Michael Lee Parks

Posted by | November 3, 2018 9:04 am

Michael Lee Parks, 56, passed away Nov. 2, 2018, one day before his 57th birthday, at his residence, in Quebeck.

Mr. Parks was born Nov. 3, 1961, in Crossville, to Bobby Lee Parks and Donna Parks.

He was an electrician who enjoyed the outdoors.

Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Brian.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Kimberley Conley Parks; sons, Bobby Parks, Johnny Parks, Bruce Parks; 11 grandchildren; and three sisters, Cathy Lance, Elaine Qualls, and Charlotte Ladd.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive … Read More

West Nile virus detected in five Tennessee horses

Posted by | November 3, 2018 8:52 am

The state veterinarian has announced this week that five new cases of horses sickened by West Nile Virus  in East Tennessee.

Two horses in Washington County recently tested positive for WNV. Bradley, Cumberland, and Sullivan Counties are reporting one case in each county. Sick horses cannot directly infect people with WNV.

Mosquitoes and other biting insects are responsible for transmission of WNV. Symptoms in horses may include fever, weakness, loss of appetite, or convulsions. The illness can cause lasting effects and, in some cases, can be fatal.

“Even though it is starting to feel like fall, mosquito-borne illnesses remain a health threat for horses in Tennessee,” State Veterinarian … Read More

The wheels keep turning on the Van Buren wheel tax

Posted by | November 3, 2018 8:25 am

Laura Wallace address the Van Buren County Commission about the proposed wheel tax.

By Hansel Moore

On Oct. 18, 2018, the Van Buren County Commissioners’ meeting was full of items and discussion that will affect just about every resident.

One of the more interesting topics was the discussion of the proposed wheel tax for the county. As was reported in an earlier interview with the county mayor, this tax was drafted and voted on by the county commissioners to obtain the financial resources specifically needed to hire, train, and pay the salaries of personnel for the justice center.

“We support the police department, and, heck, they should all … Read More

Spencer Elementary hosts basketball homecoming

Posted by | November 3, 2018 7:21 am

By Tara Reid (Photos by Beth Delong)

On Oct. 25, 2018, Spencer Elementary’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams hosted the BonDecroft Lions. The games began with a pre-game awards presentation for Most Spirited Cheerleader, Basketball Attendants, the naming of the Homecoming Court, as well as the awards for Mr. and Miss Basketball. The recipients, respectively, received an award ribbon, certificate and flowers, with Mr. and Miss Basketball receiving a trophy.

The Most Spirited Cheerleader Award was presented to Cami Caldwell, Cassie Hillis, and posthumously to Chuck Caldwell.

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Spencer Elementary victorious over BonDeCroft in White County

Posted by | November 3, 2018 7:05 am

Story and photos by Tara Reid

Spencer Elementary boys’ and girls’ basketball teams faced off against the BonDeCroft Lions, of White County, on Oct. 25, 2018, after the awards ceremony.

The girls played the first game finishing the first period with 12-0 lead over the Lions. The second period saw both the Eaglettes and the Lions gain 2 points, ending the first half at 14-2 in favor of the Eaglettes.

The Spencer Elementary Ccheerleaders took the floor and performed a short routine, getting the crown pumped up, before entering into the third period.

The Eaglettes and Lions both gained 2 points in the thirds, but Spencer girls ended … Read More

Halloween event huge hit with children and adults in Spencer

Posted by | November 3, 2018 6:54 am

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By Hansel Moore

On Oct. 30, the historic square in Spencer became a destination for costume-clad seekers of treats. As a golden sunset closed a beautiful fall day, a number of groups lined the square with trunks open to greet the trick-or-treaters. Crystal Ray from Blondie’s, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, American Legion, Burritt College Library, Van Buren schools, and the Little Chocolate Shop were at the ready to pass out sweet treats. Healthier Van Buren and the Chamber of Commerce took a little healthier choice with apples and decorated oranges. Cedar Grove, Spencer, and Piney volunteer fire departments … Read More

Time change

Posted by | November 3, 2018 6:04 am


Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4.

Sparta White County YMCA brings back popular class for seniors

Posted by | November 2, 2018 3:38 pm

Pictured from L-R: YMCA member Noryne Lockwood, Enhanced Fitness Class Instructor Megan Blaylock

Sparta White County YMCA has decided to bring back the Enhanced Fitness class for seniors. This class is specifically designed for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis. The YMCA states that this class fosters strong social relationships between participants and offers cardiovascular, strength, balance, and flexibility training. It will be taught by Megan Blaylock on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in the senior exercising programs offered here at the Sparta “Y” and know they have helped me to stay active,” stated YMCA member Noryne Lockwood. “It’s been fun … Read More

Lowery announces resignation

Posted by | November 2, 2018 2:28 pm

For the 9th time in the last 23 years, White County High School will be looking for a new football coach.

Warrior football Coach, Jerry Lowery, announced his resignation Friday. Lowery has been at the helm of the Warrior football program for three seasons. Since taking over the team prior to the 2016 season, Lowery has guided the team to a 3-27 mark.

See Monday’s print Edition for the complete Story.

One vehicle overturned on Highway 84

Posted by | November 2, 2018 12:32 pm

At approximately 7:30 p.m. November 1, emergency personnel responded to a one-vehicle accident on Highway 84. According to the WCSO, the sole occupant of the vehicle refused emergency medical services but still complained of a headache. Upon hearing there may have been head trauma, Sheriff Page called for EMS anyway to make sure the driver was stable enough to go home.

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