Monthly Archives: November 2017

Warriors split first two games to start the week

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Micah Webster

The White County High School Warriors started their week off splitting their first two games of the week. On Monday night, the Warriors would use a big night from Grant Slatten, who finished with 21 points and a big third quarter where they outscored Signal Mountain 17-2 to cruise to a 50-28 win over Signal Mountain. On Tuesday night, the Warriors would travel to Jackson County. Jackson County would take the lead, with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter and would never trail again winning by a final score of 61-50.

On Monday night, the Warriors would get off to a fast start scoring the first … Read More


Warriorettes pick up pair of wins to start their week

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Hannah Leftwich

The White County High School Warriorettes picked up a pair of wins to get their week started off on the right track. On Monday night, Hannah Leftwich finished with 22 points to lead the Warriorettes to a 66-43 win over Signal Mountain. On Tuesday night, The Warriorettes had built a 37-9 lead by halftime and cruised to a 66-32 victory at Jackson County.

In Monday nigh t’s game, Leftwich would score the first 8 points for the Warriorettes, helping them build an early 8-7 lead, with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. After a pair of Signal Mountain free throws to give them a 9-8 lead, … Read More


Tree-lighting ceremony set for Dec. 3 at Dogwood Park in Cookeville

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Community spirit, Santa and a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree will come together, on Dec. 3, for the City of Cookeville’s third annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony.

“I hope we have a beautiful evening and another large, enthusiastic crowd to celebrate this awesome event and the beginning of the holiday season,” Cookeville Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. Santa will “flip the switch” to light a tree erected over the fountain. A Christmas Celebration Service, with caroling by several school, community and church groups, will follow.

Festivities conclude with a 15-minute Christmas tree lightshow … Read More


UDC members attend convention

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sixteen Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy members recently attended the 124th Annual UDC General Convention held at the Renaissance Work Golf Village Resort, in St. Augustine, Florida.

The Tennessee Division received 18 awards. Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 member Donna Hamilton received the Perdue Cup for the most interesting and original diary of a Confederate Soldier. Pamela Wood received the Wittichen Trophy of the Division securing the best collection of Confederate letters. The President’s Trophy was presented to Division President Matilda Speck for the Best Division President’s Report. Betty Ledbetter served as Convention Page. Reporting on the Monument and Memorial Markers Committee was General Chairman Barbara Parsons.… Read More


Jason Lewis Automotive serves White County and customers across the entire United States

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Jennie Ivey – Contributor

Jason Lewis was 24 years old with only $500 to his name when he got into the automobile business back in 1998.

“I began my career selling cars and trucks at East Tennessee Dodge, in Crossville,” he said. “From there it was on to a Nissan dealership in Frankfort, Kentucky, and then back to Crossville to work at Dave Kirk Chevy.”

After numerous requests, he returned to East Tennessee Dodge and managed that store from 2005 until 2014.

That’s when Bill Boruff Chrysler in Sparta went up for sale. Eager to move from managing a dealership to owning one, Lewis and a business … Read More


Giving thanks and being thankful – memories of Thanksgivings past

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl     

So, how was YOUR Thanksgiving Day? Did you eat too much turkey and fixins’? Did you have the wonderful privilege of spending time with family? Friends? Both? Maybe you had to work? Or perhaps you got a head start on “Black Friday?” Did you spend hours in front of the TV watching parades, football, and Charlie Brown?

My memory bank is rich with recollections of Thanksgivings past. Many of those memories involve things we don’t do much anymore.

For example, have you ever been to a high school football game on Thanksgiving Day? For many years, in many places, the Thanksgiving Day … Read More


Clean Heart Ministries holds groundbreaking ceremony for facility expansion project

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Dozens of board members, volunteers, elected officials, and supporters were recently on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Clean Hearts ministries.

Clean Heart Christian Ministries recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming expansion of its building.

On Nov. 13, 2017, organizers, supporters, church representatives, elected officials, and community members gathered to participate in the event, at 17 East Maple St., off Liberty Square. Clean Heart Ministries has been providing a wide variety of services to Sparta and White County residents and has recently realized the need to expand its current building.

Because of Clean Hearts’ limited space, only one class can be scheduled … Read More


Scott’s art exhibition is on display starting this weekend at TTU

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Charles Hopper III, an art exhibition by Brandon Michael Scott, will be featured at Tennessee Tech starting this weekend.

A White County High School graduate will have his senior thesis exhibition officially placed on display, on Nov. 29, at Tennessee Tech University.

Brandon Michael Scott, a 2011 graduate from White County High School and current Tennessee Tech painting student, will have his senior thesis exhibition open and on display at the Bryan Fine Arts building Dec.1-14. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 14.

“Charles Hopper III” an exhibition by Scott, will feature oil paintings of the biographical life story of a fictional character that Scott … Read More


County commission approves sheriff’s $180,000 legal fees

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

After months of discussions and over a year of mediations, White County commissioners have finally approved the authorization of amending the county’s budget to pay for the legal fees incurred from the sheriff’s lawsuit against the county.

On Aug. 5, 2016, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, along with his attorneys Lane Moore and Randall York, filed a civil lawsuit with the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The defendant in this lawsuit was the government of White County.

The lawsuit alleged that the sheriff and the White County Sheriff Department were not being adequately funded to properly run the sheriff department. The sheriff requested numerous new positions, raises, … Read More


Commission discusses leasing property to Quebeck Baptist Church

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A White County church has formally requested to lease nearby unused county-owned property for additional space to accommodate recreation and parking.

During the Nov. 13, 2017, meeting of White County’s Steering Committee B, Pastor David Bratcher, of Quebeck Baptist Church, appeared before the members to ask about leasing the property, which is located on Old McMinnville Highway. Quebeck Baptist Church is renovating its building and is reportedly in need of additional space.

After discussions by steering committee members, it was agreed to send the request to the full commission. The proposed resolution requires that the property be surveyed, with the survey being paid by the church; enough property … Read More


37-year-old White County woman charged with TennCare Fraud

Posted on November 30, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sarah Reece

A White County woman has been charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly concealing information that would have disqualified her and her children from the state based insurance program.

According to the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Inspector General, Sarah A. Reece, 37, of Sparta, was recently arrested by the White County Sheriff Department after a lengthy investigation. Reece has been charged with TennCare fraud and theft of services valued at over $10,000, according to state investigators.

Officials with the Office of Inspector General have stated that Reece falsely reported her income and failed to report that her minor children had access to private … Read More


Where Bingo meets chair yoga

Posted on November 30, 2017 5:05 am by

Starting on Nov. 6 (and recurring every first and third Monday of each month), the Van Buren County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting a free “chair yoga bingo” game at the Van Buren Senior Center, in Spencer.

Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility, balance, muscle mass, agility, and bone density, which helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Also, daily physical activity, like yoga, helps reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Chair yoga poses are performed while sitting in a chair and are less strenuous than other yoga … Read More


Warriors and Warriorettes split with Jackson County

Posted on November 28, 2017 9:09 pm by Andy Southard

The WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes split their matchups with Jackson County tonight. The Warriorettes picked up their 4th straight win with a 66-32 win. Gracie Dodgen led the Warriorettes with 18 points. The Warriors couldn’t complete their comeback losing to Jackson County 61-50. Grant Slatton led the Warriors with 18 points. The Warriors and Warriorettes will return home on Friday night when they take on Sequatchie County High School at 6 p.m.


Friends of White County Animals holiday pet food drive

Posted on November 28, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Dec. 16

Who: Friends of White County Animals

What: Partnering with White County Farmers CO-OP to conduct annual holiday pet food drive (Please bring unopened bags of donated food to be placed in pet food bin located the CO-OP). The CO-OP will give a 10 percent discount for pet food purchased there.

When: 9-11:30 a.m.

Where: CO-OP, 271 Mayberry Street, in Sparta


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