Monthly Archives: March 2018

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.


Rotary Club of Sparta is Chamber Member of the Month

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

In addition to funding scholarships and other causes, the Rotary Club of Sparta has produced an award-winning veteran’s park on the Sparta Square. The park continues to attract tourists to the downtown area. In addition to being a shrine to honor White County veterans, the eternal torch, fountain, flowers, and comfortable benches have become a popular rest stop for people shopping in Sparta. For their many contributions to our area, The Rotary Club of Sparta is being recognized as the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce’s March Member of the Month. For more information about the club, contact Alan Marsh at alnan68@blomand.net. L-R: Steve Ware, Rotary Club of Sparta … Read More


Cookeville police seeking public’s help in deadly pedestrian collision

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Cookeville law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in a case involving a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle earlier this month.

On March 15, 2018, Cookeville Police Department reported that a pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Broad Street, in Cookeville.

The pedestrian, who has been identified as Ad E. Landers, 65, of Cookeville, was reportedly walking southbound, on North Washington Avenue, crossing Broad Street, when he was struck by a 2001 red Chevrolet 3500 Silverado pickup truck. According to Cookeville police, Joshua Phann, 27, of Cookeville, has been identified as the driver of the Silverado.

The Silverado was reportedly traveling … Read More


Caution lights replaced with LEDs

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Warning – Caution lights at the Memorial Highway and Gooseneck Road intersection have officially been upgraded by the Town of Doyle to LED lights. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Motorists traveling in Doyle, on Memorial Highway, will notice an improvement in the caution lights at the Gooseneck Road intersection.

On March 26, 2018, commercial crews were onsite at the intersection of Memorial Highway and Gooseneck Road to make repairs and upgrades to the town’s caution lights. This intersection, which has been the sight of numerous serious vehicle collisions, is equipped with yellow “caution” lights for traffic traveling on Memorial Highway and red “stop” lights for traffic traveling on Gooseneck … Read More


Cleveland woman charged with vehicular assault

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Inna Instomin, 34, has been charged with vehicular assault in an incident involving an off-duty state trooper.

On March 24, 2018, at approximately 4:24 p.m., White County E-911 Communications Center received notification from an off-duty Tennessee Highway Patrol state trooper that a female driver was attempting to hit his personal vehicle.

According to an affidavit filed in White County General Sessions Court, off-duty state trooper Jacob Groce was traveling south, on McMinnville Highway, and came into contact with a white Infiniti car that had Bradley County tags and was attempting to hit his personal vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, which was later identified as 34-year-old Inna Istomin, … Read More


Equipment is onsite for new school

Posted on March 29, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Commercial equipment and construction crews have arrived onsite to begin construction on the future home of Findlay Elementary School. (Photo By BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Construction crews and heavy equipment have arrived onsite for the new Findlay Elementary School project officially starting the process of making a dream become a reality.

As students, faculty, and school staff members are taking the week to enjoy spring break, contractors and engineers are busy at work preparing and moving large equipment on the grounds that will become the future home of Findlay Elementary School.

March 26 marked the first day that construction crews were officially onsite to begin the building of the new … Read More


Patricia Ann Jones

Posted on March 28, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Patricia Ann Bumbalough Jones, 74, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born Oct. 9, 1943, in Springfield, Ohio, to Thurman Bumbalough and Ellen Stone Bumbalough.

She retired from Mallory Controls.

Survivors include her son, Greg (Anita) Jones, of Cookeville; daughters, Carla Jones, of Sparta, Lori Lee Maasen, of Lebanon; two grandchildren, Brandon Conley, Jade Ellen Conley; four great-grandchildren; Eli, Enslee, Libby Grace, Finley Cate; step-granddaughters, Jennifer Harlan, Ashley Brazle; four brothers, Roy Bumbalough , Norman “Buddy” Bumbalough, Randy Bumbalough, all of Sparta, Lynn Bumbalough, of McMinnville; sister, Carol Sue Jones, of Ohio; and best fur friend, “Sassy.”

Funeral service will … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors Fish Fry

Posted on March 28, 2018 6:06 am by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018, at Sparta Civic Center (location has changed since last year). You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.


Lisa Yvonne Barnes

Posted on March 28, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lisa Yvonne Barnes, 51, of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2018, at her residence.

She was born May 1, 1966, in Sparta, and the daughter of Henry Thomas Humphrey and Connie Gail Gunter.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, J.T. and Ruby Henry and Clyde and Marie Humphrey.

Survivors include her daughters, Amanda Jean Minnear, Tanisha Korn; companion, Robert “Bubba” Newman; parents, Henry Thomas Humphrey, Connie Gail Gunter; stepmother, Kathleen Humphrey; stepfather, Darrell Gunter; sisters, Tracey Mason and husband Roger, Angie Holland and husband Phillip, Alexis Heslop and husband Rob; brother, Ethan Gunter (Savannah Hodge); five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial funeral service … Read More


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