$1 billion in unclaimed property

Posted by | March 1, 2019 9:45 am

Tennessee Department of Treasury will travel to reunite Tennesseans with missing money at events across the state

The Tennessee Department of Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division is traveling to events across the state to reunite Tennesseans with missing money. The Division returned a record-breaking 48,425 claims last year, returning $32.9 million to those with missing money in Tennessee.

In an effort to return missing money to even more Tennesseans this year, representatives from Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division will be visiting some new events across the state and will be returning to several successful events from previous years.

Tennesseans are encouraged to stop by the Unclaimed Property booth to find … Read More


Learn more about Lane Motor Museum and microcars on March 2

Posted by | March 1, 2019 9:29 am

If you love the Cookeville History Museum’s wildly popular microcars exhibit, here’s an opportunity to learn more about where they came from.

Rex Bennett, education director of Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum, will be giving a lecture at 10:30 a.m., March 2,  at Cookeville City Hall, 45. E. Broad St. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m.

“This exhibit has been the most-attended temporary exhibit we have had since the history museum opened in 2007,” Pam Philpot, Cookeville History Museum exhibit specialist, said. “More than 1,200 have visited over the last month. I think people are fascinated with these funny little cars and even more with the fact that … Read More



The earnest prayers of an 8-year-old and the rest of us, too

Posted by | March 1, 2019 8:42 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl      

“Can I say the prayer?”

Sammie and I were about to eat a late lunch at an upscale hamburger joint with our son, daughter-in-law, and the boys. Almost 8-year-old Grayson had made the offer to say grace, and we were all pleased to hear his request…so pleased that none of the adults corrected his grammar with, “MAY I, not CAN I…”

Instead the four grown-ups just replied, in unison, “SURE!” Our response was so crisp it sounded rehearsed. Then as we all bowed our heads in the busy restaurant, G began his prayer, in his best, pastoral, almost 8-year-old voice.

“LORD! Please … Read More


Learning the dreaded “S” word

Posted by | March 1, 2019 8:40 am

By Topher Wiles

At a whopping 3 days old, I was at the Union Hill drag strip, in Nashville, as my dad and uncle raced their 1968 Nova and 1969 Camaro.  It’s hard to express the emotion I have toward those cars.  I know, I shouldn’t get that attached to inanimate objects. I know, it’s weird that I can just see a royal blue ’69 Camaro, and my eyes get misty.  I know, my attraction to the sound of a revving and unmuffled 454 Chevy big block borders on being an unhealthy obsession.   I was heartbroken as a 12-year-old testosterone-driven boy when my family sold both cars. I … Read More


Linda J. Steward

Posted by | March 1, 2019 6:07 am

Linda J. Steward, 75, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2019, at TriStar Summit Medical Center, in Hermitage.

Mrs. Steward was born Nov. 10, 1943, in Livingston. She was the daughter of W.H Qualls and Willie Qualls Crabtree.

She enjoyed her family and friends.

Mrs. Steward was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Tonia Holman.

Survivors include a daughter, Ramona Hunter (James), of Quebeck; son, Dewayne Steward (Janet), of Madison, North Carolina; grandsons, Trent Holman (Faith), of Sparta, Austin Holman, of Cookeville; granddaughters, Tiara Evans, of Sparta, Krista Keen, of Sparta; brothers, Billy Qualls (Dora Mae), of Sparta, Thomas Qualls, of Sparta; and several great-grandchildren, … Read More


Safe at Home program for domestic violence victims launches March 1

Posted by | February 28, 2019 2:44 pm

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett today was joined by members of the General Assembly, advocates for domestic violence victims, and other stakeholders to announce the introduction of the Tennessee Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program. Tennessee now joins the more than 35 other states offering similar domestic violence safety pro-grams.

Safe at Home launches March 1 and aims to protect Tennessee victims of domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, stalking, and other related crimes from their abusers by keeping their address concealed from public records. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 18 of the 84 domestic violence-related murder victims in Tennessee, in 2017, were repeat victims or … Read More


Tennessee Department of Ag responds to flood damage

Posted by | February 28, 2019 1:31 pm

Following the rains and flooding that led to a State of Emergency in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is coordinating with partners to assess damage, monitor food and fuel supplies, and assist farmers as floodwaters recede.

“Under Gov. Lee’s direction, we have been coordinating responses with TEMA and other agencies to address the needs of Tennesseans ranging from ensuring food safety to assisting with livestock needs,” said Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M.

”While there have been a few official reports of livestock losses at this time, many farmers have experienced livestock and crop losses due to excessive rainfall and flooding. We are working with USDA to see … Read More


WCMS Warrior soccer falls to Coffee

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:51 am

The WCMS soccer team opened their season Feb. 26 against Coffee County Middle School.

The first half saw Coffee take the lead, scoring two goals, one at the 24 minute mark and the second goal at the 17:01 mark.  Nate Mullins received a pass from Nathaniel Griffin and drove the ball into the net for the Warriors’ first goal of the night at the 15:40 mark on the clock.

The first half ended in a close score with Coffee leading 2 – 1.

The second half did not start well for the Warriors.  Coffee scored three straight goals in the first 10 minutes, moving the score to 5 … Read More


WCHS Warriors close out season with loss to Blue Raiders

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:46 am

A superb season came to a close, on Tuesday night, as the Warriors fell to the Cleveland Blue Raiders in a tough road loss.

White County got behind early and could never string together a run to get back into the game. The Warriors’ 45-67 loss is their largest of the year and their only loss of 20 points or more.

On the opening possession of the first quarter, David Kinser finished at the rim off a smooth pass from Grant Slatten. This gave the Warriors their only lead of the game at 2-0. From there, the Blue Raiders took off as the Warriors struggled to keep up … Read More


Warriors win over Bradley Central

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:45 am

The Warriors took on the Bradley Central Bears, on Monday night, and were able to secure a 53-50 win on their home floor.

White County was coming off a crushing loss to Stone Memorial but were able to regroup at home where they overcame an eight point halftime deficit and lived to play another day.

The first quarter got off to a rough start as the Warriors’ first three possessions resulted in turnovers off of poorly placed passes. Although Bradley made good on their first two three-point attempts, David Kinser impressed with his effort. He did a little bit of everything in the opening minutes like putting his … Read More


White County High School baseball scrimmages with Baylor School

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:43 am

The Warriors’ White County High School baseball team had one day on the game field because of the weather conditions, however, that did not stop the scrimmage with Baylor School from Chattanooga.

Baylor is the defending state champion from 2018.

Coach Shaun Floyd commented on the game: “ We made a few mistakes to a very good hitting team, and they made us pay for them, but overall I thought they did a good job of working through some tough jams. Overall, they hit their spots and kept the ball down. Defensively, we made a few mistakes, but overall I thought we did a good job. We put … Read More


New pulmonary, critical care and sleep specialist joins CRMC

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:38 am

Luis Ricardo Urbina, M.D.

Luis Urbina, M.D., a specialist in pulmonary medicine, has joined the staff at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Cookeville Regional Medical Group (CRMG). Dr. Urbina will be joining other CRMG pulmonary and critical care specialists in the hospital’s Professional Office Building at 145 West 4th Street, Suite 201.

Dr. Urbina received his medical degree from University Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru in 1982.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Dr. Urbina has also received polysomnographic training from the Sleep Sciences Institute of Sleep Medicine at Birmingham Sleep … Read More


Legislative wrap-up from State Representative Paul Sherrell

Posted by | February 28, 2019 9:33 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

CARE Plan unveiled

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and House Republican leaders have unveiled a patient-centered, free market approach to transform healthcare in Tennessee by unveiling the CARE plan.

This legislative package includes eleven different initiatives that will all reshape healthcare in Tennessee through Consumerism, increasing Access, improving Rural health systems, and Empowering patients to ensure individuals and families to make all medical decisions, instead of insurance companies or the government.

The innovative plan will create price transparency and more data on healthcare prices, launch an All-Payer Claims Database that will provide consumers with information to contain costs and improve health … Read More


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