Monthly Archives: September 2018

WCMS football takes down Franklin County South

Posted on September 3, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County Middle football team picked up its first win of the season, on Aug. 28, when they traveled to Winchester to take on the Gators of North Franklin Middle School. The Warriors won the game by a final score of 40-12.

The Gators would receive the opening kick-off and drive the ball down to the Warriors’ two-yard line. The Warriors’ defense would hang strong and keep the Gators out of the end zone.

The Warriors would take over the ball, and, on their second play of the drive, Malaki Dowell would find a seam and take the ball 98 yards for the touchdown to get the … Read More


Officials take oaths of office

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

It was standing room only at the swearing in of White County elected officials, on Aug 31, 2018. Denny Wayne Robinson, county executive, swore in newly elected commissioners, as well as those who had been re-elected, as their families watched. Pictured above is Robinson with the 14-member county legislative body: Andy Haston, Cain Rogers, Terry Alley, T.K. Austin, Lonnie Crouch, Robert McCormick, Lanny Selby, Dakota White, Dale Bennett, Dillard Quick, Lee Broyles, Roger Mason Jr., Bobby McCulley, and Stanley Neal. Others who took their oaths of office included Sasha Lee Gray Wilson (county clerk), Steve Page (sheriff), Kathryn Passons Adcock (trustee), Clay Parker (highway superintendent), Martha Bumbalough (register

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Feeding what will never feed us

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When we think of a runaway, we tend to think of a young person who has run away from home or maybe an out-of-control vehicle, an unsettled bride or groom, or an unmanned train. All of these are accurate assessments, but there is one common thread connecting them all and that is “home.” Whether it is a mechanical object or an individual, I’m convinced all the runaway really wants is to go home.

The train car is secure when it’s connected to the locomotive. The bride wants to be loved, and the teen longs for a home. I also think some of … Read More


Pet therapy expands at CRMC

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The pet therapy program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center has expanded allowing therapy dogs and their handlers to now visit patients on additional floors.

“The Pet Therapy program began at Cookeville Regional in November of 2006 and has been warmly received,” said MaryDell Sommers, creator of the pet therapy program. “When we began 12 years ago, we visited patients at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center and the Cancer Center. Now, we are able to see patients on the fourth, fifth and sixth floor of the North Tower as well as pediatric patients. It is wonderful.”

This program helps patients and staff experiences the magic of pet therapy. The Mayo … Read More


Is America’s moral compass pointing us in the right direction?

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Perhaps the more accurate question would be: Did America really have a good moral compass in the first place? I believe we did. We can look back at our history and actually be appalled at the behavior of some of our leaders and the people who lived in specific time periods and excuse such actions, laws, and acceptance the same way we excuse ourselves when we’ve made mistakes in the past. We have all made decisions that we later regret because we know things in the present that we may not have known at the time of our actions. The same reasoning … Read More


Hemp dispensary opens in Sparta

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

Called the new wonder drug, cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the hemp plant. The common misconception is that it contains tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. It contains no more than 0.3 of THC on a dry weight product. CBD has been known to act as a pain reliever in cases from chronic pain to cancer.

After the case in Murfreesboro, called Operation Candy Crush, in which several stores were closed and the owners indicted, people have been confused as to whether it is legal to sell CBD, much less consume it. Addam Frazier, owner of Green Werks CBD and Hemp Supply, in Sparta, said … Read More


Tourism has significant financial impact on White County

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent from 2016 setting a new record, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Visitors spent a total $22.18 million, in White County in 2017, a 7.1 percent increase form 2016. A total of $1.36 million in state (5.9 percent increase), and $1.05 million in local (5.2 percent increase) were generated in local tax revenues. A total of 87 people are employed in tourism-related fields, in White County.

“We have made a concerted effort now for three years to bring people to this area,” said Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County … Read More


Social media blamed for higher rate of suicides in children

Posted on September 3, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson and Sparta Mayor Jeff Young signed a proclamation Thursday declaring September as Suicide Awareness Month.

The proclamation stated several facts about suicides, in Tennessee, as well as nationwide.

According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, suicides have grown exponentially for children between the ages of 10 and 18, in Tennessee, with one person within this age group being lost to suicide every week. One person between the ages of 10 and 24 is lost to suicide every four days, and, every day, at least one person is lost over the age of 45.

“When we were kids, if we had a bad … Read More


Haystak: Live at the Venue

Posted on September 2, 2018 9:09 pm by Sparta Live

Music and fans flooded The Venue in Cookeville, Tennessee, August 25. What was meant to be a small-town memorial concert in Sparta, evolved to a prodigious party in Cookeville that housed many bands and artists. Of course, the main attraction everyone was waiting for was the one and only HAYSTAK. The crowd anxiously anticipated the performances of Haystak, Static G with DJ Kr8kutz (all members of Rhymsick Entertainment – Official music label since 4/20/16) and Yung Kleff.  

The show was hosted by Freakshow Entertainment’s Bubba and TJ. They kicked off the event around 4PM. Local Sparta band, Faces of Death, took the stage first. They opened with an Read More


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