Everyday Heroes’ event on Saturday successful despite cooler weather

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:38 am

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was on hand for the Everyday Heroes’ event with their booth. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Those who attended and participated in the Everyday Heroes’ event this past weekend were entertained with live music. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The Everyday Heroes’ event drew a large number of vendors and had a wide variety of merchandise to shop from. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Tennessee Department of Health’s “Let’s Talk Month” is promoting educational resources for parents

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:29 am

The Tennessee Department of Health invites parents and caregivers to take part in Let’s Talk Month. The annual Let’s Talk Month campaign encourages parents and guardians to take advantage of opportunities every day to talk with their children about healthy relationships.

“It’s important for parents to talk with their children about relationships, sexuality, and preventing teen pregnancy, stated Dr. Michael Warren, Tennessee Department of Health deputy commissioner for population health. “Teens consistently say parents – not peers, not partners and not pop culture – most influence their decisions about sex. Let’s Talk Month helps parents feel more confident when talking about these topics, and encourages youth to feel … Read More

Cookeville discusses new skatepark and construction contract penalties

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:21 am

Cookeville City Council members are (L-R) Dr. Charles Womack, Larry Epps, Ricky Shelton, Dwight Henry, Jim Woodford.

Cookeville council members discussed enforcing penalties in contracts and the city’s planned skatepark during their recent Cookeville City Council meeting.

On Oct. 19, the Cookeville City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting where discussions were held about contract penalties and the city’s proposed skatepark. After much debate and discussions over the course of several meetings, the council voted not to penalize W&O Construction after not completing its project as scheduled, which was an improvement project at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The City of Cookeville received approximately $41,000 in damages caused … Read More

Why did Jesus perform miracles?

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:18 am

By Derrick Coble -West Sparta church of Christ

Today the claim is made that everything from surviving a car accident to the birth of a baby is a “miracle.” But a miracle by definition is not something that occurs by natural law—it is supernatural! In fact, miracles show the power of God over nature, man, the physical, and the spiritual. Jesus showed this power on numerous occasions. Here are a few of them:   (1) He made six pots of water become the best unfermented wine (John 2:1-11). This does not naturally occur today and cannot be duplicated. (2) He healed Peter’s mother-in-law when she had a fever (Luke … Read More

What do the majority of Americans really want?

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:17 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Since the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States, it seems to me that the division between Americans’ needs and wants has become wider than it has ever been in my lifetime. There are people who say the division has been caused by Blacks, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims, the LBGTQ community, women, immigrants, and every other minority. I do not believe that for one minute. I do believe that division has been caused by the good old “root of all evil” – money and those who are obsessed with greed and power.

Let me clarify that last statement. … Read More

Crews replace utility pole and transformers after crash

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:12 am

A single-vehicle crash that took out a utility pole caused power outages in nearby communities as utility workers had to replace the pole and transformer. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Emergency responders worked a single-vehicle collision Wednesday that caused a power outage for numerous residents as utility companies had to move lines from an electric pole that was damaged during the crash.

On Oct. 25, 2017, at approximately 10:48 a.m., White County E-911 dispatchers were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Turntable Road.

Sparta Fire Department and Sparta Police Department were initially dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered that a vehicle with one occupant had left Turntable Road and ultimately struck a utility pole. The incident caused the utility pole to break.

Emergency responders secured the scene until the vehicle could be removed from the … Read More

Juvenile safe after rescue by emergency responders

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:09 am

Emergency responders recently worked over the course of two days searching for a missing 15-year-old male juvenile in the Bon Air community, and thanks to emergency responders and the community’s help, the juvenile was safely located.

According to Sgt. John Meadows with the White County Sheriff Department, authorities were notified at approximately 1:45 p.m., on Oct. 24, 2017, about a missing juvenile, 15-year-old Zain Shoupe.

Shoupe reportedly left his home located in the Bon Air community and was believed to be on foot in a nearby wooded area. According to Meadows, Shoupe suffers from seizures and has an intellectual disability.

Shoupe reportedly was last seen wearing a maroon … Read More

White County featured during recent Governor’s Conference

Posted by | October 30, 2017 8:02 am

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson and Hörmann U.S. President Camron Rudd were featured during a discussion panel at the annual Governor’s Conference, in Gatlinburg. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker were keynote speakers during the annual Governor’s Conference. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

White County and its recent economic successes were highlighted by the state during the 64th Annual Governor’s Conference that was held in Gatlinburg this past Thursday and Friday.

Gathered at the Gatlinburg Convention Center were hundreds of economic development leaders, elected officials, and community leaders from across the state.

During the Oct. 26 portion … Read More

Sheriff patrol vehicle involved in collision on Friday night

Posted by | October 30, 2017 7:58 am

A county sheriff patrol vehicle was involved in a multi-vehicle collision on Old Kentucky Road while on the scene of a separate single-vehicle crash Friday night

On Oct. 27, 2017, at approximately 9:17 p.m., White County E-911 Communications Center was notified about a single- vehicle incident. Initial reports indicated that a vehicle left the roadway on Old Kentucky Road and crashed through a fence line into a field.

Cassville and NorthEnd volunteer firefighters responded to the incident, along with White County Sheriff Department and White County Emergency Medical Service.

Upon arrival, first responders found a car had left the roadway and had run through a fence line. The … Read More

George Darrell Dodson

Posted by | October 28, 2017 12:48 pm

George Darrell Dodson, 55, passed away Oct. 24, 2017, at Signature Healthcare, in Algood.

Mr. Dodson was born Nov. 1, 1961.

He was a roofer/handyman and loved mission work.

Mr. Dodson was preceded in death by his parents, George Homer Dodson Jr. and Jessie Mae Murphy Dodson; brothers, Phillip, Clyde, James, Troy, Randy Barrett; and sisters, Mary Ann Barrett, Darlene Barrett.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Clark and wife Alissa, Derek Barrett and girlfriend Stephanie Patat; one daughter, Kristen Cagle and husband Amos; grandchildren, Christen, Trenton, Jocelyn Clark, Kimber Barrett, Haley, Kaylee, Dillon Gentry, Levi Dodson Williams; two sisters, Ruth Dodson Martin, Frankie Dodson; special friend and sister-in-law, … Read More

James William McLean Jr.

Posted by | October 28, 2017 12:37 pm

James William McLean Jr., 87, passed from this life, on Oct. 27, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. McLean was born Sept. 29, 1930, in Palestine, Texas, the son of James W. McLean Sr. and Hazel Legg Farrell.

He was a loving father and husband. Mr. McLean retired from the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service to his country. He also worked as a civil service employee for 20 years.

Mr. McLean was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Farrell McLean; and a granddaughter, Lisa Baldwin.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Pauline McLean, of … Read More

Samuel Kevin Cravens

Posted by | October 28, 2017 12:27 pm

Samuel Kevin Cravens, 45, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 24, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Cravens was born April 6, 1972, in White County, to Earl Casto Cravens and Gladys Marie Poston Cravens.

He was a former employee of C & C Plastic and an avid motorcycle enthusiast until a wreck several years ago.

Mr. Cravens was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Dwayne Cravens; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Tonia Young Cravens; son, Morgan Cravens and wife Jocelyn; daughter, Megan Cravens; sisters, Greta Carter, Ruth (Larry) Watts, Brenda Cravens (Richard Johnson), Marcia (Junior) Denton; brothers, Tim Cravens, Danny Cravens, David Cravens (Sherry … Read More

Be an ombudsman volunteer

Posted by | October 28, 2017 7:37 am

Aging Services for the Upper Cumberland, Inc.  is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, and skilled communicators to be volunteer Ombudsmen.

As a volunteer ombudsman, you will be assigned to a specific long-term care facility, working to ensure that the resident’s rights are being protected.  You will help residents with problems they are unable to resolve alone.

Volunteer ombudsmen dedicate three (3) hours per week to this job.  Ongoing training and support are provided.  This could be the most challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity you may ever have.

Training is scheduled for November 29, 30, and December 1, 2017.    For more information, please call Kim Fowler at

Joan Derryberry Gallery to host exhibition of faculty works

Posted by | October 28, 2017 7:33 am

Among works to be exhibited in the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery at Tennessee Tech is a piece by professor Jeanne Brady. The exhibition featuring works by faculty in the School of Art, Craft & design continues through Nov. 21.

Works by members of the Tennessee Tech School of Art, Craft & Design will be on display in the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery Oct. 30-Nov. 21, with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2.

Individually, each artist is a master of their chosen medium, through which they display their own unique artistic vision and technical proficiency.

The faculty members in the School of Art, Craft & Design have … Read More

Counselors available at Van Buren County Health Department to assist with insurance enrollment

Posted by | October 28, 2017 7:27 am

Visit the Van Buren County Community Health Center/Health Department to receive free, face-to-face assistance with applying for health insurance. Van Buren County Community Health Center/Health Department has a certified application counselor available to assist with applying for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for Affordable Care Act plans, TennCare and CoverKids.

Individuals and families may receive help applying, looking at different health insurance plans and enrolling. All health insurance offered through the Marketplace meets the minimum essential coverage requirements.

Counselors will help you learn about plans for which you qualify based on your income and the number of people in your household. You must apply for Marketplace plans … Read More

Doyle history project

Posted by | October 28, 2017 7:17 am

In 1883, a group of men met at the Greenwood Baptist Church to plan for a college. This was the beginning of Doyle. Gathering copies of photos and information about Doyle and Doyle College, buildings, churches, old railroad depot, businesses, stores, homes, streets, and Doyle College Campus and dorms.

Any info on the African-American Cemetery and church and school at Doyle. Copy of maps of the Town of Doyle (before 1963). Names of teachers and students at Doyle College 1884-1924.  How did White County manage to lose a cultural center of the Cumberland Plateau?  A college that produced state supreme court justices and the president of the L … Read More

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