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Stories and fun

Posted by | July 2, 2019 1:25 pm

Train Tales is a Friday favorite for preschoolers at the Cookeville Depot Museum, 116 W. Broad St. Enjoy a train story and fun activity from 10:30-11 a.m. Afterward, be sure to explore the cabooses and train cars outside. Admission is free. For more information, call (931) 520-5455.

‘I Spy a WestSide Mural’

Posted by | July 2, 2019 11:25 am

This month’s History Hike, themed “I Spy a WestSide Mural,” is going to be super fun since it coincides with the Cookeville History Museum’s current “I Spy Cookeville” exhibit. Stop by the history museum, 40 E. Broad St., or Cookeville Depot, 116 W. Broad St., July 13 for refreshments and an entry form between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants will walk around the WestSide, observe the art on the walls and answer trivia questions. Return forms to be entered in a prize drawing. This self-guided activity is free, fun and family-friendly. History Hikes are also planned for Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. For more information,

Edmonda Young Stephens

Posted by | July 2, 2019 10:01 am

Edmonda Young Stephens, 98, passed away June 30, 2019.

Mrs. Stephens was born March 27, 1921, in Warren County, to Oscar Waymon “O.W.” and Ollie Mae Adcock Young.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Howard Stephens; daughter, Carolyn Oliver; son-in-law, B.K. Luna; brothers, Calbert Young, Barnett Young, Carl Young, Harold Young, Oscar “Jr.” Young; and sisters, Ruth Taylor and Clayton Cope.

Survivors include her daughter, Jo Luna, of Sparta; sister, Dora Cummings and husband Dan, of Sparta; grandchildren, Stephen and Jill Luna, of Sparta, Brent and Gina Oliver, of Alabama, Julie Walker, of Sparta; great-grandchildren, Brittani and Brandon Luna, Molly Walker, all of … Read More

Minnie Belle Myers Scott

Posted by | July 2, 2019 9:46 am

Minnie Belle Myers Scott, 91, passed away June 29, 2019, at her home, in Doyle.

She had a degree in psychology from Tennessee Tech and worked for many years for LBJ&C.

She was born Aug. 28, 1927, in Pikeville, to John Alexander Walker and Susie Elizabeth Music Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Harvey  Nolan Myers, Jimmy C. Scott; brother, Clint Walker; sister, Lillie Mae Davis; sons, Donald Anthony Myers, Jeffery Lynn Myers; and daughter, Shawna Evon Myers.

Survivors include her five daughters, Yonna Myers, Connie Vinson, Carolyn Dunham, Malissa Fisher, June Myers; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and several nieces … Read More

Black bear sightings more common in spring and early summer

Posted by | July 2, 2019 9:00 am

TWRA receives more calls regarding black bear in spring and early summer than any other time of year. Movement of young bears takes them into new, unknown territory. Human outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, camping and grilling increase the potential for humans to spot a bear and for bear-human discord.

Humans unknowingly attract and provide for wild animals, including black bear, around their homes. Attractants include bird feeders, trash, bird baths and pet food bowls with leftover food.  These things can unintentionally lure bears and other unwanted wildlife closer to people. Following a few guidelines can decrease negative interactions and help bears stay wild. Visit bearwise.org to … Read More

Cookeville Community Band

Posted by | July 2, 2019 8:53 am

Two opportunities remain to see the Cookeville Community Band this summer at Dogwood Park – July 8 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event at 30 E. Broad St. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be available. For more information, call 528-1313.

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet July 3

Posted by | July 2, 2019 8:49 am

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Sparta City Hall, on the second floor. The board’s meetings are normally scheduled for the first and third Thursdays, of each month. However, because of the July 4th holiday falling on the third Thursday, the meeting was rescheduled for July 3. Click here to view the complete agenda.

State Library launches new digital project on Revolutionary War

Posted by | July 2, 2019 8:33 am

As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service. The project, which is still in progress, was unveiled by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill at the National Genealogical Society’s recent annual convention.

Thousands of veterans flooded into Tennessee at the conclusion of the war, and about 2,000 pension files exist for those who came here. Since most of the soldiers were not eligible for a pension until they were in their 80s, the number who received … Read More

Stay active this summer

Posted by | July 2, 2019 7:52 am

Friday nights in July are flickering to life with free classic movies at the Cookeville Depot Museum, 116 W. Broad St. The series kicks off with 1993’s “The Sandlot” on July 5, followed by 1950’s “Father of the Bride” and 1952’s “Father’s Little Dividend” on July 12, 1964’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” on July 19 and “Superman” Fleischer cartoons from the 1940s on July 26. Movies begin at 8 p.m. on the patio. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy popcorn and drinks for $1 each. For more information, call 528-8570.

Ethan Roberts has been listed as breakout reliever with Cubs

Posted by | July 1, 2019 4:52 pm

Ethan Roberts is pictured when he played for Tennessee Tech.

By Jerry Lowery

The Cubscentral.wordpress.com site has listed Sparta’s hometown favorite Cub as the breakout reliever at the halfway point in the season.  On the site, Ethan Roberts is mentioned for the middle of the year awards due to his development of his curveball and its increased velocity. Roberts continues to improve his fastball and curve combo.  Others mentioned for awards are Robel Garcia for his hitting.  Garcia is hitting .290 and has 17 home runs and 523 runs batted in.


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