Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted by | May 26, 2018 8:55 am

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Splash, on Mayberry Street (formerly known as Wet Willie’s). 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.

Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted by | May 26, 2018 8:55 am

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Splash, on Mayberry Street (formerly known as Wet Willie’s). 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.

Patricia Anne Bradley

Posted by | May 26, 2018 8:40 am

Patricia Anne Bradley, 76, passed away June 4, 2017, under Hospice Care, in La Vernia, Texas.

She was born Aug. 3, 1940, to Arthur Burns and Smithie Louise Burns in Bolivar, Tennessee.

She was a loving and loyal wife, mother, and Nana. She was well known for playing golf, in the Lubbock, Texas, area, where she lived and had numerous loyal friends. She served in a leadership capacity for the Women’s West Texas Golf Association and won many amateur golf tournaments over the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Fredrick Bradley, and her daughter, Julie Anne Bradley.

She is survived by her brother Harold … Read More

Knights of Columbus hosts Fishing Rodeo for Pacesetters

Posted by | May 26, 2018 8:38 am

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Knights of Columbus Council 14902, of Sparta, hosted the fourth annual Fishing Rodeo for Pacesetters of White County, on May 19, 2018, with 37 participants from the clients, families, and staff of Pacesetters, and 11 Knights plus their families. Knights provided the baiting of the hooks, casting out, and reeling in the fish at Lake Paula. The meal included hamburgers and hot dogs, with potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, and watermelon. Each member of Pacesetters received fishing gear and assistance in fishing in the local lake. They also received a “Knights of Columbus Certificate of Completion” for attendance at the event. The event … Read More

Daughters of Confederacy visit historical Columbia house

Posted by | May 26, 2018 8:05 am

Elm Springs is a two-story, brick house built in 1837, in Greek Revival style, and located just outside Columbia, Tennessee. The house was built by brothers James and Nathaniel Dick, wealthy New Orleans cotton merchants, as a gift for their sister Sarah Todd. Sarah and her husband, Christopher Todd, lived in Elm Springs for the rest of their lives. After their deaths, the property went to their daughter, Susan Todd. She was the wife of Abraham M. Looney, a prominent attorney in Maury County and a Tennessee state senator.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places, in 1986, and has served as the headquarters for … Read More

Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital is Chamber Member of the Month

Posted by | May 26, 2018 7:55 am

St. Thomas Highlands Hospital is the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce’s member of the month. Receiving the plaque is Richard Tumlin, acting director. Saint Thomas Highlands is owned by Ascension, the largest non-profit healthcare system in the United States and the largest Catholic healthcare system in the world. Ascension’s mission statement reads “Dedicated to spiritually-centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.”

Chamber President, Marvin Bullock says, “Having lived for 10 years in a county with no hospital, I can attest to the economic-development opportunities that having a 24/7 hospital provides. Many industries, and most retirees will not consider relocating to an area … Read More

Fall Creek Falls State Park pool officially opens today

Posted by | May 26, 2018 7:06 am

The Olympic-sized pool at Fall Creek Falls State Park opens for the 2018 season, on Saturday, May 26. A children’s wading pool, modern bathhouses and a snack bar are available. Lifeguards are on duty and the pool is ADA compliant. The pool is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. On Fridays, the pool is open until 8 p.m. The pool closes for the season on Sept. 4. Admission is $5 per person ages 4 and older, and $2.50 per person for inn, cabin and camping guests. For information about season pool passes or pool party rentals, call the park office at (423) 881-5642.

More information can … Read More

Komen Central Tennessee launches BigWig Campaign on June 1

Posted by | May 26, 2018 7:01 am

The Komen BigWig Campaign will launch June 1 in the Komen Central Tennessee affiliate. Local celebrities, business owners, Chamber officials, and corporate community leaders have volunteered to don the Big Pink Wig for Komen.   This social media campaign will continue till the end of June. All BigWigs have set goals to help us end breast cancer forever.

What is a BigWig?  BigWig [ˈbigˌwig] (noun): an important person, usually in a particular sphere; synonym: VIP · (very) important person

Komen BigWig (noun): a very important person on a mission to end breast cancer forever by raising awareness and funds in their community; willing to have fun while wearing a … Read More

Response required within 40 days

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:57 am

If you have TennCare, CHOICES, QMB or SLMB, you may receive a renewal packet in the mail. Responses are requested within 40 calendar days. If you have received your renewal packet and have not responded within 40 days, it is important that you respond as soon as possible; you may be eligible to keep your coverage while the renewal packet is being reviewed. If you no longer have the renewal packet, call Tennessee Health Connection (TNHC) at 855-259-0701 to request one.

Please fax responses to TNHC at 877-430-0843 or mail to TNHC, P.O. Box 20201, Nashville, TN  37202-0201.

For renewal packet questions or general program assistance, call the … Read More

Beth Ann Swallows named Motlow Sparta teaching site coordinator

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:52 am

Beth Ann Swallows has been named new site coordinator for the Motlow State Community College Sparta teaching Site. Swallows is a Sparta native and graduated from White County High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University in English-Journalism and served five years in administration at Tennessee Tech before choosing to stay home with her three children. In 2016, she joined the Freshman Academic Success Team (FAST) and began working part-time at the Sparta site. She is married to Grant Swallows and enjoys spending time with her family and serving in worship and children’s ministries at her church.

Cookeville Regional adopts new implant for spinal surgery

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:47 am

Dr. Leonardo Rodriguez-Cruz, neurosurgeon

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is now using a new medical device created with an advanced additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, as part of its lumbar spinal fusion treatment options for patients with degenerative disc disease and other spinal conditions.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an estimated 75–85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. The Tritanium PL Cage provides a new option for the thousands of Americans who suffer from debilitating low back pain due to degenerative disc disease and other conditions and it is now available for patients at Cookeville Regional.

“With patients who … Read More

Agriculture funding bill “good news for 340,000 Tennessee farmers”

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:42 am

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2018 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)  said legislation advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee is good news for 340,000 Tennessee farmers, and will also help Tennessee fight the opioid crisis.

“The bill I voted for today is a win for Tennessee farmers because it funds the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development programs, and agricultural research at Tennessee’s universities,” Alexander said. “The bill also includes $425 million to help provide access to broadband for rural communities, and nearly $3 billion for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the food American’s eat every day is safe.

“I also want to thank … Read More

U.T. Dean’s List spring 2018

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:30 am

(White County (no names listed for Van Buren County)

Jami E. Anderson Sparta Cum Laude
Keoni R. Enlow Sparta Summa Cum Laude
Megan E. Holland Sparta Summa Cum Laude
Emilee L. Howard Walling Magna Cum Laude
Hannah G. Nelsen Sparta Magna Cum Laude
Amanda M. Palmer Walling Magna Cum Laude
Madelyn L. Wardlaw Sparta Cum Laude
Megan E. Wilson Sparta Summa Cum Laude

Summer movies return to Dogwood Park and Cookeville Depot

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:22 am

WHAT: After Dark Movies in the Park (Dogwood Park, Friday nights in June, 30 minutes after dusk)

WHAT: Depot Summer Cinema (Cookeville Depot Museum, Friday nights in July, 8 p.m.)


 CONTACT: Cookeville Leisure Services, (931) 520-4386


 After Dark Movies in the Park

June 1: “The Secret Life of Pets”

June 8: “The Greatest Showman”

June 15: “Brave”

June 22: “Sing”

June 29: “Black Panther”

Depot Summer Cinema

July 6: “Back to the Future”

July 13: “Father’s Little Dividend”

July 20: “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”

July 27: “The Wizard of Oz”

Donald Gordon Bennett

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:14 am

Donald Gordon Bennett, 73, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Bennett was born March 1, 1945, in White County, to Kenneth Bennett and Mary Lou Bradshaw Bennett.

He was a retired security guard, most recently for Southern Wood Products.

Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Earl Bennett; brothers, Arnold Bennett, Robert Bennett; and sister, Mildred Graham.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Reba Guy Bennett; children, Donald Dwayne Bennett, Derrick (Tammy) Bennett, Michelle (Emerson) Luna; grandchildren, Jeremy (Megan) Bennett, Deanna (Trey Armstrong) Bennett, Kayla Smith; great-grandchildren, Briley Bennett, Macie Bennett, Lillian Sparkman and Landon Sparkman, … Read More

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