Monthly Archives: March 2017

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


Firefighters saying farewell to one of their own

Posted on March 29, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, and emergency service personnel from across White County have gathered to pay their respects for one of their own fellow firefighter, Captain Christopher Ryan White who passed away this past Saturday. Firefighters and their fire department apparatuses have joined together en route to Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

 


WCHS alumni basketball game

Posted on March 29, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Make plans to come out and bring the whole family to the White County High School Alumni Game to cheer on some of your all time favorites. We are looking forward to a night of fun, food, and entertainment for all.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Girls’ game at 6 p.m./Boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.

White County High School gymnasium

Admission: $3 adults, $2 students, and 5 and under are free

Concessions will be provided during the game. There will be BBQ sandwiches, BBQ nachos, nachos and cheese, pizza, chips, drinks, and desserts.

Dust off those basketball shoes and pom-poms and get ready to show Sparta that you’ve still … Read More


Wildlife should remain wild

Posted on March 29, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Box turtles not only have site fidelity they are also slow reproducers. It is illegal to remove them from nature. Illegally taking them harms overall reproduction, impacting populations.

This fawn was surrendered to the TWRA Region III office in 2016. Does, female deer, leave their young for long periods of time. Fawns are not abandoned and very few rehabilitators take fawns. When found, they should be left alone.

Removing any wild animal without proper permitting is illegal and it is most often to the detriment of wildlife. Negative effects on humans and pets include the transmittal of parasites, bacteria such as salmonella, fungi and other wildlife diseases. Additionally, … Read More


U.C. awarded grant to expand and improve Senior Nutrition Program

Posted on March 29, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability has been awarded $24,357 from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the Aging Nutrition Program – a program that provides healthy meals for seniors in need across the 14-county Upper Cumberland region.

The grant funds are being used to purchase equipment, including: 55 jumbo electric thermal delivery bags, a 4-well hot table and 8 Cambro pan carriers. The additional equipment will ensure meals are delivered to seniors at a safe temperature and will allow the program to expand to meet the growing demand of seniors in need.

UCAAAD contracts with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency to provide … Read More


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