Wanda Leona Gay

Posted by | May 22, 2017 9:19 am

Wanda Leona Gay, 85, of Quebeck, passed away May 21, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Parsley

Posted by | May 22, 2017 9:17 am

Henry Parsley, 77, of Sparta, passed away May 20, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eight Warriors named to the All-District Team

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:57 am

Members of the Warriors’ baseball team who were honored include, front row, L-R: Jason Maxwell, David Smith, Chris Mills, Macon Girdley, Jacob Sparks, Hayden Farris; back row, L-R: Eli McDonald, Dyson Reece, Trenton Hodges, Matt McCulley, Logan Swoape, and Kyler Allen.

At the end of the regular season of District 6AAA baseball, the coaches got together to plan their tournament and to vote on their postseason honors.

The players were announced at the banquet the team had on Thursday night. Team awards were also handed out at the banquet.

Eight Warriors received honors from the district coaches, with five of those being named to the first team. Those five were Macon Girdley, Matt McCulley, Chris Mills, David Smith and Logan Swoape. Trenton Hodges, Jason Maxwell and Eli McDonald received honorable mention. Of the eight on the list, WCHS will get over half back next season.

Another award handed out … Read More

Marcum addresses Rotary Club

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:48 am

Chad Marcum, White County finance director

Chad Marcum, director of White County’s Department of Finance, spoke to the Rotary Club of Sparta about how the county manages taxpayer money.

The county’s budget of $50 million is reviewed annually. Debt in the form of bonds and notes, if distributed per capita to White County citizens, is only $176 per taxpayer. Dunn and Bradstreet rate White County as a AA-, which is good for the size of this community.

The department of finance sends over 1,000 W-2 tax forms each year with 60 percent of the tax forms going to the school system.

Marcum talked about several projects that will begin soon, such as rebuilding the … Read More

Good guides vs. bad guides – who is guiding you?

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:39 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

When going on a tour of an unfamiliar place, it is always good to have a guide to help lead the way. The reason behind this is because the guide has a working knowledge of the environment and the history behind the paths where he leads his followers. Full trust is placed in him, and those who follow are always susceptible to being led by a bad guide rather than a good guide. The interesting fact is that in religion it is no different. Multitudes of people need guidance to help them wade through the muddled waters of religious … Read More

You are not alone in the storm

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:38 am

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Have you ever been in a storm and in need to find shelter? I enjoy riding my Harley, and one day on a trip, an unexpected storm appeared. Nobody likes being alone in a storm, so I drove slowly, trying to find a gas station. There was no cell service, so I could not contact my wife, and being alone in a storm on a motorcycle is not fun. A few moments later other riders came in the station, as well, to find shelter. Even though we were all strangers, the storm brought us together for a time of safety and … Read More

Jenessa Bolin named White County Farm Bureau Farmer of the Month

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:37 am

L-R: Ryan Qualls, of White County Farm Bureau; Jenessa Bolin, White County Farm Bureau Farmer of the Month: Kyler Moore, White County School agriculture teacher and FFA adviser; and Charles Cooper, White County School agriculture teacher and FFA adviser.

Jenessa Bolin, a member of White County FFA, will be starting her senior year at White County High School this fall. Bolin has attended state and national FFA conventions and competed on several FFA judging teams. She has served as FFA treasurer and served as junior vice-president.

Bolin said she feels fortunate to have grown up on her family’s farm comprised of approximately 300 acres where she has been exposed to many different aspects of farm life. Her family backgrounds stocker calves and manages a cow-calf operation. Bolin assists with cattle feeding, vaccinations and recordkeeping. She also helps with hay production and hauling. Bolin’s favorite past-time is riding … Read More

Yes, elections certainly do have serious consequences

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:34 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

The people who voted in the 2016 general election wanted change. I believe Democrats, Republicans and Independents wanted a federal government that would represent the majority of Americans. We may have had different issues and desires as to what we wanted from our senators, congressmen and president, but the one thing we did have in common was the belief that those people in Washington D.C. were not listening to the majority of us. We needed change. We wanted our elected representatives to quit obstructing everything the other party proposed and do their jobs by cooperating with each other for the good of … Read More

Is a string of dead bodies enough for the public indictment of serial offenders Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:31 am

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

The Clintons and the dead bodies – Axis 01. For years, Bill and Hillary Clinton have skated in and out of scandal after scandal unscathed. And, they have been connected in one way or another with well over 30 questionable and mysterious deaths of people whose continued existence was not in the Clinton’s best interest. Coincidence? That is a lot of coincidences. When you get past one or perhaps even two claimed coincidences, there is something seriously wrong. There is serious skullduggery afoot.

For whatever reason, there seems to be one set of rules … Read More

Work continuing on South Carter Street Bridge

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:21 am

Sparta’s mayor and aldermen were recently updated about the progress of the South Carter Street Park project that will be completed in the near future.

During the May 18, 2017, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, public works director Dillard Quick informed board members that work has continued on the unfinished side of the South Carter Street Bridge. With weather permitting, Quick hopes that significant progress will be made with the trail for the bridge.

In the sanitation department report, Quick said an aerator bearing that was installed in 1998 is reportedly failing. The replacement part has been ordered and will cost approximately $3,600 to replace. … Read More

Significant changes taking place on the east side of town

Posted by | May 22, 2017 7:00 am

Numerous changes are taking place on the east side of Sparta as Bill and Barbara Boruff expand their new Automotive Gallery to encompass properties that had formerly been the site of neglected and somewhat rundown structures, which will now have a new and revitalized look (Photos by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Several changes to the landscape have been taking place on the east end of Sparta, with the opening of a new business that is steadily expanding its footprint

The Automotive Gallery, which is owned by William “Bill” and Barbara Boruff, well-known Sparta business owners, is one of the newest businesses to locate in the section of town where several older buildings have sat vacant for several years.

Starting early on the morning of May 19, 2017, crews began work toward tearing down an old commercial building, at 168 E. Bockman Way, that had been abandoned for quite some time.

“We are excited about this expansion,” stated Bill Boruff, … Read More

Commission meeting tonight after being recessed May 15

Posted by | May 22, 2017 6:57 am

White County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to place its regularly scheduled meeting into recess until 6 p.m., May 22, to allow commissioners and county officials to attend the White County High School graduation ceremony, on May 15.

After an attendance roll call of the commissioners, nine present and five absent, the meeting was called into session with a quorum.

Immediately after the roll call, a motion was made and unanimously approved to place the commission meeting into recess.

Some of the items on the agenda for the commissioners to address at this meeting include:

-Appointing members to the Equalization Board

-Approving notaries

-An interlocal agreement between White … Read More

Transportation Coalition holding press conferences across 95 counties about the IMPROVE ACT

Posted by | May 22, 2017 6:54 am

The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee visited White County last week as part of a series of news conferences across the state to discuss the impact of Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act and projects that will be funded in different areas of Tennessee.

According to the coalition, a potential total impact in new transportation funding for White County is approximately $9,528,844 for the combined revenues for the City of Sparta and White County. Additional funding will reportedly come from the Tennessee Department of Transportation road and bridge projects, totaling $10,961,750 from the IMPROVE Act.

According to information released by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, three potential projects would receive … Read More

Lila Faye Carver

Posted by | May 20, 2017 10:43 am

Lila Faye Carver, 78, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Carver was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Maury County, to George Graham and Elsie Mae Graham.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William Robert Carver.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy (John) Kilgore, of Whitwell; five sons, Jackie Carver, Tim (Patricia) Carver, Spencer Carver, William Carver, Ricky Carver, all of Sparta; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., May 21, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., May 20, at the funeral home. … Read More


Posted by | May 20, 2017 5:06 am

Secretary of State presents Grant to the White County Public Library

Posted by | May 19, 2017 1:47 pm

State of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the staff and volunteers of the White County Public Library in order to present the Library Technology Training Grant that has been awarded to the library.

Hargett presented the check in the amount of $8,357.40 to Michael Hale, Assistant Director of the White County Public Library, along with State Representative Paul Sherrell.

The Library Technology Training Grant will be utilized by the White County Public Library over the course of the next two years. The funding will be used to expand learning programs at the library. The staff at the library plan to host 60 computer classes to teach … Read More

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