White County Middle School ends season with a big win over Warren

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:37 pm

Owen Adams gets away from the defense against Warren County. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

By Jerry Lowery

On Oct. 1, the White County Middle Warrior football team traveled to McMinnville to play their last football game of the season.  The Warriors won the game by a 32-6 margin.

The Warriors took the opening kickoff and drove the distance of the field in a nine- play drive.  Caden Mitchell drove his way into the end zone for the score.  The extra point was no good.  At the 3:42 mark in the first quarter, Sparta took the lead at 6-0.  Sparta kicked the ball to the Pioneers who failed to … CONTINUED


Sparta native will use fame to help children at Christmas

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:15 pm

L-R: Marty (Selby) McFly, Sparta Police Chief Doug Goff, YMCA CEO Kyle Goff, and Sparta Police Lt. Allen Selby

Radio personality Marty (Selby) McFly chose his hometown of Sparta to announce the launch of his Hometown Strong organization.

Hometown Strong will help start and support charity projects in towns across Middle Tennessee.

“Growing up in a great hometown like Sparta was the inspiration for the name Hometown Strong,” explained McFly. “Good things start and happen in a person’s hometown – neighbors helping neighbors. I’m just jumping in and shining a light on what those people can and are doing.”

The first project Hometown Strong McFly is heading up will be raising funds for the first Shop With a Cop program with Sparta-White County Family YMCA and Sparta … CONTINUED



Unemployment rates drop in the month of August

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:12 pm

By Rachel Auberger

According to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counites in Tennessee saw a decrease in unemployment rated during August of this year.

With unemployment less than 5 percent in 89 of the state’s counties, Tennessee has an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, which is lower than the national average of 3.8 percent. While unemployment is down 0.3 percent from this time last year, statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment across Tennessee held steady, in August, matching July’s rate of 3.5 percent.

“Many counties saw unemployment decrease by more than a percentage point in August, while several dropped by two percentage … CONTINUED


Where do you find comfort, strength, and answers?

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:11 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Where do you go for answers, when you have problems, troubles, or questions? Where do you look for a solution? What is your source of strength?

Some folks reach for a gun…or a bottle…or a pill…or their checkbook. But what do YOU reach for?

Recently, I’ve started reaching for my wallet. That’s right, my billfold. Allow me to share the story.

A few months back, when Doug Burgess told Sammie and me about his experience at an Amish funeral, he shared part of a    conversation he had with the local bishop who was conducting the service. As they sat together and talked … CONTINUED



Taking voyages that last a lifetime

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:09 pm

By Topher Wiles

Recently, my family visited the beautiful farms, mills, and forests of Connecticut.  It was the New York subway station and a special musical cricket that drew their focus last week.  Before that, it was Central America that held my children’s awe as they followed a Spanish conquistador in his hunt for gold.  Some of our best journeys have been to Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, Ireland in the days of St. Patrick, Britain during its early Roman occupation, and the magical land of Narnia whenever Aslan paid a visit.

We are deliberately a reading family.  As you can imagine for a guy with my energy … CONTINUED


Why I don’t want, don’t expect, and don’t deserve reparations

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:08 pm

Burgess Owens

Language of Liberty – By Burgess Owens

My great-great-grandfather, Silas Burgess, came to America shackled in the belly of a slave ship. He was sold on an auction block in Charleston, South Carolina, to the Burgess Plantation.

Orphaned by age 8, he was, fortunately, surrounded by elder slaves who, though physically chained, mentally envisioned themselves as free men. They escaped, taking young Silas with them, making their way to west Texas.

Silas worked hard and saved his money. Eventually, he became the owner of 102 acres of farmland, which he cultivated and paid off within two years. I proudly carry the name of my first American … CONTINUED


Award winning Sparta resident and wood turner to show his bowls at Milton Fall Market & Craft Fair

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:05 pm

Large bowl. Award-winning wood turner Ken Gunnell holds one of his larger creations similar to what he will have at the second Milton Fall Market and Craft Fair, Oct. 12, in Milton, Tennessee.

Ken Gunnell sees potential in what others might trash.

The Sparta, Tennessee, resident is an award-winning wood turner and is known for his stunning bowls. His preferred wood to take from tree to treasure is hard maple. His absolute favorite to work his magic with is burl wood.  A burl is a rounded outgrowth on the tree where the grain has grown in a deformed manner.

“Burls are often thrown aside as they do not … CONTINUED



White County Retired Teachers celebrate 55th anniversary

Posted by | October 3, 2019 12:00 pm

White County Retired Teachers celebrated their 55th anniversary with a free tour of the Tennessee State Museum, on Sept. 11, 2019. Seen in the photo enjoying cupcakes at the Nashville Farmers Market are Kay Barlow, Vicki Austin, Susan LaFever, Judy Clemow, Karen Farley, and Pam Kaye. Also attending but not pictured were Lisa Will and Kathy Bain.


BASF honors military employees

Posted by | October 3, 2019 11:58 am

BASF’s Sparta site recently honored three military employees who have returned from deployment with the National Guard. (L-R) Sgt. Waymon L. Steele, Sgt. Christopher Lewis, and Cpl. Rex D. Frame accepted plaques in appreciation of their service, presented by Andy Schmitt, BASF site manager at Sparta. BASF supports employees who are active military or veterans by providing a safe and reliable working environment that appreciates the vast range of experiences veterans bring with them. Learn more at veterans-jobs.basf.us.


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