Monthly Archives: January 2017

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


6th grade Warriorettes punch ticket to the championship game Saturday

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

On Saturday night, the White County Middle School 6th grade Warriorettes played in the James C. Haile State Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at Middle Tennessee Christian School. The Warriorettes were playing for a chance to go the championship game this Saturday, at 9 a.m. The Warriorettes were able to use a big fourth quarter run where they outscored West Wilson 16-1 and come away with a 36-23 victory.

In the first quarter on Saturday night, the Warriorettes were able to end the quarter with the lead of 9-8 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes were outscored by West Wilson 7-4 and trailed going … Read More


Warriors use a big third quarter to secure win

Posted on January 26, 2017 5:05 am by Andy Southard

On Tuesday night, the Warriors and the Rhea County Eagles faced off inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium. On this night, the Warriors used a third quarter in which they outscored the Eagles 24-7 to secure a 63-29 win.

In the first quarter of Tuesday night, neither team was ever able to get anything going. The first basket of the game wasn’t scored until Jared Carter hit a basket, with 5:22 remaining in the quarter. After that basket, Cole Crosland was able to get a layup and put the Warriors up 4-0, with 4:10 remaining. Then Carter hit two free throws, with 1:46 remaining in the quarter to put the … Read More


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