Monthly Archives: June 2017

Two vehicle collision on Bockman Way

Posted on June 5, 2017 8:08 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

At approximately 7:54 pm, the White County E-911 Communication Center received an emergency call in regards to a two vehicle accident with possible injuries on Bockman Way near Hampton Drive.

The Sparta Fire Department, White County EMS, and the Sparta Police Department were all dispatched to the scene of the incident.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered two vehicles were involved in a collision, resulting in a white Nissan sustaining damage to the driver side of the vehicle and a maroon Pontiac sustaining damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Emergency responders evaluated the scene, worked to clear the roadway of debris, and directed the westbound traffic … CONTINUED

John Shane “Greasy” Williams

Posted on June 5, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

John Shane “Greasy” Williams, 49, of Sparta, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, in Smithville.

Mr. Williams was born Jan. 21, 1968, in Sparta. He was the son of the late R.V. Williams and Ruth Cravens Watts.

Mr. Williams was a family man and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved motorcycles and going fishing. He also enjoyed raising a garden. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.V. Williams, and grandparents, Vestal and Martha Williams and Earl and Marie Cravens.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Miller Williams; mother, Ruth (Larry) Watts; son, Shane Williams; daughter, Shana … CONTINUED

Terry Hitchcock

Posted on June 5, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Terry Hitchcock, 74, of Cookeville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 2, 2017, at his home in Cookeville, following extended illness.

Mr. Hitchcock was born May 14, 1943, in Cookeville, to Andrew Bethel Hitchcock and Linnie Mae Madewell Hitchcock.

He enjoyed a successful career in automobile sales and real estate for over 40 years in the Cookeville area. Mr. Hitchcock enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his beloved dog, Jake. He loved the Lord and is now resting peacefully within the gates of heaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Earl Edward Hitchcock; and a daughter, Terri Beth … CONTINUED

WCHS softball team teaches youth skills and techniques

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

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The White County High School softball team held its annual softball camp last week at the WCHS softball team. The coaches and players worked with the campers on their base running, hitting, fielding and throwing.

Little League Championships set to finish this week

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On June 5, the girls ‘coach pitch league is scheduled to have its championship game starting at 6 p.m. On June 6, t-ball has its championship game scheduled for 6 p.m. On June 8, the boys’ coach pitch will have its championship game at 6 p.m. Then, on June 9, all the leagues that play at the Smithville fields, which include Senior and Junior Boys’ league and the Senior and Junior Girls’ League will all have their championship games at 6 p.m. All leagues will have awards directly after their divisions’ championship game. On June 8, the girls’ coach pitch league started its tournament. Ben Lomand defeated Halls … CONTINUED

Team camps start for the WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

With summer vacation well underway for the students in White County, there is no rest for the athletes.

Those who hope to improve their skills during the off-season are attending camps and clinics for their respective sports. There are workouts and practices for the high school teams. Two weeks into their summer vacation, the WCHS basketball teams have not just began practice but will also be attending their team camps. The month of June is allotted for team-against-team competition for basketball teams, according to TSSAA rules. Schools are allowed 10 days of competition prior to the dead period.

Both WCHS teams are scheduled to have their first scrimmages, … CONTINUED

490 times per person is our goal

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan

Have you ever been hurt intentionally by another person? As believers, we are not immune to the human race of pain. As a pastor, I get asked how to forgive others, especially those that have caused intentional harm. My favorite passages on this begin Matthew 18: 21-22, as Jesus answers Peter’s question, (21) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” (22) Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (23) Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle … CONTINUED

You’re only as good as the company you keep

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

How many times have we heard this or something along the same lines? I’m sure many of us heard this sentiment expressed to us at various times in our lives. It was always a warning that we needed to be careful about the type of people we associated with, or our reputation could be harmed in some way. It didn’t seem to matter to those giving us that advice that we may have thought we could bring out the good in those whose “behavior” was not always in the “acceptable norm” range. Sometimes we accomplished what we set out to do and … CONTINUED

The Clintons’ hit parade – bodies three and four

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and  Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

The Clintons and the Dead Bodies – Axis 03. Dear Citizen and member of the Citizens’ Public Opinion (CPO) Grand Jury, you have already been provided with information regarding two murder victims – Seth Rich and Vince Foster – and their connection to Bill and Hillary Clinton. This week I am providing you with information on two more mysterious deaths (bodies three and four) that have a Bill and Hillary Clinton connection. I am not publishing these names/deaths in any type of order, chronological or otherwise.

Body Three belongs to Jerry Luther Parks. In … CONTINUED

Unemployment rate decreases in White County for April 2017

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

According to the recently released state report, the unemployment rates improved across all 95 counties in Tennessee.

Tennessee’s unemployment rates for the period of April 2017 have decreased in all 95 counties. This is according to the data released in the end of May by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“One year ago, we had eight counties with an unemployment rate about 6 percent,” stated Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips. “ This [past] April, only two counties in the entire state reached that level. While we still have work to do, it is clear Tennessee is making progress in putting … CONTINUED

Proposed city budget sparks intense discussions

Posted on June 5, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Two Sparta aldermen and the mayor exchanged opposing views during the city’s recent board meeting about the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 that led to deep discussions among the board members.

During the June 1, 2017, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, discussions, somewhat pointed at times, led some board members to give a declaration of their fiscal conservative stances.

The first reading of the proposed budget ordinance was read by Mayor Jeff Young and received the necessary first and second motions for approval. However, during the comment and question portion that followed, Alderman Jerry Lowery was the first to speak on this ordinance, which … CONTINUED

Two rescued from Virgin Falls

Posted on June 5, 2017 4:04 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Two hikers, one injured female and one male, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee had to be rescued at Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  

At approximately 11:27 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017, Van Buren County E-911 received an emergency call in regards to a female lost at Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County. 

Van Buren dispatchers were able to transfer the call to the White County E-911 Communications Center. White County dispatchers were able to confirm that one adult female and one adult male from Murfreesboro were lost and the female was possibly injured. 

The two hikers informed dispatchers that they were near a waterfall at Virgin … CONTINUED

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