, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Firefighters from the South Group fire departments responded to a garage fire on Center Drive that engulfed vehicles, and threatened other structures. Details surrounding the incident will be released when they become available.

Christmas Market

Posted on November 28, 2016 9:09 am by

Saturday, Dec. 3

Who: American Legion

What: Christmas Market Art and Vendor Fair ($25 booth rental, includes two tables); admission is free. Fine art and gifts, Christmas decor, baked goods, handmade items, local author, woodworking and much more. Kids’ coloring contest sponsored by Woodmen of the World. Prize drawings.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: American Legion Building, 5 Liberty Square

Contact: (931-761-1776)

Teach our children integrity matters

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Do you want to have a positive impact on tomorrow, the younger generation? Legacies are built on how we live our lives. Our capacity to influence others hinges on your ability to be trusted over time. It takes only seconds for a truthful reputation to be destroyed by actions or words of dishonesty. In “The Day America Told the Truth” we are told 91 percent of us lie regularly and one in five cannot make it throughout a single day without lying. We seem to be a lying culture that is getting worse. This last election cycle has made it clear … Read More

Time to re-evaluate priorities of our Democratic Party

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

I honestly believe it is time to step back and take a long and critical look at what has happened to the Democratic Party, especially since the general election of 2008. President Obama’s victory was a clear statement the majority of voting Democrats saw Barack Obama as a true candidate for “Hope and Change.” To be honest, a majority obviously did not see that in Hillary Clinton. As much as I wanted to see a woman become president of the United States of America, I did not think Hillary was the right person for the job. From what I understand, she was a … Read More

Mainstream media’s weapons of mass deception

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty, by Mike Dempsey, California Center for Self Governance student     

Terrorism comes in many forms. When terrorism is mentioned our first thought is radical Islamic terrorists, but we have home grown domestic terrorism in several forms in the U.S. today.

Environmental terrorism has stopped the water to the San Joaquin Valley in CA, to the destruction of jobs, farms and food production.

Race baiters have learned how to terrorize cities and shakedown corporations for large sums of money.

The moving target of gender identity has implemented the economic shakedown of small businesses, fueled by blatant intolerance for diversity of thought or religious conviction. This brand of … Read More

Commissioners say farewell to friends and colleagues

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Andy Alley

Andy Alley

B.K. Luna

B.K. Luna

White County commissioners conducted a moment of silence during last week’s meeting to honor two men who had faithfully served their constituents as members of the county legislative body.

According to one official, the moment was “very emotional” for everyone who was present at the Nov. 21, 2016, meeting.

An empty chair depicted the place where county commissioner B.K. Luna had sat for 20-plus years. Luna, who had been an active member of his community and a staunch advocate for the people of White County, passed away Oct. 28, 2016.

Luna’s son, Stephen, addressed the commission and expressed his desire to fill the vacancy … Read More

2017 budget reflects flourishing Chamber of Commerce

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

sparta-white-county-chamber           During its Nov. 22 meeting, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors passed the 2017 budget, which reflects significant growth in revenue and membership, and discussed plans for handling excess funds beyond what the Chamber needs to cover expenses for six months.

Board members Lance Wyatt and Rebecca Young, of the budget committee, presented the budget to the board, after going through balance sheets dating back to 2011.

In doing so, Wyatt stated it was clear “what good work this board is doing.”

Wyatt stated there has been significant growth and “the vibe has been good throughout the community.”

This has led to the Chamber becoming … Read More

Richardson reportedly found with stolen motorcycle from Clay County

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Terry Lynn Richardson

Terry Lynn Richardson

A Sparta man was recently arrested after he was reportedly found with a stolen Harley Davidson with fake tags at his residence, along with illegal drugs, according to a warrant filed by White County Sheriff Department Deputy Lindell Smith.

On the morning of Nov. 16, 2016, WCSD deputies received a tip that there may be some stolen property at the residence of Terry L. Richardson, 51, of Iris Drive.

Smith, Sgt. John Meadows, and several other officers responded to the location and performed a probation search on the home.

According to Smith, the officers located a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle that had been reported stolen … Read More

Four charged in Walmart theft

Posted on November 28, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Richard Aaron Flowers

Richard Aaron Flowers

Richard Leroy Flowers

Richard Leroy Flowers

Ronald Dean Pugh Jr.

Ronald Dean Pugh Jr.

Kasi Marie Flowers

Kasi Marie Flowers





Four Crossville residents have been arrested after officers allege the group pushed three shopping carts of stolen merchandise out of the store and loaded the items into a waiting van.

The incident reportedly happened at 3:52 a.m., on Nov. 16, 2016.

White County Sheriff Department Deputy Brandon Young, along with Sparta Police officers,

were dispatched to reports of a van leaving Walmart, with three suspects inside, who had allegedly been shoplifting, according to a warrant filed by Young.

A Walmart employee reported she had witnessed the three individuals push two carts … Read More

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