Vehicle catches fire at Alcorn’s Market on Spring Street

Posted on August 18, 2018 4:04 pm by Rima Austin

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At approximately 3:30 p.m., August 18, a vehicle that had pulled up to the front of Alcorn’s Market. A patron noticed that the Dodge Ram was dripping fire from underneath the carriage. He informed the driver of the situation and, trying to back the truck away from the store, the fire grew bigger. The driver escaped without injury and there was no damage to the store. Firefighters extinguished the fire without incident.






Old Times Cafe

Posted on August 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

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By Hansel Moore

Small town diners are usually the hub of information and a focal place of any community. The Old Times Café, in Spencer, is no different.

Mike Mooneyham knows a lot about the town and people of Spencer and Van Buren County.

“I grew up here and went to high school here,” said Mooneyham.

Most of the people reading this have seen or met Mooneyham in the past 20 years. He is the owner of the Old Times Café at 467 College Street. For over two decades, he and his family have owned and managed the dining establishment that serves their particular brand of diner delights … Read More


Becker is new assistant park manager at Fall Creek Falls

Posted on August 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

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Robert Becker is ready to assist visitors at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

By Hansel Moore

While visiting Fall Creek Falls Park, if a person happens to run into Robert Becker, congratulate him on his promotion. Becker is the new assistant park manager.

His position is the leader of the team that works together with a primary focus on safety and security of the park. Responsibilities include ensuring that ranger park operations run smoothly, such as the campgrounds, boat dock, programming, natural resources management, pool, and camp lodges. He is the overseer of the medical program, law enforcement, and rescue operations on the park.

“We have the best … Read More


More than 100 positions to be available during hiring event

Posted on August 17, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville will host a job fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, for five employers seeking to fill more than 100 positions in Putnam and White counties.

Employers include Qualified Staffing, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Metro Industrial, Home Instead and Senior Solutions Home Care. Openings include caregiver, correction officer, assembly, packaging, molding, warehouse, press and oven operator, inside sales and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo … Read More


Deceased man discovered in vehicle

Posted on August 16, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

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At approximately 9:30 a.m. on August 16, emergency services responded to a call at the Airport Chevron at 6950 Roberts Mathews Highway. An unidentified man was found deceased inside his vehicle in the parking lot. Sgt. Richard Lynch with the White County Sheriff’s Department was in charge of the scene. When asked if the occupant of the truck was deceased, Lynch had this to say:

“I’m not a medical doctor so I can’t say whether he is or isn’t, but he appears to be.”

The man was transported to Nashville and the matter is still under investigation.



The sun will come up tomorrow

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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Anytime we receive a phone call from one of our grandchildren, it’s like a ray of sunshine. Katy Grace calls more often than the others, and hearing her voice on the other end of the line always brightens our day – she calls almost every morning. When I see her and her mom’s picture on my screen, I answer with the expectation of that sweet little voice that I can scarcely imitate, much less put in print, as she coos into the phone, “Hey Papa!”

Sometimes when she calls Sammie’s number, I answer, then she exclaims in disappointment, “Papa! You’re not Nahnee! Why are you answering her phone?”… Read More


Make men masculine again

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – By Allie Stuckey

Rape, murder, war—they all have one thing in common: Men.

Aggression, violence, ambition, unchecked by conscience—all the stuff of “toxic masculinity,” right?

And, the solution is obvious: make men less toxic. Make men less masculine. Make men more like women.

But I’m here to tell you that this way of thinking is not only wrong, it’s dangerous.

Here’s why: When you try to make men more like women, you don’t get less “toxic masculinity,” you get more.

Why? Because bad men don’t become good when they stop being men; they become good when they stop being bad. Aggression, violence, and unbridled … Read More


Madeline Saunders receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Rotary Club of Sparta awarded Madeline “Maddie” Saunders a Paul Harris Fellow recognition in “a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation.” Local Rotary clubs may honor individuals as Paul Harris Fellows who are individuals that meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris.

John Downs, Sparta’s Rotary Youth Exchange Chair, said, “A significant contribution was made to the Rotary Foundation in Saunders’ name as an endorsement of you and of the voyage you are about to begin. We do this with confidence that you will represent us well and expand goodwill and understanding everywhere … Read More


Anyone can attend college for two years tuition-free with Drive to 55

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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There was a time when obtaining a college degree for some was a pipe dream. Trying to find the money to go was nearly impossible, so many just gave up.

Every day, however, it is getting easier to attend an institution of higher learning. With Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, there is hardly an excuse for anyone not to attend college.

The Drive to 55 initiative is Haslam’s goal to equip 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. Knowing that money is what keeps most people from pursuing a college degree, this is where the Tennessee Reconnect Grant comes … Read More


Investigation is ongoing in TTU’s emissions testing

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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Many states have regular emissions tests in which one brings in a car or truck to a test center. Personal automobiles are not the only vehicles on the road that are required to be tested.

Semi-trucks must also go through rigorous emissions tests. For truck manufacturers, engineers can design trucks using the latest parts to cut down on the discharge, but for Fitzgerald Glider Kits, this came as a little bit harder feat to accomplish.

Fitzgerald Glider kits make up the engine, transmission, and drive line of a tractor-trailer. According to their website, to cut down on emissions, these kits are installed into a refurbished truck chassis. It … Read More


Cranford creates a space to retire flags at Rotary Veterans Park

Posted on August 16, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

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An Eagle Scout with Troop 128 saw a need for White County and decided to do something about it.

Jonathan Cranford, 14, noticed there was no place for anyone to properly retire a flag. He approached his troop with an idea to create a bin where anyone can take a flag that is worn and no longer suited to fly on a flagpole and drop it in.

According to Jonathan’s mother, Jennifer Tatum-Cranford, Cub Scout Troop 294 and Boy Scout Troop 128 have a flag retirement ceremony a few times throughout the year.

“The next one will be held Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Hickory Valley … Read More


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