Cookeville native supports “silent service” at submarine training center in Pearl Harbor

Posted on February 16, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Johnson

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Erica R. Gardner, Navy Office of Community Outreach

PEARL HARBOR –A Cookeville, Tennessee, native and 2005 Warren County High School graduate is serving at the U.S. Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Johnson has served for eight-and-a-half years and works as a Navy electronics technician (submarine) and is serving within the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of operations. The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast … Read More

Republican Party meeting

Posted on February 16, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The White County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m., Feb. 25, 2019, the third floor courtroom, at White County Courthouse. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway is the guest speaker.

Nominations for election to the WCRP County Executive Committee will be held Feb. 25, 2019. Reorganization election will occur March 25, 2019. (Republicans intending to either nominate a candidate or run for the CEC are requested to email Chairman Bill Loos at and request pre-credentialing), according to party reorganization rules.

Government photo identification is required for both.

Boiling Springs Baptist Church tops new addition with 25-foot cross

Posted on February 16, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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On Feb. 15, 2019, after months of construction and anticipation, Boiling Springs Baptist Church topped the steeple tower of its new building addition with a 25-foot cross.

In June 2018, construction began on a two-story building addition that will serve multiple purposes. The new addition will host two new entry points into the church, a large welcome and information center, handicap accessible restrooms, classrooms, offices, and flexible space to better serve visitors and the community.

Due to an extremely wet fall and winter, the construction has been slow moving, but for the members of the congregation seeing the cross hoisted and set into place is reassurance that God … Read More

Tech gets higher marks in latest TN Educator Prep Report Card

Posted on February 16, 2019 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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According to the latest Tennessee Educator Prep Report Card, Tennessee Tech is doing a great job of preparing graduates for teaching jobs around the state.

In a report published today by the Tennessee State Board of Education, Tech scored the highest possible on a four-point scale when it comes to employment. Tech’s rate of first-year employment in Tennessee public schools, rate of employment within three years in Tennessee public schools, and second-year retention rate were all above the state average.

“Historically, we have the largest number of school districts who hire our graduates throughout the state,” said Julie Baker, associate dean of Tech’s College of Education. “There were

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Warriors are headed back to the District Championship game

Posted on February 15, 2019 9:09 pm by Andy Southard

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The Warriors come from behind to take down the Cookeville Cavaliers 54-50. Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 22 points. Masyn Winningham also finished in double figures with 13.

The Warriors will play in the Championship game on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

Warriors trail after one

Posted on February 15, 2019 8:08 pm by Andy Southard

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After a back and forth first quarter, the Warriors trail the Cookeville Cavaliers 13-10 at the end of one.

Warriorettes struggle against Cookeville

Posted on February 15, 2019 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

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The Warriorettes were never able to get much going after the first quarter and fall to the Lady Cavs 61-54. Alaina Stiles led the Warriorettes with 15 points. Kanden Reeves, Kendreah Reeves, and Mia Murray all joined her in double figures with 13,11, and 10 points.

The Warriorettes will return to action on Monday in the Consolation game against Rhea County at Stone Memorial at 6 pm.

Warriorettes trail at the half

Posted on February 15, 2019 6:06 pm by Andy Southard

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After a fast paced first quarter, The Lady Cavaliers were able to slow the game down in the second and outscored the Warriorettes 15-8. The Warriorettes trail the Lady Cavs 31-25 at the half. Mia Murray and Alaina Stiles lead the Warriorettes with 8 points in the first half.

From a converted liberal: There is hope

Posted on February 14, 2019 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – by KrisAnne Hall, JD

Right up front, there are some things that I need to tell you about myself. I want you to know where I came from and how I got to where I am today. I don’t want to ever be accused of deception or dishonesty.

So, in full disclosure: I was not born a constitutionalist. I did not live my life with an inherent understanding of liberty and what is necessary to defend it. I was not raised a Christian. For some, these things will be a stumbling block, so you need to know from me.

I was raised a Democrat. … Read More

Are you prepared for the inevitable?

Posted on February 14, 2019 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

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Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Someday, I suppose, we will look back on the days we ae living in right now and reminisce about how it was back before _____ (blank to be filled in someday.) Can you imagine the changes in technology that are still “out there”…somewhere? I can’t even imagine – don’t even want to.

When I tell my grandchildren about phone, without cameras, that had to be plugged in and had rotary dials; about TVs that required more exercise than pushing a remote or speaking a command – to switch to one of the other two channels available or adjust the volume; TVs without … Read More

Awful arugula and failing focus

Posted on February 14, 2019 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

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By Ashley Wiles

I love working with my husband, Topher.  While there are situations he doesn’t share with me due to minister confidentiality, often we find ourselves combining our hearts, minds, and skills to help other families heal from the wounds that cut deep.  Those scarring wounds are sometimes caused by spitefulness, self-centeredness, pride, neglect, or a combination of several of those hurtful situations.  I would love to help those young couples avoid the negative influences that encroach upon a marriage.  I would be elated if I could give one piece of advice that can aid a couple in keeping that wedded bliss fresh and alive in the … Read More

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