Season’s first Young Sportsman Deer Hunt set for Oct. 27-28

Posted on October 22, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2018-19 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 27-28.

Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

Archery season began in the state on Sept. 22 and the first segment ends Oct. 26, the day prior to … Read More

Why does the Christian right choose to support Republicans?

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

This question has plagued me for a long time, well before Donald Trump announced he would run for the presidency of the United States of America. With more and more political candidates using their religious beliefs or affiliations as a qualification for a political office, I decided I needed to do some research. The influence of Christianity, in American politics, has been around since the founding of America. It started to become more political during the early 20th century, especially during the Scopes Trial and the teaching of evolution in a public school. It continued to grow throughout the late 1950’s, and … Read More

Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce held its Business After Hours event Oct. 18, at Northfield Vineyards. “Minnie Mouse” was there, along with “Slash” from Guns-N-Roses, and “Joan of Arc.” Many businesses from White County as well as Putnam County were represented.

As the night wound down, a costume contest was held in which “Sally Fields” and “Burt Reynolds” from the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” won the grand prize. Food was served and Northfield Vineyards and Calfkiller Brewing Company provided drinks.

The Chamber posted the follow messing on its Facebook about the event:

What a FANTASTIC event! We are so grateful to have Read More

Chestnut Falls offers upper class accommodations for a rustic price

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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The best wedding venues are hard to find. Every bride wants a memorable wedding complete with the perfect flowers and ambiance. Weddings should leave the guests nostalgic and maybe hopeful that they, too, will have a wedding as beautiful as the one they just attended.

Sparta has no shortage of beautiful places, and Chestnut Falls is the most recent to find itself on this list. Sherry and “Rip” Stewart recently opened Chestnut Falls as a party venue. Sherry Stewart said that 2019 is already booking up fast, and she encourages anyone planning to get married next year to call as soon as they can and set the date.… Read More

Lions on the dusty trail

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

We have talked about lion’s this month. We’ve focused on the roar and how to recognize what it sounds like. We actually looked at a guy that taught us that it’s OK to chase lions. This week, let’s take a look at the most dangerous lion that we will face.

In the book of Judges, there’s a man God called to judge Israel before he was even born. His name is Samson, and his story begins in the 13th chapter. An angel appears to Samson’s mother in the field. They’re identified as being from the tribe of Dan and most likely peasants, … Read More

College Application Week celebrated at WCHS

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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White County High School students who successfully applied to a post-secondary institution are treated to lunch by several Sparta businesses. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

(L-R) Dawson Sapp, Jacob Sparks, Cameron Beasley have their education paths already planned and are excited about the future possibilities for their chosen careers. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The week of Oct. 15-19 was College Application Week, at White County High School. During this week, seniors worked with counselors and representatives from post-secondary institutions to fill out college applications and the Tennessee Promise application. The Tennessee Promise scholarship will provide any graduating senior that is a Tennessee resident with an education at a community … Read More

Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 27

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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An annual event that helps individuals properly dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are outdated will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 27, at Walgreens, in Sparta.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was started by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2010. Too many times prescription drugs that are controlled substances end up in the wrong hands and sold in the streets. This can happen because a family member has died, and someone in the family takes the drugs for nefarious reasons, or a family member steals the drugs out of a loved one’s medicine cabinet for the same reason. Because these drugs have the … Read More

Foot chase in town leads to arrest

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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Devonte Ward

On Oct.18, at approximately 4:18 p.m., Chief of Police Jeff Guth, said a call came in from a Sparta resident complaining about an unwanted visitor at their house and asked that the police do something about it.

According to Guth, DeVonte Ward, of Rossville, Georgia, had come to the residence, in Sparta, uninvited. Officers soon learned that Ward had several warrants against him from Van Buren County and Georgia. Guth stated the homeowner had called his office and advised which way the subject was heading. He explained that Officer Honaker came in contact with the subject and ordered him to stop and put his hands up. … Read More

Airport manager Dean Selby receives 7 percent pay increase

Posted on October 22, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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The manager for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport has received a 7 percent increase in his salary after a positive evaluation of his work performance was reviewed during the Oct. 17 board meeting.

“He has saved us a ton of money,” said board member Bennett Jared, as he talked about airport manager Dean Selby. “Dean is the third manager since I have been on this board. His heart is more into it. There’s grant money that he has come up with. He has gone beyond what I thought he would do.”

Jared said that instead of the 5 percent increase the board had discussed, he would like for Selby … Read More

Two vehicle collision in McDonalds’ parking lot

Posted on October 21, 2018 12:12 pm by Rima Austin

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On Sunday afternoon Officer Nick Dunn with the Sparta Police Department responded to a call about a two-vehicle collision in the McDonald’s parking lot located on Roosevelt Drive. According to Dunn, one car was stopped in the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot to let a passenger out so they could go into the lobby of the restaurant when another vehicle came around the corner and struck the first car from behind.

“The guy in the truck said he was trying to put his seatbelt on when he struck the other vehicle,” said Dunn. “I don’t know why he was trying to put on his seatbelt at that particular time.”… Read More

Aline Simmons Ashley

Posted on October 20, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Aline Simmons Ashley, 75, a Sparta resident and Van Buren County native, passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Mrs. Ashley was born April 13, 1943.

A retired vice-president of operations with A.O. Smith and a member of Central Church of Christ, in Sparta, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Simmons and Dovie Manus Simmons.

She was married, on Dec. 26, 1967, to Herbert Lee Ashley, who preceded her in death, on Feb. 13, 2016.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Simmons, and brothers-in-law, Jr. Nunley and Thorold Ramsey.

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Two car collision near corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84

Posted on October 19, 2018 11:11 pm by Rima Austin

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Officer Daniel with the Sparta Police Department was in charge of the scene of a two-vehicle collision that happened near the corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84 at approximately 10:03 p.m. Friday night.

A car that was driven by one passenger apparently struck another car, occupied by one adult and three children, in the rear end. The driver of the car that was hit was transported by ambulance to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta in stable condition. The children were not injured.

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