Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell

Posted by | September 29, 2018 5:56 am

Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell, 71, passed from this life Sept. 26, 2018, at her home, in Spencer, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Madewell was born on Sept. 22, 1947, in McMinnville, and was a long-time resident of Spencer.

She was of the Messianic faith and a homemaker. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed being with her family.

Mrs. Madewell was preceded in death by her mother, Dortha Lee Brock Rigsby; brother, Rick Rigsby; and sister, Sandra Gay Rigsby.

Survivors include her loving husband, Ray Madewell; sons, Kelly (Jorja) Madewell, of Spencer, Marty (Christina) Madewell, of Shelbyville; daughter, Penny Sullivan, of Spencer; father, George Lee Rigsby; … Read More


Brenden Chance Jones Jr.

Posted by | September 29, 2018 5:50 am

Infant Brenden Chance Jones Jr., son of Jessica Lynn Oliver and Brenden Chance Jones Sr., passed away Sept. 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Renaye Jones, Charles Jones, and Patrick Cravens; aunts, Takiela Spivey, Faith Jones; and uncles, Bobby Oliver and Patrick Cravens Jr.

Graveside service was 10 a.m., Sept. 28, 2018, at Young Cemetery. A memorial service was noon, Sept 28, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Don Wiggel officiated.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.



Flu vaccinations are now available at Van Buren Health Department

Posted by | September 28, 2018 12:45 pm

By Hansel Moore

Fall has arrived and so has the flu season. Each year, as choices for trick-or-treat costumes fill the aisles of the store, something scary creeps into the community – the influenza virus, or the flu.

According to CDC research, and the impact of the flu can be eased by vaccination efforts. If you desire to obtain a “flu shot,” the Van Buren County Health Department is making them available. The cost for the immunization is individually based on a variable financial scale based on income; in many case, they are at no cost to the individual.

For more information contact the Van Buren Health Department … Read More


Conferences provide helpful interaction and information

Posted by | September 28, 2018 10:22 am

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By Hansel Moore

Parents had to opportunity to discuss their child’s scholastic progress and any concerns at last week’s conferences. The elementary school was host to a book sale, and a number of vendors were present to promote healthy choices. Students had the opportunity to spin the wheel of the Van Buren Health Department and answer questions for a variety of prizes. One of the favorite visitors (for some) was the snake provided by Fall Creek Falls. Hesitant observers were able to ask questions and pet the slithering nature ambassador.

The new eagle mascot was released and interacted with visitors throughout the hallway.… Read More


Senator Paul Bailey announces over $150,000 in grants to improve school safety in White County

Posted by | September 28, 2018 6:12 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

On Sept. 27, Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced that White County Schools received $158,780 in state grants for White County schools to improve safety and security. The Tennessee General Assembly included $35 million in the 2018/2019 state budget for school safety, following recommendations from Gov. Bill Haslam’s School Safety Working Group, of which Bailey was a member.

“The safety of our schools is an important factor to a good learning environment for our students,” said Bailey. “I am pleased that this process allowed professionals in both the education and safety fields, along with elected officials to collaborate on the best way … Read More


TN Department of Health issues public health advisory on cannabis

Posted by | September 28, 2018 6:04 am

Evidence, known harms increase concerns about risks to health

The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing a public health and safety advisory to warn Tennesseans about the risks of harm associated with use of products derived from Cannabis, including marijuana and hemp that claim to benefit health. TDH is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in urging Tennesseans to be aware of the risks associated with these products.

Among the risks cited in the new TDH Public Health and Safety Advisory are:

  • Marijuana is addictive. Approximately one in 11
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Warrior youth football dominates MTYFL regular season

Posted by | September 27, 2018 12:26 pm

Jojo Dowell looks for running room Saturday against Monterey.

The Warrior youth football team finished up its regular season in dominating fashion, going 6-0 against Smith County and Monterey.

The Pee-Wee Warriors finished up their regular season going 7-0, outscoring their opponents 201-28. They will open up their playoff run, at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 29, at Upperman High School.

The Junior Warriors wrapped up their season with the number two seed, going 5-2 on the season, and, right now, they are on a five-game winning streak. They will open up their playoff campaign at 1 p.m., against Smith County, at Upperman.

The Senior Warriors completed their season this past Saturday with a 7-0 record. The Senior Warriors … Read More


Volleyball team wins two straight to start the week

Posted by | September 27, 2018 12:19 pm

The young White County High School Warriorette volleyball team continues to grow with each match and is looking like they are starting to put it together at the right time.

The Warriorettes opened up their week winning two straight games against Clarkrange and Stone Memorial High School, on Monday and Tuesday nights.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes made quick work of Clarkrange, winning the match in straight sets. The Warriorettes would win the first set 25-21, and in the second set, they would win 25-10. Lauren Turner finished the night with four kills, and Hannah Kate Sims had three.

On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes traveled up to Stone … Read More


Warriors look to pick up a win following bye week

Posted by | September 27, 2018 12:11 pm

The Warriors travel to Shelbyville, on Friday night, looking for their first win of the season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The White County High School football team returns to action this Friday, after a week off, and will take on a solid Shelbyville football team.

WCHS comes into the game winless on the season, with a 0-5 record, but will look to start off the second half of their season on a positive note. A win this Friday will be well earned over a Shelbyville team that is 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in region play.

The Warriors and Golden Eagles have met 15 times on the gridiron, with the Golden Eagles holding a 14-1 record over the Warriors. The only Warriors’ win was in 2004 when … Read More


WCMS volleyball wins tournament

Posted by | September 27, 2018 12:10 pm

White Coumty Middle School volleyball team are winners.

The White County Middle School volleyball team took part in the annual Warren County tournament this past weekend. The Warriorettes dominated the competition, on Saturday, going 6-0 on the day and didn’t drop a set all day.

In the pool play portion of the tournament, the Warriorettes would pick up wins over Westwood one, Upperman, Algood, and Westwood two.

The Warriorettes would then play in their semifinal matchup against Algood. The Warriorettes would win that game 2-0 winning both sets 25-21.

In the championship game, the Warriorettes would have to face off against Upperman. The Warriorettes would pick up a win in the first set 25-21. However, in … Read More


WoodmenLife donates to Life Care

Posted by | September 27, 2018 10:19 am

WoodmenLife Chapter 1110 recently donated $150 to Life Care Center of Sparta’s Limited Memory Unit. They are creating a cookbook, with local Recipes, to raise money for the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association. The cookbooks will be available for purchase beginning in October. L-R: Bobby Sloan – WoodmenLife Representative, Shana Barnes, Shelia Jared, Carol Bowman, Hollie Walker, and Marcia Reel – all from Life Care Center of Sparta, and Tim Bumbalough, FIC – WoodmenLife financial representative.


Disruptive storm – the saga continues

Posted by | September 27, 2018 10:17 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace celebrated her long awaited 5th birthday, on I-40, fleeing Hurricane Florence with her mom. They spent the night in a Raleigh motel. The next few nights were spent with a friend, in Raleigh. On Sunday, Nahnee and Papa spent the day driving to Greensboro, where we met the displaced Wilmingtonians and returning to Bristol with Katie Grace.

After a week of kindergarten in Wilmington, K.G. was being uprooted and moved to a temporary kindergarten, in Tennessee. Her mom remained in North Carolina and returned to a house without power the next day. It took several hours to find a way … Read More


Hickey recognized at 2018 GFWC Annual Convention

Posted by | September 27, 2018 10:14 am

Sherry Hickey is president of the Sparta Woman’s Club (GFWC Tennessee) and immediate

past president of the Highland Rim District. She was the lucky winner of the “Making Headlines” prize at the recent 2018 GFWC Annual Convention, in St. Louis.

“I have been a member of the Sparta Woman’s Club since 2009,” said Hickey. “I was a member of the American Woman’s Club, in Aurora, Illinois, for 33 years before I moved. I served as president and other positions in my many years, in ABWA. When I moved to Sparta, there was no local chapter of this business club. I was looking for another club when I saw … Read More


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