St. Thomas Health signs new Emergency Room Physicians staffing contract for St. Thomas Highlands Hospital, Sparta

Posted on April 26, 2017 11:11 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Saint Thomas Health has signed a new contract for emergency room physician staffing with American Physician Partners, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based company, for four of their regional hospitals:  Saint Thomas Stones River; Saint Thomas Highlands; Saint Thomas DeKalb; and Saint Thomas River Park.

“Our goal, as always, is to provide great customer service for our patients, and that means demonstrating compassion, respect and courtesy as we deliver the best care in an efficient manner,” said Andy Wachtel, President and CEO at Saint Thomas Stones River, Saint Thomas Highlands and Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospitals.

Wachtel also stated,  “We’re very excited about this new partnership, especially since it’s local to the … Read More



Midnight Cry featured singers

Posted on April 26, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Midnight Cry will be the featured singers at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church. A covered dish supper will follow the singing. Everyone is invited.


WCHS freshman orientation

Posted on April 26, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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White County High School’s Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2021 will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at WCHS.


WCHS boys’ soccer teams falls to Warren County

Posted on April 26, 2017 3:03 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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White County Warriors fell to the Warren County Pioneers 5-1, on Tuesday, April 25, with Sebastian Dunham of the Warriors scoring the only goal. Warrior boys’ soccer team plays again at home, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27, (weather permitting) against DeKalb County.


Bargains galore

Posted on April 25, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Saturday, April 29

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Blooming Bargains Rummage Sale (bargains galore and a silent auction to raise funds for the Sparta Woman’s Club projects for the year)

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, behind the library

Contact: Mary Dingwall (931) 881-8954 or Sherry Hickey (931) 739-2847





Delores Johnson

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Delores Johnson, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


TN Telecommunications Association encouraged by passage of bill to expand rural broadband

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Governor’s legislation provides grants, opens way to electric coops

The Tennessee Telecommunications Association says that passage last week of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act is a good first step toward making broadband available to more rural Tennesseans. TTA represents local telecoms – including Ben Lomand Connect, which provides high-speed broadband in White County.

“This is a major step in the right direction,” said Levoy Knowles, executive director of TTA.

“As providers of high-speed broadband and fiber to a large portion of rural Tennessee, we know there are still places that need to get connected. This is an issue that won’t be fixed overnight.

“But our members, both … Read More


Upper Cumberland AAAD participating in The Big Payback

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them. This is the first year that the Upper Cumberland AAAD is taking part in the event.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, this region’s dedicated day of giving begins at midnight on Wednesday, May 3 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit TheBigPayback.org/UCAAAD and make donations to the Upper Cumberland AAAD as well as other participating nonprofits – including schools and … Read More


WCHS presents “Godspell”

Posted on April 25, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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White County High School will be presenting its annual spring musical, Godspell, which is based on the parables and teachings from the gospel of St. Matthew. Matthew Acosta and Bethany Bohannon lead an amazing cast of students in this uplifting play that weaves together well known passages such as “The Sower and the Seed,” “The Prodigal Son,” and the “Beatitudes,” with musical numbers such as “Day by Day”.

Godspell will be presented on the Multipurpose Room stage on:

  • Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5.

For more information, call (931) 836-3214 or contact Sandy … Read More


Daughters of the Confederacy attend district meeting

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Members of Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the Middle Tennessee District Meeting, in Waynesboro, which was hosted by The Captain John Henry Culp 2577 United Daughters of the Confederacy. L-R: Theresa Loftis, Donna Hamilton, Betty Ledbetter, Carolyn Carr, Barbara Parson, and Matilda Speck, Tennessee Division president.


White County High School HOSA

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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L-R: Linda Stegall, Bryce Wilcoxson, Emily Osborn, Megan Wilson

Members of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) attended the TN HOSA State Leadership Conference, in Chattanooga, April 3-5. Four students competed in the following events: epidemiology, extemporaneous writing, medical math and medical reading. An additional four students attended as voting delegates and courtesy corps members. Also attending was HOSA Middle Tennessee Vice President Bryce Wilcoxson, who was re-elected to that office for the 2017-2018. Of the four students who competed, two placed in the top five in their event. Megan Wilson competed in epidemiology and placed first, qualifying her to compete at the International Leadership Conference, in June. Linda Stegall … Read More


Froning speaks at Rotary Club

Posted on April 25, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rich Froning, four-time CrossFit Fittest Man on Earth, and the most recognized face in the sport, spoke at the Sparta Rotary Club’s April 13 meeting to discuss his annual Mayhem for Mustard Seed event. This will be the fourth year of the event that benefits the privately funded Mustard Seed Ranch. This community-sponsored organization takes children from troubled situations and places them into loving, nurturing homes. The event is sponsored by Reebok, Rogue Fitness and Advocare, among others and continues to grow every year. It will start at 9 a.m., April 29, at Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion, in Cookeville. The fitness competition, which is made up of three-person teams, … Read More


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