Monthly Archives: April 2018

Golden Eagles place fifth at OVC Championships on April 25

Posted on April 26, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta’s A.J. Wilkerson and  Alexander Riddle  both tied for 37th in their final collegiate rounds in the purple and gold

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech men’s golf team wrapped up the 2017-18 season with the final round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Wednesday afternoon, completing the three-day event at the Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals.

The Golden Eagles saved their best round of the event for the final day, posting a 2-over 290, the second-lowest round of the day among the 11-team field, of finish with an 883 overall. Tech finished fifth overall in the tournament, just one … Read More


No. 20 Golden Eagles keep winning streak alive with victory at U.T.

Posted on April 26, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta native Ethan Roberts picked up his 10th save of the season to clinch the Golden Eagle victory

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A thrilling battle to the very end, the Tennessee Tech baseball team came out victorious over in-state foe Tennessee Wednesday evening, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 26 games with a 7-6 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (35-5) took the lead and never looked back, using clutch at bats and timely pitching and defense to defeat the Volunteers (24-19) for the first time since 2012 and just 10th time in Knoxville.

Junior Nick Osborne was a one-man … Read More


Central View town hall forum

Posted on April 26, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Central View Elementary

A town hall forum will be at 6 p.m., April 26, 2018, at Central View Elementary for parents and community members. The meeting will focus on the proposed closing of the school.


Van Buren County Drug Take-Back Day

Posted on April 25, 2018 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


City of Spencer Job Fair

Posted on April 25, 2018 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


Bridgestone Americas makes the largest land donation to The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee’s history

Posted on April 25, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Land connected to 10,000 acres previously donated by Bridgestone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 25, 2018) ― Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, today announced plans to donate 5,763 acres on the Cumberland Plateau to The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee by June of this year. The property is located in White County, approximately 80 miles east of Nashville.

The property, to be known as the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain, is the largest land donation in the history of The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. The gift will protect and enhance biologically-significant habitat for a range of endangered plant and animal … Read More


Mary Alice Sorrell Wilhite Smith

Posted on April 25, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Alice Sorrell Wilhite Smith, 88, passed away April 23, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Born April 16, 1930, she was the daughter of Orville B. Sorrell Sr. and Kibby Etta Lynn Sorrell.

Mrs. Smith was a longtime employee of Sorrell Brothers Construction and DeWhite Utility. She enjoyed flower gardening and was a member of the quilting club of Sparta. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph Daniel Wilhite, Cecil Morgan Smith; daughter, Janet Sue Wilhite Sanders (Steve); brothers, Orville B. Sorrell Jr., Jack Sorrell, Lynn Sorrell; and a sister, Zelma Sorrell.

Survivors include … Read More


Quinton Bain

Posted on April 25, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Quinton Bain, 88, of Walling, passed away April 22, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born May 5, 1929 in, Walling, he was the son of John Bain and Mae Belle Jared Bain.

He served in Germany during the occupation and taught tank and gunnery during the Korean War. He loved to study and teach God’s word. He served as an elder at Calvary Bible Church, in Chattanooga, and Grace Presbyterian, in Cookeville. He retired from Newton Chevrolet, in Chattanooga, after 42 years of service. He was a loving father and husband.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Benton Bain, J.K. Bain, David Bain; and … Read More


Patti Jo Kirby Ward

Posted on April 25, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Patti Jo Kirby Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Ward was born March 1, 1940, in Sparta, to Lily Rae Davis Kirby and Walter Kirby.

She had a vast professional career that included nursing, owning a health club (P.J.’s Place), caterer, and former owner of Raintree Restaurant, in Sparta. She was also a devoted mother to her five children. When she wasn’t working, she loved to sew and travel.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Tom Ward.

Survivors include her five children, Jim Ward, Lorie Ward (Carey) Watson, Sara Ward Gilmore, Nancy Ward (Sam) Benningfield, … Read More


Tennessee Tech University researchers name Martian crater

Posted on April 25, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(April 25, 2018) – Researchers at Tennessee Tech University have named a Martian crater as part of their work on a NASA-funded project to map a geological structure on Mars unlike any found on Earth.

Jeanette Wolak, assistant professor of earth sciences at Tech, is working on the Mars mapping project which will produce the first-ever published map of a terraced fan. The fan is located in what will now be known as Garu Crater, a name Wolak submitted to the International Astronomical Union and recorded in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

“It’s exciting. I was also nervous about naming it something good,” Wolak said. “You want to … Read More


Memorial Day event

Posted on April 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Monday, May 28

Who: Sparta Woman’s Club in partnership with White County Veterans Service Office

What: Memorial Day event honoring local veterans who died during service to their country

When: 10-11 a.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park


Community baby shower

Posted on April 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, May 26

Who: Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Community baby shower (in partnership with Clean Hearts Crisis Pregnancy Center to help expectant mothers in need) Please donate new or gently used items.

When: 10 a.m-2 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church


Singing and supper

Posted on April 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, April 29

Who: Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church

What: Fifth Sunday singing and supper

When: Singing at 5 p.m. with Larry “Bubba” Johnson; supper will follow

Where: Church


Cassville breakfast

Posted on April 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, April 28

Who: Cassville Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, ham, bacon, fried potatoes, orange juice, milk, coffee) $7 adults and $5 for children

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane

Contact: (931) 761-2476 (will deliver orders of five or more)


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