Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted by | October 19, 2017 3:40 pm

The WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week is Macee Allison.

Allison, a senior at White County High School, has been a member the Warriorettes’ Volleyball team for the past four year. She was voted second team all-district during this past season.

Warriorette coach, Joni Simpson-Trivette had this to say about Allison.

“Macee is someone who works hard at everything she does,” said Simpson-Trivette. “She is a leader on and off the court and is well deserving of this award. Macee has a tremendous work ethic, and it was a pleasure to coach her this year.”

Allison’s teacher, Relva Lewis, also commented.

“Macee has a great attitude and makes … Read More

WCHS BBQ dinner a huge success

Posted by | October 19, 2017 3:24 pm

If the preseason fundraiser is any indication or foreshadowing of things to come, it should be a successful year for the White County High School basketball teams.

The two teams combined to sell 585 tickets for a recent barbecue dinner, which was held Oct. 12. Each of those tickets admitted two people to the dinner, which was sponsored by the Bank of White County.

The cafeteria was packed almost the entire night, with the crowd spilling over into the cafeteria annex for seating.

Third-year Warriorette head coach Michael Dodgen took the microphone to start the night and welcomed everyone. He was speaking on behalf of himself, both basketball … Read More

Cantrell, Boruff, Matlock riding high on college football successes

Posted by | October 19, 2017 2:03 pm

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Cantrell and Tusculum are 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. Tusculum is on a two-game win streak right now after coming from behind this past weekend to win 32-31 in double-overtime over the defending SAC champions Newberry. The Pioneers snapped the Wolves’ 12-game SAC winning streak.

Cantrell was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week and the Bo jangles’ Athlete of the Week for his performance this past weekend. Cantrell averaged 43.1 yards per punt this weekend and pinned all eight of his punt attempts inside the 20-yard line, on Saturday. Cantrell flipped field position … Read More

Cross Country competes in final tune-up before regional meet

Posted by | October 19, 2017 1:54 pm

Katie Anderson runs in a recent race. Anderson and the rest of the WCHS Cross Country team will travel to East Ridge, on Oct. 24 to compete in the Region 3 Large School meet with a chance to make it to the state meet on the line. (Photo submitted)

Cross Country season is heading into the stretch run, and the local runners will have their most important races over the next couple of weeks.

The White County High School Cross Country team competed in the Mid State Cross Country Association championship last Saturday as their final tune-up for the Region 3AAA race, which will be held at Camp Jordan, in East Ridge, Tennessee, on Oct. 24.

The MSCCA this past weekend at Buckner City Park, in Dickson County, saw 199 girls and 251 boys compete in just the 3A competition.

The top finisher for the WCHS girls was Evan Welch, with a time of 19:48, which put … Read More

Youth Basketball sign-ups begin

Posted by | October 19, 2017 1:40 pm

Sparta Youth Basketball is making plans for another season.

The organization has divisions for players from age 3 all the way to 17. There are three sign-up dates for players interested in competing this season. Players must sign up and try out at one of the times. Players that are eligible to stay in the same age division need to fill out new forms and pay entry fees at one of the dates.

All sign-ups will be at Findlay Elementary School gymnasium. The cost is $40 for one child, $55 for two siblings, and $60 for three.

Age divisions are as follows. (Ages are based on Aug. 1 … Read More

Warriors face tough test Friday

Posted by | October 19, 2017 1:37 pm

Dylan Bumbalough and Cade Clark bring down a Lincoln County Runner this past Friday night. The Warrior football team will travel to Columbia this Friday night looking for their first win of the season. (Photo by ANDY MCCULLEY)

The Warrior football team will be squaring off against one of the toughest teams on their schedule this Friday night when they travel to Columbia to take on the Columbia High School Lions.

These two teams will meet for only the third time, on Friday night. The Warriors are 0-2 vs. Columbia. The two met in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, the Warriors were defeated by the Lions 48-20, and in 2002, the Lions came away with a 63-13 win. The Warriors will try to end this losing streak on Friday night.

The Lions are coming into Friday night’s game at 6-2. Their two losses have come at … Read More

Fall Colors Spooktacular events for everyone this weekend

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:33 am

The annual Fall Colors Spooktacular event at Fall Creek Falls State Park will be held this weekend and has plenty of activities for everyone.

Park Rangers and volunteers with the Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park will be hosting their annual Fall Colors Spooktacular event. Fall Creek Falls puts on the Fall Colors Spooktacular event as a way to bring people to the beautiful outdoors and to give campers an opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage and the Halloween season.

The annual “spooktacular” event gives campers and the public the opportunity to come together and enjoy the fall foliage and beautiful scenery of the 26,000-plus acre state … Read More

Van Buren County to receive $300 million economic project

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:29 am

Van Buren County has just announced that they will receive a $300 million economic development project that will generate 75 new jobs.

On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that the county would become the home of a new employer that will be investing $300 million to create a new facility and generate 75 new jobs in the county. After a year of planning and negotiating with the county, Just Be Green, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will be creating a new alternative fuel generation facility in Van Buren County.

According to Wilson, the county has been working on this project for approximately a year. In … Read More

Van Buren commissioners authorize one-time bonus for employees

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:26 am

County commissioners authorized the approval of one-time bonuses to eligible full-time county employees during the recent commission meeting. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

During the recent Van Buren County Commission meeting, commissioners voted to approved a motion to give a one-time bonus for county employees.

During the Oct. 17 Board of County Commissioners of Van Buren County regularly scheduled meeting, the board addressed several agenda items

The Van Buren County Commission Steering Committee A presented several budget amendments for consideration by the full court of commissioners, one of which was the proposed one-time bonus in the amount of $500 to be given to all full-time county employees.

During the 2017-2018 budget development process, the commissioners earmarked funding to provide a one-time bonus to the county’s full time employees as long as … Read More

Last Sparta Green Market of the season is set for Oct. 20

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:34 am

The 6th Sparta Green Market opens Oct. 20, 2017, 4-7 p.m., at Metcalf Park, across the street from Liberty Square.

The Green Market in Sparta is the only downtown evening market event with produce, meat, fruit, flowers, and entertainment.

Margaret Petre, event organizer, says, “The Sparta Green Market, last event of the 2017 season, features fresh produce, pumpkins, and local entertainment. The Market has the best blend of local farm products and free entertainment in a unique evening venue on the square in Sparta.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring the family, dine at the Liberty Square restaurants, and visit local shops open especially for the Sparta Green Market. … Read More

Park rangers offering a guided hike of Window Cliffs

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:31 am

Park rangers are offering a unique opportunity by providing a guided hike through the Window Cliffs State Natural Area.

For many, there is not a better way to spend an crisp cool fall day than by taking a hike in one of our many local state parks. As a way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, Burgess Falls state park rangers will be providing a guided hike in one of Tennessee’s newly opened state natural areas, Window Cliffs.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, which officially opened to the public as part of the Tennessee State Park system early this year, is managed by officials at … Read More

We miss loved ones and a world of peace, but we’ll be alright

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:28 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl    

“I think I might miss you.”

It had only been a few days since Shannon and Katie Grace pulled out of our driveway, leaving us with these words ringing in our ears and echoing in our hearts, but even though less than a week had passed, we did indeed miss her very much. We felt sure she missed us, too.

Separated by hundreds of miles, we listened with smiles that were surely felt across the miles as she serenaded us on the   phone. When Katie finished singing, Sammie blurted into the phone, “Katie Grace. I think I might miss you.” Her voice … Read More

State tax revenues continue to exceed budgeted estimates

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:16 am

According to a recent state financial report, the month of September saw Tennessee’s revenues exceed the budgeted estimates in most of the state’s funds.

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently reported that September revenues were approximately $1.4 billion, which is $48.3 million more than September 2016. The existing state revenues are approximately $58.8 million more than the budgeted estimate.

“Sales tax revenues reflecting August consumer activity recorded positive gains compared to the same time period one year ago while corporate tax revenues posted negative growth,” Martin said. “All other revenues together recorded healthy growth compared to last year and were driven primarily by increased … Read More

Military contractor, not the Marines, solicits Sparta and White County to use private property for training

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:14 am

By Karen Lees

The White County Commission met Monday evening, and, although it was not on the agenda, the subject was raised from the audience about proposed military training in downtown Sparta. See the Oct. 9 article “U.S. Marine Corps Forces to conduct military training operations within the City of Sparta.”

As it turns out, U.S. Marine Corps Forces are not conducting the proposed training after all, but a private contracting company called VATC 3611 W Swann Ave., Tampa, Florida

The contractor’s representative was challenged by the audience to answer questions before the county commission, on Monday evening. As the VATC representative spoke, the truth started to … Read More

Airport manager to attend national conference

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:02 am

The board and administrators of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport are taking steps to reach out nationally and market the airport and surrounding communities.

During the Oct. 10, 2017, meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors, members discussed a proposal by airport manager Dean Selby to allow him to attend the National Business Aircraft Association’s Conference for Airport Dispatchers and Schedulers, in February 2018, in Long Beach, California.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is jointly owned by the governments of Sparta and Cookeville and Putnam and White counties.

Selby hopes that attending the NBAA conference would be an opportunity to promote the airport to a broad … Read More

Commissioners begin allocating funds for lawsuit agreement

Posted by | October 19, 2017 7:58 am

The first round of the previously agreed requests in Sheriff Oddie Shoupe’s lawsuit against the county was approved during the county commission’s Oct. 16 meeting.

During the most recent meeting of the county’s finance committee, a motion was approved to bring a resolution before the full commission to amend the fiscal budget to hire 12 new employees. These 12 new employees – two deputies and 10 correctional officers – are required under a settlement agreement between the county and the sheriff.

On Aug. 5, 2016, Shoupe filed a lawsuit against the government of White County. In this lawsuit, the sheriff alleged the county was not providing the necessary … Read More

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