Monthly Archives: February 2017

TCAT students visit WCHS

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

On Jan. 20, 2017, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crossville visited White County High School for a high school-to-college session. Students were given information about the 17 programs available at TCAT Crossville and the hands-on training they can receive in just 20 months or less.


State senate approves resolution calling for convention of states

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

The Senate approved a resolution on Feb 6 calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of planning a future Article V Convention. The convention would be the first formal meeting of the states since 1861.

Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) provides that the convention of states would be for the limited purposes of 1) planning for, and recommending rules and procedures for an Article V Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and 2) recommending to Congress the initial date and location in which they would meet.  The legislation is co-sponsored by Senate Government Operations Committee … Read More


Van Buren schools closed for illness, White County still open

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

Van Buren County schools are listed among those closed for sickness. As for White County, Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said, “We are currently monitoring the absenteeism due to sickness in our schools. Our Coordinated School Health professionals are working closely with our school leaders to gauge the level of illness across the district. If a decision is made to alter the school schedule due to illness, parents and students will be notified via the School Messenger system and local news outlets.”


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Warriors fall short at home against Cookeville

Posted on February 6, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

On Friday night, the Warriors took on Cookeville High School Cavaliers at Roy Sewell Gymnasium for a key District 6AAA matchup. Earlier in the evening, the Warriors honored all eight of the seniors. In the game, the Warriors were just never able to get ahead. The Warriors lost by a final score of 75-61.

In the first quarter, Cookeville got the scoring started to hit a layup and getting fouled. They would go to the line and hit the free throw to go up 3-0.

Malik Murray got the scoring started for the Warriors and hit a basket from underneath the basket cutting the score to 3-2. After … Read More


Luna reaches 1,000 points on senior night, but Warriorettes fall

Posted on February 6, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

On Friday night, the White County High School Warriorettes played host to the Cookeville High School Lady Cavs in a 6AAA district game.

On this night, the Warriorettes celebrated their four seniors before the game, as this was their last regular season home game.

The Warriorettes also celebrated Deandra Luna scoring her 1,000th point as a Warriorette.

In the third quarter, with 6:53 remaining, Luna hit a 3 to reach that 1,000-point mark. She became the 20th Warriorette to hit the 1000-point club, and she was also the second member to join the club in a week. But after everything was said and done the Warriorettes were defeated … Read More


Van Buren High School Eaglettes also finish the week 3-0

Posted on February 6, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Last week, the Van Buren High School Eaglettes also had a very busy week. On Tuesday night, the Eaglettes traveled to Whitwell to take on district opponent Whitwell High School.

On Thursday night, the Eaglettes took on district opponent Richard Hardy Memorial School, and then on Friday evening, the Eaglettes had to take on rival Bledsoe County High School.

On Tuesday night, the Eaglettes were able to come away with the 47-38 win over Whitwell.

On Thursday night the Eaglettes defeated Richard Hardy by a final score of 60-38, and on Friday night the Eaglettes were able to come from behind late and secure a 39-37 win.

In … Read More


Van Buren High School Eagles go 3-0 on the week

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

CADEN MILLS GOES OVER 2,000 CAREER POINTS

Last week, the Van Buren High School Eagles had a very busy week. On Tuesday night, the Eagles traveled to Whitwell to take on district opponent Whitwell High School. On Thursday night, the Eagles took on district opponent Richard Hardy Memorial School, and then on Friday evening, the Eagles had to take on rival Bledsoe County High School.

The Eagles were able to escape the week unscathed, winning all three matchups by at least double-digit points. The Eagles won 73-37, on Tuesday night. On Thursday night, the Eagles were able to come out with an 89-49 victory. Then, on Friday night, … Read More


Valentine’s tips for men

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

There once was a young man that bought an expensive bracelet at a very nice jeweler’s shop to surprise his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

The jeweler inquired, ‘Would you like your girlfriend’s name engraved on it?’

The young man thought for a moment, grinned, then answered, “No, instead engrave ‘To my one and only love’.”

The jeweler smiled and said, “Yes, sir; how very romantic of you.”

The young man replied, “Not exactly romantic, but very practical. This way, if we break up, I can use it again.”

Guys, our problem is we think too practical and not romantic enough. Gentlemen, … Read More


So all Israel shall be saved

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta church of Christ

There can be no doubt that salvation is freely available to every person of every country, race, and background. This fact is proven by God’s vision to Peter.

It is recorded that Peter went upon the housetop to pray, became very hungry, and fell into a trance (Acts 10:9,10). It was then that Peter saw, as it were, a great sheet knit at the four corners and falling to the earth. On the sheet were all kinds of four-footed beasts, creeping things, and birds. Upon seeing the vision, Peter heard a voice saying, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat” (Acts 10:11-13).… Read More


Changing the water in the swamp doesn’t drain it

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, By Debra Wines

I honestly understand Trump supporters wanted a different type of leader in the White House, and Mr. Trump is certainly different. What I don’t understand is if so many of his voters rejected the other 15-18 Republicans who were running for the presidential nomination, why did they continue to vote for the same people in the House and Senate? I understand they still wanted a Republican majority, but why keep the same people who did nothing of value for the American people?

I realize the main objective for the Republicans was to stop anything and everything they could that President Obama wanted, even … Read More


America first

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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

Finally, we have a president who understands that if your ship is sinking and you are in the water with everyone else, in order to save them, you must first save yourself. And, so it is with countries. Commensurate with being forced into World War II by the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands on Dec. 7, 1941, followed by Germany’s Declaration of War against us, we became the free world’s Godfather. We fought our wars and their wars. We gave and have continued to give trillions of dollars in military … Read More


Kennedy and Marcum receive doctoral degrees

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Tech’s December commencement services included White County High School alumni throughout a variety of departments.

In the midst of the graduates, Dr. Krystal Qualls Kennedy and Dr. Rebekah Webster Marcum celebrated the completion of their doctoral degrees in Exceptional Learning. From Stepping Stones Mother’s Day Out, to graduate school, both women agreed that every educator in their life played a role in where they are today.

Kennedy is a 2002 WCHS graduate and the daughter of Rick and Kathy Qualls from Cookeville. After high school graduation, she pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Special Education from TTU, which led to teaching special education, in Cumberland County.… Read More


Miktarian brings art to public to help raise funds

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Jennie Ivey, contributor

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Fragrant Mushroom is hosting a fundraiser , 1-3 p.m., Feb. 11, 2017, to benefit Sparta folk artist Paul Miktarian.

Organized by Cookeville artist Merritt Ireland, the art show and sale is entitled “Art from Paul’s Heart to Your Heart” and will feature originals and prints from Miktarian’s folk art houses, along with cards     featuring his work.

For many years, Miktarian participated in Pacesetters’ “Painting the Tale” art program, where his natural talent and love of art was evident. He began to pursue art as a vocation 15 years ago, when he was in his early 30s.

Miktarian has … Read More


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