US Bank donates to YMCA

Posted by | May 20, 2019 9:02 am

US Bank, in Sparta, recently donated $3,000 to Sparta-White County YMCA. Kyle Goff, chief executive officer for the YMCA (center), is shown accepting the check from bank representatives.

BASF celebrates Earth Day with beautification project at Center Hill

Posted by | May 20, 2019 9:00 am

BASF employees, in Sparta, celebrated Earth Day recently by volunteering with the Cumberland River Compact and Corps of Engineers to clean up a portion of Center Hill Lake.  Volunteers removed trash, tires, appliances, and other debris to beautify the area and reduce threats to wildlife.  Pictured are Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive, and BASF employees Jerry Bumbalough, John DiCicco, Tim Baker, Darlene Poston, James Nash, Ginger Clouse, Andy Schmitt, Stacy Prater, Tracy Dover, Jody Presley, Dale Officer, Andy Howard, Brian Tupper, Darrin Norris, Kenneth Temple and Karissa Temple. Not pictured are Darrell Graham and Hilda Cantrell.

Do we deserve freedoms we have?

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:57 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

(Poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the

poppies blow

Between the crosses,

row on row,

That mark our place;

and in the sky

The larks, still bravely

singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the

guns below.


We are the Dead.

Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn,

saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel

with the foe:

To you from failing hands

 we throw

The torch; be yours

to hold it high.

If ye break faith with

us who die

We shall not sleep,

though poppies Read More

What is behind all the new anti-abortion proposed laws?

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:54 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

The obvious answer is the anti-abortion movement.  Is it really that simple?  No, it’s not.  Yes, the anti-abortionists are pushing stricter regulations and using the term “heartbeat” to enforce their abortion bans, but the purpose of these new laws is to eventually force Roe vs. Wade to be challenged in the Supreme Court.  The overriding hope is it will be overturned by the majority of conservative justices currently on the bench. Donald Trump and the Republican Senate approved the appointment of two Catholic judges. Why?  Because they recognized Catholics have been vehemently against abortions and birth control.  I find it rather amusing … Read More

Sparta woman dies in May 15 crash on Smithville Highway

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:51 am

Gina N. Stewart, 34, of Sparta, died at the scene of a crash that occurred May 15 after her vehicle was hit head on.

A 34-year-old White County woman has died from injuries suffered in a crash that occurred May 15, on Smithville Highway, at approximately 7:39 a.m.

According to a report by Trooper Gavin Sullivan, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Timothy T. Davidson, 24, of Crossville, was driving a 2014 Honda, traveling west on Smithville Highway when he crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Chevrolet head on, which was driven by Gina M. Stewart, of Sparta.

Craig W. Hale, 51, of Smithville, was driving a 2007 Toyota pickup truck and was traveling behind Stewart’s vehicle. Hale’s vehicle went between Davidson’s vehicle and Stewart’s vehicle and struck the front of Stewart’s … Read More

Mobs, stones and dusty streets

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:47 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

The attention of the crowd shifted, and all eyes were drawn to the disturbance down the dusty street. People were yelling, and tempers were high. It was evident the mob mentality was dictating the situation. Their lynch mob grew larger with every step. Dust boiled from the ground under their feet like a stampede. You could see figures, but chaos ruled the street. It was a group of men, and the centerpiece of their destruction was a defenseless woman. When she wasn’t being dragged or pushed to the ground, her treatment would shift to vile accusations and horrible names.

If this had … Read More

WCHS graduation brings excitement, fun, and tears

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:40 am

The White County High School graduation ceremony, on May 17, concluded with WCHS principal Grant Swallows dismissing the class of 2019 for the last time. (Photos by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

On May 17, the 2019 graduating class of White County High School assembled one final time at Dee Harris Field to receive their diplomas in front of a standing-room-only audience.

After the students had proceeded into the stadium, accompanied by White County High School faculty as well as ushers Trey Crockett, Kegan Dodson, Tyson Welch, and Masyn Winningham, along with lead-ins Haven Burton, Grace Demps, Selena-Lee Hensley, Laurie Hickey, Corri Beth Howard, and Madison Wilson, assistant principal Nathan Aaron started the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance.

The JROTC Color Guard, under the direction of Maj. Thomas McIntyre, presented the colors, while everyone in attendance … Read More

Sales and use tax ordinance will now officially be put to referendum

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:32 am

By Ron Moses

With the ease of a motion by Alderman Hoyt Jones, a second by Alderman Judy Payne, and a vote on May 16, the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen officially set in motion what could be an increase in the sales and use tax in the city of Sparta.

The ordinance, which was on its second and final reading and increases the local tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, if approved by a public vote, was passed swiftly. The only dissenting vote of those aldermen present was Jerry Lowery. Lowery made his concern known upon first reading the ordinance last month. Not present at … Read More

Republican Party meeting

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:16 am

White County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at White County Courthouse, in the third floor courtroom. The meeting has been moved to this date because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Sparta hosting welcome home event for Kellie Jolly Harper

Posted by | May 20, 2019 8:13 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

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