Barry Lynn Brady

Posted by | April 5, 2019 1:12 pm

Barry Lynn Brady, 50, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 4, 2019, at his residence.

Born Monday, Sept. 30, 1968, in Sparta, he was the son of Wilma Bain Jones and Bill Brady.

Barry lived a life of service to others. His service to God was what he was most proud of. He was a lifetime member of Gideons International. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Sparta where he formerly served as a deacon. Barry shared the gospel with anyone he came in contact with. He wanted to make sure he would see us all again in eternity.

Barry was a firefighter … Read More


Lori Ann Rigsby Nokes

Posted by | April 5, 2019 12:50 pm

Lori Ann Rigsby Nokes, 57, of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Nokes was born Nov. 4, 1961, to Jackie R. Rigsby and Frances Alexander Rigsby.

She was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church and worked at Oster.

Mrs. Nokes was preceded in death by her husband, Glynn Nokes.

Survivors include her parents, Jackie R. and Frances Rigsby, of Smithville; brother, Jackie Darrell Rigsby, of Smithville; two stepsons, Toby Nokes, Brock Nokes; and step-grandchildren, Jayde, Alivia, Alexis, Tayvian, Desmond, Paige, Lindsey, Justis.

The family has honored her request to be cremated. A memorial service will be 3 p.m., April 6, 2019, at … Read More


Royce Arvel “Shorty” Leonard

Posted by | April 5, 2019 12:30 pm

Royce Arvel “Shorty” Leonard, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 4, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leonard was born April 6, 1936, in the Jacksboro community of Warren County, to Clarence Leonard and Luna Ann Pitman Leonard.

He was a retired truck driver and then later an Herbalife salesman.  He loved gardening and fishing.

Mr. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Gene Leonard, Johnny Keith Leonard; and son, Royce Allen Leonard.

He is survived by his partner of 33 years, Sue Adkins, of Sparta; son, Tommy Royce Leonard, of Sparta; daughter, Debra Simonetti, of Garland, Texas; two stepchildren, David Miller, Elizabeth Miller, … Read More


Blood Assurance is in critical need

Posted by | April 5, 2019 10:00 am

Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood donations at this time. Donations have been down since January and the need has gone from urgent to critical. Blood Assurance is asking everyone to please come out and donate blood.

“We have been experiencing a shortage of blood for a few weeks now,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “Patients in our local hospitals count on donated blood every day. They urgently need donors to come out as soon as possible because the supply of O positive, O negative, A negative, A positive, and B negative is critically low.

Each donation of blood contains plasma, red … Read More


Nominations open for TDEC’s 2019 Sustainable Transportation Awards

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:55 am

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation invites nominations for the fifth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. Winners will be announced at the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum, which will take place on Oct. 1-2, 2019, in Knoxville.

“The awards recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of transportation systems in Tennessee,” said TDEC Assistant Commissioner Molly Cripps. “Projects should protect and enhance our state’s natural resources, complement our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of Tennesseans, and provide for a strong economy.”

A panel of reviewers representing an array of interests will select award winners based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation –
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Search underway for Mrs. White County and Mrs. Sparta 2019

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:44 am

The 2019 Mrs. Tennessee Pageant, a statewide pageant for married women, will be held the weekend of June 28-30, 2019, with finals on June 30, 2019, at 3 p.m., at Spring Hill Middle School. in Spring Hill.

To qualify, contestants must be at least 18 years of age, married, a resident of her state (residency at a military base or dual-residency is acceptable), and of good moral character.  Contestants will be judged in four categories, including personal interview, beauty, fitness wear, and evening gown, each worth 25 percent of her total score.  There are additional awards given for Fitness Award, Interview Award, Evening Gown Award, Photogenic Award, Congeniality … Read More


Phyllis Diane Blaylock Henry

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:37 am

Phyllis Diane Blaylock Henry, 72, of Sparta, passed away April 4, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Born Sept. 24, 1946, in Sparta, she was the daughter of William Blaylock and Lucille Prater Blaylock.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 6, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. James Boulin will officiate. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 6, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WoodmenLife donates to 4-H Shooting Team

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:35 am

WoodmenLife Chapter 1110 recently donated $250 to the White County 4-H Shooting Sports Team. L-R: Cole Vickers, Micheal Conatser, Chase Lindsay, team coach Jennifer Roberts, WoodmenLife Financial Representative Tim Bumbalough, Lillie Roberts, and Elijah Kelsey. Not pictured are team members Trenton Parker, Braxton Golden, and Logan Wilkre.


Mickey Lee Fisher

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:24 am

Mickey Lee Fisher, 31, of Spencer, passed away unexpectedly, on April 2, 2019, in Spencer.

Mr. Fisher was born May 22, 1987, in Sparta, to Billy Jones and Mary E. Bennett.

He was a 2005 graduate of Van Buren County High School and a utility worker for the City of Spencer. Mr. Fisher was a member of the Church of God and was with Leadership Van Buren. He was a devoted father to his son.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus Jack Bouldin; grandparents, William H. Jones and Mary A. Mills and Kenneth D. Bennett and Barbara G. Madewell.

In addition to his parents, he … Read More


Five employers to participate in job fair April 9 in Cookeville

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:18 am

The Goodwill Career Solutions Center, at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville, will host a job fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on April 9, for five employers seeking to fill more than 100 positions in Putnam, White, and surrounding counties.

Employers include Quality Inn, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Malone Staffing, Senior Solutions Home Care, and Goodwill. Openings include retail associate, housekeeping, machine operator, assembly, correctional officer, caregiver and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card … Read More


TTU’s speech and debate team has national champion, scores high in national tournament

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:14 am

Showing off their trophies from the Pi Kappa Delta tournament held at Hofstra University, from left, are Tennessee Tech Speech and debate Team members Sarah Stansbury, Madison (Mik) Davis and Sistina Hammonds.

The Tennessee Tech Speech and Debate team members at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

Tennessee Tech’s Speech and Debate team has established a national prominence the past two seasons. Madison (Mik) Davis earned a second national championship while several other students enjoyed a great deal of success recently at Hofstra University in the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament.

Davis, a junior political science and journalism major from Hendersonville, was named the national champion speaker in … Read More


Train tales

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:04 am

Stories and fun

Train Tales is a Friday favorite for preschoolers at the Cookeville Depot Museum, 116 W. Broad St. Enjoy a train story and fun activity from 10:30-11 a.m. Afterward, be sure explore the cabooses and train cars outside. Admission is free. For more information, call (931) 520-5455.


Fish attractors

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:02 am

Better fishing at Cane Creek

Leisure Services was pleased to partner with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association, Tennessee Tech Bass Fishing Team and U.S. Geological Survey Coop Unit to improve fishing opportunities at Cane Creek Park by installing a variety of fish attractors, including Mossback fish habitats, brush and stake beds. These structures provide cover and shade for the fish, prompting them to congregate, thus boosting an angler’s fishing experience.


Summer camps

Posted by | April 5, 2019 9:00 am

Registration opens April 15

Summer is a time for having fun and making new friends. Leisure Services offers the perfect opportunity through its day camps: Recreational Day Camp, May 28-July 26; Basketball Camp, June 3-7, June 24-28 and July 15-19; Lacrosse Camp, June 10-14; and All Sports Camp, June 17-21, July 8-12 and July 22-26. Camps are held at Cane Creek Recreation Center and Cane Creek Gymnasium, 180 C C Camp Road. Registration for basketball camp is now open. Registration for all other camps begins April 15. Space is limited. For more information, call (931) 526-7393.


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