Monthly Archives: July 2018

Things that will make you say hmmm?

Posted on July 30, 2018 9:09 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

  • Why is it dangerous for Trump to press our NATO allies to pay their fair share, but not dangerous for them to not be spending on their military as they promised?
  • Why are we being bad allies to insist on fair trade, but they are not being bad allies to insist on taking advantage of us?
  • If President Obama caused our good economy, why wasn’t it good when he was president?
  • If business leaders so liked what President Obama did, why didn’t they cash out and sit it out when Donald Trump said he would do the exact opposite?
  • If Trump
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June unemployment rates increase in White County

Posted on July 30, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The unemployment rate for White County jumped 1.3 percent in June, according to data released by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, from 3.5 percent to 4.4 percent. According to TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips this is not unusual for this time of year.

County unemployment rates, unlike statewide unemployment rates, are not seasonally adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations, such as yearly school closings.

“These increases in county unemployment rates are something we typically see in June,” said Phillips. “In fact, we have experienced this uptick every June since the state started keeping records, in 1976.”

Between May and June of this year, education service jobs, such … Read More


Joint Economic and Community Development Board discusses road work and delays

Posted on July 30, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board met July 6 to discuss the status of White County’s economic health.

City Administrator Chris Dorsey explained the state is working on the streets of Sparta. He stressed it was not the City of Sparta who has initiated the project but rather the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Dorsey explained one of the problems that is happening is when they dig up the street, they dig up the traffic signal mechanisms.

“Until they come back and fix them, all of the signals are timed,” said Dorsey. “If you are wondering why, when you go by Hardee’s, and you are sitting at the … Read More


THP participates in statewide “Safe on Seventy” traffic enforcement

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

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee in an effort to keep one of the state’s busiest roads safe. Enforcement efforts will focus on U.S. Hwy 70 statewide. This is a strict traffic enforcement campaign that will take place on July 31 and August 3. This intensified enforcement effort is referred to as “Safe on Seventy.”

U.S. Hwy. 70 runs West to East through 36 counties in Tennessee encompassing 538 miles. U.S. Hwy. 70 ends at the North Carolina state line. Along the route, the roadway runs parallel to several U.S. and … Read More


Adopt a Shelter Dog

Posted on July 29, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


The Rabbit Hole

Posted on July 28, 2018 9:09 am by Sparta Live

(By Hansel Moore) – On the eastern outskirts of the Van Buren countryside, near the Bledsoe County line, sits a small structure that is the home to a unique population of locals.

They are locals because they were made here on the mountain by the creative hands of Cynthia Deweese and her mother, Alice. They are dressed in a variety of outfits, and some represent the daily attire of Van Buren residents. The farmer is dressed in blue jean overalls and is detailed with a pencil in the front pocket and a red bandana hanging out of the back pocket.

“I just love making them, and I couldn’t … Read More


Fall Creek Falls gets taste of politics

Posted on July 28, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Tony Mitchell

July 13 was the time for a political “Meet and Greet” at Fall Creek Falls Community Center.

Everyone had an invitation to “Meet Your Candidate” hosted by the Fall Creek Falls Community Action Group. The rules were simple – each candidate had three minutes to illustrate his or her position and qualifications. The community center served a pulled pork plate for a $6 donation to help offset the operating cost. Mark Blankenship opened the celebration with a quick prayer and an appeal for one of the speakers to come forward.

There is a hot race brewing for Van Buren County sheriff between the incumbent, Eddie … Read More


Sudden storm provides spectacular light show for Spencer residents

Posted on July 28, 2018 9:09 am by Sparta Live

By Tony Mitchell

A sudden storm splashed through Fall Creek Falls State Park campgrounds around 11 p.m., July 20, and continued well into the morning. It surprised and stranded some campers.

“Our tent wasn’t even finished,” said Eric Lester, who then sought shelter in the pavilions and restrooms, eventually finding a room for the night at Mitchell Manor.

Other campers reported having three inches of water in their tents because of the downhill flow.

“We were stuck under a shelter till after midnight,” said Adam Aldridge.

Lee Vause stated, “My grandson had a canopy set up, and the downdraft just slammed it to the ground.”

The clamor brought … Read More


Spencer-Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is growing

Posted on July 28, 2018 9:09 am by Sparta Live

By Tony Mitchell

The Van Buren County Chamber of Commerce met July 19 for its monthly meeting.

Nine members were present to discuss various aspects of the community. New members David and Leslie Senk, owners of ARETE Fine Chocolate, were welcomed and brought fresh ideas to the get-together. This will be the first chocolate maker and chocolatier to open in Spencer and Van Buren County. David Senk teaches, “Chocolate makers buy cocoa beans and turn it into finished chocolate. Chocolatiers buy finished chocolate and turn it into bon-bons, trufles, and other chocolate treats.” They plan to open in September.

Diann Goney introduced the need for more local entertainment … Read More


Summer in full swing at golf course

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

When people think golf, in Middle Tennessee, they don’t always think of Van Buren County, or specifically Fall Creek Falls golf course.

If anyone hasn’t visited these beautiful rolling fairways of the mountain in a while, then pack your clubs and take a trip. The manicured, lush challenges that make up this gem of a course in the heart of Fall Creek Falls State Park are a part of the lure of this outdoor attraction.

There are angles, sand, and water hazards to make each hole a bit more memorable than the next.   The grounds crews have been attentive to each blade of grass, and … Read More


Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr.

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr., 70, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nickerson was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Nickerson and Virginia Peterson Nickerson.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Charlene McBride

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wilma Charlene McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her home.

Born April 25, 1939, in Sparta, she was the daughter of Claude Johnson and Gertrude Wallace Johnson.

She was a member of Findlay Church of Christ.

Mrs. McBride was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert (Bob) McBride; brothers, Kenneth Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Charles Johnson, Albert Johnson, Alfred Johnson; and sisters, Della Franks and Jo Marie Johnson.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Greene (Eston), of Sparta; son, Robert A. McBride, of Madison; grandson, Brad Greene (Megan), of Sparta; granddaughter, Melanie Banker (Adam), of Sparta; granddaughter, Ashley Greene, of Sparta; grandson, Kevin McBride, … Read More


Lucille Hyder Dodson

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lucille Hyder Dodson, 98, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Alive Hospice, in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Dodson was born June 30, 1920, in Putnam County, to Albert Hyder and Cora West Hyder.

She was a former shirt factory worker and a retired florist.

Mrs. Dodson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Edward “Bill Ed” Dodson; son, Merrell Edd Dodson; brother, Lewis Hyder; and sisters, Mertie Bartlett, Mildred Swearingen, Ruby Grissom, Doris Vickers.

Survivors include her son, Meldon Dodson and wife Judy, of Doyle, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., July 29, 2018, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family … Read More


BASF volunteers plant flowers to spruce up Sparta streets

Posted on July 28, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

BASF employee Michael Carter recently volunteered time to help beautify streets in Sparta.

Pictured from the left are BASF employees Brooke Gunter, Frank Gunter, David Ballinger, Kaulay Gunter, Jerry Bumbalough, Kenneth Temple, Shawn Mihelic, Beverly Justice, Della Wilson, Scott Keylon, Stacey Prater, Darrin Norris Henrik Olson, Dustin Brock, Chad Pryor, Kenneth Cooksey, Karissa Temple. Not pictured are Jerry Bishop, Doug Vandermyde, Diane Trombley, and Hilda Cantrell

Pictured from left are BASF employees Brad Daniel, Jacques Philippe, Nicholas Young, Brad Lewis, Tracy Dover, Stan Kinnard, Dale Officer, Jody Presley, Chris Bumbalough, Michael Carter, Andy Schmitt, Michael Akehinmi and Steve Payne. Not pictured are Chad Pryor, Kenneth Temple, and Hilda

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