Monthly Archives: September 2017

Daughters of Confederacy

Posted on September 29, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 will have its monthly meeting, at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in the upper level of the Putnam County Library. Please contact (931) 738-5869 if you have a Confederate ancestor or further questions.


Veteran, sexual assault survivor to speak Oct. 5 at Tennessee Tech

Posted on September 29, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

U.S. Coast Guard veteran, military sexual assault survivor and survivor advocate Kori Cioca will speak in Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Cioca speaks at military bases and events around the country as an advocate for survivors of military sexual assault following her own traumatic experience.

Her story was featured in the documentary “The Invisible War,” which sought to expose military sex crimes and the fight of survivors seeking justice. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards and was a Sundance Audience Award winner.

“I am sad to have been a victim, but fortunate to … Read More


Posted on September 28, 2017 9:09 am by Jarrod Conner


Readers’ Choice 2017

Posted on September 28, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Check out all the winners in 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Click here to view the special edition.


Volleyball takes Senior Night win over Smith County

Posted on September 28, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School volleyball seniors were honored, on Monday night, before they played host to Smith County. L-R: Allison Stoglin, Hannah Leftwich, Macee Allison, and Jade England.

Celebrating senior night was not a small-scale event for the White County High School volleyball team. Before Monday night’s match against Smith County, WCHS honored the senior members of the squad. The four seniors suited up for their last home volleyball game and went out on the winning side defeating the visitors 2-0 (25-19 and 25-18).

The Warriorettes struggled at the beginning of the match falling behind 8-2. However, the Warriorettes would battle back and get the score to … Read More


Warrior youth football finishes up regular season

Posted on September 28, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Landon Kerr breaks through the Bulldogs offensive line to make the tackle.

Brian Anderson drags down the Bulldogs ball carrier.

Brian Anderson drags down the Bulldogs ball carrier.

The Warrior youth football teams traveled up the mountain to face the Fentress County Bulldogs at York Institute for their final regular-season games.

The Peewee Warriors were victorious, but the junior and senior divisions didn’t come out on top. All three divisions will enter playoffs next Saturday, at Upperman. The Peewees are the second seed and will face the Upperman Bees. The juniors enter playoffs as the fourth seed playing Upperman as well. The senior division is the top seed and will face off with DeKalb County.

The … Read More


Warriors look to pick up first win of the season following bye week

Posted on September 28, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School football team returns to action Friday after a week off and will take on a solid Shelbyville team.

WCHS comes into the game winless on the season, with a 0-5 record but will look to start off the second half of their season on a positive note. A win this Friday will be well earned over a Shelbyville team that is 2-3 on the season but a lot better than their record suggests. Shelbyville, though, is 1-0 in region play.

The Warriors and the Golden Eagles have met 14 times on the gridiron, with the Golden Eagles holding a 13-1 record over the … Read More


Warriorettes’ golf team headed to state tournament for the first time

Posted on September 28, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriorettes’ golf team made history, on Sept. 25, 2017, when they qualified for the state tournament for the first time as a team.

The Warriorettes have a span of five straight years sending someone to the state tournament from 2010 until 2014, but the Warriorettes couldn’t do it as a team until this year.

The Warriorettes won the girls’ title by one of the biggest margins ever. The Warriorettes finished with a team total of 169.

The Warriorettes were led by Makenzie Morton, who finished with a score of 82. Mackenzie Burton finished with an 87, and Ansley Phifer finished with her best … Read More


Van Buren High School students participate in seat belt safety event

Posted on September 28, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Spencer Police Chief Michael Brock, along with Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter, Chief Deputy Mark Evans, and Deputy Troy Parmele, stand with the seat belt convincer machine. (Photo courtesy of Spencer Police Department)

Thanks to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Lt. Jimmy Neal, Sgt. Kent Norris, Trooper Darryl Winningham, and Trooper Roger White with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, provided roll over demonstrations to show the importance of wearing seat belts. (Photo courtesy of Spencer Police Department)

Students at the Van Buren County High School recently participated in a seat belt awareness event that was coordinated by multiple law enforcement agencies.

In an effort to teach young drivers … Read More


Multi-Employer Job Fair to be hosted by the City of Spencer

Posted on September 28, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A job fair event that already has multiple employers confirmed for attendance has been organized by the City of Spencer.

On Oct. 10, 2017, the City of Spencer will host a multi-employer hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Yvonna Sutton Fair Building, 238 Spring St., in Spencer.

A wide range of employers, including factories, medical providers, distribution, and corrections, will be on hand with jobs available. Those that have already been confirmed are:

-Sunkote Coatings: accepting applications for general production -Acument Global: accepting applications thru Express Employment, Staffing Solutions, and Metro Staffing -Generations: accepting applications for nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and will be signing up those … Read More


Barrier walls for Highway 111 project under construction

Posted on September 28, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Construction crews continue to work on the Highway 111 project as they utilize the good weather to form new concrete barrier walls.

Thanks to the warm and dry weather, Jones Bros. Inc. crews are making progress on the formation of the continuous concrete divider barrier walls. According to Tennessee Department of Transportation, this particular segment of the project is one of reasons for the project missing its last deadline.

In 2013, the Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioned a multi-lane expansion project for Highway 111, in Van Buren County. The project officially started in December 2013, and TDOT was optimistic the construction company, Jones Bros. Inc., would meet its … Read More


Unemployment rates decrease for White and Van Buren counties

Posted on September 28, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Unemployment figures recently released by the state show that all of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips also announced the state has seen a significant drop in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

For White County, the unemployment rate dropped significantly from 4.5 percent in July to 3.9 percent in August. This was a decrease of 0.6 percent in a one-month period, a decrease of 1.5 percent this time last year.

As for comparison for White County’s neighbors, Putnam County has one of … Read More


Our Constitution: “Living breathing” or a standard of liberty?

Posted on September 28, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – by KrisAnne Hall 

When a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, a founder of our Constitutional Republic, what kind of government the States created, he answered, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The key to keeping that Republic exists in the understanding how the Constitution was designed to function.

The Constitution of these United States is not arbitrary.   It is a document of standards established to keep the GOVERNMENT from becoming arbitrary. These standards were not invented by the men who wrote the Constitution. These standards were axiomatic truths that had proven themselves for over a millennium. Many of these truths can be found in … Read More


Going to a birthday party and to church at the beach – wonderful

Posted on September 28, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

Every year, on Sept. 11, Katie Grace has a birthday. This year was her fourth, and her parents planned a party at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park for the following Saturday. Jungle Rapids is fantastic venue near K.G.’s home, in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to a water park and go-kart track, Jungle Rapids has games and a very large indoor playground for kids’ parties. Several birthdays were being celebrated, simultaneously, with each group in separate rooms for food and gifts.

Sammie’s sister, Robin, and husband, Ricky, went with us for the festivities. Kathryn Grace calls them “Aunt Obbie and Un-tul Wit-ty”- … Read More


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