Monthly Archives: April 2017

White County Veterans Museum commemorates World War I with poppies fundraiser

Posted on April 10, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The White County Veterans Museum is commemorating the centennial of the involvement of United States Armed Forces in World War I by hosting a fundraiser to help preserve the legacy of White County veterans.

On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. On that day, the United States officially entered World War I and would ultimately mobilize over four million military personnel. The United States played a major role in the war until victory was achieved, on Nov. 11, 1918.

During, World War I, the United States suffered the loss of approximately 112,000 soldiers, including approximately 43,000 who lost their lives because of the influenza … CONTINUED


Doyle Volunteer Fire Department stolen chain saws are recovered

Posted on April 10, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Helpful tips from the community, combined with investigative work by White County Sheriff Department, resulted in the recovery of two chain saws that had been stolen from Doyle Volunteer Fire Department.

Sammy W. Welch, of Quebeck, has been charged with felony theft of property over $1,000 in the incident.

On March 1, 2017, it was reported by Doyle Fire Chief Jason Sparks that two chainsaws that belonged to Doyle Volunteer Fire Department had been stolen: a Husqvarna rotary saw and a Husqvarna chainsaw. Both of the saws are used for lifesaving firefighting operations.

According to an affidavit filed in White County General Sessions Court, the saws were valued … CONTINUED


Overturned tractor-trailer causes lane closure on Highway 70 South

Posted on April 10, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Update from April 6, 2017

An overturned tractor-trailer on Highway 70 South caused Tennessee Highway Patrol to close one lane of traffic, on April 6, while the scene was cleared.

At approximately 12:50 p.m., White County E-911 was alerted to a tractor-trailer that had overturned on Highway 70 South and was leaking fluids onto the roadway. The incident occurred approximately five miles south of the Sparta city limits.

Doyle, Mt. Gilead, Central View, and Hickory Valley volunteer fire departments, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Emergency Medical Service, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and White County Sheriff Department were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders … CONTINUED


Center Hill Lake fatality

Posted on April 10, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, along with the DeKalb and Putnam County rescue squads and the DeKalb County Sheriff Department, responded to a call for a missing person at the Hurricane Marina off of Highway 56, on Center Hill Lake, around 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 9.

Thirty-five-year-old Aimee McCray of Davidson County was reported missing after a friend’s search of the area turned up empty. McCray reportedly spent the previous evening on a houseboat but could not be found this morning. The DeKalb County rescue squad discovered McCray’s body in the water near the boat dock around 3:20 p.m. Putnam County rescue squad recovered the body. The accident is … CONTINUED


Family members of man charged in Warren County homicide arrested in ongoing joint investigation

Posted on April 8, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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According to a press release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  a joint investigation with the McMinnville Police Department, special agents from the TBI have obtained indictments for the mother and grandparents of a homicide suspect, who are accused of trying to hinder the ongoing investigation.

At the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, TBI special agents began investigating the homicide of Barry Cole, on Feb. 6, the same day authorities discovered the man’s body in his home, on Lind Street, in McMinnville. During the course of the investigation, investigators developed information leading to Wesley Leverett (DOB 3-12-91) as the individual responsible for … CONTINUED


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on April 8, 2017 8:08 am by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 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.


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on April 8, 2017 8:08 am by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 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.


Advance Financial Grand Opening today

Posted on April 7, 2017 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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One of Sparta’s newest business on Bockman Way held their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony today, April 7. Advance Financial is located at 447 West Bockman Way, Sparta and they are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Advance Financial is a family owned company based in Nashville that was found in 1996. Advance Financial offers a wide variety of financial services, convenient 24/7 operating hours, efficient service and professional staff. According to a representative, Advance Financial is committed to building long-lasting, strong relationships with every customer.

The grand opening celebration is taking place today, with 94.7 The Giant radio … CONTINUED


Billy Elkins

Posted on April 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Billy Elkins, 80, of Baxter, passed away April 4, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Elkins was born July 18, 1936, in Myra, Kentucky, to Andrew J. Elkins Molly Meek Elkins.

He was a retired yardmaster for Conrail Railroad and later worked as an electrician for Lakeland Electric. Mr. Elkins served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he was also a member of the boxing team. He was a member of Pistole Baptist Church.

Mr. Elkins was preceded in death by a brother, Ermil Elkins; sister, Jenny Hassay; grandson, Sam Keener; and great-granddaughter, Maya Grace Herren.

Survivors include his wife of almost 61 years, Patricia Elkins, … CONTINUED


Kayak fishing tournament to benefit Susan G. Komen set for April 15

Posted on April 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Susan G Komen Fish for the Cure kayak river fishing tournament will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017. The tournament will begin at 5:15 a.m. at the Outdoor Experience, 124 E. Broad St. in Cookeville. Participants can fish in the river of their choice within a 70-mile radius of the Outdoor Experience. All fishing enthusiasts with man-powered kayaks or canoes are invited to participate. Limit one person per vessel. The tournament entry fee is $25 with an optional $5 buy-in for the Big Bass Competition. The tournament will wrap up with check-in at 3 p.m. at The Outdoor Experience. Participants will be entered to win prizes including: … CONTINUED


North Sparta Church of God revival

Posted on April 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on April 7, 2017 5:05 am by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 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.


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