Missing graduation but celebrating our great nation’s 242nd birthday

Posted by | July 5, 2018 5:40 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace was not allowed to graduate from preschool with her class. No she didn’t flunk preschool! She excels in everything she does. Let’s not forget whose granddaughter we are talking about here…hear? The reason K.G. didn’t get to participate in the ceremony, walk across the stage, etc. was that she was born too late. She’s big for her age. She’s brilliant. She’s talented. She’s congenial. She plays well with others, and she is so stinking cute…but she was born 11 days after the deadline to be in kindergarten next year, according to her state’s mandated date.

So, since she can’t start … Read More


Beer Board still determining price of temporary permits

Posted by | July 5, 2018 5:34 am

The White County Beer Board met July 2 to discuss the price of temporary beer permits.

A temporary permit, according to the board, is considered three days. Bruce Frasier, beer board chairman, mentioned that brick and mortar businesses have to pay $250 a year for a beer license. He feels this is too much money to charge for a temporary permit.

“If the city has some kind of waiver where they can waive the $250, then we should be able to copy what the city can do,” said Frasier. “Believe it or not, whatever the city can do the county can do.”

Frasier said, in his opinion, White … Read More


Historic transfer of Chestnut Mountain is celebrated

Posted by | July 5, 2018 5:32 am

Bridgestone leadership, The Nature Conservancy staff and board, along with officials from White County, recently joined together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the recent transfer of Bridgestone’s ownership of 5,763 acres of the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain property. The historic transfer is the largest land donation in the history of The Nature Conservancy, in Tennessee.

Bridgestone Americas leadership and The Nature Conservancy staff and board gathered with Denny Wayne Robinson, county executive for White County; Chris Dorsey, city manager of Sparta; and Marvin Bullock, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the recent transfer of Bridgestone’s ownership and title of 5,763 acres of the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain property. The historic transfer is the largest land donation in the history of The Nature Conservancy, in Tennessee.

Bridgestone’s gift will protect and enhance biologically significant habitat for a range of endangered plant and animal species, and will provide connectivity to adjoining protected forests, including the … Read More


Steering Committee B discusses food truck regulations

Posted by | July 5, 2018 5:30 am

The owner of Outdoor Experience BBQ approached Steering Committee B, of the White County Commission, several weeks ago about setting up in a local grocery store parking lot and how the brick and mortar businesses were complaining about it. The board then decided to look into what the rules and regulations were for setting up a food truck in White County.

“I told him that we are not against this,” said Matt McBride, Steering Committee B chairman. “We are not against the mobile food site, and we are not against brick and mortar sites, but we have started something new here, and we don’t know what to do.”… Read More


Solid Waste Committee discusses tax increase to fund landfill cell

Posted by | July 5, 2018 5:26 am

White County commissioners who are members of the Solid Waste Committee discuss, once again, the existing problem of financing a new cell for the landfill. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The Solid Waste Committee met Monday night to discuss the condition of the White County landfill and whether or not to raise taxes for the project of digging a new cell.

Solid Waste Committee Chairman Bruce Frasier stated there has been too much time wasted on deciding what to do about digging a new cell at the landfill.

“We’ve kicked this can down the road so many years,” said Frasier. “It’s time to make a decision.”

The subject quickly came up about how the new cell would be financed. Frasier stated he has talked to a lot of people who said they did not want a tax increase … Read More


Wilfred John “Bill” Holland

Posted by | July 3, 2018 6:10 am

Wilfred John “Bill” Holland, of the Eastland community of White County, passed away July 2, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




McPeak reunion

Posted by | July 2, 2018 3:23 pm

Sunday, July 8

Who: McPeak relatives

What: Reunion

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Doyle Community Center


Rich-Pryor reunion

Posted by | July 2, 2018 3:11 pm

Sunday, July 8

Who: Rich and Pryor family members and friends

What: Reunion

When: Doors open at 11 a.m.; reunion begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: (931) 239-2659



Roberts signs on the dotted line

Posted by | July 2, 2018 9:42 am

On June 27, 2018, Ethan Roberts made it official, signing with the Chicago Cubs. Roberts will forgo his senior season at Tennessee Tech and sign with the Chicago Cubs. Roberts, a 2015 graduate of White County High School, has been a baseball standout since high school and has now completed one of his lifelong dreams of being apart of a major league baseball team.


Maverick Jennings signs to play baseball for Bryan College

Posted by | July 2, 2018 9:40 am

Maverick Jennings has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Bryan College.

Maverick Jennings becomes the third White County High school student-athlete from the Class of 2018 to sign a letter of intent to play college sports.

Jennings signed his name on the dotted line to play baseball at Bryan College, in Dayton, Tennessee. Head Coach Taylor Hasty is signing Jennings, who is a pitcher for the Warrior baseball team.

Jennings, who began playing baseball all the way back in tee ball, has worked hard on his game. In addition to being on the Warriors’ baseball team for the past four years, he has also spent … Read More



Coach Pitch All-Stars split final two pool play games

Posted by | July 2, 2018 9:36 am

Griffin Adams fields a throw and steps on second base to get the runner before he is able to reach. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Lucas Phillips jumps up to catch a throw in a game last week. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Reece Wallace fields a throw at first base in one of the All-Star games last week. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

The Sparta-White County Little League’s Coach Pitch All-Stars split their final two games in pool play at the area tournament played in Carthage.

After dropping their first two games of the tournament to Smith County and Lebanon, Sparta would wrap up the tournament with a 7-1 win … Read More


Norris celebrates retirement with another event

Posted by | July 2, 2018 9:22 am

Willard Norris has been celebration his retirement for a couple of weeks, first with a party at Sparta Civic Center and now with a special event at Save a Lot, in Sparta, where he has been employed for several years. Norris, who has been in the grocery business for 50 years, is pictured with Save a Lot district manager Terry Coomer and a well-wisher. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)


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