Monthly Archives: April 2018

School board work session

Posted on April 30, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The White County School Board will conduct a work session at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the White County Board of Education, on Baker Street. The sole purpose of this work session is to discuss the possible closing of Central View Elementary.

White Possum Grille opening soon

Posted on April 30, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White Possum Grille, on Mose Drive, in Sparta, in the old Wendy’s location, is ready for business as they put the last-minute finishing touches on the restaurant. The exact opening date has not yet been confirmed. However, everything is moving forward at a steady pace. (Photo by DENISE WHERLEY)

 


WCHS Archery Team honored at Tennessee General Assembly

Posted on April 30, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County, is shown holding a proclamation honoring the White County High School Archery Team as the state champions, which was presented recently during the session of the Tennessee Legislature. State Senator Paul Bailey, also of White County, is pictured on the right.


Warriorettes close out their week with two wins

Posted on April 30, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School softball team played host to a pair of teams, on Friday night. The Warriorettes would play host to both Cannon County and Van Buren County High School.

The Warriorettes would get their day going with a matchup against Cannon County. The Warriorettes would use a big third inning to put the game out of reach, scoring eight runs in the inning to take a 10-0 lead. The Warriors would score three more times in the fourth inning to pick up the 13-0 win.

In the second game of the day, the Warriorettes would score five times in the first three innings to take … Read More


WCHS baseball team picks up two big district wins on Friday

Posted on April 30, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The Warrior baseball team picked up two big wins over District 6AAA foe Stone Memorial, on Friday night. Those wins moved the Warriors to 5-6 in district play, with only one game to play on Monday when the Warriors travel to Rhea County.

The Warriors would jump on the Panthers early in their first game, on Friday night. The Warriors would score six times in the first three innings to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Stone Memorial would cut into the lead in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-2, but the Warriors would hold off the Panthers and pull out … Read More


Lesser, secondary, insignificant, yeah that’s me

Posted on April 30, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Come let us rebuild.” These were the very words that Nehemiah spoke to the distressed nation of Israel in chapter 2 concerning their vulnerability and the rebuilding of the walls of protection around the city.

God hasn’t given up on you. Albeit we may not be able to   see through the darkness right now, but God just might be about to shine a light on a rebuilding process in our lives.

The story of Nehemiah is a perfect example for us to look at. Nehemiah was grieved at the state … Read More


Legislative Review

Posted on April 30, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Republicans focus on jobs, education, opioids -adjourn in timely manner

In the final few days of this year’s legislative session, State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and the House of Representatives passed Tennessee’s annual budget with a near unanimous vote. The bill’s passage and official adjournment was the culmination of months of tireless work crafting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget.

The $37.5 billion budget builds on previous legislative priorities by making strategic and thoughtful investments across state government. Because of the conservative fiscal choices lawmakers have made over the last several years, Tennessee currently ranks as the lowest taxed and lowest debt state … Read More


The nation is in your hands

Posted on April 30, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As is becoming abundantly clear with each report filed and each investigation concluded, there is absolutely no evidence of a Trump / Russia collusion. Yet the special prosecutor investigation drags on. The question we are now left with is what or which authority can shut down this illegitimate and probably illegal special prosecutor?

When I say illegal what I mean is the statute establishing the special prosecutor’s office requires the prosecutor to be charged with investigating a crime. Yet no crime was mentioned in the paperwork appointing the special prosecutor. But Mr. Rosenstein who is supposed to be “managing” the special … Read More


Who really runs the United States of America?

Posted on April 30, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

The obvious answer should be, WE THE PEOPLE. The real answer, which is becoming more with every day under this current administration, is the 2 percent of people and corporations that have the most money. The majority of Americans have been losing their voice in the way our government runs for a very long time. There hasn’t been an obvious coup or one specific incident that you can point at and say, “Yep, that’s exactly the moment the majority of us lost our power and our voice.” Perhaps the closest “incident” we can point to is the Supreme Court 5-4 decision, in … Read More


100 years in the eyes of Nell

Posted on April 30, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Judge David Snodgrass administers the oath of office to Nell Marchbanks, in 1974, after she was elected as county commissioner.

In what many consider to be the greatest birth milestone, Nell Marchbanks, born on May 23, 1918, will have spent 100 years on this earth in less than a month and have celebrated a century of caring for those she loves.

From raising six children, serving 28 years as White County’s first female county commissioner, and having a dedicated career with The Expositor, Marchbanks has had a lifelong journey serving both her family and her community.

Raised in the Sam Chapel Community (Big Spring – Blue Springs area) … Read More


Central View Elementary School closing not set in stone

Posted on April 30, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rima Austin

Tempers flared last on April 26 as talks about closing the doors on Central View Elementary School got underway.

Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, led the discussion about the potential school closing at the town hall meeting held in the gymnasium of Central View. Dronebarger began the discussion with a PowerPoint presentation explaining how money was divided up within the school system. He said that the money being put into Central View Elementary was essentially a waste due to the small amount of students who attended the school as opposed to the higher amount of students that attend other … Read More


Finley Clay Rice

Posted on April 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Finley Clay Rice, 60, of Sparta, passed away this morning, at his residence.

Mr. Rice was born April 4, 1958.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., May 1, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m., May 1, at the funeral home. Per Mr. Rice’s wishes, he will be cremated following the funeral service.

Full obituary information will be available Sunday afternoon

Funeral and cremation arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Legislation to modernize program for needy families passes

Posted on April 27, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Gov. Bill Haslam signs key changes to bring the Families First Program in line with current needs of Tennessee families

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the State’s Families First program.

These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits administered through Families First have the necessary assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Governor Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

•Increasing TANF benefits to meet the current standard of need. Prior benefits were approximately 20% of … Read More


Pet food drive

Posted on April 27, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Friends of White County Animals, in partnership with the White County Farmers CO-OP, is conducting the bi-annual pet food drive 8:30-11:30 a.m., May 19, at the CO-OP, 271 Mayberry Street, in Sparta. The CO-OP will give a 10 percent discount for pet food purchased at the CO-OP and donated. People can also bring unopened bags of donated cat and dog food to be placed in the pet food bin located at the White County CO-OP. At this time, there is a special need for cat food.

The pet food bank was created to help people keep pets (cats and dogs) in good homes by providing supplemental food assistance. … Read More


White County Animal Shelter

Posted on April 27, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


School board members want to ensure student data privacy

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

Tennessee school board members have been actively addressing the issue of student data privacy and are urging Congress to consider changes to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). During the November 2017 Tennessee School Boards Association annual business meeting, TSBA members overwhelmingly approved a resolution that called for changes to FERPA that would provide much needed privacy protections for students.

TSBA wants Congress to exclude certain items from the definition of “directory information”. Directory information is data which may be disclosed to a third party. School districts compile a significant amount of personal data on students. Currently, in addition to a student’s name, FERPA defines “directory … Read More


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