White County High School HOSA members attend conference

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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During spring break, March 25-27, six HOSA (Future Health Professionals) students and their advisor attended the Tennessee HOSA State Leadership Conference, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Students participated in competitions related to healthcare, leadership sessions, and voting for state officers for the 2019-2020 year. Three of the six students competed in nurse assisting, medical reading, and pharmacology knowledge events. Allison Meadows placed third in the pharmacology knowledge event, qualifying her to move on to the HOSA International Leadership Conference, in Orlando, Florida, this summer. Students also participated in a fun night at the Tennessee Aquarium followed by a dance at the convention center.


Eighth grade students visit post-secondary institutions

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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On March 22, 2019, approximately 320 eighth graders had the opportunity to visit a post-secondary institution and to hear of the various programs offered on that particular campus.  One group toured the Vol State and TCAT campuses, in Livingston, another group toured select programs on the campus of TTU, and a final group toured both the Motlow campus, in McMinnville, and the National Guard Armory, in Sparta.  Bobby Officer, White County Middle School counselor, organized the trips, focusing on student interest and career exploration.  The students enjoyed touring the campuses and hearing about the various programs offered.


Books on public review

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Social Studies and Foreign Language books will be on public review at the White County Board of Education from Monday, April 22nd to Friday, April 26th.  (Times: 8:00-3:30 daily)


Proof of purchase

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Sparta Live

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By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Well, Easter came and went this year just like it has every other year in seasons past. Some of us dressed a little nicer, some went to church with family for the first time this year, some cooked, others worshipped, and, for some, it was just another three-day weekend. No matter how you view Easter, it doesn’t change the power and significance the day holds. It doesn’t change the fact that Jesus is alive, and this is the day we celebrate his resurrection.

There’s a saying, “The lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep.” I would like to say, … Read More


Sparta Head Start receives donation

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sparta Police Chief, Jeff Guth recently presented a check to Melony Pryor, family engagement assistant at Sparta Head Start, on behalf of The Knights of Pythia. The money will be used to enhance the special needs program at LBJ&C Sparta Head Start.


MTNG donates to library

Posted on April 22, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Project Hometown Help supports the White County Library’s Summer Reading Program by a recent donation in the amount of $1,500. L-R: Jimmy Graham, adult services librarian; Julie Randolph, teen librarian; Dana Gorter, children’s librarian; and Pat Bennett, MTNG representative.


What role has our investigative agencies had in this mess and illegal activities?

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

It is my, and I suspect your, hope that this will be the last column I write addressing the hoax we now know as the Russian collusion and obstruction of justice case against the president of the United States. As I said in a previous column, at this point, all people not passionate leftists have seen and heard enough to realize the verdict is in, the investigation dismissed, the court closed, and the judge has left the building. The illegal attempt to overthrow the election results, of 2016, has been unsuccessful, and we need to move on as a nation to … Read More


Suppression of voting rights is nothing new, but the tactics have certainly changed

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Since the beginning of our country, the right to vote had its limitations; only white men who owned property were allowed that privilege.  Times changed as the country grew. The Civil War and the aftermath created a great upheaval of all sorts of norms in society and our government.   I’m not going to rehash the history of blacks and the hardships they faced in America, after the Civil War.  I will say that all minorities, including women of every color, have had to protest, march, be jailed, die, and still fight to this day to be vital and hold on to their … Read More


U.C. Work Force Development meets with Van Buren High seniors

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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By Rachel Auberger

The Upper Cumberland Work Force Development program recently visited Van Buren County High School to present the senior class with information to help them as they transition into post-high school endeavors.

Jill Osborne, of the American Job Center in Cookeville, was on hand to talk to students about the Youth Can Program.

“The purpose of Youth Can is to remove the barriers that might be between you and where you want to go,” Osborne said.

The Youth Can Program will provide qualifying students, ages 18-24, with money for books and fees needed for college classes. The program will also help with tools and clothing needed … Read More


Volunteering is a team effort for duo of Walter and Rosa Buttrum

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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By Rachel Auberger

Walter and Rosa Buttrum, co-chairpersons for the White County chapter of the Red Cross, hope to encourage people through their own lives and actions to just give to others.

Walter Buttrum began volunteering with the Red Cross, in 2005, as Tennessee prepared to take in victims from Hurricane Katrina.

“I knew they would need all the help they could get,” he said about having volunteered to set up refuge and help with security at the Clyde M York 4-H Training Center, in Crossville.

Walter Buttrum, who had served his country years ago and is a Vietnam veteran, enjoyed his work with the Red Cross and … Read More


Jordi first-degree murder case is continued with motion to suppress

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Public defenders have filed a motion to suppress evidence in the first-degree murder case of Joshua Nathaniel Jordi who was charged in the March 2018 death of his father.

According to Bruce MacLeod, assistant district attorney general, the motion will be answered with a response from the D.A.’s office and will be argued June 19, 2019, before Judge Gary McKenzie.

On March 8, 2018, officers with White County Sheriff Department were dispatched to the Mt. Vernon Subdivision residence of Timothy Leroy Jordi after he failed to show up for work and could not be reached by officials from his place of employment.

Upon arrival, officers found Timothy Leroy … Read More


Judge sentences Tiffanie Chapman to eight years in death of her child

Posted on April 22, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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According to Bruce MacLeod, assistant district attorney general, on April 17, 2019, Tiffanie Chapman appeared before Judge Gary McKenzie, in White County Criminal Court, and entered a plea to vehicular homicide by intoxication, receiving an eight-year sentence to serve at the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

MacLeod said the charges stemmed from a crash that occurred Dec. 2, 2017, when authorities were dispatched to Old Smithville Highway, in White County, to a single-car crash involving injuries. Chapman and her 3-year-old son were airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital, where the minor child died from his injuries the next day.

Officer Kyle Herron, with the Critical Incident Response Team of the Tennessee … Read More



Van Buren County eligible for SBA disaster loans for private non-profits affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides

Posted on April 19, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Tennessee that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Feb. 19 through March 30, 2019.

PNPs located in Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Mcnairy, Moore, Morgan, … Read More


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