Martin has big plans for new hometown of Sparta

Posted by | September 27, 2018 9:41 am

Torry Martin

Torry Martin is a transplant to Sparta, a title to which many residents of White County can relate.

Born in Washington state, Martin moved to California to pursue a career in acting. He stated that after a few successful years in California, he became disenchanted with the Hollywood life and decided to move to a remote cabin, in Alaska.

In his book, “Of Moose and Men,” which is written by Martin and co-authored by Doug Peterson, Martin gives humorous anecdotes of his life in the Alaskan wilderness and tells the stories of other Christians who found a better life, in Alaska. After battling the rough life … Read More


Mid-term elections are Nov. 6

Posted by | September 27, 2018 9:38 am

The mid-term elections will be Nov. 6, and the deadline for registering to vote is quickly approaching.

Registration deadline is 4 p.m., Oct. 9.

“Voters can come by our office to register,” said Administrator of Elections Dorcas Marcum. “We can mail them a form, or they can go online to www.govotetn.com.”

The office of elections is located on the second floor of the White County Courthouse. Early voting will be Oct. 17-Nov. 1, at the administrator of elections’ office.

Early voting times are as follows:

  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday

The offices that will be on the … Read More


Readers’ Choice 2018

Posted by | September 27, 2018 9:34 am

Readers’ Choice 2018 is your guide to top-rated businesses in every category, from dining and shopping to services, entertainment and more, making it a special section you don’t want to miss. Look for your copy in print and online, and make sure you’re experiencing the best our community has to offer. Click here to view the publication.



Lynn reunion

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:34 am

Sunday, Oct. 14

Who: Lynn family

What: Reunion (Bring covered dish)

When: 11 a.m.-until

Where: Sparta Civic Center


Mason reunion

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:34 am

Sunday, Oct. 7

Who: Descendants of Louis Chapell Mason and Cynthia Caroline Roberts Mason

When: 12:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center

Contact: (931) 205-6025


Caravan Singers

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:33 am

Sunday, Oct. 7

Who: Sparta Church of the Nazarene

What: Caravan Singers

When: 6 p.m.

Where: 1787 Smithville Highway

Contact: (931) 239-3231


Eastland breakfast

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:32 am

Saturday, Oct. 6

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits, pancakes on request); $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under

When: 6-10 a.m.

Contact: (931) 935-8200 for deliveries




Charles Steven Webb

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:07 am

Charles Steve Webb, 68, of Moscow, Tennessee, formerly of Doyle, passed away Sept. 20, 2018, at this residence.

Mr. Webb was born April 26, 1949, to Skeet Webb and Johnnie Bell Lewellyn Webb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pam Winn Webb; brother, Tom Webb; and sister, Sylvia Webb Mullins.

Survivors include a daughter, Ida (Mike) Whaley, of Germantown; son, Zach Webb, of Moscow, Tennessee; brother Mike (Joy) Webb, of Sparta; stepsister, Joan (Jere) Wilson, of Sparta; brother-in-law, Jess Mullins, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Wanda Webb, of Knoxville; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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John Richard Higgins

Posted by | September 26, 2018 10:02 am

John Richard Higgins, 59, of Crossville, passed away suddenly, on Sept. 17, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Higgins was born Aug. 31, 1959, to Raymond Richard Higgins and Alma Pirhonen Higgins.

He was employed at Lowe’s of Crossville. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

Survivors include his daughter, Amanda (Michael) Nance, of Columbia; two sons, Ryan (Michelle) Higgins, of Pam Bay, Florida, Steven (Rachel) Higgins, of Sanford, North Carolina; three sisters, Nancy Sidwell, Kathleen Jones, Christine Higgins; and one grandson, Caleb Higgins.

The family chose cremation. A gathering family and friends was held 4-6 p.m., Sept. 21, 2018, at Dyer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to help with arrangements may … Read More


William Lloyd Billings

Posted by | September 26, 2018 9:55 am

William Lloyd Billings, 80, passed away Sept. 24, 2018, at

Signature Healthcare in Putnam County.

Mr. Billings was born on Sept. 5, 1938, in DeKalb County, to William Richard Clyde Billings and Ora Mae Mahan Billings.

He was of the Christian faith. Mr. Billings owned and operated Billings Crane Service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Dunn Billings; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jessie and Sam Dunn; beloved sister-in-law, Margie Hickey; beloved sons, David Eugene Billings, Daniel Lloyd Billings; grandson, Anthony Billings; and two brothers, John Anson Billings and Joel David Billings.

Survivors include a son, Donald Curtis Billings; daughter-in-law, Rene’ Billings; brother and sister-in-law, Berle and … Read More


Donald Dewey Higgins

Posted by | September 26, 2018 9:39 am

Donald Dewey Higgins, 84, of McMinnville, passed away Sept. 23, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Higgins was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Pikeville.

He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Mr. Higgins was preceded in death by his parents, George Dewey Higgins and Nancy Ritchie Higgins, and four of his siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Peggy Brady Higgins; children, Sharon (Russell) Ferguson, Janice (Ted) Richards, Keith Higgins; sisters, Doris Kimsey, Patricia Powell, Margie Tipton; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; nephews and nieces; and many family friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sept. 28, 2018, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel, with burial … Read More


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