Monthly Archives: June 2018

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


Request from Anti-Drug Coalition

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

We have a request for a set of bunk beds for White County foster children. The beds will follow these children wherever they go. Please call Beth Kirby, with the White County Anti-Drug Coalition,  at 931-269-3500 if you have an available set of beds or want to help.


Willard Norris is retiring after 50 years in the grocery business

Posted on June 26, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

The walls were decorated with checkered flags and pictures of vintage jukeboxes. There were mini jukeboxes on the tables, streamers across the ceiling, and a DJ playing music from the 1950s and 1960s, but the most popular attraction was Willard Norris walking around talking to his friends and family who had come out to celebrate his big day.

Norris is a staple in Sparta. If anyone has done any grocery shopping, in Sparta, over the last 50 years, they have most likely seen or talked to Norris. On June 21, 2018, Norris kicked off his retirement with a rock-n-roll drumbeat at Sparta Civic Center.

“I started working at … Read More


Jail escapee, convicted child rapist added to TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted

Posted on June 25, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Joel Blanton

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list: Joel Ernest Blanton.

Blanton (DOB 2-10-81) is wanted by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and the TBI after escaping from the Van Buren County Jail at approximately 1:00 AM today. On April 17th, Blanton was found guilty of four counts of Rape of a Child and two counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery. He was awaiting a Wednesday sentencing when he escaped this morning.

Blanton is a white man who stands 5’11” and weighs approximately 236 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and several tattoos on his face, hands, … Read More


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint

Posted on June 25, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints starting on 06-24-18 through 06-30-2018 on U.S Hwy 70S 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.


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