Lions on the dusty trail

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:19 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

We have talked about lion’s this month. We’ve focused on the roar and how to recognize what it sounds like. We actually looked at a guy that taught us that it’s OK to chase lions. This week, let’s take a look at the most dangerous lion that we will face.

In the book of Judges, there’s a man God called to judge Israel before he was even born. His name is Samson, and his story begins in the 13th chapter. An angel appears to Samson’s mother in the field. They’re identified as being from the tribe of Dan and most likely peasants, … Read More


College Application Week celebrated at WCHS

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:17 am

White County High School students who successfully applied to a post-secondary institution are treated to lunch by several Sparta businesses. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

(L-R) Dawson Sapp, Jacob Sparks, Cameron Beasley have their education paths already planned and are excited about the future possibilities for their chosen careers. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The week of Oct. 15-19 was College Application Week, at White County High School. During this week, seniors worked with counselors and representatives from post-secondary institutions to fill out college applications and the Tennessee Promise application. The Tennessee Promise scholarship will provide any graduating senior that is a Tennessee resident with an education at a community … Read More


Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 27

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:13 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth is shown at the Drug Take Back event, in 2015, which was held in the parking lot at Walgreens.

An annual event that helps individuals properly dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are outdated will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 27, at Walgreens, in Sparta.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was started by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2010. Too many times prescription drugs that are controlled substances end up in the wrong hands and sold in the streets. This can happen because a family member has died, and someone in the family takes the drugs for nefarious reasons, or a family member steals the drugs out of a loved one’s medicine cabinet for the same reason. Because these drugs have the … Read More


Foot chase in town leads to arrest

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:10 am

Devonte Ward

On Oct.18, at approximately 4:18 p.m., Chief of Police Jeff Guth, said a call came in from a Sparta resident complaining about an unwanted visitor at their house and asked that the police do something about it.

According to Guth, DeVonte Ward, of Rossville, Georgia, had come to the residence, in Sparta, uninvited. Officers soon learned that Ward had several warrants against him from Van Buren County and Georgia. Guth stated the homeowner had called his office and advised which way the subject was heading. He explained that Officer Honaker came in contact with the subject and ordered him to stop and put his hands up. … Read More


Airport manager Dean Selby receives 7 percent pay increase

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:08 am

Members of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors discuss matters of business during the Oct. 17, 2018 meeting. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The manager for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport has received a 7 percent increase in his salary after a positive evaluation of his work performance was reviewed during the Oct. 17 board meeting.

“He has saved us a ton of money,” said board member Bennett Jared, as he talked about airport manager Dean Selby. “Dean is the third manager since I have been on this board. His heart is more into it. There’s grant money that he has come up with. He has gone beyond what I thought he would do.”

Jared said that instead of the 5 percent increase the board had discussed, he would like for Selby … Read More


Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:05 am

Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning, 67, of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Denning was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Faison, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Carlton Thornton and Vurlon Sutton Thornton.

A Celebration of Life service was 1-2 p.m., Oct. 20, 2018, at Christian Life First Assembly of God, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Kent Greene

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:02 am

Kent Greene, 58 of Montz, Louisiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, after a two-year battle with colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Greene was born Sept. 19, 1960, in Sparta, to Eddie and Rita Greene, both of whom preceded him in death.

A person of strong Christian faith, he was a lifetime member of the Gideons and served as a lay minister at his church. He    faced his death with a tremendously positive attitude and inspired thousands of friends, family, and strangers through an online video discussing how his faith provided the strength and comfort to do so.

Mr. Greene enjoyed a long, successful … Read More


Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:01 am

Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick, 95 of Sparta, passed away Oct. 19, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born Feb. 3, 1923.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 23, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., Oct. 23, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Two vehicle collision in McDonalds’ parking lot

Posted by | October 21, 2018 12:54 pm

On Sunday afternoon Officer Nick Dunn with the Sparta Police Department responded to a call about a two-vehicle collision in the McDonald’s parking lot located on Roosevelt Drive. According to Dunn, one car was stopped in the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot to let a passenger out so they could go into the lobby of the restaurant when another vehicle came around the corner and struck the first car from behind.

“The guy in the truck said he was trying to put his seatbelt on when he struck the other vehicle,” said Dunn. “I don’t know why he was trying to put on his seatbelt at that particular time.”… Read More


Aline Simmons Ashley

Posted by | October 20, 2018 7:03 am

Aline Simmons Ashley, 75, a Sparta resident and Van Buren County native, passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Mrs. Ashley was born April 13, 1943.

A retired vice-president of operations with A.O. Smith and a member of Central Church of Christ, in Sparta, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Simmons and Dovie Manus Simmons.

She was married, on Dec. 26, 1967, to Herbert Lee Ashley, who preceded her in death, on Feb. 13, 2016.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Simmons, and brothers-in-law, Jr. Nunley and Thorold Ramsey.

She is … Read More


Two car collision near corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84

Posted by | October 19, 2018 11:13 pm

Officer Daniel with the Sparta Police Department was in charge of the scene of a two-vehicle collision that happened near the corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84 at approximately 10:03 p.m. Friday night.

A car that was driven by one passenger apparently struck another car, occupied by one adult and three children, in the rear end. The driver of the car that was hit was transported by ambulance to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta in stable condition. The children were not injured.


Ribbon cutting at Bilbrey Farms, will also host open house

Posted by | October 19, 2018 1:21 pm

Bilbrey Farms held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19. Owner of Bilbrey Farms, Sherry Bilbrey, stated that there would be an open house at the venue on October 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We’re having a drawing for any bride that books a wedding in 2019,” said Sherry. “They will get $1500 off the wedding package at our venue.”

She went on to say that there will be other door prizes as well and she welcomes the public to come out and join the fun.

 

 

 



Chamber hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Charity’s Bake Shop

Posted by | October 19, 2018 12:40 pm

Charity’s Bake Shop, at 406 N. Spring St., in Sparta, was welcomed as one of the newest members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on Oct. 19, 2018. Charity Lowhorn, owner, invites everyone to stop by and try her sweet treats as well as specialty coffees. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday; and closed on Sunday. For more information, call (931) 256-8344.


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