Monthly Archives: March 2017

Living the dream

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

They had the ball inside our 20-yard line – the “red zone” – with about two minutes left in the game. We (the University of Tennessee Volunteers) were holding onto a one-touchdown lead. One of our defensive backs intercepted a pass and ran it all the way back for a TD. A “pick six”!

Now we were ahead by two touchdowns! But, wait! Somebody left some yellow laundry on the field. A penalty flag! We were called for off sides, negating the spectacular play, returning the ball to them inside the fifteen. Instead of a two touchdown lead, we’re back to just … CONTINUED

Life is about what is and what can be

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute – By Brian McCutchen

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” William James

There is a story told of identical twins: “One was a hope-filled optimist. “Everything is coming up roses!” He would say. The other was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins’ personalities. “On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the … CONTINUED

White County FFA presents cyber bullying program at WCMS

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County FFA and AT&T Tennessee hosted a “Cyber Bullying” presentation for students at the White County Middle School on Friday, March 17, 2017. AT&T’s “Digital You” is an initiative established to provide tools and resources for people of all ages to learn more about online security and technology. White County FFA members and advisor Charles R. Cooper were trained at the AT&T headquarters in Nashville to learn how to implement “Digital You” in the White County & Sparta community.

White County FFA Reporter Kennedy Selby, FFA Secretary Lindsey Guy, and Parliamentarian Libby LaFever, along with member Jocelyn Price presented the program about common sense ways to stop … CONTINUED

Successful multi-agency sobriety checkpoint held on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

On March 17, several law enforcement agencies worked together to help ensure an annual holiday that is sometimes celebrated with a few alcoholic beverages was made safer for those who travel White County’s roadways.

Law enforcement personnel with approximately eight different agencies, including Sparta Police Department, White County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and five other agencies, gathered in White County to conduct a sobriety checkpoint, on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office conducts multi-agency assisted checkpoints throughout Tennessee during various times to crack down on drunk driving, conduct driver license checks and seatbelt checks. A sobriety checkpoint was set in Sparta on SR-111 (Highway 111) … CONTINUED

Resolution to accept Van Buren’s solid waste fails for second time

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

“We are out of time” was proclaimed by Bruce Frasier on March 20 at the county commission meeting after a resolution to accept solid waste from Van Buren County was once again presented to the full court.

The top items that were heavily discussed by White County commissioners were two resolutions that would allow White County to accept solid waste from Van Buren County. These resolutions, which failed to pass at last month’s commission meeting, were referred back to the Solid Waste Committee. Members of that committee discussed the issues that were presented by opposing commissioners and felt the resolutions needed to go back to the full court … CONTINUED

Suspected intoxicated driver detained by motorist

Posted on March 23, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A reported reckless driver who had allegedly run several vehicles off the road was apprehended after quick-thinking action by a motorist.

On March 21, at approximately 12:45 p.m., White County E-911 was notified of a reckless driver on Highway 111 southbound   heading toward Roosevelt Drive. The caller advised that the reckless driver ran him off the road several times. White County Sheriff Department and Sparta Police Department were both dispatched to the incident.

Upon arrival, officers found Arnulfo Romeo to be driving a blue Nissan Rogue. The concerned motorist, who reportedly had been run off the road by Romeo, stopped him at the Highway 111 / Roosevelt Drive … CONTINUED

High-speed multi-county chase leads to arrest of Spencer man

Posted on March 23, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

On March 13, a Spencer man took law enforcement personnel on a high-speed chase that started in White County, crossed into Van Buren, and ended back in White County.

William Moody Jr. ,of Spencer, has been charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license after taking White County deputies on a multi-county chase.

According to an incident report, at approximately 1:10 p.m., on March 16, Moody was observed by Sgt. Lanny Wheeler, of White County S xheriff Department, on Reno Road, driving a dark colored Tahoe. The vehicle was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, which caused Wheeler to initiate a traffic … CONTINUED

Today is World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2017 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Water means different things to each of us but one thing is certain, it is vital for all our lives. That’s why the United Nations designated March 22 every year as World Water Day, a day to celebrate life-giving water.

Today, 748 million people around the world still do not have direct, reliable, or no access to clean drinking water.

Without reliable drinking water, children across the world get sick and in some cases die. People are forced every day to spend hours walking for water rather than spending their time doing other things that can benefit their families better.

That is why the United Nations is working … CONTINUED

Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on March 22, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 278 Oakwood St. You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.

McCart tract remains closed for spring turkey hunting on Catoosa Wildlife Management Area

Posted on March 22, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — The McCart tract of land on Catoosa Wildlife Management Area will remain closed during the spring turkey hunting season for the removal of seven oil and gas wells. A newly acquired tract of land, the McCart property has not yet been open to hunting.  The tract was acquired in the fall of 2016 and is located in Morgan County, north of the Emory River.

Marc Lipner, Wildlife Management Area Coordinator for TWRA, Region 3 stated, “With one of the largest open fields in the region, the addition of this property will provide more opportunities for small game hunters.”  Plans for the track of land include … CONTINUED

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by the NWS for White County has been cancelled 

Posted on March 21, 2017 5:05 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

UPDATE 6:38 pm :

The National Weather Service in Nashville has cancelled the Severe Thunderstorm Warning in White County. 

UPDATE 6:24 pm : 

The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
  Southern Cumberland County in Middle Tennessee…  Van Buren County in Middle Tennessee… Northeastern Warren County in Middle Tennessee…  Southern White County in Middle Tennessee…

* Until 700 PM CDT
* At 614 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 9 miles northwest of Pikeville, moving east at 50 mph.
 HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

The National Weather Service in … CONTINUED

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued by the NWS for White County

Posted on March 21, 2017 2:02 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


The National Weather Service, Nashville Office has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for White, Van Buren, Putnam, DeKalb, Cumberland, and Warren counties until 10 pm.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe thunderstorms across southern Middle Tennessee this afternoon and evening, generally along and south of the I-40 corridor.

A cold front will shift south to near I-40 by midday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected to develop along and south of the front this afternoon and continue into the evening.

The potential for large hail and damaging winds will be possible in the


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