WCHS freshman orientation

Posted on April 21, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The 2018 freshman orientation for the Class of 2022 will be 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in the multipurpose room at White County High School.

State 2018-2019 budget highly favorable to Tennessee Tech

Posted on April 21, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The College of Engineering is Tech’s largest college with 2,623 undergraduate, 106 masters and 105 doctoral students. CoE offers degrees in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, general and basic engineering, manufacturing and engineering technology, and mechanical engineering.

College of Engineering students work on the Formula SAE car. The college will receive an additional $3 million in recurring funds from the state starting with the 2018-2019 budget approved this week.

The Tennessee legislature has passed Gov. Bill Haslam’s 2018-2019 budget, which has more than $13 million in additional funding for the university, bringing the total state appropriation to more than $51 million. … Read More

Williams secures $3 million for TTU College of Engineering

Posted on April 20, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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State Representative Ryan Williams, of Cookeville

State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) has secured $3 million in funding for the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University.

The monies are a part of the 2018-2019 budget and will help further the university’s world-class program. The funding is a byproduct of several years of hard work, leadership, and advocacy by Representative Williams on behalf of Tennessee Tech, the College of Engineering, and House District 42.

Tennessee Tech’s College of Engineering was recently named one of the Best Value Engineering Schools of 2018, ranked 25th overall in the nation and number one in Tennessee according to a study conducted by Best … Read More

Sparta and McMinnville Motlow alumni receive awards

Posted on April 20, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Jody Sliger

Daniel Owens

Jody Sliger, of Sparta, and Daniel Owens, of McMinnville, recently received alumni recognition awards at the 26th annual Motlow College Foundation Gala. Each year, the Foundation recognizes two alumni who embody Motlow’s core values. Both of this year’s recipients returned to college as adults. Owens graduated, in 2014, and completed the Adult College Express program, obtaining an associate’s degree in General Studies. Sliger obtained her associate’s degree, in 2015.

Motlow alumnus Owens, pictured with Hilda Tunstill, interim Motlow president, received “The One to Watch” 2018 Motlow alumni award.

Sliger received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” for 2018.


Tennessee Tech students design therapy toys for children

Posted on April 20, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Emily Monday, left, and Thomas Byrd, right, share the toys they adapted in their class at Tennessee Tech University with 5-year-old Sydney Tollison

Students showed up to Jennifer Yates’ class with a textured rain stick, a sensory ball, a puzzle with adapted pieces that are easier handle, a singing bear whose on switch had been altered to be controlled by a large button and a variety of other toys.

Most of them are studying special education, pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy at Tennessee Tech University and the Adapt-a-Toy project in Yates’ physical management and support services for orthopedic, motor and special health impairments class offered by the College … Read More

ESTEAM Workshop for ages birth-3

Posted on April 20, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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9 a.m., Saturday, April 21 – White County Public Library

Did you know little ones begin forming ideas about math, science, and the world around them from the time they are born? Come celebrate this exciting time in your child’s life and join us for the first ESTEAM Workshop. The White County Early Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics program is excited to announce the first Saturday workshop for infants and toddlers ages birth to 3.  This free workshop will provide young children with hands-on activities to promote science and mathematics learning. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must remain with the children and will be encouraged to play along.

Cookeville Police and THP raising awareness about motorcycle safety

Posted on April 19, 2018 4:04 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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The Cookeville Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” said Captain Randy Brown.All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to Read More

Van Buren’s first farmers’ market slated for Memorial Day week

Posted on April 19, 2018 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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With the completion of one of the county’s newest structure, plans are underway to begin taking applications for spaces at the first county owned farmers’ market.

On April 13, 2018, officials with Van Buren County announced the county would begin accepting applications for farmer market spaces on May 7 for the upcoming farmers’ market season. The opening date for the market has yet to be finalized but is expected to be around Memorial Day.

Over the past several years, the government of Van Buren County has received over $1,300,000 in various grants, which have been awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the United States Department … Read More

Burn permits still required

Posted on April 19, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The arrival of spring means residents now have the opportunity to head outdoors to spruce up their homes and properties.

However, state foresters urge residents to use caution when burning brush.

Homeowners often burn debris and brush during the spring time, which can lead to an increase in dangerous uncontrolled burns and wildfires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry want consumers who plan on outdoor burning this year to remember that wildfires can produce disastrous results when safety precautions are not taken.

“On the heels of a winter that brought a dramatic increase in fire fatalities compared to 2017, … Read More

Van Buren commissioners approve $137,350 bid for ambulance remount

Posted on April 19, 2018 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Commissioners in Van Buren County were faced with a familiar discussion about ambulance shortages that led the commission to approve a bid that will continue the county’s progress toward having a fully equipment emergency medical service.

Members of the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners once again addressed the topic of the county’s ambulance service during their April 17, 2018 meeting.

According to information that has been presented to the county commissioners, Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service has two ambulances that are not in working condition. Since 2009, the VBCEMS has operated with four ambulances and is now only operating with two.

According to Tiwanna Bricker, of … Read More

Pinwheels for Prevention and Hope displayed

Posted on April 19, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Jeff Golden plants pinwheels for awareness of child abuse.

April is dedicated each year nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and organizations and governmental offices throughout the community have planted pinwheels in front of their places of business and the courthouse.

The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.

In 2008, the pinwheel was adopted as the national symbol of child abuse prevention by the Prevent Child Abuse America organization. It serves as a reflection of hope, health, and safety for children. It also represents the happy childhood that all children deserve.

Jeff Golden, foreman of the Van Buren County Grand Jury, planted pinwheels for … Read More

Van Buren Commission signs off on new administration building

Posted on April 19, 2018 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Final construction on the new county building that will house the Van Buren County Justice Center, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, the county jail, and other county government offices continues to move closer to completion as the county commission recently approved signing off on the certificate of substantial completion for the administration portion of the new complex.

During the April 17, 2018, Van Buren County Commission meeting, commissioners held their first full court meeting inside the new administration building. With new furniture in place, fresh paint, and polished floors, commissioners discussed progress at the complex and what steps were still needed to complete the building.

This new multipurpose … Read More

Sparta Church of the Nazarene youth attend event at Trevecca

Posted on April 19, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Sparta Church of the Nazarene took 15 teenagers to Trevecca Nazarene University, April 5-7, to compete against 2,000 other teenagers in a variety of events. TNT @TNU holds competition in events including drama, preaching, various sports, singing, math, business, and more. The students brought back several awards.

The central event is Bible quizzing and is the culmination of year-long study for students from all over the southeast. Both Seth McCormack and Eli McCormack finished in the top 18 quizzers and Eli McCormack finished as the number one Bible quizzer in the southeast. Eli McCormack won the “quizmaster award,” which is voted on by coaches from all 10 teams. … Read More

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