The Biz Foundry hosting networking event at Happy Trails on Oct. 23

Posted by | October 11, 2019 10:21 am

The Biz Foundry is bringing Happy Hour to Happy Trails. This monthly networking event is Oct. 23rd from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees are invited to network with other entrepreneurs and professionals from the area. Beer drafts are free during the event. Drink tickets will be available at the door. Each ticket is good for one drink.

The Biz Foundry is hosting the event as a way to greet its new community. The organization is opening locations in Sparta and McMinnville in November. Grand opening events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Biz Foundry is a nonprofit that serves the Upper Cumberland Region. It functions as … CONTINUED



Billye Joyce Howell Ross

Posted by | October 11, 2019 10:10 am

Billye Joyce Howell Ross, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 5, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Ross was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Springfield, Tennessee, to William Ira Howell and Gladys Griffin Howell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Dr. Jeff Pinckley Ross; and brother, Tillman Cason “T.C.” Howell.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Joseph Marc Ross and wife Patti; her grandchildren, Dr. Carrie Ross Abood and husband Adam, Joseph Adam Ross and wife Stephanie, Jacob Andrew Ross, Mary Katherine Ross; great-grandchildren, Asher Ross, Eden Abood, Abraham Abood, Noah Ross, Annelise Ross, Atticus Ross; sister, Carolyn Acuff and … CONTINUED



Van Buren County and Spencer will receive $811,000 in grants to improve community development

Posted by | October 11, 2019 9:26 am

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) announced, on Oct. 11, that Van Buren County and Spencer will receive $811,000 through Community Development Block Grants. Bowling and Sexton made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Van Buren County will receive $286,850 to purchase equipment for firefighting equipment, including turnout gear, RIT-PAK Attack and accompanying air cylinders, thermal imagers, fire monitoring kits, and automated external defibrillators for use within the Van Buren County volunteer fire departments. The city of Spencer will receive $525,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to a minimum of seven owner-occupied LMI households.

“This … CONTINUED


Warriors take on Livingston Academy tonight in Overton County

Posted by | October 11, 2019 9:25 am

By Jerry Lowery

The Sparta Warriors will travel to Overton County, on Friday night, to take on Livingston Academy in a non-conference matchup. Livingston is under the direction of former Warrior head coach Bruce Lamb. The Wildcats are 7-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 226-50. They have had two common opponents. The Wildcats beat Cookevillea28-2 and beat Cumberland County 42-0. Their defense has been very stingy for the opposing offenses, and the Warriors will need to find a way to move the ball against a very good football team. Game time is set for 7 p.m.



Veterans Museum of White County

Posted by | October 11, 2019 9:11 am

Veterans Museum of White County, located in the American Legion Building, on Liberty Square, in Sparta, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday; or by special request. For more information call the Veterans Service Office at (931) 836-3595.



Second Annual Ranger Fest set for Oct. 12 at Cumberland Trail

Posted by | October 10, 2019 2:18 pm

Tennessee State Parks will host the second annual Ranger Fest, on Oct. 12, at the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park’s Head of Sequatchie location.

Ranger Fest is a celebration of Tennessee State Parks as places of education, recreation, and conservation. Open to the public, Ranger Fest brings park rangers and educators together in one place on one day. The event runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dr. Jan Simek, archaeologist at the University of Tennessee, and State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath headline the group of speakers at this year’s event. Simek will discuss the history of the area and the importance of its preservation. Hedgepath will lead a walk … CONTINUED


RSVP and Foster Grandparent Program honor first responders

Posted by | October 10, 2019 2:16 pm

The directors and volunteers from the White County Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program celebrated National Day of Service 9/11, on Sept. 6, 2019, with Sparta Police Department and White County Sheriff Department. The programs acknowledged and showed appreciation to the first responders, of White County, on behalf of their community.RSVP volunteers provide entertainment for those in nursing homes. The program also provides meals, transportation, companionship by calling on and visiting shut-ins, and solutions for other needs of the area’s senior citizens. The Foster Grandparent Program works with children with exceptional needs with a one-on-one aid at BonDeCroft Elementary School and Sparta Head Start.  For more … CONTINUED



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