Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Tennessee governor’s race is heating up

Posted on August 7, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Last week, Diane Black finally confirmed that she will be running for governor of Tennessee. There has a great deal of speculation on this issue of whether she would or wouldn’t. Just a month ago, it appeared that she would be running for Congress again because she felt it was a more important job, and she could do more to push forward Donald Trump’s and the Republicans’ agenda, especially the proposed budget and tax reform.

I, personally, would love to know what made her change her mind, since she was rather adamant about the power and backing she had gained in her … Read More


Random thoughts about random subjects

Posted on August 7, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

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

This is one of those moments in life where there is so much to do and so much that needs to be said that deciding where to begin is the immediate issue at hand. So, instead of tackling one issue this week, I am going to ramble a bit. I am going to share some of my random thoughts on important issues that randomly come to mind.

OBAMACARE: I am frustrated with the inability of the Republican Party (GOP), which controls both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representative, to effectively address … Read More


White County School System holds general session event for faculty

Posted on August 7, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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On Aug. 3, 2017, teachers and administrators gathered in the White County High School Multi-Purpose Room to attend the annual White County Schools’ General Session meeting.

The general session is an event to highlight and recognize new teachers and principals, present years-of-service awards, and fellowship with one another. Ben Lomand was also on hand and provided breakfast for the teachers.

“The general session for White County schools is always an exciting event,” said Kurt Dronebarger, director of White County schools. “It is the only time in the year that all of the teachers are together at the same time. Teachers are dressed in school … Read More


Aldermen discuss the progress of sidewalk project

Posted on August 7, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A sidewalk project that will enhance the safety of foot traffic in Sparta is in full swing as orange and white cones have been set up across town to block off the construction areas.

On Aug. 3, 2017, one of the key items discussed by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen was the progress report on the sidewalk project taking place on Bockman Way and the proposed paving project for Roosevelt Drive.

City Administrator Chris Dorsey, along with Sparta Public Works Director Dillard Quick, provided the board with the updated information about the project. Crews with Rogers Group and the Tennessee Department of Transportation are busy at … Read More


Canines for Christ organization visits dispatchers

Posted on August 7, 2017 5:05 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A member of the Canines for Christ recently paid a visit to the dispatchers at White County Emergency Communications Center.

On Aug. 3, 2017, Molly, along with her handler, Chaplain Ron Leonard, enjoyed a visit and meal with the dedicated dispatchers and staff of E-911.

Molly, who is a trained crisis response and therapy dog, was able to show her unconditional love and affection, allowing dispatchers to take a break from their critical lifesaving duties.

Canines for Christ is a canine therapy ministry that utilizes dogs to provide love, hope, affection, and compassion to emergency responders across the United States and internationally. Molly is one of 700 trained … Read More


Richie Shubert

Posted on August 5, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Richie Shubert, 63, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Farewell to one of “The Greatest Generation” – Thomas Reece

Posted on August 5, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thomas Reece, who was 94 years old when this photo was taken in September 2013, was one of the founding members of the Central View Fair booth, which was built in 1958. In 2013, he had cooked 54 of the 55 years that the booth had been open. Mr. Reece, who was a prisoner of war in World War II, passed away Aug. 2, 2017.


Carl Rufus Rogers

Posted on August 5, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carl Rufus Rogers, 83, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 4, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Rogers was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Spencer, to Dan Rogers and Mary Davis Rogers.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 7, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m., Aug. 6, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 7, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Terry Lee Whitson

Posted on August 5, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Terry Lee Whitson, 69, of Sparta, passed from this life on, Aug. 4, 2017.

Mr. Whitson was born March 18, 1948, in Sparta, the son of late Eskew Whitson and Retha Moore Whitson.

He worked as a tool and die maker at Mallory Timers for 10 years. He served on the White County Fair Board for many years and was State Fair president, in 2003. Mr. Whitson had a real estate and auction company, in Sparta, for 25 years, and he operated a farm in northern White County for 45 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kolt Whitson; father-in-law J.W. Lee; and brother-in-law, … Read More


Putnam County man charged with murder after shooting incident in Cookeville

Posted on August 4, 2017 5:05 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

A shooting incident in Cookeville, which caused panic in the local community, has resulted in the death of one man and the arrest of another.

The Cookeville Police Department recently issued a press statement regarding a shooting incident that occurred on August 3, 2017.

“At approximately 1:43 p.m. on August 3, 2017, the Cookeville Police Department received a telephone call reporting a man lying in the street bleeding. Upon officer’s arrival, 40-year-old Randall Kendall was found deceased.” stated Detective Lt. Bobby Anderson.

According to the press release, after an investigation conducted by the Cookeville Police Department, 28-year-old Ricky Nathaniel Murphy of Cookeville was arrested by officers later that … Read More


Thomas Jefferson Reece

Posted on August 4, 2017 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Thomas Jefferson Reece, 97, of White County, passed away Aug. 2, 2017.

Mr. Reece was born Sept. 24, 1919, the son of Charlie Reece and Ida Bowers Reece

He was a member of Spring Hill The Baptist Church of Christ.

Mr. Reece (PaPa) also served his country in World War II, where he was a prisoner of war for 109 days. He coached baseball and softball for over 35 years. He cooked at the Central View fair booth for 50 years.

Mr. Reece was preceded in death by wife, Ella Mae Sanders; nine brothers and sisters, Bill, Abe, Robert, Charles, Ethel, Effie, Frances, Carrie Lee, Hazel; and one … Read More


White County man arrested for solicitation of a minor

Posted on August 4, 2017 2:02 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

After gathering information and conducting an investigation, a White County man has been arrested for solicitation of a minor and the District Attorney General’s Office is seeking the community’s help.

The 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office issued a press release today, August 5. According to the press release, 40-year-old, Jeremy Allen Hale of White County, formerly of Cumberland County, was arrested on August 4 and charged will soliciting a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The warrant reportedly alleges that Hale utilized Internet services to “intentionally command, request or persuade a person who he knew, or should have known was less than eighteen (18) years of … Read More


Greenwood decoration

Posted on August 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Aug. 26

Who: Greenwood Cemetery

What: Decoration

When: Business meeting at 11 a.m.; covered dish lunch to follow

Where: Cemetery

Contact: Donations may be mailed to Kathy Driver, 380 Cotton Dr., Sparta, Tennessee 38583


Copeland reunion

Posted on August 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, Aug. 27

Who: Copeland family

What: 41st reunion (bring covered dish and drink; utensils will be furnished)

When: Doors open at 10 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Findlay Elementary School cafeteria

Contact: (931) 738-5208


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