Monthly Archives: March 2017

Remote Area Medical to provide care to hundreds in Cookeville area

Posted on March 10, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Remote Area Medical, a non-governmental organization, specializes in providing free at-no-cost health care to underserved and uninsured people by operating free mobile medical clinics nationwide. RAM will hold a mobile medical clinic, on Saturday, Mar. 18, and Sunday. Mar. 19, at Cookeville High School, 2335 N. Washington Ave., in Cookeville. Last year, at the Cookeville clinic, 878 patients were treated and services provided reached over $543,000 in total value of care. RAM expects to serve even more patients at this year’s clinic and has a need for volunteer medical, dental, and vision professionals. To volunteer visit RAM’s website at

Medical services at this year’s clinic will include … CONTINUED

Landing Zone established at St Thomas Highlands Hospital

Posted on March 9, 2017 4:04 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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On March 9 at approximately 3:40 pm, White County E-911 dispatched the Sparta Fire Department to St Thomas Highlands Hospital to set up a landing zone for UT Medical Center Med-Trans / LifeStar helicopter.

Personnel with the hospital and White County EMS assisted on the scene while the Sparta Fire Department maintained a safe landing zone. The LifeStar helicopter was able to safely depart from the St Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Library Spring Book Sale

Posted on March 9, 2017 11:11 am by

White County Public Library will conduct its Spring Book Sale as follows:

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, March 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 31

8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 1

Book sales finance the library’s Summer Reading Program and other programs that promote literacy in White County. If you have any old books you would like to donate, please drop them off at the library, 11 N. Church St.

Maroon-Gray Play Day is March 11

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The On Deck Booster Club will host the fourth annual Maroon-Gray Play Day, on March 11, at the White County High School softball field. The WCHS and White County Middle School softball teams will join together for 100 innings of intra-squad softball. The event begins at 9 a.m. Fans can also get lunch at the field while supporting the Warriorettes. There will be plate lunches sold while the WCHS and WCMS squads scrimmage each other, as well as Warriorette alumni innings.

Mother’s March Madness set for March 10 and 11 at WCHS

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Betty Farley began her love affair with White County athletics many years ago when she was a cheerleader for the White County High School. Six years ago, Farley died from a rare disease called Amyloidosis, which is a rare blood disease that attacks the organs of the body. The disease took her life on Jan. 20, 2011.

On March 10 and 11, the sixth annual Mother’s March Madness will take place at White County High School.

Mother’s March Madness, which is sponsored by Sonic, is a three-on-three basketball tournament that was started by Farley’s grandchildren in her memory. Her grandchildren affectionately called her “Mother” and thus the name … CONTINUED

Van Buren Eagles are headed back to the state tournament

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

For the third straight year, the Van Buren County Eagles will be making a trip to the Glass House (Murphy Center) for the BlueCross Basketball Championships.

The Eagles punched their ticket to the State Tournament with a 71-44 win over the visiting Pickett County, on March 6, 2017, in front of a packed-to-capacity frenzied crowd, in Spencer. At times, the crowd was so loud it was almost impossible to hear the officials’ whistles.

The Eagles (27-6) had two players in double figures. Caden Mills (34) and Bo Walker (23) scored 57 of the Eagles 71 points on Monday.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 16-6 lead on … CONTINUED

Eaglettes fall short in substate game •Tilly Dodson collects 1,000th point•

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

On March 4, when the Van Buren County Eaglettes traveled down to Pickett County High School, they knew they needed to play a perfect game to come away with the victory against the #2 ranked team in single A basketball.

The Eaglettes fought hard but were unable to keep pace with the Lady Bobcats on their way to a 75-40 loss, but senior Tilly Dodson was able to reach the 1,000-point milestone in her final game as an Eaglettes on her was to 23 points for the night.

The Eaglettes fell behind early as Pickett County started out the game scoring the first 7 points. The Eaglettes weren’t … CONTINUED

WCHS Warriors fall one game short of substate

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

After watching The White County High School Warriors team of last year have a perfect regular season, win the 6AAA District Tournament, 6AAA Regular Season and break State 3- point records, many people came into the season not knowing what to expect out of this year Warriors team, because of the loss of four key contributors off of last year’s team.

The Warriors of 2016-17 would go on to surprise a lot of people when they won the District 6AAA tournament   championship and then beat the team that upset the Warriors from a year ago in Bradley Central. But this year’s Warriors team also ended their season one … CONTINUED

Do we really respect diversity of thought or not?

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By Dottie Perkins, 16 year-old CSG student

A major issue of concern in today’s world is the effect of conformity of opinion. In my particular social circle, there exists a rather diverse world of ideas: politics, religion, and countless other “socially inappropriate” things to talk about, usually offered by my peers. But regardless of the particular stances on these issues, I often observe how people temporarily change their opinions to prevent being judged for having a less popular idea. Growing up in this environment is a major concern for me because this means freedom of speech has been revoked by the “politically correct.” We should … CONTINUED

Precious “farewells” followed by an eternity together

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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

Steadily the rain fell on the already saturated burial ground. Water dripped, sometimes streamed, from the flaps of the funeral tent, making a dreary day miserable. A small group of relatives, in-laws and a few close friends, coming from near and far, had hurried from their vehicles to the small, square, canvas shelter, under the temporary protection of umbrellas. Some sat in chairs facing the coffin above the open grave, awaiting the burial of the earthly remains of a precious loved one. Others crowed underneath the edges of the tiny pavilion or stood just outside the … CONTINUED

Are you acting up in worship?

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCutchen

Worship gatherings are a wonderful place to fellowship, celebrate and be edified. I love to attend them and listen to laughter and music being made from the hearts of each attendee as they lift Jesus up and to cheer on those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus and to joyfully sit around the supper table and eat the bread and drink the wine that represents Christ’s sacrifice. Each gathering gives us hope and encouragement and gives us a boost.

I’ve often heard it said that there are five acts of worship in the gathering: Giving. Singing. Preaching. Lord’s Supper. And, Praying. … CONTINUED

Burgess Falls repairs are a slow process, new things to come

Posted on March 9, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The days are typically getting warmer across Tennessee as spring is fast approaching.

Rangers at area state parks are busy getting the parks and trails ready for the spring and summer foot traffic from hiking enthusiasts and lunch break walkers alike.

This includes Burgess Falls State Park, which is located at 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., in White County. Anyone who has been to the park or has visited the state website, most likely has encountered a sign that states, “Due to extensive structural damage, the metal staircase, trail to the base of the main falls, and the middle falls overlook are closed to the public”.

Unfortunately, Burgess Falls … CONTINUED

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