Two-vehicle collision on Highway 30 results in March 9 DUI arrest

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:43 am

A 39-year-old Spencer man was charged by THP Trooper Kevin Ballew with DUI after the Friday incident.

Emergency services were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision near Harmony Church of Christ, on Highway 30, that resulted in a man being charged with driving under the influence.

On March 9, 2018, at approximately 2 p.m., Van Buren County E-911 dispatchers received notification about a multi-vehicle collision. According to the initial reports, two vehicles had collided near Harmony Church of Christ, on Highway 30, near Russell Circle.

Firefighters with Cedar Grove, Spencer, and Rocky River volunteer fire department, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Van Buren County Emergency … Read More

WCHS Warrior tennis team starts off the season with a win

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:27 am

The White County High School tennis team kicked off their season, on Tuesday afternoon, when they hosted Warren County High School. The Warriors kicked off their season with a win. The Warriors won eight of their nine matches to move to 1-0 on the season. The Warriorettes fought hard but fell to Warren County 6-3.

In the Warriors matches, Tyler Vaughn fell in the top seed match to Warren County’s Dalton Bates 8-3. Eli McCormack won the two seed match against Briley Bouldin from Warren County 8-2. Zack Smith picked up the Warriors’ second win with an 8-3. In the fourth seed match, Kurt Suggs won over Benjamin … Read More

White County High School softball opens season with a win

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:23 am

Paige Parker throws a pitch against Bledsoe County, on Tuesday night. Parker threw a complete game, giving up five hits and three runs. Parker also struck out seven hitters while only walking one hitter.

The White County High School Warriorettes’ softball team opened the 2018 season with a win over visiting Bledsoe County, on Tuesday night.

The Warriorettes scored three runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning to jump out to an early 6-1 lead. The Warriorettes would have to hold only late but would pick up the 7-3 win.

Paige Parker pitched the Warriorettes to the win. The senior worked seven innings … Read More

White County High School Warrior baseball splits first two District 6AAA games to open the season

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:17 am

Macon Girdley throws a pitch against Cookeville, on Monday night. Girdley got the start for the Warriors and went six innings giving up two runs and two hits.

Jason Maxwell leads the Warriors at the plate, on Tuesday night, driving in two big runs to break a 1-1 tie against Warren County. Those two runs proved to be big for the Warriors as they won 4-1.

The Warrior baseball team is an inning and a third away from being 2-0 after two days of the season.

The Warriors, facing off against a pair of District 6AAA foes in as many days, led Cookeville 2-1 heading into the bottom … Read More

Retired teachers meet at Life Care

Posted by | March 15, 2018 8:14 am

On Feb. 14, 2018, members of the White County Retired Teachers Association enjoyed a delicious brunch hosted by Life Care Center of Sparta. Terrie Douglas (above), academic career coach work-based learning at White County High School, was the guest speaker. She presented an informative explanation of what work-based learning involves at WCHS and in our community. In addition, donations of art supplies were brought to Life Care by the retired teachers. (Below) L-R: Heather Stiles, Life Care activities director, Rebecca Young, Life Care business development director, Shana Barnes, ALF LPN, and Marcia Reel, AFL/LMU Wellness Coordinator.


Ferrell wins Rotary Speech Contest

Posted by | March 15, 2018 8:08 am

Two students from White County High School, senior Parker Ferrell and junior Ronnie Stegall, recently competed in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest at the Sparta Country Club. Ferrell was announced as the winner.

Ferrell, who won $100 for his speech, moves on to the Rotary International District 6780 Four-Way Test Speech contest, on March 24, at Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville. Scholarships for the winners at the District level are $2,000, $1,000, and $500 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. There are 65 clubs in the District.

Ferrell talked in his five-minute speech from memory how the Four-Way Test can help eliminate social media issues dealing with … Read More

Rotary’s Margaret Pearson Scholarship presented to Prater

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:58 am

L-R: Linda Mackie, Motlow SCC, Sparta Location, Denton Prater, scholarship recipient, and Steve Ware, president, Rotary Club of Sparta 2017-2018.

Denton Prater, Motlow State Community College student in Sparta, was awarded the $500 Margaret Pearson Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Sparta. Following the recommendation of Motlow’s staff, Prater was selected to receive the 2018 scholarship.

Prater is an early graduate of White County High School who aspires to earn an Agricultural Engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville. He has worked two jobs with Speck Electric LLC. and Red Gable Farms, raised cows, and attends Motlow to earn credits transferrable to TTU.

“Denton Prater has shown initiative and responsibility with his work in the county and at Motlow,” said Steve Ware, president 2017-2018. “Rotary Club of … Read More

Chili Cook-Off set for March 17 at Mary Scott Turner building

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:46 am

The foundation’s building at 180 Janice, Dr., in Sparta

Mary Turner Scott

By Rima Austin, contributor

There was a time in American history when addiction was not spoken of in civilized company. Slowly, times have changed, and, with President Trump’s latest war on opioids, calling it a “national crisis,” addiction has now moved into mainstream media.

Addictions do not end with drugs, however. There are many kinds of addictions, which include alcohol, overeating, gambling, and even emotional addiction. In every community it is important, as a society, to create ways to help the sufferers of addiction or disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive behavior, to help them once again lead functional lives. The family of Mary Turner Scott, as … Read More

Rain hinders but doesn’t stop Big Puckett’s Campground

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:40 am

Jeff Puckett hopes to have the General Mercantile Store up and running by the first week in May. (Photos by MISTY WALKER)

Jeff Puckett, owner and operator of Big Puckett’s Campground, is excited about this new venture.

By Rima Austin, contributor

White County has always been a hidden treasure. It is surrounded by Burgess Falls, Lost Creek, and Fall Creek Falls; it has caving, kayaking, hunting, fishing, hiking, and swimming. All of this can be reached anywhere from a 20-minute drive to an hour’s drive. However, the one thing that White County may be lacking in is accommodations for all the thousands of travelers that visit there over the course of a year. Within a few months that is about to change.

Big Puckett’s Campground, owned and operated by Jeff … Read More

Knowing those who knew him is not the same as knowing Him

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:34 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Driving through Greensboro, North Carolina, on the interstate, we saw a billboard with Billy Graham’s picture and the words “GONE HOME.” We had seen identical boards in the Tri-Cities the day after his “home-going,” but when Sammie and I saw the one in the Piedmont Triad, he had been gone for two-and-a-half weeks.

The next day, we saw a sign in Winston-Salem, at a fast food restaurant, which read: “GRAHAM – WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.”

There may be a few folks that want to forget Billy Graham, but he will be remembered by billions, or more, much longer than your lifetime … Read More

Dairy farmers in jeopardy as they lose important contracts

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:28 am

Chris Hickey, an employee at Sparkman Farm, prepares the equipment used for milking cows. Sparkman Farm, as well as other dairy farmers in the area, are facing a potential crisis if contracts are cancelled, which has been the topic of several recent news stories.

David Lafever checks on his cows before meeting with other dairy farmers about the recent news that contracts that have been the lifeblood of their operations may soon be cancelled.

By Rima Austin, contributor

David LaFever drives his farm truck through the sodden lanes of his dairy farm while describing each set of cows that are separated from each other.

He reaches the back … Read More

Airport receives $555,000 grant

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:18 am

Airport officials were recently notified that significant improvements will be coming to the regional facility located in White County thanks to a grant valued at over a half-million dollars.

Dean Selby, airport manager for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, informed board members during their March 13, 2018, meeting that the airport would be receiving a $555,000 grant. This grant will be utilized to replace and make upgrades to the airport’s taxiway lighting and signage throughout the facility.

“I’m excited that we were able to get this grant,” stated Selby. “I think this is great – it’s going help improve the airport, and it brings (federal) funding back to … Read More

Break in water main reveals unforeseen issues at site

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:17 am

Crews worked for almost three days to restore water pressure to at least 25 residences that receive water from Quebeck-Walling Utility District. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Multiple residents have had to deal with water pressure loss for several days as utility crews searched for a leak buried more than 20 feet underground.

Residents in the area of East Gooseneck Road and Luckey Lane were faced with the loss of water pressure that started March 11 and was unable to be restored until late March 13 because of multiple challenges faced by utility workers.

On March 11, officials with the Quebeck-Walling Utility District received complaints from customers about a loss in water pressure over the weekend. On Sunday morning, district utility workers began to investigate the concerns, which required the assistance of an engineering service … Read More

Son allegedly stabbed father to death in his Sparta home

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:15 am

Joshua Jordi

After an intensive investigation from multiple law enforcement agencies following the discovery of a deceased victim in the Mt. Vernon Subdivision of White County last week, a Minnesota college student has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of his father.

Joshua Nathaniel Jordi, 21, has been identified as the individual responsible for the death of Timothy Leroy Jordi, 50, who was found dead in his Sparta home after his employer requested a welfare check by White County sheriff deputies after he did not show up for work, on March 8.

White County sheriff detectives and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents responded to … Read More

Notice of Board Work Session

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:05 am

A Board work session will be held immediately following the regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen which begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The work session in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 6 Liberty Square is open to the public. The purpose is to discuss issues related to potential repaving and road infrastructure projects.

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