Sue Howell Sherod

Posted by | September 4, 2018 7:55 am

Sue Howell Sherod, 81 of Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Halifax Hospice, in Daytona, Florida.

Mrs. Sherod was born April 22, 1937, in Sparta. She was the youngest and last surviving child of 13 born to Robert Gaither Howell and Mary Lue Carter Howell.

She was a former waitress and worked as a carhop when she met her husband. Sue retired as a machine operator for a paper bag manufacturer. She loved to travel to Las Vegas, play bingo at home, and was a talented cook.

Surviving family members include her husband of 57 years Roger H. Sherod, of Ormond … Read More


Doyle College research project

Posted by | September 4, 2018 7:43 am

By Landon D. Medley

There is more Doyle College than just it being a school. Following the Civil War, the family of Stephen and Philena Gilbert Miller moved to Van Buren County. They claimed land from the estate of Hiram Gilbert Sr. They lived on land that is was near Fall Creek Falls State Park. Hiram Gilbert Sr.’s land deeds can be found in White County land deed records. Gilbert’s children were given land with conditions that they had to live on it for so many years.  Stephen’s son, Charles G. Miller, was born April 11, 1842, NY, died Oct. 13, 1908. He married Margaret Agee. After Charles … Read More



Sports Bulletin Board

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:57 am

WCMS sixth grade tryouts

The White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams will have tryouts for both the boys and girls teams this week. The WCMS sixth grade girls will have tryouts 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 5 and Sept 6. The WCMS boys will have tryouts 4:30-6 p.m., Sept. 6, and 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 7.

Sparta-White County Little League Meeting

The Sparta-White County Little League will have its first meeting for the new year at 6 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Building. This meeting will be to elect new officers for the 2019 season.


WCHS volleyball records its first district win of the season

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:54 am

Gracie Geer serves the ball for the Warriorettes against Warren County, on Thursday afternoon. Geer helped the Warriorettes pick up their first district win of the season.

The White County High School volleyball team picked up its first district win of the season, on Thursday night, when they traveled to McMinnville to take on the Lady Pioneers of Warren County High School.

The match came down to the fifth and final set before the winner could be decided. The Warriorettes trailed the Lady Pioneers 2-1, and, with their backs against the wall, the   Warriorettes would win the final two sets to pick up the win.

Warren County would … Read More


Warriorette golf team finishes in second place at Red Raider Classic

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:51 am

The White County High School Warriorettes brought home a second-place trophy this past Wednesday after competing in the Red Raider Classic. Members of the Warriorettes include (L-R) Morgan Quick, Ansley Phifer, and Makenzie Morton.

The White County High School golfers traveled to Coffee County, on Wednesday, to compete in the Red Raider Classic held at Willowbrook.

The Warriorettes came away with a second-place finish in the event, finishing seven strokes behind first-place Tullahoma High School.

The Warriorettes carded a 162 led by Makenzie Morton. Morton would finish her day with a 76, which was good enough for third place in the tournament. Morgan Quick followed that score up with an 86. Ansley Phifer would also play and shot a 100.

The Warriors finished their day with a team score of 342. Tyson Welch came in with the low score for the Warriors … Read More


Warriors suffer third straight loss

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:49 am

Sedryk Leftwich throws a pass in a game from earlier this season.

The Warriors failed to break into the win column when they traveled to Spring Hill, on Friday night, to take on the Summit High School Spartans. The Spartans handed the Warriors their first region loss of the season by a final score of 48-0.

The Spartans would score on every possession they had in the first half, scoring six times to take a 42-0 lead at the half.

The Spartans would finish the game with 395 yards of total offense. They would have 344 yards rushing and 50 yards passing. The Warriors would finish the game … Read More


WCMS football takes down Franklin County South

Posted by | September 3, 2018 8:03 am

White County Middle School Warriors want to thank Luna and Son Tire, Jeff’s Body Shop, and Frasier Properties for chartering the Warriors to and from Franklin County this week. The Warriors defeated North Franklin 40-12 and will have their first home game at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 4, at Dee Harris Field vs. Tullahoma.

The White County Middle football team picked up its first win of the season, on Aug. 28, when they traveled to Winchester to take on the Gators of North Franklin Middle School. The Warriors won the game by a final score of 40-12.

The Gators would receive the opening kick-off and drive the ball down to the Warriors’ two-yard line. The Warriors’ defense would hang strong and keep the Gators out of the end zone.

The Warriors would take over the ball, and, on their second play of the drive, Malaki Dowell would find a seam and take the ball 98 yards for the touchdown to get the … Read More


Officials take oaths of office

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:58 am

It was standing room only at the swearing in of White County elected officials, on Aug 31, 2018. Denny Wayne Robinson, county executive, swore in newly elected commissioners, as well as those who had been re-elected, as their families watched. Pictured above is Robinson with the 14-member county legislative body: Andy Haston, Cain Rogers, Terry Alley, T.K. Austin, Lonnie Crouch, Robert McCormick, Lanny Selby, Dakota White, Dale Bennett, Dillard Quick, Lee Broyles, Roger Mason Jr., Bobby McCulley, and Stanley Neal. Others who took their oaths of office included Sasha Lee Gray Wilson (county clerk), Steve Page (sheriff), Kathryn Passons Adcock (trustee), Clay Parker (highway superintendent), Martha Bumbalough (register

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Feeding what will never feed us

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:53 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When we think of a runaway, we tend to think of a young person who has run away from home or maybe an out-of-control vehicle, an unsettled bride or groom, or an unmanned train. All of these are accurate assessments, but there is one common thread connecting them all and that is “home.” Whether it is a mechanical object or an individual, I’m convinced all the runaway really wants is to go home.

The train car is secure when it’s connected to the locomotive. The bride wants to be loved, and the teen longs for a home. I also think some of … Read More


Pet therapy expands at CRMC

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:52 am

Clockwise from top left: Jim Mitchell, Charlene Gregory with Hershey, Sarah Watts with Buddy, Cheryl Polite, Bonnie Stoner with Sookie, MaryDell Sommers, Kimberly Roberts with Jophiel, CRMC Foundation Director John Bell, Iris Underwood with Piper, Charlie Mays, CRMC Chief Nursing Officer Scott Lethi, Nikki Panter with Sadie and Theresa Pugh-Godsey with Bella.

The pet therapy program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center has expanded allowing therapy dogs and their handlers to now visit patients on additional floors.

“The Pet Therapy program began at Cookeville Regional in November of 2006 and has been warmly received,” said MaryDell Sommers, creator of the pet therapy program. “When we began 12 years ago, we visited patients at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center and the Cancer Center. Now, we are able to see patients on the fourth, fifth and sixth floor of the North Tower as well as pediatric patients. It is wonderful.”

This program helps patients and staff experiences the magic of pet therapy. The Mayo … Read More


Is America’s moral compass pointing us in the right direction?

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:49 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Perhaps the more accurate question would be: Did America really have a good moral compass in the first place? I believe we did. We can look back at our history and actually be appalled at the behavior of some of our leaders and the people who lived in specific time periods and excuse such actions, laws, and acceptance the same way we excuse ourselves when we’ve made mistakes in the past. We have all made decisions that we later regret because we know things in the present that we may not have known at the time of our actions. The same reasoning … Read More


Hemp dispensary opens in Sparta

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:47 am

Called the new wonder drug, cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the hemp plant. The common misconception is that it contains tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. It contains no more than 0.3 of THC on a dry weight product. CBD has been known to act as a pain reliever in cases from chronic pain to cancer.

After the case in Murfreesboro, called Operation Candy Crush, in which several stores were closed and the owners indicted, people have been confused as to whether it is legal to sell CBD, much less consume it. Addam Frazier, owner of Green Werks CBD and Hemp Supply, in Sparta, said … Read More


Tourism has significant financial impact on White County

Posted by | September 3, 2018 7:43 am

Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent from 2016 setting a new record, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Visitors spent a total $22.18 million, in White County in 2017, a 7.1 percent increase form 2016. A total of $1.36 million in state (5.9 percent increase), and $1.05 million in local (5.2 percent increase) were generated in local tax revenues. A total of 87 people are employed in tourism-related fields, in White County.

“We have made a concerted effort now for three years to bring people to this area,” said Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County … Read More


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