Fair books now available

Posted by | August 10, 2018 1:31 pm

L-R: Members of the White County Fair Association show of the 2018 books that list events and activities for the upcoming fair, which is Aug. 31-Sept. 8.

The 2018 White County fair books are now available at the following locations:

  • First National Bank
  • Citizens Bank
  • Bank of White County
  • Caney Fork Electric
  • Middle Tennessee Natural Gas
  • Ben Lomand Telephone
  • Broadway Hardware
  • Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital
  • Savage Building Center
  • Potters Ace Hardware
  • Payless Pharmacy
  • U.T. Extension Office
  • White County Farm Bureau
  • Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction Co.
  • Crooked Stick Feed and Mineral
  • White County Fair Board
  • White County Board of Education
  • US Bank
  • First Tennessee Bank

Healthier Van Buren

Posted by | August 10, 2018 10:28 am

Madyson Young is a supporter of the Van Buren Farmers Market. She was a with family and friends as the growing number of vendors who shared quality, locally grown produce at the market. Come on down this Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, to enjoy the selection and fellowship.

By Hansel Moore

There is a group of individuals who meet monthly to evaluate and plan ways to improve the overall health of Van Buren residents.   As part of the Healthier Tennessee initiative, Van Buren is a designated community that is active in its mission of “ working together to improve the health and well being of the places we call home.”… Read More


Posted by | August 10, 2018 10:24 am

Javen Kress gets ready for the mountain homecoming with a little red, white, and blue at Blondie’s with Crystal Ray Young.

By Hansel Moore

Crystal Ray Young (AKA Blondie) is, without a doubt, one of the most colorful people in Van Buren County. One never knows what colors she will be sporting as her latest colorful blend in her hair design.

Young enjoys the diversity and change of a Technicolor colorful display. As a hair stylist, she has been sharpening her skills since 2001.

“I enjoy helping people feel better about themselves,” said Young. “When they leave here, they leave fresh and new.”

Located at 374 College St., … Read More

Construction progressing on Subway in Van Buren County

Posted by | August 10, 2018 9:20 am

By Hansel Moore

Got hunger pangs but don’t want to drive 20 miles? How about a limited time for lunch but want something on the healthier side?   Or if you just like fresh made sandwiches, then you probably know about the coming choice for your dining options.

Subway is coming to Spencer. It’s grand opening has been anticipated for over a year since the news of the first “fast food” establishment was announced.

The concrete foundation has been poured, and, according to sources, the completion should be within 60 days, weather permitting. That means that by Halloween, Van Buren citizens will be able to partake of a foot-long … Read More

High Five for School Supplies event celebrates eighth year

Posted by | August 10, 2018 9:17 am

By Hansel Moore

Aug. 2 was a busy day in Van Buren. While a lot of folks had their eyes on the election, little ones had their eyes on the upcoming school year, more specifically the multitude of colorful supplies that lay before them.

The fair building was the temporary warehouse for backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, papers, glue, folders, scissors, and just about anything that a young mind would need to be successful this year in school.

This is the eighth year the school supply distribution has occurred, and, per the event coordinator, Kelly Lewis, “It seems to keep getting bigger each year.”

According to the official sign-in, … Read More

Eddie Carter re-elected as sheriff of Van Buren County

Posted by | August 10, 2018 9:15 am

Sheriff Eddie Carter shares the excitement with his sister, Melissa Ballew, and his niece, Tasha Nolt, after the election results were announced.

By Hansel Moore

On the evening of Aug. 2, a crowd gathered at the Van Buren Administration building. As the hot summer day gave way to a warm evening, more than 150 people filled the parking spaces to be among the first to find out the election results of the day. Some stood on the beds of their trucks, as others gathered among neighbors, families, and friends to get a good view of the illuminated green letters presenting the name of the candidates and number of votes cast.

A noticeable divide was present as if two sports teams were in the final minutes of a competitive event. It … Read More

Lee visits Van Buren County just hours before winning Republican nomination for governor

Posted by | August 10, 2018 9:13 am

Bill Lee talks with voters, in Van Buren County, only hours before he was elected the Republican candidate for Tennessee governor.

By Hansel Moore

Bill Lee visits Van Buren County just hours before winning Republican nomination for governor

The future of the governor’s office is pending, and one of the individuals who would like to fill the role recently visited Van Buren County.

On the day that would either complete or propel his campaign path, a large, grey-toned bus rolled into Spencer’s Veterans Square, displaying the signature of Bill Lee. In less than eight hours of Lee’s visit, he was officially declared as the winner of the Republican gubernatorial race. He will now face Democratic candidate Karl Dean in the November election.

On the day that Lee returned to … Read More

Quarterback Club Auction and BBQ

Posted by | August 10, 2018 8:47 am

The Quarterback Club Auction and BBQ will begin at 5 p.m., Aug. 25, 2018, at the White County High School cafeteria. Auction will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased from football player or cheerleader. They are asking churches and businesses to choose a theme for a basket, such as family fun night, tailgate items, lawn and garden, etc. These items should be put together in a basket or bundle to be donated for the auction. If these items need to be picked up, contact Shane Rittenberry – srittenberry@gmail.com or deliver 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 25, at the WCHS cafeteria.

Golf team nets a pair of top five in tournament

Posted by | August 10, 2018 8:41 am

Jeremiah Gardenhire tees off in a match from earlier this season. Gardenhire had a good round in the Early Bird Classic, on Monday, shooting an 80.

Ansley Phifer tees off on the first hole at the Sparta Country Club. Phifer had the second lowest score for the Warriorettes, on Monday afternoon, with a 91.

The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes hit the links again, on Monday morning, when they took part in the Early Bird Tournament, at the Golden Eagle Golf Club, in Cookeville.

Both teams were able to finish in the top five of the tournament. The Warriors finished the tournament in fifth place, and … Read More

Warriors play Cannon County tonight

Posted by | August 10, 2018 8:00 am

The Warriors’ defense gang tackles a Cumberland County defender in last Friday’s scrimmage. The Warriors will return for their final pre-season scrimmage, on Friday, at Cannon County High School, at 6 p.m.

The Warrior football team will wrap up the pre-season portion of their schedule and will have their final pre-season scrimmage tonight when they travel to Woodbury to take on the Cannon County Lions, at 6 p.m.

The dress rehearsal under Friday night lights will get the Warriors ready for the real thing next week. The Warriors and Lions will play two varsity quarters. Then the Warriors and Lions will have one Junior Varsity scrimmage, and they … Read More

Open mic night at The Coffee Collective

Posted by | August 9, 2018 4:10 pm

There will be an open mic night, 7-8 p.m., Sept.14, 2018, at Coffee Collective, on Liberty Square, in Sparta. Sign up is at 6 p.m. at the coffee shop, and it is “first come, first up.” All acts are welcome, (music, improvisation, standup, poetry, etc.), but it must be family friendly. Anyone interested in donating art to be sold throughout the night can email the event’s coordinator, Amber Autry, at amberautrycomedy@gmail.com. Donations are suggested and all proceeds will be donated to the White County High School Drama Department.

Sparta Stitch, Show, Share Quilt Guild to host workshop

Posted by | August 9, 2018 4:09 pm


Sparta Stitch, Show, Share Quilt Guild is having a quilting workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 18, 2018, at Sparta First United Methodist Church, 23 N. Church St., in Sparta.

Anyone, young or not-so-young, who is interested in quilting or in learning to quilt is invited to attend. We are especially encouraging young people to join us to learn a new and fun craft. Free kits for simple quilt projects will be provided. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to sew. Sewing machines will be available or you can bring your own (even if you don’t know how to use it, we’ll help), and guild members will … Read More

Somewhere, over the rainbow

Posted by | August 9, 2018 4:07 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Don’t you love being able to say, “Now that was a pleasant surprise!”?

Not all surprises are positive in nature, but many things that the rest of us take for granted are filled with wonder and awe, especially to an almost 5-year-old

Having seen hundreds of rainbows, I still find them beautiful and awe-inspiring. I have never been able to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And although I have seen “Wizard of Oz” on stage and screen many times, I still haven’t been “over the rainbow” to the land that Dorothy heard of “once in a … Read More

American media, Soviet tactics

Posted by | August 9, 2018 4:06 pm

Language of Liberty – By By James O’Keefe

The communist government of the former Soviet Union thought that by controlling access to information, they could keep their citizens in line.

Consistent with the Orwellian nature of the Soviet Union, the country’s most important newspaper was Pravda. “Pravda” is the Russian word for “truth.” But Pravda was not truth. It was full of lies.

But here’s the thing: Almost no one in the Soviet Union was fooled. They knew they were being lied to. Ironically, unlike most citizens in the Soviet Union, citizens in 21st-century America are fooled by their news media. We think we’re getting the real story … Read More

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