Airport’s newest hangars nearing completion

Posted by | May 10, 2018 7:27 am

With the recent round of good weather, the hangar expansion construction project is nearing completion at the White County-based Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.

In 2017, the airport board voted unanimously to expand the hangars on B-Row. Given the continuous growth throughout the Upper Cumberland, demands for additional hangar space has continued to increase, as the airport now maintains a high occupancy rate with their existing hangars.

Request for bids was solicited, and Sparta-based J.A. Sergio Bros. Construction was selected to build six new hangars along the existing B-Row. After having bouts of inclement weather and running into drainage issues, the expansion project is now coming to completion, according … Read More

Mock bus crash helps enhance rescue skills

Posted by | May 10, 2018 7:25 am

Training opportunities, such as the mock bus drill that was conducted this week, allow emergency responders and community partners to develop plans and procedures for unique emergency situations. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Officials with White County Schools and various local emergency services recently conducted a mock bus crash to provide a training opportunity to enhance rescue skills.

On May 8, 2018, officials with White County Emergency Management Agency, Sparta Fire Department, White County public schools, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, Sparta Police Department, and Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital conducted a mock drill for an event that first responders hope never occurs but needed to train to ensure a quick and efficient response.

With the help of several students from WCHS and officials with White County’s school transportation division, a mock bus crash drill was performed at … Read More

Woodland Park pre-schoolers visit the strawberry patch

Posted by | May 10, 2018 7:22 am

Mrs. Cunningham’s pre-school class at Woodland Park Elementary School recently visited Amazin’ Acres of Fun, in White County, to pick strawberries. See more photos on (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

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Preschoolers from Woodland Park Elementary recently visited a White County strawberry patch and enjoyed a day of strawberry picking and farm fun.

As the school year is coming to an end, students and teachers are utilizing this time period for fun and educational learning opportunities. On May 8, 2018, Mrs. Cunningham’s pre-school class at Woodland Park Elementary School visited Amazin’ Acres of Fun, in White County.

The class was one of several pre-school classes, in White County, that have taken an end-of-year field trip to Amazin’ Acres for a day of fun activities. The children learned about how strawberries are grown and were able … Read More

Farm-City Day teaches White County students about agriculture

Posted by | May 10, 2018 7:03 am

Elementary students from across White County learned about a wide array of topics pertaining to rural life and farming during Farm-City Day, on May 8. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Terrie Walker (left) and Karen Hyder Lafever (right)

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Students from across White County recently participated in a day of activities and viewed educational stations to learn about a wide range of topics from electricity, livestock, honeybees, soil conservation, and farming.

On May 8, 2018, representatives from the USDA White County Soil Conservation Office, along with Farm Bureau of Tennessee Caney-Fork Electric Co-Op, Mountain Valley Beekeepers, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, and farmers were all in attendance during the annual Farm-City Day.

School buses filled with eager students from across the White County school system arrived at the White County Fairgrounds and were unloaded in front … Read More

Class of 2018

Posted by | May 10, 2018 6:43 am

Check out the special publication that features the White County High School and the Van Buren County High School Class of 2018. Click here to view the photos of each senior who will be receiving their diplomas on Monday, May 14.

James Richard Denton

Posted by | May 9, 2018 5:28 am

James Richard Denton, 68, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Denton was born Oct. 19, 1949, in White County, to James Elmer Denton and Lena Mae Graham Denton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Marie Adcock.

Mr. Denton was a devoted truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Faye Stacy Denton, of Sparta; Richie Edward (Marcella) Denton; daughter, Stacey Leona (James) Snodgrass; grandchildren, Alexis Russell, Todd Russell, Mercedes Mosley, Olivia Pelham, Kaylee Snodgrass, Cayd Snodgrass; great-grandchild, Brooklyn Addison; special daughter, Letitia Manus; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m., May … Read More

Billie Ray Dickerson

Posted by | May 9, 2018 5:20 am

Billie Ray Dickerson, 77, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Dickerson was born June 2, 1940, in Sparta, to Henry Thomas Dickerson Sr. and Alma Shelton Dickerson.

He had a career that spanned from auto sales to road construction. Mr. Dickerson was better known as a “trader.” He enjoyed trading on anything he thought he could get or make a good deal on, from typewriters to automobiles. Mr. Dickerson also enjoyed raising cattle and dirt track racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Henry Thomas “Boonie” Dickerson Jr. and Billie Gene Dickerson.

Survivors include his son, … Read More

Dylan Cucinella

Posted by | May 9, 2018 5:09 am

Dylan Cucinella, 14, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2018, at his residence.

Born May 10, 2003, in Nashville, he was the son of Michael Cucinella and Relva Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gaspar Cucinella, Virgle Lewis; grandmother, Maddie Keller; and brother, Zack Lewis Cucinella.

Survivors include his mother, Relva Lewis (Doug Roberts), of Sparta; father, Michael Cucinella, of Cookeville; brother, Chase Lewis, of Sparta; stepbrothers, Jordan and Jeremy Roberts, of Sparta; grandmother, Linda Lewis, of Sparta; grandfather, Ken Keller, of Troy, Michigan; aunts, Angela Cantrell (Dave), of Sparta, Sandra Lewis, of Sparta, Kathy Kerwinski (Jeff Lynch), of Clinton Township, Michigan; cousins, Chelsa Burch … Read More

Mother/Son Dance is May 19

Posted by | May 9, 2018 4:55 am

A mother/son dance will be hosted by Seeds of Hope of Tennessee, 6-9 p.m., May 19, 2018, at Sparta Civic Center. Tickets are $12/person, and a meal will be provided, along with a deejay for a great night of fun. Tickets can be purchased by coming by Seeds of Hope of Tennessee, at 101 Moore St., in Sparta, next to the YMCA, or by contacting Tina at (931) 303-6695. The organization decided to host this event after a great response from mothers wanting a night with their sons to help fundraise for the program, which helps recovering addicts transition back into the community after long-term treatment or incarceration.

47-year-old Sparta resident finds new direction at Roane State

Posted by | May 9, 2018 4:27 am

Rita Neal

Rita Neal’s world came crashing down when her vehicle was rear-ended by a teenager going 55 mph.

She had just gotten off work and was on her way to pick up her children when the teen slammed into her, causing serious injuries, including a broken neck.

“It was a really bad wreck,” Neal said.

Months of hospitalization, therapy and rehabilitation followed. Neal was told she’d be unable to resume her job in a White County shirt factory.

It was a sister, Sandra Roach, who suggested that Neal change careers and go back to school. Neal said she opted to enroll in Roane State’s respiratory therapy program.… Read More

Dylan Cucinella

Posted by | May 8, 2018 9:42 am

Dylan Cucinella, 14, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2018, at his home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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