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

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

Ravenscroft Church pastor appreciation

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:45 am

Sunday, Oct. 28

Who: Ravenscroft Church of God

What: Pastor appreciation, recognizing Kenneth Peters’ 25 years of service

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Featured singers: The Cooper Family; other special singers include Bubba Johnson, Penny Roberts, and many other friends; please bring a covered dish)

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 808-2946

Plainview Church singing

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:44 am

Saturday, Oct. 27

Who: Plainview Free Will Baptist Church

What: Featured singers: Midnight Cry

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Church, 649 Will Thompson Rd.

Cassville breakfast

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 27

Who: Cassville Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, ham, bacon, fried potatoes, orange juice, milk, coffee) $7 for adults, $5 children

When: 6-10 a.m.
Where: Fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane

Contact: (931) 761-2476 (will deliver for orders of five or more)

Market Facilitation Program

Posted by | October 24, 2018 9:42 am

The USDA, Farm Service Agency, has announced the Market Facilitation Program. MFP provides direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy, and hog producers meet the cost of disrupted markets, and is in response to trade damage caused from unjustified retaliation by foreign markets. A payment will be issued for 50% of the producer’s total production of the commodity. A second payment rate, if applicable, will be announced around December 3rd.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2019.

For more information please call the White/Putnam/Van Buren Farm Service Agency office at (931) 738-7822 or visit us at 749 Millers Point Rd, Sparta

Harold Gordon Carter

Posted by | October 24, 2018 7:52 am

Harold Gordon Carter, 80, a McMinnville resident and White County native, passed away Oct. 22, 2018, at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Carter was born Aug. 18, 1938, to Casto Carter and Gladys Delong Carter.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired self-employed backhoe operator, and a member of Victory Free Will Baptist Church.

Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Billy, J.C., and Leroy Carter; and sisters, Geneva McPeak and Barbara Adcock.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Todd and Judy Carter, of McMinnville, Toby and Jennifer Carter, of Beersheba Springs, Pam and Allen Robinson, of Hermitage, Stacey … Read More

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