Monthly Archives: August 2018

Motorcycle collides with truck

Posted on August 27, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

On Aug. 23, 2018, at approximately 11:02 a.m., a motorcycle crashed with a motor vehicle, at Fred Hill Road and Highway 111, in White County. According to a preliminary report by Trooper Cody Roberts, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2011 Dodge truck driven by Christopher A. Maxwell, 47, of Belvidere, Tennessee, was traveling north on Highway 111. According to the report, a 2003 Honda motorcycle, which was driven by Vincent P. Murray, 69, of Sparta, turned left from Fred Hill Road onto Highway 111 North, into the path of the Maxwell vehicle. After the impact, the Maxwell vehicle and the motorcycle came to rest in the median. … Read More


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale set for Oct. 6 in Sparta

Posted on August 27, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

It’s time again for the Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale. Kicking off at daylight on Oct. 6, the event will have vendors set up from Captain D’s, located on the corner of Bockman Way and Highway 111, all the way to Sparta Civic Center.

The original idea for the yard sale, started by Betty Hickey and Liz Allison, was to bring more business to the small business owners, in Sparta.

“Hardee’s, Captain D’s, and (Little Caesar’s) there on Bockman Way – they all tell me they make more money on that day than any other day of the year,” said Hickey.

Hickey also said she wanted to encourage … Read More


Richardson is wrongfully arrested on drug charges

Posted on August 27, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A White County man who was wrongfully arrested on four felony drug counts for selling and delivering methamphetamine has had the charges dismissed after the assistant district attorney general was informed of the incident that occurred after a sheriff department detective reportedly misidentified the subject.

According to Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on Aug. 20, 2018, the criminal court judge of White County empaneled the new grand jury for the August term of court. One of the new grand jurors was Ronnie Richardson, 50, of White County.

Dunaway stated that as the grand jury began to meet to consider the cases to be presented to them, a White County … Read More


Couple are taken to hospital after motorcycle wreck

Posted on August 25, 2018 7:07 pm by Rima Austin

At approximately 6:25 p.m. Saturday, August 25, emergency services were summoned to 12483 Old Kentucky Road to investigate a motorcycle wreck. According to Tennessee State Trooper David Hickey, two motorcycles were travelling south bound when a tractor began to enter the highway. The first motorcycle managed to stop but the second one did not get stopped in time. The second motorcycle, a Harley Davidson with a man and woman occupying it, skidded on its side throwing the occupants free. Both occupants were transported by ambulance to St. Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta. Neither one had serious injuries.


Jolley celebrates 32 years of public service

Posted on August 25, 2018 7:07 pm by Rima Austin

White County Court Clerk, Connie Jolley, celebrated her achievements she has collected over 32 years in a public service role. Senator Paul Bailey awarded Jolley with a recognition of service award in front of family and friends at a party thrown in her honor Saturday, August 25, at the Oldham Theater in downtown Sparta. She will be leaving office August 31.


Doyle College research project

Posted on August 25, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Landon D. Medley

Did Charles Lee Graham, Floyd Lee Graham, Willie Bell Graham, Sara Ruth Sherrell, Ray Watson, Carl Cannon, Margaret Eller, Laura Earls, Martha Jo Felton, Howard Foster, Helen Foster, Fred Alverson, Willie Pearl Goddard, Maude Ellen Phifer, Helen Sparkman, James Swindler attend Doyle in the 1920’s; by 1920’s, over 4,000 children had attended the school. In charge of girls’ dorm was Mrs. Milo [Lou Ella Rodgers] Moore, born 14 Jun 1876, died 24 Mar 1956, buried Greenwood Cemetery, White Co., TN, daughter of John T.  and Josephine McGuire Rogers, married 23 Jan 1898, Milo Moore born 10 May 1855, died 3 Apr 1927 buried Greenwood … Read More


Adopt a Shelter Dog

Posted on August 25, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Connie Jolley retirement celebration

Posted on August 25, 2018 10:10 am by


Sunny Adair Davis

Posted on August 25, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Feb. 9, 2018-Aug. 23, 2018

Sunny Adair Davis passed away shortly after noon, on Aug. 23, 2018. Although his life on the earth was short, Baby Sunny was a blessing to his family, friends, and to the countless others who prayed for him from the moment he began his life, on Feb. 9, 2018.

The journey with Sunny wasn’t always easy, but it was incredibly beautiful. Baby Sunny beat the odds and was born 15 weeks early at Erlanger Hospital. When Sunny took his first breath, there was no doubt that he was fearfully and wonderfully made. His family is so thankful to have had the opportunity to … Read More


Van Buren County Fair pageants

Posted on August 25, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Van Buren jail administrator named Training Officer of the Year

Posted on August 25, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The jail administrator for Van Buren County Sheriff Department Jarrod Campbell, recently received the Training Officer of the Year Award at the Tennessee Corrections Institute Conference, in Franklin. Also pictured are Kim Summer, of Macon County, and Ben Nolt, of Van Buren County.


Van Buren Sheriff Department continues fight against drugs

Posted on August 25, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Multiple marijuana plants were set ablaze by the Van Buren County Sheriff Department.

(Above and below) While investigating a theft, Spencer Police Chief Michael Brock called the sheriff department’s K-9 officer, Deputy Ballew, for assistance with locating dangerous drugs. K-9 Rade was deployed, and the pictured drugs and weapon were recovered and removed from the community.


And the winner is…

Posted on August 25, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Van Buren County Fairest of the Fair is MaKayla Mooneyham, who was also named Miss Congeniality. Sheridan Bouldin was named first runner up. See more pageant photos on 6A. (Photo by LOU ANN BANKS MYERS)

By Hansel Moore

Aug. 16 was the opening night of the abbreviated Van Buren County Fair. Young women were prepared to shine with their gowns, smiles, and poise.

It was the Fairest of the Fair pageant with contestants of various ages representing the county. The stands and parking areas were full, as two contestants for the crown were introduced and given the opportunity to answer a proposed question.   Makayla Mooneyham and Sheridan Bouldin … Read More


Spencer police increase impaired driving enforcement

Posted on August 25, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

The Spencer Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign from August 17 to September 3, surrounding the Labor Day holiday. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.

Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2012 to 2016—one person killed every 50 minutes in 2016. … Read More


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