Inmate death in Putnam County

Posted by | September 12, 2018 8:45 am

According to the Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Sept. 11, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m., Donald Ray Garrison, 58, was found unresponsive in his cell by a correctional officer during a routine check. Garrison’s death reportedly appears to be natural. His body is being sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy. The Putnam County Sheriff Department is conducting an investigation into his death.


Sparta 12-year-old wins Life Care’s nationwide Youth Volunteer Award

Posted by | September 12, 2018 6:07 am

On Aug. 27, 2018, Life Care Centers of America recognized the contributions of volunteer J.R. Horton during the company’s annual management meeting awards dinner at its headquarters, in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Twelve-year-old Horton received Life Care’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. This honor is presented to one young person each year for extraordinary volunteer service.

Horton helps with activities from bingo to arts and crafts, helps transport residents to and fro throughout the building, delivers magazines to residents who want them, prays with residents, and sings to them. He even assists with maintenance.

Horton does all this even while his mother is a resident at the facility and … Read More


Leather package with alloy wheels

Posted by | September 12, 2018 6:05 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I wrote to you a couple of weeks back about Jesus going on a mountain climb in Mathew chapter 5. When he reached the top he sat down and began to teach. Those that chose to climb with him were the ones that knew him the best. They were the ones that were closer and more intimate with him. He began to teach in a seated position that day, and, as we follow along, we find that he breaks down the communication channel we know as prayer.

In chapter 6, Jesus gives us a DIY list of how to connect to God … Read More


Bike Sparta is set for Sept. 15

Posted by | September 12, 2018 6:03 am

The Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation proudly presents “Bike Sparta,” on Sept. 15. Registration starts at 8 a.m., at Central Church of Christ, 45 N. Main St., in downtown Sparta. Ride begins at 9 a.m.

The cost is $25 for adults and one-half price for youth 17 and under with an adult. T-shirts will be given to riders while the supply lasts. After the ride is completed, food will be available at Town Hall Bike Shop, 10 E. Rhea St.

Pre-registration will be at Town Hill Bike Shop. Call (931) 209-7884 for more information.

Routes include:

  • Eight-mile family/beginner
  • 22-mile River Hill
  • 36-mile Hickory Dickory Knob, in Doyle
  • 50-mile Challenge
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America’s on a death defying rollercoaster ride – how will it end?

Posted by | September 12, 2018 6:02 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

We’re in the season of county fairs and carnivals, with roller coasters that would make a sane adult think twice before risking life and limb for a few minutes of “terrifying fun.” This is also true of the wilder roller coasters in popular amusement parks. Sane adults will take into consideration the reputation of the ride operators, the safety record of those rides, and the laws of gravity before making a commitment to get on one of those rides. If you happen to be with your children or grandchildren, you will weigh the pleading looks, the begging, and even the teasing before … Read More


Democracy is gasping for what could be its last breath, Part III

Posted by | September 12, 2018 6:00 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

And the damage to our country continues…

As I was saying last week, there are many segments of our society that are deliberately attempting to undermine our constitutional system of government as we have known it.

Immigration – This is a never-ending source of damage. The ridiculous idea that the illegal, low-education immigrants streaming across our borders are assets belies the reality of our times. How often are we warned that the manual labor jobs they take will soon be done by robots? With no education, they are not consumers and not assets of what America provides. With their large families, … Read More


Unemployment rate dips slightly in White County according to report

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:58 am

Unemployment in Tennessee dropped nearly two-thirds in July 2018, and, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the jobless situation improved in 57 counties.

In 19 counties the rate remained the same from the previous month of June. In White County, however, unemployment fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent from June to July.

Sixty-two counties had unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in July, while 33 counties had a rate of 5.0 percent or higher. According to the TDLWD, the time of the year determines the figures of unemployment.

In an effort to explain why some counties saw an increase in unemployment, TDLWD … Read More


Elementary students learn about White County history

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:57 am

Fourth grade students eat lunch under the Farmers Market pavilion, in downtown Sparta, while they take a break from their tour of historical sites. (Photos by RIMA AUSTIN)

Sparta/White County is considered small in comparison to some of its neighboring communities until a person tries to see all of the attractions and the history behind them, which is exactly what several elementary students discovered last week when they toured numerous sites.

Angela Fresh, supervisor of elementary instruction for White County schools, stated that the school board would like to introduce students early to the history that surrounds them. White County fourth grade students participate in a city tour, while the fifth grade students take part in a county tour that focuses on the coal mining history of the area.

“We focus on the history of White … Read More


City oaths of office

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:54 am

Four city officials were administered their oaths of office during the Sept. 6, 2018, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. L-R: Hoyt Jones, alderman; Jim Floyd, alderman/vice-mayor; Jeff Young, mayor; and Bobby Officer, alderman. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)


Mayor has vowed to hold TDOT’s “feet to the fire”

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:53 am

During the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Sept. 6, Public Works Director Dillard Quick gave a report about the road construction project, on Bockman Way.

Quick stated that Rogers Group worked into the night, on Sept. 4, to get Bockman Way ready for paving.

Mayor Jeff Young expressed concern that some curbs are still unfinished throughout the city. Young explained that when he saw the crews milling around the street, he knew it was about to be paved. He then called Tennessee Department of Transportation and asked them to explain why they were ready to start paving when they haven’t finished filling in the sidewalks.

“When … Read More


Volleyball suffers pair of losses

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:49 am

Lauren Turner passes the ball up in the Warriorettes’ match against Livingston, on Tuesday.

The Warriorette volleyball team found the going tough last week, dropping both their matches, on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Warriorettes lost a non-district match to Livingston, on Tuesday, and then were defeated by Soddy-Daisy, on Thursday, inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriorettes dropped three straight, on Tuesday, against Livingston, falling 25-22, 25-18, and 25-21. Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes with three kills and five blocks.

On Thursday night, the Warriorettes would drop the match in three straight games. The Warriorettes would lose the first game 25-19. In the second game, the Warriorettes would keep the game close and force it to go into extra points but would fall … Read More


WCMS volleyball wins two last week

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:46 am

Nia Powers spike the ball across the net. Powers has helped the Warriorettes get off to an 11-0 start on the season.

The White County Middle School volleyball team finished last week by picking up a pair of wins.

WCMS went on the road Tuesday, playing at Algood, and defeating them 2-0. The Warriorettes made quick work of the Lady Redskins, winning 25-12 and 25-18.

The Warriorettes would close out their week, picking up another CTC Conference win, on Thursday, winning that game 2-0. The Warriorettes would make quick work of the first game 25-12. In the second game, the Warriorettes would close out the match with a … Read More


Warriors fall victim to Cavaliers again

Posted by | September 12, 2018 5:40 am

Dustin Guy takes down Cookeville’s quarterback in Friday night’s game.

The White County High School football team will have to wait another year to try and end Cookeville’s domination on the football field.

The Cavaliers made it five straight over the Warriors, on Friday night, with a dominating 55-0 win. Cookeville rolled up the yards and points on the scoreboard, jumping out to a 35-0 lead by the half, invoking the mercy rule for the entire second half of the contest.

Cookeville took control of the game early and would never relinquish the reins, taking out any doubt of the Warriors ending the streak. The Warriors would open up the game with the ball. However, on their first … Read More



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