Sudden storm provides spectacular light show for Spencer residents

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:03 am

By Tony Mitchell

A sudden storm splashed through Fall Creek Falls State Park campgrounds around 11 p.m., July 20, and continued well into the morning. It surprised and stranded some campers.

“Our tent wasn’t even finished,” said Eric Lester, who then sought shelter in the pavilions and restrooms, eventually finding a room for the night at Mitchell Manor.

Other campers reported having three inches of water in their tents because of the downhill flow.

“We were stuck under a shelter till after midnight,” said Adam Aldridge.

Lee Vause stated, “My grandson had a canopy set up, and the downdraft just slammed it to the ground.”

The clamor brought … Read More

Spencer-Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is growing

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:00 am

ARETE Fine Chocolate is just one of several new businesses to open within the past year, in Van Buren County.

By Tony Mitchell

The Van Buren County Chamber of Commerce met July 19 for its monthly meeting.

Nine members were present to discuss various aspects of the community. New members David and Leslie Senk, owners of ARETE Fine Chocolate, were welcomed and brought fresh ideas to the get-together. This will be the first chocolate maker and chocolatier to open in Spencer and Van Buren County. David Senk teaches, “Chocolate makers buy cocoa beans and turn it into finished chocolate. Chocolatiers buy finished chocolate and turn it into bon-bons, trufles, and other chocolate treats.” They plan to open in September.

Diann Goney introduced the need for more local entertainment … Read More

Summer in full swing at golf course

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:58 am

Van Buren Eagles test their golf skills before going to work. Pictured are Mason Simmons, Dakota Lancaster, and Logan Young

By Hansel Moore

When people think golf, in Middle Tennessee, they don’t always think of Van Buren County, or specifically Fall Creek Falls golf course.

If anyone hasn’t visited these beautiful rolling fairways of the mountain in a while, then pack your clubs and take a trip. The manicured, lush challenges that make up this gem of a course in the heart of Fall Creek Falls State Park are a part of the lure of this outdoor attraction.

There are angles, sand, and water hazards to make each hole a bit more memorable than the next.   The grounds crews have been attentive to each blade of grass, and … Read More

Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr.

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:47 am

Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr., 70, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nickerson was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Nickerson and Virginia Peterson Nickerson.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilma Charlene McBride

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:43 am

Wilma Charlene McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her home.

Born April 25, 1939, in Sparta, she was the daughter of Claude Johnson and Gertrude Wallace Johnson.

She was a member of Findlay Church of Christ.

Mrs. McBride was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert (Bob) McBride; brothers, Kenneth Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Charles Johnson, Albert Johnson, Alfred Johnson; and sisters, Della Franks and Jo Marie Johnson.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Greene (Eston), of Sparta; son, Robert A. McBride, of Madison; grandson, Brad Greene (Megan), of Sparta; granddaughter, Melanie Banker (Adam), of Sparta; granddaughter, Ashley Greene, of Sparta; grandson, Kevin McBride, … Read More

Lucille Hyder Dodson

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:37 am

Lucille Hyder Dodson, 98, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Alive Hospice, in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Dodson was born June 30, 1920, in Putnam County, to Albert Hyder and Cora West Hyder.

She was a former shirt factory worker and a retired florist.

Mrs. Dodson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Edward “Bill Ed” Dodson; son, Merrell Edd Dodson; brother, Lewis Hyder; and sisters, Mertie Bartlett, Mildred Swearingen, Ruby Grissom, Doris Vickers.

Survivors include her son, Meldon Dodson and wife Judy, of Doyle, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., July 29, 2018, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family … Read More

BASF volunteers plant flowers to spruce up Sparta streets

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:18 am

BASF employee Michael Carter recently volunteered time to help beautify streets in Sparta.

Pictured from the left are BASF employees Brooke Gunter, Frank Gunter, David Ballinger, Kaulay Gunter, Jerry Bumbalough, Kenneth Temple, Shawn Mihelic, Beverly Justice, Della Wilson, Scott Keylon, Stacey Prater, Darrin Norris Henrik Olson, Dustin Brock, Chad Pryor, Kenneth Cooksey, Karissa Temple. Not pictured are Jerry Bishop, Doug Vandermyde, Diane Trombley, and Hilda Cantrell

Pictured from left are BASF employees Brad Daniel, Jacques Philippe, Nicholas Young, Brad Lewis, Tracy Dover, Stan Kinnard, Dale Officer, Jody Presley, Chris Bumbalough, Michael Carter, Andy Schmitt, Michael Akehinmi and Steve Payne. Not pictured are Chad Pryor, Kenneth Temple, and Hilda

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One dead after woman crashes into White County ambulance

Posted by | July 28, 2018 7:55 am

A 63-year-old woman is facing numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, after a crash involving an ambulance occurred July 26.

According to information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, at approximately 4:45 p.m., on July 26, 2018, Carol Simpson, 63, was driving a 2014 Dodge Caravan and was crossing US 70S, in Warren County, when she struck the driver’s door of a White County ambulance. The ambulance spun out of control and struck a guardrail and then overturned on its top in the westbound lane. The Dodge Caravan came to a final rest near the point of impact.

John Hurd, 41, of White County Emergency Medical Service who was an … Read More

Spencer Elementary School has new captain at the helm this year

Posted by | July 27, 2018 7:55 am

Amanda Binkley, new assistant principal at Spencer Elementary School (left), and Donna Nell Grissom (right), new principal at Spencer Elementary, are ready to greet their students for the upcoming year.

By Hansel Moore

Donna Nell Grissom has dedicated her career for 24 years to developing young minds.

For a majority of those years, she was the Gateway teacher as Spencer Elementary kindergartners began their educational path through the Van Buren County school system.

This year brings a whole new set of adventures for Grissom. She will be leading the team of educators and support persons through the upcoming school year as the new principal.

“Now I get to watch all of the students develop and grow, where before I was just in my kindergarten world,” said Grissom.

As a 1974 graduate of Van Buren County High School, she … Read More

Early voting in progress

Posted by | July 27, 2018 6:21 am

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

White County ambulance involved in Warren County crash

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:55 pm

According to information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a White County ambulance has been involved in a crash, in Warren County. Complete details are not yet available. SpartaLive will post the information and photos as soon as they are available.

Wilma McBride

Posted by | July 26, 2018 3:14 pm

Wilma McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sandi Renee Taylor

Posted by | July 26, 2018 3:11 pm

Sandi Renee Taylor, 47, of Smithville, passed away July 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 12, 1971, in Nashville.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Children and parents alike enjoy Water Fun Day at White County Library

Posted by | July 26, 2018 2:58 pm

Library staff L to R: Dana Gorter, Children’s Librarian; Michael C. Hale, White County Public Library Assistant Director; Cathy Farley, White County Public Library Director

Patrons stand in line for sno-cones from Mountain Sno

Kids have fun squirting each other with water guns

Even the parents got in on some of the fun

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit

Posted by | July 26, 2018 2:11 pm

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit, 64, of Quebeck, passed away July 24, 2018, at her residence.

Ms. Pettit was a twin daughter born Feb. 13, 1954, in Putnam County, to Auman Claston Hill and Frona Louetta Hawkins Hill.

She was a caregiver for Retire at Home.

Ms. Pettit was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, brothers David Hill and Glenn Hill.

Survivors include her son, Matthew (Tiffany) Pettit; grandchildren, Serenity Pettit, Graclynn Pettit, Joe Dillon Pettit, Brison Parks; brother, George A. Hill; six sisters, Andrea Faye Horton, Joanna (Richard) Wood, Betty Carolyn Howell, twin sister Brenda Sue (Jim) Bryant, Connie Joy Beltz, Dorene (Bruce) Howard; and … Read More

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