Monthly Archives: September 2018

Unhinged: Is violence the new normal?

Posted on September 20, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By  Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

California’s Rudy Peters was supposed to be running for Congress — not running for his life. But late Sunday, he was doing both after a scary encounter with the latest rabid liberal fanatic. What should have been a simple campaign stop at the Castro Valley Fall Festival turned violent when police say Farzad Fazeli lunged at Peters and pulled out a switchblade, screaming profanity about Donald Trump.

It was a surreal scene, the latest in a string of unimaginable harassment from the Left.

Fortunately for Peters, the switchblade malfunctioned. And when Fazeli decided to throw mugs instead, … Read More


Finally 5, but what a way to celebrate a birthday

Posted on September 20, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

She couldn’t wait for her birthday! At one point in the slow movement of time, Katie Grace even told Nahnee, in exasperation, “I’ll never be 5!”

Part of her frustration was due to the fact that, by North Carolina law, her birthday fell a few days after the deadline for kindergarten registration in the public school system…that on top on the normal vexation of counting days to any birthday.

Finally, the day arrived when she could say, “Today I am 5 years old.”

But before that day, a few other events took place. She was allowed to enroll in a private kindergarten … Read More


Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction joins as co-sponsor for Calfkiller Crawl Race to be held Sept. 29

Posted on September 20, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Landon Dickerson and Barb Witzigman, of Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction Company

Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction Company has announced they are joining Calfkiller Brewing Company as co-sponsors of the inaugural Calfkiller Crawl, on Sept. 29, 2018, The event will begin at 8 a.m., with registration starting at 7 a.m.

The race is a hybrid event allowing participants to cover the 10K distance by foot or by bike, starting in downtown Sparta and making its way to the steps of the Calfkiller Brewing Company and then back to town.

“Tri-Star Real Estate is grateful to co-sponsor the inaugural Calfkiller Crawl,” said Landon Dickerson, broker with Tri-Star Real Estate … Read More


Harry’s Citgo donates to Findlay

Posted on September 20, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The management of Harry’s Citgo, at the corner of West Bockman Way and North Spring Street, in Sparta, recently presented at check for $1,000 to Findlay Elementary School. The money was donated via Harry’s Spirit Pump. Proceeds from this gas pump are marked specifically for donations to White County schools.


All About Art opens in Sparta

Posted on September 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

All About Art, a business that opened recently at 650 Roosevelt Drive, offers already-made pottery that can be purchased and painted, as well as art supplies such as canvases, brushes, sewing supplies, and 3-D puzzles. The main attraction however, is a venue for parties.

“We offer parties Wednesday through Saturday, art classes, family nights, and birthday parties,” said owner Tina Gregoire. “It will be a place for people to have something to do in the evenings. We want people to come out and have fun.”

Gregoire and her son, Dakotah Gregoire, came to Tennessee from south Alabama. She explained this isn’t her first business in Sparta. Tina Gregoire … Read More


Director of schools recommends parents sign up for text alerts

Posted on September 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

White County school system offers a free service called school messenger. This automated phone service will call, text, and email information to parents in the event of an emergency or with other notable school-related information.

Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger would like to remind parents and caretakers of students in the school system of this option after the incident that took place Sept. 6, 2018, at White County Middle School.

On Sept. 6, administrators at WCMS received information that a threatening message had been written on a wall in one of the boys’ restrooms. The matter was immediately investigated, and district supervisors and Sparta-White County authorities were involved. … Read More


Commissioners are assigned to committees for upcoming year

Posted on September 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

The White County Board of Commissioners began its first official meeting for the new term by electing a chairman, vice chairman, and parliamentarian.

The incumbent chairman, Stanley Neal, was re-elected to the position for the upcoming year, with Terry Alley being elected as vice chairman, and Bobby McCulley being elected parliamentarian by a unanimous vote.

Resolutions were passed to establish membership on various committees.

-Steering Committee A: Cain Rogers, Terry Alley, Lonnie Crouch, Lanny Selby, Dillard Quick, Lee Broyles, and Bobby McCulley.

-Steering Committee B: Andy Haston, T.K. Austin, Robert McCormick, Dakota White, Dale Bennett, Roger Mason, and Stanley Neal.

-Purchasing Committee: Lanny Selby and Lonnie Crouch

-Audit … Read More


Sheriff addresses commissioners about conditions at justice center

Posted on September 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Sheriff Steve Page addressed the White County Board of Commissioners, on Sept. 17, to explain the conditions at the justice center and why he may ask for funds in the future.

Page began the tour in the parking lot explaining the wear and tear on the patrol cars.

“A car that has 100,000 miles on it probably has close to 300,000 miles because of how they are driven,” said Page.

Page reiterated to the board that he did not call them to his office to poor-mouth the justice center. He explained that he just wanted them to know what he was dealing with should the time arise that … Read More


Sparta woman arrested and charged in husband’s murder

Posted on September 20, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the 13th District Attorney General, and the White County Sheriff Department has resulted in the arrest of a Sparta woman charged in the shooting death of her husband.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on July 20, TBI Agents joined deputies with the White County Sheriff Department and investigators with the District Attorney’s office in investigating a shooting death that occurred at a residence, on Woodland Trail, in Sparta. When deputies responded to a 911 call that morning, they found Domenico Iraggi (DOB 11/28/1940) deceased with a gunshot wound … Read More


Diabetes prevention program

Posted on September 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Every Tuesday

Who: White County Health Department

What: Diabetes prevention program

When: 3-4 p.m.

Where: White County Health Department

Contact: (931) 836-2201


Southern Charm Quilt Show

Posted on September 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Fri., Nov. 9-Sat., Nov. 10

Who: Cookeville Crazy Quilters Guild

What: Southern Charm Quilt Show (admission $5)

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 9; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov 10

Where: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ, at 521 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville


Handbags for Hope

Posted on September 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Oct. 27

Who: Genesis House

What: Handbags For Hope – tickets $30 each and are available on evenbrite.com (grab bag purse auction and brunch; proceeds benefit domestic violence prevention and awareness in the Upper Cumberland)

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Duck Pond Manor, 665 Duck Pond Rd., in Sparta


Republican Party meeting

Posted on September 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Monday, Sept. 24

Who: White County Republican Party

What: Meeting: Guest speaker will be Beth Campbell (Republican National Committeewoman); invited speaker will be Matthew McClanahan, Upper Cumberland Young Republican Club

When: 7 p.m.

Where: White County Courthouse, third floor courtroom


Blooming Bargains Rummage Sale

Posted on September 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Oct. 6

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Blooming Bargains Rummage Sale (bargains galore and silent auction to raise funds for the Sparta Woman’s Club projects)
When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Sparta First United Methodist Church

Contact: (931) 739-2847


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