Monthly Archives: September 2018

Pinkie celebrates 95th birthday

Posted on September 14, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

Family and friends met at the Sparta-White County YMCA, on Sept. 11, to celebrate the 95th birthday of Ruth Rhea “Pinkie” Tubb Hill. After the Silver Fit for Life class, which Hill attends every week at the YMCA to exercise, her family members had cupcakes and drinks waiting for her and her classmates. Hill said she was already looking forward to her next birthday milestone. “In five more years I’ll be 100,” said Hill. “It will be here before you know it.”


Jail receives commendation certificate from TCI

Posted on September 14, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

The White County Jail received a certificate, on Sept. 11, 2018, from the Tennessee Correctional Institute for the department’s efforts to meet the basic standards required for Tennessee jails. The Tennessee Correctional Institute is the state agency appointed by the Tennessee governor to oversee and set standards for all county jails.

“Due to the hard work of the White County correctional officers and jail administration, we met and surpassed all standards except being overcrowded, ” said Cami Howard, head of administration at White County Sheriff Department.


Sparta man facing 12 to 20 years for sale and delivery of meth

Posted on September 13, 2018 2:02 pm by Rima Austin

In a jury trial Aug. 21 at the White County Justice Center, Bobby Wayne Centers, 54, was found guilty of sale and delivery over 26 grams of methamphetamine.

According to Bruce MacLeod, assistant district attorney general, the trial lasted nine hours. The jury for the trial, which was tried by MacLeod and assistant district attorney general Mark Gore, came back with a guilty plea at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

“Mr. Centers is awaiting a sentencing hearing,” says MacLeod. “He is facing 12 to 20 years in prison.”

Centers, who was out on bond until the trial, is now awaiting a sentencing hearing. The date for that … Read More


YMCA and Ben Lomand partner to increase bandwidth at the facility

Posted on September 13, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

Exercise is a booming industry, and working out seems to be a favorite pastime for a lot of people. The only downside to it is the rising costs that are associated with joining a health club.

There was a time when the YMCA was not thought of as a mainstream health club. Its lack of technology has always been one of the reasons it was thought of as not being competitive. This has changed. The Sparta- White County Family YMCA recently had fiber optics installed at their facility to bump the speed of the Wi-Fi, and Ben Lomand, the company responsible for the upgrade, said they are not … Read More


Constitution Week ceremony will be hosted by the DAR

Posted on September 13, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

Rock House Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a bell ringing ceremony Sept. 15, at the Rock House, on Country Club Road, in honor of Constitution Week. The ceremony will be open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

According to Pamela Wood, member of the Rock House Chapter, there is a history surrounding the ringing of the bells. She explained that news took a long time to spread in Colonial times, so officials used the most effective way they had to mass-communicate.

“The Constitution being signed was a very contentious thing,” said Wood. “So when it was finally signed, they rang … Read More


Power outage due to fallen power line

Posted on September 13, 2018 9:09 am by Rima Austin

A power line fell at approximately 8:15 a.m. September 13 on Breeding Drive near the parking lot of Warrior Academy. Several street lights were down throughout town. Traffic was slow but no accidents were reported.


Leather package with alloy wheels

Posted on September 12, 2018 11:11 am by

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I wrote to you a couple of weeks back about Jesus going on a mountain climb in Mathew chapter 5. When he reached the top he sat down and began to teach. Those that chose to climb with him were the ones that knew him the best. They were the ones that were closer and more intimate with him. He began to teach in a seated position that day, and, as we follow along, we find that he breaks down the communication channel we know as prayer.

In chapter 6, Jesus gives us a DIY list of how to connect to God … Read More


Inmate death in Putnam County

Posted on September 12, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

According to the Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Sept. 11, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m., Donald Ray Garrison, 58, was found unresponsive in his cell by a correctional officer during a routine check. Garrison’s death reportedly appears to be natural. His body is being sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy. The Putnam County Sheriff Department is conducting an investigation into his death.


Sparta 12-year-old wins Life Care’s nationwide Youth Volunteer Award

Posted on September 12, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On Aug. 27, 2018, Life Care Centers of America recognized the contributions of volunteer J.R. Horton during the company’s annual management meeting awards dinner at its headquarters, in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Twelve-year-old Horton received Life Care’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. This honor is presented to one young person each year for extraordinary volunteer service.

Horton helps with activities from bingo to arts and crafts, helps transport residents to and fro throughout the building, delivers magazines to residents who want them, prays with residents, and sings to them. He even assists with maintenance.

Horton does all this even while his mother is a resident at the facility and … Read More


Leather package with alloy wheels

Posted on September 12, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I wrote to you a couple of weeks back about Jesus going on a mountain climb in Mathew chapter 5. When he reached the top he sat down and began to teach. Those that chose to climb with him were the ones that knew him the best. They were the ones that were closer and more intimate with him. He began to teach in a seated position that day, and, as we follow along, we find that he breaks down the communication channel we know as prayer.

In chapter 6, Jesus gives us a DIY list of how to connect to God … Read More


Bike Sparta is set for Sept. 15

Posted on September 12, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation proudly presents “Bike Sparta,” on Sept. 15. Registration starts at 8 a.m., at Central Church of Christ, 45 N. Main St., in downtown Sparta. Ride begins at 9 a.m.

The cost is $25 for adults and one-half price for youth 17 and under with an adult. T-shirts will be given to riders while the supply lasts. After the ride is completed, food will be available at Town Hall Bike Shop, 10 E. Rhea St.

Pre-registration will be at Town Hill Bike Shop. Call (931) 209-7884 for more information.

Routes include:

  • Eight-mile family/beginner
  • 22-mile River Hill
  • 36-mile Hickory Dickory Knob, in Doyle
  • 50-mile Challenge
Read More

America’s on a death defying rollercoaster ride – how will it end?

Posted on September 12, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

We’re in the season of county fairs and carnivals, with roller coasters that would make a sane adult think twice before risking life and limb for a few minutes of “terrifying fun.” This is also true of the wilder roller coasters in popular amusement parks. Sane adults will take into consideration the reputation of the ride operators, the safety record of those rides, and the laws of gravity before making a commitment to get on one of those rides. If you happen to be with your children or grandchildren, you will weigh the pleading looks, the begging, and even the teasing before … Read More


Democracy is gasping for what could be its last breath, Part III

Posted on September 12, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

And the damage to our country continues…

As I was saying last week, there are many segments of our society that are deliberately attempting to undermine our constitutional system of government as we have known it.

Immigration – This is a never-ending source of damage. The ridiculous idea that the illegal, low-education immigrants streaming across our borders are assets belies the reality of our times. How often are we warned that the manual labor jobs they take will soon be done by robots? With no education, they are not consumers and not assets of what America provides. With their large families, … Read More


Unemployment rate dips slightly in White County according to report

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

Unemployment in Tennessee dropped nearly two-thirds in July 2018, and, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the jobless situation improved in 57 counties.

In 19 counties the rate remained the same from the previous month of June. In White County, however, unemployment fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent from June to July.

Sixty-two counties had unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in July, while 33 counties had a rate of 5.0 percent or higher. According to the TDLWD, the time of the year determines the figures of unemployment.

In an effort to explain why some counties saw an increase in unemployment, TDLWD … Read More


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