Van Buren County to receive $300 million economic project

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:29 am

Van Buren County has just announced that they will receive a $300 million economic development project that will generate 75 new jobs.

On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that the county would become the home of a new employer that will be investing $300 million to create a new facility and generate 75 new jobs in the county. After a year of planning and negotiating with the county, Just Be Green, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will be creating a new alternative fuel generation facility in Van Buren County.

According to Wilson, the county has been working on this project for approximately a year. In … Read More

Van Buren commissioners authorize one-time bonus for employees

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:26 am

County commissioners authorized the approval of one-time bonuses to eligible full-time county employees during the recent commission meeting. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

During the recent Van Buren County Commission meeting, commissioners voted to approved a motion to give a one-time bonus for county employees.

During the Oct. 17 Board of County Commissioners of Van Buren County regularly scheduled meeting, the board addressed several agenda items

The Van Buren County Commission Steering Committee A presented several budget amendments for consideration by the full court of commissioners, one of which was the proposed one-time bonus in the amount of $500 to be given to all full-time county employees.

During the 2017-2018 budget development process, the commissioners earmarked funding to provide a one-time bonus to the county’s full time employees as long as … Read More

Last Sparta Green Market of the season is set for Oct. 20

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:34 am

The 6th Sparta Green Market opens Oct. 20, 2017, 4-7 p.m., at Metcalf Park, across the street from Liberty Square.

The Green Market in Sparta is the only downtown evening market event with produce, meat, fruit, flowers, and entertainment.

Margaret Petre, event organizer, says, “The Sparta Green Market, last event of the 2017 season, features fresh produce, pumpkins, and local entertainment. The Market has the best blend of local farm products and free entertainment in a unique evening venue on the square in Sparta.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring the family, dine at the Liberty Square restaurants, and visit local shops open especially for the Sparta Green Market. … Read More

Park rangers offering a guided hike of Window Cliffs

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:31 am

Park rangers are offering a unique opportunity by providing a guided hike through the Window Cliffs State Natural Area.

For many, there is not a better way to spend an crisp cool fall day than by taking a hike in one of our many local state parks. As a way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, Burgess Falls state park rangers will be providing a guided hike in one of Tennessee’s newly opened state natural areas, Window Cliffs.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, which officially opened to the public as part of the Tennessee State Park system early this year, is managed by officials at … Read More

We miss loved ones and a world of peace, but we’ll be alright

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:28 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl    

“I think I might miss you.”

It had only been a few days since Shannon and Katie Grace pulled out of our driveway, leaving us with these words ringing in our ears and echoing in our hearts, but even though less than a week had passed, we did indeed miss her very much. We felt sure she missed us, too.

Separated by hundreds of miles, we listened with smiles that were surely felt across the miles as she serenaded us on the   phone. When Katie finished singing, Sammie blurted into the phone, “Katie Grace. I think I might miss you.” Her voice … Read More

State tax revenues continue to exceed budgeted estimates

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:16 am

According to a recent state financial report, the month of September saw Tennessee’s revenues exceed the budgeted estimates in most of the state’s funds.

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently reported that September revenues were approximately $1.4 billion, which is $48.3 million more than September 2016. The existing state revenues are approximately $58.8 million more than the budgeted estimate.

“Sales tax revenues reflecting August consumer activity recorded positive gains compared to the same time period one year ago while corporate tax revenues posted negative growth,” Martin said. “All other revenues together recorded healthy growth compared to last year and were driven primarily by increased … Read More

Military contractor, not the Marines, solicits Sparta and White County to use private property for training

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:14 am

By Karen Lees

The White County Commission met Monday evening, and, although it was not on the agenda, the subject was raised from the audience about proposed military training in downtown Sparta. See the Oct. 9 article “U.S. Marine Corps Forces to conduct military training operations within the City of Sparta.”

As it turns out, U.S. Marine Corps Forces are not conducting the proposed training after all, but a private contracting company called VATC 3611 W Swann Ave., Tampa, Florida

The contractor’s representative was challenged by the audience to answer questions before the county commission, on Monday evening. As the VATC representative spoke, the truth started to … Read More

Airport manager to attend national conference

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:02 am

The board and administrators of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport are taking steps to reach out nationally and market the airport and surrounding communities.

During the Oct. 10, 2017, meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors, members discussed a proposal by airport manager Dean Selby to allow him to attend the National Business Aircraft Association’s Conference for Airport Dispatchers and Schedulers, in February 2018, in Long Beach, California.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is jointly owned by the governments of Sparta and Cookeville and Putnam and White counties.

Selby hopes that attending the NBAA conference would be an opportunity to promote the airport to a broad … Read More

Commissioners begin allocating funds for lawsuit agreement

Posted by | October 19, 2017 7:58 am

The first round of the previously agreed requests in Sheriff Oddie Shoupe’s lawsuit against the county was approved during the county commission’s Oct. 16 meeting.

During the most recent meeting of the county’s finance committee, a motion was approved to bring a resolution before the full commission to amend the fiscal budget to hire 12 new employees. These 12 new employees – two deputies and 10 correctional officers – are required under a settlement agreement between the county and the sheriff.

On Aug. 5, 2016, Shoupe filed a lawsuit against the government of White County. In this lawsuit, the sheriff alleged the county was not providing the necessary … Read More

Residents question if alleged military training is actually Marines or a private contractor

Posted by | October 19, 2017 7:56 am

Numerous citizens, including Tom Farris, attended, asked questions, and addressed the White County Commission about the MARSOC memorandum of understanding that allows military training to take place within the city limits of Sparta. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Numerous residents expressed their concerns Monday night during a meeting of White County commissioners about a recent memorandum of understanding that was signed by the City of Sparta to allow the U.S. Marines Corps [ according to the documentation] to train within the city limits.

During the Oct. 16, 2017 White County Commission meeting, several individuals expressed their concerns about the recent action taken by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

On Oct. 5, 2017, the city board unanimously approved a resolution to enter into a memorandum of understanding with MARSOC. (U.S. Marine Forces and the Special Operations Command) to allow what was described as military training … Read More

Posted by | October 18, 2017 6:24 pm

Mary Louise Bain Young

Posted by | October 18, 2017 11:10 am

Mary Louise Bain “Granny” Young, 70, passed away Oct. 14, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident.

Ms. Young was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Sparta, to J.K. Bain and Janie Christine Barnes Bain.

She retired from Mallory and was most recently employed at Floyd’s Cash Saver. She collected angels and tea sets.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roy K. Bain; father of her children, Ben F. Young; and sisters-in-law, Lillian Bain and Thelma Barnes.

Survivors include her three daughters, Shelia Armstrong and husband David, of Sparta, Krystal Young and Donnie, of Sparta, Janie Pierce and husband Kenneth, of Mt. Sherman, Kentucky; … Read More

James “Andy” Andrew England

Posted by | October 18, 2017 5:15 am

James “Andy” Andrew England, 51, passed away at his home, on Oct. 11, 2017.

Born Jan. 27, 1966, in Nashville, he grew up in Kennard, Indiana; lived briefly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, until moving back to Tennessee; and finally settled in Lebanon. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mr. England was preceded in death by his parents, Carlon England and Anne McNeil, and grandparents, Carl and Gertrude England and Howard and Thelma Craddock.

He is survived by his stepfather, Jimmy McNeil; siblings, Patricia (Gena) Johnson, ( J.D). Barry Parker, (Amber) and Jamie McNeil; children, Lloyd (Bubba) Eakes, Nicole England and husband Juan Tovar, Andrew … Read More

Jackie “Jack” Frasier

Posted by | October 18, 2017 5:08 am

Jackie “Jack” Frasier, 75, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Elaine Goodwin

Posted by | October 17, 2017 3:20 pm

Joan Elaine Goodwin, 74, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Ms. Goodwin was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Wexford County, Michigan, to Othie Estes Goodwin and Clarice Jane West Goodwin.

She was a 1961 graduate of White County High School. Ms. Goodwin left Sparta, in 1961, for Nashville where she graduated from Jo-Susan Modeling School. She was a model from 1961 to 1972. She modeled for Cain Sloan, auto shows, various functions, and for record albums. Ms. Goodwin had a career as a secretary following her modeling career. She was a lover of dogs and cats.

She is survived by her dear … Read More

Posted by | October 17, 2017 9:24 am

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