Monthly Archives: February 2018

6th grade Warriorettes capture James C. Haile title

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Members of 6th grade girls’ basketball team include, Rylee Savage (12), Brayden Taylor (21), Laney Copeland (22), Celeste Reed (23), Tatum Rittenberry (32), Pyper Price (34), Karlee Wilhite (44), Sara Kate Brogden

Members of the All-Tournament Team from White County include Celeste Reed, Tatum Rittenberry, and Laney Copeland.

The White County Middle School 6th grade Warriorettes wrapped up their season, on Monday night, winning the James C. Haile State Championship. The Warriorettes defeated Upperman Middle School 27-14 in the championship game at Middle Tennessee Christian.

The Warriorettes jumped out to an early 4-1 lead by the end of the first quarter, and, in the second quarter, the Warriorettes … Read More


Valentine’s Day gifts

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Van Buren sees 3.1 percent decrease during one-year span in unemployment rates

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Van Buren County’s unemployment rate was recently released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development for December 2017 and indicated the county’s jobless rate remained well below 5 percent, joining the majority of the state’s 95 counties.

According to the January state report, 89 counties across Tennessee saw their unemployment rates remain under 5 percent during the last month of 2017, while 77 counties also saw their rates decrease, in December, including Van Buren County.

According to the latest collection of unemployment data, Van Buren’s unemployment rate for December 2017 was recorded at 3.7 percent. This reflects a 0.4 percent decrease from November 2017 and a … Read More


Spencer Police Department announces SAFE Campaign

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Law enforcement officers from across the state, including Spencer, are joining together for a statewide campaign to increase the safety of motorists by enforcing proper seatbelt usage.

Spencer Police Department recently announced it is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) statewide campaign. This Tennessee-based initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins Feb. 1, 2018, and concludes on Aug. 1, 2018.

“The goal of this effort is not to simply issue citations but to … Read More


Distracted drivers in school zones could face new fines

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Officials with Spencer Police Department are hopeful that a new state law will help protect students as they enter and leave school buildings in Spencer and Van Buren County.

According to the new “distracted drivers in school zones” state law, drivers found using cell phones within active school zones will be issued additional fines, which state lawmakers hope will help decrease traffic incidents near schools. The new law makes it a Class C misdemeanor to operate any handheld device in a school zone, and the violator could face up to a $50 fine.

Operating handheld devices are already illegal in Tennessee, expect for drivers over the age of … Read More


Liquor by the drink will be on the next ballot in Spencer

Posted on February 1, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A proposed restaurant owner recently came before the Spencer Board of Mayor and Aldermen to request liquor by the drink be placed on a referendum during the upcoming election for the City of Spencer.

On Jan. 26, 2018, Clayton Miles came before the city board and made his intentions known that he plans to build a Mexican cuisine restaurant, on McCoy Street, near Highway 111. According to Miles, he plans to build a 6,000-square-foot location, where he also plans to offer beer and liquor-based drinks, law permitting.

At this time, City of Spencer’s beer ordinance only allows the sale of packaged beer for off-premises consumption, and liquor by … Read More


A generational legacy of service

Posted on February 1, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Angie Mackie Wilhite

Angie Mackie Wilhite announces her candidacy for the office of White County Trustee. She is running as an independent candidate in the August general election. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of her father, the late Floro Mackie, who served as trustee in the 1960’s.

For the past 20 years, Wilhite has served the residents of Sparta as a member of the accounting department in city hall. Her job there is virtually the same as that performed by the County Trustee, even using the same software for property tax receipts.

Over the course of her municipal experience, she has completed many accredited, certified courses … Read More


Don’t be too concerned about appearance, it can change

Posted on February 1, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

You and I may have never met. Perhaps you have never seen me and would not know me from my dog. If you have seen me, it has probably been a while. Either way, if you could see me now, you might not recognize me with facial hair.

So, if you see someone that looks like me, except he has a little scruff on his face, it’s probably me. Some have said, “Hey! That looks pretty cool.”

Others ask, “What are you thinking? or “Did you know they have razor blades on sale at _____?”

To answer the questioning group: I just … Read More


The general welfare clause: it’s not about money

Posted on February 1, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall

Article 1 section 8 clause 1 of the Constitution reads: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…”

From this clause, many have construed the “general Welfare” statement to grant practically unlimited power to Congress to collect and spend the tax payers’ money on whatever cause Congress may invent for the “good” of the government or the people. Is that what the designers of our Constitution intended when they penned those words “general Welfare?”

James Madison, the Father … Read More


Chamber of Commerce welcomes newest members to board

Posted on February 1, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently expressed their gratitude and appreciation to three board members, as their terms officially expired.

In addition to recognizing the outgoing board members, three individuals were welcomed as replacements for the trio that will now move on to other ventures.

Robert McCormick with AirFlow Heating and Cooling, Lance Wyatt of Jackson Kayak, and Jimmy Mansell with Peregrine Steel Company each received a plaque for their dedication, service, and commitment to not only the board but also to the community as a whole.

Following the recognition of the three outgoing board members, the board recognized and introduce the Chamber’s three newest … Read More


Jobless rate low

Posted on February 1, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Unemployment rates for December were recently released by the state and indicated White County remains on track in keeping its unemployment rate competitively low.

The unemployment rates for Tennessee’s 95 counties were released Jan. 25 by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the counties during December 2017. Compared to this time last year, each county in Tennessee has recorded an improvement in their unemployment rates.

Eighty-nine counties across the state maintained unemployment rates lower than 5 percent during the last month of 2017, according to the most recent state figures. Additionally, 77 counties experienced … Read More


Bringing home the gold

Posted on February 1, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Alicia Hicks won two gold medals as a first time skier.

Erica Brown won two gold medals as a first time skier.

Mary Bailey won two gold medals as the only woman snowboarder in her division and competed against men.

Several athletes proudly represented White County during the recent Special Olympics Winter Games by bringing home numerous medals after several rounds of competition.

Special Olympics athletes from across the state of Tennessee came together Jan. 28-30, 2018, to compete in skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating competitions during the Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games that were hosted by Ober Gatlinburg, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. … Read More


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