Monthly Archives: April 2017

WCHS Warriors baseball team split a pair of non-district games

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School baseball team took on a pair of non-district opponents last week. On March 30, the Warriors took on Upperman High School in a game that took extra innings to decide. The Warriors were tied up at 10 with Upperman heading into the bottom of the 12th inning. David Smith came up with a big base hit to score Macon Girdley and give the Warriors the walk-off victory.

On March 31, the Warriors fell to Livingston Academy. The Warriors led Livingston 3-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning. Livingston would score two runs in the top of the sixth and secure the … CONTINUED


Caney Fork Electric Cooperative celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

On April 10, 2017, Caney Fork Electric Cooperative will honor the hard working men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

The full text of the resolution, which the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted unanimously, follows:

“Whereas linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; Whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; Whereas linemen are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power … CONTINUED


Bathrooms, basketball and bondage

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall

North Carolina repealed their Bathroom Bill primarily due to an ultimatum given by the NCAA. The NCAA threatened the State of North Carolina, either directly or indirectly, to eliminate the University of North Carolina’s basketball team from NCAA Basketball Championship Final Four.

This made me start to wonder, why would the NCAA care? Are they being “social super heroes” or is there some other reason?

My first thought was that the NCAA must be subject to Title IX federal regulations. If that were the case, the NCAA’s corporate bullying of North Carolina would be to keep federal funding.

However, on Feb … CONTINUED


Planting, then letting God make it grow

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

This year, the vernal equinox fell on Monday, March 20, at 6:28 am EDT. Appropriately, I spent a few hours with my brother-in-law, Ricky Hill, the next weekend – the first full weekend of spring. Daffodils, crocuses and phlox have already popped up all over around here. Forsythia, redbuds, pear trees and cherry blossoms have bloomed and lost their blooms. All kinds of trees and shrubs are budding and leafing.

My yard needs mowing!

And farmers have started turning and tilling the soil…and talk of planting crops has begun…and that’s why the hours spent with Ricky were appropriate. It has been many … CONTINUED


Best ways to confront someone

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, By Brian McCutchen

Confronting people isn’t so easy. A lot could go wrong. Trying to say the right words at the right time can be a difficult task, especially if the critic is on the defense or doesn’t believe he/she has done or said anything wrong. There is the expression“like it or lump it,” meaning, one can deal with it or agonize through it. President Harry S. Truman was credited for saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” meaning, if you can’t handle the task, get out.

Jesus had to confront two of his disciples during and after the Last … CONTINUED


Donations to White County Library for January-March 2017

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Book in Memory:

Edna Bain, The Letter, given by Roger & Denise Creason

Jim Beasley, Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Libraries, given by White County Library

Jerry Bowles, signed copy of, Of Moose and Men, given by Mike & Vanessa O’Neal

Harold Brock, Prepare for Anything :Outdoor Life, given by John & Linda Knowles

Tommy Conatser, This Old John Deere:A Treasury of Vintage Tractors and Family Farm Memories, given by Brenda Sanders, Geta Geer, and Bob and Jalaine Payne.

Gary Brooks, Barnfind Road Trip, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

Tommy Conaster, The Mini farming Bible, given by Bobby & Susie Clark

Don England, … CONTINUED


Representative Paul Sherrell passes his first bill in the state legislature

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(NASHVILLE) — On April 3, 2017, Republican lawmakers unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) designed to enhance security at state facilities.

House Bill 321 is a pro-law enforcement bill that allows the Department of Safety & Homeland Security to expand protection services outside of Davidson County in order to ensure all state facilities are safe and secure. The bill is part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally handled by the House Majority Leader. Because of Representative Sherrell’s leadership abilities, however, he was handpicked to carry the bill through the legislative process.

“In his short time here in Nashville, Representative Sherrell … CONTINUED


Boy Scout Troop 128 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Boy Scout Troop 128 just had its 10th young man earn the Rank of Eagle Scout since the troop was resurrected in July 2011. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded over 100 years ago. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. In 2013, 56,841Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. From 1912 to 2013, 2.3 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. Around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013. Those … CONTINUED


Albert Dicus CPA Co. is Chamber Member of the Month

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

As part of a newly developed program, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce will be honoring one of its members each month to show appreciation for supporters of the organization. The Chamber Member of the Month for April has been awarded to Albert “Buddy” Dicus, CPA. Albert Dicus, CPA Co., at 131 S. Main St., provides certified professional accounting services. Dicus is pictured with his employees and Chamber representatives.


Window Cliffs State Natural Area opens to the public this weekend

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A highly anticipated grand opening of Tennessee’s newest state natural area is scheduled to take place this weekend.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, in Baxter, is the newest addition to the large quantity of state parks and natural areas in Tennessee.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, which is located at 8400 Old Cane Creek Road, in Baxter, is a 275-acre tract of land that runs adjacent to Burgess Falls State Park, in Sparta. According to Kim Schofinski with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, “Window Cliffs State Natural Area will offer visitors hiking options and incredible views of unique geological formations.”

This property is well known to … CONTINUED


Board votes to provide every Doyle resident basic subscription to AirMedCare Network

Posted on April 6, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Town of Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to pay for a basic subscription to the AirMedCare Network for every resident of Doyle.

On April 4, 2017, the board held its monthly meeting to discuss a relatively light agenda. However, the top item on the agenda that was supported and voted for unanimously by members of the board will provide a potential lifesaving service to all of its residents.

During the board’s March meeting, a presentation was made by Sarah Gordon, a representative of AirMedCare Network, to provide information about the services offered by AirMedCare and to propose a municipal plan for the … CONTINUED


Douglas Barret

Posted on April 5, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Douglas Barrett, 69, of Sparta, and a former resident of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Barrett was born May 3, 1947, to George Truman Barrett and Bertie Crook Barrett.

He was a member of Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy and retired from Powermatic.

Mr. Barrett was preceded in death by his father; his first wife, Sue Barrett; and one daughter, Melody Guinn.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Goodwin Barrett, of Sparta; five children, Angela (Shawn) Puckett, of Smithville, Tommy (Stacie) Barrett, of Shelbyville, Mitzi Sheryl Lunsford, of Cookeville, Lee Reynolds (Kathy Davis), of LaVergne, Chris (Gina) Goodwin, of Cleveland; 12 … CONTINUED


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