Farming community comes together to help in time of need

Posted by | June 6, 2019 10:16 am

By Rachel Auberger

Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, but the people of White County have always taken that a little farther and have created a community known for its willingness to help a neighbor in their time of need.

Memorial Day weekend 2019 was the most recent of those occasions where the “community” was put to the test and rose to shine.

On May 26, Tracey Tollison, who works for Carlen Carter as together they farm land throughout the county, was injured in an accident involving a tractor. The accident, while not fatal, was tragic and sent Tollison to Erlanger and left Carter with a lot … Read More

Full commission will now vote on tax referendum

Posted by | June 6, 2019 10:11 am

By Rachel Auberger

White County Commission’s Steering Committee B passed a resolution Monday night that would authorize a levy of additional sales and use tax throughout the county. The city has already passed a similar resolution.

The resolution will now be heard in front of the full commission. If the commission approves the resolution, the entire population of White County will have an opportunity to vote on the tax hike. If they do not approve it, only residents within the city limits will have the opportunity to vote on the measure.

If the resolution is approved by the full court, Steering Committee B set the election to coincide … Read More

Doyle Nazarene homecoming

Posted by | June 6, 2019 9:35 am

Doyle Church of the Nazarene homecoming will be Sunday, June 9. Worship service will begin at 11 a.m., with former pastor Richard Wagoner as the guest speaker. Lunch will be at noon, with singing in the afternoon featuring the Singing Believers. Everyone is invited.

WCHS Band car wash

Posted by | June 6, 2019 8:47 am

Saturday, June 8

Who: White County High School Marching Band

What: Free car wash (donations accepted)

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Auto Zone and White County High School


Doug Goff is new police chief for City of Sparta

Posted by | June 5, 2019 5:22 pm

Doug Goff has just been selected as the new police chief for City of Sparta. Goff was named chief during tonight’s Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, which is still in progress at this time. He is pictured addressing the board after the official announcement.

Carr indicted for financial exploitation of vulnerable adults

Posted by | June 4, 2019 4:04 pm

Release Date – June 4, 2019: According to information received from the office of District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, in January 2019, a report of possible financial exploitation was reviewed by the VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigative Team). Criminal Investigators with the district attorney general’s Office initiated an investigation into the report that Cynthia Renae Carr, a former house manager for a homecare-giving agency was financially exploiting some of the residents. Carr was allegedly stealing money from elderly and vulnerable adult residents of the group home facility. As the investigation progressed, investigators obtained evidence that was presented to the Putnam County Grand Jury.

On Monday, June 3, … Read More

City board meets Wednesday – will hire new police chief, administrator

Posted by | June 4, 2019 3:58 pm

Allen Selby, of Sparta (one of three finalists for Sparta chief of police)

Doug Goff, of Sparta (one of three finalists for Sparta chief of police)

Mark Rohloff, of Wisconsin (one of three finalists for Sparta chief of police)

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will face a rather lengthy agenda during its June 5 meeting. Of particular interest will be the hiring recommendations for police chief and for city administrator. Interviews were conducted Tuesday, June 4.



Meeting: 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 5

Meeting has been rescheduled from Thursday, June 6, because of the Kellie Jolly Harper Welcome Home Read More

Sparta hosting welcome home event for Kellie Jolly Harper

Posted by | June 4, 2019 11:28 am

KNOXVILLE, TN - Head Coach Kellie Harper of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers portrait in Knoxville, TN. (Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics)

U.T. Athletics – The City of Sparta, White County, and the Sparta-White Chamber of Commerce are hosting a “Welcome Home” celebration for local native Kellie Jolly Harper, on June 6, at the White County High School gymnasium.

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department is excited to be part of the festivities and will add a Big Orange element to the evening by making it one of its stops on the Summer of Smokey tour. Admission is free.

The event will salute the new Lady Vol head basketball coach, who hails from Sparta and is a 1995 graduate of WCHS and a 1999 graduate of UT.

Doors open at … Read More

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