Monthly Archives: October 2018

Two car collision near corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84

Posted on October 19, 2018 11:11 pm by Rima Austin

Officer Daniel with the Sparta Police Department was in charge of the scene of a two-vehicle collision that happened near the corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84 at approximately 10:03 p.m. Friday night.

A car that was driven by one passenger apparently struck another car, occupied by one adult and three children, in the rear end. The driver of the car that was hit was transported by ambulance to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta in stable condition. The children were not injured.

Ribbon cutting at Bilbrey Farms, will also host open house

Posted on October 19, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

Bilbrey Farms held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19. Owner of Bilbrey Farms, Sherry Bilbrey, stated that there would be an open house at the venue on October 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We’re having a drawing for any bride that books a wedding in 2019,” said Sherry. “They will get $1500 off the wedding package at our venue.”

She went on to say that there will be other door prizes as well and she welcomes the public to come out and join the fun.




Christmas Market Art and Vendor Fair to benefit veterans’ projects

Posted on October 19, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Chamber hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Charity’s Bake Shop

Posted on October 19, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charity’s Bake Shop, at 406 N. Spring St., in Sparta, was welcomed as one of the newest members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on Oct. 19, 2018. Charity Lowhorn, owner, invites everyone to stop by and try her sweet treats as well as specialty coffees. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday; and closed on Sunday. For more information, call (931) 256-8344.

Posted on October 19, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Children’s Advocacy Center hosts annual Angel’s Autumn Fest

Posted on October 18, 2018 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

Over 300 people joined the Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District at their 11th Annual Angel’s Autumn Fest. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital hosted the annual benefit dinner at McMinnville Civic Center.

“It was a great night of food, fellowship and entertainment,” said Martha Phillips, CAC3 director. “Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we raised over $40,000 to help offset our core operating expenses.”

Each year, there are 600-700 hotline reports of severe and non-severe child maltreatment just in the 31st District alone. Children’s Advocacy Center works with the Department of Children’s Service, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Spencer Police Department, the … Read More

Wheel tax, utility fee questioned

Posted on October 18, 2018 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

“The votes on the wheel tax and solid waste fee are not valid,” said Laura Wallace, when she addressed the Van Buren County Commission, on Oct. 16, 2018.

Wallace continued, “The commission must hold a meeting with new substantial reconsideration of the issues involved. The meetings must meet with the requirements of the meeting act. If counsel agrees to comply with the open meeting act and Van Buren County ethics policy, we intend to support future committee meetings with our attendance and input. We will continue to familiarize ourselves with state law as we stand beside you.

“If commission does not agree to clear previous … Read More

Walling vying for City of Spencer mayor – answers questions

Posted on October 18, 2018 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

Nov. 6 is the next opportunity for all resident to exercise their right to vote, and early voting has begun and continues through Nov. 1. There are a number of heated contests throughout the country and issues on the state and local levels. If you are a resident of Spencer, there is a contest among three individuals who have thrown their hats in the ring to become the next city mayor.

Jeffery Walling is one of those individuals who desires to sit in the mayor’s seat after the election. The following is a summary of a recent conversation with the mayoral candidate.

Why do you Read More

Veterans Day Parade

Posted on October 18, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Man transported to trauma center due to alleged gunshot wound

Posted on October 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Rima Austin

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Oct, 18, 2018, authorities were dispatched to the scene of 140 Moonlight Trail. Capt. John Ford, with the White County Sheriff Department, said that upon arriving, officers found a 74-year-old man who had apparently shot himself in the leg. Ford reported the man was being airlifted to either Nashville or Chattanooga because of the amount of blood he had lost. No other details were available.

Checking in with local college football players

Posted on October 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Andy Southard

With most teams reaching the midway point in their season, here is a look at how some of the local college football players are doing this season.

Andrew Cantrell, a freshman punter at Tusculum College, has been trying to make a name for himself at Tusculum. So far this season, Cantrell is averaging 39.6 yards per punt and has pushed the opposing teams inside their 20-yard line 11 times. Cantrell’s best day punting came against Lenior-Rhyne when he set a program single-game record, with 458 punting yards on a record-tying 11 punts. Cantrell’s 11 punts on the day averaged 41.6 yards per punt.

So far this season, the … Read More

Warriors host Columbia Central Lions on Friday

Posted on October 18, 2018 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriors will be looking to snap a 22-game losing skid when the Columbia Central Lions visit Friday for senior night and the final home game of the season.

The Warriors and the Lions will be meeting for the fourth time ever on Friday night. The Warriors are 0-3 vs. Columbia. The two met in 2001, 2002, and last season. In 2001, the Warriors were defeated by the Lions 48-20, and, in 2002, the Lions came away with a 63-13 win. Last season, the Warriors trailed the Lions 57-0 at the half and lost by a final score of 66-0.

So far this season, the Lions are 3-5 … Read More

6th grade team opens up home slate with a pair of wins

Posted on October 18, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

By Eli Rushing

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes of White County Middle School had successful home games this past Monday night.

The sixth grade teams faced off against the Wildcats of Allardt Middle and dominated from start to finish.

The Warriorettes kicked off the night with a first quarter shutout of the Wildcats and opened their game on a 16-0 run. Led by the scrappy defense of Luci McKee, the Warriorettes set the tone for the contest by scrambling for steals and hustling on fast break opportunities. Though their scoring slowed in the second, they never relented on defense and allowed only 2 points through the first half, … Read More

Liberty Square celebration was another hit

Posted on October 18, 2018 9:09 am by Rima Austin

The Liberty Square celebration on October 13 was another hit. Vendors and artists, as well as local business owners, were out in their tents talking to visitors and listening to the Bluegrass being played on the main stage in front of Oldham Theater. On the south side of the square was the popular car show where vintage automobiles were on display for visitors to view.

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