Willie Lee “Bill” Clemons

Posted by | March 6, 2018 6:23 am

Willie Lee “Bill” Clemons, 90 of Sparta, passed away March 5, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Clemons was born Sept. 11, 1927, in the Bon Air community of White County, to Jessie Shadrick Clemons and Bessie Lou Stults Clemons.

He was a retired electrician and plumber. Mr. Clemons served his country in the U.S Navy. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish.

Mr. Clemons was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Macie Johnson, Edith Brown, Jewell Haley; and brothers Carl Clemons and Jesse “Tim” Clemons.

Survivors include his wife 58 years, Virgie Elise Maynard Clemons, of Sparta; daughter, Darlene Hancock and husband Danny, of … Read More

Tractor-trailer crashes on Highway 111

Posted by | March 5, 2018 2:41 pm

Emergency responders have been dispatched to the scene of a tractor-trailer incident along Highway 111 just outside the city limits of Sparta.

On March 5, at approximately 11:38 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a possible incident on Highway 111. Initial reports stated that a tractor-trailer had left the roadway and crashed into a tree line.

Northend Volunteer Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Emergency Medical Service, and White County Sheriff’s Department were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a semi truck pulling an empty trailer had crashed at the bottom of a … Read More

Center Hill Lake realtor Tony Luna wins national achievement award

Posted by | March 5, 2018 10:10 am

Center Hill Lake Realtor Tony Luna (middle) is presented the Aqua Award by Lake Homes Realty CEO Glenn S. Phillips (left) and National Director of Brokerage Operations Doris Phillips (right).

Center Hill Lake real estate agent Tony Lunareceived national recognition at the 2017 annual Lake Homes Realty Agent Summit, where he was among the honored recipients of the company’s esteemed Aqua Award.

The award recognizes exceptional success in lake real estate over the past year, and designates Luna as a Lake Homes Realty Premier Agent. This designation is reserved for agents who have demonstrated success in lake real estate sales, client engagement, compliance activities and community involvement.

“Tony’s expertise on Center Hill Lake is really something amazing. His dedication to the area and its people is unprecedented,” said Lake Homes Realty CEO, Glenn S. Phillips.

To further recognize … Read More

Willie L. Clemons

Posted by | March 5, 2018 8:33 am

Willie L. Clemons, 90, of Sparta, passed away this morning at this residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Middle school baseball struggles in first two games

Posted by | March 5, 2018 7:56 am

Jack Guy throws a pitch in the Warriors game against Coffee County, on Tuesday night.

The White County Middle School baseball team struggled in their first two games of the season. On Monday night, the Warriors’ bats never came around, as they struck out 13 times and only collected one hit in a 13-1 loss to Coffee County.

On Tuesday night, Coffee County used a big third inning to take control of the game, scoring five runs in the inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Warriors would battle back and get the game to 6-4 in the bottom of the third inning, but the Raiders would score single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take control of the … Read More

White County Middle School softball is swept by Coffee County

Posted by | March 5, 2018 7:54 am

Ashlynn Phillips throws a pitch against Coffee County, on Tuesday night.

The White County Middle School softball team opened their season this past week against Coffee County Middle School. The Warriorettes struggled, on Monday night, falling to the Lady Raiders 13-3. The Warriorettes would come to the ballpark with a new life, on Tuesday night, but would fall short, losing 3-2 to the Lady Raiders.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes fell behind early and couldn’t come back in the loss. Coffee County jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on the Warriorettes by the end of the first inning.

Neither team got anything going, but in the third inning, the Warriorettes would strike for two runs. Ashlyn Rohlander got … Read More

Reckless driving

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:47 am

By Steve Qualls -Christpoint Church

In the book of Numbers, there is an interesting story concerning a reckless driving incident – well, more of a reckless driving of a donkey.

A guy named Balaam saddled his donkey in chapter 22 to be on his way to visit the Moabite king to be paid to curse Moses and the Israelites. In verse 23, the Lord stood in the way, and the donkey veered into a field. Balaam beat the donkey and forced him back into his own path.

Then again in verses 24-25, God took him to a narrow place and stood in his way again. The donkey tried … Read More

Have you looked in the mirror lately?

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:46 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Every day we stand in front of a mirror so we can see how we look. If it is dark in the room, it is useless to even try to see until we flip the light switch. But, once we do turn on the lights, we can make sure we look good before we go out. If we don’t look good, then we fix what we don’t like (i.e., hair, clothes, teeth, face, etc.). The one interesting thing about a mirror is that it never lies.   We can stand in front of a mirror all day, and it will … Read More

Legislative review

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:45 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and House Republicans joined with Governor Bill Haslam recently to announce the application process is officially open for adults to enroll tuition-free this fall at a community or technical college through Tennessee Reconnect.

Tennessee Reconnect builds off the groundbreaking Tennessee Promise program — which provides high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college — by establishing a last-dollar scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate free of tuition or mandatory fees.

Both Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise are programs under the Drive to 55, an initiative spearheaded … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:43 am

State Senator Paul Bailey

By State Senator Paul Bailey

Feb. 26, 2018 – A major bill which aims to cut off the flow of funds used in the purchase of illegal drugs was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as legislation addressing Tennessee’s opioid crisis moves front and center in the Tennessee General Assembly. Senate Bill 1717 addresses the use of gift cards obtained through retail theft which has been heavily linked to the purchase of opiates.

From April to June of last year, 98 overdose cases in Knox County resulting in death or hospitalization were linked to individuals involved in retail theft.

It is estimated … Read More

Adcock announces candidacy for White County trustee

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:41 am

Kathryn Passons Adcock

Kathryn Passons Adcock has announced that she is a candidate for White County Trustee, running as an Independent in the August general election.

A lifelong resident of White County, I feel fortunate to have grown up on a farm in the Hickory Valley community, where I learned to value hard work, to have compassion for others, and to cherish the closeness of family. Many of the Christian values that have shaped me to be the person I am were instilled in me at an early age by family and friends in the community.

My formal education began at Doyle Elementary School, where I was both … Read More

Could medical marijuana actually become legal in Tennessee?

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:36 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Last week, the Civil Justice Subcommittee took a vote to decide whether the Medical Cannabis Only Act would move forward. Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell cast the deciding vote to allow the proposed bill to continue moving through the legislative process.

Ms. Harwell stated, “I believe it is time for us to take action on the state level with regards to medical marijuana. I am in favor of this legislation, which does not allow for the smoking of medical marijuana…I am not in favor of that approach. However, the federal government continues to be a roadblock for legitimate research or medical uses … Read More

Who will stand for America?

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:34 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

Folks, over the last few weeks, I have attempted to explain and present what I see as corruption in the very heart of our government and its institutions. I have pointed out repeatedly where people in high positions in our government have used the power of the government to attempt to change the course of elections and undermine our democracy.

And let me say this at the very outset. This is not a Democrat versus Republican situation we find ourselves in. When Republican Senator John McCain sends a staffer overseas to get a copy of the Steele dossier to give to … Read More

Fragrant Mushroom Gallery named Chamber “Member of the Month”

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:31 am

Fragrant Mushroom Gallery has recently been selected as the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce “Member of the Month.”

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President Marvin Bullock recently presented a plaque to Fragrant Mushroom Gallery owners Thor and Cherri McNeil in recognition of their commitment and service to the community.

Fragrant Mushroom Gallery provides a wide variety of wheel thrown pottery that is made in Sparta. The McNeils take pride in providing high quality craftsmanship in all of their products at affordable prices.

For more information about Fragrant Mushroom Gallery, visit their website at www.FragrantMushroom.com, their social media page on Facebook, or their store at 12 W. Bockman Way, … Read More

Chamber board narrows down idea and location for mural

Posted by | March 5, 2018 6:28 am

After months of discussing and planning, Chamber board members are finally making progress toward approving the first community mural.

During the Feb. 27, 2018, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ meeting, Tommy Narramore, of Narramore Signs, met with members to discuss proposed ideas for a small mural project. Narramore presented the board with several sketches to give them different ideas.

Since July 2017, the board has been developing plans and ideas for what they hope will be the start of a community-based collection of murals.

During the September and October 2017 board meetings, the Chamber focused on placing a proposed large-scale mural on the old Sparta … Read More

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