Monthly Archives: May 2017

National Day of Prayer held at the White County Courthouse

Posted on May 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

The 66th Annual National Observance of the National Day of Prayer is being held all across the United States today, May 4, 2017. 

In White County, the Day of Prayer service is being held at the White County Courthouse. Due to the weather, the event was moved inside the Courthouse. 

The theme of the National Day of Prayer this year is, “For Your Great Name’s Sake”. 

The order of the prayer service is:

  • Jerry Pullum pastor of Bear Cove Baptist Church- opening of the service and opening prayer. 
  • Terri Dickerson member of Bear Cove Baptist Church- signing “Break our Hearts”.
  • Brad Walker pastor of First Baptist Church Sparta-

Tech to celebrate spring commencement on Saturday

Posted on May 4, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Who: Approximately 1,700 degrees will be awarded to Tennessee Tech students who represent 79 counties throughout Tennessee, 34 states and 29 other countries. Those earning undergraduate degrees represent 40 fields of study and those receiving graduate degrees represent 23 fields of study.

What: Tennessee Tech will celebrate the end of the 2016-17 academic year with two commencement ceremonies.

Where: The Hooper Eblen Center on the corner of Willow and 12th St.

When: Saturday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Note: Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham will preside over the commencement ceremonies. Barbara Fleming, a 1971 graduate of Tech and a current member of the Board

WCHS baseball seniors honored

Posted on May 4, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Baseball seniors were honored before the game, on April 28. The seniors include (L-R) Trenton Hodges, Matt McCulley, Logan Swoape, Kyler Allen.

Reliving the WCHS glory days

Posted on May 4, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Pictured (L-R) are Avalyn Carter Pitman, White County High School Class of 1971 and former cheerleader who served as the cheer coach during the recent alumni game, and former White County High School coaches who led each of the women’s teams for the alumni game, Steve Holland and Keith Short.

White County High School alumni game a success as fundraiser

Posted on May 4, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

These are the members of the alumni game from the women’s side who played in the game and the cheerleaders who provided constant encouragement. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School’s Project Graduation put on an alumni game, on April 28. Forty-nine men and women came back to their alma mater. This included seven members of the back-to-back state championship team and Coach Roy Whited, the first and second all-time leaders in three-pointer shooters in White County history, and a lot of memories for everyone who was included in the game and those who watched the game. There were players in the game that ranged from … CONTINUED

WCMS Warriorettes finish season going 2-2 in CTC Conference

Posted on May 4, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

This past weekend, the White County Middles School Warriorettes played in the CTC conference tournament. The Warriorettes won their first game of the tournament, on April 28, winning 1-0 over Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes would lose, on April 29, to North Franklin 6-0 to put them in the loser’s bracket. Their first opponent was Tullahoma Middle School, who the Warriorettes defeated 12-4. The Warriorettes would then have to face off against their first-round opponents, Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes would fall in that game by a final score 3-2, ending their season.

In the first game of the tournament, Ashlynn Phillips got the start in the circle, … CONTINUED

WCHS Warriors fall to Coffee County Central on Senior Night

Posted on May 4, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors’ baseball team was unable to keep pace with the Coffee County Central Red Raiders, on April 28. The Red Raiders came to life in the second inning, scoring five runs in the second to seize control of the game, and the Warriors were never able to answer. The Red Raiders won by a final score of 12-1.

In the first inning, Coffee County captured the lead when they hit a sac fly that scored the first run of the game.

The Warriors would tie things up in the bottom of the first a 1 to 1. Chris Mills got things going for … CONTINUED

Central View Elementary

Posted on May 4, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Legislative news

Posted on May 4, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell

From State Representative Paul Sherrell

Last week, Governor Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget proposal for consideration by the 110th General Assembly.

The appropriations amendment tracks closely to the Governor’s original budget proposal presented to the legislature on January 30, which for the second year in a row does not take on any new debt and makes significant investments in teachers, K-12 schools, higher education, state employees, the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and the tax cuts included in the IMPROVE Act.

The amendment builds on previous legislative priorities by making strategic and thoughtful investments across state government. Because of … CONTINUED

Capitol Hill Week

Posted on May 4, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey

From Senator Paul Bailey

As the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly gets closer to adjournment, Senate action this week will primarily center on the state budget. The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee received Governor Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal last Tuesday which makes several improvements and adjustments to the original plan submitted to lawmakers on January 30. The appropriations amendment is customarily introduced in the final weeks of the legislative session for consideration and approval by the General Assembly.

The budget is the only bill the General Assembly has a constitutional obligation to pass.

Law Enforcement / Military — The full senate … CONTINUED

White County FFA presents interactive technology program to various community groups

Posted on May 4, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Members of the White County FFA were busy during the month of April presenting interactive technology programs to a variety of community groups. A presentation and tour of the new Career Academy center on the campus of White County High School to the White County Retired Teachers started the busy month. FFA members acted as a Courtesy Corp for the Retired Teachers and then later presented a program about new technology and demonstrated the driving simulator about the danger of texting and driving. Kaye Barlow a White County Retired teacher experienced the drive of the simulator car. The program also included information about the fast changing digital environment … CONTINUED

Decades later, questions remain, but God’s grace is unquestionable

Posted on May 4, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl        

My two-and-a-half years older than me brother came to me one day with an evil secret. We were behind the barn, and no one was around. Reaching into his pocket, he produced an almost empty pack of Kool cigarettes. Then he stuffed them back into his pocket and started talking.

“Wanta go down in the woods and smoke?” he asked, with a nervous smile and persuasive gesture toward the woods behind our house.

As a young boy, I had already heard about the evils of tobacco. Daddy smoked a pipe. He didn’t inhale, but the pipe tobacco was very strong, and the … CONTINUED

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