Monthly Archives: March 2018

Schools adopting new textbooks

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

White County schools will be adopting new textbooks in the following subjects for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

Science: Grades K-12

Wellness: Grades K-12

Art/Music: Grades K-12

Audio/Visual Technology: Grades 9-12

The proposed textbooks will be available for public review during the week of April 2-6th at the White County Board of Education at 136 Baker Street.  Hours are from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Van Buren’s Caden Mills named TSWA All-State Boys Basketball

Posted on March 26, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Caden Mills, of Van Buren County

Van Buren County High School basketball senior Caden Mills picked up another award, on Friday, as he was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class A all-state basketball team.

Mills, who signed with Tennessee Tech in November, has now been named to the all-state team for the fourth straight time. Mills was also named Mr. Basketball for the Single-A division earlier this year.

During Mills’ career at Van Buren County High School, he helped lead them to their first ever AP #1 team ranking in his senior season and their first-ever region title and state tournament appearance. While at Van Buren … Read More

Warriorettes’ softball team picks up two more wins

Posted on March 26, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Paige Parker throws a pitch, on Friday afternoon. Parker moved to 4-0 on the season with a complete game win, on Friday, against Smith County.

The White County High School softball team closed out its week last week with two more wins, on Thursday and Friday night.

On Thursday night, the Warriorettes struggled with the bats early on but would come alive in the third inning with a big five-run inning on their way to an 11-1 six-inning win over Van Buren County High School.

On Friday night, the Warriorettes would jump on Smith County early, scoring seven times in the first two innings on their way to … Read More

Warriors come from behind to pick up another district win

Posted on March 26, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

David Smith throws a pitch in Thursday night’s win over Stone Memorial. Smith picked up the save, on Thursday night, throwing the final two innings of the game and striking out four of the six batters he faced.

The White County High School Warriors’ baseball team had to come from behind, on Thursday night, to pick up their second district win of the season against Stone Memorial High School. The Warriors led the Panthers 4-2 heading into the fifth inning. Stone would score four runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead over the Warriors heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, the Warriors … Read More

Choosing love might be harder than you think

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

We each live our own lives by making choices. Of course, there are good choices and bad choices. The apostle Paul mentioned this when he said that “strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14). So, when we let the Word of God guide us we can grow in our lives to be able to know right from wrong. Perhaps the best choice to make to help in this area is the choice to love.

When you think … Read More

Palm wavers or life changers?

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

What do I have to offer? What do I have that is of any substance to The Lord? It’s Easter week, and we just celebrated Palm Sunday. Now what do I have to offer The Lord?

To answer these questions, let’s go back to Israel 2,000 years and see if we can find ourselves and our lives wrapped in the story of a man and his donkey.

It’s Sunday morning, the sky is clearing, the birds are singing and a man is tying his donkey to the doorway. He may be thinking, “I’ve got this average donkey, never been ridden and not … Read More

State health officials are expressing concerns about insurance scams

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Residents from across the Upper Cumberland have recently notified the Tennessee Department of Health of what is now being confirmed as a potential scam in which people are contacted by telephone asking for personal health insurance information from which the caller appears to be calling from the Tennessee Department of Health.

This new scam reportedly involves a person who calls potential victims from a number that displays as the Tennessee Department of Health. When the calls are answered, the scam artist asks for personal information, including health insurance information from those contacted. In some cases, the caller states they are calling on behalf of BlueCross BlueShield.

“The Tennessee … Read More

Legislative Review

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Tennessee Continues Trend Of Record Low Unemployment, Record Low Tax Burden In 2018

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development last week announced that unemployment across Tennessee has remained at a record low since the start of 2018. In addition, Wallet Hub — a nonpartisan organization focused on the financial industry — has officially ranked Tennessee as the lowest taxed state in the entire nation.

The unemployment rate in January of 2018 was 1.2 percent lower than the rate for the same month one year ago and has remained 3.3 percent since September 2017. Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Senator Paul Bailey

By State Senator Paul Bailey

March 23, 2018 – School safety and the state budget headlined action on Capitol Hill this week as Governor Bill Haslam presented an amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 spending plan. The new proposal includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants to protect students. The action comes as the School Safety Working Group, of which I am a member, is finalizing recommendations to enhance security for students.

The supplemental appropriations amendment is customarily introduced by the governor in the final weeks of the legislative session to make adjustments to the budget he submitted … Read More

Gunning down the innocent

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I write this column, I am listening to bits and pieces of the March On Washington to outlaw various guns. What a sad commentary on the education system itself. Have any of these kids ever been exposed to the tyranny and repression that often accompanies disarming a free people? I’d say not!

If you are Sheriff Israel of the Florida county where these shootings occurred, can you believe your luck? Here you are with all your schemes exposed. You have artificially lowered the crime rate in schools by under-reporting or just completely not reporting the crimes in schools. Your officers … Read More

TDOT crews working to repair potholes and damaged areas

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Now that the significant threat of cold weather is over, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials are gearing up for what the department describes as “pothole season.”

Winter weather extremes can often lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges. Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, then freezes and thaws, causing the cracks to expand.

With the constant pounding of traffic, these conditions loosen the pavement and cause it to crumble, which creates potholes. Severe swings in temperature, followed by periods of rain, are the perfect conditions for widespread potholes to form.

Now that it’s officially spring, weather permitting, TDOT crews will … Read More

Chamber approves $5,000 for mural

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tommy Narramore recently presented this design to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a mural.

Chamber board members have voted to approve a design and to spend upwards of $5,000 on a mural project after months of discussions and planning

On March 20, 2018, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with the absence of Chamber president Marvin Bullock, discussed, once again, a community mural project.

Since July 2017, the board has been developing plans and ideas for what they hope will be the start of a community-based collection of murals. The Chamber board has debated several sites for a proposed mural.

During … Read More

Joint lawsuit filed by Dunaway and Zavogiannis against opioid producers blocked by TN A.G.

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Bryant Dunaway. District attorney general, 13th Judical District

Lisa Zavogiannis. District attorney general, 31st Judicial District








Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed motions to intervene in three separate lawsuits

that were brought forth by district attorneys general against several opioid manufacturers and health care providers.

According to a statement released by the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, “This office moved to intervene to protect the interests of the entire state and its citizens while fulfilling our statutory duty to direct the opioid litigation in the state.”

On Jan. 10, 2018, 14 district attorneys joined together in filing a lawsuit … Read More

R.L. Mason Jr.

Posted on March 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

R.L. Mason Jr., 87, of Quebeck, passed away March 22, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Mason was born April 10, 1930, the son of Ray Mason and Augusta Cox Mason.

He was of the Baptist faith. He worked as a lumber inspector for 45 years and was a lifelong farmer, which was his passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Dee Mason; and sister, Mary Frances Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Luzelle Clark Mason; daughter, Kay Mason Maples and husband Ray, of Sparta;    grandson, Allen Maples and wife Billie Jo, of Quebeck; granddaughter, Michelle Maples, of Doyle; … Read More

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