Troy Lee Carter

Posted by | April 15, 2018 4:26 am

Troy Lee Carter, 68, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Velma Simmons

Posted by | April 15, 2018 4:25 am

Velma Simmons, 91, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patti Jo Kirby Ward

Posted by | April 14, 2018 10:39 am

Patti Jo Kirby Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Ward was born March 1, 1940, in Sparta, to Lily Rae Davis Kirby and Walter Kirby.

She had a vast professional career that included nursing, owning a health club (P.J.’s Place), caterer, and former owner of Raintree Restaurant, in Sparta. She was also a devoted mother to her five children. When she wasn’t working, she loved to sew and travel.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Tom Ward.

Survivors include her five children, Jim Ward, Lorie Ward (Carey) Watson, Sara Ward Gilmore, Nancy Ward (Sam) Benningfield, … Read More



Demps named Life Care’s Eastern Division Director of Nursing

Posted by | April 13, 2018 12:38 pm

Stacey Demps

Stacey Demps, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Sparta,  was named Director of Nursing of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Eastern Division on Monday, April 9.

The award was presented during Life Care’s annual Directors of Nursing Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is given to the director of nursing in each of Life Care’s divisions who best demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.

Under Demps’ clinical leadership, the facility has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as achieving high-performing state … Read More


Welcome Neighbors Club tours sites

Posted by | April 13, 2018 8:41 am

The Welcome Neighbors Club toured Twin Falls and the Old Cottonmill area of Rock Island State Park, on April 12. Pictured are Joyce Scott, Linda Elder, Annette and Mike Popa, Paul Beekley, Ranger Nat Garrison, Sherry Hickey, Joanne Beekley, Jolie DeMay, Mary Harrell, Lynn Langer, Dana DeMay, Ginny Loos, and Phyllis Elliott.  The group enjoyed lunch at the Rock Island Market after the tour.  If anyone would like to join the group, call Becky Tubb, (931) 738-2300.

Ranger Nat Garrison tells of the Rock Island State Park Cottonmill’s history to Pat Evans, Sherry Hickey, Dana DeMay, Annette Popa, Mary Harrell, Jolie DeMay, Lynn and Chris Langer, Ginny Loos,

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Endura Products announces closure of Sparta facility

Posted by | April 13, 2018 8:19 am

A longtime manufacturing facility Endura Products, formally known as Jeld-Wen Products, has announced that due to the loss of a major contract their Sparta facility will be forced to close its doors and place approximately 83 employees out of work.

“With great sadness, Endura Products is left with no choice but to take immediate steps to shut down its Sparta, Tennessee plant permanently. This development was prompted by a decision by Endura’s largest customer to cease its relationship with Endura. That decision was sudden and unexpected,” according to a statement released by Endura Products. “Without that customer relationship, it simply is not viable or sustainable for the Sparta … Read More


Central View Elementary closing

Posted by | April 13, 2018 6:22 am

Central View Elementary

Leaders with the White County School system recently held discussions and reviewed a proposal that would call for the closure of one rural elementary school but would bring considerable savings to the school system and place a school resource officer at each school in White County.

In light of recent school shootings across the country, government officials and school systems have held discussions on the need to increase the security of schools and the safety of students. This reality was the center of discussion during the White County Board of Education meeting held April 12.

Gov. Bill Haslam recently appointed a School Safety Working Group. … Read More


Putnam County law enforcement searches for escaped felon who is wanted in White County

Posted by | April 13, 2018 6:09 am

Michael Whiteaker

At approximately 12:30 p.m., April 12, 2018, Michael D. Whitaker fled the scene of an automobile accident at 150 First Ave. N., in Baxter, after attempting to evade Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a routine traffic stop. Whitaker is a 6-foot tall caucasian male. He weighs approximately 200 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

Whittaker was on parole out of White County and living in Sparta. Baxter Primary, Upperman High School, and local daycares, in Putnam County, were put on soft lockdown, and extra sheriff’s office deputies were deployed to the schools as … Read More


More than 200 positions available during Goodwill-hosted hiring event

Posted by | April 13, 2018 5:55 am

The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville will host a job fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, for eight employers seeking to fill more than 200 positions in Putnam and White counties.

Employers include Verizon Wireless, AutoZone, Five Star Food Service, Comfort Inn & Suites, Qualified Staffing, Senior Solutions Home Care, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex and Metro Industrial.. Openings include cashier, cook, route driver, housekeeping, correction officer, caregiver, lumber stacker, office support and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. … Read More



Patti Jo Ward

Posted by | April 13, 2018 5:47 am

Patti Jo Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joenna Phyllis Brady Luna

Posted by | April 12, 2018 12:44 pm

Joenna Phyllis Brady Luna, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 10, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Luna was born June 28, 1959, in Sparta, to James Martin Brady and Mildred Naomi Young Brady.

She had a work career that spanned from working in garment factories to driving for UCARTS as well as being a homemaker to her four children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ricky Luna; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Korbyn; sisters, Velna Pollard, Ruth Young; and brother Dean Brady.

Survivors include her children, Emmerson (Michelle) Luna, Jessica (Wayne) Brock, Jeremiah Luna, Carrie (Phillip) Russell; grandchildren, Candy and Justin Griffin, Cody Brock and Cassidy Frady, Cheyenne … Read More


Assistance with SNAP for adults over 60 or those with disabilities

Posted by | April 12, 2018 12:36 pm

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is excited to announce a new Partnership in cooperation with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, and the Tennessee Department of Human Services. This partnership created a new project designed to expand outreach, screening, and applications assistance for adults 60 and older or with a disability for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formally known as Food Stamps in the Upper Cumberland Region.

The project will help inform and educate older adults in Tennessee who may be eligible to enroll in SNAP and seek additional medical deductions, possibly resulting in increased monthly benefits with which to pay for … Read More


Cookeville will welcome traveling replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on April 17

Posted by | April 12, 2018 8:58 am

The anticipation builds in Putnam County and throughout the Upper Cumberland as the arrival of The Wall That Heals draws near. The traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, along with a mobile education center, will arrive by police escort Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 4 p.m. CT. Businesses and local residents are encouraged to line the route, waving flags and welcoming The Wall.

Semi-trailer trucks housing the contents of The Wall will route down Cookeville’s Jefferson Avenue, past the Putnam County Veterans’ Memorial at the historic courthouse square, then along North Washington Avenue to the Putnam County Sports Complex.

After a day of building, The Wall will … Read More


Legislation sponsored by Williams promoting high paying jobs awaits Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature

Posted by | April 12, 2018 8:39 am

State Representative Ryan Williams, of Cookeville

(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans passed a measure sponsored by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) that promotes high paying jobs in Tennessee.

House Bill 1917 continues the Go Build Tennessee Program through 2024 in order to raise awareness about an abundance of high paying jobs available in communities across our state.

Additionally, the measure strengthens existing partnerships so that students who are interested in this industry can utilize Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campuses to learn the skills they need in order to pursue these high paying careers.

The Go Build Tennessee program was created with the passage of … Read More


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