Monthly Archives: August 2017

Curtis Dale Cunningham

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Curtis Dale Cunningham, 49, of Sparta, passed away on July 28, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Cunningham was born Feb. 14, 1968, in Sparta, to Kenneth Cunningham and Treva Spears Cunningham.

He loved fishing and shooting guns.

Survivors include three sons, Devan Taylor (Laura), of Justin Cunningham, of Sparta, Dustin Cunningham, of Sparta; sister, Deloris Wilkey, of Sparta; grandchildren, Hayliegh, Logan, Connor, Aliannah, Jayden and Kolton Cunningham, Nathaniel Martin; and two nieces, Kayla Moore and Kanzadie Moore.

Graveside service was 10 a.m., Aug. 2, 2017, at Old Zion Cemetery. Daryl Leonard officiated.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Daniel Logan Clark

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Daniel Logan Clark, 90, of Sparta, passed away July 29, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Clark was born June 21, 1927, in Lebanon, Indiana, the son of Forrest Clark and Jessie Livingston Clark.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as well as a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley L. Clark; grandson, Matthew Clark; and son. Gregory Long.

Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl Pack, of Sparta,

Toni Donavan (Mike), of Bloomington, Indiana, Jeannie Johnson, of Lebanon, Indiana, Regina … Read More


Willie Mae Hyder

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willie Mae Hyder, 96, of Sparta, passed away July 31, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Hyder was born July 20, 1921, in Sparta, Albert Walker and Vallie Stewart Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis Edward Hyder; son, Edward Hyder; sister Pauline Day; and brother, Kenneth Walker.

Survivors include her son, Michael Lewis Hyder, of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Leesa Hyder; and grandsons, Jason Hyder and Jed Hyder, both of Texas.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Aug. 5, 2017, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Plainview Church of Christ Cemetery. Bro. Earl Alverson will officiate. The family will receive friends … Read More


Mattie Rhea Milligan Webster

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mattie Rhea Milligan Webster, 90, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 1, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Webster was born April 9, 1927, in the Blue Springs Community of White County, to Perry Milligan and Lizzie Hale Milligan.

She and her husband, Hillard, were owners of S & W Electric since 1958 and she also worked as the bookkeeper.

Mrs. Webster was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church and served many years as the church secretary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Hillard Morgan Webster; and siblings, Curtis Milligan, Vallie Reed Copeland, Perry Milligan Jr., and Reba Weaver.… Read More


Mildred Alexander Randolph

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mildred Alexander Randolph, 91, of Sparta, passed away July 31, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Randolph was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Sparta, to George Alexander Sr. and Lou Verna Jordan Alexander.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Clifton Randolph; daughter Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Randolph; sister, Reba Alexander; and brothers, Charles “Charlie” Alexander and wife Billie, and George Alexander Jr.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in law, Beverly and John Lawson; son, Bill Randolph; brother, Ronnie Alexander; four grandchildren, Breeanne Lawson, Brent Lawson, Brannon Randolph, Kayla Randolph; great- grandchildren, Gage Randolph, Avalei Randolph; sister-in-law, Magnolia Alexander; nieces and nephews; and many friends and loved … Read More


Ruth G. Young

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruth G. Young, 88 , passed away July 28, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Young was born May 5, 1929, in Quebeck, to Charles Cordell Galloway and Amanda Belle Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roy Thomas Young.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Terry Thompson, Debby and Bill Poppert; granddaughter, Sherry Skiles; grandson, Justin Thompson; step-granddaughter, Kristin Jordan; great-granddaughters, Sheridan Skiles, Harper Skiles; great-grandsons, Alec Thompson, Elijah Thompson; step-great-grandchildren, Caroline Brasfield, Gant Brasfield, Cooper Jordan, Lanie Kate Jordan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., July 31, 2017, at Thurman Funeral Home, with … Read More


James Barlow

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Barlow, 89 of Sparta, passed in the presence of the Lord, on July 28, 2017, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville. Mr. Barlow was the last surviving child born to Ridley Asbury Barlow and Susan Carwile Barlow.

He was born May 13, 1928, in Gainesboro.

Mr. Barlow retired from Chrysler, in Belvidere, Illinois. He loved gardening, feeding the wild animals around his home, and listening to Bluegrass gospel music. He was known as an honorable man with integrity and character and was a member of Doyle Church of God.

Survivors include his loving wife, Annie Barlow; children, Michael (Laura) Barlow, Dale (Jack) Dutton, Diane (Dave) Slezak, Vicki … Read More


Charles Herbert “Shorty” Ward

Posted on August 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Herbert “Shorty” Ward, 77, of Walling, passed away July 29, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Ward was born May 22, 1940, in White County, Noah Lee Ward and Augusta May Jordan Ward.

He was a boiler guard at Cumberland Lumber, in McMinnville, and received multiple awards for his 30 years of perfect attendance. When he was not working, he loved to fish.

Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda Lee Davis Brock Ward; brother, Wilmer Ward; and sister, Eunice Simmons.

Survivors include his stepchildren, Virginia Lee Presley, William Daniel Brock; step-grandson, Thomas Presley; two brothers, Noah Glenn Ward and wife Sandra, … Read More


Peggy Lynne Smith

Posted on August 3, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Peggy Lynne Smith, 60, of Spencer, passed away July 29, 2017, at Generations Center of Spencer following a brief battle with cancer.

Ms. Smith was born April 28, 1957, in Spencer, the daughter of William Bruce “Bill” Smith and Geneva E. Smith.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Aug. 1, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery.

Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Cookeville Regional earns recertification for sepsis treatment

Posted on August 3, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cookeville Regional Medical Center received a recertification by The Joint Commission for sepsis treatment. Cookeville Regional underwent a rigorous on-site review in March 2017. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Cookeville Regional for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission surveys every two years, and in 2015 Cookeville Regional received this prestigious certification and was one in eleven nationwide to earn it. To become recertified shows how the medical center continues to support the mission of providing the best quality care to the region.

“Certification by The Joint Commission for a … Read More


Government can’t fix healthcare

Posted on August 3, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – by Bob McEwen for PragerU

Why is the government so bad at healthcare? They’ve been at it for seventy-five years and still can’t get it right. It’s expensive. Access is spotty. It’s mired in bureaucracy. And it’s fraught with waste.

Obamacare was supposed to fix all this, but instead, like every other government healthcare program before it, it just made things worse.

Why? Because the government is a third-party payer. Let me explain.

Suppose you are going to buy something for yourself. You have two priorities: price and quality. You want the highest quality for the lowest possible price.

Say you’re buying a television. … Read More


Staying cool on a hot and humid day at Dollywood

Posted on August 3, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

It was a hot and humid day at Dollywood. The areas of my clothing that weren’t soaked from riding the River Rampage were wet from sweat. Fortunately, The Pines Theatre offered an air-conditioned atmosphere, and it was almost time for the show to begin.

“Dreamland Drive-In” was the name of the show, and   Shannon, our daughter, had a friend who was a member of the cast. Shannon has known her since Hannah was in first grade and Shannon was director of Children’s Ministries at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Wilmington.

As a matter of fact, two of Shannon’s friends from North Carolina … Read More


White County unemployment rate increases in June

Posted on August 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County’s unemployment rate has risen for the month on June because of seasonal layoffs, according to a recent report issued by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate increased for White County, just as it has for the rest of Tennessee’s remaining 94 counties for the month of June.

On July 27, 2017, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued the latest round of data. Each report reflects the previous month’s unemployment numbers.

“We’ve seen this type of increase in the June county unemployment rates every year since the state started keeping records in 1976,” stated Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development … Read More


Audio and video released by D.A. in officer-involved shooting

Posted on August 1, 2017 6:06 pm by Sparta Live

Disclaimer: The audio files at the end of this story may contain graphic language and may be unsuitable for some individuals. The video clip and audio clips are part of the TBI investigative file, which were obtained from the district attorney general’s office.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation evidence file for the officer-involved shooting case that occurred in White County almost four months ago has officially been released by the district attorney general’s office.

On May 31, 2017, Bryant Dunaway, district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District, released a statement about the investigation into the officer-involved shooting that occurred on April 12, 2017, in White County, … Read More


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