Miktarian’s art at Mad Raven

Posted on December 11, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paul Miktarian’s folk art originals and prints of fish, houses, wrestlemania, dragonflies, cats, and bugs, along with his book, “Paul’s Art,” will be featured at The Mad Raven, 255 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta, through Saturday, Dec. 16.


Saved by grace, faith, and works

Posted on December 11, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

It is plain from the Scriptures that God desires to save everybody (1 Tim. 2:4). It is also plain that salvation comes by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11). Grace is simply receiving what we don’t deserve. Jesus was the one who brought grace and truth in its fulness (John 1:17) and died for us (Rom. 5:8). Yet, this does not mean that a simple faith in God’s plan and in Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to save. It must be accompanied by works of obedience.

James said “by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James … Read More


Money, money, money makes politics go around

Posted on December 11, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In the past several years, I, along with many others, have seen the effect of how money influences elections and, more importantly, how our elected officials vote on issues. I have been researching this information for a while, especially as it relates to our elected representatives and senators in the United States Congress. Honestly, it makes my head spin, and, sadly, it explains how people who want to run as a U.S. representative or U.S. senator from Tennessee are facing uphill battles without the kind of funding it takes to run a competitive campaign against ANY incumbent.

I understand, to some extent, … Read More


City holds first board meeting with public comment segment

Posted on December 11, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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After much discussion and a work session during the past several weeks, the city mayor opened the floor for public comment during the Dec. 7 board meeting, which changed a long-standing procedure.

During the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Mayor Jeff Young opened with a statement, which addressed a subject that has been discussed multiple times among city elected officials about the ability of Sparta’s residents to address the board during its meetings.

“In the last couple of meetings, everyone is aware that this came up about whether or not the city should or should not allow a public speaking portion for our constituency to address … Read More


“Nano” brewery may soon be part of Sparta’s business landscape

Posted on December 11, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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An ordinance that will allow the manufacturing of beer within the city limits of Sparta passed its first reading during the Dec. 7 city board meeting.

Recently, it was brought to the attention of Sparta elected officials about a couple seeking to open a new business within the downtown area. This new business venture would be “nano” brewery, which would manufacture and sell beer.

The National Brewers Association classifies a “nano” brewery as producing less than 100 barrels a year, whereas a “micro” brewery produces more than 100 barrels a year. However, there are various organizations that hold their own classifications about what determines the size of a … Read More


Life Care Center residents receive individually crafted Christmas trees

Posted on December 11, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Thanks to the efforts of community volunteers and staff members at Life Care Center of Sparta, the assisted living community residents at the facility now have a little piece of Christmas to be placed on display in their residences.

As a way to bring some holiday joy to each resident at The Veranda, an assisted living community at Life Care Center of Sparta, staff members, along with volunteers from the community came together recently and worked on a craft project creating miniature Christmas trees. These miniature Christmas trees, which are handmade craft projects, are being given to each resident within the Life Care assisted living community.

“This was … Read More


Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen discuss building a new town hall

Posted on December 11, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Doyle Mayor Ray Spivey reviews the agenda during the Dec. 5 meeting. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

During the Dec. 5 Doyle board meeting, discussions were held among the city elected officials about the possibility of constructing a new town hall building.

During the board’s November board meeting, several aldermen discussed their preference that Doyle’s town hall building needed to be located on a main road, such as McMinnville Highway. Doyle Town Hall is now at 104 High St.

Alderman Robert Meeks suggested that an addition could be built onto the side of Doyle Volunteer Fire Department, which is located at 5220 McMinnville Highway.

“I’d like to see the … Read More


Warriors fall to the Jets

Posted on December 8, 2017 8:08 pm by Andy Southard

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The Warriors fall to the Cumberland County Jets 57-54. Dyson Reece led the Warriors with 14 points. Grant Slatton chipped in 12 points.





Warriorettes fall to Cumberland County

Posted on December 8, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

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The Warriorettes fall to Cumberland County 73-37. The Warriorettes were led by Gracie Dodgen who finished with 10 points. Julia Curtis also chipped in 9 points. The Warriorettes next game will not be until December 15th when they will travel to Rhea County to take on McMinn Central at 6:30 pm ET.




WoodmenLife presents flags

Posted on December 8, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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WoodmenLife Chapter 1077 presented a new flag pole and U.S. flag to Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Pictured are from left to right: Paramedic Melissa White, Deputy Chief Marty White, Chief Kevin Bivins, Captain Joe Bivins, Lt. Kathy White, Sheriffs Deputy Troy Parmele, and fire fighter Shelby Bratcher. Not pictured and presenting the pole and flag is Tim Bumbalough, WoodmenLife Representative.

WoodmenLife Chapter 1077 presented a new flag to White County Emergency Medical Service. Pictured from left to right are: Cody Wilson, Houston Austin, and Danny Webb. Tim Bumbalough presented the new US Flag on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 1110.


Board Valley Christmas program

Posted on December 7, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Saturday, Dec. 16

Who: Board Valley Free Will Baptist Church

What: Christmas program

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 738-3004


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