Monthly Archives: March 2018

Almyra sunrise service

Posted on March 29, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, April 1

Almyra sunrise service

Who: Almyra United Methodist Church

What: Sunrise service

When: 6 a.m.

Where: 4444 Burgess Falls Rd., in Sparta

Board Valley sunrise service

Posted on March 29, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, April 1
Board Valley sunrise service
Who: Board Valley Church
What: Sunrise service (preaching by Kerry Young)
When: 6 a.m. (breakfast follows preaching and regular service at 10 a.m.)
Where: Church

WCHS Warriorette softball adds three more wins to slate

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

Freshman Ellie Savage throws a pitch against Cannon County, on Tuesday afternoon. Savage picked up two wins in two days for the Warriorettes. She threw a no-hitter on Monday night against York and only gave up two hits on Tuesday against Cannon County.

Warriorette softball won three out of four games to begin their spring break week improving them to 8-2 on the season overall.

White County High School played host to York, on Monday night, in a pair of five-inning games. The Warriorettes’ offense came alive as the Warriorettes won 17-0 in the first game and followed that up with a 12-0 win.

On Tuesday, the Warriorettes’ … Read More

White County High School Warrior baseball swept by Cavaliers

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

WCHS Junior Holden Howard throws a pitch against Cookeville, on Monday night. Howard was dominant for the Warriors against Cookeville in relief. Howard threw four innings and gave up zero runs in the two games against Cookeville this week.

The White County High School baseball team took on Cookeville, on Monday and Tuesday, for the District 6AAA series between the two rivals.

The Cavaliers finished with the upper hand in this segment of the rivalry. Monday’s game saw Cookeville jump out to an early lead, and the Warriors were never able to generate any offense, as they fell 8-0. In Tuesday’s game, the Warriors’ bats continued to struggle, … Read More

Family owned chocolate factory is coming to downtown Spencer

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley


Thanks to the sale of the historic Haston Building, downtown Spencer will become the new home of a chocolate factory. (Photo By BOBBY MCCULLEY)

By then end of April, one of downtown Spencer’s 110-year buildings will be the home of a new small business that is sure to bring smiles to everyone.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the Haston Block Building, on Veterans Square, had been purchased. Shortly after the sell of the Haston Block Building, the new tenant was announced as Aretê Chocolate.

Now located in the Bay area of Northern California, Aretê Chocolate is a small, fine-chocolate producer owned and operated by David … Read More

Dead Zero business makes trauma kit donations to law enforcement

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

One of Van Buren County’s newest businesses recently made a charitable donation to the various local law enforcement agencies that has the opportunity to help save lives. Thanks to the generosity of Dead Zero Shooting Park, personal patrol trauma kits were recently donated and presented to the Van Buren County Sheriff Department, and the Spencer Police Department. These trauma kits (rapid intervention kit for law enforcement) provide each officer and deputy in the community with the necessary equipment and supplies to be able to adequately respond to immediate emergencies. The Van Buren County Sheriff Department and the Spencer Police Department would like to thank Dead Zero Shooting Park … Read More

Van Buren County to receive economic development grant

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

State Senator
Janice Bowling

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently announced that 25 communities throughout the state will receive more than $9.6 million in Site Development Grants to aid in industrial site preparations.

On March 22, 2018, Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe joined together to announce that over $9.6 million in grants will be dispersed to communities throughout Tennessee, including Van Buren County.

“By making our rural communities ready for investment and economic success, we help them attract jobs and more opportunities for citizens,” Haslam stated. “I congratulate the Site Development Grant program recipients and look forward to watching as … Read More

Two Alabama women arrested on drug charges following traffic stop

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Julia Faith Massey

Catherine Jean Tillman

Two women from Alabama traveling with three juveniles were recently arrested for several drug-related charges following a traffic stop on Highway 111.

On March 23, 2018, according to an affidavit filed with the General Sessions Court of Van Buren County, Van Buren County sheriff deputy Dustin Brisher conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traveling 10 miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit, on Highway 111, in Van Buren County.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Brisher reportedly came into contact with four individuals. According to the affidavit, the driver was identified as Catherine Jean Tillman, 34, of Falkville, Alabama; the front seat passenger … Read More

Warner wins scholarship to Governor’s School

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Karley Warner

By Rima Austin – contributor

By the time a high school student reaches the 11th grade, most have decided what they want to do beyond graduation. Those students have picked out a college, and while not all have picked out a major, some of them have. In addition to that, scholarship applications are filled out, and assessment tests are either taken or being prepared for. In some rare cases, however, a student will take the college preparation game one step higher, and this is what Karley Warner, 17, a junior at White County High School, has done.

Born in Florida, Warner and her family moved to … Read More

Searching for graves and asking, “What’s next?”

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl     

For Christmas, Sammie and I gave each other DNA testing and subscriptions to Before you jump to conclusions about how unromantic it is to spit in tubes and mail them to Utah, think about some of the gifts you may have given in the past. Surely the DNA stuff is more appropriate than some gifts I gave my parent, knowing they would, eventually, give them back.

We have been interested in our heritage for decades. With my very unusual last name, her kinship to a privateer (legitimate pirate) from the War of 1812, and other previously known root-connections, both of us … Read More

Pawsitive Award presented to Holtzclaw for work with group

Posted on March 29, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Friends of White County Animals awards the Pawsitive Award to organizations providing extraordinary support to animals in the area. Recently, FWCA presented the Pawsitive Award to Julie Holtzclaw and Dog and Company for their continuing assistance to our group. FWCA President Sharon Langford commented that, “Julie sponsored an extremely successful holiday pet food drive helping us provide supplemental food for pets and the people who love them. We are very grateful to Julie, her team of care givers, and all who donated.”

What you need to know about Planned Parenthood

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Lila Rose, for Prager University

Imagine there’s an organization that claims to stand for one thing, but actually stands for another.

Imagine this organization calls itself a “health care provider,” but it’s not involved in preserving life; it’s involved in ending it.

And imagine that you help finance this organization – whether you want to or not.

Well, you don’t have to imagine. This organization exists. And it has a name with which you are very familiar. It calls itself “Planned Parenthood,” and the deception begins right there. Planned Parenthood doesn’t help people plan for parenthood; it helps people escape it.

And that’s … Read More

Tariff would be a threat to local newspapers

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Susan Rowell – National Newspaper Association

There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

The second is that even if your newspaper … Read More

UDC members attend General Spring Board Meeting

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Members of the Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the UDC General Spring Board Meeting held at Memorial Hall, in Richmond, Virginia. L-R: Brenda Hall McDonald, Knoxville 89; Patricia Junkin, General Parliamentarian, Captain James Madison Sparkman 2363; Matilda Speck, TN Division President, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123, Nelma Crutcher, Fort Donelson 1582; Kaylin Hester, Captain W. Y. C. Hannum 1881; Carlene Johnson, Knoxville 89; Mary Loyd Reneau, William Wesley Elam 2557.

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