Low-income assistance sign-ups

Posted by | September 19, 2018 8:04 am

Thursday, Sept. 27

Who: State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What: Help people apply for low-income assistance programs; people will be screened for assistance with their Medicare costs and food stamps benefits; applications will be filled out on-site for those who qualify

When: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: White County Public Library

Contact: 1-877-801-0044


Swindell reunion

Posted by | September 19, 2018 8:03 am

Saturday, Sept. 22

Who: Swindell family

What: Reunion (bring covered dish)
When: 11 a.m.-until

Where: Quebeck Community Center


Senior Companions fundraiser

Posted by | September 19, 2018 8:02 am

Senior Companions, of Van Buren County, will be hosting a fundraising dinner and auction, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Burritt College building. Meals will be served beginning at 4 p.m., with auction beginning at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Agees. (Vegetable soup or chili, crackers or cornbread, dessert, and drink, $5; hot dogs, $1.50; chili dogs, $3; desserts, $1.50; chips, 50 cents; drinks, $1; coffee, 50 cents)


Mt. Crest United Methodist Church

Posted by | September 19, 2018 8:01 am

Mt. Crest United Methodist Church is hosting a special event, on Sept. 22, 2018. There will be free lunch, bounce house, and bake sale. Events include: Wesley and Friends with Joyce Carroll, at 11:45 a.m.; children’s games, prizes, and crafts; pumpkin decoration; free children’s wellness kits; face painting; flu shots; bloodmobile; adults crafts. The community food bank will also be accepting non-perishable items for donation. Live music with On the Rock, at 10:30 a.m.; Tennessee Echoes, at 11:15 a.m.; Gilbert Family, at 12:45 p.m.; Tabernacle Big Band, at 1:45 p.m.



Billy Mac and Cheri Perform at Sept. 21 Sparta Green Market

Posted by | September 19, 2018 6:46 am

Sparta Green Market welcomes Billy Mac and Cheri as the featured performers at the Sparta Green Market, 4-7 p.m., Sept. 21, 2018, at Metcalf Pavilion on Liberty Square. Billy Mac is back at it again at The Sparta Green Market. This local singer/songwriter will fill your night with all of your favorite tunes from the 90’s to today from country, pop, rock and more. Plus he’ll bring the real talent in the family with his very special guest and lifetime partner in crime, his wife, Cheri.

The September Green Market will be the market for the first fall vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and meats grown and produced by … Read More


Tennessee National Guard helicopters arrive in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence Support

Posted by | September 19, 2018 6:40 am

Three Blackhawk helicopters from the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion arrived in North Carolina late yesterday to assist in the relief effort of Hurricane Florence. All three aircraft are equipped to conduct medical evacuation with rescue hoist capability, as well as transport medical patients, and supplies to those in remote areas.

“Our aircrews are some of the best I’ve had the privilege to work with in my entire Army career,” said Col. Joe Miller, State Aviation Officer for the Tennessee Army National Guard. “They get a lot of practice with missions in the Smoky Mountains and I’m confident they’ll provide top-notch support to the citizens of … Read More


Tennessee Tech Board approves two new academic programs

Posted by | September 19, 2018 6:34 am

Two new graduate-level academic programs were approved by the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees today, along with the appointment of an interim vice president for research and economic development, among other matters.

Two new graduate-level academic programs were approved by the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees today, along with the appointment of an interim vice president for research and economic development, among other matters.

New programs

The two new programs, a master’s in engineering management, and a doctorate in counseling and supervision, are both designed for adult learners to meet state and national workforce needs.

The master of science in engineering management is a fully online, interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by the College of Engineering and the College of Business. The degree is designed to provide early career engineering and related professionals with leadership and management knowledge and technical skills. … Read More


Convoy of Hope arrives in Cookeville to serve thousands

Posted by | September 19, 2018 6:32 am

$1 million in food, giveaways and services this Saturday

Convoy of Hope will stop in Cookeville, on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, to provide a day of kindness for local residents.

WHAT: A free event offering $1 million in goods and services including groceries, veteran services, haircuts, family portraits, job services, a kids zone, a hot meal and more.

While supplies last. All are welcome. No I.D. required.

WHY: Provides an opportunity for more than 1,000 local community volunteers to share kindness and tangible help with thousands of their neighbors and move the city forward with a lasting positive impact.

WHO: The Cookeville community, including … Read More



Ruby Katherine McCaleb

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:51 am

Ruby Katherine McCaleb, 84, passed away Sept. 14, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. McCaleb was born June 5, 1934, in Sparta, to George Howard Hudgens and Eunice L. Haston Hudgens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harley “Spud” McCaleb; daughter, Sandra Gail DeWitt; son, Larry McCaleb; granddaughter, Katherine “Kathy” Marie Osborn; and brother-in-law, Hugh Officer.

Survivors include her sons, Kenny McCaleb (Christy), Burt Reed (Rita); daughter, Judy Greenwood; sister, Dianna Officer; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and several great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral service was 10 a.m., Sept. 18, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in West Cemetery, in Putnam County.

Thurman Funeral Home


St. Andrew welcomes new pastor

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:35 am

St. Andrew Catholic Church would like to welcome its new pastor, Fr. John Patrick Day, C.P. to Sparta and White County. Fr. John Patrick comes to Sparta from the Immaculate Conception Church, in Clarksville.

Fr. Day was ordained, in 1972, as a Passionist priest and has worked in parishes most of his ministry. He spent 14 years serving in Japan, worked in parishes throughout the Midwest, and was a chaplain with the Illinois State Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as serving as a Navy chaplain.


Caney Fork Electric Cooperative sends assistance to North Carolina

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:32 am

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative sent eight lineworkers last week to Pee Dee EC in Rockingham, North Carolina, to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

The massive hurricane is causing widespread damage across much of the Atlantic seaboard, and Caney Fork Electric Cooperative crews will be in place to assist as soon as it is safe to work.

“This is a powerful storm, and the people of North Carolina have some tough days ahead,” said Bill Rogers, general manager of Caney Fork Electric Cooperative. “We are proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist. They will be working long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond … Read More



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