God is looking for godliness

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:25 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

It is the desire of many parents that their children be like them.  Men often want sons to train in certain trades, sports, or activities in the same areas in which they learned.  Women often long for daughters to share in their interests of shopping, cooking, and various hobbies.  It is only natural to feel this way, as parents see their own image reflected through their children by the way they look and behave (the same way that God looks at us).  “God created man in his own image” (Gen. 1:27) and every person is counted as “his offspring” … Read More


Some laws were made to be perfected

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:22 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

One of my closest friends recently told me of a recipe that his mother had shared with him. She was preparing her roast for baking one day and her daughter noticed something she did during the process. She cut an inch off the side of the roast before she did anything else. So she asked why. “Why do you cut an inch off mother,” she asked? Her mother kindly responded, “Because it’s what my mother always did,” so she went to her grandmother and asked the same question. She was astonished to hear the answer was the same. The grandmother cut an … Read More


Emergency Powers Act and our senators’ reactions

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:19 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

So, once again we meet here to discuss the unwillingness of our government to deal with the chaos, lawbreaking, and illegal activities going on at our southern border, along with few observations on this disgusting scene.  Let’s get to it.

To save time, let’s all agree the president has the power to declare an emergency. It has been done numerous times since the 1976 act allowing it. Every president has used it – some more than others. And 28 of those declared emergencies are still in effect, including one by President Jimmy Carter that allowed the retention of Iran’s funds during … Read More


The 2020 proposed budget seems like example of bait and switch

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:07 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

The good news about the 2020 proposed budget is the talk coming out of Congress this past week, which is both Democrats and many Republicans claim they cannot support the cuts and spending numbers.  In my opinion, those Republicans who have criticized the proposed budget are probably the ones who will be up for re-election, in 2020.  I am sure they are getting an earful from their constituents who are paying close attention to the numbers in Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

One of things that Donald Trump repeatedly told the American people was that he would not touch Social Security, Medicare, and … Read More


Findlay Elementary students recognized March 14 meeting

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:03 am

Students from Findlay Elementary were celebrated at the March 14 school board meeting. Pictured are Ava Adcock, Ellie McCulley, Ellie Blaylock, Seth Smith, Sadie Benningfield, Conner Liner, and Sadie Bickford. (Photo by RON MOSES)


4-H and First National Bank sponsor “Piggy Bank” contest

Posted by | March 18, 2019 8:58 am

By Rachel Auberger

White County 4-H and First National Bank teamed up to teach  students about the benefits of saving for the future.

RoseAnn Dodson, UT Extension agent, said this is the second annual contest for students in fourth and fifth grades. Dodson said the goal is simple: teach the kids about saving money and setting goals.

“We ask them to set a goal; what is something they would like in the future?” Dodson said. “Obviously, they all say college, but we want them to see that you can save for things they want, too, – things like video games, a new bicycle, summer camp.”

The contest teaches … Read More


Software tracks emails that are questionable, parents can also be notified of after-hours incident

Posted by | March 18, 2019 8:51 am

By Ron Moses

Since December, the White County school system has been using software named Bark and Auditor that track and sniff out e-mails posted by students that are deemed concerning.

Middle school and high school students are not allowed to send e-mails to anyone other than students and teachers within the district, but some of those e-mails may contain information that may be inappropriate or throw up red flags for things such as cyber-bullying, school shootings, and sexting among others.

Technology coordinator Ashley Rust said the software is working well.

“Both of these are filtering tools for student e-mails,” said Rust. “every time they send an e-mail … Read More


Seth Keen beat childhood cancer

Posted by | March 18, 2019 8:46 am

Today, Seth Keen is a normal 14-year-old boy thanks to his mother’s persistence and faith.

Editor’s note: This story is one of several that will be featured leading up to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which will be May 11, 2019, at Metcalf Park, in downtown Sparta. For more information, call Roxanna Hitchcock, (931) 808-2852.

By Rachel Auberger

“He’s my superhero,” Karen Keen says of her son, Seth, who she describes as a walking miracle after undergoing three and a half years of chemotherapy to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia.

In July 2008, while preparing her then 3-year-old son for a bath, Keen noticed bruising he hadn’t … Read More


Ronald Wayne Monahan

Posted by | March 16, 2019 1:17 pm

Ronald Wayne Monahan, 60, of Old Hickory, passed away March 14, 2019, at State Department of Intellectual Disability, in Old Hickory.

Mr. Monahan was born Sept. 26, 1958, in Riverside, California, the son of Robert Monahan and Ursula K. Eaton.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., March 19, 2019, at Plainview Cemetery, in the Cassville community. Curtis Guest will officiate.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Governor proposes nearly $60 million for Tennessee Tech

Posted by | March 16, 2019 9:48 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s 2019-2020 budget recommendation includes nearly $60 million in appropriations for Tennessee Tech.

Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Ryan Williams supportive of budget recommendations

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s 2019-2020 budget recommendation includes nearly $60 million in appropriations for Tennessee Tech. His proposal also includes more than $11 million in capital appropriations. In total, the governor’s recommendation calls for more than $16 million in additional funding for Tennessee Tech.

The recommendation includes funds recognizing Tech’s strong outcomes under the funding formula, its status as a doctoral university, its cybersecurity efforts, as well as funds for the planning of the new engineering building and additional campus renovations.

The 2019-2020 recommendation is a 10.4 percent increase over 2018-2019, and is more than 25 percent … Read More


Tennessee Tech to announce Grand Challenge on Tuesday

Posted by | March 16, 2019 9:42 am

Who: Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham

What: In sharing Gov. Bill Lee’s vision and passion for the accelerated transformation of rural areas, Tennessee Tech will announce a Grand Challenge initiative, focusing on how the university will harness science, technology and innovation to transform rural living. This Grand Challenge will help leverage the unique assets of Tech while helping develop and support the success of rural areas throughout Tennessee.

When: 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours

Where: Leslie Town Centre, 1 W 1st St., Cookeville, Tennessee


Fish fry to benefit Relay For Life

Posted by | March 15, 2019 12:26 pm

Saturday, March 23

Who: Wenda’s Warriors

What: Fish fry (all proceeds benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event)

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: The Splash, on McMinnville Highway (formerly known as Wet Willie’s)


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