Monthly Archives: February 2017

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, … Read More


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 It has been replaced by the Socialist Democrat Party (SDP), which in 2016 ran the most corrupt and least qualified candidate ever to seek the presidency of this country, Hillary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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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.… Read More


Taylor sets new single-season scoring record as Sewanee’s season ends with loss to OU

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Despite a record-setting day by sophomore student-athlete Bella Taylor, the Sewanee women’s basketball team’s season came to an end Friday, as the Tigers lost to Oglethorpe 88-62 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament.

The Tigers’ season comes to a close with a 9-16 overall record. Despite having a young roster that featured only two seniors, Savannah Rose and Haley Lyerly, the Tigers finished fifth in the SAA regular season.

Individually, Taylor finished with 14 points against Oglethorpe. That gave the sophomore from Sparta, Tenn., 505 points this season. With that, Taylor broke the program’s single-season scoring record, which was held by Kim Valek. Valek’s … Read More


Bouldin’s big night helps Mocs Down Furman

Posted on February 27, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) recorded her fourth straight double-double and 12th of the year to lead the Mocs to a 66-43 win over Furman at the McKenzie Arena and moved into a tie with Mercer for first in the Southern Conference women’s basketball standings.

The Mocs improve to 17-10 overall and 11-2 in league play and the Paladins drop to 14-15 overall and 7-6 against the SoCon.

Joyner was 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line for 15 points and 15 rebounds. It was her seventh double-double in the last eight games and a SoCon-best 12th of the … Read More


Warriors advanced to the District Championship

Posted on February 27, 2017 5:05 am by Andy Southard

From Feb. 18, 2017 game

On Feb. 18, the White County High School Warriors took on the Stone Memorial Panther in the District Tournament Semifinals with a chance to host a Region Tournament game on the line. The Warriors were leading by five heading into halftime and came out in the third quarter, and their offense exploded outscoring the Panthers 20-9 in the third quarter and used that point to help them hold on for the 65-53 victory.

In the first quarter of Saturday night’s game, The Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Pierce Whited layup with 6:20 left in the first quarter. After … Read More


Leftwich’s big night not enough to carry Warriorettes into District Championship

Posted on February 27, 2017 5:05 am by Andy Southard

From Feb. 18, 2017 game

On Feb. 18, the Warriorettes took on the Cumberland County Lady Jets at Warren County High School for a chance to go to the District Tournament on the line. On Saturday night, Hannah Leftwich came out like a woman on a mission. Leftwich scored over half of the Warriorettes points and was able to pull down 14 rebounds on Saturday night. But the Warriorettes came up just short falling to the Lady Jets 57-47.

In the first quarter, Cumberland County jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the Warriorettes. Deandra Luna got the Warriorettes on the board when she hit a layup … Read More


Warriorettes survive and advance

Posted on February 27, 2017 5:05 am by Andy Southard

From Feb. 24, 2017 game

At this time of the year, it’s all about surviving and advancing, and the Warriorette basketball team did just that. The Warriorettes found themselves 21-27 at halftime, on Friday night, against a very athletic East Hamilton team on their home court in what could have been the season and the careers of the four seniors.

Over the remainder of the game, the Warriorettes outscored the Lady Hurricanes 33-24 for the 54-51 victory and secured a spot in the Region 3AAA semifinals.

The win helped the Warriorettes advance to the region semifinals where they will meet up with Cumberland County with a spot in … Read More


Jerry Lynn Yates

Posted on February 26, 2017 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., March 2, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Feb. 28, at Parks City Baptist Church, in Fayetteville, and 4-8 p.m., March 1, at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. Don Russell will officiate.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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