TDCI reminds Tennesseans of “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers

Posted by | August 13, 2019 10:09 am

With back to school season under way, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding consumers that this time of year is especially dangerous for teen drivers. Research from the AAA Foundation indicates that the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers rises significantly between Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) and Labor Day (Sept. 2, 2019). Because of the higher period of fatalities, this 100 day period has been deemed the “100 Deadliest Days.”

TDCI’s Division of Insurance is urging parents to take extra precautions between Memorial Day and Labor Day by stressing the importance of safe driving habits, driver training, and obeying traffic safety laws … CONTINUED


Tech Pride Days are here

Posted by | August 13, 2019 9:54 am

Purple and gold yard signs are available that say “Tech Pride” and incorporate the state’s notable tri-star symbol.

It’s time to show your purple and gold pride. Tennessee Tech Pride Days are here and run through Aug. 31, which is also the first home football game where the Golden Eagles will take on Samford. Purple and gold yard signs are available that say “Tech Pride” and incorporate the state’s notable tri-star symbol.

“Tech Pride Days is about welcoming new and returning students back to campus and the community,” said Bobbie Maynard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing. “We are using the same design we created last year for the signs since the tri-star element was so popular.”

To help the community celebrate, Tech Pride yard signs … CONTINUED


Tennessee commemorates ratification of Women’s Suffrage

Posted by | August 13, 2019 8:11 am

Women's Suffrage map August 1920

Events at Bicentennial Capitol Mall and State Museum, Aug. 6-17 

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Tennessee State Library and Archives will mark the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which ushered in women’s right to vote, with events August 16-17.

Votes for Women: Commemorating Women’s Suffrage will provide living history programs and hands-on activities for people of all ages, focusing on the right to vote and the women’s suffrage movement in Tennessee. Activities will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the park and the museum.

Historians will be at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall depicting different stories relating to the … CONTINUED



Dash for Dani 5k Water Run

Posted by | August 12, 2019 2:01 pm

The Dash for Dani is a 5k Water Run where runners and walkers are guaranteed to get soaked and have fun.

The race, which will be held August 17, will begin and end on Churchill Drive at the football field parking lot of White County High School. Along the route, which will take participants past the hospital, along Spring Street, in front of the high school and the YMCA and down Ben Lomand Drive before returning to Churchill Drive, volunteers will be “keeping participants cool” with water stations. Plans are underway to have a “big splash,” at the finish line, which will be sure to cool off anyone … CONTINUED


Cheerleaders preparing for season

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:53 pm

By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School cheerleaders have been hard at work this summer to prepare for the upcoming football season.  They attended a camp after the TSSAA dead period was over. The team consists of seniors: Madison Ryan, Selena Lee Hensley, Rosalyn Roberts, Danielle Duncan, Haven Burton, Corri Beth Howard; juniors: Madison Mclatchy, Madeline Pryor, Madison Mahan, Jerrika Brown, Jayde Stephenson; sophomores: Kyleigh Hoyle, Madi Wright, Bailee Fiste, Bailey Simpson, Rachel Turney, Alexis Hatmaker, Emma Kate Jones.  The cheerleaders are coached by Tracy Mason.


WCMS Warriors call for a Gray Out

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:51 pm

Owen Adams is getting ready for the season opener. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warriors have called for all to break out the gray colors this Tuesday night as they open their season against Walter J. Baird from Lebanon.  Coach Jacob Sparkman has requested for everyone to wear gray from head to toe in support of the Warriors’ football team, the cheerleaders, and the band. Sparkman said these students have worked hard to get ready for the season.  He asks everyone to come out and support these young middle school Warriors in the season opener at Warrior Stadium, on Tuesday night.  Kickoff time is set for 6 p.m.


Warrior golf team defeats both Cumberland and Stone

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:49 pm

Senior Tyson Welch

By Jerry Lowery

Senior Tyson Welch led by example, on Thursday, when the Sparta Warrior golf team traveled up the mountain to take on both high schools in Cumberland County.

Welch had all phases of his game working as he led all scores with a season low 69. Not far behind was Jarrett Glass and Jeremiah Gardenhire who both scored a 71.  With the top four scores counting, Tanner Bumbalough came in with a 77 to help lead the Warriors to victory over the Panthers and the Jets.  The totals for the combined scores were counted, and Sparta took the win. The Warriors’ score was a solid 288.  … CONTINUED



This Week in Sports

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:25 pm

By Jerry Lowery

Monday, Aug. 12
•White County High School golf at Cookeville in the Early Bird Golden Eagle Tournament, times TBA
•White County Middle School volleyball vs. South Middle in Franklin County at 5 p.m.
•White County Middle School junior varsity football at Avery Trace at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
•White County Middle School football vs. Walter J Baird at Warrior Stadium at 6 p.m. Theme is Gray Out Night – wear gray to game to support Warriors
•White County High School Soccer at Bledsoe County at 4:30 p.m. Central Time
•Van Buren High School golf at Willowbrook Golf, tee time is 3:30 p.m.

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Wildfire prevention grants available

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:11 pm

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry will be providing access to federal grant funding for communities and volunteer fire departments to be better equipped for wildfire.

Communities who have developed or are in the process of developing a Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) will be eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program. The 100% reimbursement grant offers up to $20,000 in funding for communities to implement wildfire prevention practices and community education projects in their CWPP.

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program provided $279,763 in 2018 to assist in the development of 15 new Community Wildfire Protection Plans, implement projects to reduce dense, hazardous flammable vegetation, and … CONTINUED


Optimism about our country’s future is faltering

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:08 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I have always prided myself on being a realistic optimist.  I am not immune to the turmoil and chaos that has encircled us for years.  When I was born, there had been a strong possibility that my dad could have been re-called to activity duty because of the Korean Conflict, in the 50s.  In the early 60s, we were glued to our black and white TV as we waited for word about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Just a short time later we watched coverage of President Kennedy’s death.  In my senior year of high school, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy … CONTINUED


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