Monthly Archives: February 2017

Berry Jay Stewart

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Berry Jay Stewart, 58, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 14, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Born June 11, 1958, in Great Falls, Montana, he was the son of Clinton and Beverly Stewart.

He loved rock hunting and collecting arrowheads.

Survivors include his son, Skyler Stewart, of Smithville; brothers, Charles Jesse Stewart, of Sparta, Frank David Stewart (Ann), of Michigan, Robert Lee Stewart (Joan), of Sparta, William Ernest Stewart (Lisa), of Knoxville, Clinton J. Stewart, Jr. (Sherry), of Sparta, John Edward Stewart (Phylene), of Sparta, Sherman Otis Stewart (Irline), of Sparta; sister, Deanna Lynn Herrin (Keith), of Sparta; and many friends, neighbors, nieces and nephews.

A … Read More


Nina Jones

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Nina Jones, 94, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Born Feb. 20, 1922, in Sparta, she was the daughter of Columbia Stephens and Nannie Millard Stephens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Jones; a nephew, Steve Girdley; and a sister, Carlene Girdley.

Survivors include a nephew, Keith Girdley (Polly), of Sparta; great-nephew, Will Girdley, of Sparta; great-great- nephews, Macon Girdley, of Sparta, Morgan and Drew Scott; great-nieces, Tina Girdley, of Lafayette, and Denetress Colwell (Barry), of Sparta.

The family has chosen to have a private memorial service.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Are you afraid of death?

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

As a child, many are afraid of the dark or being left alone. As a teenager, many are afraid of their peers’ views and acceptance. As adults, we graduate into multiple fear levels from finances and relationships to personal health and family responsibilities. The ultimate fear is facing death, either as a spouse being widowed or as a person knowing his/her time in this life is almost over. My father turned 80 years old in January and told me the first thing he and my mother do is read the obituaries in the morning to see if any of their friends … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By State Senator Paul Bailey

The General Assembly is now moving at full steam. Last week was the deadline for filing bills and committees are already hearing the budget proposals of various departments and agencies of state government.

The Transportation and Safety Committee, which I chair, began hearing proposals on how to maintain the state’s existing highway infrastructure and meet long-term transportation demands. Our committee will be hearing from a variety of sources in the coming weeks about how to best meet these needs as we get input on this important issue. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to present their ideas and to … Read More


Theater of the absurd presents: The Trump White House

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

Just when you think things can’t possibly get any stranger in American politics, the Trump White House shows America and the world it can. Starting with Trump’s campaign announcement, his performances at rallies and debates, his winning the election and right up to his inauguration, I have been obsessed with the question: “What’s next?” I know I should never ask that question, because some clown comes up with an answer, and it usually is not good.

I thought the transition period was strange and, at the very least bizarre, with Trump’s minions running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I was … Read More


Radical Islamic terrorists – Islam exposed, Part II

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Jerry Jones: Patriot and Constitutionalist – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret. – Sparta’s native son

In my Part I article on this subject, I noted that radical Islamic terrorists are the bane of the civilized world, including and especially the United States. I stated my belief that Islam is not a religion but a billion-member, worldwide cult, with a cornerstone of violence. I identified Mohammed, the founder of Islam, as not only a ‘false prophet’ but as a psychotic murderer, rapist and child molester. He killed, robbed, stole, lied, traded and kept slaves, and at one point slept with a 9-year-old girl. He never performed a single miracle. … Read More


Weeds invade White County pastures

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Scott Swoape, UT Extension Agent

The weather of 2016 was certainly harsh on our pastures and hay land in White and surrounding counties. The extensive drought and hot temperatures in 2016 forced pastures to be grazed very close. These factors led to a “less than healthy” forage environment. One of the best ways of preventing weed pressure is to maintain a good stand of grass. Based on several pasture walks, it is estimated that we have lost 15 percent to 20 percent of our grass stand. Weed seed are very opportunistic. Weed seed might have lain in the seed bank for years waiting for their chance to … Read More


Kmet is interim airport manager

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A familiar face well known to area aviators has been hired to become the interim airport manager for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.

The decision to hire Jim Kmet was reached during the Feb. 15, 2017, meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors, while members were discussing how to move forward with replacing outgoing manager Jason Baker.

During last month’s airport board meeting, Baker announced that he would be resigning from his position as airport manager to accept employment at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. Baker was hired in April 2015, originally to replace then airport manager Jim Kmet.

Since the resignation announcement, the airport board … Read More


Bockman Way showing growth

Posted on February 20, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Over the years Sparta and White County have seen its fair share of growth and decline.

Unfortunately, during the recession that began in late 2007, the community saw the loss of several businesses.

However, signs of growth are starting to make their way back to the community. Recently, Bockman Way, which is the primary road for businesses in Sparta, is seeing some positive changes.

Several pieces of commercial property that conveniently located on Bockman Way are starting to show signs of revitalization, which is great news for the community.

One such property is the iconic “blue log building,” at 447 W. Bockman Way, which … Read More


Warriorettes fall to Cumberland 

Posted on February 18, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes were defeated by the Cumberland County Lady Jets 57-47. Hannah Leftwich led the Warriorettes with 27 points and 14 rebounds for her second double-double in two nights. The Warriorettes will play Cookeville on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Warren County High School. The Warriors will play in the Championship game on Tuesday night at 7:30 against the winner of the Warren Co. Cookeville game.


Warriorettes trail at the half

Posted on February 18, 2017 6:06 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes trail Cumberland County 24-20 at the half. Hannah Leftwich leads the Warriorettes with 11 points.


Warriors are headed to the District Championship game

Posted on February 18, 2017 6:06 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriors are head to the District Championship game after defeating Stone Memorial 65-53. The Warriors were led in scoring by Jared Carter with 22.


Warriors lead Stone Memorial at the half

Posted on February 18, 2017 5:05 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriors lead Stone Memorial 25-20 at the half. Jared Carter led the Warriors with 12 points in the first half.


Animal shelter seeking donations

Posted on February 18, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Recently, the White County Animal Shelter expressed they are running low on some much-needed supplies at their shelter. The local animal shelter depends greatly on generous donations from the community.

If you would like to help, there are several items that the shelter is specifically seeking. They are in need of dry dog food (adult), liquid (high-efficiency) laundry detergent, bleach, and white vinegar. Donations are now needed but also, throughout the year.

The shelter has established three convenient drop off locations, one in Cookeville, at the Country Giant/Kiss Broadcast Complex at 698 South Willow. Also in Sparta, donations can be brought directly to the shelter at 5600 Gum Read More


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