Patti Jo Kirby Ward

Posted by | April 25, 2018 9:55 am

Patti Jo Kirby Ward, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Ward was born March 1, 1940, in Sparta, to Lily Rae Davis Kirby and Walter Kirby.

She had a vast professional career that included nursing, owning a health club (P.J.’s Place), caterer, and former owner of Raintree Restaurant, in Sparta. She was also a devoted mother to her five children. When she wasn’t working, she loved to sew and travel.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Tom Ward.

Survivors include her five children, Jim Ward, Lorie Ward (Carey) Watson, Sara Ward Gilmore, Nancy Ward (Sam) Benningfield, … Read More

Tennessee Tech University researchers name Martian crater

Posted by | April 25, 2018 9:36 am

A NASA-funded project at Tennessee Tech to map a feature on the surface of Mars has allowed Tech researchers to name a Martian crater. Reviewing mapped images of the recently-named Garu Crater on Mars are, standing at left, student Amber Patterson, seated from left, Tech students Natalie Robbins, Matt Loggins and Ben Holladay, and, standing in back, students Hannah Blaylock, Caleb Stuber and Shelby Smith and earth sciences assistant professors Joseph Asante and Jeannette Wolak.

(April 25, 2018) – Researchers at Tennessee Tech University have named a Martian crater as part of their work on a NASA-funded project to map a geological structure on Mars unlike any found on Earth.

Jeanette Wolak, assistant professor of earth sciences at Tech, is working on the Mars mapping project which will produce the first-ever published map of a terraced fan. The fan is located in what will now be known as Garu Crater, a name Wolak submitted to the International Astronomical Union and recorded in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

“It’s exciting. I was also nervous about naming it something good,” Wolak said. “You want to … Read More

Memorial Day event

Posted by | April 25, 2018 6:30 am

Monday, May 28

Who: Sparta Woman’s Club in partnership with White County Veterans Service Office

What: Memorial Day event honoring local veterans who died during service to their country

When: 10-11 a.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park

Community baby shower

Posted by | April 25, 2018 6:28 am

Saturday, May 26

Who: Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Community baby shower (in partnership with Clean Hearts Crisis Pregnancy Center to help expectant mothers in need) Please donate new or gently used items.

When: 10 a.m-2 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church

Singing and supper

Posted by | April 25, 2018 6:26 am

Larry "Bubba" Johnson

Sunday, April 29

Who: Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church

What: Fifth Sunday singing and supper

When: Singing at 5 p.m. with Larry “Bubba” Johnson; supper will follow

Where: Church

Cassville breakfast

Posted by | April 25, 2018 6:25 am

Saturday, April 28

Who: Cassville Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, ham, bacon, fried potatoes, orange juice, milk, coffee) $7 adults and $5 for children

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane

Contact: (931) 761-2476 (will deliver orders of five or more)

Simulcast Bible teachings

Posted by | April 25, 2018 6:24 am

Saturday, April 28

Who: The Lighthouse Church

What: Priscilla Shirer via simulcast

When: 8 a.m.-3:35 p.m. (Three teaching sessions and lunch will be served – session one at 9 a.m.; session two at 12:45 p.m.; and session three at 2:3o p.m.) Everyone is welcome

Where: The Lighthouse Church, 7459 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-2619

Spending questioned within Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District

Posted by | April 24, 2018 9:05 am

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has identified $84,097.95 of questionable expenditures within the Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District. The district provides enhanced 911 emergency telephone service for Overton and Pickett Counties.

Comptroller investigators question the use of district funds for a variety of purchases including $18,700.12 in food. The district purchases food on a regular basis, and investigators question whether many of the food items and supplies are used solely for district-related purposes. These purchases included alcohol, medications, and a variety of purchases at groceries and restaurants.

The questionable expenses also include the district director’s use of the district’s credit cards to purchase $678.05 in fuel while on multiple personal … Read More

Quinton Bain

Posted by | April 23, 2018 9:21 am

Quinton Bain, 88, of Walling, passed away April 22, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kellie Jolly Harper speaks at YMCA fundraiser dinner

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:40 am

On April 21, the White County Family YMCA held the 2nd Annual Dinner-Fundraiser at the White County Fairgrounds Agricultural Complex Building.

The night started out with a meet and greet with White County High School and University of Tennessee Knoxville graduate Kellie Jolly Harper. Afterward, Dr. Chad Griffin, the YMCA’s chief volunteer officer, welcomed everyone to the event. After Dr. Griffin gave the opening statements, Roy Whited blessed the food. Templeton’s BBQ, who catered the event, handed out the meal. After everyone finished eating, Whited introduced Harper, who was the featured speaker for the event.

Once Harper took the stage, she talked about her career and how she … Read More

Warriorettes stymied by Warren

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:38 am

The Warriorettes had trouble keeping up with Warren County in a 15-0 loss, on Thursday.

The Warriorettes would fall behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning. The Warriorettes would have their best chance to score in the first inning. Ellie Savage and Jessie Green would lead off the inning with a walk. However, Warren County would get a strike out, fielder’s choice, and a groundout to close out the inning.

Warren County would pick up two more runs in the second inning and 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning to finish the game in three innings.

Savage would suffer the loss for the … Read More

White County High School baseball wins 3 of 4 in Trojan Classic

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:35 am

Drew Young drives a pitch in a game earlier this season. Young had a good weekend and helped the Warriors pick up three wins.

The Warrior baseball team competed in the Trojan Classic played in the Chattanooga area over the weekend and won three of their four pool play games.

The Warriors would lose their first game to Halls High School out of Knoxville, 7-6, but would turn around and blow out Ooltewah, 12-4, and Red Bank, 13-3. The Warriors would then hold on late to take down East Hamilton High School, 5-4.

WCHS began tournament play Friday against Halls High School at Ooltewah High School. The Warriors … Read More

Demolition project makes room for future home of CH Donuts

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:28 am



A popular donut shop in town will have a new home in the coming months as construction crews are already busy at work turning a once idled commercial building into a future pit stop for pastry treats.

With permits issued by the City of Sparta, J.A. Sergio and Sons have been steadily at work demolishing a former longtime service and repair shop that has sat empty in recent time. But by creating a leveled lot, new construction will soon make way for the future home of CH Donuts.

CH Donuts, which is now located at 154 E. Bockman Way, is making plans for their new home … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:25 am

By State Senator Paul Bailey

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 20, 2018 – The Tennessee Senate passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close. The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens. It also provides $3 million recurring dollars to the Tennessee … Read More

Good enough is not good enough

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:23 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

If we were to make our greatest presentation, we would lead out with our best. Having the opportunity to impress, most people would offer their highest level of product. Popular restaurants show commercials of fast food burgers that look much better in the picture than they do on the tray. A trip to the prom would result in the best tux or dress, the prettiest hair and nails, and the cleanest the car has ever been.

It’s our nature to present our best when everything is on the line, and I think the devil led out with his best when he tempted … Read More

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