‘Original Intent:’ Safeguard for the Supreme Court, Part II

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:06 am

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall, JD

Once our independence was in motion, the mechanisms to end slavery were in motion. Roger Sherman, a delegate from Connecticut, remarked in the federal convention on 22 August 1787, “that the abolition of slavery seemed to be going on in the U.S. & that the good sense of the several States would probably by degrees compleat (sic) it.” Oliver Elsworth, also a representative to Connecticut, very confidently stated in 1787, “Slavery in time will not be a speck on our country. Provision is already made in Connecticut for abolishing it.   And the abolition has already taken place in Massachusetts.”

The … Read More


Land dedication ceremony and guided hikes scheduled for Aug. 25

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:01 am

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) recently acquired a 582-acre plot of land that includes part of the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness area, Dry Creek Headwaters, and Lost Creek State Natural. The acquisition is an effort to protect the Dry Creek Headwaters—a 582-acre property in the Mid-Cumberland Wilderness Conservation Corridor of Scott’s Gulf.

According to Stuart Carroll, Tennessee State Parks Park Manager 1, TennGreen initially purchased the 582-acre tract at the request of Open Space Institute (OSI) and the … Read More


School registration is set for Friday

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:56 am

Children going back to school can be an anxiety-ridden time for parents, especially when it comes to sending children to school for the first time.

There is a lot of confusion as to where the children will go on the first day of school, who their teachers are, and whether or not parents can enter the building with their children. According to Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, parents of elementary school children are more than welcome to walk their children to class. However, at the middle school and high school level, it becomes a different issue for obvious reasons. Dronebarger encourages parents and children to show up on … Read More


Walgreens takes over Rite Aid

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:54 am

A crew could be seen painting over the sign at the Rite Aid location, in Sparta, on July 30, in preparation for the transfer of pharmacy records to Walgreens who bought Rite Aid. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

July 30 was a busy time for both Sparta Walgreens and Sparta Rite Aid, which is when Rite Aid transferred all of their pharmacy records over to Walgreens.

According to Jason Meyer, Walgreens store manager, Rite Aid still owns the Rite Aid building, at 488 West Bockman Way, and he does not know what they plan to do with it. As far as the employees that were employed with Rite Aid, … Read More


Van Buren early voting totals

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:19 am

Date Republican Totals Democratic Totals Daily Totals
7/13/18 30 31 72
7/14/18 10 15 31
7/16/18 29 23 57
7/17/18 29 20 52
7/18/18 23 7 32
7/19/18 17 20 41
7/20/18 33 25 60
7/21/18 17 7 27
7/23/18 31 13 56
7/24/18 32 18 56
7/25/18 42 16 63
7/26/18 24 24 52
7/27/18 54 40 98
7/28/18 34 24 63
County Totals 405 283 760

White County early voting totals

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:11 am

Date Republican totals Democrat totals Daily totals
7/13/18 206 77 315
7/14/18 76 17 97
7/16/18 189 85 287
7/17/18 201 73 275
7/18/18 186 43 232
7/19/18 148 47 210
7/20/18 177 65 244
7/21/18 108 39 151
7/23/18 186 38 231
7/24/18 141 42 189
7/25/18 167 50 222
7/26/18 241 57 303
7/27/18 272 78 355
7/28/18 158 29 193
County Totals 2,456 740 3,304

Precinct polling place locations

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:04 am

Polls are open 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., today

Precinct 1-1: Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way, Sparta,

Precinct 1-2: Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way, Sparta

Precinct 2-1: Ag Fair Complex, 565 Hale St., Sparta

Precinct 2-2: Woodland Park School, 88 Panther Dr., Sparta

Precinct 3-1: Ag Fair Complex, 565 Hale St., Sparta

Precinct 4-1: Woodland Park School, 88 Panther Dr., Sparta

Precinct 4-2: BonDeCroft School, 8095 Crossville Hwy., Sparta

Precinct 5-1: Doyle Civic Center, 396 Mountain St., Doyle

Precinct 6-1: Central View School, 14484 Old Kentucky Rd., Walling

Precinct 6-2: Cassville School, 261 Will Thompson Rd., Sparta

Precinct 7-1: Northfield School, 570 S. Bunker Hill



Minnie Elizabeth Smith

Posted by | August 1, 2018 9:04 am

Minnie Elizabeth Smith, 98, of the Eastland community, of White County, passed away July 31, 2018, at Uplands Village, in Pleasant Hill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ann Broyles

Posted by | August 1, 2018 9:02 am

Patricia Ann Broyles, 78, of Cookeville, passed away July 31, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Wilma Inize Forsyth Williams

Posted by | August 1, 2018 7:04 am

Wilma Inize Forsyth Williams departed this life, on July 30, 2018, and went to heaven to begin her eternal life.

Mrs. Williams was born April 16, 1937, in Sparta, to Arlin Forsyth and Mamie Lawson Forsyth, and was residing in Sparta at the time of her death.

She was married, on July 20, 1957, to David Williams, a minister of the gospel and pastor. They pastored two churches in Mississippi, one church for four years and eight months and the other church 14-and-a-half years.

They moved to Ada, Oklahoma, in 1976, and pastored The First Pentecostal Holiness Church for 18 years. They lived in Ada for another 10 … Read More




John Elmer Crooks

Posted by | July 31, 2018 9:01 am

John Elmer Crooks, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Crooks was born June 21, 1939, in Carbon Hill, Ohio, the son of John Crooks and Opal Pearson Crooks.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 1963-1965

A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at Blue Springs Presbyterian Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Williams

Posted by | July 31, 2018 8:56 am

Wilma Williams, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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