Monthly Archives: April 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at the library

Posted on April 13, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Children gathered at White County Public Library, on Thursday, April 13, to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. Colored plastic eggs were filled with goodies, and various packaged treats were scattered across the grassy area to make easy access for the tiny searchers.


Pawsitive Award presented to Sparks and Smith

Posted on April 13, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mike Sparks and Stephanie Smith, employees of White County Animal Shelter, were recently presented the PAWSITIVE AWARD by Friends of White County Animals for their extraordinary service to animals in White County. L-R: Sharon Langford, FWCA; Mike Sparks; Stephanie Smith; and White County Executive Denny Robinson


Award presented to Friends of White County Public Library at conference

Posted on April 13, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Friends of the White County Library received the Friend of the Year Award for exceptional leadership and achievements at the 2017 Tennessee Library Association’s Annual Conference in Knoxville.

The Friend of the Year Award is presented by the Friends of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee Library Association and is designed to honor an outstanding member or Friends group for exceptional leadership and/or achievements. The overall accomplishments or distinguished service of the group to Tennessee libraries is considered

This year’s recipient of the Friend of the Year Award is the Friends of the White County Public Library, Sparta, Tennessee.

The Friends of the White County Public Library formed … Read More


Jesus prayed, but God said, “I need you, Son!”

Posted on April 13, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute – By Brian McCutchen

The supper was over and the journey to the cross begins.  Jesus leaves to pray in a garden that would soon become the place of betrayal.  While Jesus was praying, the three disciples with him could hardly stay awake.  After all, they just ate a big meal and exhausted from the heavy conversation they had with Jesus.  Can I blame them for falling asleep?  Not at all!  After all, they didn’t fully grasp that Jesus ate his last Passover meal nor did they grasp the gravity of Jesus’ desire to talk to his Father; for it wasn’t unusual for Jesus to … Read More


Davy Crockett Dinner

Posted on April 13, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week observed April 9-15, time to say thanks

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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A and B Shifts. L-R: Troy Hatfield – B Shift Dispatch Supervisor, Ed Hensley – A Shift Dispatcher, Stephanie Sherman – A Shift Dispatch Supervisor, Eric Morin – A&B Swing Shift Dispatcher, Wes Eldridge – B Shift Dispatcher

C and D shifts. L-R: Donald Keyes – C&D Swing Shift Dispatcher, Tammy Gongaware – D Shift Dispatcher, Pam Hickey – D Shift Dispatch Supervisor, James Neal – C Shift Dispatch Supervisor, CTO, ALT TAC, Jordon Dukes – C Shift Dispatcher

Part-time. L-R: Robert Merrell, Zach Blaylock, Chase Ferrell

Director. Suzi Cash Haston

Assistant. Brittany Eldridge – Administrative Assistant, TACAssistant. Brittany Eldridge … Read More


Legislative news from the House

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Social studies review committee approves language to incorporate civics into school standards

Last week, the Tennessee Social Studies Review Committee (SRC) approved language that will incorporate the study of civic matters into the Tennessee social studies standards for the 2017-2018 academic years.

The approval is designed to make civics more prevalent in public education courses across Tennessee.

The language amended in the standards will include a more thorough focus on civics. Specifically, students will learn the process of becoming a naturalized citizen and also become well-versed in the operation of the U.S. government, civics, and overall American historical information.

Supporters of the move … Read More


Crony capitalism drives the Haslam gas tax plan

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Steve Gill

The Haslam Administration is doling out over $113 million in tax CUTS to some of Tennessee’s largest corporations to justify over $350 million in tax INCREASES on working Tennesseans. According to the Times Free Press, just 24 large manufacturing companies will each receive tax breaks of over a million dollars a year under the Haslam plan. Those two-dozen companies will reduce their tax burden by over $57 million and receive OVER HALF of the proposed $113 million in Franchise and Excise tax reduction.

Tennessee law doesn’t allow the state to release the specific identities of the 24 companies that will benefit … Read More


Awaiting the resurrection in western Kentucky

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl (former pastor of Sparta First Baptist Church)

Most of us drive by them every day. Some days we pass many of them without paying much attention to their significance. They come in various sizes and shapes. Some are beautifully manicured, while others are overgrown with grass and weeds. They may be located on a hillside near an interstate highway or at the end of a practically inaccessible dirt road. Famous people are found in some, others are populated with those whose names have been long forgotten.

If you have failed to identify the subject of my discourse, I am referring to cemeteries … Read More


Falling Water bridge may soon be replaced – joint effort of TDOT, White County and Cookeville

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Members of White County Commission’s Steering Committee A have voted to send a resolution to the full court that would allow funds from the state to be used in for the replacement of the bridge on Roberts-Matthew Highway.

On April 10, 2017, White County Finance Director Chad Marcum made a presentation to committee members about a potential project that would replace the Roberts-Matthews Bridge over Falling Water River. The project would be a joint effort of White County, City of Cookeville and Tennessee Department of Transportation.

According to Marcum, the bridge is jointly owned by the City of Cookeville and White County. TDOT has recently conducted a survey … Read More


Proposed federal budget cuts raise alarms with UCHRA and UCDD

Posted on April 13, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Budget cuts recently proposed by the federal government have caused numerous residents in the Upper Cumberland to contact area and local officials and community leaders to express their concerns.

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, which serves a 14-county region that includes White County, recently issued a press release outlining programs that would be affected.

UCHRA was established in 1973 by the Tennessee General Assembly to be the delivery system for human resources in these designated counties. Programs that are offered include job training, transportation, elderly in-home services, nutrition services, and youth residential services.

According to the UCHRA, some programs that are slated for elimination under the proposed federal … Read More


Dean Selby named new manager of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport

Posted on April 13, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board has voted unanimously to hire Dean Selby as the new manager of the aviation facility.

During the April 11, 2017, board meeting, Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said board members conducted interviews on March 29, with three potential candidates for the airport manager position. During the interview process, board members reviewed the top three applicants and ranked them for their experience, skill sets, and their performance during the interview.

The board agreed one particular candidate stood out above the rest. Porter, who is serving as chairman of the board, said Dean Selby, of Sparta, was the top candidate. Selby is now employed as … Read More


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