Helen H. Johnston

Posted by | July 17, 2018 1:12 pm

Helen H. Johnston, 79, of Algood, passed away July 15, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, in Sparta, and   also a member of Gideon Auxiliary Sparta Camp where she served as secretary and treasurer. She was also a member of Theophilus Sunday School Class where she served as class secretary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lila Hennessee.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil W. Johnston; two sons, J. Darryl Richards, Jon M. Richards; stepson, Ray Johnston; stepdaughter, Cynthia Johnston Douglas; grandchildren, Katie Douglas, Rachel Johnston (Alex) Sanchez, J. Daniel Richards, Adam Richards, Joshua (Ariana) Richards, Justin … Read More


Willard Ray Tolbert

Posted by | July 17, 2018 12:56 pm

Willard Ray Tolbert, 79, of Celina, formerly of White County, passed away July 14, 2018, at Celina Health and Rehab.

Mr. Tolbert was a twin son born, on May 10, 1939, in Sparta, to William Roscoe Tolbert and Sarah Rachel Eldridge Tolbert.

He was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Tolbert was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Lillard Tolbert; other brothers, William “Bill” Tolbert, Ernest Tolbert, Erbie Tolbert, Charles Tolbert; and sisters, Geneva Manus Sparkman and Louise Quarles Hughes.

Survivors include his two sons, Timothy (Mary) Tolbert, Eddie Tolbert, all of Doyle; brother, Clyde (Dianne) Tolbert, of Crossville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces … Read More


Tech literature professor helps Marine Corps commemorate 100th anniversary of World War I

Posted by | July 17, 2018 11:53 am

Tech literature professor Micheal Burduck sits in Belleau Wood as the Parris Island Living History detachment commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. Trenches and shell holes from the battle can still be seen in the wood.

The Parris Island Living History Detachment worked with the Marine Corps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. In back, from left, are detachment members Steve Price, Fred Channels, Rick Winnen and Tech literature professor Mike Burduck; active duty Marine John Gibson; and detachment members John Dow, Frank LeClerc and Fielding Freed. In front are detachment members Tim Hodge, Tom Rock and Eric Junger.

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Van Buren man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Posted by | July 17, 2018 11:38 am

Robert McCormack

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Department of Correction Community Supervision Division has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Rock Island man.

At the request of Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter and 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, on July 26, 2017, TBI Agents joined deputies and probation officers in investigating allegations of sexual exploitation of a minor by a registered sex offender. According to a press release from the TBI, the investigation revealed that Robert McCormack was responsible for incidents of sexual exploitation of a minor that … Read More




Full football pads in one week

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:48 am

Allen Shoupe catches a pass and looks to move up field in Thursday’s 7-on-7 games.

Michael Shank catches a pass on Thursday against Smith County.

As the countdown to the official start of football practice begins, the White County High School football team has spent a great deal of its time this past week doing 7-on-7 passing work.

Last Thursday, the Warriors were in action for the third day of 7-on-7 drills, at Jackson County High School. WCHS had sessions against five other teams during the morning work.

Coach Jerry Lowery and his staff gave his starters and reserves plenty of action, on Thursday. This was the plan, … Read More


Operating in the doctrine of ridiculousness

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:36 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I recently read a couple of books by two different authors. Both made reference to the same older mentor in their lives. They both mentioned that he would visit their churches from time to time and would tell them that the problem he saw was that he had a greater vision for their church than they did.

Another excerpt from another author said the problem with today’s faith is that we’re not making God nervous with our expectations of him. To break it down, what these statements are saying is that we’re simply not praying ridiculous enough prayers. I think our prayers … Read More


There is only one interpretation of the Bible

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:35 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Many religious discussions of disagreement have been sparked and fueled by the words, “That is just your interpretation.” By stating this, one is saying that the Bible is subjective, and the meaning of its contents may be taken differently by different people. This idea is absurd! Man may be a master at speaking in rhymes and riddles to confuse the masses of society, but God speaks plainly enough so that there should be no confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Truth is truth no matter what, and it is found in God’s Word (John 17:17). There are no exceptions to God’s … Read More


Is Donald Trump’s form of leadership detrimental to America’s survival?

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:29 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

My answer is: I hope not. The reality may be different. In my opinion, Mr. Trump’s leadership style is pretty obvious; it is bullying. It has worked for him in the past with his business dealings and negotiations. It worked for him at every debate he participated in and throughout his campaign. His supporters looked at him as a breath of fresh air when they compared him to other candidates. He spoke his mind and emphasized his disgust with “political correctness.” People flocked to him because he wasn’t a politician, and they felt his honesty and straight-talk were his biggest assets – … Read More


Seeing “the deep state” revealed before our eyes

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:27 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

After all the sound and fury, what have we learned this week? Let’s back up and take a look at the overarching themes brought to us by these officeholders.

Whether its Koskinen, the contemptuous IRS commissioner, or his predecessor, Lois Lerner, Peter Strzok, or Rosenstein, James Comey – these officials seem to all have one thing in common. And that is complete contempt for the taxpayers that pay their salaries and their elected representatives. Time after time, these corrupt officials have testified in open hearings, knowing full well the folks that pay their salaries would be listening, and they openly expressed … Read More


D.A.R. dedicates portrait

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:25 am

The Rock House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently dedicated a portrait of George Washington to the White County courthouse. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson was there to accept the portrait. L-R: Mary Poole, Denny Wayne Robinson, Pamela Wood, Judy Hutchings, and Betty Ragland.


Director of schools gets 3 percent raise, board’s vote is unanimous

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:20 am

Kurt Dronebarger

The White County School Board met Thursday night to vote on raises for the director of schools and teachers’ aides.

After a report given to the board by maintenance director Randy Alley about the progress of the new Findlay School, the board took a short break and reconvened to discuss raises and approving fundraisers for the new school year.

The performance review for director of schools Kurt Dronebarger was discussed prior to voting. Dronebarger was requested to explain his reasoning for giving himself the scores that he did in his own performance evaluation. Bob Young, board policy chairman, asked Dronebarger why he gave himself low score … Read More


Crawford, veteran of World War II, turns 98 today

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:17 am

Robert Crawford is proud of his World War II memorabilia that he has carefully preserved over the past 72 years.

From a farm boy to a soldier, Robert Crawford was thrust into a way of life that became all too familiar for the young men of The Greatest Generation. Crawford was drafted in 1942 and served four years before returning to his family farm.

Robert Crawford is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, surviving World War II veteran, in White County.

Born July 16, 1920, Crawford was born and raised in the Eastland community of White County. He was drafted into the military, in 1942. Crawford … Read More


New manufacturing facility coming to Sparta, bringing 200 jobs

Posted by | July 16, 2018 8:07 am

L-R: Ricky Rivers, delivery driver; Jeff Steinworth, national sales manager; Cameron Rudd, Hörmann LLC president; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive; Ethan Herman, project engineer; Greg Wilcox, Nashville distribution manager; and Todd Mullinax, regional sales manager. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Hörmann Quality Doors and Operators will be opening soon, in White County, and will bring approximately 200 jobs to the area.

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, State Representative Paul Sherrell, State Senator Paul Bailey, White County commissioners, and the general public came out July 13 to witness the groundbreaking of the new facility at the Fitzgerald Industrial Park, on Airport Road, in Sparta.

Hörmann, which is based in Germany, is a multinational family-owned company that has been in business over 80 years. They are the premier entry system manufacturer in the world and produce all types of entry systems and components, including garage doors.

Robinson addressed the … Read More


Cleoria Christene Henry

Posted by | July 15, 2018 5:37 am

Cleoria Christene Henry, 91, of Sparta, passed from this life, on July 13, 2018, at her residence.

Born Oct. 10, 1926, she was the daughter of Oscar Whiteaker and Arrie Elrod Whiteaker.

Mrs. Henry was a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of Johnson Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.T. Henry; and a daughter, Jo Anna Henry.

Survivors include her daughters, Amanda Jones and husband Bruce, of Sparta, Geraldine Harris and husband Donald, of Monterey; son, Raymond Henry and wife Carolyn, of Monterey; grandchildren, Kristi Jones, of Sparta, Nikki Jones, of Cookeville, Kyle Jones, of Cookeville, Lorna Matheney (Robert), of … Read More


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