Exhibit winners at 2018 Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:19 am

At the recent Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show in Cookeville, the Home Builders Association presented awards to exhibits based on effective marketing of company and products. The metal awards were custom made for the event by JCL Metals. The Home & Garden Show included over 175 exhibits that featured a variety of products and services for homes and outdoor living. For more information about the Home & Garden Show, visit www.uchba.com.

Best Small Exhibit was Pampered Chef. Pictured is Sandra Higgins with Larry Suggs, HBAUC president.

The winner of “Best of Show” was Jeff Woods Construction. Pictured is Jeff Woods with Larry Suggs, HBAUC president.

Best Large

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O’Dell vying for office of sheriff

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:15 am

Scott O'Dell

I, Scott O’Dell, am announcing my candidacy for White County sheriff as an Independent candidate in the General Election, on Aug. 2, 2018. I have been a resident of White County for 34 years and am currently a part of the Central View community. I am a graduate of White County High School, and my four children are currently attending White County schools.

After graduation from White County High School, in 1992, I served in the United States Army for three years. I graduated from the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy, in 2010, and upon completion, was employed by the Baxter Police Department as a patrol officer … Read More


Clark seeking office of trustee

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:13 am

Shelly Clark

My name is Shelly Rogers Clark, and I am excited to be running for your White County Trustee.

I was born in California and moved to Sparta at the age of 7. I graduated from White County High School and then moved to Murfreesboro to obtain my paralegal degree. After finishing my degree, I returned to my hometown, of Sparta, Tennessee. It was then that I married my husband, Tom Clark, and we began to plan for a family. After many hardships and trials, we found out we would finally be expecting our first child, in 2015. The excitement did not end there. Less than two months before … Read More


Legislative review

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:10 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget proposal that will be considered by the 110th General Assembly.

The amendment builds on previous legislative priorities by making strategic and thoughtful investments across state government. Because of the conservative fiscal choices lawmakers have made over the last several years, Tennessee currently ranks as the lowest taxed and lowest debt state in the nation.

In early March, Governor Haslam appointed a School Safety Working Group to review school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children. In the coming days, the working group will … Read More


National Public Health Week celebrated April 2-8

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:07 am

Proclamation signed by White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson

The Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) announces its annual celebration of National Public Health Week to be observed across the state April 2-8, 2018. National Public Health Week brings individuals and communities across Tennessee together to celebrate the work and dedication of public health professionals and volunteers and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our state and nation. This year’s National Public Health Week theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030 Changing Our Future Together,” is a call to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation by 2030.

“All Tennesseans deserve to live a long … Read More


So what’s up after the Sabbath?

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:05 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Easter is over. I can forget about the Lord for a whole year. After all, Easter is the universal “show up for church day.” I made Mom and Dad happy – I showed up. Or maybe it was a spouse or a child or grandchild that made me show up at church for Easter service, but life goes on, and I’m off the hook for a while. Besides, we all know the script – Jesus dies, Jesus is buried, Jesus rises from the dead, end of story, that’s all – or is it? You see the book of Matthew doesn’t quite see … Read More


Things to watch for in the coming weeks

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:04 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

When we last discussed the corruption in Washington D.C., we were worried about special prosecutor Mueller and his seemingly unending efforts to find or create a case for Trump’s “Russian Collusion.” This “investigation” has become the biggest joke since snipe hunting became popular here in the South and with much the same results. But there have been some new and encouraging actions taken and revealed that bear discussion.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently disclosed in a letter to the chairmen of Congress asking for a special council that he has had an independent investigation going on since shortly after his confirmation. … Read More


Sensible gun control is NOT destroying the Second Amendment

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:03 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I know there are a great many people who will disagree with me and probably not read any further than the title. That’s fine, we are all entitled to our opinion. Differences of opinion, debates, and discussions about certain issues are a way for each of us to further our understanding of one another, or at least it should be. The best way to discuss our opinions is to try and gather as many facts about an issue as possible. Sometimes the process of gathering facts is made difficult when you limit your research to only information that supports your belief/opinion.

Last … Read More


Slatton graduate of Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Posted by | April 2, 2018 6:00 am

Forty-eight cadets graduated, on March 23, 2018, from the Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy. This marks the 107th graduating class. Based at the college’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus, the academy is an intensive nine-week, 480-hour program. Upon completion, students are awarded the technical certificate in Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education. Most are employed by a law enforcement agency and are eligible to apply for certification by the Police Officers Standards and Training Commission as a certified peace officer in the state of Tennessee. The program is part of the college’s Public Safety Center of Emphasis, a designation recognizing its outstanding record in career preparation. Dallas Slatton, of the … Read More


Unemployment rate decreases in February for White County

Posted by | April 2, 2018 5:58 am

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has officially released the February 2018 unemployment rates for all Tennessee counties, which reflected a reduction in White County’s unemployment rate.

According to the latest statistics, the month of February showed improvements in unemployment rates for the majority of the state’s counties.

Sixty-nine of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw their unemployment rates lower than compared to their January 2018 rates. The rates, however, remained the same in 21 counties and increased in five counties.

In White County, the February unemployment rate has been recorded by the state at 3.7 percent, which reflects a 0.2 percent reduction in the rate from January. Overall, … Read More


Commercial cargo plane utilizes Upper Cumberland Regional Airport

Posted by | April 2, 2018 5:56 am

A McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 commercial aircraft recently landed and utilized services at the airport. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport recently had a visitor that caused excitement for area residents and aviation enthusiasts alike when a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 commercial aircraft landed and utilized services at the airport.

The DC-9 belonged to USA Jet Airlines, which is a cargo airline that’s headquartered in Michigan.

USA Jet – a division of Active Aero Group – operates a fleet of cargo aircrafts reserved exclusively for on-demand air charter services. The reason for the USA Jet aircraft visit to the White County-based airport was to pick up a cargo shipment, which was transported back to the Detroit area.

“This is one of the largest aircrafts we have … Read More


Bailey part of group that makes school safety recommendations

Posted by | April 2, 2018 5:54 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

Tennessee’s governor recently announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the School Safety Working Group that he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety.

In the wake of the recent rash of school shootings across the country, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed a School Safety Working Group, which includes State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County. The group was tasked with developing recommendations to improve school safety, in Tennessee.

Haslam announced last week that he approved the recommendations made by the group, which identified three immediate priorities:

(1) A review and risk assessment of all school facilities to identify vulnerabilities

(2) An increase in available … Read More



Van Buren meet-and-greet

Posted by | March 30, 2018 9:20 am

The Fall Creek Falls Community Action Group will be hosting a Meet Your Candidate event, at 5 p.m., April 21, 2018, at the Fall Creek Falls Community Center. This event will serve as a meet and greet for each candidate running for a public office in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties to reach out to the public on important issues of their campaigns. Each candidate will be given 3 minutes to introduce themselves and address the crowd. The Fall Creek Falls Community Action Group will be serving a pulled pork sandwich meal to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. The meal will consist of a smoked pulled pork … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors Fish Fry

Posted by | March 30, 2018 7:17 am

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018, at Sparta Civic Center (location has changed since last year). You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.


Spencer Board of Mayor and Aldermen – March 29, 2018

Posted by | March 29, 2018 5:30 pm


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