Monthly Archives: August 2018

Rock House DAR members attend workshops

Posted on August 30, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Members of the Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution from throughout the state attended the annual August workshops held in Maryville, Jackson, and Lebanon. Many topics were offered, including leadership training sessions for officers and committee chairmen, a new member workshop, promoting patriotism, and a session on “Mysteries of the Cemetery” to name a few. Members also brought needed items to support the Veterans Administration Home, in Murfreesboro, and gift cards to assist the DAR schools. Seated, L-R: Pamela Wood, Donna Hamilton; standing, L-R: Pamela Charles, Brandy Comer.


Pressed 4 Time restaurant opens

Posted on August 30, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

She knows the restaurant business, and he knows construction. So together they decided to go into business.

Husband and wife Michael Parks and Rhonda Benz together opened Pressed 4 Time, the new place to eat in downtown Sparta, at 28 N. Main St. They specialize in lunch meals, such as Panini, Reuben, wraps, and homemade soups.

Parks stated they have 15 signature sandwiches, and the most popular one is the Panini. Trevor Taylor is the man in charge of pressing the sandwiches, and, according to Benz, he is really good and is “definitely going to be a keeper.” Benz also said another popular menu item they serve are … Read More


Lost Creek Falls to Virgin Falls trail celebrated with dedication

Posted on August 30, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

Park Manager James Douglas led a group of people, on Aug. 25 through the trees and down the long path surrounding a field in the Big Bottom area. All the while, he told of the families that had lived on the land that now belongs to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The path, in some places, was an old logging road that was used in the 1920s by the Dodson family. Over time, the land was purchased in parcels, eventually becoming part of the 582-acre property in the Mid-Cumberland Wilderness Conservation Corridor of Scott’s Gulf.

Acquisition of this land allowed the state of Tennessee to create a trail … Read More


Veteran receives free service dog to assist with recovery from trauma

Posted on August 30, 2018 9:09 am by Rima Austin

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real thing. It is a result of someone having been exposed to an injury or severe psychological shock and incurring persistent mental and emotional stress.

Because of so many troops coming back from war in the Middle East, as well as veterans who have fought in other wars, K9s for Warriors was created.

K9s for Warriors serves veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma, with service dogs that are specially trained to help these types of cases. These service dogs are referred to as “prescription on four legs” or “battle buddies,” and veterans are taught … Read More


The Art Bin will provide several unique options

Posted on August 30, 2018 9:09 am by Rima Austin

Valerie Norris was a school psychologist for many years, so children with behavioral and learning issues are something she has worked closely with in the past.

Norris also knows what an impact art can have on these children. When the politics of public education became too much for her, she decided, with the help and support of her husband, Randy Norris, to open up a venue that could intertwine the two together. This was the idea behind her new art shop, The Art Bin.

“I was a school psychologist, and they traded to Response to Intervention, so my entire job changed within a matter of years,” said Valerie … Read More


Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson

Posted on August 30, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson, 80, owner of Sparta Office Supplies, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Republican Town Hall

Posted on August 30, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Crash on Garrett Road

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

South Group fire personnel and White County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched, on Aug. 28, 2018, to a two-car motor vehicle crash, on Garrett Road, with one vehicle down an embankment. The driver of the overturned vehicle and a juvenile passenger were treated for minor injuries at the scene. (Photo by ADAM WHITMAN)


Spartan Poker Run

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

Saturday, Oct. 13

Who: Ladies of Three Degrees MMC Chapter 12

What: Spartan Poker Run (all proceeds go to Sparta Masonic Lodge to assist with all Masonic activities)

When: Registration opens at 9 a.m., kick stands up at 10:30 a.m. (After ride will be announcing winner of the poker hand with a 50/50 win)

Where: Meet at Sparta Masonic Lodge #99, at 99 Masonic Dr., in Sparta (food and refreshments to follow ride, $7 per plate)


Parkinson’s Support Group

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

Sunday, Sept. 16

Who: Caregivers or family members, as well as anyone in the community

What: Parkinson’s Support Group meeting

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in classroom behind cafeteria

Contact: (931) 738-0791, (931) 510-6641


Community Fellowship revival

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

Sun., Sept. 9-Fri., Sept 14

Who: Community Fellowship Church

What: Revival

When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sept. 9, and 7 p.m., Sept. 10-14

Where: 382 W. Bockman Way


McCormick-Maddox-Copeland-Finley reunion

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

Who: All relatives and friends

What: Reunion

When: Plan to arrive at 11 a.m. to help set up, lunch at noon; bring food and drinks to share; utensils will be furnished

Where: Cumberland Mountain State Park, Shelter #1

Contact: Jan Burns (931) 484-6956


Diane Talmon-Gros Riggs

Posted on August 29, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Diane Talmon-Gros Riggs, 58, of Nolensville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018.

Mrs. Riggs was born Aug. 16, 1960.

She was a member of the Jenkins Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Riggs was a loving mother and cherished wife and best friend to her husband of 38 years.

Her son, Matthew Garret Riggs, preceded her in death by only eight days.

She is survived by her husband, Galen Riggs; mother, Hilde Talmon-Gros; and sister, Susan Chaffin.

A celebration of life service for Diane and her son, Matthew, will 3 p.m., Sept. 1, 2018, at Jenkins Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Nolensville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may … Read More


Matthew Garett Riggs

Posted on August 29, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Matthew Garett Riggs, 33, of Smyrna, passed away Aug. 9, 2018.

Mr. Riggs was born Feb. 16, 1985.

He was a member of the Jenkins Cumberland Presbyterian  Church and a loving, cherished son.

He was survived by father Galen Riggs and his mother, Diane Talmon-Gros Riggs, who followed him in death only eight days later; grandparents, Hilde Talmon-Gros, Bill and Frances Riggs; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life service for Matt and his mother, Diane, will be 3 p.m., Sept. 1, 2018, at Jenkins Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Nolensville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the … Read More


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