Monthly Archives: January 2017

Evelyn Jo Hayes Handy

Posted on January 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Evelyn Jo Hayes Handy, 65, wife of Billy D. Handy, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2017, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born on July 25, 1951, in Campton, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Richard M. Hayes and Jessie Mae Burks Stubblefield.

Mrs. Handy attended school, in Vandalia, Ohio, and then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. She later worked in private duty nursing for 15 years before moving to Tennessee where she worked in property management, retail management and real estate. When she retired, she enjoyed gardening and working on her small farm, in Sparta. She was a member of the Poplar Grove Baptist … Read More


Tina Fisher Young

Posted on January 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tina Fisher Young, 52, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 29, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Young was born Sept. 5, 1964, in Smithville, to Linda Ann Fisher and Robert Hunt.

She was preceded in death by her special grandparents, Robert and Robbie Fisher and Louise Phillips.

Survivors include mother, Linda Ann Fisher (Michael) Ramsey; two sons, William Corey Young, Trevor Kane Young; one stepson, Justin Young; one sister, Chelsea Ramsey; three brothers, William J. Harris, Charlie J. Harris, Michael D. Ramsey; grandfather, Walter Phillips; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a special friend, Mimi Young.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Feb. 4, 2017, at … Read More


Mary Christine Worthington Gribble

Posted on January 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Christine Worthington Gribble, 89, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 28, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Gribble was born July 10, 1927, in Sparta, to Charlie Worthington and Georgia Burden Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Clennon Gribble Sr.; son, Richard Clennon Gribble Jr.; sisters, Elizabeth Cullom, Beulah Burgess, Laura Carrick; and brother, Charles Worthington Jr.

Survivors include her children, Donna Sue Carr (Billy Phillips Jr.), Carolyn Ruth (David) Culley; grandchildren, Alicia Hayes (Jamie), David Demond Culley, Jessie Christine Culley; great-grandchildren, Kita Christine League, Dwayne Kelley; special baby whom she loved dearly, Alyric Gribble; three devoted nieces, Wilma Gwynn, Laura Roberts, Linda Irby; … Read More


Calling all farmers: Register now for the Pick TN Conference

Posted on January 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Every farm is different, but almost every farming family faces similar challenges when working together. This year’s Pick TN Conference features an agenda geared to technology, management and regulatory issues, as well as those challenges for families who farm with and for each other.

Keynote speaker Jolene Brown is a consultant for family-owned business. “She’s also a farmer,” Pick TN Conference executive director Amy Tavalin said. “With her results-centered approach, Jolene has learned what works and what doesn’t. She understands the personal and practical dilemmas for families who work together on a farm.”

Slated for Feb. 16-18, in Franklin, the conference is a collaborative effort of the Tennessee … Read More


Reporter needed

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Serving Tennessee’s Seniors one-time grants awarded to 121 organizations by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Posted on January 30, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching our quality of life, is pleased to announce grants to 121 Tennessee organizations as part of a one-time Serving Tennessee’s Seniors grant opportunity.

Funding of Serving Tennessee’s Seniors was provided by the Chancery Court and administered by The Community Foundation through the settlement of a lawsuit initiated by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper against both SeniorTrust and ElderTrust.

“All across Tennessee, each and every day, nonprofits and governmental agencies are working hard to make the path easier for our growing but vulnerable senior population. From Lake County to Bradley County, from Memphis to Elizabethton, we know … Read More


Averitt Express awarded for helping SalonCentric cut waste by 325 tons

Posted on January 30, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For the fourth year in a row, Averitt Express has been named a winner of the Alliance Award for working closely with a customer to help them achieve supply chain goals. Transportation publication Logistics Management and SMC3, an industry trade association, recognized Averitt, PITT OHIO, and SalonCentric for achieving goals in reducing environmental waste and improving customer order times.

The Alliance Award is given to shippers and their alliance partners that improve supply chain efficiency through innovative practices. Contenders for the award are judged on their use of each alliance partner’s unique strengths and ability to show real world results.

By switching from traditional corrugate to reusable plastic … Read More


White County Health Department offers free flu vaccine

Posted on January 30, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee. The White County Health Department is working to protect the entire community by providing flu vaccinations at no charge to area residents on a first come, first served basis. A small amount of vaccines is still available and to ensure they can be used to protect health will be provided at no charge to patients until vaccine supplies are depleted. Appointments may be made to receive flu vaccine, and are now being scheduled at the clinic. Patients also may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours.

“Anyone, even healthy people, … Read More


Cutest Couple – enter now

Posted on January 30, 2017 8:08 am by


WCHS celebrates basketball homecoming

Posted on January 30, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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Warriorettes cruise to a 26-point victory

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

HANNAH LEFTWICH REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE

On Friday night, the WCHS Warriorettes played against Warren County High School at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Coming into the game Friday night, Hannah Leftwich needed only 7 points to reach the milestone that every high school basketball player shoots for. The 1,000-point mark is a unique accomplishment in every player’s career. Not every player who puts on a basketball uniform is able to reach this highpoint. So for the select few that can get there, it is a special memory for them.

On Friday night, with 2:40 left to go in the first quarter, Leftwich was able to reach the milestone and get … Read More


Warriors pull away from the Pioneers in second half

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On Friday night, the White County High School Warriors took on the Warren County Pioneers inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriors and Pioneers went back and forth for much of the first, but at the end of the half, the Warriors held a 29-24 halftime lead. In the second half, the Warriors were able to outscore the Pioneers 43-25 and win by a final score of 72-49.

In the first quarter, the Pioneers were able to score the first 3 points of the game taking an early 3-0 lead. Malik Murray got the scoring started for the Warriors with a layup to make the score 3-2 in favor … Read More


VBHS Eagles and Eaglettes won three out four last week

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Mallory Christian watches as one of her 3’s goes through the hoop in a game earlier this season. 

The Van Buren High School Eagles and Eaglettes traveled to Jasper, on Tuesday night, to take on Marion County High School On Friday night, they played at home against South Pittsburg High School.

On Tuesday night, the Eagles and Eaglettes split with Marion County. The Eaglettes fell to Marion 68-36. The Eagles were able to come away with the 77-37 victory.

On Friday night, the Eagles and Eagles were able to get the sweep against South Pittsburg High School. The Eaglettes were able to defeat South Pittsburg 71-59. The Eagles … Read More


Wind causes struggle for firefighters in Mackie Road fire

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A mid-day residential structure fire at a Mackie Road home spread quickly, due to high winds that moved swiftly to demolish the brick structure.

The fire was reported on Jan. 23, 2017, at 972 Mackie Road, a single story brick structure.

According to North End Volunteer Fire Department Captain Houston Austin, the first firefighters on the scene reported heavy flames, with the structure partially collapsed. Only the garage was left standing.

A countywide page for assistance was made, with BonDeCroft, Cassville, Sparta, Central View, Hickory Valley and Eastland fire departments responding to assist North End with extinguishing the fire.

Approximately 15-17 firefighters responded from those departments.

Firefighters used … Read More


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