Governor announces lowest unemployment rate in history

Posted by | October 21, 2017 7:58 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January 1976.

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent.

“Since June, the state’s unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline. Behind these history-making figures are real working Tennesseans – people who get up and go to … Read More


First of two young sportsman deer hunts is set for Oct. 28-29

Posted by | October 21, 2017 7:48 am

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29.

Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

Archery season began in the state on Sept. 23 and the first segment ends Oct. 27, the day prior to … Read More


Free Halloween photos by Tennessee Photo Company LLC

Posted by | October 21, 2017 7:39 am

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., at 4485 Coal Bank Rd., in Sparta, Tennessee Photo Company LLC will be hosting its third annual “Free Halloween Facebook Photo Day.”  The event is free, but any donations will go to benefit the Friends of White County Animals.  For more information about this free event, please check out:  Tennessee Photo Company LLC on Facebook.

Friends of White County Animals are so proud to have Brandon and his photo company sponsor and conduct this event each year to help the animals.  Brandon states, “Every year we do a free Halloween Facebook Photo Day in our studio as … Read More



Columbia strikes again

Posted by | October 20, 2017 7:17 pm

Columbia intercepts a Warriors pass and returns it to the 5 yard yard line. Columbia runs it in two plays later. The lions miss the pat to make the score 13-0 with 8:16 remaining



PCSO is third law enforcement agency in the country to carry epinephrine auto-injectors

Posted by | October 20, 2017 12:54 pm

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has become the third law enforcement agency in the country equipped with epinephrine, thanks to a gift of 100 epinephrine auto-injectors from Dr. Charles Womack, the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the county executive’s office.

While allergies affect 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the most common cause of allergy related deaths involve medicines, food, and insect stings. About 43 million people are at risk of going into anaphylactic shock. That’s where epinephrine auto-injectors come in. Epinephrine auto-injectors, made popular in recent years by the brand … Read More



Veterans’ Benefit Concert on Nov. 9

Posted by | October 20, 2017 12:40 pm

7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017, at Stone Memorial High School

The Cumberland County Community Band and the Cumberland County Community Chorus will jointly present a Veterans’ Benefit Concert at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017, in the Stone Memorial High School auditorium.  The concert is free, but donations are requested, and will be taken at the door.  This year, the local Vietnam Veterans’ Organization will be the recipient of all donations.  The band and chorus will each perform selections as separate groups.  Several numbers will be presented with both band and chorus performing together.  Musical selections will include patriotic songs, marches, service songs, popular music from the 1950’s and … Read More


National Resources Conservation Service in Tennessee now accepting fiscal year 2018 EQIP applications

Posted by | October 20, 2017 12:32 pm

Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farmland have until Friday, November 17, 2017 to submit their application for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

“We accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, however only the applications received by November 17th will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said NRCS Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Kelly German. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these … Read More



TBI’s Drug Investigation Division issues public warning after troubling lab submissions

Posted by | October 20, 2017 12:12 pm

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division (DID) is urging public caution, especially among recreational drug users, following recent evidence submissions to two TBI crime laboratories.

Several samples of cocaine, submitted by law enforcement agencies in Middle and East Tennessee in recent months, also tested positive for fentanyl, a powerful, narcotic painkiller, or one of its dangerous analogs. Previously, fentanyl had primarily been identified in samples of heroin or in clandestine pills compounded to resemble legitimate prescription opioids. The recent submissions mark the first time samples of cocaine have tested positive in a TBI laboratory for fentanyl. The investigation into the origins of the submitted samples remains … Read More


Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted by | October 19, 2017 3:40 pm

The WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week is Macee Allison.

Allison, a senior at White County High School, has been a member the Warriorettes’ Volleyball team for the past four year. She was voted second team all-district during this past season.

Warriorette coach, Joni Simpson-Trivette had this to say about Allison.

“Macee is someone who works hard at everything she does,” said Simpson-Trivette. “She is a leader on and off the court and is well deserving of this award. Macee has a tremendous work ethic, and it was a pleasure to coach her this year.”

Allison’s teacher, Relva Lewis, also commented.

“Macee has a great attitude and makes … Read More


WCHS BBQ dinner a huge success

Posted by | October 19, 2017 3:24 pm

If the preseason fundraiser is any indication or foreshadowing of things to come, it should be a successful year for the White County High School basketball teams.

The two teams combined to sell 585 tickets for a recent barbecue dinner, which was held Oct. 12. Each of those tickets admitted two people to the dinner, which was sponsored by the Bank of White County.

The cafeteria was packed almost the entire night, with the crowd spilling over into the cafeteria annex for seating.

Third-year Warriorette head coach Michael Dodgen took the microphone to start the night and welcomed everyone. He was speaking on behalf of himself, both basketball … Read More


Cantrell, Boruff, Matlock riding high on college football successes

Posted by | October 19, 2017 2:03 pm

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Cantrell and Tusculum are 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. Tusculum is on a two-game win streak right now after coming from behind this past weekend to win 32-31 in double-overtime over the defending SAC champions Newberry. The Pioneers snapped the Wolves’ 12-game SAC winning streak.

Cantrell was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week and the Bo jangles’ Athlete of the Week for his performance this past weekend. Cantrell averaged 43.1 yards per punt this weekend and pinned all eight of his punt attempts inside the 20-yard line, on Saturday. Cantrell flipped field position … Read More


Cross Country competes in final tune-up before regional meet

Posted by | October 19, 2017 1:54 pm

Katie Anderson runs in a recent race. Anderson and the rest of the WCHS Cross Country team will travel to East Ridge, on Oct. 24 to compete in the Region 3 Large School meet with a chance to make it to the state meet on the line. (Photo submitted)

Cross Country season is heading into the stretch run, and the local runners will have their most important races over the next couple of weeks.

The White County High School Cross Country team competed in the Mid State Cross Country Association championship last Saturday as their final tune-up for the Region 3AAA race, which will be held at Camp Jordan, in East Ridge, Tennessee, on Oct. 24.

The MSCCA this past weekend at Buckner City Park, in Dickson County, saw 199 girls and 251 boys compete in just the 3A competition.

The top finisher for the WCHS girls was Evan Welch, with a time of 19:48, which put … Read More


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