Arrie I. Clouse

Posted by | August 28, 2015 8:35 am

Arrie I. Clouse, 91, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

“In Honor and Remembrance”

Posted by | August 28, 2015 8:01 am

rememberWoodmen Life – Family Fraternity extends an invitation to a community event “In Honor and Remembrance” of Sept. 11, 2001. The event will be noon, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department, in Sparta. Join them as they remember the 14th anniversary and honor the special people who give of their time and risk their lives to provide protection for everyone. Woodmen Life will also be dedicating a new flagpole and presenting a new flag. Lunch will follow. For more information, call Regina Wilhite (931) 836-2459.

Kenneth Lee Cabral

Posted by | August 28, 2015 7:57 am

Kenneth Lee Cabral, 68, of Smithville, passed away Aug. 26, 2015, at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, in Nashville.

Mr. Cabral was born Dec. 9, 1946, to Joseph Cabral and Rosa Belle Cabral.

He was a self-employed janitorial contractor. A lifelong Jehovah’s Witness, he was baptized, in 1959 and was an Elder in the Smithville Congregation.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn Cabral, of Smithville; four children, Kim Cabral, of Smithville, Kristen (Eric) Kulkarni, of Smithville, Allen (Trisha) Cabral, of Duffield, Virginia, Kathleen Cabral, of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren, Allisha, Kara, Evan Cabral; and two brothers, Ronald (June) Cabral, of Sparta, Steven (Lynda) Cabral, of Smithville.… Read More

Old-fashioned congregational singing

Posted by | August 28, 2015 6:43 am

Copeland Chapel Church will host an old-fashioned congregational singing beginning at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Bro. Freddie Copeland at (931) 738-5513.

Sparta Woman’s Club gets ready for upcoming year with new projects

Posted by | August 28, 2015 6:21 am

GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club Board met on July 27 to line up the programs and events for the upcoming year. The first meeting for all women who would like to make a difference here in Sparta, while having fun, will be noon, Aug. 31, at Sparta First United Methodist Church. Everyone bring a snack to share. Some of the upcoming events that are scheduled are a “Treasures and Trinkets Sale” at the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad building, on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a Bunco Party, on Oct. 17. For more information call (931) 739-2847. L-R: Marjorie Stevens, chaplain; Diane Myers, hospitality; Sherry Hickey, president; Mary Dingwell, treasurer; Kathy

Greenwood Cemetery decoration

Posted by | August 28, 2015 6:20 am

Greenwood Cemetery Decoration will be Aug. 29, 2015. Everyone is invited to attend and bring a covered dish for the luncheon, which will be served at noon. If you are unable to attend, please make a donation toward the upkeep of the cemetery or to the trust fund. Please send your donation to: Louise Hollingsworth, 182 S. Greenwood Rd., Doyle, Tn 38559.

TDOT roadway activity report

Posted by | August 28, 2015 6:03 am

August 27, 2015 – September 2, 2015

WHITE COUNTY, SR-111 (Spencer Hwy.) repair of bridge over Calfkiller River (LM 6.37) in Sparta: Work on this project continues. The contractor will be pressure washing and texture coating the bridge during this report period. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary. Estimated project completion date is August 2015. [Mid-State Construction Co, Inc./Sorrelle/CNN292]

WHITE COUNTY, SR-111 installation of an overhead sign structure at U.S. 70S (SR-1, LM 3.39): The contractor, subcontractors and TDOT personnel met on site August 10, 2015 to verify field elevations for the new overhead sign structure. The contractor will begin work once the shop drawings of … Read More

Thursday’s results for local sports

Posted by | August 27, 2015 9:04 pm

The following are the results from local sports action for White County teams on August 27, 2015.

The WCHS Warriorette soccer team picked up their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over York Institute.

The Warriorette volleyball team took Rhea County to five games before falling 3-2 in a District 6AAA contest.

The WCMS volleyball team stayed undefeated with a win over Prescott.

The Warrior JV golfers were defeated by Cookeville at the Sparta Country Club.

See Monday’s print edition for details on all contests.


Posted by | August 27, 2015 3:43 pm

Joshua Iceman prepares to be escorted out of the courtroom by White County Jail staff. Pictured to the left is Capt. Greg Matthews. Photo by Pamela Claytor.

Joshua Iceman has been found guilty of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder in the death of 8-week-old infant Taylor Iceman. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the murder charge and will be sentenced for the charge of child abuse on Nov. 6.

Jury deliberating

Posted by | August 27, 2015 1:57 pm

The jury in the Joshua Iceman trial are deliberating their verdict on the charges of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder. The verdict will be posted here as soon as it has been announced.

Clifford Hudson Templeton

Posted by | August 27, 2015 8:23 am

Clifford Hudson Templeton, 86 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born March 31, 1929, in Sparta, he was the son of Conrad and Templeton and Louise Hudson Templeton.

Mr. Templeton was a member of the Church of Christ, a U.S. Army Veteran, proudly serving during the Korean War, a member of the White County Planning Commission for 31 years, serving the majority of that time as chairman. He was an original member of the White County Fire Board, he served as Fire Chief of the Central View Fire Department, he served on the White County Farm Bureau Board, and he served as … Read More

2015 dove season and early Canada goose season both open Sept. 1

Posted by | August 27, 2015 7:31 am

Dove season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at noon (local time).

Tennessee’s 2015 season is again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1-Sept. 28; Oct. 10-Nov. 1; and Nov. 28-Jan. 5. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada goose also starts on Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15. There is a daily bag of five for Canada goose.

For more information visit

Death investigated by White County Sheriff Department

Posted by | August 27, 2015 6:13 am

The death of a White County woman is under investigation after she was reportedly transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center by her husband in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26, 2015.

According to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, the female, whose name cannot officially be released at this time, was already deceased upon arrival at the Cookeville hospital.

Shoupe said the woman’s body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy to determine her exact cause of death.

Detective Steve Page, of White County Sheriff Department, is in charge of the investigation. Officers at the scene included Detective Shannon Jenkins, Deputy Lindell Smith, Deputy Dustin Reels, Lt. Craig … Read More

Quebeck potluck

Posted by | August 27, 2015 6:08 am

Quebeck-Walling Community Club will host a potluck at 6 p.m., Sept. 26, 2015, at Quebeck Community Center. Bring a dish to share. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information call (931) 657-1009.

Emmy winner to speak at TTU

Posted by | August 27, 2015 6:04 am

Emmy winning ABC anchor and correspondent John Quinones will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 22, 2015, at Tennessee Tech University, in Derryberry Hall, about overcoming adversity, pursuing dreams and responding to the mistreatment of others.

Derryberry Hall Auditorium is a 1 Wm. L. Jones Dr., in Cookeville.

Quinones is a seven-time Emmy winner who has worked for ABC News for more than 30 years. He is the co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and anchor of its series “What Would You Do?”

It is free and open to the public.

Warriors take on the Dragons Friday in Jamestown

Posted by | August 26, 2015 5:00 pm

Coming off their opening night win, the Warrior football team hits the road to Jamestown Friday to do battle with the York Institute Dragons.

The Warriors defeated Monterey 14-7 in their opener while York fell victim to Stone Memorial 54-18 in their first game.

Kick off for that game is 7 p.m. at York Institute.

See the preview of that game in Thursday’s print edition as well as details on the junior varsity Warriors’ 36-18 win over Livingston Academy on Monday.

Rescue Squad concerned about funding for volunteer organization

Posted by | August 26, 2015 6:33 am

Mike McLatchy, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, addressed members of White County Budget Committee during a meeting Sunday, Aug. 23. McLatchy expressed concern about the funding ratio for the rescue squad compared to the fire departments. McLatchy reminded committee members the rescue squad covers the entire county. Reportedly, the funding formula for fire departments was set up many years ago and was based on square mileage of the district.

Eastland VFD-$12,222

Doyle VFD-$12,273

Hickory Valley VFD-$13,527

Mt. Gilead VFD-$13,752

BonDeCroft VFD-$15,035

Cassville VFD-$15,485

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad-$16,273

North End VFD-$16,587

Sparta Fire Department-$17,273

Cherry Creek VFD-$17,376

Central View VFD-$17,692

Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd

Posted by | August 26, 2015 6:14 am

Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd, 73, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Simmons was born Jan. 23, 1942, the daughter of J.L. Bickford and Verena Mae Walling Bickford.

She was a retired state employee from Fall Creek Falls Restaurant and a member of New Hope Full Gospel Church.

Mrs. Ladd was baptized at Taylor’s Providence Free Will Baptist Church of Sparta.

In 1978, her first husband, Jewel Alfred Simmons, preceded her in death. In 1997, her second husband, Alan Eugene Ladd, also preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Lee Bickford; and two sisters, … Read More

TTU to host seminar about real estate in the Upper Cumberland

Posted by | August 26, 2015 6:07 am

Finding and securing commercial space in the Upper Cumberland can be daunting. The supply of office and industrial space is tight.  There is a lot of money at stake, the terminology can be confusing and the contracts complicated. A free seminar called “Small Business Real Estate” will be presented 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept, 8, 2015, by Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU. This seminar will show you how to find a facility, how to negotiate the best deal possible, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

The seminar will be on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall, room 218, at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville.

Although admission is … Read More

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