Health Care: My take…

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Health Care, as we all know, is the hot topic of discussion just about anywhere you go. The subject has as drawn a line so deep between Americans that the mere talk about it can get one’s blood boiling. Why? Because it is a personal issue that directly affects every American’s life and well being.
Health care is a service based industry. With any service based industry, the focus is to diversify and offer more comprehensive solutions for the customer to utilize. By being more diversified, it allows the company to attract more customers which brings in revenue and keeps prices more competitive. The problem with the health … CONTINUED


A good showing

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

I’ll be the first to admit, I was a bit skeptical of Lane Kiffin’s tactics after he took over as head coach of the Tennessee Vols.
In the beginning I liked the fact he was being hired. I knew he was able to recruit a lot of outstanding talent to USC. But then again, how hard can it be to recruit to Southern California to play for Pete Carroll? (Have you seen the pranks he pulls on his players and all the fun it looks like they have. Of course the whole Bill Withers “Lean On Me” thing won me over. I always loved that song.)
Then once … CONTINUED


Taco Squares

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

1 pound lean ground beef
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 envelope (one and one-half ounce) low sodium taco mix
1 teaspoon onion flakes
2 packages low fat refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 and one-half cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon milk
1 and one-half tablespoon sesame seeds
Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until it is brown. Drain, return to skillet. Stir in tomato sauce, water, taco mix and onion flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Unroll 1 package crescent rolls, pressing seams together; place in the bottom of a lightly greased 13×9 inch … CONTINUED


Around the World in Three Meals

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Chile Relleno

Veggie Wontons

Miso Stroganoff

Although an exotic international vacation may not be in your family’s plans, you don’t need a passport to experience some of the best flavors from around the world! A few key ingredients and a bit of experimentation in the kitchen can add intercontinental flair to your next meal. Here are some suggestions for taking your taste buds on a tour of the world in three easy meals. The secret ingredient in all three recipes? Veggie burgers – an under-utilized yet better-for-you alternative to meat.
-Bring some south-of-the-border flavor to your table with this Chile Relleno recipe. Made with Black Bean Chipotle veggie … CONTINUED


Refresh Your Nest

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Imperfections can be the perfect accent. Interior by Regina-Andrew Design.

Smaller desks pack big benefits. Origins laptop desk by aspenhome.

Black and white never goes out of style. CÙte de RhÙne bedding ensemble by Amity Home.

A dash of silver adds sparkle. Star chest, table and chairs by Bolier & Co.

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. And these days people are looking for ways to make their home a more enjoyable living space.
“Rather than flipping homes, like people did when the housing market was strong, we’re seeing more and more families embracing what they already have,” says Bob Maricich, president and CEO of … CONTINUED


Two men charged in marijuana bust

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Two men were charged Sept. 17 with several drug-related offenses after an anonymous tip led deputies to a marijuana growing operation on Simpson Road that yielded more than 100 plants and approximately 14 pounds of the processed product. [Video by Greg England]


911 Board anticipates changes in revenue

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

At its September meeting, the E-911 Board approved requesting the election commission put a referendum on the next ballot in anticipation of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board lowering landline rates for the district, placing on hold any legal action against White County and the City of Sparta, and changing the format of the district’s budget in an effort to improve communication with interlocal partners.
Much of the controversy involving the interlocal funding comes from anticipated reduction in landline revenue in an upcoming meeting with the TECB.
The rate increase extension, in place since 2001, could be rescinded by TECB because of “maintenance of effort” implications from reduction of … CONTINUED


City denies $25,000 additional funding for E-911

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Thursday against a motion to provide an additional $25,000 in funding to White County E-911.
Jeff Young, alderman and member of E-911 Board of Directors, explained to the members about the action taken by the county commission’s Steering Committee B, on Sept. 14, which recommended approval of $125,000 additional funding for the emergency communications district. This action must now be presented to the entire county commission, on Sept.21, for the final decision.
The action takes place amidst conflict between E-911 Board of Directors, City of Sparta and White County about the amount of funding the two governmental entities should provide to … CONTINUED


Four apply for road superintendent position

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Four White County men have submitted their applications for road superintendent to fill the unexpired term of Robert Weaver who passed away in June 2009.
Jimmy Demps, Ab Graham, Larry Wayne McCoy and Clay Parker have all applied for the position that will expire Sept. 1, 2010.
Graham, who has been employed at White County Highway Department more than 30 years and served as Weaver’s foreman throughout his administration, is temporarily serving in the capacity as superintendent. Graham was granted the job for 120 days, which began June 24, 2009, and expires Oct. 21, 2009.
Qualifications for county highway superintendent include:
•Must have a high school education or … CONTINUED


Lenvell Lee Young Youngblood Roberts

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Lenvell Lee Young Youngblood Roberts, 82, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Roberts was born Sept. 24, 1926, to Henry Logan and Minnie Lee Cunningham Young.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Youngblood; brothers, James (Bud) Young; and daughter, Louise (Mrytle) Snow Jarchow.
Survivors include her sons, Charles Emmit Youngblood, James Edward Youngblood, Don Raymond Youngblood and wife Wanda, all of Sparta; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sept. 24, 2009, at Hensley Chapel Church, with burial in Young Cemetery. Freddie Copeland and Ray Young will officiate. The family will receive … CONTINUED


Marvine H. Stanley

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Marvine H. Stanley, 72, of North Carolina, passed away Sept. 19, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Stanley was born March 9, 1937, in Sparta, to Malcolm and Nancy Steele Hutchings.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bobby Stanley.
Survivors include her son, Hugh L. LaFever and wife Ann, of Sparta; two daughters, JoAnn Mozingo and husband Donald, Sherri L. LaFever, all of Goldsboro, N.C; one brother, Harold Eugene Hutchings and wife Betty, of Sparta 11 grandchildren, Carrie Guy, Derek LaFever, Tasha Carter, Ronnie Ginn Jr., Johnathon Newsome, Joshua Newsome, Sharon Edwards, Ricky Mozingo, Jeffrey Mozingo, Ray Mozingo; one nephew, Michael Kinnard; and two nieces, … CONTINUED


Erbie H. Howell

Posted by | September 21, 2009 12:00 am

Erbie H. Howell, 75, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2009, at Woodbury Nursing Center.
Mr. Howell was born Jan 20, 1934, in White County, to William Lucian Howell and Cora Lou Cole Howell Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Thomas Brown; and brother, Vernice Howell.
Survivors include his daughter, Candace Miller and husband Lynn, of Woodbury; stepchildren, Debora Evans, Kim Church, both of Lewisburg, Michael Shirley, of McMinnville; granddaughter, Kylie Talley, of Woodbury; brothers, Dewey Howell, Tommy Brown, Jerry Brown, all of Sparta; sisters, Bernice Pedigo, Carolyn Mabe, of Sparta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., … CONTINUED


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