Monthly Archives: May 2017

Say thanks to nurses

Posted on May 1, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Dear SpartaLive,

Did you ever stop to think about how fortunate we are to have the Tennessee Technological University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, in Cookeville in the Upper Cumberland area.

Since 1980 it has provided nurses for the 14 county area in hospitals, public health, hospice care, schools, clinics, and industry. The school draws students from this region and many nurses tend to stay in this area. Each year we celebrate International Nurses week from May 6-12. The date was established to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern day nursing, who was born in 1820.

Nightingale was a gifted women who is known mostly for being the … Read More


Unemployment rate falls in White County and entire state

Posted on May 1, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County was one of the 91 out of 95 Tennessee counties that saw a decrease in the unemployment percentages from last month.

On April 27, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the unemployment rates for all Tennessee counties. In White County, the unemployment rate for March 2017 was announced at 5 percent. This is an improvement from February 2017, when the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

Although the unemployment rate in White County continues to gradually decline, the rate is still 0.2 percent higher than March 2016. It is estimated that White County has a labor force of 11,780 people, with 11,200 now … Read More


Woodland Park receives reading program grant

Posted on May 1, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced on April 25, 2017 that more than 11,000 students in 107 communities across the state would benefit from the 2017 Read to be Ready Summer Grant program, with White County’s Woodland Park Elementary School designated as one of the recipients.

These funds will be used for educational camps that target rising first, second, and third graders who are not on grade level in reading during the critical summer months. In total, the department is awarding more than $8.5 million to 212 grant recipients throughout Tennessee.

This spring, the Tennessee Department of Education received applications from nearly three-quarters of school districts across Tennessee for … Read More


Fire marshal urges residents to take precautions while burning brush

Posted on May 1, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The historic 2016 fall fire season in Tennessee brought attention to how wildfires burn woodland areas, especially when the state is under severe drought conditions.

While the severity of the drought has been reduced this spring, Tennessee’s State Fire Marshal’s Office and Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry remind residents it is still important to remain cautious with any outdoor burning activities.

“As residents head outside to begin sprucing up their property, we remind them to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions,” stated Julie Mix McPeak, Tennessee’s commerce and insurance commissioner. “Fire spreads quickly, igniting brush, trees, homes and belongings. By planning ahead and ensuring that burnings … Read More


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