Monthly Archives: March 2017

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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


“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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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.


Decline lands February unemployment rate at 5.3 percent

Posted on March 24, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for February. This is an improvement from the revised January rate of 5.4 percent. February’s U.S. preliminary rate is 4.7 percent, matching Tennessee with a tenth of a percentage point decline from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s rate has increased by six-tenths of a percentage point while the national rate has declined by two-tenths.

“When you see the unemployment tick up over a period of time, that always catches your attention,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “But when you look at the statistics, they tell an interesting … CONTINUED


2017 Dream Sweep Yard Sale announced for May 13

Posted on March 24, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Lite Rock 95.9 • 106-9 Kicks Country • Rock 93-7 • News Talk 94.1 Dream Sweep Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 13, at Putnam County Fairgrounds.

The Dream Sweep Yard Sale runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 200 neighbors from across the Upper Cumberland sell everything from toys to clothes, furniture to auto parts, antiques to just plain junk. The event offers sellers the chance to make money for summer vacation and clean out the closets – without the hassle of holding a yard sale at their home.

Better than 8,000 people attended last year’s sale. Their gate admissions helped the Upper … CONTINUED


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