Are you raising a relative child or need housing assistance?

Posted by | July 11, 2018 6:35 am

For more information on assistance and support, please contact Melissa Allison at the Upper Cumberland Developments District toll free at 1-877-275-8233.

A support group meeting will be held for relatives that are caring for relative children during the month of July, 2018. Please contact Melissa Allison at 931-476-4127, if you are interested in attending this meeting.

For housing assistance while caring for minor child, contact Myra Walker at 931-432-4111.


Doyle College research project

Posted by | July 11, 2018 6:31 am

By Landon Medley

Can you identify Miss Rosia Stewart, from Texas, teacher at Doyle College in 1892, Miss Mattie Hill, teacher at Doyle College, in 1892, and Miss Minnie Lansden, Primary Department at Doyle College, in 1892?  Do you know Robert L. Dudley from Mansfield, Texas? Former teachers Florence Cope and Helen Keathley (1895)? In the 1890s Si Klone wrote community articles for the Sparta Expositor, do you know of him?  Who was Si Klone? The college printed bulletins and catalogues, anyone know of copies? The Brown Printing Company at Sparta did these bulletins and catalogues. The first telegraph operator in Doyle was A. P. Johnson (May 1892). … Read More




Kathy Louise Pitts Boyd

Posted by | July 10, 2018 12:13 pm

Kathy Louise Pitts Boyd, 47, of Doyle, passed away July 7, 2018, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Boyd was born Dec. 30, 1970, in Searcy, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather Pitts, and a sister, Mary Nash.

Survivors include her husband, James Douglas Boyd; sons, Paul Gilliam, Rodger Gilliam; grandchildren, Austin, Jonathan, Heather; parents, David Pitts Sr. and Carolyn Faye Blair Pitts; two sisters, Patricia Newman, Betty Pitts; and two brothers, David Pitts Jr. and Johnny Pitts.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., July 11, 2018, at the Old Country Church, with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. Bro. Nathan Hawkins will … Read More


Pamela Kaye Simmons Tollison

Posted by | July 10, 2018 12:04 pm

Pamela Kaye Simmons Tollison went to be with her Lord, on July 9, 2018.

Mrs. Tollison was born Feb. 14, 1971.

Her joy would shine through as a bright smile each day. She    was an employee of Bank of Putnam County for 15 years and was loved by her family, friends, co-workers, customers, and church family. She was a member of Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Tollison was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Simmons, and father-in-law, Kyle Tollison.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Tracy L. Tollison; two sons, Ethan Layne (Hannah), Eli Kayne (Haley); one daughter, Jewel Keely; father, Vestle Simmons; one … Read More


Kathy McMurry

Posted by | July 10, 2018 9:47 am

Kathy McMurry, 57, of Sparta, passed away July 8, 2018.

She was born July 6, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Leon Leeper and Julia Crick Leeper.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m., July 11, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m., July 11, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Johnson Sr.

Posted by | July 10, 2018 9:34 am

Robert Johnson Sr., 80, of Sparta, passed away July 8, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Johnson was born May 17, 1938, in Harvey, Illinois, to Alberto Johnson and Lillian Schlaudroff Johnson.

Funeral service will be at a later date, in Illinois.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Pam Tollison

Posted by | July 10, 2018 8:32 am

Pam Tollison, 47, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Senior Community Service Employment Program

Posted by | July 9, 2018 1:02 pm

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region. This training is 20 hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies. They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train. They conduct meetings to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job. They can also … Read More




Dead period ends

Posted by | July 9, 2018 8:47 am

Coach Curtis Beaty and Caleb Lowery were working with their lineman on their footwork earlier this summer.

As the week begins, it signals the end of the mandated TSSAA dead period for high school athletics.

For the past two weeks, high school sports teams all across the state of Tennessee have been on vacation. The TSSAA sets aside two weeks each summer as a dead period. According to the handbook, that means, “no coaching, observing or contact between coach and players in the sport they are involved. There is no practice, no open facilities, and no weight training/conditioning.

As the calendar read July 8, the dead period officially ended and the focus shifts now toward the fall sports as they begin their preparation for their … Read More


Crain named athletic director for White County schools

Posted by | July 9, 2018 8:24 am

Terry Crain

As of July 1, 2018, White County High School Athletic Director Terry Crain found himself named into a new role as the new athletic director for the entire school system.

The White County Board of Education had a desire to strengthen White County’s athletic programs at all levels. They thought that creating a position that would oversee the district sports for all White County schools would be the best fit.

Crain will be involved not only in the high school athletics but he will also oversee the middle school and elementary school sports. His primary function is to assist the athletic programs of the district, align … Read More


Athletes excel at US Special Olympics in Washington

Posted by | July 9, 2018 8:20 am

The Three White County athletes and the two coaches that attended the 2018 US Special Olympic Games are pictured here. The Athletes and coaches include (L-R) Calvin Jones, Mary Bailey, Jill McCulley, Lexi Wilhite, and Nancy Benningfield.

Three White County athletes and two coaches were in action last week as they attended the 2018 US Special Olympics Games. The athletes were part of 4,000 athletes and coaches from 50 states and the District of Columbia.

On July 3, 2018, White County’s Calvin Jones took to the stage to show off his muscles. Jones noted that the judges at the games were tough and that the competition was fierce. Jones was able to achieve a personal best at the games, with a deadlift of 319 pounds, which was enough to win him third place in deadlift. Jones would also pick up another bronze medal in the … Read More


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