Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Democrat Party – friend of…some women

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I think to myself almost every week this year, “What a week!” This week has seen some extraordinary developments and since we cannot cover all of them, let’s cover one of the most obvious cases of hypocrisy I have ever seen in my life!

The late breaking accusations by Dr. Ford against Judge Kavanaugh is what I refer to. The sad thing I see about this whole issue is how politically it has been handled. It is really hard to see how women can expect to be taken seriously with accusations when they allow themselves to be used as a … Read More


WoodmenLife presents flags at Tennessee Fire Academy’s Fallen Firefighter Ceremony

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tim Bumbalough, FIC, WoodmenLife representative, attended the Tennessee Fire Academy’s Fallen Firefighter Ceremony held at the academy’s memorial, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, on Sept. 8, 2018. After leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Bumbalough presented the academy with a new 5 x 8 American flag and a new 4 x 6 Tennessee flag. Bumbalough is shown presenting the flags to Robert Law, of Tennessee Department of Commerce – fire codes division.


Sometimes blind ain’t so bad

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Most people who know Tena and me can attest to the fact that we might just like a motorcycle ride in the country from time to time. We have enjoyed many miles with friends and family meandering the countryside on two wheels. But when you view the picture that I’m painting for you, I would imagine we think of the beautiful sunny days with the sounds of birds chirping and the smell of honeysuckles in the air. Sometimes it’s like that, but one thing I’ve discovered in my years of riding is that if you ride long enough, you’re going to have … Read More


Runway lighting installation will be ongoing, says engineer

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport engineer Richard Rinks stated at the recent board meeting that the contracts have been signed to have the PAPI lights installed on the runway.

A precision approach path indicator (PAPI) is a visual aid that provides guidance information to help a pilot acquire and maintain the correct approach – in the vertical plane – to an airport or an aerodrome. It is generally located beside the runway approximately 300 meters beyond the landing threshold of the runway.

Rinks explained to the board there will be people on the runway “for a while.”

“Our timing for switching to PAPI and having somebody available to do … Read More


National Child Passenger Safety Week is observed Sept. 23-29

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

Child Passenger Safety Week is an annual campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time.

The campaign is sponsored by NHTSA, and the primary goal for child passenger safety is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly using the right car seats (rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats) or seat belts for their children’s ages and sizes. According to the Department of Transportation, law enforcement officers will be looking for children who are riding unrestrained. Authorities say parents and caregivers could face a ticket if a child is not buckled up.… Read More


Sheriff Page goes back to school

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

It has been a long time since Sheriff Steve Page was part of a classroom, until recently, when he attended the New Sheriff School, held at the Lane Agri-Park Community Center, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Page, along with Cami Howard, head of administration at the White County Sheriff Department, and Greg Matthews, jail administrator, attended two weeks of training through the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association held the first week of training Aug. 27-30, in Nashville. The second week was Sept. 10-14, in Murfreesboro. Howard and Matthews were only required to attend the second week of training.

“My jail administrator, Greg Matthews, and director of administration Cami … Read More


Life Care Center of Sparta shows off beautiful flower gardens

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Rima Austin

The colors of the plants were vibrant against the somber green of the raised flowerpots that circled the stone center of the courtyard of the assisted living housing area within Life Care Center of Sparta.

The deep reds of the coleus and pinks of the petunias were a stark contrast to the pots and the lighter green of the meticulously cut grass. Grey and white tamed rabbits hopped through the grass leisurely.

“We have begonias, vincas, petunias, and double impatiens, but the coleus is my favorite,” said Heather Stiles, director of activities at Life Care. “You’ll find a lot of these in your grandmother’s garden. You can plant … Read More


Public works creates new position of foreman in water department

Posted on September 24, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed Thursday night the future retirement of supervisor Greg O’Neal and who will be in the best person to take over his job when the time comes.

Dillard Quick, public works director, said he is not expecting O’Neal to retire for another few years, but he wants to be prepared when it happens. For this reason, the department is creating a foreman position. The person who gets the position will also get a raise in pay.

“Once Greg retires in 10 to 12 years, this guy should take over for him,” said Quick. “We’re not adding anybody, just putting someone else in … Read More


Adopt a Shelter Dog

Posted on September 23, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Fire Department helps Fred’s with customer appreciation

Posted on September 22, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

The Sparta Fire Department gave away hot dogs and drinks Saturday at the Fred’s store on Turntable Road. They featured a fire truck for kids to look at and a table was set up with coloring books and hats for the children as well. Sondra Brady, a volunteer for the fire department said that the fire department offers to come out to anyone’s home and install smoke detectors for free through a state funded program.


4-H Poultry Show and Auction

Posted on September 21, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

It’s that time again. If you are looking to provide your family with farm fresh eggs, your search is over.  The 4-H Poultry Show and Auction will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the poultry barn, at the White County Fairgrounds. 4-H Chick Chain members check-in at 1 p.m.; judging will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by awards and auction. This year’s Chick Chain breeds are the Black Star and Red Star. Both are “egg”cellent brown egg layers. 4-H’ers have been hard at work caring for their pullets, and are ready to show off their great work.


Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ opens Sept. 28

Posted on September 21, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to the stage at Dogwood Park.

The comedy, directed by Kimberly Frick-Welker, opens Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and continues nightly through Oct. 6 during Cookeville Leisure Services’ 15th annual Shakespeare in the Park. Admission is free.

“In this play you have the delightful characters of Benedick and Beatrice, who are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and the gullible, love-struck Claudio who is tricked into rejecting beautiful Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful,” Frick-Welker said. “At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right.”

“Much Ado About … Read More


TNStars giving away scholarships for College Savings Month

Posted on September 21, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation declaring September as College Savings Month in Tennessee. To celebrate, State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the TNStars College Savings 529 Program are giving away three $529 scholarships this month.

The College Savings Month Proclamation states that the national student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion. One way families can help avoid this student loan debt is by opening a 529 college savings account. The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created to encourage Tennessee families to save and invest for the future cost of higher education in a tax-advantaged way. Families can open an account with as little as … Read More


Doyle College Research Project

Posted on September 21, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Landon D. Medley

Among the more famous teachers at Doyle College was Prof. Edward Lee Scott. AM LLD, AM (Richmond College) 1884, Latin, English.  He was born 24 Oct 1864 De Soto Parish, LA died 10 Dec 1954 buried Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, E. Baton Rouge Parish, LA, son of Robert Hamilton and Cornelia Gregg Hall Scott. He taught at LSU for 36 years. He joined the faculty in 1891 and retired in 1927. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of Latin and Greek, registrar from 1918 to 1927. Professor of Modern Languages in the Louisiana State University, Agricultural and Mechanical College … Read More


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