“Good-bye for now” in the minds of children

Posted by | October 25, 2018 9:15 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When his “memaw” died last spring, Will was 4 years old. Memaw was Will’s great-grandmother and the mother of a friend who shared the story with me. For as long as Will could remember, Memaw had been sick, and her illness was getting worse every day.

With the faith of a 4-year-old and wisdom much beyond his years, one day he declared, “I just wish Memaw didn’t have to suffer any more. I wish she could go on to heaven and be with Jesus.”

With tiny fingers, Will created a special card for her. With crayons, he drew pictures of things he … Read More


White County retired teachers visit Cumberland County Playhouse

Posted by | October 25, 2018 9:10 am

On Sept. 6, 2018, members of the White County Retired Teachers Association celebrated the birthday of their organization with an outing to Crossville where they enjoyed lunch at Forte’s Restaurant, followed by a presentation of Legally Blonde at Cumberland County Playhouse. Those attending (L-R) Donnie Farley, Mabel Moore, Hilda Holman, Lisa Yoder, Janet Vaughn Taylor, Elisabeth Brown, Judy Clemow , Kathy Bain, Susan Lafever, Linda Orr, and Glenora Milton.


The promise keeper – Part I

Posted by | October 25, 2018 9:09 am

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

When candidate Donald Trump was campaigning for the presidency in 2016, like most local, state, and national candidates seeking an election win, he made a lot of promises. In fact, he made some big promises, with the most noteworthy being his promise to Make America Great Again! Like the famous Revolutionary War phrase “Don’t Tread on Me, this promise resonated with the American people (the voting public) and resulted in a thundering crescendo of electoral college votes that swept him into the White House.

He promised # to lower income taxes (the number one promise of all … Read More


The left’s agenda for America: socialism

Posted by | October 25, 2018 8:58 am

Language of Liberty – By David Crowe

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” -Karl Marx

“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” -Joseph Stalin

“If our generation happens to be too weak to establish Socialism over the earth, we will hand the spotless banner down to our children … It is the struggle for the future of all mankind.” -Leon Trotsky

“We have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth … at a very … Read More


K9s receive vests

Posted by | October 25, 2018 8:53 am

Friends of White County Animals recently donated protective vests to the K9 officers at White County Sheriff Department. L-R: Sgt. James Blankenship with K9 Reno, Sheriff Steve Page, Deputy Steven Page with K9 Merica, Friends of White County Animals President Sharon Langford, Friends of White County Animals Vice President Rachael Robinson, and Deputy David Vance with K9 Delta.


Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors discusses new members

Posted by | October 25, 2018 8:34 am

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met Oct. 23 to discuss the results of the drive to obtain new members.

In 2017, the Chamber acquired 30 new members and raised $5,750. This year, they acquired 34 new members but only raised $5,300.

“It’s just different levels of membership,” said Rebecca Young, chairman of the Chamber board. “We will debate next year at the same time if we want to do it for one month or two.”

The board went on to discuss members that have been dropped this year. One of the members dropped was White County Health Department. The group did not seem worried about … Read More


Lochner turns 100

Posted by | October 25, 2018 8:29 am

Helen Lochner holds a photo as she looked in her younger days. Lochner was surprised with a 100th birthday party last month at Life Care Center of Sparta. (Photo by KIMBERLY LOCHNER)

On Sept. 29, 2018, the cafeteria at Life Care Center of Sparta was the location to celebrate a 100-year birthday for Helen Lochner, of Spencer. The party was a surprise, and guests anxiously awaited the guest of honor.

At 2 p.m., she was ushered into the cafeteria by her son, Frank Lochner, and her good friend, Joe Crosby. Originally from Arizona, she recently settled in Van Buren County with her son Frank and daughter-in-law Deb Lochner. … Read More


School resource officers attend basic training course in Cookeville

Posted by | October 25, 2018 8:10 am

Student resource officers have completed training to properly prepare them for their new positions. L-R: Scott O’Dell, David Grissom, Dustin Reels, Kenny Dobson, Wade Phillips, Sheriff Steve Page, Steve Turpin, and Allan Hale.

The six new school resource officers for White County attended a basic training course hosted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office during the recent fall break.

All resource officers are required to take a training course within the first year of taking the job. Sheriff Steve Page stated it was a benefit to his office that his resource officers were able to take the training course as early as they did.

Capt. Kenny Dobson, who did not take the training but instead attended a Student Resource Conference, in Gatlinburg, wanted to express his gratitude as well to Putnam County for hosting the training event.

Page explained that his … Read More




Ruth Payne

Posted by | October 24, 2018 7:03 pm

Ruth Payne, 79, of Sparta, passed away today at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Gobble Wobble

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:49 am

Saturday, Nov. 17

Who: Fellowship Renewed Church

What: Gobble Wobble, 1-mile run fun for all ages – (first place runner, best turkey costume, best decorated wagon or stroller) $5 per person entry fee – ages 10 and under are free

When: 9 a.m.

Where: 26 E. Maple St.

Contact: Register at fellowshiprenewed.com


Eastland breakfast

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:45 am

Saturday, Nov. 3

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits, pancakes on request); $7 for adults, $3 for children age 12 and under

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire Station #1, 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd.

Contact: For deliveries call (931) 935-8200


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