Where Bingo meets chair yoga

Posted by | November 4, 2017 8:38 am

Starting on Nov. 6 (and recurring every first and third Monday of each month), the Van Buren County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting a free “chair yoga bingo” game at the Van Buren Senior Center, in Spencer.

Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility, balance, muscle mass, agility, and bone density, which helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Also, daily physical activity, like yoga, helps reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Chair yoga poses are performed while sitting in a chair and are less strenuous than other yoga … Read More

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Posted by | November 4, 2017 7:12 am

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region.  This training is twenty hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies.  They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train.  They conduct meetings to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job.  They can also refer you to … Read More

Area to be featured on World Fishing Network, Sportsman, and Outdoor Channels

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:57 am

Area resident and world-champion kayaker Eric Jackson set-up at Cane Creek Park in Cookeville for Fishing University filming.

Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau hosted the film production team and special guests from internationally televised, Emmy-nominated television show Fishing University last week. Two episodes will air in 2018, featuring not only area lakes, but local dining, activities and attractions.

Hosts/fishing legends Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier were joined by world-champion kayaker and area-resident Eric Jackson who served as the local host. Jackson, a Rock Island resident, showcased the area, inviting viewers to visit “his backyard,” highlighting Cookeville-Putnam County and the surrounding Upper Cumberland region.

Fishing University holds a viewership of more than 63 million households, airing in all 50 states as well as in 51 additional countries. The … Read More

Mary Ruth Geer Wilson

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:51 am

Mary Ruth Geer Wilson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, at her residence

Mrs. Wilson was born Oct. 15, 1925, in White County, to Robert Dave Geer and Ruth Denton Eldridge Geer.

She was retired from Wagner Electric.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George Sherman “Shag” Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Gary Lee (Linda) Wilson, of Cleveland, Tennessee; grandchildren, Greggory Wilson of Cleveland, Tennessee, Stephanie (Ron) Merritt, of Soddy Daisy; three sisters, Jo (Bill) Jarvis, Ann Price, Dorothy Speck, all of Sparta; one brother, Bob Geer, of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Treva Geer, of Sparta; special friend, Carol Simmons; and … Read More

Veteran exhibit Nov. 6-17 at Cookeville City Hall

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:37 am

A Cookeville History Museum exhibit that pays tribute to a Cookeville veteran will “pop up” Nov. 6 in the Cookeville City Hall lobby.

“A ‘pop-up exhibit’ is a small exhibit that we put together to pop up in different places throughout the community,” Pam Philpot, exhibit specialist, said.

The first in the series, “Cookeville Veteran: Bennett Travis,” will showcase the life of an Army Air Corps pilot, who was born in 1919 and killed in 1945 in the Philippines during World War II. The exhibit continues through Nov. 17.

“We chose Bennett Travis as our first Cookeville veteran to recognize because his family graciously donated many of his … Read More

Find meaningful holiday gifts at locally owned businesses

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:32 am

The idea of filling stockings and gift bags with locally made artisan gifts is appealing.  A present that’s one of a kind, made with wholesome ingredients, with the feel or flavor of home is personal and meaningful. But who has time to travel the countryside looking for goat milk soaps, alpaca scarves, artisan cheeses and beeswax balms?

In Tennessee, you don’t have to. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25 and many such businesses, including independently-owned retail stores, florists, restaurants, and wineries, offer selections straight from Tennessee farms or fellow small businesses. These mom and pop shops are a great place to find a variety of items made close … Read More

Ruth Wilson

Posted by | November 3, 2017 1:53 pm

Ruth Wilson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil S. Elliott

Posted by | November 3, 2017 1:52 pm

Cecil S. Elliott, 89, of Cookeville and formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, peacefully at his home.

Mr. Elliott served in the Army Air Force, 1946-1949, as a sergeant aerial photographer. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Elliott was a longtime leader and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and all the beauty of the outdoors, especially the wildlife.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alena Lowery Elliott; a son, Wesley Elliott; parents, J.C. and Mary Belle Elliott; and a sister, Maybelle Brown.

Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Elliott, Gail Elliott, Connie (Lynn) McWhorter, all of … Read More

Basketball trunk-or-treat

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:59 am

The WCHS girl’ basketball team held its first ever trunk-or-treat on Tuesday afternoon inside the WCHS parking lot. The Warriorettes handed out candy to an estimated 200 kids. (Photo submitted)

WCHS basketball practice begins

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:33 am

WCHS boys’ basketball coach Eric Mitchell looks on at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

WCHS girls’ basketball coach Michael Dodgen shows the Warriorettes how he wants a drill run.

Monday officially began the start of preseason basketball practice.

The Warriors and the Warriorettes both took the court Monday afternoon for their first official practices of the season.

After one week of official practice, the Warriorettes will head to Murfreesboro for the first official scrimmage at MTCS. The Warriorettes will play at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Nov. 4, and the Warriorettes J.V. team will be in action at 9 p.m. on that Saturday. The Warriorettes will then wrap … Read More

The Happening XX is Nov. 11

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:24 am

How did we get here? So glad you asked!

In January of 1999, a nurse, Ms. Kathy, was administering chemotherapy to her patient and beloved White Co. High School guidance counselor, Sandra Sparkman. As God would have it, Kathy planted the idea for The Happening in Sandra’s heart and mind. With a little planning and a few faithful “armor bearers,” the first Happening event took place a few months later, in April, at the YMCA. The Y was beyond a capacity crowd and filled with high school teens eager to have BIG FUN and learn more about God. After the first year, permission was granted to “happen” at … Read More

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