Tressa Ann West

Posted by | May 29, 2018 1:04 pm

Tressa Ann West, 53, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. West was born July 10, 1964, in Smithville, the daughter of Billy Price and Jo Ann Howell Price.

A Celebration of Life service will be 2 p.m., June 1, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., June 1, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Donnie Williams

Posted by | May 29, 2018 12:59 pm

Donnie Williams, 69, of the Ravenscroft Community, of White County, passed away May 28, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Williams was born June 10, 1948, in Sparta, to William “Bill” Williams and Rosie Meadows Williams.

He was a well-known business owner, in Sparta, with D & W Trucking, Sparta Bail Bonds, and Sparta Auto Sales. He enjoyed farming and raising horses.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronnie Williams; brother, Buddy Williams; and sisters, Ruby Johnson, Sue Boles, and Linda Goodwin.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane Hall Williams; children, Kathy Hunt, Charlie Williams, Teresa Akogun, Jennifer Williams; … Read More


Jeffery Clay Hensley

Posted by | May 29, 2018 11:44 am

Jeffery Clay Hensley, 58, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2018, after a short illness.

Mr. Hensley was born Aug. 7, 1959, in Sparta, the eighth of 10 children born to Richard Hensley and Ann Marshall Hensley.

He was always happy and loved all.

Mr. Hensley was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Plummer Hensley, and a sister, Patricia Hensley

Survivors include his brothers, Bobby, Jack, Horace, and Mark Hensley, all of Sparta, and sisters, Betty Pallotta, Mary Guy, both of Sparta, and Margaret Davis, of Cookeville

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., May 30, 2018, at Community Free Will Baptist Church Camp Heights, with burial … Read More


Sports cancellation

Posted by | May 29, 2018 10:44 am

The WCHS Warriors’ Kids Camp (basketball) that was to be conducted today and tomorrow (May 30 and May 31) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


Warriorette basketball camp

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:25 am

The White County High School Warriorettes’ basketball team had their camp last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Warriorettes had 54 participants in the camp.

Warriorette Basketball Coach Michael Dodgen brought in Middle Tennessee State University alum Abbey Sissom, on Wednesday afternoon, to talk to the camp participants. Sissom played for Dodgen, at Cannon County High School, and is the second on the All-Time scorers’ list at Cannon County High School.

With White County schools dismissing for summer break, the White County High School Warriorette basketball team had their annual summer basketball camp last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at White County High School.

Head Coach Michael Dodgen, his assistants, … Read More


England finishes fourth at state tournament for second year in a row

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:18 am

Jade England had a fourth place finish, on Thursday. England also broke her previous record, on Thursday, of 39 feet. England’s longest throw, on Thursday, was 40 feet 8 inches, which is a new White County High School record. (Photo by JACOB DODD)

A little over two years ago, Jade England had never thrown a shot put competitively when the White County High School Track and Field team began their season, in March 2016.

On May 24, 2018, the WCHS senior finished off her career at White County High School with her second straight fourth-place finish in the Large School Spring Fling State Tournament. England, who had been to the state tournament the past three years, improved on her finishes and her throws each year. In England’s sophomore season, she finished in 11th place in the state, and her best throw that year at the state tournament was 33 feet 7 … Read More


White County High School athletes compete in inaugural Unified Track and Field State Invitational

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:16 am

The White County High School Unified Track Team took part in the inaugural event held at Middle Tennessee State University last week.

On Aug. 14, 2017, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control approved the addition of a Unified Track and Field event that was to be held at the 2018 Spring Fling Championships. This decision also marked the beginning of a partnership between TSSAA and Special Olympics Tennessee in Unified Sports.

The events that were to be included in the inaugural TSSAA Unified Track and Field Invitational were the 100-meter dash, 400-meter run, 4×100-meter relay, shot put, and long jump. The Unified Track and Field events were incorporated into the existing Spring Fling Track and Field schedule, with individual medals awarded and a Unified Track and Field … Read More


Southard hired as Warriorette softball coach

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:14 am

Andy Southard, who served as an assistant coach for the Warriorettes during the 2018 season, has been hired as the new softball coach for White County High School. Southard takes over for Michael Dodgen, who stepped down at the end of the 2018 spring season after serving as head coach of the Warriorettes for two years.

On Tuesday afternoon, White County High School principal Grant Swallows and athletic director Terry Crain announced the hiring of Andy Southard as the head coach of the White County High School Warriorette softball team.

Southard, who served as an assistant coach for the Warriorettes during the 2018 season, will be the third Warriorette softball coach since 2014.

Southard takes over for Michael Dodgen, who stepped down at the end of the 2018 spring season after serving as head coach of the Warriorettes for two years.

A 2008 graduate of Warren County High School, Southard was a four-year member of the Pioneer baseball team. Upon his graduation from high … Read More


Whole lotta shaking going on

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:10 am

Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

In the book of Acts, there is a happening recorded in chapter 16 concerning two guys. These two guys just happened to be a guy named Paul and his ministry partner, Silas. Now we owe much of our New Testament teaching to these two individuals, whether individually or collectively. But let me point out a specific chain of events that led to one of the shakiest occurrences in the lives of everyone involved, including you and me.

It all started with a crazy girl yelling and screaming like an Alabama grandmother shouting at a 3-year-old’s tee ball game. This constant yelling went on … Read More


Passing the torch

Posted by | May 29, 2018 8:05 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As we celebrated Memorial Day this last weekend, I hope we all paused at some point during the holiday to think of those brave Americans who have given their lives over the years, in conflicts large and small, to help preserve the United States of America. From those brave souls at our founding who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, to those just graduating boot camp, it is on the shoulders of our armed forces that we stand so tall.

It might even be informative to think about the circumstances behind those folks who, even today, are busy … Read More


Ever wonder how long our current two-party political system will last?

Posted by | May 29, 2018 7:58 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I remember when you could easily define people who were Republicans and Democrats, and we didn’t have so many incredibly divisive sub-groups vying for power within those two parties. I sometimes wonder if our current political system is about to implode. I know there were cracks in the system starting back in the 60’s, with the push for civil rights and desegregation. That could be explained as “growing pains” of a country that was basically just shy of reaching puberty. We were testing issues, policies, and laws to see what we might be able to get away with, and now that we … Read More


Gene Hodge book signing

Posted by | May 29, 2018 7:55 am

Gene Hodge, a Sparta native who returns to his hometown frequently to entertain at community events, will be featured at The Mad Raven, 1-3 p.m., June 2, 2018. However, this time Hodge will be sharing another one of his many talents – author of his book, “In the Moment.” Hodge has been writing poetry for several years and has developed a unique style that speaks to the heart. Join this U.S. veteran and Sparta’s own homegrown talent as he shares his latest work at a book signing hosted by The Mad Raven, at 255 W. Bockman Way.


Motlow Sparta site offers information session about Tennessee Reconnect program

Posted by | May 29, 2018 7:52 am

Adults who are interested in learning about the free tuition Tennessee Reconnect program are encouraged to attend a Reconnect information session that will be held at the Motlow Sparta Teaching Site, located at 603 Roosevelt Drive, on Tuesday, May 29 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Starting in the fall of 2018, Tennessee Reconnect will provide a last-dollar scholarship to qualifying adults pursuing an associate degree or credential at a community college in Tennessee. Reconnect is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help more of Tennessee’s adults enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.… Read More


Jobless rate listed at 2.9 percent

Posted by | May 29, 2018 7:47 am

One of the lowest numbers recorded in unemployment rates in recent history for White County was listed in the April 2018 statistics released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

White County saw only a 2.9 percent jobless figure for April 2018, which is less than the March 2018 rate of 3.5 percent. In addition, the rate in April 2017 was 3.6 percent.

In surrounding counties:

DeKalb County – 3.4 percent for April 2018, 4.3 percent for March 2018

Putnam County – 2.8 percent for April 2018, 3.5 percent for March 2018

Van Buren County – 4.0 percent for April 2018, 4.3 percent for … Read More



Jeffery C. Hensley

Posted by | May 28, 2018 6:54 am

Jeffery C. Hensley, 58, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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