Monthly Archives: June 2017

Albert Austin Jones Jr.

Posted on June 28, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Albert Austin Jones Jr., 90, of Spencer, passed from this life, on June 24, 2017, at the home of his son.

Mr. Jones was born July 20, 1926, in Monteagle.

He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, and an Ed.S. from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Mr. Jones cared deeply for the children and residents of Van Buren County and was involved in many educational, civic, and community activities. He worked tirelessly in his efforts to provide the children of Van Buren County with the tools and knowledge to be successful in their life pursuits. He believed that every child … CONTINUED


Leroy McCurry

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Leroy McCurry, 55, of Sparta, passed away June 26, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. McCurry was born Feb. 6, 1962, in White County, to Lloyd McCurry and Virta Evaline Lee McCurry.

He was a 25-year employee of Mallory Timers and went on to a career in transportation with the White County Board of Education and UCARTS.

Mr. McCurry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Phyllis Webb, Darlene McCurry; and brother, Charles McCurry.

Survivors include his fiancée, Vickie Young; stepson, William (Judy) Randolph; four grandchildren, Rayna Price-Randolph, Aubrey Price-Randolph, Deliaha Randolph, Logan Randolph; sisters, Frances Lee, Mildred Alexander; brothers, Lloyd “Bo” McCurry, Ricky McCurry, Danny (Tammy) McCurry; … CONTINUED


Richard Lamont Roth

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Richard Lamont Roth, 92, of Smyrna, passed away June 24, 2017.

Mr. Roth was born March 29, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to John S. Roth and Georgia Dement Roth.

While in the U.S. Army, he served his country proudly during World War II. He was a member of Vine St. Christian Church and Stones River Baptist Church and owned Davis Neon Sign Servicer Company.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn Roth.

Surviving family members include his sons, Butch (Stephanie) Roth, Jeff (Pam) Roth, Jim Roth; grandchildren, Jason (Kasey) Roth, Justin (Stephanie) Roth, Adam (Amanda) Roth, Ashley Roth; and four great-grandchildren,… CONTINUED


William James “Bill” Sullivan

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

William James “Bill” Sullivan, 64, a White County native, currently of Philadelphia, Tennessee, passed away June 25, 2017, at University of Tennessee Medical Center, in Knoxville.

Mr. Sullivan was born April 24, 1953, in Sparta, to Curtis Ward Sullivan and Herd Estell Sullivan Sr.

He was a graduate of White County High School and spent most of his life as a truck driver. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church for 55 years.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Moore Sullivan; mother, Curtis Ward Sullivan; stepdaughters, Shaynne Palmer, Shawn (Adam) Robbins; step-grandchildren, Spenser Palmer, Alan Robbins, Nicole (Matthew) Walters, Holly … CONTINUED


Controlled burn on Roberts Matthews-Highway

Posted on June 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


Demolition and clean up crews are currently conducting a controlled burn at a property on Roberts-Matthews Highway.

The heavy smoke is visible by motorists on Highway 111. Crews are reportedly burning a brush pile.

This property was the former DCI Transportation terminal, as well as Potter Freight Line. The former building has been demolished, and the land is currently being cleared.


Church of the Nazarene picnic

Posted on June 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, July 2

Who: Sparta Church of the Nazarene

What: Community picnic (inflatables for children, water games, cornhole tournaments, and more)

When: Following a brief service that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 1787 Smithville Highway


Quebeck potluck

Posted on June 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, July 22

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Club

What: Potluck, bring a dish to share

When: 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center

Contact: (931) 657-1009


Margaret Grissom Haston

Posted on June 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Margaret Grissom Haston, 95, of the Hickory Valley community of White County, passed away this morning, at Alive Hospice of Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dead period gives WCHS girls’ basketball a well-deserved break

Posted on June 27, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

Kendreah Reeves travels into traffic and takes a shot in Friday’s final game.

Gracie Dodgen takes a shot in one of Friday’s games.

The TSSAA dead period began Sunday, and the Warriorettes’ basketball team will more than likely take advantage and get some much-needed rest.

High school basketball teams are given the month of June to get in their 10 days of team-against-team competition, and the Warriorettes made full use of theirs.

They began back in the first full week of June with a trip to Cannon County High School and then went to Middle Tennessee State University for three days of camp. The next week, they were … CONTINUED


Warriors’ basketball wraps up June team camps

Posted on June 27, 2017 10:10 am by Andy Southard

Cade Clark sets up the offense, on Wednesday.

Dyson Reece takes a three in the Warriors’ final game of the summer.

With dead period here, The White County High School Warrior basketball team has completed all their June schedule practices and camps.

The TSSAA sets aside the last week of June and the first week of July as the dead period when no teams can practice. Before the dead period, basketball teams can practice and can compete in 10 days of team-against-team competition.

The Warriors wrapped up their 10 days of intended camps with two varsity games, on Wednesday, at Cookeville High School, which was part of the … CONTINUED


Thurman attends Upper Cumberland Tourism Association meeting

Posted on June 27, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Hilda Thurman (right), of Sparta, recently represented Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce at the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association’s annual meeting.

Hilda Thurman, of Sparta, recently represented Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce at the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association’s annual meeting held at The Retreat, on Center Hill Lake. The UCTA represents 14 counties in Middle Tennessee and is designed to boost tourism throughout the 14-county Upper Cumberland area. Thurman also attended a meeting sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development. This training session was held at The Depot, in Monterey. The state tourism department has revamped TNvacation.com to be more compliant with Google, which allows for an increase … CONTINUED


Backpack Assist Ministry

Posted on June 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


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