Monthly Archives: May 2019

Sparkle City

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Soil samples and Jesus “likes”

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

It’s a different day now than it was when I was a kid. We have public ways of liking or disliking someone or something today by simply clicking an icon. In contrast to my childhood days, if you liked someone, then you hung tight with them. If you disliked that person, then you avoided them. Today if we like something, we give it a “thumbs up,” but what about Jesus “likes?”

Jesus taught many different times with a reoccurring central theme of his teaching and that topic was the “kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is like,” 11 times … CONTINUED


Remembering those who are often forgotten

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Sgt. James Fred Johnson. Died at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Robert James Johnston Moore and I sat at a table together, as we do almost every Wednesday morning, and shared prayer requests. Our prayer group is made up of five men. Not all of us get there every week, but we always pray for each other and communicate, via text message, with those not present. Today, just Jim and I showed up.

Before sharing prayer requests and checking texts for others to add to our list, I made a different request of my friend. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to … CONTINUED


Roberts Family Diner

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


WCMS Junior Scholars Club awarded with field trip

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Middle School Junior Scholars Club is a program in which students devote 10 hours of their independent time during the school year to assist those in the community. The students who completed the hours required attended a field trip, on May 3, as a reward for their work and dedication.


Sparta Woman’s Club wins state awards at state convention

Posted on May 28, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Rachel Auberger

The GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club, an 85-year-old organization, won nine awards at the state convention, in April, as well as having two of its members recognized individually.

The Sparta club, whose purpose is to make a difference in the community, now has 16 members who work together to complete service projects and support other organizations within the county.

The  group has worked on projects such as Seeds of Hope, a program that provides aid for the homeless, the Crisis Pregnancy Center and is involved in providing things for many of the veterans’ programs such as bags with supplies to provide assistance as veterans wait for … CONTINUED


Citizens Bank Charity Golf Tournament Four-Man Scramble

Posted on May 28, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Commissioners discuss opting in on city’s proposed sales tax increase that goes to referendum

Posted on May 28, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Ron Moses

If residents in White County want the opportunity to vote on the upcoming sales tax referendum approved by the City of Sparta, the County Commission will have to opt in and approve the increase county wide.

The county commission weighed their options last week when they met for a special-called work session where they weighed both the pros and cons of increasing the sales tax across the board. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson took point and described the situation to the board.

“The official county tax rate, that all the T.C.A. codes go by, is set by the county,” began Robinson. “The main rule being, … CONTINUED


Findlay Elementary getting new home, school ready in late summer

Posted on May 28, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Rachel Auberger

Findlay Elementary, the second largest elementary school in White County with over 400 students and 60 employees, will be moving into a new building for the 2019-2020 school year.

The new facility, which is across the road from the existing school, on Hale Street, near the fairgrounds, will provide the students and staff more space, which will mean more opportunities. “We are really looking forward to having more space,” said Rebecca Ryan, principal. “We are very excited about our new Maker Space, which will be connected to our new library.”

According to Ryan, the Maker Space will be the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) … CONTINUED


Sparta hosting welcome home event for Kellie Jolly Harper

Posted on May 27, 2019 8:08 am by

U.T. Athletics – The City of Sparta, White County, and the Sparta-White Chamber of Commerce are hosting a “Welcome Home” celebration for local native Kellie Jolly Harper, on June 6, at the White County High School gymnasium.

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department is excited to be part of the festivities and will add a Big Orange element to the evening by making it one of its stops on the Summer of Smokey tour. Admission is free.

The event will salute the new Lady Vol head basketball coach, who hails from Sparta and is a 1995 graduate of WCHS and a 1999 graduate of UT.

Doors open at … CONTINUED


Memorial Day Program

Posted on May 27, 2019 6:06 am by

A Memorial Day Program and Bell Ringing Ceremony will be 10 a.m., May 27, at the Veterans Park, directly across from the courthouse. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Matthew Elmore, White County veterans service officer, at (931) 836-3595.


Help paying energy bills

Posted on May 24, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


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