Monthly Archives: September 2017

Student Essay Contest to focus on citizenship

Posted on September 27, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is kicking off its second annual student essay contest to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The essays will focus on citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.

Schools may submit two essays for kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. All submissions can be submitted online now through Friday, Nov. 10.

Winners will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the State Capitol next spring. First place winners receive a $500 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100 respectively.

“The … Read More


Halloween fun

Posted on September 27, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Michael Anthony Sherrell

Posted on September 27, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Michael Anthony Sherrell, 58, of Sparta, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sherrell was born Dec. 14, 1958, in Nashville, to Bobby Eugene Sherrell and Shirley Marsh Sherrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Chris Sherrell and Tim Sherrell.

Survivors include his daughter, Emily Sherrell; granddaughter, Mackenzie Sherrell; brother, Jack (Vickie) Sherrell; sister, Becky (Sam) Davis; nieces, Ashley (Daniel) Rice, Brittany Sherrell, Allison Sherrell, Chelse (Jon) Trejo, Seth Davis, Brayden Davis; great-nephews, Kallon and Samuel Trejo, Winston Davis, Hensley Rice; special friend, Betty Hickey; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. … Read More


Putnam County Executive designated Certified Public Administrator 

Posted on September 27, 2017 12:12 am by Bobby Lee McCulley


Putnam County’s Executive has recently been designated as a Certified Public Administrator by the University of Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee recently honored Putnam County Executive Randy Porter as a Certified Public Administrator at a Capstone event at The Fontanel in Nashville.

Porter became Putnam County’s Executive in 2014. According to Porter, “This certification allows me to better serve the people of Putnam County.”

In order to become a Certified Public Administrator, approximately 80 credit hours must be completed in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. This program is available to every county official in Tennessee, thanks to the University of Tennessee’s County Techinical Assistance Service.

“This is … Read More


“Every penny helps” as the Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” continues its mission

Posted on September 26, 2017 10:10 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Bon Air Market sponsored “Snack Pack” continues it mission in helping school children across the county, thanks to the generosity of the Bon Air Market community.

“Every penny helps”, stated Cassville Elementary School Principal Juli Johnson. 627 pennies to be exact, is how many were donated through the Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” program to Cassville.

This month, Cassville Elementary School was the recipient of the charitable contributions that were made by the customers of Bon Air Market, through the “Snack Pack” bucket. Cassville received $146.32 from the “Snack Pack” program.

Every month, customers at Bon Air Market have the opportunity to donate their spare change or … Read More


Senator Paul Bailey to sit out remainder of Titans season

Posted on September 26, 2017 7:07 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey

Sen. Bailey said today he would make good on his promise to leave his premium season ticket seats empty, saying, “I won’t witness the hijacking of pre-game ceremonies that disrespect our flag and challenge the honor of any of the men or women who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms to enjoy these leisure-time activities.”

For the remainder of the season, Sen. Bailey said, he will leave his five 50-yard line seats vacant and donate an amount equal to the tickets value, split between two worthy organizations. The two organizations are C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization which provides assistance to the families of … Read More


Cookeville Police searching for leads in robbery incident

Posted on September 26, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Cookeville Police Department is asking for the community’s help to solve an armed robbery incident that occurred at a local park.

On Sept. 26, at approximately 11:00 a.m., an armed robbery incident was reported at the Jere Whitson Ballpark, according to a press statement issued today by the Cookeville Police Department. Two victims reported earlier today, Sept. 26, to the Cookeville Police Department that they were sitting in their vehicles at the park, when three suspects approached them.

During the encounter, according to the press statement, one of the suspects presented a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. During the robbery, another suspect reportedly assaulted one of … Read More


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted on September 26, 2017 7:07 am by

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted on September 26, 2017 7:07 am by

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted on September 26, 2017 7:07 am by

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


WCHS students operate new ultrasound equipment

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

White County High School Large Animal Science students are shown operating new ultrasound equipment for pregnancy checking of their cows. Large Animal Science is an applied course in veterinary and animal science for students interested in learning more about becoming a veterinarian, vet tech, vet assistant, or pursuing a variety of scientific, health, or agriculture professions. This course covers anatomy and physiological systems of different groups of large animals, as well as careers, leadership, and history of the industry.


Sgt. Alvin C. York’s Peace and Valor Foundation focus of Rotary Club of Sparta’s recent program

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

On Sept. 21, 2017, the Rotary Club of Sparta heard Deborah York, executive director at Center for Peace and Valor, a historical program on Alvin C. York’s promise to promote peace in accordance with the principles of the Medal of Honor.

The Sgt. York Center for Peace and Valor in Pall Mall, Tennessee, serves to promote the “values and the qualities of courage, sacrifice, patriotism and peace through increased awareness, education, behavior, and example.”

Deborah York said, “On Sgt. York’s deathbed, he said he did not want his legacy to be of war’s horrors, but for peace. His legacy can be our legacy to promote the values of … Read More


Shakespeare in the Park opens Sept. 29 with ‘King Lear’

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

It’s the tragic story of an aging king and his three daughters.

Who loves him most? That’s what Shakespeare’s King Lear asks his daughters amid the nobility who have gathered as he prepares to step down from the throne.

“He decides to divide his kingdom into three parts, one for each daughter,” explained Dave Johnson, director of Cookeville Leisure Services’ 14th annual Shakespeare in the Park series, which opens Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dogwood Park performance pavilion. Admission is free.

The daughter who best expresses her love and devotion to the king is to be given the largest piece of the kingdom – and Lear … Read More


The Warriorettes Golf team is headed to the State Tournament

Posted on September 25, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriorettes Golf team is head to the State Tournament. The Warriorettes won the Region Tournament with a final score of 169. Which was 12 strokes better than 2nd place finishing Sequoyah. This was the first time ever that the Warriorettes or Warriors have won the Region Tournament.

The Warriors golf season came to an end on Monday afternoon. The Warriors missed out on making it to the State Tournament by 10 strokes. Blake Gongoware missed making his first trip to the state tournament by 1 stroke. But the Warriors did finish in 2nd Place.

See Thursday’s Paper for Full Details of the Region


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