Monthly Archives: March 2018

Taylor named first team All-SAA

Posted on March 1, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Courtesy of Sewanee Sports

ATLANTA – The Southern Athletic Association has announced the 2018 All-SAA Women’s Basketball Team on Friday. Sewanee’s Bella Taylor and Hannah McCormack have been selected as First Team members.

Taylor became the 14th Sewanee women’s basketball player to hit 1,000 career points on Dec. 29 against Wooster (Ohio). Leading the conference in scoring with 20.8 per game, the junior is ranked 16th nationally in points per game and 15th in total points (498), on the way to breaking the school record she set last year in total points (505). She set the school record earlier this season at Berry for points in a game … Read More


Ethan Roberts picks up his first save of the season at TTU

Posted on March 1, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. ­– A huge third inning, backed by clutch pitching and defense, led the Tennessee Tech baseball team (3-1) to a series-opening victory over Illinois State (2-2) Friday afternoon, a 7-4 victory at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.

The top four of the Golden Eagle lineup each posted multiple hits in the contest, including leadoff man Alex Junior. The junior outfielder scored two runs while smacking his second home run of the season to finish with two RBI.

Trevor Putzig and David Garza both went yard on the day as well, combining for three RBI. Kevin Strohschein and Chase Chambers both finished with two … Read More


Luna helps lead Bryan to second straight AAC title

Posted on March 1, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – For the second year in a row, the Bryan College women’s basketball team captured the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship with a rewarding 75-58 victory over No. 1 seed Reinhardt University (Ga.) in the title game on Saturday.

Last year, the Lions made history by winning four games in four days to secure the crown, which had never been done before in the AAC women’s tournament. This year it took only three games, but it did involve a playoff game prior to going to Kingsport. Bryan and Reinhardt, both conference Co-Regular-Season champions, met three days before the start of the tournament in a … Read More


White County High School archery team wins Mossy Oak Stinger

Posted on March 1, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Archery team picked up a win this past weekend in the Mossy Oak Stinger tournament held at Whitworth Buchanan Middle School, in Murfreesboro.

The archery team won the tournament and also defeated last year’s state champs for the second time this season by 5 points. The archery team also had two boys place in the boys’ high school division, Braxton Hutson and Zack Knowles. Hutson picked up a third place finish, with a score of 289, and Knowles finished in ninth place with a 286 finish.

The WCHS archery team will be back in action this weekend when they host a tournament at … Read More


Trout fishing now available at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Posted on March 1, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Trout fishing is returning to Fall Creek Falls State Park thanks to joint efforts from park rangers and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency biologists are releasing approximately 1,500 brook trout and approximately 2,000 rainbow trout into Cane Creek. This introduction of trout within the Fall Creek Falls State Park water boundaries will officially bring trout fishing to the park.

On March 1, 2018, both rainbow trout and brook trout are being stocked in the upper sections of Cane Creek.

Rainbow trout is being placed in the George Hole, near the Nature Center, which will give anglers plenty of bank-fishing access. Additionally, the brook trout … Read More


Van Buren County stays within range of budgeted tax collections

Posted on March 1, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Despite the overall state tax revenues missing its projected budget, Van Buren County maintained close to its budgeted estimates, according to the latest round of data.

Commissioner Larry Martin with the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration recently announced that for the month of January, Tennessee’s tax revenues posted less than expected. According to the newest collection report, revenues for January totaled approximately $1.4 billion, which is approximately $25 million less than budgeted.

“The negative growth recorded in total tax revenues for January, when adjusted for one-time revenues received in 2017 and 2018, reflect an underlying positive growth of 2.62 percent for the month,” Martin said. “Sales tax … Read More


Primary ballot set for Van Buren May 1 election

Posted on March 1, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Election season is now in full swing, with the primaries right around the corner, and candidates have filed their petitions to be placed on the May 1, 2018, primary ballots for county offices.

Since Nov. 16, 2017, party-affiliated candidates for county-based offices have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the May primary election ballot. Also, independent candidates have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the Aug. 2, 2018, general election ballot.

The window to have nomination petitions for county-based offices turned in officially closed at noon, Feb. 15, 2018.

According to records obtained from the Van Buren County … Read More


Van Buren County resident killed in McMinnville crash

Posted on March 1, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A Spencer man has died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle collision that occurred Monday, in Warren County

On Feb. 26, 2018, at approximately 1:31 p.m., dispatchers with the Warren County E-911 Communications Center were notified of a multi-vehicle collision with possible injuries. The initial report received by dispatchers stated the incident had occurred at 10742 Shelbyville Rd., in McMinnville.

Emergency responders from multiple agencies, including the McMinnville Police Department, the Warren County Sheriff Department, the Warren County Emergency Medical Service, McMinnville Fire Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a commercial dump truck, which belonged to Hillis … Read More


Spencer man is charged with murder in Cumberland County

Posted on March 1, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Billy Joe Wannyn, 47

A grand jury recently brought forth an indictment against a Van Buren County man on multiple charges, including murder.

According to information obtained from the Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Billy Joe Wannyn, 47, of Spencer, was indicted Feb. 26 on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of Crossville resident Albin Von Buechel, 71.

On Jan. 20, 2018, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff Department were dispatched to Buechel’s home for a welfare check. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff Department, family members had been unable to get into touch with Buechel.

Upon arrival, … Read More


Sparta man turns passion for mechanics into successful career

Posted on March 1, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Impact Truck and Trailer is located at 290 Minnear St., in Cookeville, just off South Jefferson Avenue. (Photo by MISTY WALKER)

Pictured are Sam Stone, John Raper, Josh Stoglin, and Sean O’Neil, of Impact Truck and Trailer (Photo by MISTY WALKER)

By Jennie Ivey – contributor

When a person learns that Josh Stoglin has been an automotive mechanic for more than 15 years, that individual might assume he is a middle-aged man. Not so. Stoglin is only 30 years old, but he has had a passion for working on cars and trucks since before he was old enough to drive them.

After he married and had a home … Read More


McDonald trusted in God to direct his career path

Posted on March 1, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Seth McDonald (center), physical therapist. feels a special bond with his patients when he helps them during some of the most difficult times in their lives. On either side of McDonald are Dan Fiste and Jennifer Passons, physical therapy assistants.

By Rima Austin – contributor

There are many reasons why a person decides to be a physical therapist. Usually, it is because something happened to them as a child where they were sent to one and knew that is what they wanted to do. That was not the case for physical therapist Seth McDonald, of Sparta.

“You know, everybody I ever talked to had a story about how … Read More


Will banning guns actually ban bad behavior?

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

Language of Liberty – By By Mark Herr, president – Center for Self Governance

If we ban guns will we finally ban bad behavior?

In 2017, a lone individual killed 80 plus in France using a rental truck. If we ban rental trucks will we be able to ban bad behavior? In 2014, ten knife-wielding men killed 29 and injured over 130 in China. If we ban knives will the human race find the cure for bad behavior? Worldwide, over 1.3 million die annually in auto accidents, 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled, yet would we consider banning automobiles due to poor or impaired driving?

On … Read More


Warnings are issued over rising number of candle fires in homes

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

Because of the rising number of structure fires involving a popular household item, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that flamed candles must be used properly to avoid loss of life, injury, and significant property damage.

Candles, which are often used for decoration purposes and adding refreshing scents to a room, can also cause tragedy. In 2017, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, local fire departments responded to 77 residential structure fires that were started by candles.

Residential structure fires that were started by candles in 2017 resulted in two separate fatalities, two injuries, and one firefighter injury. Additionally, according to the … Read More


Homecoming parade or should I say a “homegoing” parade

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

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Thousands lined the street in anticipation. Sammie and I were two of them. Folks of all ages and description shared stories and memories. From time to time a laugh was heard. A word would get stuck, a throat would be cleared, and a tear blinked back, then the conversation would continue. Signs with a message of love were visible, as well as a few flags, crosses, and other symbols. A couple of helicopters circled overhead. Everyone, at different times, cast looks up the street to our left – West Main Street.

Then a flood of blue lights topped the hill from that … Read More


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