Monthly Archives: June 2018

Reagan Day Dinner on June 21

Posted on June 30, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The White County Republican Party held its meeting this month, on June 21, 2018, at Duck Pond Manor. Nineteen Republican speakers addressed close to 200 people at this Reagan Day Dinner gala event. Candidates for federal, state, and local offices presented their platforms and mingled with Sparta-White County constituents during the meet-and-greet and throughout the evening.

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Teresa Faye Austin

Posted on June 30, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Teresa Faye Austin, 55, of Sparta, gained her wings June 17, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elanze Austin Jr. and Barbara Anne Austin; one brother, Elanze Austin III; and one sister, Mariann Spivey.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Lynn Austin, Alana Delores Austin; two brothers, Billie Austin, Richard Austin, both of Sparta; two sisters, Peggy Austin, of Pleasant Hill, June (Richard) Jennings, of Smithville; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and many special friends.

There will be a celebration of life for Ms. Austin, 2-6 p.m., July 22, 2018, at Pearson Park Pavilion. Please come celebrate with her family and friends and … Read More


Harry Lee Cole

Posted on June 30, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Harry Lee Cole, 77, of Walling, passed away June 28, 2018.

Born Jan. 15, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Comer Cole and Opal Hitchcock Cole. He was the husband of Ruby Rutledge Cole.

Mr. Cole served as a deacon at Laurel Creek Baptist Church, in Bone Cave. He served 31 years in the military, where he retired as command sergeant major. He had also worked at Oster Manufacturing. Mr. Cole owned Century 21 Real Estate, and later served as 911 director for White County. He retired as a real estate broker for Hawk’s Bluff.

Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his parents and … Read More


Two charged with murder in death of Sparta man in Smith County

Posted on June 29, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of two men who are charged in a Smith County double homicide that occurred earlier this year.

At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, on April 26, Agents joined investigators with the DA’s office and deputies with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the homicide … Read More


Harry L. Cole

Posted on June 29, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Harry L. Cole, 77, of Sparta, passed away June 28, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sparta residents to play in Football America Magazine’s Stars & Stripes Youth All-Star Bowl on July 7

Posted on June 28, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Kayden Blaylock, along with his long-time buddy, Keaton Sparkman, will be playing in the Football America Magazine’s Stars & Stripes Youth All-Star Bowl, on July 7, 2018, in Nashville, at White’s Creek High School. They were both selected to play on the 12/13U Stripes Team. Keaton’s younger brother, Eli Sparkman, will be playing on the 9U Stars Team the same day.

Keaton and Eli are the sons of Jacob and Pam Sparkman. Kayden is the son of Nathan and Vanessa Blaylock.

Kayden Blaylock

Keaton Sparkman

Eli Sparkman


Van Buren candidate forum

Posted on June 28, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Van Buren County Homecoming

Posted on June 28, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Governor candidate Bill Lee visits Van Buren County

Posted on June 28, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Hansel Moore, contributor

The Van Buren Republican Party hosted Bill Lee, a republican candidate for Tennessee governor. Lee and his wife, Maria, returned to the building in which the decision to run for governor was first publicly announced.

“Last year, after much prayer and consideration, I decided to run for governor and help improve the quality of life for 6.5 millions Tennesseans,” said Bill Lee. “We chose Van Buren County, an agricultural county, to begin our RV tour of 95 counties. Coming back here today is like coming home.”

County Mayor Greg Wilson welcomed Bill Lee and his team to Van Buren and introduced him to the … Read More


Bowling speaks at Van Buren County Republican meeting

Posted on June 28, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Janice Bowling was the keynote speaker at the Van Buren County Republican Party meeting, on June 11. She shared her passion for the rural communities that make up the 16th district.

“At times, it is difficult to convey the needs of the rural community to Nashville,” said Bowling. “Those from the metropolitan areas don’t understand life outside the city.”

Bowling reviewed the political changes in the past year and discussed the upcoming elections.

An aging reminder of her elections from years ago, JANICE BOWLING can be seen on a barn located on Route 30, and its likeness was presented as a reminder of Van Buren County.

She … Read More


Van Buren Chamber monthly meeting a sign of the future?

Posted on June 28, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Tony Mitchell, contributor

The Van Buren Chamber of Commerce conducted its monthly meeting on June 21.

The 15 members present were able to hear an update from Ruth Dyal, of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association. Dyal provided a synopsis of what the UTTA does and information about the annual magazine they publish.

Donna Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Bed & Breakfast, asked, “How do we do tourism in Tennessee? There is a map at the [Fall Creek Falls] ranger station with business ads along the perimeter, but when I called the publisher, they said that it has not been printed in a few years.”

Ruth Dyal responded by … Read More


Candidate forum set for June 29 at Van Buren County Justice Center

Posted on June 28, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Hansel Moore, contributor

Van Buren County Democrat Party and Van Buren County Republican Party are hosting a candidate question-and-answer forum, at 6 p.m., June 29, 2018, at the new administrative/justice center. The following candidates have been invited:

State Representative

Cameron Sexton (incumbent – Republican)

Ann Quillen (Democrat)

City of Spencer mayor

Mickey Robinson (incumbent)

Duane Hodges

Jeff Walling

Sheriff

Eddie Carter (incumbent)

Mark Evans

Questions will be asked by the moderator and explanation of the rules. Also, the audience will have an opportunity to asked questions.

An interview with both of the candidates for sheriff are as follows.

EDDIE CARTER

“Leaders are made, not born.”

“After … Read More


Backpack Assist Ministry

Posted on June 28, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Hamstead Stage Company visits kids at Summer Reading Program

Posted on June 28, 2018 11:11 am by Rima Austin

Hampstead Stage Company comes to Sparta White County Library. Join the White County Library and Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth next week at the First United Methodist Church to see the animals.

Two hundred sixty seven children joined the Hampstead Stage Company at the Summer Reading Program at the First Methodist Church June, 28


Roberts’ success helps him complete a lifelong dream

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

Ethan Roberts is a baseball player that has not only made his name known to the residents of White County but also to the nation.

Roberts, a 2015 graduate of White County High School, earned all-district honors all four years of his high school career, and he was also named to the all-state team his senior year. However, Roberts has put his name into the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles’ record books and has also fulfilled a lifelong dream.

As a TTU freshman, Roberts was named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshman All-American Team. He was also named to the OVC’s All-Rookie Team. As a sophomore, Roberts moved into the … Read More


7/8 Coach Pitch All-Stars fall in opener

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

The White County-Sparta Little League’s 7/8 Coach Pitch All-Star baseball team took the diamond, on Monday night, in Carthage.

The All-Stars would struggle out of the gate falling to the host team Smith County 18-6.

After falling behind 5-0 in the top of the first inning, Sparta would cut into Smith County’s lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lucas Phillips got things going with a single but would be erased, when Connor Shannon would hit into a fielder’s choice. However, the Warriors would get back-to-back hits from Griffin Adams and Reece Wallace to pick up their first two runs of the game and cut the lead … Read More


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