Monthly Archives: March 2018

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


Charles Ross Warren Jr.

Posted on March 27, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Ross Warren, 93, of Sparta, has returned to the loving Father from whence he came. In his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family united by inexpressible love, admiration, and gratitude.

Mr. Warren was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Nashville, and spent his formative years deeply influenced by his family’s dedication to Grace Baptist Church, led by Pastor L.S. Ewton. In 1942, he married the beautiful Juanita Elliott, known to her children and grandchildren as “Framma.” Immediately thereafter, as a member of the Army Air Corps, he was assigned to the 8th Air Force 351st Bomb Group as ball turret gunner on a B-17. Mr. Warren … Read More


Epipens provided to Sparta Police Department by Cookeville Regional

Posted on March 27, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation has purchased Epipen kits to be housed in each Sparta police department cruiser. Officers have already received training on how to safely administer Epipens and recognize anaphylaxis.

Public Chapter 801 of 2016 was spearheaded by Representative Ryan Williams and Senator Paul Bailey. The act effectively allows police officers to legally administer epinephrine during emergency situations when they suspect that anaphylactic shock is occurring.

Anaphylactic shock or anaphylaxis is an extreme, life threatening, allergic reaction. It may occur after an insect sting, consuming food, or being exposed to chemicals, toxins or environmental antigens. Nearly two percent of Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis.

“The … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors Fish Fry

Posted on March 27, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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.


Department of Safety announces Summer Driver Education Camp for high school teens

Posted on March 27, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Register now. Space is limited.

On March 26, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security  announced its first Teen Driver Education Camp for high school students across the state. The camp will be hosted by Tennessee Highway Patrol at the department’s training center from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20, 2018.

To attend the camp, interested teens must register online at www.reducetncrashes.org by May 1, 2018. There are no costs to participate; however, the program does not provide overnight lodging. Space is limited; therefore, registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are encouraged to assist teens with completing registration as soon as possible. … Read More


Danny Thomas Young

Posted on March 26, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Danny Thomas Young, 61, of Smithville, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Young was born Sept. 4, 1956, in White County, to Ernest Haskel Young and Ethel Lorene Rich Young.

He worked at Federal Mogul for over 30 years. He loved the University of Tennessee football and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ.

Survivors include his daughter, Tara Young and partner Hannah Young, of Cookeville; two brothers, Bo Young, Robert Young, both of Sparta; sister-in-law, Louella Young-Borgen, of Woodbury; granddaughter, Jalynn Nicole Young; mother of his daughter, Debbie Young; and … Read More


Pre-K and kindergarten registration

Posted on March 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood


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