Warriorettes trail at the half

Posted by | January 9, 2018 6:43 pm

The Warriorettes trail the Cumberland County Lady Jets 38-27 at the half. The Lady Jets used their three point shooting to build the early lead knocking down 8 threes in the first half. The Warriorettes were led by Gracie Dodgen in the first half who finished with 6 points. Hannah Leftwich also finished the half with 5 points.



Sparta-White County Little League 2018 Sign up dates and times.

Posted by | January 9, 2018 2:24 pm

The First in person sign-up is January 13, from 9am til 2pm. All in person sign ups are at the Sparta White County Rescue Squad Building.
The Second in person sign-up is February 17, from 9am til 2pm.
Fees until January 20 are $35 for the first child, $25 for second child and $15 for third child. After January 20 $40 for first child, $30 for second child and $20 for third child.

Online registration started on December 1, 2017 and will end March 2nd at midnight.


Marie Slatten

Posted by | January 9, 2018 12:23 pm

Marie Slatten, 85, of Quebeck, passed away Jan. 8, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Slatten was born April 21, 1932, in White County, the daughter of Ransom and Nora Swindell.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 11, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Jericho Cemetery. Mike Steakley, Carol McEntyre, and Doug Goff will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Jan. 10, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will be posted later.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Averitt honors Wilhite for 25 years

Posted by | January 9, 2018 8:49 am

Pat Wilhite (center) is presented his 25-year service award by director of pricing Mike Sanders (right), and Averitt president and chief operating officer Wayne Spain (left).

Averitt Express recently honored associate Pat Wilhite, of Sparta, for 25 years of service.

He is one of the more than 1,000 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.

Averitt’s Cookeville-area service center is located at 1199 Salem Road, and its corporate headquarters is at 1415 Neal Street.


Van Buren Board of Education

Posted by | January 9, 2018 7:50 am

Van Buren County Board of Education will meet Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 for a work session. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the board office, at 293 Sparta St., in  Spencer.


Marie Slatten

Posted by | January 9, 2018 6:24 am

Marie Slatten, 85, of Quebeck, passed away Jan. 8, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Free flu vaccine available at White County Health Department

Posted by | January 9, 2018 6:07 am

White County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to patients. Influenza activity is widespread in Tennessee, so it’s extremely important for anyone over six months of age to get a flu shot now.

The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50, and for those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection we have against influenza.

The White County Health Department clinic is currently offering flu vaccinations at no cost to patients until vaccine supplies are depleted. Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours.

“Getting a … Read More


Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams announces Work-Based Learning Grant for House District 42

Posted by | January 9, 2018 6:04 am

State Representative Ryan Williams, of Cookeville

House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) announced yesterday that the Putnam County School System is one of 29 recipients of the Work-Based Learning Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.

The funds are designed to assist with the development or expansion of work-based learning programs that promote career awareness and student readiness in grades K-12. Work-Based Learning is a strategy used by the state’s educators that provides students with experiences to learn and develop skills that will enhance their opportunities for future employment.

Applicants are eligible for up to $25,000 with a local match requirement based on each … Read More


Willie Mae Sparks Sparkman

Posted by | January 9, 2018 5:59 am

Willie Mae Sparks Sparkman, 86, passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Jan. 7, 2018, at Life Care of Sparta, where she was a resident for the past four years.

Mrs. Sparkman was born Feb. 26, 1931, in Sparta, the daughter of J.T. Sparks and Laurine Young Sparks.

On Dec. 16, 1950, she married the love of her life, W.C. Sparkman, at Blue Springs Presbyterian Church.

As a couple, they pursued a career in dairy farming. Hilly View Farm, in Doyle, became the home where they would raise their three sons, Johnny, Gary, and Ryan Sparkman. Their farming legacy continues on … Read More


Opal Elizabeth Ledford Heady

Posted by | January 8, 2018 10:45 am

Opal Elizabeth Ledford Heady, 62, of Sparta passed away Jan. 6, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Heady was born Jan. 20, 1955, in Dayton, Ohio, to Earbie Bethel Ledford and Bessie Lee England Ledford.

She was a former line inspector at Wilson Sporting Goods.

Mrs. Heady was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin Wayne Heady; very special aunt, Opal Adams Ledford; uncle, Jerry Ledford; brother, John Dwayne Ledford; and a sister, Barbara Eastland Frasier Lies.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Constance Heady; two grandchildren, Kenneth Johnson, Ethan Johnson; brother, James B. “Jim” Ledford and wife Regina, of Cookeville; sister, Margie Bumbalough and … Read More



WCMS 7th and 8th grade teams win three out of four to start 2018

Posted by | January 8, 2018 8:49 am

Andi Haston goes up for a layup in the WCMS 8th grade game, on Thursday night. Haston finished with 5 points, on Thursday night. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Aiden Mullins takes a 3 in the WCMS 7th grade’s game, on Thursday night. Mullins finished with 7 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County Middle School 7th and 8th grade teams started their new year off on the right foot Thursday night picking up three wins out of their four games against South Franklin Middle School. The 7th grade teams picked up two wins, and the 8th grade teams split their contest.

In the 7th grade games, the … Read More


Eagles and Eaglettes split their first two games in 2018

Posted by | January 8, 2018 8:18 am

Sydney Bouldin goes up for a layup in a game from early this season. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The Van Buren County High School Eagles and Eaglettes opened the 2018 portion of their schedule this past week. Both teams came away with a split in their two matchups to begin the second half their season.

The Eagles and Eaglettes opened the second half of their season with a sweep over Jackson County, on Tuesday night. The Eaglettes avenged an early loss in the season to the Lady Blue Devils, with a 56-41 win. In the boys’ game, the Eagles fell behind early but overcame the Blue Devils and … Read More


WCHS Warriors fall to Tigers

Posted by | January 8, 2018 8:15 am

Dyson Reece gets set to shoot, on Friday night. Reece finished with 9 points in the Warriors’ loss. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors didn’t have the start they were looking for to the 2018 portion of their schedule. The Warriors were unable to overcome a strong second half by the Tigers and lost by a final score of 64-57.

The Warriors fell behind early, trailing the Tigers 5-0 to start the game. However, the Warriors would battle back and tie things up at 5-5 after a 3 from Dyson Reece and a basket from Micah Webster. DeKalb County, though, would answer again with … Read More


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