WCHS hosts CTE Advisory Committee meeting

Posted by | November 8, 2018 12:49 pm

Tim Mackie, White County High School assistant principal, addressed White County business executives and the Career-Technical Education Advisory Committee, on Nov. 6, to explain what classes are involved with CTE and give the teachers the opportunity to explain what it is that they do in the program.

Approximately every quarter, the CTE Advisory Committee meets at WCHS. Mackie led off the discussion first with the “purpose of the day.” This was to obtain valuable information from business and industry about job skills, education needs, and technology needs in related fields. After teachers gave a brief description about their classes, business executives met with them to discuss the kind … Read More

Sometimes cute is just not enough

Posted by | November 8, 2018 12:31 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Many of our readers have very cute grandchildren. Perhaps they are even as “stinking cute” as mine. If they are that cute, I would love to hear about them. All seven of ours are very precious, and Anderson is no more precious than the other six. However, on a couple of occasions, he has had the privilege of experiences that may have been a result of his cuteness…or perhaps he was just in the right place at the right time.

Last year, he was on a flight to Orlando to visit his friend, Mickey Mouse. He invited his mom, dad, and older … Read More

5 news stories we missed while politically distracted

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:18 am

While politics is getting uglier, private individuals are busy improving the world.

There’s a temptation, of course, to believe that politics is the only way to keep evil in line, and that we must confront power with power. But Gandalf probably had it right when he suggested the opposite is true. In the 2012 film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, Gandalf says: “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.”

So here are five human achievements people might … Read More

Walking away from the Socialist Democrat Party

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:17 am

by Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret. Sparta’s native son

Many of my previous articles have dealt with the hijacking and demise of the political entity previously known as the Democrat Party at the hands of Socialist and Communist operatives posing as moderate and far left liberals. Although the party has not yet officially adopted its new moniker, the Socialist Democrat Party, to indicate its radial left turn to socialism, it is just a matter of time and a mere formality. It is the worst kept secret in American politics today.

Many grassroots Democrats are either unaware of this major shift to the extreme left and embracement … Read More

Solid Waste Committee addresses recycling options

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:14 am

The Solid Waste Committee met Nov. 5 to discuss old business and the state of the White County Landfill.

Recycling waste was again a hot topic for the committee, and White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson explained where they are as far as recycling materials.

“We advertised for recycling stuff,” said Robinson. “Nobody would even meet with us except Caraustar.”

Robinson explained the company is not interested in accepting plastics at this time until crude oil prices go back up, but they are interested in making a deal on cardboard.

“Right now, our cardboard and paper we take to Van Buren County,” said Robinson. “This company would be … Read More

Tuesday early morning storms wreak havoc on White County

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:12 am

A huge tree on the property of Joe and Kathy England, at 175 England Circle, was broken apart and is part of the damage caused by a tornado near the airport. The Englands also reported metal roofing that was ripped from outbuildings. (Photo by TRACY ENGLAND SMITH)

Storage trailers were blown over at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, on Nov. 6, when a confirmed EF-0 tornado hit the north end area. (Photo courtesy of DEAN SELBY)

Depending on what end of the county someone is on would depend on the severity of the storm that swept through White County early morning hours of Nov. 6.

According to E-911 Director … Read More

Budget committee discusses Wi-Fi at the courthouse

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:07 am

One budget amendment was passed re-classifying a special education fund to “other equipment” fund. Shortly thereafter, Commissioner Cain Rogers told the committee he didn’t know if it was a budget committee topic, but he wanted to discuss how the wireless internet worked at the courthouse. He also wanted to know from officials if there has been an issue in the past of people sitting in the parking lot to access the internet and, therefore, taking away parking spaces from those who are there for courthouse business.

Rogers was curious as to who had access to the internet and if there was any concern about sensitive information being leaked … Read More

Results of 2018 mid-term election

Posted by | November 8, 2018 11:05 am

Bill Lee wins the governor of Tennessee position by over 50 percent of the votes in White County, coming in at 75.50 percent to Karl Dean’s 23.74 percent.

Lee scored 59.4 percent of statewide votes as opposed to Dean’s 38.7 percent of statewide votes. Independent Sherry Clark came in at 0.2 percent statewide votes.

In his acceptance speech, Lee explains it is very difficult to run for governor. He goes on to tell the audience that there needs to be a change in the public discourse in the state.

“I would like to congratulate Karl Dean on a well-run,” said Lee. “It’s hard to put yourself out there … Read More

Nash remembers his late brother who served in Middle East

Posted by | November 8, 2018 8:51 am

William Nash is shown in what is believed to the bunker where Saddam Hussein was captured.

After 13 years of aggression toward neighboring countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and spending nine months on the run from the United States, Saddam Hussein was captured hiding in a deep hole nine miles outside his hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, in December of 2003. Sparta native William Nash took part in that capture, nicknamed Operation Red Dawn.

Jerry Nash, William Nash’s younger brother, reminisces about his brother who fought in Desert Storm and was a career United States soldier. He stated that his brother joined the National Guard not long after … Read More

Northend breakfast

Posted by | November 8, 2018 7:59 am

Saturday, Nov. 10

Who: Northend Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (country ham, sausage, potatoes, eggs, gravy and biscuits, with a food buffet available for dine-in) – Adults $7, children $3

When: 6-9 a.m.

Where: Northend Fire Hall

Contact: Call (931) 761-3657 for deliveries

Chili cook-off

Posted by | November 8, 2018 7:58 am

Friday, Nov. 9

Who: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What: Chili cook-off (featuring a “Scam and Fraud Prevention Class” presented by White County Sheriff’s Office)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: 325 W. Turntable Dr., in Sparta


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