Geneva Irene Rhoton Hickey

Posted by | July 27, 2019 11:49 am

Geneva Irene Rhoton Hickey, 93, of Sparta, passed from this earth, on July 25, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Hickey was born Feb. 7, 1926, to Clyde G. Rhoton and Effie Jane Dunn Rhoton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tommy Christopher Hickey; two daughters, Mary Ellen Hickey, Brenda Faye Hickey; two brothers, William G. Rhoton, Verble J. Rhoton; and sister, Donnie Pearl Cardona.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby (Sue) Hickey, of Murfreesboro, Lonnie (Robin) Hickey, Ronnie J. (Cindy) Hickey, all of Sparta; seven grandchildren, Todd (Kim) Hickey, Chad (Tammy) Hickey all of Lascassas, Adam (Tammy) Hickey, Rhonda (Paul) Welch, Scott … CONTINUED


Muriel Christine Farley Jackson

Posted by | July 27, 2019 11:46 am

Muriel Christine Farley Jackson, 82, passed away July 23, 2019, at her home, in White County.

Mrs. Farley was born Jan. 27, 1937, in White County,  to Beecher Young Farley and Notie Lou Officer Farley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 55 years, Lee Royce Jackson; sister, Thelma Cash; and brother, Samuel Farley.

Survivors include her two sons, Gregory Jackson and wife Nichole, of Sparta, Kevin Jackson, of Sparta; grandchildren, Tara Harris and husband Will, Kelly Jackson and fiancé Nathan, Lee Griffin; great- grandchildren, Naly Heady, MaKenzie Harris; sister-in-law, Sara Farley; and many close family members and friends.

Graveside service was 3:30 p.m., July … CONTINUED


Joe Pat Clark

Posted by | July 27, 2019 11:43 am

Joe Pat Clark, 81, of Cookeville, passed away July 25, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Clark was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Overton County, to B.C. Clark and Stella Maynard Clark.

He was the owner of Country Squire Men’s Store, in Sparta, several years ago. Mr. Clark was also a carpet broker and a farmer.  He served in the Tennessee National Guard where he was a first lieutenant.

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kendrick Clark, Fred Clark; and two sisters, Marie Sevier and Bennie Jean Wall.

Survivors include his wife, Janell Francis Clark; two sons, William Francis (Patti) Clark, of … CONTINUED



AAU team wins championship for freshman/sophomore age group

Posted by | July 26, 2019 9:56 am

Isaac Butcher (number 20, far right) is a shooting guard on the White County High School basketball team.  His AAU team, BMAZE out of Knoxville, Tennessee, won Always Alive National Championship for freshman/sophomore age.  They went 5 and 0, winning each game by over 20 points. Butcher’s high scoring game was 22, with six three-point shots.  He averaged over 15 points per game.


WCHS golf team to tee it up

Posted by | July 26, 2019 9:49 am

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By Jerry Lowery

With the first golf match just days away, the White County High School Golf team has been on the course in preparation for the fast-approaching season.  With new coaches at the helm of the golf team, Coach Brandon Sims and Coach Michael Cunningham are busy in the preparation of the team.  The WCHS golf team will travel to Cookeville, on July 29, for their first match of the season. The team is excited about starting the season and getting underway.


Gary Maxwell Insurance to host open house and ribbon cutting

Posted by | July 26, 2019 7:01 am

L-R: Mitchell Lamb, Tina Meeks Fults, and Jim Clark (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Gary Maxwell Insurance will host a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on July 26, at their new facility, at 606 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta.

The Sparta office, the fifth opened by Gary Maxwell, originally opened Dec. 1, 2014, on North Main Street, but, according to agency manager Jim Clark, the time had come to find a permanent home for the office.

“On July 1st, we were able to move here into this building that the agency purchased,” Clark said about the new facility. “We’ve had our eye on this building since the gas company re-located, and we were really pleased when … CONTINUED


How to identify revisionism in your children’s textbooks

Posted by | July 26, 2019 6:58 am

Language of Liberty – By David Barton

Revisionism attempts to alter the way a people views its history and traditions in order to cause that people to accept a change in public policy. Revisionism is the common method employed by those seeking to subvert American culture and society. The dictionary defines revisionism as an “advocacy of the revision of an accepted, usually long-standing view, theory, or doctrine; especially a revision of historical events and movements.”

For example, during the 150 years that textbooks described the Founding Fathers as being devout men and Christians who actively practiced their faith, civic policy embraced and welcomed public religious expressions. But in … CONTINUED




Van Buren County Health Department celebrates National Health Center Week 2019

Posted by | July 26, 2019 6:47 am

The Van Buren County Community Health Center/Health Department will celebrate National Health Center Week Aug. 4-10. The goal of this observance was to raise awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.

There are 14 community health centers/health departments across the Upper Cumberland Region. These health centers provide full-service adult and pediatric primary care as well as preventive health services to anyone with private insurance, TennCare or Medicare as well as those without insurance. They are part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 28 million people.

“We are proud of the work our community center/health department does to … CONTINUED



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