Monthly Archives: March 2017

Gerald Crabb at Lighthouse Church

Posted on March 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gerald Crabb is featured at a revival at Lighthouse Church, 7540 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta, through Tuesday, March 28. Service time is 7 p.m.

Crabb was born in the small rural town of Rosine, Kentucky. As a young boy, Gerald was passionate about music. At age five he sang for the first time in public at a church in Louisville. By age eleven, Gerald was playing the guitar and was preaching by age sixteen. Over the years, God has blessed Gerald with a thriving ministry and a compelling career in music as a singer, songwriter, publisher, and producer.

In 1994, Gerald founded the international known group, the … Read More


Edward Dale Kindle

Posted on March 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Edward Dale Kindle, 71, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


White County resident killed, others injured during a crash on Saturday night.

Posted on March 27, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


Tragedy has unfortunately struck the BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department, as one of their fellow firefighters was killed in an automobile accident this past Saturday night. 

State Troopers confirmed that BonDeCroft Fire Department Captain Christopher Ryan White, 27, passed away at the scene. 

On March 25 at approximately 9:06 pm, White County E-911 distpatchers received an emergency call regarding a single vehicle accident on Southard Road, Sparta. According to the 911 caller, a Jeep reportedly flipped while trying to avoid a deer. 

Emergency personnel with the White County Sheriffs Office, NorthEnd Volunteer Fire Department, White County EMS, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were all dispatched … Read More


Jenila Carol Martin

Posted on March 27, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jenila Carol Martin, 72, of Spencer, passed away March 27, 2017, at Erlanger Medical, in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Martin was born July 11, 1944, in Maryville, Missouri, the daughter of Gordon Russell and Genevieve Goforth Russell.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 30, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in White Hill Cemetery, in Rocky River. The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m., March 29, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gregory Carlen Hutchings

Posted on March 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Gregory Carlen Hutchings, 60 of Sparta, passed away March 26, 2017.

Mr. Hutchings was born Jan. 13, 1957.

Funeral service will be graveside, 1 p.m., March 29, 2017, at Boiling Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 29, at Hunter Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, Tennessee 38583, to help the Hutchings family with funeral expenses.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Christopher Ryan White

Posted on March 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Christopher Ryan White, 27, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2017.

Born Sunday, Dec. 10, 1989, in Sparta, he was the son of Mark Anthony White and Clarice “Chrissy” Fox White.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James White.

He was an auto body repairman for Cumberland Automotive, in Cookeville, and was a captain at the BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department.

Like his dad, he had a passion for working on cars. He was so full of life and love for everyone, especially his soon-to-be wife, Paige, and daughter, Kenzie.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Chrissy White, of Sparta; fiancée, Paige Hutson, of Sparta; brother, Aaron … Read More


WCHS Archery team wins another tournament

Posted on March 27, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Archery Team participated in its third tournament of the season at Dibrell School, on March 19, and brought home first place to maintain a perfect 2017 record. The team had three shooters placing in the top individual rankings: Braxton Hutson, 3rd place male; Hailee Young, 2nd place female; and Alexus Smith, 1st place female. The team scored a total of 3,313 points, which edged Warren County High who came in second. The WCHS Team will compete for its third state championship in four years, on March 31, in Murfreesboro.


Rock-star week leads Roberts to first OVC Pitcher of the Week accolades

Posted on March 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Three brilliant appearances out of the bullpen propelled Tennessee Tech hurler Ethan Roberts to his first career Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, sharing the weekly award with Jacksonville State’s Colton Pate.

A native of nearby Sparta, Roberts saved three of four victories for the Tech baseball team last week in helping the Golden Eagles to a 15-6 overall and 6-0 OVC start to the season. For the week he appeared in three games, tossing four and one third innings and did not allow a hit while striking out six and walking only one.

He opened the week by striking out the lone batter he … Read More


WCMS Warriors baseball gets swept by Tullahoma Middle School

Posted on March 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

On March 20, the White County Middle School baseball team traveled to Tullahoma to take on Tullahoma Middle School. Grant Slatton threw a no-hitter for the Warriors but was charged with a tough luck 1-0 loss. The Warriors fell behind early but were never able to overcome the deficit falling 9-7 to Tullahoma.

The Warriors fell behind early and couldn’t ever get their offense going. Tullahoma took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when their leadoff hitter was able to get on via a walk. He would move around the bases and score on a wild pitch to give Tullahoma the early 1-0 lead.

The … Read More


Savage throws a shutout as WCHS Warriorettes defeat Van Buren County High School team

Posted on March 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Maggie Savage was on her game March 21, as she didn’t allow a run in the White County High School Warriorettes’ softball win over Van Buren County High School. Savage allowed just two hits in the game as the Warriorettes were able to come away with the 17-0 win on Tuesday night.

The Warriorettes were able to score five runs in the first inning, four runs in the second inning, and eight runs in the third inning. The third inning was started with a Megan Anderson double, a single by Savage, a single by Gracie Villard, a single by Jessie Green, and a groundout by Jensen Lane.

Savage … Read More


Warriors get swept by Rhea in a 6AAA district affair

Posted on March 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Despite the chance of rain on March 20, a good crowd was on hand at Culley Field as the White County High School baseball team took on Rhea County High School in a 6AAA matchup. The Warriors led 9-1 after three innings of play but saw their lead slowly dwindle away after Rhea County came from behind to win 10-9 in 5 innings. The game was called in the sixth because of the lightning and possibility of heavy downpours. On March 21, the Warriors were never able to get much going offensively and saw the Eagles get the two-game sweep with an 8-1 win.

On March 20, Rhea … Read More


Birthday girl

Posted on March 27, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lena Kathleen Mahan celebrated her 6th birthday, on Feb. 17, 2017. She is the daughter of Jeff and Mollie Mahan, of Cookeville. She has one sibling, Eva Mahan. Mollie is the granddaughter of R.L. and Opal Mahan, of Sparta, Kathy Mott, of Cookeville, and the late Donald Mott.


Do you know being an unforgiving person can make you blind and deaf in your walk with God?

Posted on March 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan – Gum Springs Baptist Church

If you can describe Easter from Jesus’ actions, messages and ministry it could be the word “FORGIVE!” One of His last statements on the cross to our Heavenly Father was, “Father FORGIVE them …” WOW, forgive betrayers, haters, liars, sinners like Peter, Judas and the church? Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process to change feelings and attitude regarding an offense. In time letting go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. The author of “Learning to Forgive” by Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University, gives us evidence that forgiveness can be … Read More


Obama, a far-left insurgency, and the Cloward-Piven plan

Posted on March 27, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

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

This article dovetails with my previous article on Barrack Obama and his alleged leadership role in a possible far-left insurgency to undermine President Donald Trump and remove him from office by any means possible. Thus far, Obama has been moving quietly behind the scenes letting the corrupt National News Media and congressional Democrats attack President Trump, his family members, advisors, cabinet members, cabinet nominees and block the president’s efforts to keep his campaign promises. They are aided and abetted by ‘deep state’ subversives inside key federal government departments, along with bought-and-paid-for liberal judges. Thus … Read More


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