Big Band Sound Orchestra

Posted by | August 2, 2019 9:08 am

Enjoy a Big Band Sound Orchestra concert in the beautiful setting of Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St., in Cookeville, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5, and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2.  Admission is free, and concessions are available. Dancing is encouraged.

Ride to the Sky

Posted by | August 2, 2019 9:02 am

The “Ride to the Sky” is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The cycling event will include 10-mile, 36-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile route options. After completing a route, cyclists will enjoy a BBQ lunch and local craft brews. Proceeds from the event will benefit “Carmen’s Fund” free CPR education program.

The 2019 Ride to the Sky routes will primarily follow the “Crazy George” route from Cookeville to Granville, then Gainesboro to Dodson Branch, then Rickman to Thorn Gap, and finally to Stamps Shady Grove and back. The Ride to the Sky will begin and conclude adjacent to Red Silo Brewing Company, 118 W 1st St., Cookeville.


Tennessee Wildlife leasing fields for 2019 dove season

Posted by | August 2, 2019 8:56 am

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2019 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, an estimated 19,000 hunters harvested approximately 334,000 mourning doves last year.

Landowners can earn up to $3,600 for providing a dove field for public hunting.  These fields must be available for a minimum of three priority hunt dates in … CONTINUED

Tech adds two new academic programs to begin in 2020

Posted by | August 2, 2019 8:50 am

Two new Tennessee Tech academic programs in engineering and counseling will help meet the needs of society and industry by producing trained professionals ready to make an impact.

Two new Tennessee Tech academic programs in engineering and counseling will help meet the needs of society and industry by producing trained professionals ready to make an impact.

Last week, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved a master’s degree in engineering management and a doctoral degree in counseling and supervision. Both programs will start in fall 2020.

“These programs will enhance Tech’s mission to be recognized as a leader in providing research and instruction in order to meet the needs of the Upper Cumberland region and the State of Tennessee,” said Tech President Phil Oldham. “They align very well with our vision and mission as the state’s comprehensive … CONTINUED

Warrior golf starts season

Posted by | August 2, 2019 6:57 am

Tysen Welch preparing for first match

By Jerry Lowery

The Warrior golf team traveled to Cookeville Country Club to compete in a season-opening multi-team tournament.  On the boys’ side of the tournament, Sparta came in second place behind Cookeville. The margin of victory was seven strokes.  The following scores were posted for the varsity Warriors: Jeremiah Gardenhire 73, Tysen Welch 78, Jarret Glass 79, Trey Crockett 81, Tristen Roberts 90.  On the ladies’ side, the following scores were posted for the tournament: Morgan Quick 93 and Addie Selby 113.

WCMS Warriors scrimmage Aug. 1

Posted by | August 2, 2019 6:54 am

White County Middle School Warriors running the hill

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warrior football program cranked up practice this week by putting on the pads and beginning full contact practices.  Head coach Jacob Sparkman stated, “I am pleased with the progress of our kids.  We have some talented players on our team, and they understand that we have to work hard every day to be at our best.”  The WCMS Warriors will get their first test, on Aug.1, when they host Cumberland County in a scrimmage at the White County High School practice field.  The scrimmage is scheduled for 5 p.m. The following week, on Aug. 6, the team will travel to … CONTINUED

White County High School Warriors in scrimmage today

Posted by | August 2, 2019 6:50 am

WCHS Warriors in tackle drills

By Jerry Lowery

The Warriors will suit up in full pads and get their first test against another team in a multi-team scrimmage to be held at Tennessee Tech  University, on Aug. 2. Coach Mark Frasier stated, “We are excited to compete against another team.  It’s good to get an idea where we have improved and where we still need to work.  We have had some injuries that have had to make us move players around some and that is a concern. Seniors like Dustin Guy and Eric King have been willing to move wherever we needed them. That is the kind of team attitude we are trying … CONTINUED

Tennessee Tourism Round Up: August Events

Posted by | August 2, 2019 6:46 am

Elvis Week, BiSoultennial, Tennessee Soybean Festival, World’s Longest Yard Sale, Muddy Roots Music Festival, David Crockett Days, Birth-place of Country Music Museum’s 5th Anniversary and the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival are just a few events along with county fairs and free summer concerts going on in Tennessee in August.  For a complete list, visit

Aug. 1

Franklin – Stroll through historic downtown and celebrate unique artistic talent 6-9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Scene.

Hendersonville – Enjoy a night of Southern rock and blues at a free summer concert from the Southern Ground Band 6:30 p.m. at The Streets of Indian LakeCONTINUED

Huge multi-family yard sale

Posted by | August 1, 2019 10:19 am

Huge multi-family yard sale

1 day only!

Saturday, Aug. 3

313 Gillen Dr.

Tons of kids clothes

Girl size up to 10

Boy size up to 10

Women’s and men’s clothing

Shoes for everyone

Lots of newer home decor

Kids toys, car seats

Crossbow, youth bow

Something for everyone

Just in time for back to school

City officials will discuss change in distance rules for liquor stores

Posted by | August 1, 2019 9:12 am

Sparta’s mayor and aldermen will be discussing proposed changes to the distance requirements for package liquor stores during a work session set for 4:15 p.m., on Aug 1.

The work session will be held prior to the regularly scheduled Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m.

The work session will take place in the second floor conference room at Sparta City Hall, on Liberty Square. The meeting is open to the public.

The board’s regular agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting includes an ordinance replacing and amending the municipal code and adopting State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road.

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