Martha G. Templeton

Posted by | March 19, 2018 3:34 pm

Martha G. Templeton, 88, of Sparta, passed away today at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

E-911 officials open Emergency Operations Center for approaching storms

Posted by | March 19, 2018 2:49 pm

The White County emergency operations center has been opened in response to approaching storms.

Officials with the White County E-911 Communications Center have officially opened the emergency operations center in response to the approaching storms that are expected to bring severe weather throughout the state.

According to the National Weather Service-Nashville District Office, “Severe thunderstorms expected this afternoon through the evening hours across Middle Tennessee… Isolated tornadoes with a strong tornado or two are also possible.”

The NWS hazardous weather outlook is calling for straight line damaging winds, large hail, and the threat of tornadoes. For the Upper Cumberland Region, rain is expected to start moving through the region this afternoon, with the possibility of the greatest window for severe weather between … Read More

Brandon Harold Cravens

Posted by | March 19, 2018 2:49 pm

Brandon Cravens, 34, of Sparta, passed away March 16, 2018.

Mr. Cravens was born Sept. 1, 1983, in White County, to David Cravens and Belinda Robinson.

He worked in construction and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending his time fishing. He especially loved the nicknames given to him by his nieces and nephews – Uncle Boog and Uncle Big Man.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Casto and Marie Cravens, and uncles, Sam Cravens and Dewayne Cravens.  Survivors include his son, Lucas Cravens; parents, David Cravens and Sherry Simmons, of Sparta, Belinda Robinson and John Berg, of McMinnville; grandparents, Harold and Faye Robinson, of Sparta; … Read More

Republican Party meeting

Posted by | March 19, 2018 12:48 pm

Who: White County Republican Party

What: Meeting – guest speakers will be Dr. Rolando Toyos, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Terry Alley, (incumbent) White County Commission, District 2

When: 7 p.m., Monday, March 26

Where: 3rd floor, White County Courthouse

Lost cat

Posted by | March 19, 2018 12:35 pm

Lost Calico cat in Ridgewood Subdivision. Call  (931) 808-9988.

Van Buren tennis opens its season

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:39 am

Van Buren County tennis opened its season with a home district match against Cannon County. The opener resulted in a loss for the home team but was not short on highlights. Brandon Skiles won his match in the number two slot over Cannon County’s Lane Willis 8-5. Katie Moffitt and Lilly Powell also got a W in a doubles match with a score of 8-6. Both number ones played in close games that resulted in loss, with Aleysah Dyer losing in a tie-breaker and Alex Cope falling just short with a score of 6-8. Van Buren tennis will play their next match on March 16, with a district … Read More

Phillips’ no-hitter helps WCMS take down Monterey

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:35 am

Ashlynn Phillips threw a no-hitter, on Thursday night, as the Warriorettes took down Monterey Middle School in a Military Appreciation game. Phillips struck out 15 batters in the win.

Ashlynn Phillips didn’t allow a single hit, as the White County Middle School Warriorettes defeated Monterey Middle School 8-0, on Thursday night. The Warriorettes also celebrated Military Appreciation Night and had William Bohannon, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, throw out the first pitch. The Warriorettes also made a $300 donation to Team Rubicon.

The Warriorettes tallied four runs in the second and third innings to jump out to an 8-0 lead. In the third inning, the Warriorettes’ bats … Read More

WCHS baseball wins 2 of 4 in Cure 4 Cancer tourney

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:32 am

Tucker Allen throws a pitch in Friday’s game against Seymour. Allen got his first varsity start on the mound this weekend. He went three innings in the outing.

The Warrior baseball team competed in the Cure 4 Cancer tournament played in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area over the weekend and split their four games.

They picked up wins over Seymour (4-2) and Halls (13-2) but suffered losses to Gibbs (9-0) and Greenback (8-6).

WCHS began tournament play Friday against Gibbs. Gibbs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Warriors with back-to-back home runs. Gibbs would pick up a single run in the third and fourth innings to … Read More

WCHS softball picks up two wins

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:29 am

Dani Auberger strolls into second base on a double that she hit early this week. Auberger has helped lead the Warriorettes to the early 3-1 start.

The Warriorette softball team added two more victories to the win column, on Saturday, but was unable to hold on to a lead late on Thursday night, dropping their first game of the season.

After an opening night win, on Tuesday, the Warriorettes played host to Sequatchie County, on Thursday night. The Warriorettes’ defense struggled, as they committed five errors, which led to five runs in a 6-5 loss to the Lady Indians.

However, the Warriorettes would quickly turn things around, on … Read More

Celebration of Craft is set for April 7

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:22 am

Nick Fletcher demonstrates throwing at the Appalachian Center for Craft’s celebration.

The 20th Annual Celebration of Craft will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 7, at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville.

This free, family-friendly event gives the community an opportunity to immerse themselves in art at the Craft Center. Go behind the scenes and watch live studio demonstrations, chat with current students and alumni and meet our faculty, staff and artists in residence.

Kids can choose from a number of hands-on crafts in which to participate and get a taste of what students learn while enrolled at the Craft Center. Activities include folding and dyeing paper, paper making, tempera enameling, stained “glass” lantern making, and tie-dyeing … Read More

Legislative Review

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:17 am

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Governor, Lawmakers Form Working Group To Review School Safety

Last week in Nashville, Governor Bill Haslam announced the formation of a working group of leaders from the executive branch, General Assembly, safety, education, and mental health communities to immediately begin reviewing school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children.

While all schools in Tennessee currently have safety plans in place, the Governor’s working group convened to review the policies, procedures and process of developing and implementing those plans, as well as other school safety measures, including communication and collaboration among law enforcement, educators, and mental health professionals.… Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:15 am

By State Senator Paul Bailey

Senate Committees worked diligently this week, wrapping up budget hearings for various agencies and departments of state government and moving a number of important bills to the Senate floor for final action. The budget will be a key area of focus for the General Assembly during the final weeks of legislative action, as Governor Bill Haslam is expected to deliver his supplemental appropriation amendment next Tuesday.

One of the bills which moved out of committee is legislation which I am sponsoring that prevents harassment and intimidation of the clergy in Tennessee. In 2015, our legislature passed a law that prohibits any government entity, … Read More

Taking the harvest to the next level

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:13 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

The lessons that we learn in this season are the seeds for the next season. The harvest is not solely dependent on what happens in the fall; it is directly affected by what happens in the now.

A few things that I learned from growing up on a farm that I can distinctively remember concerning planting is that you have to cultivate what you can’t see now in order to harvest what you can see later. And there’s always going to be challenges from planting time to harvest time – too much drought, too much rain and wind. Too many animals – … Read More

How to face a lion and survive

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:11 am

By Derrick Coble -West Sparta church of Christ

A couple once took their 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter to Carlsbad Caverns. As always, when the tour reached the deepest point in the cave, the guide turned off all the lights to dramatize how completely dark and silent it is below the earth’s surface. The little girl, suddenly covered in darkness, was frightened and immediately began to cry. As soon as her brother heard it, he said, “Don’t cry. Somebody here knows how to turn on the lights.”

Oftentimes we are afraid of those things we cannot see or things that are unknown to us. Have you ever spent … Read More

Has Trump’s administration become a spin-off of the reality show “Survivor?”

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:10 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I don’t think anyone would deny that Donald Trump has a large ego. At every possible opportunity, he tells the American public how smart he is and how he, alone, is making America great – again. We have also seen proof, since his inauguration, he does not like anyone who works for him to disagree with him. As of last week, approximately 40-plus people have resigned or were fired from Mr. Trump’s administration. This number does not include employees from various departments and government entities that have resigned or were “permanently” furloughed due to “restructuring and budget reductions.”

Last week, Secretary of … Read More

Will the Tennessee Democrat Party condemn Bredesen for covering up sexual harassment cases?

Posted by | March 19, 2018 9:08 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

It will be interesting to follow Phil Bredesen’s run for senator from Tennessee. With Bob Corker, a sometimes-conservative Republican not running for re-election, there will be an open seat this year. And Bredesen, the popular former governor of Tennessee, is throwing his hat in the ring.

Democrats have always been far more willing to attack Republicans over misbehavior than members of their own party. You may recall when President Nixon was trying to keep his job, it was a group of Republican senators led by Tennessee’s own Senator Howard Baker that took the trip up Pennsylvania Avenue to tell him they … Read More

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