Firefighters respond to a reported fire at Cassville Elementary School

Posted on August 23, 2017 2:02 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Multiple fire departments recently responded to Cassville Elementary School due to a reported fire in the school’s cafeteria.

On Aug. 23, at approximately 12:18 pm, the White County E-911 Communications Center was notified about a possible fire at Cassville Elementary School. The initial report stated that there was smoke in the cafeteria area of the school.

Firefighters from Cassville, NorthEnd, Central View, Cherry Creek and Sparta fire departments were all dispatched to the scene. The White County Emergency Medical Service and the White County Sheriff’s Department were also dispatched to Cassville Elementary as well.

Upon arrival, the Cassville Elementary faculty and staff had already escorted the students outside … Read More






Lewis and Anderson arrested as part of narcotics investigation

Posted on August 22, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Ashley Nicole Anderson

Gaines Bradley Lewis

On Aug. 18, 2017, deputies of the White County Sheriff Department served a search warrant on 1378 Purvin Lollar Road, in Sparta. According to a press release, this is a culmination of a narcotics investigation conducted by the White County Sheriff Department, the Putnam Sheriff Department, and the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

More than 180 grams of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, $4,291 in cash, and four weapons were reportedly seized from the residence.

Arrested in the investigation were Gaines Bradley Lewis and Ashley Anderson. Lewis was charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale of schedule II, felony possession … Read More



US marshals to auction tractors, vehicles, tools in Gentry case

Posted on August 22, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Gentry Tractor Supply in Sparta to be liquidated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Marshals are holding a live auction in Sparta, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, to sell tractors, trucks, trailers, farm equipment, and tools in the liquidation of Gentry Tractor Supply. The sale follows the guilty plea of Jeffery Gentry, on Aug. 10, in a $43 million investment scheme in U.S. District Court, in Nashville.

The auction starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Gentry Tractor Supply, 759 Millers Point Rd., Sparta. A public preview will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Online pre-bidding is … Read More


Appalachian Renovation Loan Program available for homeowners in Van Buren County

Posted on August 22, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Homeowners in Van Buren County may be eligible for funds through the Appalachian Renovation Loan Program (ARLP) for repairs or improvements to their homes.

ARLP is a program provided through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) to improve homeownership for residents of Appalachian counties. Homeowners of single-family (one-to-four unit) homes in Van Buren County that require repairs or modifications are eligible to apply.

Eligible property types include single family 1-4 unit residences or manufactured homes (single or double-wide). Commercial properties, multifamily properties and properties listed on a state or national historic register are ineligible.

The terms of the loan include:

  • Maximum Loan Amount of $25,000
  • 0% Interest Rate
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United Daughters of the Confederacy

Posted on August 22, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Wednesday, Sept. 6

Who: United Daughters of the Confederacy

What: Meeting

When: Noon

Where: Putnam County Library, upper level

Contact: (931) 738-5869


Preston Heights decoration

Posted on August 22, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Saturday, Sept. 2

Who: Preston Heights Cemetery

What: Decoration Day

When: Board meeting at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Cemetery, in Quebeck

Contact: Donations can be mailed to Sherrie McCulley (treasurer), 1605 McMinnville Highway, Sparta, Tennessee 38583


TN state unemployment rate again reaches record all-time low at 3.4%

Posted on August 22, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces the state has made history for the second consecutive month with a record-setting preliminary unemployment rate of 3.4 percent for July 2017. This exceeds the previous month’s revised rate of 3.6 percent by two-tenths of a percentage point.

“A continuing decline in the state unemployment rate is great news for all Tennesseans,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “Governor Haslam made job creation a top priority in the state and the hard work of numerous state departments is moving Tennessee toward that goal.”

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate fell a notable one and four-tenths of … Read More


Summer deer mortality attributed to common virus

Posted on August 22, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offices are receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of the reports are all indicative of hemorrhagic disease.

HD occurs at varying levels of severity each year in Tennessee’s deer herd. The catch-all term for this disease is hemorrhagic disease, and epizootic hemorrhagic disease, and bluetongue are the closely related viruses that fall under the umbrella of HD.

So far this year, reports are predominantly coming from East Tennessee, and based on the volume of reports it appears to be above average in severity. According to officials in Athens, Ga., at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease … Read More


Squirrel season set to open

Posted on August 22, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tennessee’s 2017 free hunting day is Aug. 26

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 26, which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.

Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for persons to experience the enjoyment of the sport.

The TWRA encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoors sport. It is also an excellent opportunity for persons who have not tried hunting in … Read More


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