Kellie Jolly Harper, Ross Jolly putting on NCAA dancing shoes

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:31 am

Kellie Jolly Harper is shown speaking at a dinner fundraiser, in White County, that was hosted by the YMCA. Harper and her brother, Brent Jolly, are both taking their respective basketball teams to the NCAA Women’s Championship Tournament.

Kellie Jolly Harper and her brother, Ross Jolly, both formerly from Sparta and standouts on the Warriorette and Warrior basketball teams, have been invited to the “Big Dance” in the NCAA Women’s Tournament Championship.

Harper is the head coach of the Missouri State Lady Bears.  They defeated the number one seeded Drake team to win the conference championship.  Missouri State will take on #6 DePaul, at 3:30 EST, on March … Read More

WCHS baseball team defeats Notre Dame High School

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:25 am

By Eli Rushing

Monday night was a considerable success for the White County High School Warrior baseball team as they defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame High School by the score of 12-1.

The mercy rule ended the contest midway through the fifth as the boys racked up the runs, and starter David Smith dominated from the mound. Smith tossed nine strikeouts in the win, while pitching the entire game and only giving up two hits and a run. Although Notre Dame got on the board first with a run to open the game, the Warriors notched eight in the first inning and never looked back. From … Read More

WCMS Warriorette softball takes two from Tullahoma on March 18

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:22 am


White County Middle School Warriorettes took the diamond, on March 18, to compete in a scheduled doubleheader with the Tullahoma Wildcats.

In the first inning, the Warriorettes could not find the strike zone and walked four batters to allow Tullahoma to take the early lead 1-0.  The bottom of the first inning started with a bang as Taylor Roberts and Abigayle Finan went back-to-back doubles, with Roberts scoring on the play.  Maddie Rust singles to move Finan to third, and then Finan scores on a passed ball by the catcher for the Wildcats.  Score at the end of one was Sparta 2 and Tullahoma 1.

The second inning … Read More

Exhibit winners at 2019 Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show

Posted by | March 21, 2019 9:05 am

The winner of “Best of Show” was Payne Nursery. Pictured is Donna Nichols- Payne Nursery with Larry Suggs-HBAUC president.

At the Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show in Cookeville, which was March 1-3, the Home Builders Association presented awards to exhibits, based on effective marketing of company and products.
The Home & Garden Show included over 170 exhibits that featured a variety of products and services for building, remodeling, decorating and outdoor living.  For more information about the Home & Garden Show, visit

“Best Small Exhibit” was Amy Potter Architectural Ceramics. Pictured is Larry Suggs-HBAUC president with Amy Schwartz.

“Best Large Exhibit” was Upper Cumberland Habitat for

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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

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