Monthly Archives: March 2017

Three WCMS athletes play in basketball All-Star game

Posted on March 16, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

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On March 3, 2017 Mia Murray, Gracie Dodgen and Grant Slatten traveled to Lebanon to compete in the Power 5 Basketball Middle School All-Star game.

At this event, there were teams made up of other middle school athletes from all over the state of Tennessee. There was a team from the Upper Cumberland, West TN/Murfreesboro, mid-state, and Nashville. All three of the White County Middle School athletes played on a team of other players from around the Upper Cumberland area.

Michael Dodgen and Neal Capps, from Stone Memorial High School, coached the girls’ Upper Cumberland team. The Upper Cumberland girls had different players from … Read More

Gamble celebrates 93rd birthday

Posted on March 16, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Doris Worley Gamble, of Sparta, celebrated her 93rd birthday, on Dec. 8, 2016, with six of her friends: Dot Whitson, Mary Ann Yarmon, Isabell Kentner, Lucy Carruthers, Dora Mae Malone and Susan Kenzie.

Gamble taught line dance at Sparta-White County Senior Center, in 1996, Cookeville-Putnam County Senior Center until 2003, and then one year at Sparta-White County YMCA. The six women who attended her birthday celebration began line dancing with Gamble in the very beginning and continued until Gamble decided to retire at the age of 91. Two of the women who were also a part of the original “crew” and not able to attend were Melba Davis … Read More

The U.S. is not a democracy. It’s A republic if you can keep it. Part V

Posted on March 16, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Mark Herr, CSG Administrative Staff

In Parts I through IV, we learned the U.S. is a republican structure of government. Our system contains a variety of control cockpits, or the best parts of various forms of government. For example, our system contains one aspect of democracy: voting once per year for five minutes; monarchy: U.S. president for four years; oligarchy: most school boards for four years.

We also learned the architects reserved structural maintenance solely and exclusively in the hands of the governed – remember Mrs. Eliza Powel? After our introduction to her, we should be inspired to learn the U.S. republican structure, recruit a local maintenance … Read More

Worship is NOT just on Sunday

Posted on March 16, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, By Brian McCutchen

“If you will not worship God seven days a week, you will not worship Him on one day a week” A.W. Tozer

“To worship is to experience Reality, to touch life. It is to know, to feel to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of the gathered community.” Richard Foster,

Foster also wrote, “Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.” The Scriptures says in Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your act of spiritual … Read More

Time to quit being a baby

Posted on March 16, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

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

Beginning about the time of his older brother’s 6-year-old birthday party, Anderson began counting the days ‘til his 4th birthday. Well, actually he can’t count that high yet, but the month between the two celebrations was a wild time of anticipation for the younger Playl boy. Every time we saw him, his eyes were dancing and his whole body was quivering with excitement.

“Nahnee, Papa, it’s my birthday!”

“Three more weeks Anderson…” or “next week Anderson…” and finally “Anderson, tomorrow’s your birthday party, and the next day you’ll be 4!”

One day he was talking … Read More

Accepting Van Buren County’s solid waste and stolen road signs top the agendas for county meetings

Posted on March 16, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

On March 13, the White County steering committees, along with the Solid Waste Committee, met to discuss several agenda items ahead of next week’s White County Commission meeting.

Steering Committee A had two items on its agenda that required discussions. The first item was the ongoing problem of the theft of county street signs.

Commissioners were advised the list of signs needing to be replaced by the White County Highway Department continues to grow and is now three pages long.

Several commissioners stated the stolen signs are showing up at auction houses in neighboring counties. The committee requested that White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson reach out to … Read More

Deputy Curtis Robinson provides lifesaving CPR to 72-year-old female

Posted on March 16, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

One of White County’s deputies has been credited with saving the life of a woman after he performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

At approximately 2:20 p.m., on March 9, dispatchers from White County E-911 received an emergency call about a 72-year-old female who was struggling to breath. Emergency responders were dispatched, including Deputy Curtis L. Robinson.

Upon arrival to the home, Robinson found the female, who was sitting on a couch, unresponsive and not breathing.

After assessing the situation, Robinson, along with the help of the victim’s family member, laid the patient down flat and proceeded to administer CPR.

The female was using a portable oxygen tank, and Robinson … Read More

Findlay Elementary project discussed in joint meeting

Posted on March 16, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

County commissioners came together as members of steering committees A and B to conduct a joint meeting with White County Board of Education about the proposed plan to construct a new Findlay Elementary School.

One of the main goals of the joint session was to discuss if the commissioners felt the proposed site for the new school would be suitable, which is county-owned property on Hale Street and is adjacent to the existing facility.

Several commissioners expressed their excitement for the growth of the school system. Most felt that keeping Findlay close to its current location was in the best interest for the school. The commissioners voted unanimously … Read More

Rollover crash on Highway 111 leads to multiple citations

Posted on March 16, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A 35-year-old White County man has been arrested on multiple charges after a March 13 crash in which he rolled his vehicle onto its roof down a steep embankment.

According to the investigation report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brandon Smith, 35, of Sparta, was traveling southbound on State Route (Highway) 111, in a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, with no passengers in the vehicle.

Smith’s vehicle reportedly ran off the left side of the roadway causing his vehicle to strike the railing attached to a bridge. He then reportedly overcorrected the vehicle to the right, which caused the Pontiac to overturn several times and land on its top.… Read More

Good Time Cruisers

Posted on March 15, 2017 5:05 pm by

Good Time Cruisers invite you to “just show up” at Liberty Square every 3rd Saturday April-October. You are invited to show your car off or just enjoy the exhibit. If you are a car lover, this is a great place to salute past good times.

Schedule: Every 3rd Saturday, April-October

Time: 3-8:30 p.m.

Address: Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583

Location: Liberty Square, downtown

Cost: Free admission

Call JR Jones @ (931) 212-7658

Mary Lynne Nash

Posted on March 15, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Mary Lynne Nash, 49, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 25, 1967, in Memphis. Her parents are Carolyn Pitts, of Doyle, and David Pitts, of Belmont, Mississippi.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 17, 2017, at Old Country Church, in Quebeck, with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., March 16, at the church, and 9-11 a.m., March 17, at the church.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Heart program expands again with structural heart program

Posted on March 15, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

History has been made once again at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was performed here on February 21 by interventional cardiologist Matthew Sample, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon Lewis Wilson, MD. Other physicians on hand during the first procedure were interventional cardiologist Stacy Brewington, MD and cardiothoracic surgeon Tim Powell, MD.

The TAVR procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) for patients who qualify. “The TAVR procedure is a great alternative for patients who aren’t able to undergo the traditional open-heart valve surgery,” stated Dr. Sample. “It is big league to offer … Read More

Smith wins prestigious Western Writers of America’s Spur Award

Posted on March 15, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Troy Smith, a Sparta native and a history professor at Tennessee Tech, has won Western Writers of America’s Spur Award in the short fiction category for his novella “Odell’s Bones.” WWA is a professional writers organization founded in 1953, and has been giving these literary awards in various categories since then. Past winners have included Louis L’Amour, Larry McMurtry, and (for best screenplay) Quintin Tarantino. This is Smith’s fourth nomination and second win, the first coming in 2001 for his historical novel Bound for the Promise-Land. A complete list of winners, from 1953 to this year, can be found at

“Odell’s Bones” centers on a young … Read More

Spring Celebration of Craft is April 1

Posted on March 15, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Celebrate spring and the creativity it inspires at the Appalachian Center for Craft’s 19th annual Celebration of Craft, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday April 1.

The free, daylong celebration is an opportunity for visitors to get a closer look at the work of artists at the Craft Center and to explore their own creativity as well.

Throughout the day, there will be live demonstrations of glass blowing, blacksmithing, metal fabrication, jewelry making, wheel throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building with clay, weaving, fabric dying, screen printing, furniture making and woodturning.

Guests will also be invited to tour the studios at the Craft Center and get some hands-on crafting … Read More

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