Cookeville rolls over Warriorettes

Posted by | May 10, 2019 8:50 am

White County High School Warriorette softball (Photo by LAURIE HICKEY)

The Warriorettes were destroyed on the road as they took on Cookeville in the district tournament and fell 15-1. Poor control from the mound and a lack of offensive output hindered their performance, allowing the Lady Cavs to dominate. Their season is not over yet, however, as they will take on Rhea County with a chance to play another day.

The Warriorettes started out facing a deficit as Cookeville scored in the very first inning. A two RBI double gave them their first taste of a lead, and they built onto it with a sacrifice fly that scored one before the inning’s end.

The girls fell even further … Read More


White County High School Warriors defeat Warren in game two

Posted by | May 10, 2019 8:43 am

The Warriors fought valiantly Monday night to tie their district series with Warren County. The home game marks a massive momentum swing for White County who now sits at 1-1 in a best- of-three series.

With their season on the line, White County headed home for game two of their best-of-three series with the Pioneers. A 14-2 blowout ensued as the boys put together one of the most explosive innings that Warrior fans have seen all season in the fourth.

Neither team scored until the third inning when the Warriors’ offense first burst onto the scene. Warren County struck first with a single, bringing home one run, but … Read More


Mary Marie Cunningham

Posted by | May 9, 2019 1:50 pm

Mary Marie Cunningham, 61, of Spencer, passed away May 7, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1957, in Gainesboro, to Luke and Ruth Meadows.

She worked for Red Kap and attended Holladay Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Casey Meadows.

Survivors include two daughters, Christy Lobato, of Cookeville, Destiny Dean and husband Logan, of Sparta; brothers, Gerald Meadows and wife Gail, of Cookeville, Robert Meadows and wife Sharon, of Cookeville, Larry Meadows and wife Patricia, of Bloomington Springs, Lee Meadows and wife Carla, of Silver Point; sister, Linda Meadows, of Cookeville; and … Read More


Everybody needs somebody

Posted by | May 9, 2019 11:00 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When I wrote about the Playl boys earning first place trophies in their respective divisions in karate class, I mentioned one received a trophy for speech. Responding to my column, my lifelong friend, Jay Baker, emailed to remind me of our singing group in Madisonville, KY, our old hometown.

Ron Chesnut, Mitch Roland, Jay, and I sang “Barbershop” Gospel and other music of unnamed genre in an unnamed quartet. When we entered the western Kentucky version of “Hopkins County’s Got Talent” at the county fair, we ended up winning first place – minus a trophy – for the night. On Saturday night, … Read More


Fall, failure, and growing faith

Posted by | May 9, 2019 10:59 am

By Topher Wiles

While spring is amazing with all its lively colors and growing greenery, autumn in the Upper Cumberland is still my favorite time of the year.   For 20 years, I’ve been backpacking from Savage Gulf to Fiery Gizzard in the fall.  Perhaps it’s the unobstructed views of the expansive valleys that open up late in the year that I enjoy.  It may be the red, yellow, and orange hues of the leaves that bring a smile to my face.  Yet, I think it’s the loss of leaves lightly fluttering to the ground that brings me peace as my feet find their way down a path.  Each … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | May 9, 2019 10:56 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

The 2019 session of the 111th General Assembly has adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with some of the most important bills of the year approved during the final week of legislative action.  This includes passage of the state budget, legislation expanding TennCare coverage for in-home care for children with severe disabilities, and several bills providing tax relief.

The $38.6 billion balanced budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019, and extends to June 30, 2020. Senate Bill 1518 maintains Tennessee’s sound fiscal practices by not taking on any new debt, continuing to reduce unnecessary spending through state government … Read More



Van Buren High School Soil Judging Team competes in Oklahoma

Posted by | May 9, 2019 10:51 am

L-R: Jacob Guy, Chloe Ragland, Mr. Smith (advisor), Aleysah Dyer, and Matthew Brock.

More than 700 4-H and FFA members from 34 states recently competed in the 68th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest. After two days of practice at designated sites, in Oklahoma City, the contest was held on Cheyenne and Arapoho Tribe Land, in Concho, Oklahoma.

National championship trophies were awarded at the National Cowboy and  Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City, to team and individual winners in each category of competition: land judging, range judging, and homesite evaluation. Each category included FFA and 4-H awards.

The Tennessee state runner up team from Van Buren FFA placed 63rd out of the 102 land judging teams competing.  There are … Read More



Who are the racists?

Posted by | May 9, 2019 10:49 am

Derryck Green

Language of Liberty – By By Derryck Green

Every single day someone of prominence on the left – a politician, a cable news host, an entertainment figure – accuses someone on the right of being a racist.

Here are typical examples:

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said this: “The age of Jim Crow managed to find a new habitat in the… 21st-century Republican Party.”

Comedian Seth Meyers told his late-night audience that Republicans traffic “in open racism.”

Tennessee state representative London Lamar, a black woman, announced that the entire state of Tennessee is “racist. Period.” This was just after she was elected… in Tennessee!

The left calling … Read More


Strategy session helps businesses gain knowledge about programs

Posted by | May 9, 2019 10:45 am

Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive, addresses those in attendance at the recent strategy session. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson hosted a workforce and economic development strategy session May 1.

“Approximately 20 different business were represented to learn about programs available to assist in hiring and training employees along with other opportunities,” Robinson explained. “Representatives were present from different agencies to explain their programs and all that is available.”

The strategy session, which was held at First National Bank, in Sparta, included retail, service, and industrial businesses. In addition, representatives from Upper Cumberland Workforce, White County High School, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, TVA, Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association, Upper Cumberland Development District, Veterans Services, and Sparta-White … Read More



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