WCHS Warriors fall victim to Cavaliers again

Posted by | September 11, 2017 7:54 am

Grayson Johnson runs behind Dylan Bumbalough in Friday night’s game vs. Cookeville. Johnson finished the game with 62 rushing yards. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warrior football team will have to wait another year to try to end Cookeville’s domination on the football field.

The Cavaliers made it four straight over the Warriors, on Friday night, at Dee Harris Field, with a dominating 49-0 victory. Cookeville rolled up the yards and points on the scoreboard jumping out to a 42-0 lead by the half, invoking the mercy rule for the entire second half of the contest.

Cookeville took control early and never relinquished the reins, taking out any doubt of the Warriors ending the streak. The Warriors would start off with the ball and go three and out … Read More


WCHS soccer sweeps York

Posted by | September 11, 2017 7:52 am

Jessie Green gets past a York defender on her way to scoring a goal. Green had two goals on Thursday night to help lead the Warriorettes to a 2-0 win.

The White County High School Warriorettes’ soccer team has gotten off to their best start in quite a long time. The Warriorettes were 2-1 going into Thursday night’s game, and after a 2-0 win over York, they moved to 3-1 on the season.

The Warriorettes also did something on Thursday night that is hard to do in sports – beat a team twice in the same season. The   Warriorettes beat York Institute not only twice in the season but also twice in two weeks. The Warriorettes got the other win over York on Aug. 28 by a final score of 3-0.

On Thursday night, the Warriorettes didn’t come … Read More


Because you love me, forgive me

Posted by | September 11, 2017 7:48 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Jesus was the most unique and powerful teacher who has ever lived. In fact, when people heard Him they were, “astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mat. 7:28,29). Furthermore, Jesus never ceased to make unique claims about Himself of which people were not accustomed to hearing. For instance, He said, “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me” (John 14:24) and “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in … Read More


Change isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight

Posted by | September 11, 2017 7:43 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

Last week, I wrote an opinion column about the Democratic Party’s Better Deal. This past week, I have done more research about the history of the Democratic Party since President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. FDR and the Democratic Party set up programs that most economists have labeled as “Democratic Socialism,” with Capitalism thrown in for good measure. These programs and policies helped bring us out of the Great Depression. Social Security and a federally mandated minimum wage for workers, which would be high enough for workers to support themselves and their families, was a way to help people get back on their feet … Read More


Tennessee emergency responders are deployed to Florida

Posted by | September 11, 2017 6:54 am

Tennessee continues to live up to its reputation as the Volunteer State, emergency responders deployed to Florida

Tennessee has deployed multiple teams of health care and search and rescue professionals to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma.

“I am glad we could call upon Tennessee’s well-trained and dedicated emergency managers, first responders, and health professionals to help Florida through what could be a devastating disaster,” stated Patrick Sheehan, executive director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. “Effective emergency management is built on solid relationships, and our partnerships with local fire and emergency medical services agencies, and our state health … Read More


Lots of fun this year at the 163rd White County Agricultural Fair

Posted by | September 11, 2017 6:47 am

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White County residents and visitors from across the Upper Cumberland enjoyed the recent White County Fair.

From Sept. 1-9, the mostly dormant White County Fairgrounds was alive and filled with excitement as the 163rd Annual White County Agricultural Fair took place. The bright lights of the midway, the smells of classic fair food, and the numerous displays of exhibits once again created an opportunity for families to create memories with one another.

Despite the rainy days that resulted in the cancellation of the truck and tractor pull and the closure of the midway attractions at times, there were still plenty of activities and events … Read More


Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Posted by | September 11, 2017 6:28 am

Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young (second from left), along with other emergency service dignitaries, laid a wreath in honor of fallen firefighters at Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial located at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy.

Today, Sept. 11, is now known as Patriot Day, a day where Americans and the world reflect and remembers the tragedies that took place in the United States 16 years ago.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., on Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, in New York City. The collision killed hundreds of people almost instantly and trapped hundreds more in the 110-story building.

Approximately 18 minutes later, a second flight, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Portions of both towers were engulfed in flames. Debris was scattered around the city … Read More


Betty Jean Sullivan

Posted by | September 11, 2017 6:11 am

Betty Jean Sullivan, 81, of Spencer, passed from this life Sept. 9, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Sullivan was born July 16, 1936, in Spencer, the daughter of John Brimer and Della Brimer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Arnold Sullivan; and a stepson, Billy Sullivan.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Northcutt and husband Johnny, Vetta Sullivan, Loretta Mooneyham and husband W.C., Sandra Sullivan; two sons, Jessie Sullivan, Richard Sullivan and wife Vonda; three stepchildren, Dexter Sullivan, Wayne Sullivan, Beverly Sullivan; six grandchildren, Carrie Braun and husband Brian, Mary Lee, Holly Solomon and husband Tommy, Jessica Northcutt and Michelle, Matthew Helms, Jennifer … Read More


Clayton Eugene Manus

Posted by | September 11, 2017 5:58 am

Clayton Eugene “Gene” Manus, 88, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 9, 2017, at Alive Hospice of Nashville.

Mr. Manus was born May 15, 1929.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sept. 13, 2017, at Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery.  The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., Sept. 13, at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Wendy Michelle Donelson

Posted by | September 9, 2017 10:03 am

Wendy Michelle Donelson, 47, passed away Sept. 1, 2017, at her residence.

Ms. Donelson was born March 4, 1970, in White County, to James “J.C” Donelson and Betty Jean Seabolt Donelson.

She was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Services. She was employed as an FCS agent at the U.T. Extension Office, in Sparta. She was born to be an extension agent. Raised on a farm, she gained extensive knowledge from her dad, mom, and the many farmers and families she knew. In her teens, she was involved in many 4-H programs. With her warm smile and engaging personality, she … Read More



Sparta Fire Department sets up Landing Zone 

Posted by | September 8, 2017 9:03 pm


On Sept. 8th, firefighters responded to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital to establish a landing zone. 

At approximately 7:55 p.m., the Sparta Fire Department was notified by the White County E-911 Communications Center that St Thomas Highlands Hospital needed to establish a landing zone. 

The University of Tennessee Life Star medical helicopter was enroute to transport a patient. However, while enroute, the Life Star helicopter had to return to it’s base due to a reported bird strike. 

An additional Life Star helicopter was dispatched to Sparta to transport the patient. 

Sparta firefighters maintained the landing zone in order for the helicopter to land safely and was able to depart … Read More


Juergen Moe

Posted by | September 8, 2017 10:13 am

Juergen Moe, 76, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Moe was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Wilhelm Moe and Margareta Tombarge Moe.

The family has chosen cremation. No services have been planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Averitt celebrates Driver Appreciation Week with video, giveaways and cookouts

Posted by | September 8, 2017 10:09 am

As part of continuing efforts to show appreciation for its driving force, Averitt Express will celebrate Driver Appreciation Week from Sept. 10-16 with numerous events throughout its system.

These events include cookouts, breakfasts, and goodie bag giveaways throughout the week. Additionally, every driver will have the opportunity to have their names entered into a drawing for prizes such as CB radios, Blue Parrot headsets, gift cards, and Blue Beacon tractor wash certificates.

“Our driving force is the backbone of everything we do, and they are a vital part of the lives of families across the nation,” said Wayne Spain, Averitt’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re thankful for … Read More


Richard Carl Garrett Jr.

Posted by | September 8, 2017 10:02 am

Richard Carl Garrett Jr., 48, of Van Buren County, passed away Sept. 6, 2017.

Mr. Garrett was born Nov. 30, 1968, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Richard Garrett Sr. and Charlene Boston Garrett.

The family has chosen cremation. No services have been planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jennie Lee Roberts Cannon

Posted by | September 8, 2017 9:55 am

Jennie Lee Roberts Cannon, 88, formerly of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2017.

Mrs. Cannon was born Jan. 20, 1929, in Sparta, to John and Betty Roberts.

Mrs. Cannon lived for her family, the love of dance, and for the love of life itself. She had an amazing sense of humor, and you never saw her that she wasn’t smiling. She was known by all of her friends and family as having a larger-than-life heart. She changed the lives of many people just by her caring and generosity. She will be truly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Cannon; sons, Russell, Herschel, and Steve; … Read More


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