Pioneer Day

Posted by | April 5, 2019 8:58 am

Learn about pioneer life during the first History Hike of the year April 13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Cookeville History Museum, 40 E. Broad St. This free, fun and educational activity features hands-on stations and demonstrations, including butter making, quill writing, washboard laundry, soap carving, weaving and animal pelts. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a Lazy Cow Creamery gift card. History Hikes continue the second Saturday of each month through October. Each month has a different theme. For more information, call (931) 520-5455.

Boats are back

Posted by | April 5, 2019 8:54 am

Enjoy the sights of spring on a paddleboat, kayak or canoe at Cane Creek Park beginning April 6 on Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m. through Memorial Day at 201 C C Camp Road. (They’re available daily during the summer season.) Paddleboats are $4 per half hour; kayaks, $6-$8 per hour; and canoes, $8 per hour. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket, which is provided. For more information, call 520-4386.

Celebrating nursing

Posted by | April 5, 2019 8:52 am

Cookeville History Museum’s new exhibit, “Celebrating Nursing in the Upper Cumberland,” continues through May 11 at 40 E. Broad St. This exhibit celebrates the hard work and dedication of area nursing professionals. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Storytelling workshops

Posted by | April 5, 2019 8:51 am

For adults and kids

This year’s Storyfest in the Park is offering something new – storytelling workshops on May 3 (the day before Storyfest) for adults and children. Storyteller Connie Regan-Blake is offering two workshops for adults from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. Sessions are $25 each or $40 for both. Call the Cookeville History Museum at (931) 520-5455 or register at the link below. For the kids, storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin will offer two sessions at the same location – 4:15-5 p.m. for little ones (which will be more of a show) and 5:15-6 p.m. for ages 9 and up. These … Read More


Posted by | April 5, 2019 8:49 am

Here’s a chance to brag on your dog. Leisure Services is seeking Top Dog photos for display during the 10th annual Dogapalooza on April 27. Send photos to by April 24, along with your name, your dog’s name and breed, and a brief description (two to three sentences) of why your dog is Top Dog to you. Photos may also be posted on the Cookeville Leisure Services Department Facebook page on our pinned Top Dog post. Dogapalooza is a free event from 1-4 p.m. at Dogwood Park for dogs and the people who love them. It features an off-leash play area, pet-related booths, adoptable pets and a … Read More

WCHS Warriorettes fall to Upperman, win against Stone

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:45 pm

The Warriorettes faced off against Upperman and Stone Memorial on Monday and Tuesday nights, earning different results in each contest.

In Monday’s game versus the Lady Bees, the Warriorettes were unable to gain an edge in what was a well-pitched game that they lost by the score of 1-0. They were able to turn things around in Tuesday’s matchup in which their offense was kick started en route to a 16-1 dismantling of the Lady Panthers.

Offense was hard to come by when the Warriorettes took on Upperman. With only nine hits between both teams, pitchers took control in the tightly contested battle. The girls faced very few … Read More

WCMS soccer loses to North Middle

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:41 pm

On April 2, the White County Middle School Warriors could not stop the offensive power of the North Middle team from Franklin County.  North scored the first two goals of the first half and led 2-0 at the break.  The North team came out of the break and proceeded to show their soccer strength, scoring six more goals in the second half to seal the game and win for the North team.

WCMS Warriors drop doubleheader to North Middle

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:35 pm

In a game one of a doubleheader versus North Middle from Franklin County, the White County Middle School Warriors fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 12-1 loss to North, on April 1. North took the lead on a wild pitch in the first inning. The WCMS Warriors struggled to contain the high-powered offense of North, giving up 12 runs.

North got on the board in the first inning. An error scored one run for North.  North scored four runs in the fourth inning. North scored its runs on a grand slam by Miller.

Miller toed the rubber for North. He lasted six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing six … Read More

WCHS tennis team splits pair against Covenant and Cookeville

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:33 pm

Macey Tollison vs. Covenant Academy

On April 1 and April 2, the White County High School tennis team split matches with Covenant Academy and Cookeville.

Against Covenant, the Sparta girls, as a team, won seven matches to one.

Nautica Brown (8-6), Emma Stewart (8-2), Raylee Colwell (8-5), Jordana Gilley (8-2) wins in singles; Macey Tollison and Nautica Brown won 8-0; Stewart and Colwell won 8-2; and Gilley and Jasalyn Cole won (8-1) in doubles.

On the boys’ side, the team lost with a 4-8 total.  Austin Burchett won 9-8 in a 7-4 tiebreaker; Jake Colwell and Aaron White also won their singles matches (8-2); and Max Bouldin and … Read More

WCHS baseball team shows support for Autism Awareness Month

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:29 pm

The United States recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month. This designation aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism face every day. To highlight the growing need for acceptance and awareness about autism, the White County High School Warrior baseball team sported blue puzzle-piece ribbon stickers during the WCHS versus Cookeville game, on April 1. Stickers were made by Pieces with Purpose, in Carrollton, Ohio, where team member Zachary Burrier is from. Pieces with Purpose employs individuals with special needs to give them the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends. (Photo by DANIELLE BURRIER)

White County Middle School softball takes two games from North Middle

Posted by | April 4, 2019 2:27 pm

In game one, the White County Middle School Warriorettes stole the lead late and defeated North Middle 7-6, on April 2. The game was tied at five, with White County batting in the bottom of the fourth when Alyssa Fox grounded out, scoring one run.

North Middle scored four runs in the first inning, but White County still managed to pull out the victory. The big inning for North Middle came thanks to singles by Powers and Rogers and a walk by Morris.

North Middle opened up scoring in the first inning. Powers drove in two when she singled.  White County evened things up at five in the … Read More

Lighthouse Church

Posted by | April 4, 2019 12:34 pm

Sunday and Monday, April 7 and 8

Who: Lighthouse Church

What: Services with Gerald Crabb as featured singer as well as delivering the message both days

When: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., April 7, and 7 p.m., April 8

Where: Lighthouse Church, 7450 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta

Legislative wrap-up

Posted by | April 4, 2019 8:17 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

House Republicans focus on education

House Republicans continue their commitment to Tennessee’s future leaders so they are better prepared for success. This commitment includes an $11.3 billion total investment for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Additionally, $6.5 billion will directly benefit K-12 education in our public schools. Our K-12 investment allocates $71 million in teacher salaries, $46 million to fully fund the state’s Basic Education Program (BEP), and another $40 million to help secure our schools.

Additionally, several of the Governor’s education initiatives continue to move through the committee process in the House. They include:

  • House Bill 947: Provides a new investment in school safety
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Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 4, 2019 8:14 am

State Senator Paul Bailey

By State Senator Paul Bailey

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 1, 2019 –  Final Senate approval was given to several key bills in Gov. Bill Lee’s legislative package this past week on a wide range of issues from attacking Tennessee’s deadliest illegal drug to providing students with more work-based and apprentice opportunities, giving them a jumpstart on a high-demand career.  Other measures passed by the Senate include criminal justice reform legislation and bills to increase the supplement provided to police and firefighters for in-service training and to provide tax fairness to small business owners who operate a gym.  I supported all of these bills.

Before looking at the details of … Read More

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