Monthly Archives: February 2017

One World multicultural evening to feature Hector Black

Posted on February 23, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

One World, a student club at Tennessee Tech, will host its biannual Multicultural Evening at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the Tech Pride Room.

One World is a club dedicated to promoting diversity on campus and in the Cookeville community. The group also strives to educate others about different cultures and foster unity.

Guest speaker for the event will be Hector Neil Black, a prominent Civil Rights leader. Following his daughter’s murder in 2000, Black and his wife worked to save the life of her murderer, fueling Black’s anti-death penalty and peace activism.

Black will speak about his experiences with diversity, race relations at Harvard University, his … CONTINUED

Sparta student among competitors at Cheersport nationals

Posted on February 23, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Power Athletics from Cookeville competed last weekend at Cheersport Nationals, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Power Athletics Black Cats Senior Coed Level 4 D2 won their division to become the National Champions. The two-day competition averages the scores for each day and awards the highest team the National Champion Honor. They then received the winning medals and a national champion jacket. The Black Cats are made up of young men and women from White, Putnam, DeKalb and Warren counties.

Madison Mahan, an eighth grade student at White County Middle School, is a member of this team. After returning home Monday evening, the team found out their efforts from the weekend … CONTINUED

Swoape attends Junior/Senior Day at UT Martin

Posted on February 23, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Logan Swoape (center, right), of Sparta, attended the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Junior/Senior Day on Feb. 20. This event allows prospective students to meet with professors and students in their chosen major, experience college life inside the classroom and tour the UT Martin campus. Swoape, a senior at White County High School, is pictured with family members (l-r) Ethan, Tonya and Scott Swoape. For more information about UT Martin or to schedule a campus tour, visit

Van overturns on Turntable Road

Posted on February 23, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Submitted by Chris Sapp

According to White County resident Chris Sapp, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Feb. 22, 2017, a westerly bound minivan reportedly slid off Turntable Road and overturned in a single-car accident. No further details are available at this time.

Joyce Maxine Clark

Posted on February 23, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joyce Maxine Clark, 79, of Kettering, Ohio, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2017, at Hospice of Dayton, surrounded by family.

Ms. Clark was born April 21, 1937, in Sparta, to A.C. Crowder and Dora Mae Bumbalough Clark.

She was a retired secretary from General Motors and Fall Detective Bureau.

Ms. Clark was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Willie Jay, Thomas Clayton, Bobby, Billy and an infant; and three sisters, Ruby Denton, Jean Green and Mary Kate Polston.

Survivors include her two sisters, Mattie Polston, of Cookeville, Elise Roberts, of Corinth, Mississippi; special nieces Betty Hall, of Xenia, Ohio, Brenda Hall, of Cookeville, Cheryl … CONTINUED

Haslam conducting Town Hall in Algood

Posted on February 22, 2017 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will be conducting a Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:15 pm. The community forum will be held in the multi-purpose room at Trinity Assembly, 205 W. Wall St, Algood. Governor Haslam is expected to talk about the proposed IMPROVE Act, the Town Hall is open to the public.



Head on collision has Monterey Highway temporarily closed

Posted on February 22, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

UPDATE: Scene has been cleared and Monterey Highway has been reopened.

On Feb. 22 at approximately 10:11 am, White County E-911 received an emergency call about a head on collision on Monterey Highway, roughly two miles north of Hwy 84 Market. Emergency personnel are on the scene with the White County EMS, Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Sparta/White County Rescue Squad, White County Sheriff Department, as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol. White County EMS is attending to several injuries with those involved in this accident. Traffic is blocked in both directions, due to the accident involving a minivan and a Ford Taurus.

This slideshow … CONTINUED

United Daughters of Confederacy

Posted on February 22, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wednesday, March 1

Who: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123

What: Meeting

When: Noon

Where: Putnam County Library, upper level

Contact: (931) 738-5869

Completed application required for hunting and fishing guide licenses beginning in 2017-2018

Posted on February 22, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee sportsmen and non-residents, who work as hunting and fishing guides in the state, will now have to complete an application for their licenses beginning with the 2017-18 license year.

Resident and non-resident guide licenses will only be available by application effective Feb. 18, 2017, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Guides wishing to apply can go online at to get an application. Once filled out, the application can be sent by fax or mail (number and address are included on the application) or the application can be taken to a TWRA regional office. Regional offices are located in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville, and Morristown.

The agency … CONTINUED

New 92-suite hotel opens its doors welcoming guests to Cookeville

Posted on February 22, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Marriott International’s TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville, Tennessee, is scheduled to open for business Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The new TownePlace Suites Cookeville is located at 1250 Sams St.

The new hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Gibson Hotel Management, of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gibson Hotel Management leadership team is comprised of General Manager Kerry Ledbetter and Director of Sales LaShaun Jones.

Chamber of Commerce event

Posted on February 22, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Brockman Holt

Posted on February 22, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Brockman Holt, 66, of Knoxville, passed away Feb. 19, 2017.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Holt was a teacher with the Knoxville and Knox County schools for 36 years. She was an avid gardener, seamstress and quilter. Mrs. Holt could be seen in all weather working in her flowers and garden and helping her husband on the farm.

She was an active member of Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church where she worked closely with the Corryton Food Pantry and in her community.

Mrs. Holt was a former majorette at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.

She loved being with family … CONTINUED

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