TN Department of Ag announces grant program for specialty crops

Posted by | March 19, 2019 6:23 am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

“The SCBGP supports specialty crop producers through funding for research, education, marketing, and innovative projects,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Tennessee is an agriculturally-diverse state producing a wide range of specialty crops that can benefit from participating in this program.”

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the grants, which are authorized through the USDA. SCBGP funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture, and other nursery crops.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or … Read More


Conservation partnership expands Fall Creek Falls State Park

Posted by | March 18, 2019 3:32 pm

Sparta, Tenn. (March 18, 2019)—The Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) are thrilled to announce the protection of two significant inholdings in Fall Creek Falls State Park, located in Van Buren County.

These two properties, which total around 27 acres on the northwest side of Fall Creek Falls State Park, have been areas of interest to TDEC for decades. Prior to TennGreen’s acquisition, both tracts were privately-owned and the landowners planned to sell them at auction. However, in order to ensure that these lands would be available to the public, the landowners agreed to work with TennGreen directly.

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Deborah Bohannon Sicola

Posted by | March 18, 2019 2:55 pm

Deborah Bohannon Sicola, 68, of Memphis, previously of Sparta, passed away suddenly, on March 14, 2019, after a short hospitalization.

Debbie, as she was known, was born June 10, 1950, and grew up in Sparta. She was the apple of her father’s eye, reflecting back his warm smile with her own dimpled grin. She was her mother’s pride and joy, with a quick mind and a knack for reading and mathematics. Her bright personality and fierce heart made her fast friends, both at school and among her many first cousins.

At school, Debbie excelled at math and music. She was drum major in the marching band and was … Read More


Redden blasts two round trippers in Friday’s game against Clinton Co.

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:50 am

Gianna Redden shows off the game ball. Redden led the Warriorettes with six runs batted in.

The White County High School Warriorettes move their record to 4-0 after two big wins March 15 at the tournament, in Cookeville.  The Warriorettes pounded Clinton County 9-1 on the power hitting of Gianna Redden.

The first inning ended 0-0 after both teams failed to score.  The second inning started well for Clinton after a triple and moving a runner to third base.  The Warriorette defense stepped up and shut down the scoring threat and ending the inning for the Clinton team.

Kasey Scarlett starts the bottom half of the second with a smash of her own, sending the ball over the center field fence.  After Ashlyn Phillips … Read More


Phillips throws no hitter to lead Warriorettes against Lady Knights

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:31 am

Ashlyn Phillips is on third, waiting for her next move.

In the second game of the night, on March 15, Ashlynn Phillips came to the circle and she would not give up a single hit from the Lady Knights.  The first inning saw Jones single and then score on another single by Hannah Kate Sims.  Sparta led 1-0, but the Lady Knights tied the game up after a two errors and a walk, tying the game at one after one inning of play.  Both defenses played well in the second inning, not allowing a run and ending the second still tied at two.

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WCMS Warriors’ comeback falls short against Prescott

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:29 am

Colton Locke is ready to advance during the March 15 game against Prescott. (Photos by LINDA RICHARDSON)

Prescott South Middle School took an early 6-0 lead, on March 15, in the four innings that held despite a comeback bid from the White County Middle School Warriors.

With the score 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Warriors’ comeback started with Levi Griggs drawing a base on balls.  Griggs steals second base, and the next batter, Colton Locke, draws a walk, putting runners at first and second with no outs.  Owen Adams reaches on an error that also scores Griggs and Locke, pushing the score to … Read More


Warriors garner two wins and two losses at Cure 4 Cancer tourney

Posted by | March 18, 2019 10:25 am

Over the weekend, the Warrior baseball team traveled to Pigeon Forge to compete in the Cure 4 Cancer Tournament. They played four games in a two-day stretch and headed home with wins over Halls and South-Doyle, while having lost to Alcoa and Gibbs.

The Warriors kicked off the weekend, on Friday afternoon, as they took on Alcoa and fell by the score of 7-4. Despite a hot start at the plate, the boys were unable to secure a victory. David Smith got the Warriors on the board with a two-run blast in the top of the first, but Alcoa struck back quickly, scoring on a sacrifice fly in … Read More


God is looking for godliness

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:25 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

It is the desire of many parents that their children be like them.  Men often want sons to train in certain trades, sports, or activities in the same areas in which they learned.  Women often long for daughters to share in their interests of shopping, cooking, and various hobbies.  It is only natural to feel this way, as parents see their own image reflected through their children by the way they look and behave (the same way that God looks at us).  “God created man in his own image” (Gen. 1:27) and every person is counted as “his offspring” … Read More


Some laws were made to be perfected

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:22 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

One of my closest friends recently told me of a recipe that his mother had shared with him. She was preparing her roast for baking one day and her daughter noticed something she did during the process. She cut an inch off the side of the roast before she did anything else. So she asked why. “Why do you cut an inch off mother,” she asked? Her mother kindly responded, “Because it’s what my mother always did,” so she went to her grandmother and asked the same question. She was astonished to hear the answer was the same. The grandmother cut an … Read More


Emergency Powers Act and our senators’ reactions

Posted by | March 18, 2019 9:19 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

So, once again we meet here to discuss the unwillingness of our government to deal with the chaos, lawbreaking, and illegal activities going on at our southern border, along with few observations on this disgusting scene.  Let’s get to it.

To save time, let’s all agree the president has the power to declare an emergency. It has been done numerous times since the 1976 act allowing it. Every president has used it – some more than others. And 28 of those declared emergencies are still in effect, including one by President Jimmy Carter that allowed the retention of Iran’s funds during … Read More


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