Monthly Archives: April 2018

Legislative review

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget proposal that will be considered by the 110th General Assembly.

The amendment 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 in the nation.

In early March, Governor Haslam appointed a School Safety Working Group to review school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children. In the coming days, the working group will … Read More


National Public Health Week celebrated April 2-8

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Proclamation signed by White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson

The Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) announces its annual celebration of National Public Health Week to be observed across the state April 2-8, 2018. National Public Health Week brings individuals and communities across Tennessee together to celebrate the work and dedication of public health professionals and volunteers and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our state and nation. This year’s National Public Health Week theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030 Changing Our Future Together,” is a call to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation by 2030.

“All Tennesseans deserve to live a long … Read More


So what’s up after the Sabbath?

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Easter is over. I can forget about the Lord for a whole year. After all, Easter is the universal “show up for church day.” I made Mom and Dad happy – I showed up. Or maybe it was a spouse or a child or grandchild that made me show up at church for Easter service, but life goes on, and I’m off the hook for a while. Besides, we all know the script – Jesus dies, Jesus is buried, Jesus rises from the dead, end of story, that’s all – or is it? You see the book of Matthew doesn’t quite see … Read More


Things to watch for in the coming weeks

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

When we last discussed the corruption in Washington D.C., we were worried about special prosecutor Mueller and his seemingly unending efforts to find or create a case for Trump’s “Russian Collusion.” This “investigation” has become the biggest joke since snipe hunting became popular here in the South and with much the same results. But there have been some new and encouraging actions taken and revealed that bear discussion.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently disclosed in a letter to the chairmen of Congress asking for a special council that he has had an independent investigation going on since shortly after his confirmation. … Read More


Sensible gun control is NOT destroying the Second Amendment

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I know there are a great many people who will disagree with me and probably not read any further than the title. That’s fine, we are all entitled to our opinion. Differences of opinion, debates, and discussions about certain issues are a way for each of us to further our understanding of one another, or at least it should be. The best way to discuss our opinions is to try and gather as many facts about an issue as possible. Sometimes the process of gathering facts is made difficult when you limit your research to only information that supports your belief/opinion.

Last … Read More


Slatton graduate of Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Posted on April 2, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Forty-eight cadets graduated, on March 23, 2018, from the Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy. This marks the 107th graduating class. Based at the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus, the academy is an intensive nine-week, 480-hour program. Upon completion, students are awarded the technical certificate in Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education. Most are employed by a law enforcement agency and are eligible to apply for certification by the Police Officers Standards and Training Commission as a certified peace officer in the state of Tennessee. The program is part of the college’s Public Safety Center of Emphasis, a designation recognizing its outstanding record in career preparation. Dallas Slatton, of the … Read More


Unemployment rate decreases in February for White County

Posted on April 2, 2018 5:05 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has officially released the February 2018 unemployment rates for all Tennessee counties, which reflected a reduction in White County’s unemployment rate.

According to the latest statistics, the month of February showed improvements in unemployment rates for the majority of the state’s counties.

Sixty-nine of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw their unemployment rates lower than compared to their January 2018 rates. The rates, however, remained the same in 21 counties and increased in five counties.

In White County, the February unemployment rate has been recorded by the state at 3.7 percent, which reflects a 0.2 percent reduction in the rate from January. Overall, … Read More


Commercial cargo plane utilizes Upper Cumberland Regional Airport

Posted on April 2, 2018 5:05 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport recently had a visitor that caused excitement for area residents and aviation enthusiasts alike when a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 commercial aircraft landed and utilized services at the airport.

The DC-9 belonged to USA Jet Airlines, which is a cargo airline that’s headquartered in Michigan.

USA Jet – a division of Active Aero Group – operates a fleet of cargo aircrafts reserved exclusively for on-demand air charter services. The reason for the USA Jet aircraft visit to the White County-based airport was to pick up a cargo shipment, which was transported back to the Detroit area.

“This is one of the largest aircrafts we have … Read More


Bailey part of group that makes school safety recommendations

Posted on April 2, 2018 5:05 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee’s governor recently announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the School Safety Working Group that he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety.

In the wake of the recent rash of school shootings across the country, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed a School Safety Working Group, which includes State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County. The group was tasked with developing recommendations to improve school safety, in Tennessee.

Haslam announced last week that he approved the recommendations made by the group, which identified three immediate priorities:

(1) A review and risk assessment of all school facilities to identify vulnerabilities

(2) An increase in available … Read More


Posted on April 1, 2018 10:10 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


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