The power of remembering

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:39 am

By Topher Wiles

Get ready husbands, because Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away!  While it may not be a high priority on your list, and she may say it isn’t important to her, I want you to remember the beauty of your bride anyway.  Remembering her, honoring her love, and celebrating her beauty are choices you can make that will strengthen your marriage, benefit your family, and up your Valentine’s Day game. Remembering my wife has changed my life, and I think it can change yours, too.

Now, I’ve got a lot of moments to remember in life.  It was through tear-filled eyes I’ve seen the amazing … Read More


Rights and non-rights: A simple way to distinguish the two

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:23 am

Language of Liberty – By Lawrence W. Reed

As a score of politicians prepare to announce their 2020 campaigns for president of the United States, we can expect “rights” to be in the news every day, as they are promised to us one after another. “You have a right” to this or that and “If elected, I’ll make sure you get it” will soon be monotonous refrains.

America is a nation founded on the notion of rights. Our independence was declared in 1776 on a foundation of “unalienable” rights granted to us, not by mortal authorities, but by the Creator himself. Our ancestors rebelled against the British because … Read More


Averitt honors White County employees for 20 years of service

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:21 am

Averitt Express recently honored associates Lisa Dodson (above), of Sparta, and Selina Ross (below), of Walling for 20 years of service. Dodson and Ross are now among the more than 1,000 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.


BASF and White County High School provide opportunity for work-based learning

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:18 am

Each year, BASF’s site in Sparta hosts students from White County High School’s work-based learning program. Angelle Howard, 2018 White County High School graduate, successfully completed the program and is continuing her training at the site while pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University. This program supports the company’s growing workforce needs by creating a diverse pipeline of talent and fostering students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. L-R: Andy Schmitt, BASF’s Site manager in Sparta and Angelle Howard, White County High School graduate and current Tennessee Tech University student.


TN legislators introduce several bills this week, including STOP Act

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:16 am

Several bills introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly this past week have been presented by state senators and state representatives from White County and surrounding counties, as well as one of particular interest that was submitted by State Senator Shane Reeves.

Reeves, who represents District 14, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore counties, as well as parts of Rutherford County, introduced a bill this week that would require local boards of education to adopt policies to allow a parent to view photos or video footage collected from a camera or video camera installed inside a school bus under certain circumstances. SB0182 was filed Jan. 28 and was … Read More


Commissioners honor White County High School baseball team Monday

Posted by | January 31, 2019 9:14 am

White County Commissioners honored the White County High School baseball team for their contribution to Hurricane Michael relief this past year. (Photo by RON MOSES)

By Ron Moses

What if life was changed through sudden, immediate, and catastrophic tragedy?

That is what the residents of certain areas in Florida faced last year when Hurricane Michael ravaged the area leaving behind destruction and despair in its watery wake.

On Jan. 28, the White County Board of Commissioners honored the White County High School baseball team, their coaches, and their families with a proclamation for their honor and hard work while helping many who faced such tragedy. The team made … Read More


Jane Bohannon

Posted by | January 30, 2019 3:33 pm

Jane Bohannon, 77, of Sparta, passed away today at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tennessee outstanding fairs honored at 97th annual convention

Posted by | January 30, 2019 9:26 am

Fairs across Tennessee are celebrating the awards they have earned for showcasing agriculture in communities large and small.

Approximately 850 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner program during the 97th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) held Jan. 17-21, 2019, in Nashville.

The top award went to the Warren County Fair, which was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2018. The Champion of Champions is selected form the 2017 Division Winners. The Warren County Fair was also among the 53 fairs recognized with the Award of Merit based on agriculture, educational value, overall operations, and the promotion of local interest and community … Read More


Spencer resident encourages voters to cast their ballots

Posted by | January 30, 2019 9:19 am

To the citizens of Van Buren:

On Feb. 7, 2019, the polls will be opened for you to make your voice heard regarding the wheel tax.  Myself and several other residents attended the Committee A – Budget meeting, Thursday, Jan. 10, and you should know as we have said previously passing the Wheel Tax in NO WAY eliminates the Board of Commissioners from later passing a property tax increase as was mentioned by them again during this meeting.

So, again, as I have said many times and so have others, we fought for the citizens of Van Buren County to at least have their voices heard by voting … Read More


Rotary Club Valentine Dinner and Dance for Literacy tickets on sale

Posted by | January 30, 2019 7:46 am

Rotary Club of Sparta’s 2nd Annual Valentine Dinner and Dance for Literacy is Feb. 14, 2019, at Duck Pond Manor, in Sparta.

There will be a silent auction before dinner while popular local musicians Sarah Merritt and family entertain during dinner. Following dinner there will be DJ music and dancing.

Silent auction items available for bids include a full day at local spas, therapeutic massage, wine, foods, art, and other items. Local businesses generously support Rotary Club of Sparta Literacy projects.

Susan Kirby, Valentine event chair, said Rotary Club of Sparta is excited “to show our commitment to the community by emphasizing literacy for children and adults.

“The … Read More


Second arrest made in Cumberland County shooting death

Posted by | January 30, 2019 6:28 am

Doneal Clark

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol has resulted in the arrest of a second person charged in a Cumberland County homicide.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on January 19th, TBI Agents joined investigators from Cumberland County and the District Attorney’s Office in investigating a shooting that occurred that night at a home on Cherokee Trail in Crossville. A resident of the home, Linda Damewood (DOB 06/13/1944), died as a result of her injuries. During the course of the investigation, … Read More


Warriors take down Cookeville

Posted by | January 29, 2019 9:09 pm

The Warriors take down Cookeville 72-59. Masyn Winningham and Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 17 and 16 points respectively. Dyson Reece also finished in double figures with 14 points.

With the win, The Warriors move to 19-6 on the season and 3-2 in District 6AAA play. The Warriors will return to action on Friday night when they travel to Stone Memorial.



Warriors lead at the half

Posted by | January 29, 2019 8:18 pm

The Warriors lead the Cookeville Cavaliers 33-27 at the half. Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 9 points in the first half.


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