Monthly Archives: June 2018

Amy Elizabeth Clouse Springston

Posted on June 26, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Amy Elizabeth Clouse Springston, 44, of Sparta, left this life, on June 24, 2018, to go to her heavenly home.

Mrs. Springston was born Sept. 8, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan, to Garry and Kathryn Clouse. She was lovingly devoted to her husband, Brian, her family, and her faith. Brian often told her that Amy was short for amazing, and anyone who knew her knows how true that is. She found her true calling when she went to work as a teacher’s assistant, at Cassville Elementary, over 17 years ago. She loved her Cassville kids and her co-workers. Amy was strong in her faith and a proud member of … Read More


Dennis Fredrick Schmitt

Posted on June 26, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dennis Fredrick Schmitt, 77, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, passed away June 24, 2018, at home.

Mr. Schmitt graduated from Leeds High School – 1959; University of Alabama – 1963; McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University – 1966; and served Army Reserve as second lieutenant, United States Army.

He purchased a pharmacy and moved to Sparta, Tennessee, in 1967. The customers at the pharmacy, Warwick Discount Drugs, came to love Dennis as he cared for them for 21 years. In Sparta, Dennis raised his family.

He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church, in Sparta. It was through his involvement at this church where he was a founding … Read More


Coach Pitch All-Stars playing in Carthage

Posted on June 26, 2018 11:11 am by Andy Southard

Sparta’s 7-and-8-year-old Little League All-Star team will begin its area tournament play June 25 against the host team, Smith County.

The 7-and-8-year-old division is coach’s pitch, so who is on the mound doesn’t loom as significant for this age group. Defense gains a stricter focus because there should be a lot more opportunities to field this game. Plus, having the bats to put those pitches from the coach in play is another key to this age group.

Bruce Richardson is the manager for this year’s 7-and-8-year-old team, and he brings plenty of experience as a youth coach to the field.

The members with this team are Lucas Phillips, … Read More


12-year old All-Stars ousted in district tourney

Posted on June 26, 2018 11:11 am by Andy Southard

Gabriel Baker swings at a pitch in Friday night’s game vs. Smith County.

Trenton Wilson throws a pitch in Friday night’s game against Smith County. Wilson pitched the first two innings for the 12-year-old All-Stars.

The White County-Sparta Little League 12-year old All-Star Team saw its season come to a close in their district tournament, on Friday night.

The 12-year old All-Stars struggled with the bats in the tournament and lost both games due to run rule.

The first night of the tournament, the All-Star Team watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover, falling to Gallatin 12-1.

On Friday night, the All-Stars were unable to ever … Read More


Rickey Carl Mott

Posted on June 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rickey Carl Mott, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 25, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


July 4th event at Doyle

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

A July 4th event, which includes fireworks, will be at Doyle Community Center beginning approximately 8:45 p.m. Rain out date will be July 7. Everyone is invited to attend.


The toughest battles

Posted on June 26, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

There’s a small verse strategically placed in the Old Testament pages in the book of Joshua. Moses has died, and Joshua has been exalted to the position of leadership over the nation and people of Israel. The only problem was that Israel was a nation without a home, countrymen without a country, and Joshua was the new leader of over 2 million drifters without a home.

Now in the third verse of Joshua chapter 1, we find a promise that God made Moses a generation earlier. It simply said, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have … Read More


Tennessee Promise students face July 1 deadline

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

All current and incoming Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise students have until July 1 to complete and submit eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship which allows recent high school graduates to attend a state community college or technical school tuition-free.

“There are numerous ways that students can complete their community service hours, including job shadowing, cleaning local, state, and recreational parks, or by volunteering at local non-profit organizations,” said Jonathan Graham, Tennessee Promise director at Motlow.

Students can visit the tnAchieves website, tnachieves.org, which lists a host of community service opportunities for … Read More


Truth telling is a lonely business

Posted on June 26, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

“Just fix it,” she said, as if it were the most obvious and easy thing ever. No, this was not some 7-year-old with a broken toy. We were attempting (well, one of us was) to have a conversation about the problem of detained children on America’s border – on Facebook of course. It was the first of the week, when outrage was fresh and new, and facts were few and mostly unwelcome. And my respondent was a 30-something mother of two.

As with all things negative to a liberal, my friend was convinced not only that this was terrible but also … Read More


Hot button issues – how much do they matter?

Posted on June 26, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Political rhetoric is really starting to heat up with the impending mid-term elections. Watching the commercials for some of the very rich candidates running for election would be rather amusing, if they didn’t all sound the same. Each candidate claims they are down-to-earth, just like the majority of voters in Tennessee. They are simple people who only want what they feel is best for Tennesseans because they believe in strong family values and have an abundance of Christian faith. Several of them talk about pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps to become rich and successful, with no help from anybody, especially … Read More


Life Care Center of Sparta earns AHCA/NCAL Bronze Award

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

Life Care Center of Sparta, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, recently received the 2018 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.

Applicants develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They must also demonstrate … Read More


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint – White County

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

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on July 1-7, 2018, on State Route 111, in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint – Van Buren

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

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on July 22-28, 2018 on State Route 30, in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Gleaners Co-op looking to volunteer in White County

Posted on June 26, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

Hunger is a big issue, especially in a food desert like Sparta.

According to No Kid Hungry organization, 43 percent of families find that away from being able to take advantage of the free lunch programs at school, the summer months are the hardest to make ends meet. Because of this, numerous organizations are formed to try to curb the problem of families, especially children, going hungry. One of those organizations in the Upper Cumberland area is East Tennessee Gleaners Co-op or ETGC.

East Tennessee Gleaners Co-op is an organization founded in Crossville by Kim McCoy, ETGC president. McCoy stated she originally came to this area from Washington … Read More


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