Monthly Archives: September 2019

Tennessee Department of Correctional

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


A harvest of horrors

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

It was a partnership Planned Parenthood’s former president once bragged she was “proud” of.

“Proud,” apparently, of cutting into tiny baby bodies when their hearts are still beating.

“Proud,” it turns out, of putting women through riskier abortion procedures to get better, more valuable baby organs.

And “proud,” most of all, that her medical directors were negotiating higher prices for the little livers, limbs, and brains her business was harvesting.

Four years later, pride is the last thing anyone felt at the courtroom where the gory details of Planned Parenthood’s baby butcher ring came tumbling out. While the country’s abortion industry … CONTINUED


Trading our excuses for forgiveness, let’s do our best

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Anderson is so stinking cute…just like all grandchildren, but, according to his teacher, he is also the “King of Excuses.” His mom, Whitney, our daughter-in-law, shared the story with us recently.

Their class of first graders was headed to the school cafeteria, in a line, in the hallway, when the teacher observed some unacceptable behavior from our precious 6-year-old grandson. Anderson was practicing a “tomahawk chop” on the head of the little boy in front of him…not a karate chop…not hard enough to really hurt, just enough to be annoying…just enough to be a pest.

“Anderson! Let’s keep our hands to ourselves!”… CONTINUED


Enjoying a staycation with sweat, stars, and smiles

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

By Topher Wiles

Last week, I looked up to thank God for our family’s unexpected blessings when a shooting star flitted across the northern sky.  My gratitude and my smile grew bigger.

As a dad with four kids, I have plenty of opportunities to be proud and an abundance of moments for correction.  Many of them come when, like many of you, I’m coaching my kids in their sports teams.  Pride wells up in me when my son drives the lane and finds the elusive layup to take the lead.  My chest puffs up when my kid rockets that red seamed missile at a short stop who tags … CONTINUED


Mark’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Clouse to retire after 32 years at White County EMS

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Rex Clouse is retiring after 32 years at White County Emergency Medical Service.

By Rachel Auberger

Critical care paramedic Rex Clouse has been with White County ambulance service longer than the ambulance service has been with White County, but, on Oct. 23, he will check in for his final shift.

“Rex was not just here for the start of EMS [emergency medical service] in White County, but also the start of EMS as a whole,” Mike Kerr, EMS director, said. “He has seen the development of EMS from its simple beginnings to the modern medical profession it has become today.”

Three years before White County took over the … CONTINUED


Sparta pastor Steve Qualls publishes motivational book

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Steve Qualls

By Rachel Auberger

Steve Qualls, pastor at Christpoint Church in Sparta, recently self-published a book, “More Than Just a Pace Horse,” that he wants to encourage readers to have hope and rise above their past.

Qualls said he had been thinking about writing a book for a period of three years when, at a conference this past winter, he really began to feel compelled to begin putting his thoughts into action. After returning from the conference, he said he spent time in thought and prayer and ultimately made the decision to begin writing.

“Stop disqualifying yourself for what God qualified you for,” Qualls said, while explaining … CONTINUED


New restaurant opening downtown

Posted on September 26, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Rachel Auberger

The building on the corner of Maple and South Main streets has been vacant for a long time, but that is about to change because Amy and Daniel Lipinski are opening an American grill style restaurant, at 1 East Maple.

“We will have an evolving set menu,” Daniel explained. “We are going to start out with items that we think the public will want, but we will take items off the menu if they aren’t what the people here are looking for, and we will add more popular items.”

The new restaurant, conveniently named for its address, will have a feature board with daily or … CONTINUED


Tennessee State Parks recognized among top four state park systems

Posted on September 26, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee State Parks was recognized Sept. 24 as one of four finalists for the award of top state park system in the nation at the National Recreation and Park Association annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The other finalists for the award were Florida State Parks, Maryland Park Service and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Florida State Parks won the award for best park system.

The award, part of the 2019 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, is administered by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.

“Tennessee State Parks are a part of … CONTINUED


Congressman Rose announces office hours for White County

Posted on September 26, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Congressman John Rose

The staff of Congressman John Rose (TN-6) will be in White County, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to meet with residents who need assistance with federal services.

“I am thrilled to have a talented district staff serving the good folks of Tennessee’s Sixth District. We are focused on providing top-notch constituent services for all 19 counties,” said Rose. “Knowing that at times it may be difficult to travel to one of our two district offices, I have directed my district staff to periodically set up office hours in other locations throughout our 19 county-district. This will allow everyone in the Sixth District to have face-to-face access … CONTINUED


Putnam County man arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year-old

Posted on September 26, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Phillip Loftis

According to a press release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, special agents from the department have arrested and charged a Putnam County man accused of attempting to solicit a minor for the purpose of illicit sex.

On Aug. 2, TBI agents received information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that a man, identified as Phillip Carlen Loftis (DOB 1-27-66), allegedly engaged in online conversation with an undercover GBI agent, who was posing as a 13-year-old female. During the exchange, Loftis engaged in conversation of a sexual nature and exposed himself in transmitted photographs.

On Sept. 25, authorities arrested Loftis and charged him with one count of … CONTINUED


Blood drive

Posted on September 26, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Blood Assurance will host a blood drive 1-7 p.m., Oct. 2, at 504 Army Camp Rd., in Van Buren County. More information: (931) 239-9411.


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