Monthly Archives: May 2019

Gina Nicole Allen

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Gina Nicole Allen, 34, of Sparta, passed away May 15, 2019, as a result of an automobile accident.

Ms. Allen was born June 16, 1984, in Cookeville, to James Steven Allen and Penny Kay Ashworth Allen.

She was a manager at Jimmy John’s restaurant, in Cookeville. Ms. Allen was an amazing mother to her four children that she adored. She had a vibrant personality, caring spirit, and was very artistic and crafty.

Ms. Allen was preceded in death by her grandfather, Richard Ashworth; grandmother, Mildred Ashworth; and grandfather, Gary Brooks.

Survivors include her beloved children, Chelsea Dillard, Tailor Cox, Kylie Cox, Logan Cox; mother, Penny Allen; father, Steve … CONTINUED


Will Cheek earns first team All District award

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Jerry Lowery

White County High School soccer players earned All District awards, on May 13. Cheek, a junior, was the leading scorer for the Warriors this soccer season. He was named first team All District by the district coaches. Earning honors and being named to the All District second team were Isaac Miller and Tyler Seals.


Sparta Head Start celebration

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

LBJ&C Sparta Head Start celebrated their last day of preschool with a fun music program for the families. Sparta Drive-In hosted the event this year.


Global persecution of Christians on the rise

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

To a lot of us in the first world, the idea of Christian persecution seems far-off and unreal. Most of us go about our day without any thought to the dark shadow of oppression that holds our brothers and sisters captive. Despite the challenges that Christians have faced in this country over the last decade, it’s hard to wrap our minds around that kind of evil and suffering that many are facing. It’s not that we mean to be complacent — it’s just human nature. We all take our health for granted until pain strikes. We also take our freedom for … CONTINUED


Tennessee Department of Correction

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Beginning farmer short course

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

 By Scott Swoape, U.T. Extension agent

Are you a beginning farmer looking to diversify your operation? Maybe you’d like to get started in agriculture but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you’ve bought some property and want to learn how you can make money off of it.

If any of these describes you, I’d invite you to consider participating in the inaugural Upper Cumberland Beginning Farmer Short Course. The Upper Cumberland Beginning Farmer Short Course is a five-month certificate program designed for those with an interest in becoming agricultural entrepreneurs, or diversifying their current venture.

The five sessions will be held monthly from May – October at different … CONTINUED


WoodmenLife provides fingerprinting service during kindergarten registration

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Spencer Elementary School recently held their annual kindergarten registration. WoodmenLife chapter 1110 assisted by providing the parents with fingerprints of their child at no cost. Pictured is WoodmenLife Representative, Tim Bumbalough, collecting fingerprints of Jonas Mooneyham, future Spencer Elementary student.


Mid State Motorsports

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Every hand’s a winner…and a loser

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

By Topher Wiles

My mom used to sing along with a sad old Kenny Rogers song on the car radio.  This morning I woke with those pensive lyrics on my mind about winning and losing.  The Gambler’s chorus reads like this:

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em

Know when to walk away, And know when to run

You never count your money, When you’re sittin’ at the table

There’ll be time enough for countin’, When the dealin’s done”

The chorus is easy to sing, but one line of the song jumps out at me today, “Every hand’s a winner and every … CONTINUED


Honoring Mom…and being proud of her, too

Posted on May 16, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Mary Green Johnson received her B.S. degree in math from Murray State University, when it was still Murray State Teachers College, back in the 30s, when fewer young women graduated from college than nowadays. She did it in three years, including summers, while working in the college cafeteria.

After earning her teaching certificate, she landed a job at Marion (KY) High School, teaching math and English. During summer break, she attended the University of Michigan in pursuit of a master’s degree. Her career in education was cut short by her marriage to my dad, but her love of learning never ended.

Known … CONTINUED


Motlow Community College represented at Chamber event

Posted on May 16, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

By Rachel Auberger

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce hosted their After Hours event featuring Motlow Community College, on May 14.

According to Beth Ann Swallows, the site coordinator at the Motlow Community College Sparta site, the purpose for the event was to bring community awareness to the Sparta Campus and make people aware of some of the changes coming to Motlow.

“One of the things we have coming this fall is our ACE program,” Swallows said. “I am so excited to be able to offer this program here at the Sparta site.”

The ACE program, which stands for Adult College Express, will allow adult students to take a … CONTINUED


Life Care Center of Sparta

Posted on May 16, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


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