Monthly Archives: April 2018

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

Drug Take Back Day set for April 28 at Walgreens

Posted on April 26, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta Police Department and Walgreens have announced they will once again be partnering by helping the community to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on April 28.

As part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, residents in Sparta and White County will be able to safely dispose of their expired or unused prescriptions. This event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of Walgreens, at 483 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta.

Any prescription may be dropped off during the event, with the exception of liquids and syringes.

Sparta Police Department will be on hand to … Read More

Residents concerned about recent cases of reported rabies

Posted on April 26, 2018 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Following reports of dead wild animals with rabies, concerned White County residents want their neighbors to be safe and aware of the possible risks of cases of rabies.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, on April 20, 2018, two skunks from White County tested positive for rabies at the State Public Health Laboratory. This is the first positive testing of rabies in White County reported since 2015.

“The Tennessee Department of Health recommends individuals (and, by extension, their domestic animals) exercise caution around wild animals,” stated Elizabeth Hart, Tennessee Department of Health spokeswoman. “They should not be approached, touched, fed, or engaged with in any way. If … Read More

Tays Auction

Posted on April 26, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCHS Special Olympics competes in Music City Blitz

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

The White County High School Special Olympics football team recently competed in an event held at Nissan Stadium, in Nashville. The Tennessee Titans hosted the event for the youth to get a little football experience and to let them be around some of the members of the Titans football team. Members of the Titans football team that were in attendance included quarterback Marcus Mariota and head coach Mike Vrabel.

The White County High School Special Olympics football team made their entrance onto the field like the Titans. The Warriors got to run through the tunnel.

Marcus Mariota, Titans quarterback (center), is pictured with Jeremy Parish (left) and Jeffery

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Rain dominates local spring sports action since Monday

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

The saying goes, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.”

The latter was the case as far as local spring sports action that was scheduled Monday and Tuesday. In fact, it wasn’t that some got rained out. All the games were rained out.

The weather wreaked havoc on all the outside games, as rain has fallen almost continually from Sunday through Tuesday, leaving water standing on all fields.

Soccer, which plays in almost any weather conditions other than lightning, was the first to decide upon postponement for their game at Cookeville. The White County High School and White County Middle School baseball teams and … Read More

WCHS Warriorettes’ basketball team puts final touches on season

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

Coach Michael Dodgen awarded two members of the Warriorettes’ basketball team. Hannah Leftwich (left), received the Pistol Award, and Sydney Wilson (right) received the Lindsey Floyd award.

The White County High School Warriorettes put the final touches on their 2017-18 season when they were honored recently with a banquet. The Warriorettes head basketball coach Michael Dodgen started off the banquet by honoring the four seniors that were a part of this team.

The seniors on this year’s team were Hannah Leftwich, Paige Parker, Jessie Green, and Megan Sparkman. As members of the WCHS Warriorettes’ team, the seniors had a four-year record of 96-30. They made four region tournament … Read More

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