New bus tours open up in White County area

Posted by | January 7, 2019 7:06 am

White County is steeped in the entrepreneurship spirit with goods like pottery, art, and breweries. Anyone wanting to visit several artistic places so far have had to do it driving their own vehicle, getting out of the car, getting back in the car, and driving to the next one.

Recently, Brian Thiesen and his business partners joined together to offer something new to the area to make those visits less bothersome. Tour the Upper Cumberland Bus Company has been operating trial runs to get feedback from customers to see if the venture is worth putting more time and money into. Thiesen said they have had fantastic feedback.

“We … Read More


Sherrell talks about his plans, initiatives for upcoming session of Tennessee General Assembly

Posted by | January 7, 2019 7:04 am

The Tennessee General Assembly will convene in Nashville, on Jan. 8, and it is back to work for State Representative Paul Sherrell after the holidays.

Sherrell and his team plan to address many issues plaguing the state such as education, health care, job growth, and criminal justice reform.

Sherrell stated he didn’t know which committee he will be assigned to when he gets to the assembly. Last year, Sherrell served on the health committee and the criminal justice committee. When asked which agenda means more to him going into the session, Sherrell eluded to the fact that all the subjects were just as important as the next one.… Read More


Federal Bonding Program helps felons at job fair

Posted by | January 7, 2019 7:01 am

It is generally left to employers as to whether or not they will hire a felon. What the general public sometimes does not understand is that a felon understands the reservations that employers have when it comes to security.

For instance, a bank most likely would not hire a felon who went to prison for robbing banks; a felon understands that. What they do not understand, however, is why a manufacturing company will not hire someone whose crime had nothing to do with the product that is being made.

On Jan. 22, a job fair will be held at Sparta Civic Center. According to Veteran Employment and Business … Read More


Charles Donald Page

Posted by | January 6, 2019 4:41 am

Charles Donald Page, 72, of Smithville, passed Jan. 4, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Page was born March 30, 1946, to Charlie Buck and Mina Belle Hale Page.

He was a member of the Harvest Time Church, a Merchant Marine, and a heavy equipment construction worker.

Mr. Page was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Junie Lee Page; four sisters, Judy Bullard, Martha Sue Page, Lois Hamilton, Nina Faye Wicks; and one brother, Robert Page.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah I. Page, of Smithville; two sisters, Kathy Cantrell, of Smithville, Carolyn Miller, of Sparta; one brother, Jerry Page, of McMinnville; special nephews, Richard Bullard, Steve … Read More


Erma Gladys Sliger

Posted by | January 6, 2019 4:35 am

Erma Gladys Sliger, 89, passed away Dec. 31, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta

She was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Cookeville, Tennessee, to Beecher Cass and Amanda Hickey.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Redda Yvonne Dunn, and brothers, Harvel Cass, Floyd Cass, Lennon Cass, and Vernon Cass.

Survivors include her grandsons, James Richard Dunn and wife Denissa, of Sparta, Randy Dunn, of Asheville, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Amanda Dunn, of Mcminnville, Daesha Madewell, of Sparta, Dakota Dunn, of Mcminnville, Destiny Harbaugh, of Cookeville; two great-great-grandchildren, Layla and Ansleigh Cunningham, of Sparta.

Special thank you to her niece, Elizabeth Goines.

The family held a graveside … Read More


Michael Erwin Goodwin

Posted by | January 6, 2019 4:31 am

Michael Erwin Goodwin, 70, of Nashville, formerly of Sparta, passed Jan. 4, 2019, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

Mr. Goodwin was born Sept. 24, 1948, in Covina, California, to Herbert Miller Goodwin and Linnie Erwin Goodwin.

He had a work career that spanned from working at the family grocery, Goodwin’s Store, at Baker’s Crossroads, to Nissan and later UPS.  When he was not working, he enjoyed playing guitar and writing music. Mr. Goodwin served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his son Neil Goodwin and wife Rhonda, of Sparta; daughter, Jenny Goodwin Thacker and husband Chris, of Cookeville; grandchildren, Adrian Williams, Drew Thacker, … Read More


J.C. Nash

Posted by | January 6, 2019 4:25 am

Arrangements are incomplete for J.C Nash, 85, of Sparta, who passed away Jan. 5, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Opal Joy Black

Posted by | January 6, 2019 4:20 am

Opal Joy Black, 92, passed away Jan. 2, 2019, at NHC Healthecare of Smithville.

Mrs. Black was born Dec. 10, 1926, in McKenzie, Tennessee, to Edith Ethel Horne and Homer Lee Horne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Lloyd Black Sr.; son, William Lloyd Black Jr.; two sisters; and one brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Melanie (David) West, of Asheville, North Carolina, Beth (Craig) Gibson, of Waynesville, North Carolina; two sons, Greg (Lynn) Black, of Asheville, North Carolina, Andy (Sylvia) Black, of Smithville; daughter in-law, Debra Black, of Smithville; grandchildren, Winnette (Stan) Bevis, Heather (Doug) Hennessee, Robbie (Jessica) Black, Jason (Danielle) Black, Chris (Liz) … Read More


WCTE and Indie Lens Pop-Up present free screening of Rumble

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:56 am

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS and Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, will screen Rumble, on Jan. 10, at the Backdoor Playhouse, at 805 Quadrangle Dr., on Tennessee Tech’s campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the free screening 6-7 p.m., which will be followed by open discussion.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electrifying look at the Native American influence in popular music, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture. As the film reveals, early pioneers of the blues such as Charlie Patton had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential … Read More


BPC Insurances Services acquires Bradley Agency

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:50 am

Stacy Miller and Kyle Bradley

Elizabeth Fournet, vice chairman of the Board of BPC Corporation, has announced that BPC Insurance Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Putnam County, has acquired the Bradley Agency effective Jan. 1, 2019.

The addition of the Bradley Agency brings with it an expansion into Property and Casualty insurance including Auto, Home and Commercial. These will complement their current Medicare, Health and Life offerings.

“We look forward to adding the Bradley Agency and the products and services for which they have become known to BPC Insurance Services. Adding these with our existing coverages will greatly expand what we are able to do in helping our current and future … Read More


High school students invited to enter art competition

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:46 am

Public, private and home-schooled high school aged students are eligible to enter the Reba Bacon Memorial High School Art Competition with an approved entry form.  The Cumberland Art Society, 186A S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville has sponsored this annual event for 41 years.

Any student that is in grade 9-12 may submit one entry per category BUT a teacher, principal, instructor, or parent MUST SPONSOR THEM.  Entry forms and more detailed information can be obtained by calling the art society office, 931-526-2424 or Bonnie Masters, 931-526-1020.  The art center open hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10:00-4:00.  The deadline for entries and artwork must be at the Cumberland Art Society … Read More


Cookeville Regional Medical Center recognized nationally for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:36 am

Scott Lethi, CNO at CRMC; David Phillips, Donation Committee Chair at CRMC; Paul Korth, CEO at CRMC; Kelly Noel, Hospital Services Coordinator with Tennessee Donor Services; Angela Craig, Donation Committee co-chair at CRM

Cookeville Regional Medical Center was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Cookeville Regional achieved silver status and was one of 13 Tennessee hospitals that achieved any status, and only three Tennessee hospitals were designated as small or rural by the American Hospital Association achieved a status.

Cookeville Regional conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, was awarded silver … Read More


Senator Alexander on the current partial government shutdown

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:23 am

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

Government shutdowns should be as off-limits to budget negotiations as chemical weapons are to warfare. Nevertheless, we are stuck in one.

A good lesson for resolving this current partial shutdown comes from the summer of 2015, when President Barack Obama invited me to meet with him at the White House to talk about our work in Congress to fix an education law called “No Child Left Behind.” If you think the current impasse on border security is complicated, try setting federal policy for 100,000 public schools. It’s like 100,000 spectators agreeing on which play to call at a University of Tennessee football game: Everyone is an expert.

That … Read More


SNAP application assistance

Posted by | January 5, 2019 7:18 am

Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is now offering application assistance with “SNAP,” formerly known as the Food Stamp Program for adults 60 and over or individuals with a disability.  The USDA created SNAP to provide eligible individuals with monthly benefits to buy food.

Over $ 1 million in food stamps are not being utilized in White County and a total of over $ 19 million not being used by the 60 and older population in the 14 counties within the Upper Cumberland region, including Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White counties. If you know someone 60 … Read More


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