Monthly Archives: December 2016

Bonnie Lynn Crews

Posted on December 22, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bonnie Lynn Crews, 56, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 20, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Crews was born Oct. 21, 1960, in Corning, New York, the daughter of Robert Preston and Janice Ingalls Preston.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Berniece McCann Qualls

Posted on December 22, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wilma Berniece McCann Qualls, 83, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 20, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Qualls was born Aug. 21, 1933.

She had been a homemaker and was a member of Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Qualls was preceded in death by her parents Romas McCann and Pauline Cooley McCann; husband, Ted Qualls; grandson, Aaron Qualls; and son-in-law, Harold Blankenship, all of whom had resided in Sparta.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Qualls, of Sparta; Rick Qualls and wife Cindy, of Cookeville; one daughter, Lisa Blankenship, of Sparta; three brothers, Claude McCann and wife Judy, of Indiana, Lendon McCann and Lydia, of Indiana, … Read More


Joyce Slatton Price

Posted on December 22, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joyce Slatton Price, 83, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


VBHS loses two close ones at Heritage Christmas Tourney

Posted on December 22, 2016 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Both Van Buren High School teams played against Alcoa High School, on Monday afternoon, and both teams almost came away with the victory.

In the girls’ game, the Eaglettes lost to the Lady Tornadoes 39-32. In the boys’ game, the score was tied with 2 minutes left to go in the game, but the Alcoa Tornadoes were able to take the lead and secure the victory 61 to 56.

In the first game, the Lady Tornadoes outscored the Eaglettes 11-10 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Eaglettes were outscored 14-7 to make the score 25-17 heading into the half. In the second half, the Eaglettes … Read More


WCMS 6th and 7th grade teams win 3 out of 4 against DeKalb Middle

Posted on December 22, 2016 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Ben Hillis goes up for a shot on Monday night. Ben led all scorers with 15 points.

On Monday night, The White County Middle School 6th grade and 7th grade teams took on the DeKalb Middle School teams.

In the first game of the evening, the 6th grade girls’ teams were able to come away with a 32-13 win. In the 6th grade boys’ game, the Warriors were able to get away with a 36-21 victory. In the 7th grade games, the Warriorettes lost 42-14, but the Warriors won 35-33.

In the first game of the day, the 6th grade Warriorettes jumped out to an early 11-2 lead … Read More


Warriors and Warriorettes get wins on the first day of Sonic Shootout

Posted on December 22, 2016 6:06 am by Andy Southard

The Warriors and Warriorettes both got wins on Tuesday night in their first game of the Sonic Shootout.

In the boys’ game, the Warriors defeated the Tullahoma Wildcats 84-26. The Warriors would not only get the win, but Pierce Whited would score his 1,000-point as a Warrior.

In the girls’ game, the Warriorettes came away with a 78-62 victory over the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Lady Tigers.

In the boys’ game, the Warriors got the scoring started quickly. In the first 15 seconds of the game, the Warriors already had a 3-0 lead. Cole Crosland found Pierce Whited in the left corner for an open three to open up … Read More


Educators in the news

Posted on December 22, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Alpha Delta of White County and Beta Theta of DeKalb/Warren counties of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Society of Key Women Educators) held a joint luncheon meeting, on Dec. 3, 2016, at Duck Pond Manor. Front row: Mabel Joyce Moore, Melinda Tritico, Janet Smith, Donna Hawkins, Janey Ruth Price, Susan LaFever; back row: Stacy Austin, Lisa Yoder, Jacqueline Will, Relva Lewis, Danyelle Hawkins, Jennifer Spivey, and Kaye Barlow.


New insurance law ensures drivers comply with financial responsibility

Posted on December 22, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The state is cracking down on drivers who get behind the wheel without insurance coverage, with a new database for insurers to report insurance coverage to and a system of warnings, fines and even registration suspension for failure for drivers to comply with the state’s financial responsibility law.

Tennessee law requires driers to carry car insurance, but the new law, the James Lee Atwood Jr. Law, which goes into effect next month, aims to reduce the number of drivers on the road without insurance.

The law was passed during the 2015 legislative session.

The Department of Revenue is encouraging motorists to ensure that proper insurance coverage or other … Read More


Jail thanks volunteers with appreciation lunch ceremony

Posted on December 22, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Volunteers are hard to come by in today’s fast-paced world. Finding volunteers to serve those convicted of crimes is an especially challenging feat, but Lt. Donna Daniels, of the White County Justice Center, has managed to accomplish coordinating a successful volunteer program to educate the jail population.

This long list of volunteers was honored on Dec. 14, with an appreciation luncheon to recognize their commitment to the program.

“These volunteers so generously give their time and their expertise to help the inmates prepare themselves to be law abiding and productive citizens. The classes started in April of 2015 and many success stories have resulted from all of the … Read More


Both Warriors and Warriorettes will play in Sonic Shootout Championship Tomorrow

Posted on December 21, 2016 9:09 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriors and Warriorettes both got wins today. The Warriors defeated Cannon County 70-56. Jared Carter had 17 points to lead the way for the Warriors. The Warriorettes beat MTCS 64-53. Hannah Leftwich had 26 points to lead the way for the Warriorettes. The Warriors and Warriorettes will both play Cookeville in the Championship tomorrow. Tomorrow all students will get in free if they wear maroon.

Schedule for Tomorrow

9:30 a.m. Smith County vs. Trousdale

11 a.m. Bledsoe vs. Central

12:30 p.m. Tullahoma vs. USJ

2 p.m. Trousdale vs. Cannon

3rd &4 th place game 

3:30 p.m. Cannon vs. Warren

5 p.m. MTCS vs Clarkrange

Championship Games

6:30 … Read More


Melinda Anne Leeds Jeffries

Posted on December 21, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Melinda Anne Leeds Jeffries, 39, passed away Dec. 1, 2016.

She was born Feb. 14, 1977, in Somers Point, New Jersey, and had lived in Sparta for approximately 20 years.

Survivors include her parents, Robert Leeds and Suzanne Leeds; two children, Savanah Jeffries, Tyler Jeffries; three brothers; and two sisters.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Jan. 7, 2017, in Sparta.


Carolyn Rene Jones

Posted on December 21, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carolyn Rene Jones, 56, of Sparta, passed Dec. 18, 2016, Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 27, 1960, in Wayne County, Michigan. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Rosita Ochoa Jones; nephew, SPC Joey David “Boomer” Jones II; and niece Lisa Vance.

Survivors include her daughter, Catrina Rene Boles and husband Kelly; son, Joshua Wayne Young; grandchildren, Arica Young, Bentley Godwin, Searia Boles, Shayla Boles, Ava Young, Rhett Young; father, the Rev. Harold T. Jones; siblings, Harold D. Jones, James Daniel Jones, the Rev. Joey David Jones, Rosalee Blaylock, Roy D. Jones, Teddy Donald Jones, Wanda Jean Jones; and … Read More


Marie Cunningham Lewis

Posted on December 21, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Marie Cunningham Lewis, 92, of the Lost Creek community of White County, passed away Dec. 20, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Lewis was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Lost Creek, to John Beecher Cunningham and Nancy Lela Anderson Cunningham.

She was a retired manager of the White County Farmers Co-op and a member of the Lost Creek Methodist Church. She was also a longtime election volunteer.

Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Powell Kimbrough Lewis; and son-in-law, William G. “Bill” Frazier.

Survivors include two daughters, Janie Lewis Hawkins and husband Howard, Kathy Lewis Frazier; four grandchildren and their spouses, Kim and Rodney … Read More


Albert Franklin “Jack” Frasier Jr.

Posted on December 21, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Albert Franklin “Jack” Frasier Jr., 95, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 18, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Frasier was born June 26, 1921, in Sparta, to Albert Franklin Frasier Sr., and Bessie Lyles Frasier.

He was a former magazine salesman and later a White County School bus driver. Mr. Frasier was an avid fisherman and gardener. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a VFW commander in Dayton, Ohio, and in Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Willene Brown Anderson Frasier; brothers Tom Frasier, Bob Frasier, Carl Frasier, Samuel Frasier; and sister, Martha Kay Frasier.

Survivors include his five children, Ruby Diane … Read More


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