Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cutest Couple – enter now

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Cutest Couple – enter now

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Town hall meeting held Friday at Fall Creek Falls about privatization of Tennessee state parks

Posted on January 22, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Tanya Rust, contributor

A town hall meeting was held Friday morning by Tennessee Democrats at Fall Creek Falls State Park to discuss the privatization of state parks, with the primary focus on the current Request for Proposal that was issued by The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which concerns Fall Creek Falls State Park.

The conference room provided by Fall Creek Falls Inn was overflowing with local and state public officials, representatives from TDEC, the director of state Parks, as well as many concerned employees, community residents, nearby business owners and guests that were staying at the inn.

The discussion was centered on the idea of … CONTINUED


Bruins heat up late, down Golden Eagles in Nashville, 82-70

Posted on January 21, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team (8-14, 4-3) couldn’t overcome a blistering second half by Belmont (13-4, 7-0) Saturday morning, falling to the hot-shooting Bruins in the Curb Event Center, 82-70.

A seesaw affair for the first 30 minutes, the Bruins caught fire to pull away late, eventually wrapping up the second half shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc.

The two sides traded blow after blow in the opening half, fighting their way to a 35-35 tie at the break. Both sides finished an identical 13-for-28 from the field in the first period, with the … CONTINUED


Vicky Kay Watson Wood

Posted on January 21, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Vicky Kay Watson Wood, 42, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2016.

She attended Victory Baptist Church, in Dayton, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Ray Atnip, and a granddaughter, Zaylee Watson.

Survivors include her husband, Jonathan Wood, of Dayton, Tennessee; mother and stepfather Elmer Williams and Carolyn Atnip-Williams, of Sparta; sisters, Marie Swindell, Walisha Selby, both of Sparta; children, MaKayla and Adrien Evans, Bralynn and Zayden Watson, Zane Walker, all of Pikeville; nephew, Christopher Atnip, of Sparta; and great-nieces, Zoe and Isabella Matthews, both of Sparta.

She was laid to rest on Dec. 28, 2016, at Watson Chapel Cemetery, in Pikeville.


Donna Faye Shannon Young

Posted on January 21, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Donna Faye Shannon Young, 70, of Sparta, passed away, Jan. 19, 2017, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville.

She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Sparta, to Gaines and Hallie Shannon.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister-in-law, J.C. and Mattie Shannon.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (Jason) Bowman, of Gainesboro; three grandchildren, Vicki Allen, Brittany Allen, Deric Bowman; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Stafford, Bailey Stafford; and two brother, Bobby (Hattie) Shannon, of Sparta, and Billy (Jessie) Shannon, of Ohio.

The family has chosen cremation, with no visitation or services at the funeral


Nellie Ruth Hawkins Payne Shoemaker

Posted on January 21, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Nellie Ruth Hawkins Payne Shoemaker, 72, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on Jan. 20, 2017, at her residence, surrounded by loved ones. She left her earthly home to be with her Heavenly Father and family members who went before her.

Mrs. Shoemaker was born Oct. 23, 1944, to Floyd J. Hawkins and Ida Lewis Hawkins.

She had wonderful memories of being raised on the family property with three brothers and four sisters. She was a small business owner for many years, which was one of her many joyous endeavors. She was the most loving, caring person, even in her last days. Those who knew her well will always … CONTINUED


Cutest Couple – enter now

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Cutest Couple – enter now

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation seeks environmental achievers

Posted on January 21, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation  is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards include ten unique categories: Building Green, Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources, Environmental Education and Outreach, Environmental Education and Outreach (school category), Land Use, Materials Management, Natural Heritage, Sustainable Performance, and Lifetime Achievement.

A panel of judges representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental, and academic professionals will select award recipients based on criteria including level of project or program completion, innovation, and public education. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017. Award recipients will be announced in May 2017.

For more information about … CONTINUED


Office of Open Records counsels creates model public records policy

Posted on January 21, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For the first time in state history, Tennessee government entities now have a model policy to help define how public records requests are handled.

The Comptroller’s Office of Open Records Counsel established a model public records policy to assist all Tennessee government entities. The model policy was created after Representative Bill Dunn and Senator Richard Briggs led the passage of Public Chapter 722 during the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

Public Chapter 722 requires every governmental entity subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act to establish a written public records policy by July 1, 2017. The policy must be adopted by the appropriate governing authority, and the OORC model … CONTINUED


White County fair wins first place

Posted on January 21, 2017 3:03 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Fair is named “Best Fair” at 2017 convention, in Nashville.


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