Monthly Archives: April 2017

Bargains galore

Posted on April 25, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, April 29

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Blooming Bargains Rummage Sale (bargains galore and a silent auction to raise funds for the Sparta Woman’s Club projects for the year)

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, behind the library

Contact: Mary Dingwall (931) 881-8954 or Sherry Hickey (931) 739-2847

Chamber Golf Scramble

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Chamber Golf Scramble

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Chamber Golf Scramble

Posted on April 25, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCHS soccer loses to Cookeville

Posted on April 25, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Monday, April 24, 2017, White County High School Soccer varsity boys took on Cookeville High School. The final score was Sparta 1 to Cookeville’s 4. Sebastian Dunham, senior and captain, scored the lone Sparta goal. On Tuesday, April 25, Sparta soccer travels to Warren County for a conference match up.

Delores Johnson

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Delores Johnson, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TN Telecommunications Association encouraged by passage of bill to expand rural broadband

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Governor’s legislation provides grants, opens way to electric coops

The Tennessee Telecommunications Association says that passage last week of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act is a good first step toward making broadband available to more rural Tennesseans. TTA represents local telecoms – including Ben Lomand Connect, which provides high-speed broadband in White County.

“This is a major step in the right direction,” said Levoy Knowles, executive director of TTA.

“As providers of high-speed broadband and fiber to a large portion of rural Tennessee, we know there are still places that need to get connected. This is an issue that won’t be fixed overnight.

“But our members, both … Read More

Upper Cumberland AAAD participating in The Big Payback

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them. This is the first year that the Upper Cumberland AAAD is taking part in the event.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, this region’s dedicated day of giving begins at midnight on Wednesday, May 3 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit and make donations to the Upper Cumberland AAAD as well as other participating nonprofits – including schools and … Read More

WCHS presents “Godspell”

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County High School will be presenting its annual spring musical, Godspell, which is based on the parables and teachings from the gospel of St. Matthew. Matthew Acosta and Bethany Bohannon lead an amazing cast of students in this uplifting play that weaves together well known passages such as “The Sower and the Seed,” “The Prodigal Son,” and the “Beatitudes,” with musical numbers such as “Day by Day”.

Godspell will be presented on the Multipurpose Room stage on:

  • Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5.

For more information, call (931) 836-3214 or contact Sandy … Read More

Daughters of the Confederacy attend district meeting

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Members of Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the Middle Tennessee District Meeting, in Waynesboro, which was hosted by The Captain John Henry Culp 2577 United Daughters of the Confederacy. L-R: Theresa Loftis, Donna Hamilton, Betty Ledbetter, Carolyn Carr, Barbara Parson, and Matilda Speck, Tennessee Division president.

White County High School HOSA

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

L-R: Linda Stegall, Bryce Wilcoxson, Emily Osborn, Megan Wilson

Members of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) attended the TN HOSA State Leadership Conference, in Chattanooga, April 3-5. Four students competed in the following events: epidemiology, extemporaneous writing, medical math and medical reading. An additional four students attended as voting delegates and courtesy corps members. Also attending was HOSA Middle Tennessee Vice President Bryce Wilcoxson, who was re-elected to that office for the 2017-2018. Of the four students who competed, two placed in the top five in their event. Megan Wilson competed in epidemiology and placed first, qualifying her to compete at the International Leadership Conference, in June. Linda Stegall … Read More

Froning speaks at Rotary Club

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rich Froning, four-time CrossFit Fittest Man on Earth, and the most recognized face in the sport, spoke at the Sparta Rotary Club’s April 13 meeting to discuss his annual Mayhem for Mustard Seed event. This will be the fourth year of the event that benefits the privately funded Mustard Seed Ranch. This community-sponsored organization takes children from troubled situations and places them into loving, nurturing homes. The event is sponsored by Reebok, Rogue Fitness and Advocare, among others and continues to grow every year. It will start at 9 a.m., April 29, at Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion, in Cookeville. The fitness competition, which is made up of three-person teams, … Read More

Class of 2007 reunion

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Class of 2007 Reunion will be 6 p.m., Saturday May 6, 2017, at the Sparta Country Club. Tickets will be available at the door for $30 for those who have not purchased their tickets yet. For more information contact Macey Gurley or Jamie Sawyer at

EQIP assistance to address pasture and hayland in counties with severe, extreme, or exceptional drought

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sign-up deadline is May 19, 2017

As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program  Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy … Read More

The Women’s Center Gives Back with Mams 4 Moms

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The staff at the Women’s Center at Cookeville Regional has a spot reserved for moms on Friday, May 12 at their annual ‘Mams 4 Moms’ event. On Friday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. mothers may schedule an appointment to come to the Women’s Center for a mammogram, free bone density heel screening, enjoy refreshments, and take home a gift.

“Early detection is key in detecting breast cancer. Being a mom, I know how we are always giving everything to those we love, but we have to remember to stop and take time for ourselves so we can continue to be there for the ones we … Read More

‘Top dog’ photos sought for Dogapalooza

Posted on April 25, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For Caleb Rice of Cookeville, every day can be a good day with his dog, Thor.

“Thor has saved me from myself,” he said of his brown and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier. “I can’t remember a time when I had a bad day and got home and it continued to be bad.”

Andrea Kruszka, another local dog owner, described her beagle, Raz, as a ball of energy.

“She loves going on adventures at all the parks in and around Cookeville and making new friends wherever she goes,” she said. “She has so much personality.”

Both Rice and Kruszka say their four-legged friends are “Top Dog” to them – … Read More

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