The willing suspension of disbelief

Posted by | May 21, 2018 5:55 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

It is with a sense of disbelief that I sit and write this article. The “spy” in the Trump camp’s name has been released, but, in reality, he was much more than a spy. It is he (Stefan Halper) that is credited with “dirtying up” the Trump campaign advisors that were then used as a pretext to start this whole investigation. Yes, you read that correctly. Mr. Halper is said to have connections inside Russia and elsewhere, and he used those connections to arrange Carter Page to be invited to Russia to present his paper. And then… along comes the dirt. … Read More


Finding more fishing holes

Posted by | May 21, 2018 5:52 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Let’s take another trip to the favorite fishing spot and revisit one of the scriptures from our last discussion.

Jesus spoke with Simon Peter and Andrew, in Matthew chapter 4. He called them to “follow him, and he would make them fishers of men.” First of all he observed them working. They were doing what they were good at, and that was fishing. God called them out of their profession and into the lives of mankind.

I mentioned last week that we are called to fish. This example clearly shows the model for discovering our calling, and it’s simple “get to work” … Read More



Snack Pack supports schools

Posted by | May 21, 2018 5:50 am

The Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” recently made a donation to the administrators of Woodland Park Elementary School for approximately $145.30. Since the creation of the “Snack Pack” program in 2016, over $2,100 has been donated to the elementary schools in White County. Every month, customers at Bon Air Market have the opportunity to donate their spare change or the change from purchases made at the store into a bucket at the front counter. These donations are collected at the end of each month and then donated to one of the elementary schools in White County, in alphabetical order. On May 8, 2018, Bon Air Market co-owner Patti … Read More



White County’s April revenue reports reflect positive gains

Posted by | May 21, 2018 5:47 am

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently announced that revenues during the month of April exceeded the revenues collected from this time last year, with White County maintaining healthy revenue collections as well.

Revenue collections for Tennessee, during April, came in at approximately $1.9 billion, which is a growth of 3.7 percent more than last year and approximately $128.3 million more than the state budgeted.

“Total revenues, in April, reflect significant improvement compared to this time last year,” said Martin. “Much of the growth is driven by franchise and excise tax payments, business tax receipts, privilege taxes, and sales tax revenues. While revenues look promising, … Read More


Tennessee’s unprecedented low unemployment rate continues

Posted by | May 21, 2018 5:46 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have announced that Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for April was recorded at 3.4 percent, the third consecutive month the rate has held steady.

According to data collected by the state, April 2018 marks one year since Tennessee’s unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent for the first time in recent history. In May 2017, the rate, in Tennessee, dipped to 3.8 percent and has remained under that mark ever since. The state recorded an all-time low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in September 2017. That figure is just 0.1 of a percentage point lower … Read More


Jeffrey Dean Staus

Posted by | May 20, 2018 8:06 am

Jeffrey Dean Staus, 53, of Sparta, passed away May 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born May 5, 1965, in Lawrence, Kansas, he was the son of Dorothy Loney Kirby and Edward Staus.

No services are planned at this time.

A Celebration of Life service will be planned at a later date, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 


Bobby Joe Qualls

Posted by | May 20, 2018 8:05 am

Funeral service for. Bobby Joe Qualls, 75, of Sparta, was 3 p.m., May 18, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Robert Murdock officiated.

Mr. Qualls was born June 5, 1942, in Sparta, to William Donald Qualls and Jo Ellen Nash Miller.

He was a retired U.S. Navy combat veteran and a 32nd Degree Master Mason. He was a member of Cabul Lodge 116, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, and a life-long member of the Shriners, American Legion, and VFW.

Mr. Qualls was preceded in death by his father, William Donald Qualls; mother, Jo Ellen Miller; stepfather, Chester Miller; brothers, Donnie … Read More


Cultus Campbell

Posted by | May 20, 2018 8:04 am

Cultus Campbell, 89, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Campbell was born Aug. 18, 1928, to Willard Campbell and Sadie Barnett Campbell.

His hobbies included raising a big garden every year and dancing. He was also an avid fisherman.

Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stuart, Curtis, Burnis, and Everett.

Survivors include his wife, Nola Jean Adkins Campbell, of Sparta; son, Keith Alan Campbell (Debbra), of Spencer; daughters, Kelly Jean Campbell, of Sparta, Mona Gouveia (Manny), of Spencer; grandson, Caleb Anthony Campbell; granddaughter, Samantha Oxford (Brad), of Pikeville; great-grandchildren, Charlotte Gouveia, of Washington State, Vincent Gouveia, of Pikeville, … Read More


Virgil Ernest Tucker

Posted by | May 20, 2018 8:04 am

Virgil Ernest Tucker passed from this world to be with the    Lord, on May 17, 2018.

His passing was peaceful, quiet, and attended by The Holy Spirit. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Tucker was a proud native Californian, having been born in San Diego, on Jan. 20, 1944. He, his father, Jr., and his brother, Ronald, built and raced fuel-altered cars in the 50’s and were clocking world class times. They soon pursued other occupations, but cars were in their blood. Make no mistake! Virgil went to Vietnam and was actually given his draft notice mixed in with his birthday cards on his 21st birthday.

When he … Read More



Quebeck potluck

Posted by | May 18, 2018 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 26

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Club

What: Potluck (bring a dish to share)

When: 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center, 375 Quebeck Rd., in Quebeck

Contact: (931) 657-1009


Motlow Sparta site offers information session May 29 about Tennessee Reconnect

Posted by | May 18, 2018 10:32 am

Motlow Sparta Teaching Site to hold Tennessee Reconnect information session May 29.

Adults who are interested in learning about the free tuition Tennessee Reconnect program are encouraged to attend a Reconnect information session that will be held at the Motlow Sparta Teaching Site, located at 603 Roosevelt Drive, 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 29.

Starting in the fall of 2018, Tennessee Reconnect will provide a last-dollar scholarship to qualifying adults pursuing an associate degree or credential at a community college in Tennessee. Reconnect is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help more of Tennessee’s adults enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.

“Motlow staff will … Read More


Championship fishermen

Posted by | May 18, 2018 10:17 am

Elijah Kelley and Hunter Sloan recently won the 2018 TBF Jr State Championship at Tims Ford Lake with a weight of 8.38 lbs.  They will move on to the nationals, at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in August.


Hitchcock serves on American Bank and Trust Student Advisory Board

Posted by | May 18, 2018 9:59 am

American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands partnered with the Tennessee Tech College of Business to form a Student Advisory Board for the bank. The 12 students selected by competitive process for the board, along with AB&T executives, are: (front row, left-to-right) Joshua Hitchcock, Raymond Chan, Chase Womble, Nathan Olmstead, Brady Morgan (back row, left-to-right) Molly Williams, Marty Maynord of AB&T, Serena Campeau, Maverick Melton, Wendi Wheeler, Jonathan Terry, Victoria Chaplin, Ryan Smith of AB&T, and Jessica Miranda.

Joshua Hitchcock, a junior finance student from Sparta, spent this semester learning about the banking industry by serving on the American Bank and Trust of the Cumberlands Student Advisory Board.

“Being a part of this board has allowed me to see the inner workings of a community bank from an executive’s viewpoint,” Hitchcock said. “I loved being able to work alongside talented, hardworking students and banking professional to solve real banking problems.”

The board, made up of 12 students, is a partnership between the bank and the Tennessee Tech College of Business. The students were selected through a competitive application and interview process.

“This is an experiential course … Read More


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