Monthly Archives: January 2017

WCTE nominated for an Emmy

Posted on January 13, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Craig Gray, WCTE Senior Producer

WCTE’s beloved series, Discover the Upper Cumberland has been nominated for an Emmy Award for its fan-favorite segment on Grassy Cove located in Cumberland County. This segment was produced by WCTE’s very own, Craig Gray. The winner will be announced Jan. 21 at the Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Dinner in Nashville. WCTE will air the awards live on WCTE-TV and World-TV at 8 p.m. so that the entire Upper Cumberland can join in on the anticipation.

“Nature is the best office to work in,” says Craig Gray when looking back at the June 2016 segment that allows viewers to explore the hidden treasure … CONTINUED


Woodland Park honor roll

Posted on January 13, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

3rd grade

All A’s: Joel Greene, Hannah Haley, Kira Littlejohn, Rylee Luna, Kailey Stone, Estee Willis

A and B: Trevor Arnold, Austin Billingsly, Chloe Brown, Lakelyn Grasty, Alivia Hart, Adrian Hatt, Amia Heath, Johanna Jagnandan, Jaiden Johnson, Micheala Leftwich, Sophie Matheney, Callie Phillips, Izzy Ratliff, Samantha Roe, Sharon Stevens, William Whitworth, Rylee Williams, Bella Winningham

4th grade

All A’s: Samuel Abougar, Bryson Anderson, Warren Brandes, Keaton Cullom, Tription Hickey, Michael King, Chloe Lance,   David Pinion III, Sam Roberts

A & B: Shane Barnes, Aiden Brown, Kiara Camacho, Darvon Connors, Blake Cravens, Keely Cunningham, Rose Dunn, Bryleigh Frank, Ally Grizzle, Trey Hall, Gracelynn Klopfenstein, Savannah Krieg, Chase Lewis, Jackson … CONTINUED


Mad Raven free event

Posted on January 13, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Have a kit – make a plan for winter conditions

Posted on January 13, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Extra precautions required for health and safety in winter weather

Freezing temperatures, ice and snow are all possible in the coming weeks. Taking some time now to plan and prepare for the impact of colder weather could help you be safe and healthy when winter offers its worst said Andrea Fox, director of the White County Health Department and Community Health Center.

“One of the most important elements for winter safety is a friends and family communication plan,” Fox said. “By sharing plans for travel, times we’ll be outside or if we have a problem with a home heating system, we can help protect ourselves and others from … CONTINUED


Tommy Lee Evans

Posted on January 13, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tommy Lee Evans, 67, of Connersville, Indiana, passed away Jan. 10, 2017, at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, after a four-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Mr. Evans was born July 3, 1949, in Sparta, and was the only son of T.L. and Mary Ruth Evans.

He married Mary Susan Evans, on May 20, 1972, in Connersville.

Mr. Evans served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama, and later traveled to Mainz, Germany, during the Vietnam War, where he was an instrument repairman. Upon returning from service, he was employed in Connersville with Ford Electronics and Refrigeration, where he retired from more than … CONTINUED


Frances W. Willard

Posted on January 13, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Frances W. Willard, 81, passed away Jan. 11, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Willard was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Fredrick J. Witherspoon and Mary Frances Witherspoon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jack L. Willard

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Stepien and husband David Stepien; son, James Willard and wife Jennefer Willard; grandchildren, Laura Willard, Victoria Langley, Veronica Langley, Harold Langley, Clark Langley; sisters,    Betty Melberg and husband Glenn, Alice Bliss; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals in the Upper Cumberland area that helped Mrs. Willard through … CONTINUED


Helen Frances Chase Bianchi

Posted on January 13, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Helen Frances Chase Bianchi, 92, passed away Jan. 10, 2017, at Signature Health Care, in Algood.

She was born March 5, 1924, in Kent, Connecticut, to Steven Wheeler and Edith Julia Chase.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Norman, Lester, Wilbur, Jason and John Chase; and sisters, Edith Egbert, Charlotte Stuart and Ada Moore.

Survivors include numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Dennis Shane Elrod

Posted on January 13, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dennis Shane Elrod, 38, passed away Jan. 5, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Elrod was born Sept. 18, 1978, in Sparta, to Dennis Lynn Elrod and Willie Jean Elrod.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Noland Jax Frazier.

Survivors include his sister, Michelle Frazier and husband Adam, of Crossville; sister, Rebecca Elrod, of Cookeville; brother, Erick Van Elrod, of Knoxville; beautiful daughter, Emmie Elrod and her mother, Marissa; three nephews; and two nieces of Crossville; aunt, Joanne Bottoms and husband Frankie; uncle, Teddy Elrod and wife Loretta; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him greatly.

A memorial service … CONTINUED


Kelly Campbell

Posted on January 13, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Kelly Campbell, 40, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 11, 2017, in McMinnville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Robert Yates

Posted on January 13, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Robert Yates, 69, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 12, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Senator Paul Bailey appointed Chairman of Senate Transportation and Safety Committee

Posted on January 13, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey

(NASHVILLE), Jan. 12, 2017 State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) has been appointed Chairman of the Transportation and Safety Committee in the Tennessee Senate. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the 110th General Assembly concluded their organizational session in Nashville this week.

“Senator Bailey is immensely qualified for this important role in the State Senate,” said Lt. Governor McNally. “The health of our transportation system is key to Tennessee’s economic health and I have confidence that he will be a great asset to Tennesseans at the helm of this committee.”

The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee is … CONTINUED


Toys donated to library in memory of Jim Grainger

Posted on January 12, 2017 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

The legacy of Jim Grainger, who passed away on Nov. 19, 2016, lives on, not only through the memories of his friends and family, but also through a donation of toys made in his memory to the White County Public Library this morning. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the library as they accepted the donation this morning. Grainger’s family was present for the event, and cut the ribbon during the ceremony.

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