Monthly Archives: April 2019

Ethan Roberts named Reliever of the Day on April 11

Posted on April 16, 2019 6:06 am by Jerry Lowery

On April 11, 2019, Sparta’s own Ethan Roberts was named Minor League Reliever of the day.  Roberts is playing for the Chicago Cubs Minor League team, in South Bend, Indiana.  Roberts came in with the bases loaded and struck out a batter to end the threat.  The South Bend Cubs won the game 2-1.


First Love Easter Egg hunt

Posted on April 16, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Cypar awarded in writing contest

Posted on April 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Vicki J. Cypcar, of Sparta, was honored in the writing contest held in conjunction with the Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference held in April, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Contest winners in seven categories were announced and awards presented during the conference banquet.

Cypcar was awarded first place in the Writing for Young People category for her entry, “For Tucker’s Sake.”

The 31st annual conference featured principal workshop leaders Richard Hague, Poetry; Judy Goldman, Nonfiction; Abigail Dewitt, Fiction; and Stacy McAnulty, Writing for Young People. Hague was also the banquet speaker. The conference was funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment … CONTINUED


Addressing addiction

Posted on April 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Fannie Lee Young Brock

Posted on April 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Fannie Lee Young Brock, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Brock was born May 6, 1944, in White County, to Dibrell Young and Daisy Belle Jones Young.

She was a seamstress. When the garment factories closed, she continued to sew for people who needed alterations on their clothes. She also loved quilting and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Wayne Brock; granddaughter, Naomi Wilkerson; and brothers, Cecil Young and Johnny Young.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline Brock; son, David (Danielle) Wilkerson; grandchildren, Dillan Wilkerson, Danika Wilkerson, David Wilkerson Jr.; … CONTINUED


Storyfest at Dogwood Park on May 4

Posted on April 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Look for the big tent on May 4 at Dogwood Park and have a seat.

Then listen, laugh, maybe even cry a little, during the sixth annual Storyfest in the Park, a free event from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. that features professional storytellers from throughout the region.

“Storyfest is a magical day,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager and Storyfest coordinator, said. “I’ve tried for the past five years to describe it to people and have failed time and time again. The best thing I can say is, come try it – I promise you’ll love it. Money back guarantee!”

This year’s headliners include nationally known storytellers Connie Regan-Blake of … CONTINUED


Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger

Posted on April 15, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger, 63, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted on April 15, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on April 14th 2019 through April 20th 2019 on State Route 111 in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Welcome Neighbors Club enjoys outdoors during recent gathering

Posted on April 15, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Iris are growing wild in the area.

Welcome Neighbors members listen to a talk on the history of the area at the barn at Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness. Front, L-R: Pat Evans, Patsy Winningham, Barbara Gaynor, Lynn Langer, Chris Langer, Joanne Beekley, Linda Elder; back, L-R: Heidi Mathieu (hiding), Mike and Peggy Haslacker, Paul Beekleym, Mike and Annette Popa.


Donations to White County Library – January through March 2019

Posted on April 15, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

 Books in Memory:

  • Dorothy Nicholas Allen (Mamma Dot), The American Revolution, Given by Gary & Linda Witt
  • Jane Bohannon, Merci Suarez Changes Gear, Big Mooncake for Little Star, Given by Steve & Tamara Holland
  • Jane Bohannon, The Animals’ Santa, Given by Charles R. & Karen Cooper, Brock Cooper
  • Jane Bohannon, The Best of Us, Given by Charles R. & Karen Cooper, & Brock Cooper
  • Jane Bohannon, Every Breath, Given by Charles R. & Karen Cooper & Brock Cooper
  • Jane Bohannon, Being Elvis, Given by Gary & Janice Brodgen
  • Margaret V. Cope, The First Conspiracy, Given by Floyd’s Food Saver
  • Linda Lois Creason, Shine, Given by Charles Norris
  • Mildred
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Hollow shouts and dead branches

Posted on April 15, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

What are we willing to give Jesus that we’re not already giving everyone else? What makes him stand out in our lives? If we’re offering him the very same thing we’re giving ordinary people, then doesn’t that just categorize him as ordinary also?

Let me answer that with a question. Have you ever stolen something that didn’t belong to you? You know, just took it without permission? Well if you did, then you’re in good company. In the New Testament book of Mathew, Jesus instructs two disciples to hijack a man’s donkey. In chapter 21 he says tell them, “The Lord needs … CONTINUED


Do we really know who is running our state and federal governments?

Posted on April 15, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I believe most people who studied or read about civics, politics, and history, will say the obvious answer is, or least it should be, “We the people.” We the people are responsible for electing legislators who represent us.  Every person elected takes an oath of office. the wording may vary in minor ways, but, basically, every elected official and some appointed officials swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  They also swear they will faithfully discharge the duties of their office.

None of the oaths that are taken by our elected legislators … CONTINUED


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