Warriorettes’ soccer falls in the first round of the district tournament

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:34 am

The White County High School Warriorettes’ soccer team saw their 2017 fall season come to a close in the opening round of the District 6AAA tournament. The Warriorettes traveled to Warren County and were defeated 8-0 by the Lady Pioneers bringing their season to a close. The Warriorettes were without four starters for the game. The Warriorettes will graduate eight seniors off of this year’s team. The seniors are Hannah England, Dani Auberger, Maria Barker, Millie Simmons, Mason Mullins, Jessie Green, Hannah Dycus, and Danya Jackson. In the photo above, Millie Simmons sends the ball up field in the Warriorettes’ soccer game on Saturday night vs. Warren County.


Cross Country improves times in Alabama race

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:31 am

Evan Welch, seen here in the Burnett Invitational, finished in third place in the Jesse Owens Classic this past weekend.

The White County High School Cross Country team traveled to Oakville, Alabama, this past weekend to compete in the Jesse Owens Classic. The Warriorettes had two runners finish in the top 100 runners out of 260 runners in the Girls’ Silver Division.

Evan Welch continued her excellent season, finishing in third place in the race. Welch finished with a season-best time of 19:31. Katie Anderson was the other runner who finished in the top 100, finishing the race in 75th place with a season-best time of 22:36. Macey Tollison finished next for the Warriorettes, with a time of 24:41. Ashlee Sherrell ran the race and finished with a … Read More


Both Warrior youth football teams finish runner-up

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:26 am

The Warrior Pee-Wee Football team receive their trophy on Saturday.

Warrior Youth Football wrapped up its 2017 season Saturday playing in the West Division Championships for Middle TN Youth Football. The Senior and Peewee age divisions were both defeated leaving them runners-up in their respective division. The Warriors have faced fierce opposition this year and can’t wait to be back hitting the gridiron in 2018.

The Peewee Warriors faced the undefeated Cookeville Cavaliers who averaged nearly 40 points a game this season. The Warriors started off right winning the toss and executing their game plan to keep the talented Cookeville offense off the field as long as possible. After several first downs and short runs the Warriors controlled … Read More


Warriors will travel to Lincoln County Friday night

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:23 am

The WCHS Warriors break through the banner this past Friday night before their game with Page. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors will hit the road this week when they travel to Fayetteville to take on Lincoln County High School.

This will be the first time the Warriors and the Falcons have ever met each other on the gridiron. This will also be a battle to see who can pick up their first region win of the season. The Falcons sit at 1-6 on the season and 0-3 in region play. The Falcons lone win this season came against Giles County. The Falcons picked up a 17-7 win over the Bobcats.

Lincoln County’s offense is set up similar to the Warriors’ spread option look. … Read More


Multi-employer job fair event successful

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:13 am

A recent City of Spencer job fair was deemed a success as multiple employers participated.

On Oct. 10, 2017, the City of Spencer hosted multi-employer hiring event at the Yvonna-Sutton Fair Building. A wide range of employers from across the Upper Cumberland region participated in the event.

Job seekers in Spencer and Van Buren County met multiple hiring employers in one centralized location.

Some of the employers that were on hand for the event included SunKote Coatings, Acurment Global, Staffing Solutions, Tennessee Department of Correction, Metro Staffing, Generations, and Tri-Star Distribution. Excel Temporary Service, Jackson Kayak, @Work, AutoZone, and Encompass Manufacturing were also on hand to meet with … Read More


Van Buren County receives governor’s ThreeStar Award

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:10 am

Van Buren County recently received the ThreeStar Award from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The ThreeStar program is designed to focus on several critical areas, which help to ensure the success of Tennessee communities. Some of those areas include job and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, education and workforce development, and community health and welfare.

The ThreeStar program is a vital component to Tennessee’s overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength. Participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Gov. Bill Haslam’s community economic development goals.… Read More


Badges and Bandits Youth Coon Hunt event this Saturday

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:06 am

Van Buren County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will be hosting their Badges and Bandits Youth Coon Hunt on Saturday.

On Oct 14, an event known as Badges and Bandits Youth Coon Hunt will take place. Young sportsmen and hunters are invited to participate in the coon hunt event sponsored by local law enforcement officers from the TWRA and Van Buren County Sheriff Department.

Those who wish to participate in the youth coon hunting event will need to register at the Van Buren County Sheriff Department starting at 4 p.m. and must be registered by no later than 5 p.m. The Van Buren County Sheriff Department … Read More


State certifies over 90 new law enforcement officers, including one for Van Buren County

Posted by | October 12, 2017 8:00 am

Pictured (L-R) are Van Buren Sheriff Sheriff Eddie Carter, Van Buren County’s newest Deputy Dustin Brisher, and Jerry Brisher.

A newly certified law enforcement officer will go to work for the Van Buren County Sheriff Department after graduating from the state academy.

Over 90 newly certified law enforcement officers recently graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy during a ceremony held Sept. 29, 2017. One of those 90 graduates will now serve the Van Buren County Sheriff Department as a newly certified and commissioned deputy.

“These graduates have chosen a challenging yet rewarding career in which they will protect the communities where we live and work,” said Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Director Brian Grisham. “TLETA strives to prepare and equip its students to excel in … Read More


WCHS students attend RYLA 2017 event

Posted by | October 12, 2017 7:51 am

Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce five White County High School (WCHS) students attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) on September 23 at Camp Nakanawa in Mayland, TN. The students representing White County were (L-R) Daniel Young, Madeline Saunders, Parker Ferrell, Ciera Taylor and Olivia Randolph.

Organized in 1992, RYLA, a recognized youth program of Rotary International, is an intensive one-day leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs in Middle and East Tennessee. Junior and senior students develop skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. There were 166 students attending from Rotary Clubs. Don Randolph is the District RYLA Chair and John Downs … Read More


An experiment in self government and tyranny

Posted by | October 12, 2017 7:42 am

Language of Liberty – By Laine Norton, CSG Student

As a sophomore in high school, I am required to take American History for my history credit. I have always loved history, and especially the history of our nation, but this class completely changed my view on government and human nature. On the very first day of class my teacher, Mrs. Denton, made it very clear that period 4B history was now under what she called “Teacher’s Rules”.

As part of the curriculum, Mrs. Denton developed a simulation replicating the struggle for American independence. She was the queen and we were her royal subjects, divided into colonies. Mrs. Denton … Read More


“I think I might miss you!”

Posted by | October 12, 2017 7:39 am

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

This probably won’t come as a big surprise, but Sammie and I think our grandchildren say the cutest things. Often the cute things they say express deeply precious feelings from their little hearts, and many times those words tear at our hearts – either right then or perhaps a few days later.

A few days ago we were saying “goodbye” – or “bye for now” – to Shannon and Katie Grace. They had driven all the way from Wilmington for a weekend celebration of Shannon’s birthday. Now they were pulling out of the driveway. We were telling K.G. how much we would … Read More


Does your heart say, “There is no God”?

Posted by | October 12, 2017 7:36 am

By Eric Williams – Fellowship Renewed Church

“The Atheist is the fool pre-eminently, and a fool universally…To say there is no God is to stifle consciousness, which is madness”. — Charles H. Spurgeon

If you are anything like me, its easy to look back on your younger days and say, “I was a fool back then.” We have all made bad choices—We didn’t do something when we should have, we didn’t say something when should have, we were too quick to speak, or too quick to act. We did not understand the world or the people in it, and we certainly did not understand ourselves. We were fools!… Read More


Is martial law coming to White County?

Posted by | October 12, 2017 6:57 am

Dear SpartaLive,

The 9 Oct 17 edition of the Sparta Expositor informed White County citizens that Marine Special Operations Forces intend to conduct military surveillance and raid training in White County. This will all be done under the cover of darkness without revealing the type or level of the training to White County citizens. As a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who worked in the Pentagon US Army Operations center, I am deeply concerned about the potential impacts on our community if this is allowed.

In my opinion, as we do not have full knowledge as to who is really doing this “training,” we need to ask ourselves … Read More


Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15, continues through Dec. 7

Posted by | October 12, 2017 6:52 am

On Oct. 15, open enrollment officially begins for 2018 Medicare participants, and help is available for residents in the Upper Cumberland.

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability provides assistance to those in need of help or have questions about the open enrollment process and available plans. This   service is available to residents in the Upper Cumberland region and is being provided free of charge.

Medicare open enrollment for the 2018 period opens on Oct. 15 and will close on Dec. 7. During this time period, Medicare beneficiaries who are already enrolled can make changes to their plans.

The staff at UCAAAD, which is a division … Read More


Liberty Square – A Lester Flatt Celebration event this Saturday

Posted by | October 12, 2017 6:48 am

After countless hours of planning and preparations, City of Sparta officials and event organizers are prepared for the largest downtown event of the year that will occur this weekend.

The Liberty Square – A Lester Flatt Celebration is set to take place this Oct. 14 in front of the historic Oldham Theater, in downtown Sparta. The Liberty Square music festival is an annual event sponsored by the City of Sparta.

As with each year, the purpose of the event is to celebrate Sparta’s rich heritage in bluegrass music. The Liberty Square event is named after a local bluegrass legend, Lester Flatt. The annual Liberty Square event was the … Read More


White County billed almost $125,000 for sheriff’s attorney fees garnered from lawsuit

Posted by | October 12, 2017 6:42 am

Attorneys who represented White County’s sheriff in his lawsuit against the county recently submitted their bill for legal services in an amount over $124,000.

On Sept. 19, 2017, the White County Commission took action to approve a proposed settlement to end the longstanding lawsuit that was filed against the county by Sheriff Oddie Shoupe. The settlement provided a wide range of agreements, which included increasing staffing and purchasing additional equipment.

At the time the county commission approved the settlement, the final legal bill for the sheriff was unknown. However, the Law Offices of Moore, Vader, Fitzpatrick, and York P.C., who represented Shoupe in his lawsuit against the county, … Read More


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