Monthly Archives: January 2018

WCMS 6th grade Warriorettes win James C. Haile State Tournament

Posted on January 29, 2018 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

The White County Middle School 6th grade Warriorettes team picked up a win tonight in the James C. Haile State Tournament Championship game. The Warriorettes took and early first half lead over Upperman Middle School and cruised to a 27-14 win. Celeste Reed led the Warriorettes with 12 points. Reed, Laney Copeland, and Tatum Rittenberry were all named to the All-Tournament team.

See Thursday’s paper for full details.


Wilburn Lee “Bo” Ferguson

Posted on January 29, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Wilburn Lee “Bo” Ferguson, 63, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 28, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Ferguson was born Dec. 16, 1954, in Pikeville. He was the son of Annie Jewell Brock Lee and John Ferguson.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 31, 2018, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-9 p.m., Jan. 30, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 31, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Cheryl Ann Forkey Grist

Posted on January 29, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cheryl Ann Forkey Grist, 56, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 27, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 13, 1961, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of David Forkey and Sara Shearer Forkey.

She was a 1979 graduate of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, high school. She was a long time employee of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and recently retired from Oreck Manufacturing, in Cookeville.

Survivors include her husband, Paul E. Grist, of Sparta; daughters, Candice Juriasingani (Sunil), of Indian Mound, Tennessee, Heather Strickler (Kevin), of New Castle, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Erica, Aaron, Jasmyn, Aiden, Ava; brothers, … Read More


VBHS picks up 3 wins in 4 games

Posted on January 29, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Emma Scoggins takes a 3 in a game earlier this season. Scoggins finished Friday night’s game with a career best 19 points.

The Van Buren County High School basketball teams had a busy end to their week last week when they played host to East Hamilton High School, on Thursday night, and traveled to South Pittsburg, on Friday night.

On Thursday night, the Eagles and Eaglettes split with East Hamilton. In the girls’ matchup, the East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes used their size and took control of the game and won 77-37 over the Eaglettes. The stats for this game were not available at press time.

In the boys’ … Read More


Championship bound

Posted on January 29, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Celeste Reed goes up for a layup in Friday night’s game against Prescott. Reed finished the night with 9 points.

The White County Middle School 6th grade teams are taking part in the James C. Haile State Tournament. The Warriors played on Jan. 20, 2018, against Walter J. Baird in their first-round game. The Warriors controlled the game for the most part and pulled out a 44-35 win. In the semifinal on Jan. 26, the Warriors took on Prescott Middle School. The Warriors couldn’t ever get into a constant flow with their offense and fell to Prescott 33-27.

On the girls’ side, the Warriorettes played their first-round game … Read More


WCHS teams struggle at Stone Memorial Thursday night

Posted on January 29, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Micah Webster goes up for a shot in Thursday night’s game against Stone. Webster led the Warriors with 15 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School basketball teams found the going tough when they hit the floor again Thursday night, at Stone Memorial.

The Warriors and Warriorettes played their second game each in three days, on Thursday night, and just could not seem to find a rhythm. The Lady Panthers handed the Warriorettes a 75-43 loss. In the nightcap, the Warriors struggled to ever get anything going offensively, as the Panthers gave the Warriors a 75-48 loss.

The last time the Warriorettes (16-6, 2-2) took … Read More


Dying to prove His love for us

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Sometimes it takes a while to go from “saved and enslaved” to “saved and free.”

David was anointed king over Israel, and it took a lifetime for him to go from “anointing to the throne.” He was clearly not the people’s choice. Heck, he probably wasn’t even his own choice. I’m sure he dealt with every obstacle along the way that screamed to just quit. But His life and behavior was dictated by what he believed. He believed that he was to be king. He believed in God and the promise God had made to him.

Moses left Egypt as a slave … Read More


White County Breast Cancer Support Group learns about special programs for uninsured

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

During the Jan. 15, 2018, meeting of the White County Breast Cancer Support Group, Roberta White, of Upper Cumberland Regional Health Department, spoke of the importance of early screenings and the services provided by White County Health Department to access special programs to help the uninsured and qualifying incomes. The White County Breast Cancer Support groups meets at 5 p.m., on the third Monday of each month. For more information, call Becky Tubb at (931) 738-2300.


The truth about race and the Republican Party

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

We have all heard how Republicans are racist. It is practically a historical fact. But that would come as quite a surprise to our ancestors. The Republican Party was founded on March 20, 1854, in Ripon, Wisconsin. Referred to as the GOP or Grand Old Party, it was established in part: “to break the chains of slavery and ensure the unalienable rights endowed by the Creator of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would be for all Americans.” But over the years that truth has been obscured and disguised. Let’s explore further with Pat Buchanan and his column on this … Read More


If President Donald Trump is such a great dealmaker, why did our government shut down?

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

WARNING: I am feeling a bit snarky while I write this opinion column. The government shutdown showed us all how dysfunctional our federal government truly has become. The Republicans control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House, and they still failed to avoid a shutdown for one obvious reason – Donald Trump. Surprisingly, I am not alone in this opinion. There were several independent polls taken that showed a majority of Americans – from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – felt that Donald Trump bears the most responsibility for the government shutdown.

Donald Trump seems to be so focused on … Read More


The Berry Basket sold, owner is looking forward to retirement

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Exciting things are happening at The Berry Basket, located at 109 S. Wilson St., in Sparta. Renee’ Dunsmore, founder and owner of The Berry Basket, has announced that she is ready to slow down, smell the roses, and retire.

The Berry Basket opened on Oct. 1, 2011 and has grown and prospered each and every year, with 2017 being the best year ever. Customers love the mix of unique country primitive home decor, combined with antiques and plenty of gifts. With visitors from all over the country, The Berry Basket is well known to people in each surrounding county.

Dunsmore has sold The Berry Basket to Tonya Carter … Read More


Sparta Fire Department partners with state fire marshal to provide home smoke alarm installations

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

For Sparta residents who would like to request installation of a smoke alarm, contact Sparta Fire Department at (931) 738-7380.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office recently announced its continued partnership with Sparta Fire Department by supplying the department with 10-year battery smoke alarms to be installed in homes within the community.

This statewide distribution of smoke alarms, which originally launched in November 2012, is part of the state’s effort to educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives. With the help of firefighters at Sparta Fire Department, the state moves closer to its goals in placing lifesaving smoke alarms in each residence.

“We want … Read More


Police equipped with EpiPens

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Law enforcement officers with Sparta Police Department are now equipped with another lifesaving piece of medical equipment because of the generosity of an area foundation.

Jeff Guth, Sparta police chief, recently announced to Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen that the city’s police department would be equipped with EpiPens. Sparta Police Department is one of the latest departments in the Upper Cumberland region to announce that their department will be equipped with the potentially lifesaving medical device.

Cookeville Regional (Medical Center) Charitable Foundation is responsible for helping Sparta Police Department secure the EpiPens, according to Guth. The CRMC foundation has also recently supplied officers with the Cookeville Police … Read More


Methamphetamine charges result in 28 years of sentencing

Posted on January 29, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Two individuals were recently convicted of methamphetamine charges, resulting in 28 years of combined sentencing being handed down to the subjects.

According to information released by the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, Jordan Lee Reagan and Stacy Spivey Franklin appeared with their attorneys before the Criminal Court of White County, on Jan. 25, 2018. Both subjects entered guilty pleas before Judge Gary McKenzie on … Read More


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