Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital executives are committed to the White County community

Posted by | March 30, 2017 6:22 am

L-R: Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital CEO Andy Wachtel and Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals President Gordon Ferguson. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Officials with Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital are reaching out the community to provide residents with a clearer vision of the health facility’s mission and its services to the Sparta-White County area.

Andy Wachtel, Saint Thomas Highlands chief executive officer, and Gordon Ferguson, president of Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals, explained that the healthcare partnership between Saint Thomas Health and the White County community began in 2012. At that time, the facility was Highlands Medical Center and was owned and operated by Capella Healthcare. Capella entered into a landmark partnership with Saint Thomas Health to expand services to medical facilities in rural communities.

In August 2015, it was announced … Read More

Renovations moving forward on Bockman Way property

Posted by | March 29, 2017 6:10 pm

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The storefront that formerly housed Dollar General on Bockman Way is being completely revitalized. Life Church-Sparta Campus is moving forward with their renovation projects on the inside as well as the outside. Today construction crews began to work on painting the old building. Life Church expects to be completed with its Sparta Campus project sometime in May.

James Willis Oliver

Posted by | March 29, 2017 2:37 pm

James Willis Oliver, 70, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on March 23, 2017, at Hospice of Cumberland County, which is also known as Cumberland House.

Mr. Oliver was born Aug. 2, 1946, in Overton County, to George Willis Oliver and Martha Magdaline Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; George Willis Oliver and Martha Magdaline Oliver, and his brother, Claudy Oliver.

Survivors include his two children, Dale Oliver, Steve Oliver; several grandchildren; four sisters, Martha Wilson, Melissa Van Winkle, Dorothy Weston, Zelma Oliver, all of Sparta; four brothers, William “Bill” Oliver, Richard Oliver, Frank Oliver, all of Sparta, Elvis Oliver, of Crossville; and several nieces, nephews, … Read More

Myrtle Tucker

Posted by | March 29, 2017 2:32 pm

Myrtle Tucker, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Pikeville, Kentucky, the daughter of Dave McCown and Nanie Howell McCown.

Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Tucker; a son, Gary Tucker; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Kelly Butcher, of Cookeville, Janice Miller, of Columbus, Ohio, Patty Ann Justice (Bill), of Morristown, Jean McSherry (Pat), of Michigan, Wilma Safadi (Maurice), of Michigan, Debbie Caves, of Cookeville, Sherry Anderson (Kyle), of Cookeville; son, Larry Severt, of Sparta; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be 2-4 … Read More

Firefighters saying farewell to one of their own

Posted by | March 29, 2017 10:41 am

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Volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, and emergency service personnel from across White County have gathered to pay their respects for one of their own fellow firefighter, Captain Christopher Ryan White who passed away this past Saturday. Firefighters and their fire department apparatuses have joined together en route to Oak Lawn Funeral Home.


WCHS alumni basketball game

Posted by | March 29, 2017 7:58 am

Make plans to come out and bring the whole family to the White County High School Alumni Game to cheer on some of your all time favorites. We are looking forward to a night of fun, food, and entertainment for all.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Girls’ game at 6 p.m./Boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.

White County High School gymnasium

Admission: $3 adults, $2 students, and 5 and under are free

Concessions will be provided during the game. There will be BBQ sandwiches, BBQ nachos, nachos and cheese, pizza, chips, drinks, and desserts.

Dust off those basketball shoes and pom-poms and get ready to show Sparta that you’ve still … Read More

Wildlife should remain wild

Posted by | March 29, 2017 6:26 am

Box turtles not only have site fidelity they are also slow reproducers. It is illegal to remove them from nature. Illegally taking them harms overall reproduction, impacting populations.

This fawn was surrendered to the TWRA Region III office in 2016. Does, female deer, leave their young for long periods of time. Fawns are not abandoned and very few rehabilitators take fawns. When found, they should be left alone.

Removing any wild animal without proper permitting is illegal and it is most often to the detriment of wildlife. Negative effects on humans and pets include the transmittal of parasites, bacteria such as salmonella, fungi and other wildlife diseases. Additionally, … Read More

U.C. awarded grant to expand and improve Senior Nutrition Program

Posted by | March 29, 2017 6:14 am

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability has been awarded $24,357 from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the Aging Nutrition Program – a program that provides healthy meals for seniors in need across the 14-county Upper Cumberland region.

The grant funds are being used to purchase equipment, including: 55 jumbo electric thermal delivery bags, a 4-well hot table and 8 Cambro pan carriers. The additional equipment will ensure meals are delivered to seniors at a safe temperature and will allow the program to expand to meet the growing demand of seniors in need.

UCAAAD contracts with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency to provide … Read More

Yoga benefits Child Advocacy Center on April 2

Posted by | March 29, 2017 6:05 am

L-R: Director of UCCCAC-Jennifer Wilkerson; Forensic interviewer-Kelley Garrison; Synergy Yoga Teacher-Laura Burgin, Family advocate/medical coordinator-Vickie Hargis

Synergy Mind & Body Studio will hold community classes, on Sunday, April 2, with all proceeds going to the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center. On Synergy’s monthly Community Day, class attendees pay what they can, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to a specified charity. On April 2, registered yoga teacher Laura Burgin will teach community yoga, at 2 p.m. Certified meditation teacher Petti Groth will teach a meditation class at 3:15 p.m. Synergy community classes are open to the public and are completely donation-based.

The mission of the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center is to serve children who are victims of drug endangerment, physical and sexual … Read More

Moana helps with recruitment for Head Start facilities in White County

Posted by | March 29, 2017 5:55 am

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Moana recently attended recruitment events at Sparta Head Start and Bondecroft Head Start. Moana is a character in a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of help in saving her people.


Sheriff warns about littering

Posted by | March 28, 2017 2:11 pm

Sheriff Oddie Shoupe states, “The White County Sheriff’s Department has received multiple complaints on littering recently. The department will start citing offenders per TCA 39-14-502 Offense of Littering, 39-14-503 Offense of Mitigated Criminal Littering, and possible arrest of Aggravated Criminal Littering 39-14-505.”

The sheriff continued, “We need to keep White County clean, and the sheriff’s department is urging the citizens to report any littering to the White County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 836-2700.”

23rd Annual History Fair at Bon Air

Posted by | March 28, 2017 8:52 am

Sunday, May 7


Who: Bon Air Mountain Historical Society

Wat: 23rd Annual History Fair and bus tours to Bon Air

When: 1-5 p.m.

Where: BonDeCroft Elementary School, 8095 Crossville Hwy.

Contact: (931) 739-2904

Sunday, May 7


Who: Bon Air Mountain Historical Society

What: Grilled hamburger or hot dog lunch: $6 or $5

When: Noon-2 p.m.

Where: BonDeCroft Elementary School, 8095 Crossville Hwy.

Contact: (931) 739-2904


Gospel singing

Posted by | March 28, 2017 8:44 am

Saturday, April 1

Who: Plainview Free Will Baptist Church

What: First Saturday gospel singing (featured singers will be Journey Home, of Sweetwater)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: 685 Will Thompson Rd., in Sparta

Contact: (931) 314-7988

Benefit yard sale

Posted by | March 28, 2017 8:35 am

Saturday, April 1

Who: Hensley Chapel Vacation Bible School

What: Benefit yard sale

When: All day (plate lunches will also be served)

Where: Church

Easter egg hunt

Posted by | March 28, 2017 8:17 am

Saturday, April 15

Who: Cummingsville United Methodist Church

What: Easter egg hunt

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Cummings Chapel Road, in Doyle

Nash Cemetery clean-up

Posted by | March 28, 2017 8:10 am

Saturday, April 1

Cemetery clean-up

Who: Nash Cemetery

What: Clean-up

When: 10 a.m. (in case of rain, the clean-up will be rescheduled)

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