Looking back at top stories of 2018

Posted by | December 31, 2018 9:37 am

Numerous stories garnered the public’s attention during 2018. The following is a synopsis of those top stories.

  1. Shooting victim located in White County; suspect at large, considered armed and dangerous

According to a press release issued Dec. 2, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office investigated a shooting that occurred around 10 p.m., Nov. 30, 2018, at a residence on Bunker Hill Road near the White County line.  Deputies from Putnam and White counties responded to a residence, in White County, where a shooting victim was located. The victim was identified as a 26-year-old White County man. He was transported by ambulance to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and later transferred to … Read More


White County’s economic outlook looking good for 2019

Posted by | December 31, 2018 9:33 am

According to a recent report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Growth at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, on the heels of very strong growth, in 2018, experts project that Tennessee and the U.S. will see sustained economic growth, in 2019, with the potential that growth could slow as the economy confronts tightening labor markets and rising interest rates.

Over the past year, White County has seen an upward movement in economic growth. According to White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, this is expected to remain the same throughout 2019. Robinson stated the county will continue to work toward attracting new businesses, especially new retail … Read More


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint – White County

Posted by | December 31, 2018 6:58 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on January 6th, 2019 through January 12th 2019, on US HWY 70, in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.



Warriorettes win the 29th annual Sunshine Classic

Posted by | December 29, 2018 3:39 pm

The Warriorettes pull ahead in the forth quarter to win the 29th annual Sunshine Classic. The Warriorettes trailed by two heading into the final quarter of play, but were able to come from behind to pick up the 45-39 win over Pulaski County High School. Kendreah Reeves led the Warriorettes with 12 points and Mia Murray chipped in 11 points. After the tournament, Mia Murray, Julia Curtis, and Kendreah Reeves were all named to the all-tournament team. Gracie Dodgen was named the MVP of the Tournament.

With the championship win, the Warriorettes move to 16-0 on the season.




Warriors pull out their second win in Florida

Posted by | December 29, 2018 2:05 pm

The Warriors picked up their second win in Florida with a 66-61 win over Elizabethton. The Warriors were led by Grant Slatten who finished with 18 points. Masyn Winningham (11) and David Kinser (15) also finished in double figures.





Judy Ann McCormick

Posted by | December 29, 2018 12:19 pm

Judy Ann McCormick, 75, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 28, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Tazwell, the daughter of Perry Whitaker and Alfa England.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Shelia Jones Richardson

Posted by | December 29, 2018 11:00 am

Shelia Jones Richardson, 52, of Walling, passed away Dec. 22, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Richardson was born Feb. 10, 1966, in Sparta, the daughter of Herchel “Doug” Jones and Joyce Judd Jones.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Survivors include her husband, Terry “Rooster” Richardson; father, Herchel “Doug” Jones, of Sparta; two children, Bobbi Presley and husband Elvis, of Sparta; Austin Harris, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Ariella Harris, Jackson Harris, both of Sparta; two sisters, Cheryl Bennett and husband Don, of Sparta, Connie Manson and husband Bruce, of Guelph, Ontario; one brother, Mark Jones and wife Grace, of Sparta; her beloved pets, Oscar and Hank; … Read More


Ruby Dianne Frasier Marion

Posted by | December 29, 2018 10:58 am

Ruby Dianne Frasier Marion, 71, passed away peacefully Dec. 24, 2018, losing her battle with cancer.

Mrs. Marion was born July 3, 1947, in Sparta, to Ruby Ilene Bumbalough and Albert Frank Frasier.

She married Michael K. Marion, on Feb. 26, 1966, and had five children. She loved to knit, crochet, sew, read books, work in the garden, and go camping. For many years Dianne worked at White Tower, in Dayton, Ohio. After she divorced, she moved back to Sparta, Tennessee, to help with her ailing father, Albert. When Mrs. Marion was failing in her own health, she moved back to Dayton, Ohio, with her daughter, Tammy, where … Read More


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