Sparta Speaker Series Fall 2019

Posted on October 23, 2019 7:07 am by

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Third floor of the White County Courthouse, on Liberty Square

Programs begin at 7 p.m. CST

Sponsored by Virgin Falls State Natural Area, the Friends of Virgin Falls, And White County

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September 19 – The Adventures of Working with Mules.  Join mule trainer Malcolm Jessup as he shares stories of his travels, and insights into working with mules.

September 26 – Everything You Wanted to Know About a Tree But Was Afraid  to Ask.  Guy Zimmerman, retired from the Tennessee  Division of  Forestry, will speak on forest fires, invasive exotic species, urban forestry, selling timber, tree health and anything you wanted to know about a tree but … CONTINUED


Gas prices fluctuate across the nation, TN average at $2.33

Posted on October 23, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Refinery maintenance ongoing; price trends vary from state to state 

Tennessee Gas Price average for Oct. 21 was $2.33, which is two cents more than last week, seven cents less than one month ago and 32 cents less than this time last year.  Today’s national average of $2.64 is one penny more than last week, two cents more than last month but 21-cents cheaper than last year.

U.S. refinery utilization dropped to its lowest rate – 83% – since Sept. 2017, tightening gasoline supplies and causing nearly half of all state gas price averages to increase on the week. AAA reports these weekly trends in pump price fluctuation:… CONTINUED


D.A.G. Dunaway upset with proposed settlement in landmark case dealing with opioid crisis

Posted on October 23, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Click here to read story related to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway’s statement.

Statement from Bryant C. Dunaway, district attorney general for Tennessee’s 13th Judicial District, regarding the Oct. 21, 2019, proposed settlement in the Ohio Multi-District Litigation:

“It’s disappointing to see that a few state officials are more interested in settling with these defendants than in reaching a settlement that will save lives. Numerous cities and counties in Tennessee were suffering from this crisis and struggling to discover a legal solution long before it became apparent that there would ever be any financial relief. Now that there are settlement funds being discussed, there are representatives who seem … CONTINUED


Testing changes takes effect for BVD persistently infected cattle

Posted on October 23, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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In an effort to provide more efficient results for Tennessee’s cattle producers and veterinarians, Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab changed sample requirements for testing cattle persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD-PI), according to a press release issued Oct. 17, 2019.

Kord Lab requires ear notch samples for BVD-PI testing. Serum samples for BVD-PI herd screening will no longer be accepted.

To detect transient/acute infection in clinically symptomatic animals, serum samples may be used.  Please indicate that this is the case on the submission form.  Otherwise it will be assumed that the test is being requested for herd screening and an ear notch will be required. Please contact … CONTINUED




Play our Pigskin Pick’em

Posted on October 22, 2019 7:07 am by

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Pigskin Pick’em, presented by SpartaLive and The Expositor, is live! Each week, we invite you to predict the winners of select high school and college football games. Make your best picks, and, at the end of the 15- week contest, one grand prize winner will receive a $250 Walmart gift card!

It’s not too late to play. We will drop your two lowest weekly scores, so it’s still anybody’s game!

Click here to play.



Cassville breakfast Oct. 26

Posted on October 21, 2019 5:05 pm by

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Cassville Volunteer Fire Department will have a ham breakfast, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane. The meal will include biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, ham, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, milk, coffee, and orange juice. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. They will deliver orders of five or more. More information or to place orders: (931) 761-2476. We will have a FREE $300 gift card door prize that will be given away at the October breakfast. One ticket per person. Ticket is FREE. No purchase required. You do NOT have to be present to win.


Which Democratic candidate can beat Trump?

Posted on October 21, 2019 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

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Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Your guess is as good as mine.  The Democratic Party has some strong contenders, a few decent possibilities, and, like the Republican presidential candidates in 2015-2016, there are few that make you want to pat them on their heads and say, “Bless your heart” and maybe tell them they should lower their expectations.  I didn’t really plan on writing about the Democratic presidential candidates for a few more months, but, after this latest debate and some of the posts I have seen on Facebook, I decided to at least provide people some things to think about before the primaries.

The people I … CONTINUED


Mayor states concerns about approval of expenditure

Posted on October 21, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Ron Moses

Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a motion , on Oct. 17, to spend $1,800 on at least one new LED light for an upcoming school zone.

The expenditure comes following a motion by Aldermen Jerry Lowery. Mayor Jeff Young said the idea that spending money can be motioned and voted upon without prior discussion could set a bad precedent.

“The standard procedure is not to spend money at a city meeting unless it is already put on the agenda and discussed,” said Young.

The lights are to be used in the school safety zone on Roosevelt Street. The city of Sparta will … CONTINUED



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