Farm Day event sponsored by Farm Bureau Women

Posted on June 13, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Farm Day was held May 9, at Davis Farms, on Milk Plant Road, in White County. The Davis family allowed Farm Bureau Women to hold its annual event, Farm Day, at their farm this year. This allowed all first graders and third graders the opportunity to visit an actual working farm during their Farm Day field trip. Stations set up for the students to visit and learn about agriculture. This year’s stations were grain, chickens and rabbits, beekeeping, horses, beef cattle and dairy cattle, sheep and goats, soil conservation, and cotton. Caney Fork Electric came to teach them safety about electricity and energy. The students love being able … Read More


WoodmenLife honors Van Buren and Spencer law enforcement

Posted on June 13, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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In honor of local law enforcement, Tim Bumbalough, FIC, WoodmenLife representative and local Chapter 1110, presented the Spencer Police Department and Van Buren County Sheriff Department cookies and muffins in observance of National Police Week, in May. Representing the Spencer Police Department is Chief Michael Brock (below), and with the Van Buren County Sheriff Department is Kimberly Davis and Jerrod Campbell (above).



Averitt Express honors Parker

Posted on June 13, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Averitt Express recently honored associate Allan Parker, of Spencer, for 20 years of service. He is now among the more than 1,100 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt. Averitt’s Cookeville-area service center is located at 1199 Salem Road, and its corporate headquarters is at 1415 Neal Street. Parker Parker (center) is welcomed to the Averitt Over 20 Team by internet development and system services leader Craig Foster (left) and Averitt chairman and chief executive officer Gary Sasser (right).


Area Agency on Aging offering application assistance with SNAP

Posted on June 13, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is now offering application assistance with “SNAP”, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program for adults 60 and over or individuals with a disability.  The USDA created SNAP to provide eligible individuals with monthly benefits to buy food.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), SNAP is a good investment and can improve health outcomes of food insecure seniors. SNAP stimulates the economy with every $1 in additional SNAP benefits generates $1.73 in local economic activity.

The Upper Cumberland region, includes Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White counties. If you … Read More


Big tech is big brother

Posted on June 13, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – By Brent Bozell

The year is 1984. One company – Microsoft – dominates the computer world. It’s their way or the highway. Conform or die.

This snapshot in time was perfectly captured in one of the most famous commercials in TV history. Set in a gray, dystopian future, row after row of men stare blankly at a giant screen from which Big Brother – the all-powerful leader from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 – addresses them. Suddenly, riot police burst into the hall, chasing a beautiful, blonde woman in a white shirt and red shorts. Before they can grab her, she hurls a sledgehammer … Read More



Tips for taking off training wheels

Posted on June 13, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

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By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Micah made his bold and resolute proclamation at the dinner table Monday night, stating, “Dad, I would like to ride my bike without training wheels tonight.”

Children often look forward to the next rite of passage – that moment that marks a transition from one stage of life to the next. It could be getting to start kindergarten, putting on makeup for the first time, receiving a first cell phone, going on a first date, or taking that driver’s test. The striking way my 5-year-old distinctly made his proclamation let me know this rite of passage needed my full attention, and it … Read More


Imitating Dad, a tribute to Father…spanning four generations

Posted on June 13, 2019 8:08 am by Sparta Live

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Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Many times in my life, I have wanted to be more like my dad. Hard worker, man of integrity, committed to my mother, even more committed to his Lord and Savior, sense of humor, diligent, good daddy – all of these were accurate descriptors of Buford D. Playl. Sometimes I tried to imitate him, but I must admit he was more of a man than I am.

When I was around 13 years old, I was taller than him and fancied myself pretty strong. So I asked him one day, at a family reunion, “Daddy, do you think you could still whip … Read More


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