Airport increases liability insurance coverage by $3 million

Posted by | November 20, 2017 6:51 am

The Board of Directors for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport recently approved increasing the airport’s liability insurance coverage by $3 million.

On Nov. 14, 2017, the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors’ meeting, Dean Selby, airport manager, presented options for the airport’s liability coverage.

According to Selby, of the options gathered, the lowest bid of a liability coverage insurance policy came from Swallows Insurance Group, who presented a bid for a policy from Berkeley Aviation. The Swallows Insurance bid price was in the amount of $4,150, which would provide a $2 million liability insurance policy for the airport.

The next closest bid was given by BB&T for … Read More


City board discusses public comments at meetings

Posted by | November 20, 2017 6:50 am

Immediately following the city’s Nov. 16 meeting, the board of mayor and aldermen held a lengthy work session to discuss several items, including allowing residents an opportunity to address the city board.

The Sparta City Charter does not have a segment dedicated to allowing individuals to provide comments during the city board meetings. Only Sparta residents and property owners can address the board during public hearings by being placed on the agenda by the city mayor. This policy of conducting city business has been in place for the past several mayoral administrations and since the charter was revised.

“My feelings on this is I think anybody is welcome … Read More


Gentry sentencing hearing postponed until February 2018

Posted by | November 20, 2017 6:46 am

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service are shown earlier this year at a joint press conference about the investigation into a Ponzi scheme allegedly perpetrated by Jeffery Gentry. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The sentencing hearing for a White County man who has pleaded guilty for his involvement in the operation of a Ponzi scheme that reportedly led to the loss of millions of dollars by investor-victims has been delayed until early February 2018, according to recently filed federal court documents.

Jeffery Lynn Gentry, 40, of Sparta, pleaded guilty, on Aug. 10, 2017, in a U.S. federal district courtroom to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. He was scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, at 2 p.m., Nov. 27, 2017, for sentencing on the two charges. However, upon the request of the U.S. … Read More


Alleged marijuana-grow operation busted on West Bronson Street

Posted by | November 20, 2017 6:44 am

During a call where officers responded to a report of an unruly juvenile, Sparta Police officers discovered what is being described as an alleged marijuana-grow operation.

On Nov. 11, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Sparta Police Department was notified by White County E-911 dispatchers about a possible unruly juvenile and was dispatched to a residence on West Bronson Street. Upon arrival, Patrolman Nick Dunn … Read More


Dr. Clarence Lee Jones Jr.

Posted by | November 18, 2017 9:20 am

Dr. Clarence Lee Jones, Jr., 83, passed away Nov. 16, 2017, at Morningside Assisted Living Center, in Cookeville, surrounded by his family.

Dr. Jones was born on Sept. 17, 1934, in White County, to Clarence Lee Jones Sr. and Tennie Elizabeth Greene Jones.

He attended Peeled Chestnut School and White County High School before graduating from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute with a degree in chemistry, in 1956, where he was a member of the ROTC.

After college, he worked for DuPont, in Chattanooga, prior to continuing his service in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. Based at Arlington Hall Station, in Virginia, Dr. Jones worked at the Pentagon … Read More


Edward Wayne-Cole Maxwell (infant)

Posted by | November 18, 2017 9:06 am

Infant Edward Wayne-Cole Maxwell, son of Destany Ward and Dyllan Maxwell, was born and passed away. Nov. 14, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by infant uncles, Avery Maxwell and Bryher Maxwell.

Survivors include his mother, Destany Ward; father, Dyllan Maxwell; sister, Adaline Kevina Smith; maternal grandparents, Carolee Ward, Mike Ward, Kevin Parrish; paternal grandparents, Lee and Heather Maxwell; uncles, Josh (Shauna) Ward, Donathan Maxwell, Derrick Maxwell, Dakota Maxwell, Hadden Maxwell; aunt, Leanna Maxwell; cousin, Benson Ward; and several great- aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and extended family.

Funeral service was graveside, at 1 p.m., Nov. 17, 2017, at Bethlehem Cemetery. Donald Haston officiated.

Funeral … Read More


Charles Benton Rogers

Posted by | November 18, 2017 8:55 am

Charles Benton Rogers, 95, of Spencer, passed from this life on Nov. 15, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Rogers was born April 14, 1922, in Spencer, the son of Benton Rogers and Georgia Kell Rogers.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spencer, where he served as deacon. He also served as the church treasurer for many years. Mr. Rogers was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed golf, woodworking, and gardening.

Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Violet Barker Rogers; his parents; two brothers, Thomas F. Rogers, Karl Rogers; and one sister, Katy … Read More


Warriors pick up their first win of the season

Posted by | November 17, 2017 9:06 pm

The Warriors picked up their first win of the season tonight with a 77-54 win over Cannon County. The Warriors were led in scoring by Dyson Reece who finished with 24 points. Grant Slatton also chipped in 14 points. The Warriors and Warriorettes will be back in action on Tuesday night when they return to Roy Sewell Gymnasium to take on DeKalb County High School. The Warriors will also been honoring anyone who was previously in the military. Any Veterans and their spouses will get into the game for free.


Warriors lead at the half

Posted by | November 17, 2017 8:12 pm

The Warriors expanded their lead in the second quarter to take a 41-22 lead at the half. Dyson Reece leads all scorers with 15 points.






Wylie Gene Austin

Posted by | November 17, 2017 11:48 am

Wylie Gene Austin, 87, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 17, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Austin was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Sparta, to Shelah Austin and Josie Mitchell Austin.

He was married, on March 9, 1950, to Nannie Lee Elrod Austin who, along with his parents, preceded him in death.

Mr. Austin was a lifelong resident of the Cole’s Chapel and Fancher’s Mill communities of White County, and he attended Liberty Baptist Church. Retired from dairy farming and other businesses he owned and operated, he and his wife spent time in Florida and traveling.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Austin was … Read More


Rotary Club of Sparta Christmas Parade announces grand marshals

Posted by | November 17, 2017 9:35 am

Rotary Club of Sparta’s will hold its 72nd annual Christmas Parade beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. starting at White County High School and ending at the courthouse. Line-up begins 2 p.m., and judging of floats is 3 p.m.

The grand marshal for 2017 is William Bohannon, along with Rotarian of the Year Alan Marsh. The theme is “Winter Wonder Land.”

The Rotary Club of Sparta held its first annual parade, on Dec. 6, 1945, and has done so every year since. The first parade featured a guinea pig race, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus, who distributed fruit and hard candies to the children.

“Children of all … Read More


Chamber welcomes Tony Ray’s Small Engine Repair

Posted by | November 17, 2017 9:23 am

Where else would you use a chainsaw for a Ribbon Cutting? Tony Ray has been repairing small engines for over a quarter of a century. Whether you need to resuscitate a dead lawn mower, tune up a tiller, liven up a leaf-blower, or rebuild a chainsaw, Tony Ray’s Small Engine Repair is the place to go. No job is too “small.” Having worked at the former White County Lawn and Tractor until it closed, Tony Ray has opened his own shop. Located in the former Patio Furniture building, at 6630 Smithville Highway, in Sparta, the winter hours are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.


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