Monthly Archives: November 2016

Warriors romp past Clinton

Posted on November 18, 2016 8:08 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriors improved to 2-0 with a 79-43 over Clinton behind 33 points from Pierce Whited.

Warriorettes roll past Clinton

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriorettes bounced back from their season-opening loss with a 91-44 over Clinton Friday night at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Freshman Kendra Reeves came off the bench to score 23 points.

WCHS hosts East Hamilton Tuesday.

Early tip off for tonight’s WCHS game

Posted on November 18, 2016 12:12 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School basketball teams will be back in action tonight (Friday) at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, but please note that tip off is earlier than usual.

The Warriors and Warriorettes will take on Clinton, which is located in Anderson County in the eastern time zone.  The Warriorettes will tip things off at 5:30 p.m.

The Warriorettes will be looking for their first win after an overtime loss to Smith County.  The Warriors are looking to improve to 2-0.

Willard “Andy” Alley

Posted on November 18, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willard “Andy” Alley, 74, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 17, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Double Your Donation Day is Dec. 6

Posted on November 18, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, is confirmed as “Double Your Donation Day” for Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. All donations made to the Foundation on that day will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. Please partner with us to make Double Your Donation Day successful. Your participation will help enable charitable healthcare services for our community, and assistance for struggling patients.

Beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m., the public may call (931) 783-2003 to make a donation over the phone. Online gifts may be made at any time on Dec. 6 by visiting Gifts by check will also qualify for the match, and should … Read More

Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show 2017 exhibitors

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland is already making plans for the 2017 Home and Garden Show, which will be March 3-5, 2017, in Cookeville. If you sell products or services for the home and would you like to be face to face with thousands of local customers, now is the time to reserve your exhibit space. For almost 50 years, the Home Builders Association has sponsored the event each March to assist businesses to connect with consumers that are interested in building, remodeling, buying, landscaping, interior design and other home-related projects.

For more information about participating in the three-day Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, … Read More

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October 4.8 percent

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Thursday that the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for October was 4.8 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the September revised rate of 4.6 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 4.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.6 percent to 4.8 percent while the national rate declined from 5.0 percent to 4.9 percent.

Total seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased 7,500 jobs from September to October. The largest increases occurred in leisure/hospitality, professional/business services, and education/health services.

Over the year, non-farm employment increased … Read More

Christmas Market

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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)

UDC Christmas meeting

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

christmas-dinnerThe United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 will have its Christmas meeting at noon, Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016, at Nick’s Restaurant, in Cookeville.

BlueCross Bowl almost here

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Less than two weeks to the TSSAA High School Championships in Cookeville

Local leaders composing the BlueCross Bowl Steering Committee met this week for their final regular planning meeting for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s high school football championships.

The next meeting of the steering committee will be at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium and will focus on the onsite preparations for the eight games that will welcome more than 30,000 attendees Dec. 1-3.

In addition to the steering committee, the three-day event will be facilitated with the help of more than 750 volunteers from the community along with local law enforcement and emergency service personal.

The BlueCross … Read More

Sportsmen reminded of various methods to check in harvests

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

With muzzleloader hunting season for deer underway and gun season set to begin, sportsmen are reminded of various methods to check in their harvests.

Most deer are checked in on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website. Many sportsmen have smartphones/web access. For those sportsmen who do not have web/smartphone access, the TWRA suggests you consider using a friend’s phone or computer to check in your harvest on the TWRA website or by the TWRA mobile application.

If this is not possible, you can physically check in your harvest at a check station. Please note that due to a vendor change, there is about a 20 percent decrease in … Read More

Home Saint Thomas Health reportedly cuts hospital positions

Posted on November 18, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In a restructuring move, Saint Thomas Health has reportedly trimmed staffs at hospitals in this region, affecting approximately 40 positions overall including 11 at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, several being LPNs.

The other hospitals involved are River Park in McMinnville, Highlands in Sparta and Stones River in Woodbury

Read the complete story by Dwayne Page, of WJLE Radio, in Smithville, by clicking here.

TEMA drought and wildfires update

Posted on November 18, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

11-17-16, 2 p.m., Central


Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) posts personal protection information for respiratory smoke exposure:

• Check air quality information at: or

• Check drought conditions for your zip code:

• U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook shows drought persisting in the southeast U.S. through February 2017:

Tennessee arson hotline is 1-800-762-3017 and is answered 24 hours a day. Report arson activity also to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Crime Unit at 1-844-AGCRIME (1-844-242-7463). Callers may remain anonymous.
The Air Quality Index for Tennessee shows Moderate air quality conditions covering the State. Moderate air quality means unusually sensitive people … Read More

Van Buren County teams record another split

Posted on November 17, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Van Buren County High School hosted Cannon County Thursday night for another Hall of Fame contest and once again came away with a split of the night’s action.

Caden Mills poured in 21 first-half points and finished with 25 for the game as the Eagles improved to 2-0 with the 75-42 win over the Lions in the nightcap.  Mills was the lone Eagle in double figures, but eight other players scored for VBHS with seven scoring at least six points.

The Eaglettes fell to 0-2 with the 58-42 loss.  Tilly Dodson led Van Buren with 16 points.  She was the lone Eaglette in double figures.

Van Buren returns … Read More

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