Commissioners discuss opting in on city’s proposed sales tax increase that goes to referendum

Posted by | May 28, 2019 7:53 am

By Ron Moses

If residents in White County want the opportunity to vote on the upcoming sales tax referendum approved by the City of Sparta, the County Commission will have to opt in and approve the increase county wide.

The county commission weighed their options last week when they met for a special-called work session where they weighed both the pros and cons of increasing the sales tax across the board. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson took point and described the situation to the board.

“The official county tax rate, that all the T.C.A. codes go by, is set by the county,” began Robinson. “The main rule being, … Read More


Findlay Elementary getting new home, school ready in late summer

Posted by | May 28, 2019 7:47 am

The new Findlay Elementary School, which is across the road from the existing school, on Hale Street, near the fairgrounds, will provide the students and staff more space, which will also provide more opportunities. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Findlay Elementary, the second largest elementary school in White County with over 400 students and 60 employees, will be moving into a new building for the 2019-2020 school year.

The new facility, which is across the road from the existing school, on Hale Street, near the fairgrounds, will provide the students and staff more space, which will mean more opportunities. “We are really looking forward to having more space,” said Rebecca Ryan, principal. “We are very excited about our new Maker Space, which will be connected to our new library.”

According to Ryan, the Maker Space will be the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) … Read More


Sparta hosting welcome home event for Kellie Jolly Harper

Posted by | May 27, 2019 8:28 am

KNOXVILLE, TN - Head Coach Kellie Harper of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers portrait in Knoxville, TN. (Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics)

U.T. Athletics – The City of Sparta, White County, and the Sparta-White Chamber of Commerce are hosting a “Welcome Home” celebration for local native Kellie Jolly Harper, on June 6, at the White County High School gymnasium.

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department is excited to be part of the festivities and will add a Big Orange element to the evening by making it one of its stops on the Summer of Smokey tour. Admission is free.

The event will salute the new Lady Vol head basketball coach, who hails from Sparta and is a 1995 graduate of WCHS and a 1999 graduate of UT.

Doors open at … Read More


Memorial Day Program

Posted by | May 27, 2019 6:33 am

A Memorial Day Program and Bell Ringing Ceremony will be 10 a.m., May 27, at the Veterans Park, directly across from the courthouse. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Matthew Elmore, White County veterans service officer, at (931) 836-3595.



School Bus Replacement Grant program awardees announced

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:42 am

Funds from Volkswagen settlement environmental mitigation trust

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced that the following 39 entities will receive $8,854,685.42 in grant funding to support school bus replacement projects across Tennessee:

Bledsoe County Schools

Bradford Special School District

Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Campbell County School System

Carroll County Board of Education

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Clay County Schools

Fentress County Board of Education

Greene County Schools

Grundy County Department of Education

Hancock County School System

Hardeman County Board of Education

Henderson County Board of Education

Hickman County Board of Education

Humphreys County Board of Education

Jackson County Board of Education

JLL … Read More


“After Dark Movies” return to Dogwood Park in Cookeville

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:17 am

People gather for After Dark Movies in the Park, a free movie series at Dogwood Park, on Friday nights, in June.

The free movie series, presented by Cookeville Leisure Services and State Rep. Ryan Williams and his wife, Abby, will be shown on Friday nights in June beginning with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on June 7.

“Watching movies in the park is a great way to spend a summer evening,” Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent, said. “Movies start right at dark as the sun is setting, so it’s usually just a bit cooler – the perfect time to enjoy the park.”

The movies continue June 14 with “Mary Poppins Returns,” June 21 with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and June 28 with “How to Train Your Dragon: … Read More


Farmers Markets create communities within communities

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:13 am

Tennessee’s farmers markets are providing more than just a place to find fresh food. They are furnishing an environment that allows the community to flourish. This year, many farmers markets are hosting special events for families and communities to enjoy, while fostering personal connections to those who produce nutritious food across the state.

The Van Buren County Farmers Market is celebrating the week of Independence Day with additional market days and fireworks the evening of July 3.

“Right now it’s not quite time for produce in this area, but we are looking forward to ramping up business during the upcoming harvests,” Van Buren County Farmers Market manager and Read More


Memorial Day holiday weekend traditional start to Tennessee’s summer boating season

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:09 am

The 2019 Memorial Day holiday weekend is May 24-27 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets along with boating in a safe and responsible manner.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and is one of the year’s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there were no boating-related fatalities over the holiday weekend for the fourth consecutive year.

Over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. TWRA wildlife officers reported three injury incidents accident and a pair of property damage incidents.

Along with the use of … Read More


Memorial Day Program

Posted by | May 24, 2019 8:33 am

A Memorial Day Program and Bell Ringing Ceremony will be 10 a.m., May 27, at the Veterans Park, directly across from the courthouse. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Matthew Elmore, White County veterans service officer, at (931) 836-3595.


Salute to The Troops / Wounded Warrior Project Concert

Posted by | May 23, 2019 12:28 pm

The 6th Annual The s 5-9 p.m., May 25, at the downtown Sparta Amphitheater, on Liberty Square, and is a free concert for the public. This year it will feature up-and-coming artist Steady Rider, of Sparta, and classic rockers from Shattered. A guitar will be given away, and all the proceeds from tickets sales on the guitar will go to The Wounded Warrior Project. Concessions will be available to purchase.

The band “Shattered” will be performing at the Salute to the Troops concert, on May 25, at Sparta Amphitheater.


4-H Shotgun Team competes in jamboree

Posted by | May 23, 2019 9:13 am

Back row, L-R: Michael Conatser, Braxton Golden, Logan Wikre, Trenton Parker; front row: Chase Lindsay, Lillie Roberts, Cole Vickers

The White County 4-H Shotgun Team represented the county, club leaders, schools, and sponsors in their first statewide Shotgun Jamboree, on May 4, 2019, hosted by the Nashville Gun Club where a total of 19 counties, with a combined 185 shooters, participated in this intense competition.

Junior Team A: Braxton Golden, Trenton Parker, and Lillie Roberts shot for a total combined score of 227 of 300.

Junior Team B: Chase Lindsay, Cole Vickers, and Michael Conatser came in with a combined score of 169.

Logan Wikre, Senior High individual, shot a 69.

The team is new, but Coach Jennifer Roberts is very proud of her team and how … Read More


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