White County schools receive new state report card “grades”

Posted by | December 13, 2018 8:27 am

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has released the new redesigned state report cards for 2017-2018.

The new report card is intended to help families better understand school performance and support student success. It is a new parent-focused tool including school ratings, Spanish translation, and additional data on student groups, and was developed as a plan to transition to the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and has several components that are unique to Tennessee.

Some of the scores reported for White County Middle School and White County High School are as follows: On a scale from zero to four, with four being the highest rating, … Read More


Jennie Lee Goff Short

Posted by | December 13, 2018 8:02 am

Jennie Lee Goff Short, 94, of the Bon Air community of White County, passed away Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WCHS Band Christmas Concert

Posted by | December 12, 2018 4:36 pm

White County High School Band will present its Christmas Concert, at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, at the WCHS Multipurpose Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted


Caney Fork Christmas Open House

Posted by | December 12, 2018 12:37 pm

Caney Fork Electric is hosting its annual Christmas Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., today.


Multi-agency operation captures alleged drug dealers in Putnam

Posted by | December 12, 2018 12:12 pm

On Dec. 11, a multi-agency drug operation conducted in Putnam County resulted in 12 arrests out of the 35 individuals indicted on drug related charges.

On Dec. 7, the Putnam County Grand Jury indicted 35 individuals for illegal drug activity. The men and women indicted are between … Read More



Ervin Wendell Pike

Posted by | December 12, 2018 8:57 am

Ervin Wendell Pike, 80, of Sparta, passed Dec. 4, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Pike was born July 11, 1938.

The family has chosen cremation, and there are no services scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ray Brady

Posted by | December 12, 2018 8:53 am

Patricia Ray Brady, 74, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Brady was born Dec. 15, 1943, in Sparta.

She was a life long member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She worked at Thomas Industries for 26 years.

Survivors include her husband Bill Brady, of Sparta; brothers, Glenn Ray (Diana), of Sparta; sisters, Rosemary Ray, of Sparta, Debora Green (James), of Sparta; sister-in-law, Faye Talbert (Tony), of McMinnville; stepsons, Barry Brady, of Sparta, William Brady, of Gallatin; nieces and nephews, Mark and Marty, Christy and Ryan, Gina and Kyle, Tammy and Lee; and her sweet puppy dog, Gracie.

A Celebration of Life service will be … Read More


Emmadel Webster Bain

Posted by | December 12, 2018 8:21 am

Emmadel Webster Bain, 99, of Walling, passed away Dec. 8, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Bain was born May 24, 1919, in Doyle.

She was a longtime member of Spring Hill the Baptist Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for over 40 years. She was a former teacher and U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and substitute postmaster.

Mrs. Bain was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lillie Sparkman; husband, Lester Verble Bain Sr.; son, Lester Verble “L.V.” Bain Jr.; and brothers, Levon Sparkman and Balas Sparkman.

Survivors include her sister, Louise Hollingsworth; daughter-in-law, Faye (Casey) Wright; grandchildren, Bobby (Kathy) Bain, of Sparta, Lisa (Mark) … Read More


Jackie Dale Harris

Posted by | December 12, 2018 8:14 am

Jackie Dale Harris, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Harris was born April 29, 1948, in Sparta.

He had a work career that spanned from sawmill laborer to forklift operator in different factories. Mr. Harris proudly served his country, in Vietnam, as a member of the U.S. Army. When he was not working, he enjoyed gardening and fishing and was a member of West Sparta church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Harris; grandparents, Ora and Haywood Harris; uncles, Frank Harris, Joe Harris, Raymond Harris, Donald Harris; and aunts, Polly Burns and Lena … Read More


Tennessee corn producers vote to support checkoff referendum

Posted by | December 12, 2018 7:46 am

Corn grown in Tennessee will now be promoted on a broader scale, with the establishment of a corn checkoff program.

Tennessee corn producers voted on a statewide checkoff referendum to consider a 1 cent per bushel assessment of corn sold to support in-state promotions of corn. Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton authorized the referendum at the request of the Tennessee Corn Growers Association, the state’s largest corn organization.

“We always welcome input from our partners and industry leaders,” Commissioner Templeton said. “Tennessee farmers and landowners should have a say in determining the future of their business. We’re proud that they were given the opportunity to do so.”

Tennessee corn … Read More





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