Monthly Archives: April 2018

Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital dedicates new chapel

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

The White County Community, along with the staff at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, were invited to attend a special blessing ceremony for the newly renovated chapel at Saint Thomas Highlands, on April 12, 2018. A breakfast reception was followed by a welcome and prayer of blessing given by Tracey Biles, vice president of mission for Saint Thomas Health, and Father Stephen Brett, of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Regional chaplain, Ben Wiles, of Saint Thomas Health, offered a reflection and scripture reading. “Having a way for families and patients to be still, reflect, and pray is a very important component of our mission with Saint Thomas Health,” said Biles. … Read More

4-H Air Rifle Team

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

White County 4-H Air Rifle Team Junior Division placed first in state competition, on April 21, 2018, at Dickson County High School. Front row, L-R: Owen Taylor, Austin Parker, Seth Speck, Kade Sparks; back row: Jake Colwell, Jacob Speck, Ryan O’Dell, Layne Brown

White County 4-H Air Rifle Team Senior Division placed second in state competition, on April 21, 2018, at Dickson County High School. L-R: Rhett Robinson, Jake Sloan, Joey Morris

Clean Heart Ministry introduces Veterans Outreach Program

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

Rotary Club of Sparta recently invited Clean Heart Christian Ministry to introduce their Veterans Outreach Program expected to roll out this year. The program is designed to assist veterans and their families with how to access Veterans Administration eBenefits and My Healthy Veteran, which is an online health record.

According to, “The VA program My HealtheVet is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services.”

eBenefits is a VA created “web portal that would provide service members, veterans, their families, and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefits information.”

“CHCM is not a government affiliated organization,” said Bill Rabchenia, facilitator and … Read More

ERG welcomes Kristy Butcher

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

Kristy Butcher has been involved in local real estate sales since 2006. She is an accomplished broker who enjoys meeting new people and assisting them with their real estate needs. Making the buying and selling process easy and enjoyable for other people has always been her goal. She has made a long list of lifetime friends and would like to continue adding to that list. Butcher is excited about joining the ERG – Elite Realty Group and being a part of a longtime established office of professionals with proven results and experience. She can be reached at (315) 486-6071 cell or (931) 836-1490 office.

Children and grandchildren – by adoption

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

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Often, when I meet folks who read this column, they ask about my grandchildren. I have no idea what prompts such comments. (Smiley face!) Although I am very proud of my grandchildren and believe they are absolutely wonderful, so stinking cute…duh…I will confess that they are not perfect.

I will, of course, argue that they are pretty dadgum close, though.

Sometimes people will introduce themselves to me with words like, “Oh, I just love reading about your grandchildren.”

Once I met a gentleman who said, “Oh, I know who you are. Well, I just want you to know you aren’t the only … Read More

Congratulations to Crye-Leike’s winner at Business Expo

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

Crye-Leike Brown Realty Sparta office recently participated in the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and Piper Heckmann is the lucky recipient of a gift card from a drawing at their booth. L-R: Norma Toussaint, office manager; Melissa Harmon, Crye-Leike agent; Piper Heckmann; and Matt Bleasdale, Crye-Leike agent.

Edmonds receives College Administrator Award

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

Melody Edmonds, of Sparta, interim vice president for academic affairs at Motlow State Community College, recently received the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Distinguished College Administrator Award presented at the Society’s annual national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The award is given to college vice presidents, deans or directors serving at postsecondary institutions who have demonstrated a strong level of support for the PTK chapters on their campuses.

Legislative Review

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

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Fiscally conservative balanced budget passed by House of Representatives

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 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 in the entire nation.… Read More

Responsibility to the poor: government or church? Part I

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

Language of Liberty – By By Kevin Kookogey

What is the duty of the Church concerning poverty? This is one of those areas where the Church has unfortunately surrendered its influence by either adopting the mission of the government or embracing the worldview of the culture, neither of which is consistent with what the Bible teaches.

The Bible, in fact, speaks very plainly about the poor, and since the duty of the Church is to preserve knowledge of God, it is incumbent upon us to correct misunderstandings regarding the proper role of God’s people in this area, as with other subjects. In so doing, we preserve a free … Read More

WCHS hosts the “First Senior Meeting” for Class of 2019

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

April 24 was a very exciting time for White County High School rising seniors and their parents. WCHS hosted its 5th annual “First Senior Meeting.” The meeting consisted of a wealth of information to help aid the students in making early plans for their upcoming senior year and post-secondary opportunities. The general sessions meeting featured several different speakers addressing such topics as upcoming deadlines, senior pictures, diploma recognitions, scholarships, and financial aid. Following this portion of the evening, students and parents were encouraged to attend an additional session involving more specific questions directed to a variety of post-secondary institutions.

Exhibitors included TTU, TTU Cyber Security, Motlow State Community … Read More

Young recognized nationally by Jaycees as top state president

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Brent Young, of Sparta, is presented the 2017 Clayton Frost Memorial Award by USJC National President Heather Vardell.

White County resident has been nationally recognized and received the United States Junior Chamber’s top honor at their annual national convention.

On April 20, 2018, the United States Junior Chamber, also known as JCI USA and Jaycees, held their annual national convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where Brent L. Young, of Sparta, received a prestigious award.

JCI is a young person leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 41, with over 200,000 members. As a not-for-profit organization, JCI offers opportunities for business development, … Read More

Unemployment rate remains low as jobs continue to be created

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips recently announced the March 2018 statewide unemployment rate for Tennessee is still remaining near historic lows and matched the unemployment rate from last month.

The preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March has been recorded at 3.4 percent, which mirrors the revised rate for February and was nearly 1 percent less than the March 2017 rate. The Tennessee statewide unemployment rate has remained below 4.0 percent since last May, hitting an all-time low of 3.3 percent last September.

“The year-to-year comparison of unemployment rates shows how much progress has been made in creating … Read More

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