Monthly Archives: July 2018

UDC members attend banquet

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

Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, United Daughters of the Confederacy, recently held their Annual Banquet at Nick’s Restaurant, in Cookeville. Seated, L-R: Hallie Harris, Carolyn Rankhorn, Martha Sue Broyles, Susan Hunter, Pamela Wood, Donna Hamilton; standing, L-R: Marr Temples, Mattie Harris, Susan Harris, Annette Coorts-Flanders, Cathy Sullivan, Carolyn Carr, Barbara Parsons, Theresa Loftis, Betty Ledbetter, Sherrie McCulley, Louise Stover, Kristie Welch, and Matilda Speck.

Early voting in progress

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

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

Boundless love from a senior dog

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

Introduction by Sharon Langford, Friends of White County Animals president

When Shirley told me about Ms. Templeton adopting the senior dog, both Shirley and I agreed that this story of compassion and generosity should be shared. I only adopt very senior dogs and people often ask how I can stand to lose them so soon. My response is always that the joy of helping them have a good end of life is the priority. There is no correlation between the length of time we have with a dog and how much we love them and there is such a blessing in giving these seniors a home. We hope … Read More

A heart bursting with…

Posted on July 26, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Have you ever had your heart broken? Most of us would answer, “YES. At least once! Probably several times.”

Has your heart ever burst with joy, pride? Hopefully, your answer to the second question would be, “More times than broken.”

Have you ever experienced both of the above, simultaneously?

That’s what happened to Sammie and me when our son broke the news to us recently. Our hearts swelled with pride upon learning that Stephen had been offered a very prestigious position with the Tennessee Department of Education, in Nashville. Without too much detail, l will just say that it is a great … Read More

Best One Pressure Washing

Posted on July 26, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin



After the messy weather the past seasons, pressure washing one’s home could be necessary.

Sparta residents have a pressure washing business owned by a White County family. Skylar Delaney and his cousin, MaKenzi Delaney, run Best One Pressure Washing.

When asked what they specialize in doing as far as pressure washing, Skylar Delaney stated they can do just about anything that anybody would like for them to do.

“We do heavy equipment, inside garages and barns, inside of storage buildings, anything really,” said Skylar Delaney. “We’re an all-purpose company.”

When asked what gave him the idea to start a pressure washing business, Skylar Delaney stated he … Read More

Making a difference in many ways

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

Chamber Member of the Month

AirMedCare Network is the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month.

“In addition to saving lives, the helicopters that AirMedCare keeps in our region promote economic development,” said Marvin Bullock, president of the Chamber. “The ability to have a patient to a trauma center in Nashville, Knoxville, or Chattanooga in less than a half hour is a selling point to both retirees and industry considering Sparta for relocation.”

AirMedCare fills a void left open by most insurance companies; insurance usually does not cover the entire expense of an air ambulance. Last year, the Chamber provided an opportunity for members to purchase … Read More

Alan Tatum honored by Rotary Club

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Rotary Club of Sparta recently made a memorial contribution to honor of longtime Sparta Rotarian Alan Tatum who passed away last February.

Outgoing Rotary Club President Steve Ware said, “Alan was a dear friend, a healer, and a living example of Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above Self.’ It is fitting that we recognize him by making a donation in his honor in support of Rotary’s #1 objective, the global eradication of polio.”

Over the past 30 years, Rotarians have contributed countless hours and nearly $2 billion to fight this crippling disease. While the number of polio cases has fallen from more than 1,000 per day, in 1985, … Read More

Feds admit propagandizing Americans with fake news

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall, JD

Richard Stengel, a former high-level U.S. government official, head of the office for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department from 2013 to 2016, former editor of Time Magazine, and a regular pundit on MSNBC, said in April of 2018 at a Council on Foreign Relations forum about “fake news”, that he “supports the use of propaganda on American citizens”. He then continued; “Basically, every country creates their own narrative story and, you know, my old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the ‘chief propagandist’ job.”

Keep in mind, that in 2013, … Read More

Sparta native running for 6th Congressional District seat

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Chris Finley

Ever since he found out Diane Black was from Baltimore Maryland, Chris Finley, a Sparta native, has wanted to take over her seat as the U. S. Congress representative for Tennessee’s 6th District.

“I got curious about her because I was moving back to Sparta, and I wanted to know who was representing the area,” said Finley, who is a Democrat. “I didn’t know much about Diane Black, so I decided to start looking into it. I didn’t see that she was doing anything for the district other than sitting in the office and promoting a bunch of national Republican policies.”

Black now represents Tennessee’s 6th … Read More

Tax exempt weekend starts Friday

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

It’s back to school time again and that also means sales tax holiday weekend.

Every year Tennessee sets aside three days where certain items will be tax free for the duration of an entire weekend. Like all offers, there are regulations. Qualifying items include clothing that is $100 or less, school supplies and school art supplies that are $100 or less, and computers that are $1,500 or less. Other items that are considered non-essential to going back to school are not tax exempt. These items include jewelry, handbags, and sports and recreational equipment. Stores in Sparta do different things to get ready for the tax-exempt weekend and are … Read More

Mitchell Ford river access gets makeover thanks to TDEC grant

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Through a Tennessee Economic Development and Tourism Grant grant, Mitchell Ford river access recently received a makeover.

Directions for Mitchell Ford river access are: From the courthouse, head south on South Young Street 9.2 miles. The road name will change from South Young Street to Hickory Valley Road. When you cross Frasier Bridge, the access will be on the left.

A walkway bridge has been installed over the ravine that leads to the riverbed where hundreds of people every year put in their canoes and kayaks.

A day-use area has also been constructed to make the area more user friendly. According to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President … Read More

Robinson helps secure grant for railroad crossing repairs

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson announced Friday that funds have been secured to repair the railroad crossing on Highway 111 just before the last Sparta exit going southbound.

Robinson, who was elected chairman of the Tri-County Railroad Authority, in April 2018, quickly applied for a grant to finance the repairs.

“Our application to repair the Highway 111 railroad crossing, in Sparta, was the first to be received by TDOT out of the 18 shortline railroads statewide,” said Robinson. “TDOT told us that since ours was the first application received, we would be the first to receive funding.”

The repairs to the crossing will include the shoulders of … Read More

Red Turner’s Sporting Goods is going out of business

Posted on July 26, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

It is the end of an era. For 63 years, Red Turner’s Sporting Goods has been operating in Sparta.

After serving in World War II with the U.S. Navy, W.C. “Red” Turner returned to Sparta. For 10 years he worked for the U.S. Tobacco Company. In 1955, Turner decided to open up a general sporting goods company, becoming one of the top five athletic team dealers, for sporting equipment, in the country.

Turner and his wife, Johnnie Ruth, were dealers for every major manufacturing company in the athletic industry, serving over 50 high schools and 10 colleges. Firms such as Russell Athletic, Nike, Converse, and many other brand … Read More

Rhonda Colleen England Ledbetter

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

Rhonda Coleen England Ledbetter, 53, of Sparta, passed away July 19, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Ledbetter was born June 9, 1965, in Utica, Michigan, the daughter of Everette Paul England Sr. and Vera Mae Young England.

She was a beloved wife, mother of Jeremy Bechtel, and a cherished sister.

Mrs. Ledbetter was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Everette Paul England Jr. and Kenneth Charles England.

Survivors include her husband, Hunter Ledbetter; brothers, Michael England, Mark England, John England; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members.

A family memorial will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is

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