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Edith Arlene Grissom

Posted by | June 15, 2019 7:42 am

Edith Arlene Grissom, 87, of Spencer, passed away June 13, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Grissom was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Spencer, the daughter of Waymon Shockley and Ruth McCormick Shockley.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 15, 2019, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 15, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Lee Trowbridge

Posted by | June 15, 2019 5:35 am

Gary Lee Trowbridge, 73, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Trowbridge was born May 11, 1946, in Longstreth, Ohio, to Edwin Srancis and Audrey Shirley Harris Trowbridge.

He was retired from Ford Motor Company Truck Assembly plant, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was an avid fisherman and loved history. When he was not on the water fishing, he was in the water prospecting for gold. He had all of the prospecting equipment and struck gold in East Tennessee.

His faith was important to him, and he was saved Oct. 31, 2010, at Center Point Church and baptized July 2011.

Mr. Trowbridge served … Read More

Jo Ann Kell

Posted by | June 14, 2019 1:17 pm

Jo Ann Kell, 60, a Sparkmantown community resident and Spencer native, passed away June 12, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville, following an extended illness.

Ms. Kell was born Dec. 13, 1958, the daughter of Leland Kell and Rebecca Sparkman Kell.

She was a secretary for Van Buren County Soil Conservation and  a member of the Baptist Church. Ms. Kell was a 1977 Van Buren County High School graduate and attended Motlow School of Business.

Ms. Kell was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, David and Rose Kell, of the Sparkmantown community; aunts, Grace Kell, of Rock Island, Reda Kell, of McMinnville; … Read More

Dale Farley

Posted by | June 14, 2019 1:10 pm

Dale Farley, 70, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Dale was born May 27, 1949, in Sparta. He was the son of Haskel Farley and Bessie Williams Farley.

As long as he could remember, Dale had a dream to play professional football. Dale was quoted in a West Virginia program in November 1970, saying, “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make it to the pros.”

Dale played college football for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was named All-American. He was also named to the All-East and All-South teams. In addition, he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, … Read More

Walker attends football camp

Posted by | June 13, 2019 2:01 pm

Grayson Walker, of Cookeville, is the 15-year-old son of Mark Walker, a former Warrior, and Autumn Walker, both of Cookeville. Grayson Walker attended a football camp at the University of Georgia under the instruction of Coach Kirby Smart. Grayson Walker is the grandson of Russel and Jo Ann Walker and Al and April Bailey, all of Sparta.

Little League standings June 1, 2019

Posted by | June 13, 2019 1:24 pm

14-16 Senior Girls
Sonic 11 1
KGI 7 5
CalfKiller Brewing 4 8
Jeff’s Body Shop 2 10
11-13 Major Girls
Sparta Block and Tank 11 1
Edd Rogers 8 4
Premier Collision 5 7
FNB 0 12
9-10 Minor Girls
Tri State 10 1
Ben Lomand 8 4
Premier 7 4
Sonic 3 9
Fast Pace 1 11

TWRA TN Angler Recognition Program for trophy fish is outlined

Posted by | June 13, 2019 1:17 pm

The Tennessee Angler Recognition Program allows local anglers to have a trophy fish recognized.  Any age of fisherman may apply as long as the 25 qualifying fish species and lengths are met.  The TWRA Fisheries Management Division will then send certificates for their catch.  The program is designed to acknowledge anglers for outstanding sport fishing and encourage catch and release of trophy size fish.  The program is not to be confused with the Tennessee State Record Fish Program.

TARP features five levels of angler recognition.

  • Any angler catching one of any of the 25 qualifying fish species that meets or exceeds the minimum “trophy” length requirements, will receive
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