Monthly Archives: June 2017

White County’s jobless rate has decreased 0.7 percent

Posted on June 26, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

After last month’s unemployment rates being the lowest state jobless figures in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have continued to decrease in 94 counties and remained the same in just one county.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development data released on June 22, 2017, White County’s unemployment rate has dropped 0.7 since April. With an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, White County now has an unemployment rate 1.2 percent lower than this time last year.

Neighboring Warren and Putnam counties are once again tied for the lowest unemployment percentage in the Upper Cumberland Region at 3.0 percent. DeKalb County … Read More


Growth in new small businesses

Posted on June 26, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Calfkiller Crossfit

Scoops Ice Cream

Critical Games

Several entrepreneurs have reached for stars with their dreams of opening businesses and are now providing a wide range of services to the Sparta-White County community, with more expected to open in the near future.

One of Sparta’s shopping centers, Spring Street Village, which is located on North Spring Street, has seen two new businesses added to their list of tenants: Make It Personal Inc. Gifts and Collectables, as well as Scoops Ice Cream Hometown Ice Cream Parlor.

Make it Personal Inc., at 408 N. Spring St., is a specialty gifts and collectables store that recently opened for business to the … Read More


Ninth annual Operation Dry Water weekend set for June 30-July 2

Posted on June 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 30-July 2. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA, in 2009.

TWRA boating officers will saturate high traffic areas on reservoirs across the state. Along with … Read More


Mayor featured speaker at Republican meeting

Posted on June 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Conservative Republicans will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2017, in the third floor courtroom at the courthouse. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young will be the guest speaker. The mayor will give a presentation about the city budget.


Major Disaster Declaration for Tennessee approved

Posted on June 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from May 27 to May 28, 2017.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding in Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby, and Smith counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard … Read More


Warren County man dies in kayaking incident on Sunday

Posted on June 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Ernest Lee Wade, a 59-year-old man from Warren County, lost his life while kayaking on the Collins River on Sunday, June 25. Wade was a current resident of McMinnville.

Wade and Treyton R. Gritzinger, also from McMinnville, departed on a kayak trip from the Shellsford access area around 8 a.m. After a half hour or so on the water, Gritzinger witnessed Wade strike a small overhanging tree. Wade, who was in a sit-a-top kayak, flipped and struggled to swim. Wade was not wearing a personal flotation device, and neither man had one with them during their outing. After searching in the … Read More


AAA summer travel season begins with lowest gas prices in 12 years

Posted on June 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Motorists are beginning to find pump prices below $2 a gallon

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 26, 2017) Gas prices opened the summer travel season averaging the lowest price in 12 years. Since June 1, Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.07 – 9 cents less than the same period last year, and the lowest since 2005 ($2.03).

“Lower gas prices will make it more enticing for Americans to take extended, or more frequent road trips this summer,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “And when travelers spend less at the pump, they are left with extra cash to spend on lodging, shopping, and dining out.”

Gas … Read More


Martha Whitworth

Posted on June 24, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Martha Whitworth, 65, of Doyle, passed away June 20, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born Jan. 3, 1952, in Spencer, the daughter of Jessie and Dorothay Hale Medley.

Memorial donations may be made to The Good Time Cruisers’ Scholarhip Fund, in care of Junior Jones, 420 Mullican Rd., Sparta, Tennessee 38583.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Allen Morris Harrell

Posted on June 24, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Allen Morris Harrell, 76, of Sparta, passed away June 20, 2017.

Mr. Harrell was a member of Sparta Church of the Nazarene. He was the last surviving child of William Burl and Fannie McGinnis Harrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marshal Coffey; grandson, Matthew Munsey; five brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Harrell; daughters and spouses, Pam and Jackie Munsey, of Washburn, Heather and Roger Arnwine, of Luttrell; son, Jason Harrell, of Georgia; grandchildren, Melanie Johnson, Jennifer Coffey, Justin Johnson, Darren Johnson, Cliff Phifer, Cole Phifer; longtime friend, Bill Willett; special nephew, Donnie Mackey; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral … Read More


Layla Ruth Hoose

Posted on June 24, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Layla Ruth Hoose, 44, of Sparta, passed away June 23, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Hoose was born on April 16, 1973.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald A and Beulah F. Hoose.

Survivors include her parents, Daniel and Janet    Hoose, of Sparta; grandparents, Earl F. Johnson Sr. and Lois J. Johnson; sister, Caroline Day and husband Matt; brothers, Roger Hoose and wife Nicole, Daniel Hoose Jr. and wife Lindsay; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., June 25, 2017, Old Bon Air Cemetery. Bro. Doug Benningfield will officiate.    Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of


Exterior renovation project underway for the Walk-In Clinic of Sparta

Posted on June 24, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Commercial painting crews have been busy applying a fresh coat of paint to the Walk-In Clinic of Sparta at 396 North Spring Street, Sparta. The new paint scheme has significantly upgraded the appearance of the building.

Wayne D. Durbin PA-C, operates the Walk-In Clinic of Sparta and is opened Monday–Thursday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. For more information about the Walk-In Clinic of Sparta, contact their office at 931-836-2258.


Hampstead Stage Co. Players entertain the Summer Reading Program children with “Beauty and the Beast”

Posted on June 24, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Despite the rainy day, the White County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program had several special guests from the Hampstead Stage Company. Hampstead Stage Co. Players presented a rendition of the play, “Beauty and the Beast” that kept the audience entertained.

Following the performance from the Hampstead Stage Co. Players, children who attended the event, had the opportunity to interact with the characters while they received a free lunch that was provided by the White County School Nutrition Summer Feeding Program. The lunch program is available to all children who attend the summer reading program, 18 years or younger, free of charge.

This upcoming Thursday, June 29, 2017, those … Read More


Critical Games Grand Opening event a great success

Posted on June 24, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Critical Games recently held their Grand Opening event and was greeted by many excited customers. Countless customers and table-top gaming hobbyist came in and shopped at Sparta’s newest table-top gaming and hobby store.

Catering for the Grand Opening event was provided by The Mad Raven, which is located at 255 West Bockman Way, Sparta.

The owners of Critical Games, Jesse and Casey Whitworth, Delaney Austin, and Shane Young, stated they were very excited and appreciative of the overwhelming support by their customers and the community at large.

Critical Games is located at 415 Grissom St, in Sparta and will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon until 10:00 pm. For … Read More


Law reclassifying property of telephone companies signed into legislation, effective July 1

Posted on June 23, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today the signing of Senate Bill 1363, a bill reclassifying the property classification of certain telephone companies and telephone cooperatives. While parts of the law went into effect in early June, the remaining parts of the law will be enacted on July 1.

The law reclassifies telephone company and telephone co-operatives property so it is accessed at a commercial and industrial rate instead of a public utility rate.

“This will affect 60 telephone companies across the state, and many of them are in rural areas working toward expanding broadband, which is in line with the priorities and goals of the General Assembly,” said … Read More


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