Carolyn Andrews Cheek

Posted by | November 19, 2018 2:06 pm

Carolyn Andrews Cheek, 77, of Sparta, went to her heavenly home, on Nov. 17, 2018.

Carolyn was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Memphis. She adored her husband and sweetheart of 57 years, Ernest Martin Cheek.

She is the mother of three children, John Cheek (Jongee), Courtney Vaughn (David), and Julie Anderson (Mike). She dearly loved her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who brought much joy to her life. Her grandchildren are Michael Seth Anderson (McKenzie), Caroline Holman (Todd), Rachel Cheek, Tyler Vaughn, and Will Cheek. Her great-grandchildren are Adalee Hampshire and Blaine Holman.

She was a 1959 graduate of White County High School. She attended the University of … Read More


Late rally pushes White County Warriors to win over Cherokees

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:54 pm

Grant Slatten goes up for two of his 22 points in Friday night’s win over McMinn County. Slatten scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Warriors pick up their first win of the season.

Facing an 8-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Warrior basketball team rallied and outscored McMinn County 20-12 in the final eight minutes to force overtime. The Warriors would score the first 5 points in overtime and then held on late to pick up their first win of the season 76-73.

With trailing by 3, with 2:13 remaining in the game, Grant Slatten would score … Read More


Murray’s late free throws down Lady Cherokees 52-51

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:52 pm

Mia Murray goes up for a layup in Friday night’s win over McMinn County. Murray finished the game with 12 points. No point was bigger than her 12th point, which moved the Warriorettes to 2-0 on the season.

At all levels of basketball, free throws are practiced on a daily basis in gyms all across the world.

Practicing those shots are for the times that a player stands alone at the line with no one guarding them with their team tied with no time left on the clock. At least that is the situation that all those free throws in practice were repeated over and over again for … Read More


Driver license roadblocks

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:42 pm

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints during the week of November 18th, 2018 through November 24th, 2018 on State Route 8 in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these drivers license roadblocks to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


Let us be thankful like Paul

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:31 pm

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Imagine a day when the sun did not rise and a night where no stars lit the sky. Imagine a time when God did not provide for you or even a year with no seasons. It is difficult for us to imagine any scenario other than what we experience every day! God’s blessings are so numerous and consistent that we grow accustom to them. In fact, He “daily loadeth us with benefits” (Psa. 68:19). For this reason, it is that much more important to live a life of thankfulness. It seems that the apostle Paul realized this more than … Read More


It ain’t how hard you can hit

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:30 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

This guy we’ve been using this month to review and inventory our own lives once said something that I think continues to ring true in our worlds today.

He said it like this, “Somewhere along the line you changed. You stopped being you.The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and, I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody’s going to hit as hard as life. It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how … Read More


Daughters of Confederacy attend UDC Convention

Posted by | November 19, 2018 1:28 pm

Members of Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the 122nd Annual Tennessee Division UDC Convention held at the Manchester Coffee County Convention Center. Captain Sally Tompkins is honored to have three of their chapter members to serve as Tennessee Division officers: Theresa Loftis, 3rd vice president; Donna Hamilton, treasurer; and Pamela Wood, registrar. Seated, L-R: Theresa Loftis; Matilda Speck; TN Division president; Pamela Wood chapter president; standing, L-R: Annette Coorts-Flanders, Cathy Sullivan, Betty Ledbetter, Carolyn Carr, Donna Hamilton; not pictured: Barbara Parsons, Mary Lee Marshall, and Anita Speck


Is fear, unfounded ignorant accusations, and temper tantrums any way to run a country?

Posted by | November 19, 2018 12:19 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In the month prior to the mid-term elections, Donald Trump and Fox News rallied his supporters with “reports” of criminals, rapists, drug smugglers, and possibly Middle Eastern Terrorists walking from Honduras to the United States seeking asylum. Reports claimed the number of the people walking here were anywhere from 5,000 to 17,000. Mr. Trump seem to ratchet up the “fear factor” depending on the reactions he was getting at his rallies and what Fox News was saying. Even though there was proof the “caravan” was weeks away from reaching our border, Mr. Trump made it sound as if this horde of undesirables … Read More


We can trust our elections and their results

Posted by | November 19, 2018 12:16 pm

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I am (and I hope we all are) concerned over the words and actions of candidates involved in the recent elections. My concern stems from statements made by candidates and observers concerning the elections both before and after. One of the differences in America and many other countries is that we all agree to accept the results of our elections. I have often said after a close election like the last one, where I had both victories and defeats, that the good thing about our system of government is that we all agree to accept the results, and, once the election … Read More


What’s being done about sex trafficking in Middle Tennessee?

Posted by | November 19, 2018 12:13 pm

Some Tennesseans live under the notion that slavery doesn’t exist anymore; this is a myth. It is happening in the state of Tennessee and, according to law enforcement, it is happening in White County.

When one thinks of sex trafficking, it tends to conjure images of young teenaged girls in chains in the back of a windowless van; this is not always the case. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation defines it as a commercial sex act by force, fraud, or coercion; or, a commercial sex act and the victim is under the age of 18.

The term “commercial sex act” is the giving or receiving of anything of … Read More


Chamber of Commerce holds membership luncheon at Oldham

Posted by | November 19, 2018 12:10 pm

Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president, addresses members about the functions of the Chamber and how it assists its members as well as the entire community. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce held a membership luncheon Nov. 15, at Oldham Theater. New members and existing members gathered to meet each other and to learn how the Chamber can benefit them and benefit the community.

Tennetek Casting Company hosted the event, and The Lofts of Sparta catered the luncheon with their signature macaroni and cheese, Paninis, baked potatoes, and strawberry cake. Chamber President Marvin Bullock presented a slide show that explained the functions of the Chamber.

“The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, non-profit,” said Bullock. “We are the only business in the county whose business is to increase your business.”

The Chamber … Read More


City board discusses pool leak at YMCA

Posted by | November 19, 2018 12:06 pm

Public Works Director Dillard Quick addressed the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on Nov. 15, to discuss conditions at the Sparta White County YMCA.

Quick began by saying he and his staff closed the vents in the pump room and turned the heat on to the facility.

Quick continued by explaining to the board how they will clean the sand out of the filters in the pump room and send a malfunctioning pump to be repaired. He said he is doing this now while winter is here and it will not affect the public and the outdoor pool. The conversation then switched to Quick being asked about … Read More


Two-car collision near Sewell Drive

Posted by | November 18, 2018 8:22 am

A two-car collision occurred in the early morning hours of November 18 between Sewell Drive and Vista Drive on Spring street. Three passengers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Any further details are unknown at this time.


Susan Elaine Clements Hollingsworth

Posted by | November 17, 2018 9:50 am

Susan Elaine Clements Hollingsworth, 58, passed away Nov. 13, 2018, at her residence, in Brandon, Mississippi.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Westview High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Mrs. Hollingsworth is survived by her husband, Mike Hollingsworth, of Brandon, Mississippi; her son, Denzil Jacob Abney III, of Cookeville; her sister, Ruth (Jim) Crocker, of Martin; and two brothers, Joel (Carla) Clements, of Murfreesboro, and Phil (Dawn) Clements, of Henry.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Nov. 17, 2018, at First Baptist Church, in Martin, with the Rev. Larry Washburn officiating. Burial will follow in East Side Cemetery, in Martin. Visitation … Read More


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