Monthly Archives: March 2017

“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


Rock Island State Park and TVA celebrate the Great Falls Dam 100th

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

On April 8, the Tennessee Valley Authority will be celebrating along with Rock Island State Park the 100th Anniversary of the construction of the Great Falls Dam. To mark this milestone, TVA will be conducting free tours of the Great Falls Dam Powerhouse throughout the day.

In the early 1900s, the Great Falls Power Company saw a need to generate reliable power for the increasing demands for electricity. Its solution was to harness the potential for extraordinary hydroelectric power from the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers.

In 1901, the Great Falls Power Company purchased land on the great falls gorge with the plan to build a 110-foot tall … Read More


Sparta police arrest two in McDonald’s parking lot

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Jonathan Lynn Roberts and Faith Ann Marie Trudel were both arrested in the parking lot of McDonalds on multiple charges after Sparta police were alerted about a man sleeping in the parking lot.

On March 20, 2017, at approximately 1:32 am, White County E-911 dispatchers received a call about a male suspect who was reportedly asleep in the parking lot of McDonald’s, on Roosevelt Drive. Patrolman Mike Honaker, of Sparta Police Department, was dispatched to the scene to investigate.

Upon arrival, Honaker found a Chevy Cavalier that matched the description of the 911 caller’s report. After approaching the vehicle, Honaker discovered a male suspect in the driver’s seat … Read More


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


Chamber gets ready for events

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce board members have expressed their excitement as they prepare for two upcoming events that will directly benefit the Chamber, as well as area businesses.

The Business After Hours Expo, which will be April 13, and the Chamber Golf Scramble scheduled for May 12, were the most discussed items during the March 28 meeting of the board of directors.

According to Jenny Wilson, Chamber administrative assistant, as of March 28, 54 booths had been sold for this event. Only two booths were still available at press time.

The Expo, which is sponsored and will be hosted by First National Bank of Tennessee, will showcase … Read More


Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital executives are committed to the White County community

Posted on March 30, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Officials with Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital are reaching out the community to provide residents with a clearer vision of the health facility’s mission and its services to the Sparta-White County area.

Andy Wachtel, Saint Thomas Highlands chief executive officer, and Gordon Ferguson, president of Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals, explained that the healthcare partnership between Saint Thomas Health and the White County community began in 2012. At that time, the facility was Highlands Medical Center and was owned and operated by Capella Healthcare. Capella entered into a landmark partnership with Saint Thomas Health to expand services to medical facilities in rural communities.

In August 2015, it was announced … Read More


Renovations moving forward on Bockman Way property

Posted on March 29, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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The storefront that formerly housed Dollar General on Bockman Way is being completely revitalized. Life Church-Sparta Campus is moving forward with their renovation projects on the inside as well as the outside. Today construction crews began to work on painting the old building. Life Church expects to be completed with its Sparta Campus project sometime in May.


James Willis Oliver

Posted on March 29, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

James Willis Oliver, 70, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on March 23, 2017, at Hospice of Cumberland County, which is also known as Cumberland House.

Mr. Oliver was born Aug. 2, 1946, in Overton County, to George Willis Oliver and Martha Magdaline Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; George Willis Oliver and Martha Magdaline Oliver, and his brother, Claudy Oliver.

Survivors include his two children, Dale Oliver, Steve Oliver; several grandchildren; four sisters, Martha Wilson, Melissa Van Winkle, Dorothy Weston, Zelma Oliver, all of Sparta; four brothers, William “Bill” Oliver, Richard Oliver, Frank Oliver, all of Sparta, Elvis Oliver, of Crossville; and several nieces, nephews, … Read More


Myrtle Tucker

Posted on March 29, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Myrtle Tucker, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Pikeville, Kentucky, the daughter of Dave McCown and Nanie Howell McCown.

Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Tucker; a son, Gary Tucker; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Kelly Butcher, of Cookeville, Janice Miller, of Columbus, Ohio, Patty Ann Justice (Bill), of Morristown, Jean McSherry (Pat), of Michigan, Wilma Safadi (Maurice), of Michigan, Debbie Caves, of Cookeville, Sherry Anderson (Kyle), of Cookeville; son, Larry Severt, of Sparta; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be 2-4 … Read More


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