Monthly Archives: May 2018

Warriorette Basketball Camp

Posted on May 18, 2018 9:09 am by

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White County High School Warriorette Basketball Camp

May 22-24, 2018

9:00-11:30

Roy Sewell Gymnasium

$40.00 per camper

(Make checks payable to White County High School)

Ages: K-8th grade


American Legion donates flags

Posted on May 18, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

American Flags were donated by the Veterans Museum of White County to the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery Board for placement on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. Back row: Roger Johnson, Carolyn Murphy, Joe Chaston; front row, Donna Fare (Veterans Museum), Tabitha Oakley, Amy Vinson, Darren Oakley, Sandy Witt (Veterans Museum)


Lee Cemetery decoration

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, May 26

Who: Lee Cemetery

What: Decoration

When: Beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Cemetery

Contact: (931) 738-3043


Celebrating Nursing Home Week

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Hansel Moore, contributor

On May 14, 2018, the celebration officially began at the Generations Center of Spencer Nursing Facility. I was honored to begin the week with the declaration of recognition for the residents and associates who provide heartfelt care to our senior population 24/7.

WHEREAS our beloved citizens of Spencer, TN, now residing in nursing homes, skilled nursing care and post-acute care centers have contributed immeasurably to the heritage, success and growth of our community.

WHEREAS nursing home residents of any age or ability are themselves living history and a precious resource.

Let no elderly or disabled person sit alone during this time to wonder if … CONTINUED


10 indicted in Putnam County human trafficking operation

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

An undercover human trafficking operation conducted by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of ten men facing felony charges in a targeted effort to identify individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.

“With each similar operation we conduct, we want to send the same message; that we will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of any person in our community,” says TBI Acting Director Jason Locke. “This is a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds. As a state, Tennessee has … CONTINUED


Spencer Elementary School receives Summer Camp Grant

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Students were choosing their Moon Pie and will learn this summer how they are relevant to Tennessee.

Door prize drawing (choice of two books from the Buy 1 Get 1 Scholastic Book Fair) for one student and one adult. Logan Smeltzer was the student winner, and Tennie Yates was the adult winner.

Submitted by Stephanie Sullivan

Spencer Elementary School once again received the R2BR Summer Camp Grant for the month of June. Families were invited to hear about the plans that are in store for their children. We will be learning about the state of Tennessee, so our theme this year is Camp Rocky Top. We are excited … CONTINUED


Commander’s Call

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Highland Crossfit

This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.

END 22

The number 22 was the number of my wall locker in basic training over 25 years ago.   I am not sure why I remember such strange things, but it may be the fact that the double deuce seemed to follow me throughout the years. It kind of became my “lucky” number, and I will admit it was always one of number sets whenever I played the lottery (which … CONTINUED


Van Buren man accused of Cumberland County murder to appear in court

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Billy Joe Wannyn, 47

A bond reduction hearing that was scheduled to take place for a Spencer man accused of murdering a Cumberland County man has been postponed until September.

In February 2018, a Cumberland County grand jury brought forth an indictment against a Van Buren County man on multiple charges, including murder.

According to information that was obtained from the Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Billy Joe Wannyn, 47, of Spencer, was indicted Feb. 26, 2018 on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of Crossville resident Albin Von Buechel, 71.

On Jan. 20, 2018, deputies with the … CONTINUED


Date set for new Van Buren County justice center open house

Posted on May 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

During recent discussions held by county commissioners, with the excitement of the completion of the new Van Buren County Administration Building and Justice Center Complex, the county has set a date for a communitywide open house, scheduled for June 3.

Final construction on the new county building that will house the Van Buren County Justice Center, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, the county jail, and all county government offices is nearing competition as the county commission last month approved signing off on the certificate of substantial completion for the administration portion of the new complex.

The sheriff department is working with engineers and construction crews on punch list … CONTINUED


Mock DUI event brings harsh reality to Van Buren High School students

Posted on May 17, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Michelle Christian, contributor

Van Buren High School juniors and seniors were getting ready for prom, which was May 11, and anticipating graduation, which is May 18.

Students, along with several community supporters, staged a Mock DUI/ Distracted Driving wreck on the campus of VBHS.

This was used as a teaching tool to remind students to not drink and drive or somehow be distracted while driving by alcohol, drugs, cell phones, or having too many friends in the vehicle. They were reminded to always wear their seat belts.

Before the students were taken to the crash scene, special guest speaker Teresa Stockwell from Dunlap spoke to the students … CONTINUED


All-District Teams announced for WCHS spring sports

Posted on May 17, 2018 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

Paige ParkerWith White County High School spring sports seasons coming to an end last week, coaches for all three spring sports released their All-District Teams.

Macon Girdley

Jason Maxwell

Ellie Savage

Eli McDonald

David Smith

The WCHS Soccer All-District team members included, (L to R) Cameron Dronebarger, Tyler Seals, and Elan Thompson.

The White County High School soccer team had one player on the first team All-District Team, and two members on the second team All-District Team. For the softball team, the Warriorettes had two members on the first team All-District, two members on the second team, and two members on the honorable mention team. For the baseball … CONTINUED


White County High School graduates 110th class

Posted on May 17, 2018 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

Heidi Whitaker presented her speech to her fellow classmates in the graduating Class of 2018.

Bryce Wilcoxson gave his speech titled “Laying a Strong Foundation.”

After the drum line finished, the caps were thrown in the air. Family and friends hugged, laughed, cried, and took lots of photos.

The Class of 2018 gathered on Dee Harris Field, on May 14, 2018, while an overflow crowd filled both the home and visiting side bleachers and the track inside Warrior Stadium. It was the 110th commencement exercise of WCHS.

Nathan Aaron, WCHS assistant principal, opened the ceremony when he welcomed everyone to the graduation.

The White County High School JROTC … CONTINUED


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