Vera Maie Spivey Fletcher

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:05 am

Vera Maie Spivey Fletcher, 94, passed away Dec. 19, 2017.

She was born April 21, 1923, in Jackson County, to William “Will” Spivey and Nancy Brown Spivey.

She was a retired shirt factory worker. She loved gardening and flowers. She dedicated her life to her family.

Mrs. Fletcher was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.T. Fletcher; sisters, Flossie Spivey Tinsley, Flora Spivey Likens; and five brothers, Bedford, Mack, Roscoe, Leo, and Comer Spivey.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Fletcher; son, Vernon (Johanna) Fletcher; grandchildren, LaNelle (Jeremy) Godsey, Michael (Alisa) Fletcher, DeLeesa (David) Price; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Samuel Price, Taylor, Lily and Chloe Fletcher, Mia … Read More


Willie Mae Lamb Young

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:04 am

Willie Mae Lamb Young, 83, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at the Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Young was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Macon County, to Virgin and Louise Lamb.

She was a retired Red Kap employee. She was a kind and caring grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Young; infant daughter, Patricia Ella Young; grandson, Kevin Young; brothers J.C. “Buck” Lamb, Ray Lamb; and sisters, Lena Dyer and Flo Morrison.

Survivors include her two sons, R.V. Young, James Young, both of Sparta; grandchildren, Kim England, Randy Young, Kappie Young, Butch Young, … Read More


David Anthony Dobbs

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:03 am

David Anthony Dobbs, 50, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 15, 2017, in Nashville.

Born Aug. 24, 1967, in Sparta, he was the son of Herbert Dobbs and Wylodean Dunn Dobbs.

He enjoyed fishing and watching westerns on TV. He also loved country music.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Pete Dobbs; and a sister, Venessa Dennis.

Survivors include his sisters, Jody Fulk, of Sparta, Kathy Ashbaugh, of Sparta, Feleshia Christian (Larry), of Sparta; brother, Billy Dale Dobbs, of Cookeville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was 5 p.m., Dec. 20, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. James Dukes officiated.

Oak … Read More


Shirley Ann Raper

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:03 am

Shirley Ann Raper, 84, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at her residence.

Born April 3, 1933, in Durham, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Worth Linker and Roebiner Evans Linker. She was the wife of William Raper.

Funeral service was 11 a.m., Dec. 20, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jerry Wallace Gilreath

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:02 am

Jerry Wallace Gilreath, 60, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 18, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 6, 1957, in Sparta, he was the son of Raymond and Mary Gilreath. He was the husband of Pauline Jernigan Gilreath.

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 21, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Dwight Fuqua will officiate.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joe Lee Brown

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:01 am

Joe Lee Brown, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 18, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Feb. 7, 1947, in Sparta, he was the son of Guy Brown and Walkey Cole Brown. He was the husband of Joyce Brown.

Mr. Brown was a member of Lansden Church of Christ. He was a retired computer programmer for Automated Machines, at Tutco, in Cookeville, and also a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Randy Wilson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Lyda Briggs; and his brother, Guy Jr. Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Brown, of Sparta; daughters, Tonia Wilson, Shawna … Read More


Darwin Doyle Gard

Posted by | December 21, 2017 10:00 am

Darwin Doyle Gard, 85, of Smithville, passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at his residence.

Born Aug. 27, 1932, in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of Cleo Samuel Gard and Doris Pearl Bonney Gard.

Mr. Gard was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving 1950-1971, in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Shortly after retiring, he went to work for Sligo Boat Dock, where he retired in July 2015. He was a professional fisherman for Hydra Sport and Winner Boats. He was a well known and respected fishing guide on Center Hill Lake, lovingly known as “The King of Center Hill.”

Surviving are his wife of 62 … Read More


Letters to Santa – White County

Posted by | December 21, 2017 9:29 am

Santa will be loading up his sleigh Christmas Eve to bring lots of toys and goodies to all the kiddies. Find out what White County children asked the Jolly Ole Elf to bring to their houses. Click here to read their letters.

Doyle – kindergarten (Lauren Phifer’s class). All other photos that were submitted are inside the Letters to Santa document.



Blondie’s celebrates recent ribbon cutting event with Chamber

Posted by | December 21, 2017 9:06 am

L-R: Sierra Delon, Becky Harris, Shirley Hitchcock, Crystal Young, Marilyn H. Baker, and Macy Delon recently attended the ribbon cutting for Blondie’s Beauty Shop. (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Baker)

Van Buren-Spencer Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Blondie’s, one of Spencer’s newest businesses.

Blondie’s, which is a hair salon that specializes in haircuts, nails, and beauty treatments, is officially open for business. Crystal Young, owner, is proud to be open and is ready to serve her customers.

Located at 374 College St., in Spencer, Blondie’s Beauty Shop is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; noon-7 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m.-4 p.., Friday; and 8 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday. Walk-ins are always welcomed at Blondie’s.

For more information about services and products available at Blondie’s Beauty Shop, contact Crystal Young (423) 213-3684.… Read More


Students give the gift of kindness to residents at Generations Center

Posted by | December 21, 2017 9:03 am

Generations Center of Spencer recently received a gift of kindness from the sixth grade and senior class from Van Buren County Schools. Students delivered Christmas care packages to the residents of the Generations Center of Spencer, on Dec. 13. The residents who greeted the students were excited by the show of support during the holiday season. Generations Center of Spencer would like to recognize two senior students who raised the most in their class, Taya Lewis and Mallory Christian. (Submitted by BUFFY GAITHER)


Van Buren School Board approves purchase of new bleachers

Posted by | December 21, 2017 9:01 am

Van Buren County School Board members recently discussed approving a bid for the replacement of Spencer Elementary School’s gym bleachers. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Spencer Elementary School will be the recipient of new bleachers in their gymnasium thanks to the recent authorization from the school board to purchase the new equipment.

On Dec. 11, 2017 the Van Buren County Board of Education held its scheduled meeting to discuss various items on the board’s agenda.

Recently, the Van Buren County School System solicited bids to remove and replace the bleachers inside the Spencer Elementary School gymnasium. There were two contractors, J.A Sergio & Sons Inc. and Johnson’s Builders, who submitted bids for the bleacher project.

The lowest bidder for the bleacher project was Johnson’s Builders, in Doyle. The submitted bid to remove the … Read More


Revenue collections are steady in Van Buren County

Posted by | December 21, 2017 8:59 am

On Dec. 14, the November revenue collection report from the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration was officially released, which reflected that Van Buren County has maintained a steady collection of taxes.

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin announced that although the November tax revenue collection is significantly more than this time last year, collections still remain below the state’s estimates. Statewide, the revenues collected in November were $957.3 million, but are still $4.1 million less than the state’s budgeted estimate.

Van Buren County contributed approximately $126,483.36 in state sales taxes for the month of November. Additionally, approximately $50,891.04 was collected in Van Buren County … Read More


County officials call for legal action about state’s plans for the Inn at Fall Creek Falls

Posted by | December 21, 2017 8:57 am

During a recent public hearing held by Van Buren County officials, discussions were held about possible legal actions that could be taken in reference to the TDEC plans for demolishing and replacing the Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Van Buren County officials announced to a room full of concerned residents and state park employees during a recent public hearing that they will take legal action against the state with hopes of finding a possible solution that would reduce the economic impacts of temporarily closing the Inn at Fall Creek Falls.

According to Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson, “We have decided to look into taking legal … Read More


News from Sparta Head Start

Posted by | December 21, 2017 8:50 am

Walmart associates are shown handing gifts to one of the children at Sparta Head Start.

Sparta Head Start is the proud recipient of a $1,000 grant from Sparta Walmart.

The managers and associates at Sparta Wal-Mart brought gifts and a lot of joy to the hearts of the children and staff at Sparta Head Start.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Hickory Valley Baptist Church ladies group and the employees at BASF the children at Sparta Head Start all got new coats and hats.


Republican Party

Posted by | December 21, 2017 8:42 am

The White County Republican Party will not meet in December. The County Executive Committee wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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