Sigmund Mendel Jr.

Posted by | January 17, 2019 8:22 am

Sigmund Jay Mendel Jr., 75, passed away Jan. 12, 2019, at his home, in Sparta

Mr. Mendel was born May 2, 1943, in Newark, New Jersey, to Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Mendel.

Mr. Mendel Jr. served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He then worked for Cray Research as a computer hardware engineer and later on moved from Pennsylvania to Sparta, Tennessee, in March 2008. He was an active member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, being the first Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus charter, a lay eucharistic minister, and a volunteer at the church’s outreach food bank.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Marsden; daughter, … Read More


Jimmie Marie Gregg

Posted by | January 17, 2019 8:21 am

Jimmie Marie Gregg, 74 of Crossville, passed away Jan. 13, 2019, at Hospice of Cumberland County, in Crossville.

She was born June 8, 1944, in Livingston, the daughter of Charlie Jackson and Molly Walker.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



1870 Sparta house nominated for National Register of Historic Places

Posted by | January 17, 2019 8:13 am

This familiar house, on East College Street, in Sparta, which was built in 1870, will hopefully be approved to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

A house on East College Street, in Sparta, is among seven locations statewide that have been nominated to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination for the Sparta dwelling, at 8 E. College Street, is actually a request to expand the existing historic district so the house, which was built in 1870, can be included. According to the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury – Real Estate Assessment Data website, the house is owned by Kurt M. and Laurie D. Messenger.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National … Read More


State veterinarian says four horses sickened by EIA in Tennessee

Posted by | January 16, 2019 4:42 pm

The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Middle Tennessee.

Staff at the C.E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory tested blood samples and determined that four horses stabled at a farm in Rutherford County were positive for EIA. Those horses were euthanized. Six other horses at the same farm tested negative, but will remain in quarantine until they can be tested a second time.

EIA is not contagious to humans. It is a blood-borne illness that can be fatal for horses. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, swelling, loss of appetite, or colic. However, an infected horse may not show any … Read More


Helen Juanita Dodson Bennett

Posted by | January 16, 2019 8:18 am

Helen Juanita Dodson Bennett, 84, passed away Jan. 13, 2019, at her residence, in Sparta.

Mrs. Bennett was born July 27, 1934, in Sparta, to Zella Bell Dodson and Plumer Smith Dodson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert “Bob” Earl Bennett; brother, Jimmy Smith Dodson; and great-grandchild, Haylee Rose Bennett.

Survivors include her son, Bobby Bennett; sister, Doris M. Dodson; brother, Billy Carl Dodson and wife Mary Linda; sister-in-law, Dola Jean Dodson; grandchild, Michael Bennett and wife Michelle; great- grandchild, Rhys Bennett; goddaughter, Rita Dodson; godson, Ethan Turner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was noon, Jan. 16, 2019, at Thurman … Read More


Sparta native joins Tennessee General Assembly as intern

Posted by | January 16, 2019 6:34 am

Cassondra Meadows

Austin Peay State University this week sent a school record number of legislative interns to the Tennessee General Assembly, which opened its 2019 session Jan. 8

That includes Cassondra Meadows, social work senior, of Sparta.

“This internship means the world to me,” said Meadows. “I expect to learn how a social worker can influence policy and be an active part of legislative matters. I am so honored that I was given the opportunity to participate in such an important internship. I am expecting to learn more about what goes on in a legislative office. I am expecting to learn what role a social worker is able to play … Read More



Warriors lead at the half

Posted by | January 15, 2019 8:13 pm

The Warriors lead the Stone Memorial Panthers 34-31 at the half. Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 16 points in the first half.



Warriorettes pick up their first district win of the season

Posted by | January 15, 2019 7:36 pm

The Warriorettes pick up their first district win of the season over the Stone Memorial Lady Panthers by a final score of 60-51. Julia Curtis led the Warriorettes with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Gracie Dodgen and Mia Murray also finished in double figures with 14 and 13 points.

With the win the Warriorettes move to 19-2 on the season and 1-1 in District 6AAA play. The Warriorettes will return to action on Friday night when they play host to Rhea County at 6 p.m.



Warriorettes lead at the half

Posted by | January 15, 2019 6:42 pm

The Warriorettes lead the Stone Memorial Lady Panthers 29-23 in the first half. Gracie Dodgen leads the Warriorettes with 11 points.



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