Monthly Archives: February 2017

Charles Edward Dickerson

Posted on February 24, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Edward Dickerson, 81 of Sparta, passed away Feb. 22, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Dickerson was born May 6, 1935, in White County, to Charlie Howard Dickerson and Notie Mall Frazier Dickerson.

He was a retired truck driver and enjoyed dancing.

Mr. Dickerson attended Plainview Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mattie Rice and Jean Smith.

Survivors include two sisters, Jonna (Ken) McCormick, Judy Radford; two brothers, Junior (Frankie) Dickerson, James (Faye) Dickerson; special friend, Lillian Kirby; and two brothers-in-law, J.C. Smith and Arnold Rice.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Feb. 25, 2017, at … Read More

Anthony Patrick “Tony” Lindsey

Posted on February 24, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Anthony Patrick “Tony” Lindsey, 45, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Lindsey was born Nov. 9, 1971, in McMinnville.

He was a service engineer and technician for Tyson Chicken and other food processing plants. He was an avid outdoorsman and gun collector.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Patrick Lindsey; sister, Cathy Grissom; and cousin, Tammy Nunley.

Survivors include his wife, Lorrie Lindsey; daughter, Hannah Lindsey; stepchildren, Amber (Jordan) Bain, Ryan Evans; mother, Wanda Lindsey; sister, Nancy (Earl) Keen; brother, Terry (Carol) Breedlove; granddaughter, Karsyn Bain; special nephews, Ricky Keen, Gregory Keen; and numerous family members and friends.

Funeral … Read More

WoodmenLife presents flag

Posted on February 24, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WoodmenLife representatives Tim Bumbalough and Jessica Horner present Doyle Church of Christ with a United States flag. Accepting the flag on behalf of the church is James Rittenberry.

Bake sale raises $357 for St. Jude

Posted on February 24, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Five White County Middle School students got together to raise money for such a worthy cause. They would like to thank all of the Sparta residents who came out and supported them and their cause. Also, they would like to thank Floyd’s Cash Saver for allowing them to host the sale on their premises. L-R: Christina Whiteaker, Kayleigh Brown, Grace Haynes, Ella Lilly, Mrs. Dunn (WCMS math teacher) and Montana Moore


Region Tournament Brackets

Posted on February 23, 2017 10:10 pm by Andy Southard

Here are the Girls and Boys Brackets For Region 3A and Region 3AAA.

13th Judicial District Recovery Courts hold graduation

Posted on February 23, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The 13th Judicial District Recovery Courts, which encompasses White County, has announced that six participants will graduate from the Drug Court (three graduates) and Veterans Treatment Court Programs (three graduates). The Drug Court and the Veterans Treatment Court Programs are a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment programs for non-violent felony and misdemeanor offenders. The programs consist of a minimum of one to two years of treatment, which may involve inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment, or a combination of any of the above. There are four phases of treatment designed to help break the pattern of drug dependency and arrest. Completion of these phases takes a minimum of one year. Participants … Read More

Posted on February 23, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCMS Baseball hosting a Middle School Tournament

Posted on February 23, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

The White County Middle School Baseball team will be hosting a Middle School Baseball Round Robin Tournament Today, Friday, and Saturday. The Tournament will be split into two pools with four teams in each pool. The teams in Pool A include White Co., Walter J. Baird, Prescott, and Cumberland. In Pool B the teams included are Algood, Overton Upperman, and Stone. There will be a game played at both the Babe Ruth Field at the Fairgrounds and The White County High School Baseball Field. There are two scheduled games for today and two tomorrow on both fields, and Saturday they will finish up the pool play games with … Read More

Posted on February 23, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Van Buren County Eagles and Eaglettes 1st Round Region Games

Posted on February 23, 2017 10:10 am by Andy Southard

The Van Buren County High School Eagles and Eaglettes  1st Round Region games will both be played on Saturday night February 25th against Boyd Buchanan. The Eaglettes will play first starting at 5:30 p.m. and the Eagles will follow playing at 7 p.m.

Protesters peacefully gather at Rep. Diane Black’s office

Posted on February 23, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Numerous peaceful protesters have gathered this morning at US Representative Diane Black’s field office in Cookeville. The protest has been organized by a group called Indivisible TN 6. Protesters have brought a list of formal concerns in regards to immigration, affordable healthcare, and others. Staff with Diane Black’s office are working to hear all of their concerns. Further details will be updated as the protest and discussions are currently ongoing.

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I am searching for a church – which one is right?

Posted on February 23, 2017 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCuthen

Nothing can be more confusing than to drive around looking for a new church to connect with. Nearly on every corner, there is a type of “church.”   One may question: Why so many? Why so many of the same type of church? Who is right? Who is wrong? Can all of them be right or wrong?

When one is searching for a church, there is more than just seeing what types of “programs” they offer. However, “programs” can be a starting point to reaching and connecting with those who are seeking to better themselves, their children, or the entire family.

It was … Read More

Viewing time, eternity from different perspectives

Posted on February 23, 2017 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings: By Steve Playl, former pastor at First Baptist Church in Sparta

Heading back into Gatlinburg, on Cherokee Orchard Road, from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, our hearts were overflowing, and our heads were spinning. We had spent hours cruising and taking in the devastation to human structure and divine creation. Our minds were filled with a combination of disbelief, awe, sadness and unanswered questions. “Why?” was the first word in most of those questions.  It was a few weeks past, and a few weeks had passed since the fires had swept through Sevier County.

As we headed toward the Parkway, we tried to clear our … Read More

The U.S. is not a democracy, Part III

Posted on February 23, 2017 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By By Mark Herr, Center of Self Governance Administrative Staff

A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin when he said to her, “Madam, we have given you a republic, if you can keep it,” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she keep it?

Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel her how to ‘keep’ the U.S. republic. … Read More

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