Monthly Archives: January 2017

U.T. Extension offering “E-commerce options for direct farm marketers and value-added food producers” class

Posted on January 26, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Have you ever sold anything over the internet? Have you ever thought about putting your business on the web? If so, UT Extension in Van Buren and White counties will be offering a class for you.

“E-commerce options for direct farm marketers and value-added food producers” will be a class you will not want to miss.

The class will take place at the UT Extension office, in White County. Chuck Grigsby with the Center for Profitable Agriculture will be presenting this hour-long class over lunch. The class will start around 11:30 a.m., with a lunch, then the presentation. Although the lunch and event is free, you are … Read More

United Way opens funding process for local non-profits

Posted on January 26, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The application process is now open for non-profit organizations to request funding from United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland. The application is open to be completed by any organization that provides health and human services to individuals in the service area. The United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland serve the following Tennessee counties: Clay, Cumberland, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, White, and Wilson.

Organizations wishing to apply for funding may visit the United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland’s website at, and click on “Request Funding” to begin the process. Applicants must first complete a … Read More

Storyfest in the Park set for April 22

Posted on January 26, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Stories aren’t just for children – not in this area anyway.

And plenty will be told during the Cookeville History Museum’s fourth annual Storyfest in the Park on April 22.

The free event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dogwood Park under a large tent behind the Cookeville History Museum, a City of Cookeville Department of Leisure Services facility. This year’s theme is “Lend Us Your Ears.”

Headliners include nationally known storytellers Charlie McCoin, also a comedian and writer; Elizabeth Rose, who tells Appalachian folklore and other light-hearted stories; and Bil Lepp, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, whose humorous tall tales contain morsels of … Read More

Posted on January 26, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Are we a nation driven by fear?

Posted on January 26, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute: By Brian McCutchen

Windows shattered. Cars burning. Trash scattered. Unkind words spoken. Protestors clash. Million-women march for equality.   Protest signs. Media bias. Fake news. Boycotts. Fights. Arrests.

So much can be said about this past election cycle and the inauguration of our 45th president, Donald Trump. It is unlike many of us have ever seen before. The divisiveness led the way as Americans clashed over who should be our nation’s president.

Fear seems to permeate our nation. Our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaimed in his 1933 inaugural addressed that the “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itsel.f” Fear prevents us to trust … Read More

Smelling smoke in the smokies and remembering

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings: By Steve Playl, former pastor – First Baptist Church in Sparta       

Occasionally the stench was strong. Sometimes it was merely a whiff. Never was it overwhelming. Not the way it had been that Monday night, in Pigeon Forge, a few weeks earlier. That night, Nov. 28, 2016, Sammie and I had reservations at a place on Veterans Boulevard, near Dollywood. We had carried our “stuff” up two flights of stairs to our condo, but after dinner we came back, carried our “stuff” back down two flights of steps, loaded up and drove to Knoxville to spend the night.

That night the smoke and ash was so … Read More

Presidential protesters don’t understand America

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By David Barton

The Inauguration of Donald Trump was remarkable in many ways, not the least of which was the large number of protesters present. Most were Millennials, and while some focused on single subjects (e.g., immigration, global warming, Obamacare) others were still protesting the general election results. Among the latter group, a common protest sign was, “Trump is not my president.” But that statement says more about our education system than it does about those who held the signs. It affirms the failure of American education in four areas: American history, government, Constitution, and truth.

First, the sign was intended to express their outrage … Read More

Fahey charged with meth, assaulting an officer

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Ashley Marie Fahey

An officer responding to reports of an intoxicated individual at the Midway Motel was allegedly punched and kicked by the suspect, according to a warrant filed by Sgt. Brent Copeland of the Sparta Police Department.

The incident occurred on Jan. 23.

Copeland states that at approximately 2:20 p.m., he, Patrolman Charlie Sims and Patrolman Cole Stickler responded to the hotel, when Ashley Marie Fahey, 36, of Sparta, came out of her room into the parking lot and began yelling and cursing at the patrol cars. She then began cursing at the officers and acting in an erratic manner, according to Copeland.

Officers believed Fahey to … Read More

Brent Young is elected Tennessee Junior Chamber President

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Brent Young

Sparta resident Brent L. Young, a member of the Cookeville Jaycees, has been elected president of the Tennessee Junior Chamber (Jaycees) for 2017.

Young is the 78th president to serve the state and had been vice-president in 2016. He was president of the Cookeville Chapter in 2014.

He will be tasked with serving the membership and as a liaison to Jaycees across the country. The president should inspire members to achieve their goals and grow as young, active leaders in their communities.

The role also includes handling communication, assessing progress, decision making, attending events, sharing best practices, prompt responses, serving as a face for the company … Read More

Town hall meeting held Jan. 20 at Fall Creek Falls about privatization of Tennessee state parks

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Tanya Rust, contributor

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to outsource the management of Tennessee’s state parks, among other facilities, has gained much attention, so much so that a town hall meeting at Fall Creek Falls Inn was facilitated by Tennessee Democrats, on Jan. 20.

Its hosts, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and state Representative John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, addressed the outsourcing proposal that the governor presented and how it affected a lot of different kinds of state properties, including very successful park facilities like Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee’s most popular state park, with more than 1 million visitors each year.

Senator Harris states, “This is ground zero, … Read More

Trump flag flown at American Legion removed within hours

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

For two hours, on Jan. 23, a “Trump for President” flag flew on the flagpole outside the American Legion Post 99 building, located in Liberty Square.

The flag was raised just below the American flag, on the same pole, drawing concerns from donors, members and other residents familiar with the rules of the American Legion, whose mission is to serve veterans without political affiliation.

In fact, the Legion’s apolitical stance is found twice in the Constitution and By-Laws of the American Legion.

Article II, Section 2 states, “The American Legion shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles not for the … Read More

6th grade Boys State Tournament run ends one game short of championship game

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On Monday night, the White County Middle School 6th grade boys’ team traveled to Murfreesboro to play in their semi-final matchup against Avery Trace Middle School.

The Warriors made it to the semi-final game by winning their first game against Southside Middle School 53-27, on Saturday morning.

On Monday night, the Warriors lost a heartbreaker to Avery Trace 48-47.

After one quarter of play, the Warriors trailed Avery Trace 6-4.

In the second quarter, the Warriors came out on a roll, outscoring Avery Trace 13-7 to take a 17-13 lead into the half.

In the third quarter, the Warriors offense didn’t stop, outscoring Avery Trace 18-14 to take … Read More

Ready for homecoming games

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

The Warriors and Warriorettes will celebrate homecoming Friday night when Warren County visits Roy Sewell Gymnasium. Prior to the girls’ game, the 2017 homecoming court will be presented. The court is headed up by (front and center) Mr. and Miss Basketball, Cole Crosland and Deandra Luna. Second row (L to R) are senior attendants, Pierce Whited and Brooke Stoglin. Back row (L to R): freshman attendants, Kendreah Reeves and Mason Winningham;  sophomore attendants, Hayden Farris and Sierra Maggart; and junior attendants, Kendall Barker and Hannah Leftwich. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

8th grade Warriorettes get 2 wins in the opening round of tournaments

Posted on January 26, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On Saturday night, the White County Middle School 8th grade team traveled to Murfreesboro to play in the first round of the James C. Haile State Tournament.

The Warriorettes were given a familiar opponent in the South Franklin Gatorettes. The Warriorettes and Gatorettes have faced off against each other twice this year, with the Warriorettes coming out victorious in both meetings. On Saturday there was no change in the outcome as the Warriorettes won by a 47-35 victory.

In the first quarter, the Warriorettes jumped out to a 13-6 lead.

In the second quarter, both teams scored 9 points, and the Warriorettes took a 22-15 into the locker … Read More

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