Monthly Archives: March 2017

Running America like a private company will not work

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

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I understand people wanted a change in Washington. They wanted someone who was different and not a life-time politician. That was the overwhelming consensus from many Democrats, Republicans and Independents. A great many of us wanted someone who wasn’t so entrenched with the two biggest political parties who, in our opinion, did not always have America’s best interests at heart. The Republicans rolled out several non-politicians. The Democrats pretty much forced Bernie Sanders to switch his party affiliation from Independent to Democrat in order to run in the primaries. Personally, I feel that was a huge mistake, but that is the past. … Read More


News from the White County Humane Society

Posted on March 27, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

After a slow January, business picked up in February. We funded a total of 46 surgeries during the month, bringing our total for the year to 53. Our goal for 2017 is 600 surgeries, so we have a way to go before we meet that number. Please pass the word to friends, neighbors or relatives that our services are available for anyone needing assistance with the cost of having their pet spayed or neutered. We advertise our program on flyers posted at many businesses and government organizations, in the local paper (pets section of the want ads) and on our Facebook page.

Our February transport to Paul’s Clinic … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted on March 27, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey

By Senator Paul Bailey

The State Senate tackled a wide variety of issues this week as committees prepare to close for the 2017 legislative session. The Transportation and Safety Committee, which I chair, has issued our final calendar. We will hear several key bills including legislation addressing distracted driving, autonomous vehicles and traffic enforcement cameras, to name a few. Many important issues still remain on the General Assembly’s agenda before adjourning next month, including the state’s budget, which will move front and center in the remaining weeks.

Welfare Fraud — Legislation designed to combat welfare fraud in Tennessee was approved by the Senate State and … Read More


Donation to YMCA

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

Vicky Brady with First Tennessee Foundation proudly presents Sparta-White County YMCA with a $3,000 donation. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)


Relay For Life receives donation

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

First Tennessee Bank presents Relay For Life with a $750 donation. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)


County employees present proposal to commissioners about utilizing old gym for a fitness center

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

Two law enforcement officials recently approached commissioners about a proposal to turn the old middle school gym, on Walker Street, into a fitness center for county employees.

Lt. Craig Capps and Detective Chris Isom, both of White County Sheriff Department, addressed the county legislative body during its March 20, 2017, meeting.

Recently, the White County Board of Education suggested trading the Walker Street property to the county in exchange for property the county owns on Hale Street. This land swap is vital for the plan development that’s being considered for a new Findlay Elementary School project that is underway.

Capps informed the commissioners that county employees have no … Read More


Fall Creek Falls privatization efforts back on track again

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

The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved the solicitation for proposals to build a new inn and to operate hospitality services at Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Van Buren County, once again.

On March 23, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced that the proposed concessionaire agreement that has been delayed is no longer on hold. The State Building Commission approved an amended request for proposals that seeks a concessionaire agreement that will build a new Inn at Fall Creek Falls.

The solicitation for proposals is also seeking for a private entity to take charge of certain hospitality operations at Fall Creek Falls State Park … Read More


Extended restraining order in Gentry lawsuits ends April 13

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

An ongoing collection of legal filings against the owner of the shuttered Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply, Jeff Gentry, and his wife, Wendy Gentry, have continued to mount as the couple continues to face numerous court proceedings related to civil lawsuits and restraining orders.

As a recap of previously reported stories, on Jan. 4, 2017, Donald Edward Gentry filed a civil lawsuit against his brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Wendy Gentry.

Donald Gentry alleges he was “induced” by his brother Jeff and Wendy Gentry to make investments totaling approximately $300,000, and these investments were allegedly not repaid or returned.

Donald Edward Gentry asked that a lien be issued relating … Read More


“Heaven Bound” to be released on March 28

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

White County native Adam Drake, who is the son of Dr. Alan and Sheree Drake, of Sparta, is releasing his newest movie called “Heaven Bound.

Adam Drake, who has produced other movies including “The Pod,” filmed “Heaven Bound” in White County.

The summary for “Heaven Bound,” which is a Christian comedy movie, is about a financially desperate couple that robs a mansion and become the victims themselves when a dying Christian man, who will not let them leave until they’ve made a decision to follow Jesus, traps them inside of the mansion.

This movie features several notable stars, such as Torry Martin (My Name Is Paul), Nancy Stafford … Read More


Odessa L. Jones Hawkins Keck

Posted on March 25, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Odessa L. Keck, 90, of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away Dec. 20, 2016.

Mrs. Keck was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Sparta, to Andrew Jones and Mary Jane Roach Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all nine siblings.

Survivors include all five of her children, Bill Hawkins, Wanda Hawkins, Sandy Sloan, Keith Hawkins, all of Tennessee, Pam (Tom) White, of Valparaiso, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 5 p.m., March 29, 2017, at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

 


Ruby Pearl Bradley Frady

Posted on March 25, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruby Pearl Bradley Frady, 70, of Cookeville, passed away March 22, 2017, in Cookeville.

Mrs. Frady was born May 5, 1946, in Shelbyville, to Reuben Bradley and Mattie Elizabeth Mayfield Bradley

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Dudey Frady Sr.; son, Wendell Lee Douglas; brother, Robert Bradley; and sisters, Blanche Daugherty, Wilma Faye Frady and Vida Claudeen Dillon.

Survivors include her daughter, Mechelle McMahan; son, Harry Dudley Frady Jr.; brother, William Ira Bradley; sister, Dora Mae Lewis; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., March 24, 2017 at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Dennis … Read More


Library Spring Book Sale

Posted on March 24, 2017 10:10 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.


Library Spring Book Sale

Posted on March 24, 2017 10:10 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.


Library Spring Book Sale

Posted on March 24, 2017 10:10 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.


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