Monthly Archives: April 2018

Pinwheels for Prevention and Hope displayed

Posted on April 19, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Jeff Golden plants pinwheels for awareness of child abuse.

April is dedicated each year nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and organizations and governmental offices throughout the community have planted pinwheels in front of their places of business and the courthouse.

The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.

In 2008, the pinwheel was adopted as the national symbol of child abuse prevention by the Prevent Child Abuse America organization. It serves as a reflection of hope, health, and safety for children. It also represents the happy childhood that all children deserve.

Jeff Golden, foreman of the Van Buren County Grand Jury, planted pinwheels for … Read More


Van Buren Commission signs off on new administration building

Posted on April 19, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Final construction on the new county building that will house the Van Buren County Justice Center, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, the county jail, and other county government offices continues to move closer to completion as the county commission recently approved signing off on the certificate of substantial completion for the administration portion of the new complex.

During the April 17, 2018, Van Buren County Commission meeting, commissioners held their first full court meeting inside the new administration building. With new furniture in place, fresh paint, and polished floors, commissioners discussed progress at the complex and what steps were still needed to complete the building.

This new multipurpose … Read More


Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele

Posted on April 19, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele, 69, died April 16, 2018, at Lakeland Regional Health, from a car accident.

He was born May 14, 1948, in Clarksville, Minnesota, to Donald and Mary Dickey.

He was a life-long learner and earned several degrees, including a doctorate. He served the Lord in many churches. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and was discharged with full honors, retiring as Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Special Forces.

He was a passionate follower of God, proud fan of White County athletics, and loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Chris Kielty; sister-in-law, Debbie Steele; and grandson, Samuel Gorter.… Read More


Sparta Church of the Nazarene youth attend event at Trevecca

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Church of the Nazarene took 15 teenagers to Trevecca Nazarene University, April 5-7, to compete against 2,000 other teenagers in a variety of events. TNT @TNU holds competition in events including drama, preaching, various sports, singing, math, business, and more. The students brought back several awards.

The central event is Bible quizzing and is the culmination of year-long study for students from all over the southeast. Both Seth McCormack and Eli McCormack finished in the top 18 quizzers and Eli McCormack finished as the number one Bible quizzer in the southeast. Eli McCormack won the “quizmaster award,” which is voted on by coaches from all 10 teams. … Read More


Finding “furever” homes

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Introduction by Sharon Langford, president – Friends of White County Animals

Shirley and I ask Carolyn and Monica to share the story of seven orphaned kittens who were saved because of the compassionate actions and team work of several people. We hope you will be inspired and invite you to contact us if you would like to volunteer to foster or help in some other way.

Preface to the story,  By Carolyn Turner – Friends of White County Animals board member

I received an emergency call from Monica of the White County Humane Society asking for help with seven two-week old kittens whose mother had been killed. Knowing … Read More


Being there to know and see for ourselves

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We missed Grayson’s tee-ball game! Obviously we can’t get to every performance of every sort by every grandchild. Four of our grands are three hours away, in West Virginia. Naturally we can’t get there for all of their games, recitals, and matches, but we try to get to some of them.

On the other hand, Grayson lives here in Bristol, which is very convenient, since his mom and dad and little brother also live in Bristol, along with a passel of extended family – therefore, he usually has a large cheering section at his tee-ball games. Have you ever seen 4-year-olds play … Read More


Northfield Elementary hosts “Wild about STEM” night

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On March 20, Northfield Elementary School hosted a “Wild about STEM” night. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) promises to be an area in which many of today’s young people will be employed, so activities are conducted weekly in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program to motivate students to further explore this important field.

At the recent evening event, students and parents engaged in fun, hands-on activities in which they learned science facts and   conducted science experiments. Participants were allowed to choose from a variety of stations including robots, flight simulator, simple electric motors, wind turbines, and circuits.

This family engagement event was sponsored by the … Read More


Donations to White County Public Library, January-March 2018

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Books in Memory:

-Betty Louise Conley, The Resolution for Women, given by Roger & Denise Creason

-John Nathan Cooper, Bob & Helen Kleberg of King Ranch, given by Doug & Sara Hudgens

-Ann Gail Hatfield Ditmore, The Wife Between Us, given by Brenda & Natalee Anderson

-Edith Dodson, The Great Alone, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

-Wanda G. Gibson, Unicorn Crafts, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

-Jane Ellon Gilbert, Bringing Heaven To Earth, given by Denise & Roger Creason

-Jane Ellon Gilbert, As You Wish, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

-Geneva Gilliam (“Mrs. G”), Little Blue Truck, given by Jim & Sandra Oakes

-Margaret Haston, The Cavendon Luck, … Read More


What is the proper role of federal government?

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall J.D

What is the proper role of government? We have witnessed the perspectives of those in government, we have heard the answers in presidential debates, but what did those who DESIGNED it envision? Wouldn’t you like to KNOW what government is supposed to be doing? The interesting thing is, we don’t have to guess, we don’t have to make it up, we simply need to look to the framers of our Constitution. It is simplistically elegant the way they described the role of the Senate and the House. Yet, even the simplest of explanations seem to have eluded the entire government … Read More


Northfield students recognized as “problem solvers”

Posted on April 19, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Each month, a different school hosts the White County Board of Education’s meeting. On April 12, 2018, Northfield Elementary School principal Stacy Hinds, along with school board members, recognized a student from each grade for being excellent examples of “problem solvers.” The students recognized were (pre-k) Liam Ralrick; (kindergarten) Samantha Eldridge; (first grade) Drake Goodwin; (second grade) Henry Usrey; (third grade) Eli Sparkman; (fourth grade) Silas Wright; (fifth grade) Autumn Phillips.


Kellie Jolly Harper to speak at YMCA banquet Saturday

Posted on April 19, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

One of Sparta’s sports legends will be visiting her hometown Saturday when she takes the podium at the White County Agricultural Fair Complex as the featured speaker for the YMCA’s annual campaign dinner.

Kellie Jolly Harper, who first earned recognition as a member of the girls’ White County High School basketball team, will bring her motivational skills and sense of pride to those in the audience, at 5:30 p.m., April 21.

Harper was one of the starting point guards for the Tennessee Lady Vols during their three consecutive NCAA women’s national championships, 1996-1998. The White County High School alum has earned numerous awards throughout her successful playing career … Read More


Lisa Casey shot and killed in Oklahoma, husband charged

Posted on April 19, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lisa Casey

A woman who had lived in White County for many years was shot and killed April 14, 2018, in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.

According to information released by the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Offce, 45-year-old Lisa Casey was allegedly shot by her husband, 39-year-old Lawrence Casey, at their residence.

Lawrence Casey reportedly pointed a handgun at another male in the residence and threatened to shoot him.

Lawrence Casey was taken into custody and transported to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked on charges of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident is still under investigation.


Previous state attorney general motion to intervene against D.A opioid lawsuit to be rescinded

Posted on April 19, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Bryant Dunaway. District attorney general, 13th Judical District

A motion previously filed by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III that attempted to intervene in three separate lawsuits brought forth by district attorneys general against several opioid manufacturers and health care providers may now be rescinded.

On Jan. 10, 2018, numerous district attorneys joined together in filing a lawsuit, in Cumberland County Circuit Court, suing several prescription opioid producers. Bryant Dunaway, district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District, who represents White County, and Liza Zavogiannis, district attorney general for the 31st Judicial District, who represents Van Buren County, were among those who filed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit … Read More


Findlay Elementary groundbreaking

Posted on April 19, 2018 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Representatives from local government, school officials, construction leaders, engineers, and students recently gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony, commencing the start of a new future for Findlay Elementary School.

On April 11, 2018, numerous individuals and children were on hand to participate in an exciting moment of history for the White County School System.

Findlay Elementary School has been selected by the White County Public School System to receive a new state-of-the-art facility, as the existing building has been deemed inadequate. On Feb. 27, 2017, Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger presented the school system’s plan to build a new facility to the White County Board of Commissioners.

The … Read More


J.B. “Buck” Dockery

Posted on April 18, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

J.B. “Buck” Dockery, 72, of Sparta, a retired backhoe operator and member of the Hunter Funeral Home family who lent his services at the gravesite, passed April 17, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Dockery was born March 2, 1946, in Sparta, to Benton Lester Dockery and Cora Lee Fletcher Dockery.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt.

Mr. Dockery was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kenneth William Dockery.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lucy Ann Dockery; sister, Edna Dabbs (Gary Hyden); brother, Herbert Lynn Dockery (Sue); granddaughter, Destiny Faith Pope; and special friends, Janie and James Brock

Funeral … Read More


Posted on April 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


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