Monthly Archives: March 2017

Grants to assist with habitat protection program

Posted on March 6, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $5,000 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2018. The application deadline for this program is June 30, 2017.

The grant … Read More


WCTE PBS hosts parenting education at Jackson Kayak

Posted on March 6, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS and the Highlands Economic Partnership have recently joined forces again to provide on-site parental engagement for the employees of Jackson Kayak in Sparta, Tennessee. Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Tennessee supported the series of classes by providing boxed lunches for participants.

“It is programs like this that we (Saint Thomas Health) like to support and encourage for the emotional well-being and growth of the Upper Cumberland area.” Said Andy Wachtel – CEO of Saint Thomas Highlands, DeKalb, and Stones River hospitals. “We would like to thank WCTE, Ready to Learn, along with Highlands Workforce Development & Education for their hard work in bringing … Read More


Virus deadly to poultry detected in Tennessee

Posted on March 6, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County.

“Many Tennessee families rely on the poultry industry for their livelihoods, and the state is working closely with local, county and federal partners and the poultry industry to control the situation and protect the flocks that are critical to our state’s economy,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

HPAI is known to be deadly for domesticated chickens and turkeys. On March 3, a commercial chicken facility in Lincoln County alerted the state veterinarian’s office at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to an increase in chicken deaths. Testing … Read More


Van Buren Eaglettes honored

Posted on March 6, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard


Bouldin named All-Freshman Team, four other lady Mocs honored

Posted on March 6, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Mississippi) was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday and was joined on the all-conference teams by senior Queen Alford (Decatur, Georgia) and juniors Chelsey Shumpert (Paducah, Kentucky) and Keiana Gilbert (Pulaski, Tennessee). Lakelyn Bouldin (Spencer, Tennessee) was selected to the league’s All-Freshman Team.

Bouldin becomes the 10th Chattanooga player to be named to the Southern Conference Coaches All-Freshman team. She ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game and leads the Mocs with 56 3-pointers, one shy of the freshman mark set by Brooke Hand in 2005. … Read More


Eaglettes just fall short in the Region Championship

Posted on March 6, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Van Buren County and Marion County squared off for the fourth time, on March 1, at Marion County High School in the Region 3A title game.

To say the two teams were familiar with each other would be a slight understatement. Not only had they already played three times this season but they had also played at least twice each season prior.

During the earlier games this season and last week’s District Tournament, Marion County had won those games by 14 or more points. But this time the Eaglettes refused to go away.

The Lady Warriors would jump out to an early 10-1 lead, and it wasn’t until … Read More


Mills’ 37 points help Van Buren Eagles win third straight Region Championship

Posted on March 6, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On March 2, the Van Buren County High School Eagles came into the evening trying to win their third straight region title and host their third straight substate game.

After everything was said and done, the Eagles did just that by pulling out a 68-54 win over the Chattanooga School of Arts and Science Patriots.

The Eagles got a big contribution from Caden Mills. Mills finished with 37 on the night, and at one point during the game scored 16 straight points for the Eagles during the fourth quarter and finished the quarter with 19 points.

In the first quarter, the game was a back-and-forth affair between the … Read More


Students learn about soil erosion

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

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Joe Mullins, from the USDA Natural Resources Soil Conservation Service office in White County, is shown presenting a program about soil erosion to the agri-science students at the White County High School, on March 2, 2017.

The impact of losing fertile soil is bad enough for the farmer, but the impact carries fertilizer and pesticides into local waterways making soil erosion everyone’s concern.

Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. Soil conservation is one of his biggest concerns, since cultivated soils erode slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime, but fast enough over centuries … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

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

By State Senator Paul Bailey

Jobs and the economy headlined action on Capitol Hill this week with a major announcement by Governor Bill Haslam that LG Electronics, Inc., will build a new home appliance manufacturing facility in the state, and a report from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDEC) showing the state leads the nation in multiple categories of job growth.

TDEC Interim Commissioner Ted Townsend reported that, in 2016, 21,063 new jobs were created statewide with a capital investment totaling $5.32 billion. Approximately 55.3 percent of the jobs created were above the county median wage, which is a 5.9 percent increase from 2015. Townsend … Read More


Both political parties have abandoned the people

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

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

I agree with the statement fellow opinion writer Jerry Jones, made about the Democratic Party being in turmoil. The turmoil started back in 2000 with the crazy election of George W. Bush over Al Gore. Al Gore was put in a precarious position because of Bill Clinton’s escapades in the White House, his lies and the numerous investigations that plagued Clinton’s presidency. Cracks in the party were getting larger, in 2008, when Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party. Several more cracks were made in the mid-term elections of 2010. Democrats lost the majority in Congress mainly … Read More


The Democrat Party – a Trojan Horse

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

By Jerry Jones: Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

In my preceding OPINION article, I chronicled my strong belief that the Democrat Party of presidents like Jefferson, Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, has been stealthy hijacked by far left extremists and has become, for all intents and purposes, the ‘Socialist Democrat Party.’ I am certain there are those, especially lifelong Democrats, who are reluctant to accept this as being factual. That was to be expected and is a good thing as it means they care about their party. In response to that skepticism, I am providing some additional information and insights for their consideration. In … Read More


Are you standing firm or sitting in fear?

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

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Have you ever wanted to stand firm in your faith, but when it came down to it, you found yourself sitting in fear? In Chicago, Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking, and the next day a big march was scheduled in a segregated blue-collar neighborhood. A young person went to the rally to hear him speak and was asked if he wanted to participate in the March the next day with Dr. King? “Absolutely I have 100 percent faith in Dr. King’s mission.” Later that night, a reality check came, and leaders gathered the marchers in a room and told them … Read More


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