Barn and family raising

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:01 am

By Ashley Wiles

We’re building a pole-barn style garage behind our house.  It’s the biggest do-it-yourself project we’ve ever undertaken (and we’ve had quite a few).  In preparation we’ve consulted with the best DIYers who have completed similar projects and we’ve checked out every relevant book we could find from the library.  Topher has labored over plans, we’ve made adjustments, and we can visualize what great this addition will be to our property.  It will give us a place to park our vehicles, a workshop in which the boys can build and tinker, a patio on the end where we can entertain our friends and family, and a … Read More

Taking the bad with the good

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:00 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Some of my best friends are docs – MDs, DOs, PhDs… even dentists. Having made that clarification I must confess, along with many of you, I do not enjoy going to the doctor’s office…especially, the dentist’s office. My dentist is a great guy. I really like him, but I am terrified when I hear a drill that is headed toward my mouth and try to blink out that zillion-lumens light shining in my face. Sorry, Dr. Willis, just being honest!

My first encounter with a dentist may have set the stage for the drama that has followed me the rest of my … Read More

BonDeCroft Head Start will be taking applications April 25

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:58 am

On Feb. 28, 2019, the children at BonDeCroft Head Start shared snacks with their grandparents and other family members. They all were served blueberry muffins, peaches, and milk. The visit was enjoyed by all that attended. Registration for the 2019/2020 school year at LBJ&C Head Start is 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 25, at BonDeCroft Head Start. LBJ&C Head Start provides a free comprehensive child development services to all children who are 3-5 years of age, including children with disabilities, in a full-day program. For more information please contact Lisa at (931) 935-8420.

Legislative wrap-up

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:47 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

Lawmakers Pass Legislation  Creating Balance Within Community Oversight Boards

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and House Republicans have passed House Bill 658, which will create balance within community oversight boards across Tennessee.

House Bill 658 balances both the interests of our citizens to voice their opinion while also protecting the fundamental rights of police officers and their families from malicious or politically focused persecution.

Community oversight boards have existed since the 1950s, and there are presently no guidelines outlined in Tennessee state law that defines how they are created, who can serve on them, and what their specific function is. This measure provides much needed structure to all … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:44 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

(NASHVILLE), March 15, 2019 – The General Assembly is now at the midpoint of our 2019 legislative session and we are moving at full steam. Senate Committees worked diligently this week, advancing several bills which continue the General Assembly’s ongoing efforts to protect elderly and vulnerable adults.   Senate Bill 1039, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, increases penalties for the most dangerous crimes involving elder abuse.  The legislation is part of a series of bills passed by lawmakers over the last several years with the support of the state’s district attorneys general.

It is hard to believe anyone would harm a senior citizens are … Read More

WoodmenLife donates flags

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:42 am

(Above) On behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 1110, Tim Bumbalough recently presented the Sparta-White County Senior Center with a new U.S. flag. Shown accepting the flag is Edna Daniels. (Below) WoodmenLife Chapter 1110 recently donated a new U.S. flag with a wall mount for the Spencer Police Department. Chief Michael Brock accepted the flag from Tim Bumbalough, financial representative WoodmenLife.

St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser benefits Sparta-White County Rescue Squad

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:31 am

L-R: Bill Loos, event organizer, and Jessica Upchurch, owner of Happy Trails Brewing Co., present $580 in donations to Ray Brown, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.

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A first-time community event was held March 17 at Happy Trails Brewing Co. –  a St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraiser.

Jessica Upchurch, Happy Trails Brewing Co. owner, and event organizer Bill Loos present $580 in donations to Ray Brown, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.

Special thanks to the several cooks who prepared and donated the flavorful meals. Much appreciation also goes to the several families who gathered and supported this event, while donating to the rescue squad.  A fun time was had by all for a very worthy cause.

Several cooks entered their corned beef / briskets competing for bragging … Read More

Immunizations help provide a healthy learning environment

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:24 am

By Rachel Auberger

Before a child starts kindergarten in the state of Tennessee, they are required to have certain immunizations to ensure a healthy learning environment.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are six required immunizations for children entering kindergarten:

  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR
  • Varicella – 2 doses or credible history of disease
  • Hepatitis A – total of 2 doses, spaced at least 6 – 18 months apart

Each year the Kindergarten Immunization Compliance Assessment evaluates immunization coverage and … Read More

Commissioners approve speed limit change, authorize sale of equipment

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:17 am

By Ron Moses

On Monday night, the White County Board of Commissioners met to discuss a few matters of business.

On the agenda was the approval or disapproval of resolution 9-03-2019, which looked to establish a set speed limit of 25 mph on Betty Lane and Josh Brown Road. Following a motion to approve by Dakota White and a second by Larry Selby, Commission Chairman Stanley Neal, who lives in that area, gave his consent.

“I’m good with it,” said Neal. “I have talked to Commissioner [Bobby] McCulley who had talked to the people that asked for this, and we felt like it was within reason. The speed … Read More

Crash statistics for White and Van Buren counties show roads are getting safer, fatalities decrease

Posted by | March 21, 2019 8:14 am

In 2014, White County had a total of 478 reported vehicle crashes with six of them being fatal. In 2018, the number of total crashes had reduced to 462 with only one fatality. Van Buren County had an increase in total crashes from 115, in 2014, to 126, in 2018. However, they went from three fatalities to just one, in 2018.

By Rachel Auberger

Road safety is a shared responsibility, and often traffic crashes are predictable and can be prevented by legislating and enforcing laws governing speed limits, alcohol impairment, and seat belt use.

Road crashes cost the United States $230.6 billion per year, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. This number means an average of $820 per person per year – whether involved in an accident or not. Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year, 1,600 of those are under the age of 15, in the United States, while an additional 2.35 million are injured.

Reducing the risk of road traffic accidents requires … Read More

Averitt honors Swafford for 20 years

Posted by | March 21, 2019 7:45 am

Averitt Express recently honored associate Alex Swafford, of Sparta, for 20 years of service. Swafford is now among the more than 1,100 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.

Poetry from Sparta’s native son

Posted by | March 21, 2019 7:39 am

SpartaLive is privileged to share a poem from one of Sparta’s hometown talents, Gene Hodge. Gene, who is an accomplished vocalist, has returned to Sparta for many years to entertain at various events. Gene is now a published poet. These are his thoughts and remembrances about “Spring.”


By Gene Hodge

Everywhere . . . smiles, laughter, blue skies,

and happy faces,

sunshine . . . dancing shadows.

The rising of tree sap

from its winter sleep;

children running in open fields,

giggling buttercups, tickled by a frivolous breeze.

Deliberate footsteps of elderly people

walking their dogs.

The screeching call of a soaring hawk,

lovers holding hands

beneath Read More

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