Monthly Archives: March 2017

Missing and endangered child

Posted on March 31, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Samuel Marson Papacsi

PUTNAM COUNTY, TN – March 30, 2017:  The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 3-year-old Samuel Marson Papacsi. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services obtained a court order to take Samuel into protective custody on March 30, 2017. Samuel’s mother, Kathy Papacsi, left with Samuel after learning of the court order. She may be driving a 1995 white four door Mercedes and possibly traveling to Florida. An arrest warrant for custodial interference has been issued for Kathy Papasci. Please contact local law enforcement if you know the whereabouts of Kathy Papasci or her 3-year-old son, Samuel Papasci.

SAMUEL MARSON … Read More


Faculty, designers and architects collaborate on designs for new TTU science building

Posted on March 31, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

It is set to be the largest academic building on Tennessee Tech’s campus totaling 165,674 square-feet, and it could be among the most collaboratively designed as well.

As planning phases for the university’s new laboratory sciences building have progressed, faculty who will be teaching in the building have worked closely with architects and designers to ensure that the space becomes one where collaborative teaching and learning combine with an inspiring atmosphere for students.

“This university has done an excellent job of involving a very large faculty contingent in the design,” Tech chemistry chair Jeff Boles said.

Faculty from chemistry, physics, environmental studies and the molecular side of biology … Read More


WCHS hosts the “First Senior Meeting” for the Class of 2018

Posted on March 31, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Thursday evening, March 16, was a very exciting time for White County High School rising seniors and their parents. WCHS hosted its 4th annual “First Senior Meeting.” The meeting consisted of a wealth of information to help aid the students in making early plans for their upcoming senior year and post-secondary opportunities. The event ran concurrent with the White County High School Parent-Teacher Conference to better accommodate parents and other family members. The meeting featured several different speakers addressing such topics as: upcoming deadlines, senior pictures, Project Graduation, scholarships, and financial aid.Following this portion of the evening, students and parents were encouraged to attend … Read More


State Senators approve bills aiding the families of law enforcement officers and emergency responders who are killed in the line of duty

Posted on March 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Senate State and Local Government Committee approved two bills this week aiding the families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty. Senate Bill 1059, sponsored by Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), calls for a $250,000 death benefit from the State of Tennessee for any firefighter, volunteer rescue worker, or law enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty. The Helping Emergency Response Officials (HERO) Act would significantly increase the current lump sum of $25,000 paid at the time of death to a $250,000 annuity with the first responder’s estate receiving annual installments of $50,000 per year.

“This legislation calls for … Read More


Richard Strickland

Posted on March 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Richard Strickland, 80, of Sparta, passed away March 29, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Strickland was born Oct. 30, 1936, in New York, the son of William Strickland and Elnora Covert Strickland.

The family has chosen cremation. No service is planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dale Kindle

Posted on March 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dale Kindle, age 71 of Sparta, passed away Monday March 27, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Kindle was born Dec. 4, 1945.

A celebration of life is being planned for in the spring either late April or early May. Date and time will be announced closer to time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tonight’s Baseball and Softball start times have been moved up

Posted on March 30, 2017 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

The WCHS Baseball and Softball start times for tonight’s games have been moved up. The Baseball and Softball team will both start their games at 4:30 p.m. In order to try and miss the storms that are moving in. 


Road work on Ray Broyles Road 

Posted on March 30, 2017 11:11 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Construction crews and Tennessee Department of Transportation officials are currently working on installing guard rails on Ray Broyles Road. Traffic is being restricted to one lane of travel while crews are working. Expect short delays if traveling on Ray Broyles Road today. 


Roberts collects conference leading sixth save as Tech sweeps double header against Austin Peay

Posted on March 30, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

TTU Sports – They looked different when dissected, but at the end of the day, Tennessee Tech baseball’s two games at Austin Peay Friday had one very important thing in common; they were both victories.

The Golden Eagles (19-6, 8-0) kept their perfect start to Ohio Valley Conference in tact in Clarksville, Tenn., sweeping a doubleheader at in-state rival Austin Peay (11-11, 4-4) with victories of 14-3 and 10-8. It marks the program’s best start to conference play since the 1956 Tech squad started 9-0 and finished 10-1 in the OVC while winning the league and earning a trip to the NCAA District III Playoffs.

The 19-6 mark … Read More


Wilkerson helps TTU tie for fifth at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

Posted on March 30, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

TTU Sports – The Tennessee Tech men’s golf team put together not just its best round of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon, it also notched its top score of the season, firing a 286 in the event’s final round at Sevierville Golf Club.

Shaving eight strokes off its day-two round of 294, the Golden Eagles wrapped up their own annual event in a tie for fifth place overall with Wright State with an 878. The 54-hole mark represented the team’s lowest of the season as well, eight shots better than the 886 at the GolfWeek Program Challenge.

Carson-Newman claimed the overall team title on their home course … Read More


Warriorettes fall to DeKalb Lady Tigers in March 24 softball

Posted on March 30, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriorettes fell to the DeKalb County High School Lady Tigers 19-6 in six innings, on March 24, in front of a packed crowd at the high schools softball field.

The Lady Tigers got their offense going early in the first inning when they hit a three-run home run to take an early 3-0 lead over the Warriorettes.

The Warriorettes would answer back when they scored one run on a Dani Auberger double. Megan Anderson would then score Auberger courtesy runner Paige Parker on a groundout to cut the lead to 3-2.

DeKalb County would answer back, though, with 10 runs over the next … Read More


Warriors’ baseball team wins against Upperman

Posted on March 30, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors’ baseball team and Upperman High School traded the lead back-and-forth, on March 24, but, eventually, the Warriors prevailed 7-5. The Warriors took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning when Jason Maxwell doubled, driving in Trenton Hodges.

The Warriors took the early lead when Logan Swoape led off the inning with a single. He was moved to second base when the pitcher balked. On the next pitch, the pitcher threw a wild pitch that moved him to third. Then Eli McDonald drove him in on a groundball to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead.

Upperman would answer … Read More


“Religious” people loved to hate Jesus the Saviour

Posted on March 30, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute – By Brian McCutchen

A couple thousand years ago a man entered the scene of a clannish group of elites who had the market on the know-it-all. I mean, they knew the law inside and out. They lived it. Breathed it. Talked it. Commanded it. To veer one iota of it was to break all of it. The religious elitists’ pompous attitudes were not attracting those searching for a better life; rather, they were hindering those searching.

Jesus comes on to the scene with a new kind of message. An attractive message. A grace-filled message. A hopeful message. Jesus was Kind. Compassionate. Patient. Jesus sees … Read More


Making friends – starting young to be gracious

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Are we ever too young to start making friends? If there is a magic age for beginning the process of being friendly, I passed that number a lifetime ago. You might say I’m “way yonder” past it. In my senior year of high school, I was voted “Most Friendly.” By 12th grade, I had already been turned that way for about 17 years, I suppose. Now, in my senior years of life, I still enjoy people.

Anyway, my precious granddaughter, Katie Grace, must have inherited some   of my friendly genes – by way of her mother. At the ripe old age of … Read More


Legislative news from the House

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell

Legislation spearheaded by House Republicans to help adults without a degree access higher education moved forward this week after getting a positive nod from the House Government Operations Committee.

House Bill 531, named the Tennessee Reconnect Act, would make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all Tennessee adults without a degree access to community college tuition-free – and at no cost to taxpayers.

Currently, Tennessee adults without a degree or certificate can already attend Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) tuition-free, and House Bill 531 would add community colleges into that same category. The legislation expands on a program launched in … Read More


Will Tennessee taxpayers subsidize college for illegal aliens?

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Karen Lees

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reports that from $285 million in 2007, the figure for state and local expenditures jumped to $547 million a year in Tennessee during the FAIR 2013 study of the burden of illegal immigration on taxpayers. Of course, this grows each year.

To add to that burden, proposed legislation that would grant eligibility for illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition is being considered this session by legislators at the Tennessee State Capitol.

In most cases, the discount for in-state tuition is roughly 50%, leaving Tennessee taxpayers with half the cost of tuition for each illegal … Read More


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