Monthly Archives: February 2017

Fall Creek Falls Thaw 15K

Posted on February 27, 2017 5:05 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

On March 4, Fall Creek Falls State Park will be hosting the finale of the TSP running tour. The 15K race will take you through some of the most beautiful sceneries that Fall Creek Falls has to offer.

The challenging course will start and finish at the Inn of Fall Creek Falls State Park. The running course will take you around the gorge perimeter, Piney Creek Falls overlook, around the Fall Creek Falls overlook, across a wooden bridge, down bike trails, and up rolling hills. There are significant elevation changes on this course featuring a 1-mile 150-feet elevation climb at mile 5.

The course at Fall Creek Falls … CONTINUED

Jerry Lynn Yates

Posted on February 27, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jerry Lynn Yates, 63, of Fayetteville, formerly of Doyle, passed away peacefully, on Feb. 25, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Yates was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Sparta, to Bertye Harris Yates and Robert Lewis “R.L.” Yates.

He had a work career that included a school bus driver for Lincoln County and Fayetteville City schools, Kroger, real estate and, most notably, a long career with Frito Lay as a route salesman. He loved the Lord, was strong in his Christian faith, and was a member of Parks City Baptist Church.

Mr. Yates enjoyed traveling to the beach and riding his motorcycle, but most of all he loved his … CONTINUED

Do you have the mind of Christ?

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

In Philippians 2:5, Paul tells us that we are to have the mind of Christ. This verse says that we are to think like Jesus thinks. In the original Greek, the command is in the form of the verb “to think or to be minded in a certain way.” Our mind is to have the same characteristics that Christ’s mind has. “Satan knows that if he can get our attention for five seconds, he may have our mind for five minutes!” (T.W. Hunt, The Mind of Christ)

In 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, Paul helps us understand that we have something non-Christian do … CONTINUED

You can know you have eternal life

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta church of Christ

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3). John wrote much about knowing God to combat the popular thought of the Gnostics in his day. The word, “Gnostic” comes from the Greek word, “gnosis” meaning knowledge. Thus, the Gnostics believed they had a superior knowledge of God above the Christian. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states, “Gnosticism may be described generally as the fantastic product of the blending of certain Christian ideas – particularly that of redemption through Christ – with speculation and imaginings derived from a medley of sources (Greek, … CONTINUED

Capitol Hill Week

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Senator Paul Bailey

Senate Committees worked at “full steam” this week as state senators examined the budgets of 11 agencies and departments of state government and approved a number of important bills. The budget hearings, which will continue through March 16, are part of the process of reviewing how taxpayer dollars are spent to examine whether taxpayer money is being used efficiently and effectively to meet the state’s goals. They also provide lawmakers with an opportunity to talk with state officials about a wide variety of important state issues.

Among agencies appearing before Senate committees this week were the Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration, … CONTINUED

The Democrat Party – hostage, accomplice or corpse?

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

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

The Democrat Party, an old adversary and cursory friend, presently lies in a self-inflicted zombie-like coma. It is the victim of a hijacking carried out by far left extremists who have seized oversight of the party over the course of the last few years. The Democrat Party is – for all intents and purposes – dead. It has been replaced by the Socialist Democrat Party (SDP), which in 2016 ran the most corrupt and least qualified candidate ever to seek the presidency of this country, Hillary Clinton. Much to their dismay she lost. In concert … CONTINUED

Does a party affiliation define you as a patriot?

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

Is it a ridiculous question? Over the years, the term “I am a patriot,” along with the implied statement “And you are not” has been used by people who disagree with others on almost any political issue. There are several sources to find definitions of patriotism and basically, they are all the same: “love and/or devotion to one’s county and concern/support of the country’s defense”. None of the definitions I found mentioned anything about blindly supporting a country or its leaders, especially if they are doing something that can deemed harmful to its citizens. During the Revolutionary War, the people who supported England … CONTINUED

Mail and wire fraud alleged in legal filings for Gentrys

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Attorneys for Jeffery Lynn and Wendy Gentry have filed a motion to consolidate or to stay proceedings in two separate civil lawsuits filed in January by three parties who have alleged they are owed money after failed business dealings.

On Feb. 13, 2017, Jeffery Lynn Gentry and Wendy Gentry requested a motion to consolidate and stay proceedings in a civil action filed by Donald Gentry, with a similar action pending in the court that was filed by Scott A. Turney and Mark Lindsey.

Donald Edward Gentry, of White County, is the plaintiff in a suit filed Jan. 4, 2017, against his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffery Lynn Gentry and … CONTINUED

Peaceful gathering held at office of Congressman Black

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

On the morning of Feb. 23, approximately 34 constituents from across Tennessee’s U.S Congressional District 6, ranging from residents of Sparta, Celina, Gallatin, Monterey and everywhere in between, met just outside the door of U.S. Congressman Diane Black’s Cookeville field office.

Black’s constituents met that morning to voice and share their concerns, ranging from a wide spectrum of issues, such as keeping the Affordable Care Act, environmental policies, livable wages, and positive and reasonable immigration policies.

Field representatives Bonny Warren and Michael Detwiler collectively recorded the concerns of those who gathered with the coalition group, Indivisible TN District 6. The group was allowed to ask questions and express … CONTINUED

Crashes on Ray Broyles Road causing concerns

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A road in White County that has a known reputation for being dangerous for drivers because of geographical challenges has been the site of two crashes in less than 16 hours.

White County E-911 received a call at approximately 5:23 p.m., Feb. 21, 2017, about a crash involving one vehicle and with possible personal injuries.

Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Service, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and White County Sheriff Department were all dispatched to the scene and assisted those involved. Deputies provided traffic control because of a lane being blocked while emergency personnel worked the scene.

At approximately 8:41 a.m., Feb. 22, dispatchers received … CONTINUED

Governor hosts gas tax town hall meeting in Algood

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

In a crowded room, at 2 p.m., Feb. 23, government leaders, business owners, and concerned residents from around the Upper Cumberland packed the multipurpose room of Trinity Assembly of God, in Algood, to listen to one person, Gov. Bill Haslam, and the topic of the day was the IMPROVE Act.

The IMPROVE Act, which is more commonly known as the “gas tax,” is a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing, while increasing the gas tax to fund Tennessee’s roadways.

During the meeting, Haslam stated that to offset the increase in the gas tax he was proposing several tax cuts. Two of the proposed … CONTINUED

Personnel with emergency services kept busy on Highway 111

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Emergency responders have been busy dealing with crashes all across the county this month, with various sections of Highway 111 as the location for a least two of the incidents.

On the night of Feb. 16, 2017, drivers on Highway 111 witnessed a multicar crash that caused the temporary blockage of the Highway 111/Roosevelt Drive intersection.

At approximately 8:45 pm, White County E-911 received an emergency call of a crash, with possible personal injuries, involving a Chevrolet truck and a Cadillac car.

Emergency personnel with Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and White County Emergency Medical Service worked quickly to aid those involved and to clear the wreckage.… CONTINUED

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