Monthly Archives: May 2018

Times worth remembering

Posted on May 31, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Cheri Biggs Harper

I remember, as a small child growing up on Bon Air, wondering why anyone lived up there. It always seemed like there were a lot of people considering the fact there was really nothing else – no stores, except Bon Air Market, DeRossett Market, or Marshall’s at the corner of Eastland, a dive bar here or there, and sometimes a restaurant would pop up and attempt to start but never quite make a run of it. You had to drive to Crossville or Sparta to do any actual shopping or to find work. I remember being baffled at why so many people chose to … Read More


Continuing to be supportive grandparents

Posted on May 31, 2018 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We left Wilmington, North Carolina, in a downpour. As College Avenue became the eastern terminus of I-40, we turned the flashers on. The buckets of rain kept getting bigger. A couple of times we thought we heard “woofs” and “meows” as it continued to rain cats and dogs.

…but nothing could dampen our spirits, as Sammie and I relived the dance recital.

“Wasn’t Katie Grace precious?”

“…so stinking cute.”

“It was well worth the effort!”

If we said those words once, we repeated them a dozen times. Fortunately, the rain subsided, and the nearly 400-mile drive to Bristol was only partly flooded. … Read More


The dark art of political intimidation

Posted on May 31, 2018 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Kimberly Strassel

This is the United States of America. You are totally free to express your political views. No one is going to tell you what you can say or how you can say it, right? But what if you thought you’d be audited by the IRS or have your business boycotted or even lose your job? Would you speak freely then?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. It’s happening to Americans right now. It’s what I call “The Intimidation Game.”

The object of this very real “game” is to make political opponents pay a high price for expressing their opinions. It was a … Read More


Active shooter attack response course to take place in Sparta

Posted on May 31, 2018 12:12 pm by Rima Austin

An active shooter or a terrorist situation is the subject of nightmares for any town, and, in light of the growing number of school shootings, is now a subject that every town has to address and be prepared for.

This is no different for the town of Sparta. Dr. Mollie Dodson recognized the need for training in schools and first responders in the event an active shooter or a terrorist situation should happen in White County, and she decided to do something about it.

Dodson’s office contacted Johnny Sexton, CCEMT-P, CEO, of TME Training Inc., in Dover, Tennessee. The training course will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 1 … Read More


Celebrate National Donut Day

Posted on May 31, 2018 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

By Ashlee Burger, contributor

Every year, on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Donut (Doughnut) Day.

This day not only celebrates the donut, but it also honors the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. These women were known as Salvation Army Lassies. The donut, or ‘doughnut’, was actually created by the Salvation Army, in the early 1900’s.

During this time, the donuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. These American infantrymen were commonly called ‘doughboys,’ leading the U.S. to formally address this food item as a donut. What began as a fundraising bake sale and a … Read More


Yard sale

Posted on May 31, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Reporter needed

Posted on May 31, 2018 9:09 am by


Volunteers needed

Posted on May 31, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Southern Cruisers Riding Club returns to Cookeville

Posted on May 31, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Since 2000, Cookeville has dominated as host city for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club’s Tennessee State Rally. The group has ventured to other cities in Tennessee, but again route back to the hub city of the Upper Cumberland region. An anticipated 200 riders will descend upon Cookeville Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 with attendees traveling not only from across Tennessee, but from several other states as well. Pre-registration demographics show riders traveling from as far as Texas and Louisiana.

The all-brands, family-friendly riding club boasts a national membership of more than 32,000 riders composing chapters across the country. They ride for a reason; their goal is … Read More


Buddy Liles in concert

Posted on May 31, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Buddy Liles will be in concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Community Fellowship Church, 382 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta. Everyone is invited.


Immediate opening for part-time Van Buren Eagle reporter

Posted on May 31, 2018 6:06 am by

Looking for someone as a part-time reporter for the Van Buren Eagle. To qualify for this position, the person must live in Van Buren County. The individual will be paid on a per-story basis. Must have excellent grammatical skills and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. This person must have excellent communication skills. Send resume or inquiries to Kim Swindell Wood – kim@spartalive.com


Spring Barn Sale

Posted on May 30, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Deborah Wilkerson

Posted on May 30, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Deborah Wilkerson, 59, of Cookeville, passed away May 27, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Born Feb. 23, 1959, in Smithville, she was the daughter of   Julia Howell Goodwin and Harold Wilkerson.

She was a loving and giving person, even after her passing through Tennessee Organ Donors, helping improve or save lives of others. This just shows how much of a loving and caring person she was to everyone. Education was a very important thing in her life, graduating from TTU with honors and receiving her doctorate in pharmacy from Mercer School of Pharmacy. She was a pharmacist for 29 years, in Cookeville and Sparta.

Mrs. Wilkerson was … Read More


WCHS Softball Tryouts moved to Old Middle School

Posted on May 30, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Due to inclement weather, the White County High School Softball tryouts have been moved to the Old Middle School from 9-11 a.m.


Copeland Chapel VBS

Posted on May 29, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Mon.-Fri., June 4-8

Copeland Chapel VBS

Who: Copeland Chapel Church

What: Vacation Bible School (“Treasure Seekers”)

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Church


Immediate opening for part-time Van Buren Eagle reporter

Posted on May 29, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Looking for someone as a part-time reporter for the Van Buren Eagle. To qualify for this position, the person must live in Van Buren County. The individual will be paid on a per-story basis. Must have excellent grammatical skills and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. This person must have excellent communication skills. Send resume or inquiries to Kim Swindell Wood – kim@spartalive.com


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