Monthly Archives: August 2017

Plea hearing scheduled today for Jeffery Gentry in Federal Court

Posted on August 10, 2017 11:11 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Acting United States Attorney Jack Smith will be hosting a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. 

Smith will discuss the case of United States vs. Jeffery Lynn Gentry, following a plea hearing that’s scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger’s court.

 Smith will be joined by senior leadership from the FBI, the IRS-Criminal Investigation Unit and the U.S. Marshals’ Service for the press conference. 

 Gentry received felony charges on July 5, 2017, for wire fraud and money laundering for his alleged role in a $43-million ponzi-scheme. Gentry utilized his businesses Gentry Bros Tractor Supply and Gentry Auto, both located in Sparta, to defraud investors according … CONTINUED

Paula E. Jolly

Posted on August 10, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Paula E. Jolly, 80, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delpha Mason

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Delpha Mason, 70, of Walling, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by


8 a.m.-noon

Every Friday and Saturday

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St.

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell

New Spencer convenience center opens on Pine Grove Road

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

As of Aug. 8, 2017, residents in the Piney community now have their own convenience center where they can take residential trash and recyclables.

According to Van Buren County officials, the new Piney convenience center is officially open for business. Located in the old BDS building on Pine Grove Road, the new convenience center will give residents a closer place to take their recyclables and trash.

The hours of operation will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Tuesdays; noon-5 p.m., on Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-noon, on Saturdays. The standard trash collection rates will apply at this county convenience center as with all of the other Van Buren County convenience … CONTINUED

“Let it Shine” themed fair starts this weekend in Van Buren County

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Come rain or shine, the “Let it Shine” Van Buren County Fair will officially start this weekend, on Aug. 12 and will continue until Aug. 19.

For many families, the county fair is an opportunity to fellowship, share past experiences, and create new memories. For some, the county fair is an opportunity to enter exhibits into countless categories of competition and showcase their crafts and skills.

Van Buren County Fair, which is organized and operated entirely by volunteers, has something for everyone to enjoy. This year’s event will feature the traditional fair pageants, chainsaw challenges, bicycle racing, and much more.

Some of the events that are scheduled for … CONTINUED

Multiple agencies respond to vehicle fire on Argo Road

Posted on August 10, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A vehicle fire prompted an immediate response from multiple volunteer fire departments earlier this week, in Van Buren County.

On Aug. 7, 2017, at approximately 7:46 p.m., dispatchers from the Van Buren County E-911 Communications Center received a call about a possible vehicle fire near a structure.

Firefighters from the Spencer, Piney, Cedar Grove, and Fall Creek Falls volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene, as well as Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service and Van Buren County Sheriff Department.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a passenger van was fully involved. The van was located near a retaining wall, and a structure was also nearby.

Firefighters worked … CONTINUED

Spencer and TDEC officials say water meets state requirements

Posted on August 10, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Several Spencer residents recently reported to various Nashville-based news stations their concerns about water quality issues.

However, according to Spencer and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials, the water supply coming from Spencer Utility Water Treatment Plant meets state requirements.

Residents who utilize water from Spencer Water Utility District, which is approximately 2,000 customers, have reported having brown or murky water over the course of several weeks. According to city officials, a bulk of the issues customers have been experiencing occurred after regulators failed at some point during the July 21-23 weekend.

The regulator system that failed controls the incoming water from the city’s water source. Spencer … CONTINUED

TTU Wings Up Caravan headed to Sparta Walmart

Posted on August 10, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The TTU Athletics Caravans have evolved over time to become one of the most favorite summer traditions enjoyed by Golden Eagle fans across the region.

Donning several different monikers over the years, typically to   represent the theme of the Athletics Department, the 2017 edition has been labeled as the Wings Up Caravans.

What exactly is the Wings Up Caravan? Each summer, Tech   Athletics hits the road to spread excitement and information for the upcoming seasons for all 14 of the department’s programs, making several stops all over the region. In 2017, the Wings Up Caravan will visit 10 different locations. The events span the months of July and … CONTINUED

Warrior Youth Football teams fare well in jamboree over the weekend

Posted on August 10, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Warrior Youth Football teams kicked off their 2017 season at the Middle TN Youth Football Conference jamboree hosted by the Cookeville Youth Football League, on Aug. 5.

All three age divisions competed against DeKalb County in two 10- minute quarters. All three teams made significant efforts, with room for improvement in the weeks to come.

The senior division, which consists of 10-and-11-year-olds, won their contest 14-0 over DeKalb. Nate Mullins and Theo Brown each ran in for a touchdown. The Warriors’ defense was very stingy on the day, allowing minimal yardage to DeKalb. Asher Kelso, Devin Johnson, and Keaton Sparkman led the defense with several big tackles, shutting … CONTINUED

Warriorettes’ golf team continues hot streak

Posted on August 10, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ golf teams continued their season, on Monday, when they traveled to Cookeville’s Golden Eagle Golf Club for the Early Bird Tournament.

Battling periods of showers, the Warriorettes came away victorious in the tournament, winning by eight strokes, and the Warriors finished the day in fourth place.

The Warriorettes finished with a score of 170. Mackenzie Burton and Makenzie Morton both carded an 85 for the Warriorettes to secure the win. Ansley Phifer also played and shot a 102. Walker Valley finished the tournament in second place, finishing with a 178. Cookeville was the third place finisher, with a score of … CONTINUED

WCHS football schedule looks a lot different than last year

Posted on August 10, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

With a new school year starting, the new Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association regions will take effect.

With the new region, that means the Warriors will be traveling in a different direction this year. Over the past two years, the Warriors have been in one of the toughest regions in the state of Tennessee. With powerhouses like Ooltewah, Rhea County, Walker Valley, and Cleveland, the Warriors struggled to find their way the past two seasons, going 0-12 in region play.

This season, the Warriors’ region will still have some powerhouses like Summit, who is coming off a 7-4 season, and Shelbyville who went 8-3 a season ago, but … CONTINUED

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