Center Hill Lake’s Ragland Bottom Day Use Beach reopens

Posted by | August 6, 2019 10:33 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Ragland Bottom Day Use Beach at Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tenn., is reopened as water conditions have returned to acceptable levels.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Center Hill Lake closed the beach abruptly Aug. 2, 2019 due to elevated levels of Escherichia coli (E. Coli.). The two other designated swimming areas at Floating Mill Recreation Area tested in the normal range and remained open.

Droppings from non-migrating geese are suspected to be the culprit of the high bacteria levels at Ragland Bottom and measures are being taken to … CONTINUED

Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted by | August 6, 2019 6:43 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on August 25th 2019 through August 31st 2019 on US Hwy 70 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

Driver license roadblocks

Posted by | August 6, 2019 6:42 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints during the week of August 18th, 2019 through August 24th, 2019 on State Route 8 in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these drivers license roadblocks to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

Wildcat Falls gets major cleanup

Posted by | August 5, 2019 2:17 pm

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County, expresses his thanks to members of Tennessee Department of Correction’s Offender Work Crew Program who helped clean up Wildcat Falls, on Bon Air Mountain. (Photo courtesy of TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION)

By Rachel Auberger

Wildcat Falls, located on Highway 70 on Bon Air Mountain, got a recent facelift when the Tennessee Department of Correction’s Offender Work Crew Program stepped in to clean up the landmark in eastern White County.

The Offender Work Crew Program provides services, free of charge, to communities and non-profit agencies, according to the department of correction’s public information officer, Rob Reburn. Reburn said the program creates huge savings to the agencies it helps as well as providing future benefits to the offenders on the work crews.

“The offenders involved benefit from the program because it gives them the opportunity to learn skills and learn to … CONTINUED

School resource officer program gets donation from Life Church

Posted by | August 5, 2019 2:11 pm

L-R: Sgt. David Grissom, Sgt. Scott Odell, Sgt. Wade Phillips, Chris Howard, Brooklyn Howard, Sheriff Steve Page, Capt. Kenny Dobson, Sgt. Charlie Sims, and Sgt. Dustin Reels. Not pictured: Sgt. Steve Turpin and Sgt. Al Hale. (Photo by CAMI HOWARD)

By Rachel Auberger

Chris Howard from Life Church recently presented Sheriff Steve Page with a donation for safety equipment to use for the school resource officer program.

While White County High School and White County Middle School have both had SROs for some time, last year was the first time all White County schools had an SRO on site during all school hours. Having a resource officer on campus provides another level of security for the students and staff.

“We learned so much last year with this new SRO program,” Page said. “Capt. [Kenny] Dobson and I plan to implement other safety and educational programs into the schools … CONTINUED

State Senator Paul Bailey hosts mayors’ conference in Sparta

Posted by | August 5, 2019 2:00 pm

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, addresses the crowd at the recent mayors’ conference held in Sparta. Numerous state dignitaries, as well as county and city officials from District 15, which Bailey represents in the Tennessee General Assembly, were in attendance. (Photo by SHEILA ROBINSON)

By Rachel Auberger

On July 31, State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, hosted a mayors’ conference, which aimed to connect local government officials with vital state resources, particularly those that aid the rural communities in District 15 which he represents.

“The purpose of this conference is to ensure our local officials, especially our mayors, receive the latest information on state resources and services which will aid our communities,” Bailey said during the event held at First National Bank, in Sparta. “Any time I can facilitate a meeting and have commissioners come to Sparta and the Upper Cumberland to meet with county mayors, it’s a win for everyone: … CONTINUED

Copeland family reunion

Posted by | August 5, 2019 1:57 pm

Copeland reunion. The 43rd annual Copeland family reunion will be Sunday, Aug. 25, at Findlay Elementary School. Doors open at 10 a.m.  Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Please bring covered dish. More information: (931) 738-5208

Heated debate between officials sets tone for liquor store vote

Posted by | August 5, 2019 1:56 pm

By Ron Moses

“We have kind of parallel lives,” said Sparta Mayor Jeff Young in a work session prior to the board of mayor and aldermen meeting Aug. 1. “But, sometimes we come at things from different angles.”

Young was responding to Alderman Jerry Lowery’s position on the idea the city would amend an ordinance to change the distance requirements from 500 feet to 300 feet for package liquor stores as it pertains to churches, schools, and public gathering places.

During the board meeting that immediately followed the work session, the board passed the first reading of the ordinance with a 4-3 vote. Young has been a supporter … CONTINUED

#Moscow Mitch: Senator McConnell isn’t happy with anyone insulting his integrity or patriotism

Posted by | August 5, 2019 8:36 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Senator McConnell, like most human beings doesn’t like being called derogatory names for no reason.  In fact, he was rather upset by that name and an editorial in the Washington Post, written by Dana Milbank, calling Senator McConnell a Russian asset. Mitch took to the Senate floor to defend himself by declaring he’s fought against Russia’s aggressive behavior, in the past.  His speech is now part of the official congressional record.  It was interesting to see Mitch McConnell show any emotion on the floor of the Senate.  I almost felt sorry for him, but then I remembered Mitch McConnell proudly calling himself … CONTINUED

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