Monthly Archives: November 2017

Republican Party meeting

Posted on November 27, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

When: Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Where: 3rd floor, White County Courthouse

1 East Bockman Way, Sparta

Guest speakers:

Denny Wayne Robinson: White County Executive, running for re-election (2018 election)

Steve Page: Candidate for White County Sheriff (2018 election)

The White County Republican Party meets at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 27, 2017 in the Commission Chambers on the 3rd floor of the White County Courthouse.

Come meet with fellow Republicans to learn about and discuss issues important to our local community, our state and our nation.


2018 White County Republican Caucus

Posted on November 27, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

EVENT: 2018 WHITE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

PURPOSE: Nomination of Republican Party Candidates running for White County Tennessee elected offices.

CAUCUS DATE: January 22, 2018

TIME: 7:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm for Voter Qualification & Credentialing).

LOCATION: Sparta Civic Center 524 East Bockman Way Sparta Tennessee 3858

The White County Republican Party will hold a Caucus (Nomination Convention) on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Sparta Civic Center.

Voter Qualification & Credentialing begins at 5:00 pm and will continue until closure, prior to the vote.

Voters and those offering nominations must be White County bona fide Republicans per TNGOP Bylaws and Rules, and … Read More


Christmas Market

Posted on November 27, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Joy Elizabeth Willis

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joy Elizabeth Willis, 68, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Willis was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Cahoozie, New York, the daughter of Henry Hulse and Elizabeth Burroughs Hulse.

She was a wonderful person, wife, and mother.

Survivors include her husband, David Willis, of Sparta; three sons, Joseph Willis, of Arizona, Jeffrey Willis, of New York, Dean Willis, of New Jersey; daughter, Carey Lynn Wedekind, of Virginia; sister, Charity, of North Carolina; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 2, 2017, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is


Janet Marcella Payne Jones

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Janet Marcella Payne Jones, 62 of Dayton, Tennessee, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Life Care Center of Rhea County.

Mrs. Jones was born Feb. 7, 1955, in Chattanooga, to Clarence Wallace Payne and Eunice Lee Myers Payne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeremiah Jones; and a brother.

Survivors include her husband, James D. Jones, of Dayton, Tennessee, and a daughter, Joanna Patton, of Dayton, Tennessee.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Nov. 22, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The Rev. Harold T. Jones and Paul Daniels officiated.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of


Margie Jane Brady Payne

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Margie Jane Brady Payne, 64, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, while visiting family.

She was born Jan. 11, 1953.

Funeral arrangements will be complete by 11 a.m., Nov. 27.


Thelma Ileen Dean Wheeless

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thelma Ileen Dean Wheeless, 64, of both Sparta and Gonzales, Louisiana, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wheeless was born March 3, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to J.W. Jones and Vida Vernice Jones.

She was a caregiver.

Mrs. Wheeless was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Tammy Young; sisters, Vicki Melancon, Connie Hood, Gwen Dearman; and brother, Bobby Dean.

Survivors include her husband, Al Wheeless, of Gonzales, Louisiana; daughter, Tracie (Gary) Mayers, of Gonzales, Louisiana; two sons, Johnny (Jami) Hood, of Sparta, Jason (Penny) Hood, of Gonzales, Louisiana; son-in-law, Jamie Young, of Sparta; grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, and Joseph Mayers, Deric … Read More


James Michael Blaylock

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Michael Blaylock, 68, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Blaylock was born Dec. 22, 1948, in Pleasant Hill, the son James Charles Blaylock and Gladys Jewell Watley Blaylock.

He worked as an electrician and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, in Vietnam.

Mr. Blaylock was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert Miller and Ronald Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Blaylock, of the Eastland community of White County; daughter, Cynthia Flowers, of the Eastland community of White County; granddaughter, Jessica Holt Thornton, of … Read More


Dean and Roane State Community College Shooting Team win National Championship

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The Roane State Community College shooting sports team recently won the national championship. The competition in the Scholastic Clay Target Program took place Oct. 28-30, in Marengo, Ohio. Over 200 athletes from 14 states and 21 colleges competed. In the competition, participants showcase their sharpshooting skills, with shotguns, by taking aim at machine-propelled clay discs sent in a variety of paths, from intersecting in midair to mimicking scampering rabbits.

The Raiders also won first place in trap shooting, second place in skeet shooting, and first place in sporting clay shooting.

It was a quick march to the top for the RSCC team. The Roane State squad came into … Read More


White County’s Matlock one of 7 Sewanee Tigers named All-SAA

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Courtesy of Sewanee Sports

The 2017 Southern Athletic Association has announced on Monday All-Conference postseason awards. Seven Sewanee football players were selected to the postseason award list, while William Phillips was named SAA Newcomer of the Year.

Named a member of the All-SAA Second Team Defense, Phillips was selected as one of the two safeties. He finished with 32 tackles, 22 solo tackles. He also posted five interceptions, tied for third in the SAA and second in return yards with 101.

The freshman made a huge statement in his first collegiate game in Sewanee’s 45-20 victory over Kenyon. With the Lords driving inside the Sewanee five-yard-line, Wesley Porter … Read More


6th grade teams continue their winning streaks

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Caden Mitchell goes up for a layup in Monday’s game vs. Warren County. Mitchell finished the game with 11 points.

The White County Middle County Middle School 6th grade teams added two more victories to their win columns in their already impressive season. Both teams picked up another win against the visiting Warren County teams, on Nov. 20, at WCMS.

The Warriorettes continued their impressive season, jumping out early on Lady Pioneers. The Warriorettes led 27-11 at the half and cruised to a 45-16 win over the visiting Lady Pioneers.

The Warriors used a big third quarter to secure their win. With the Warriors leading 19-14 coming out … Read More


Warriors improve to 2-1 on the season

Posted on November 27, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors played host to DeKalb County, on Tuesday night, before Thanksgiving. The Warriors moved to 2-1 on the season after picking up a 67-56 over the visiting Tigers. The Warriors were led by the two juniors on the team, David Kinser and Dyson Reece. The two juniors combined to score 39 of the Warriors’ 67 points. Kinser had his best game of his career, finishing the night with a double-double, 21 points, and 10 rebounds. Reece would chip in 18 points going 7 of 13 from the field.

Kinser would get the Warriors going finding the bottom of the next to start the … Read More


VBHS splits with Clay County

Posted on November 27, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Sawyer Shockley goes up for a layup in a recent game. Shockley finished with 14 points against Clay County on Tuesday night.

The Van Buren County High School basketball teams traveled to Clay County High School, on Nov. 21, to take on the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.

The Eaglettes were first to take the court against the Lady Bulldogs. The Eaglettes got behind early and couldn’t ever make a comeback, losing 74-52.

In the nightcap, the Eagles trailed the Bulldogs 42-27 at the half, but would outscore Clay County 53-23 in the second half and would prevail 80-67 over Clay County.

In the first game of the night, … Read More


Warriorettes pick up a win before Thanksgiving break

Posted on November 27, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Kendreah Reeves goes up for a layup in Tuesday’s game vs. DeKalb County. Reeves finished with 7 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriorettes’ basketball team went into Thanksgiving break after picking up a win over DeKalb County High School, on Tuesday night. The Warriorettes would never trail in the game and would jump out to an early 22-11 lead by the end of the first quarter. DeKalb County would get back within 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Warriorettes would use a 16-3 run to close out the game and secure the win by a final score of 65-44.

The Warriorettes would … Read More


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