Warriorettes fall to Cumberland County

Posted by | December 8, 2017 7:17 pm

The Warriorettes fall to Cumberland County 73-37. The Warriorettes were led by Gracie Dodgen who finished with 10 points. Julia Curtis also chipped in 9 points. The Warriorettes next game will not be until December 15th when they will travel to Rhea County to take on McMinn Central at 6:30 pm ET.




WoodmenLife presents flags

Posted by | December 8, 2017 2:13 pm

WoodmenLife Chapter 1077 presented a new flag pole and U.S. flag to Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Pictured are from left to right: Paramedic Melissa White, Deputy Chief Marty White, Chief Kevin Bivins, Captain Joe Bivins, Lt. Kathy White, Sheriffs Deputy Troy Parmele, and fire fighter Shelby Bratcher. Not pictured and presenting the pole and flag is Tim Bumbalough, WoodmenLife Representative.

WoodmenLife Chapter 1077 presented a new flag to White County Emergency Medical Service. Pictured from left to right are: Cody Wilson, Houston Austin, and Danny Webb. Tim Bumbalough presented the new US Flag on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 1110.



Tony Billings

Posted by | December 7, 2017 1:34 pm

Tony Billings, 55, of Walling, passed away Dec. 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mr. Billings was born July 12, 1962, in Muncie, Indiana, the son of Olen Billings and Bonnie Threet Billings.

He worked for the railroad for 28 years and was a proud member of the Jeff Gordon fan club.

Survivors include his parents, Olen and Bonnie Billings, of Walling; daughters, Brittany Billings, of Durham, North Carolina, Taylor Billings, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tawni and Tylee Billings, of Muncie, Indiana; sons, Trevor and Trenton Billings, of Muncie, Indiana; brothers, Troy Billings, of Sparta, Michael Billings, of McMinnville; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and … Read More


Margaret Turner Scott

Posted by | December 7, 2017 1:27 pm

Margaret Turner Scott, 88, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, passed away at her home, in Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2017.

She was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Sparta, to Herbert Turner and Rebbie Hutchings Turner.

Survivors include her sons, Donald (Sandy) Scott, Michael Scott, Gary (Kim) Scott; grandchildren, Sean and Rachel Scott; sisters, Helen Turner, Wallene Hutcherson, Marie Savage, Dean Sparkman; nieces, Jennifer Hall, Jackie Hillis; and nephew, Alex Savage

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 11, 2071, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Copeland Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 9 a.m.-noon, on Dec. 11, at the funeral home. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate the



Coordinated drug operation results in six indictments, arrests

Posted by | December 7, 2017 12:20 pm

A joint drug investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Overton County Sheriff Department, and multiple local law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of several individuals charged with the sale and delivery of various scheduled narcotics.

According to the TBI, the coordinated operation conducted in and around the … Read More


Diabetes education is key focus of Van Buren Health Department

Posted by | December 7, 2017 10:13 am

With diabetes and pre-diabetes on the rise locally, the Tennessee Department of Health is taking a proactive stand to help residents prevent the development of this prevalent disease.

As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is the primary cause for kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness. The Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging individuals to take the necessary steps to prevent this disease.

“More than one in 10 people in Tennessee have diabetes, and about 250,000 Tennesseans are living with undiagnosed diabetes,” said Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health commissioner. “Many more meet the criteria for pre-diabetes. The most important things … Read More


Van Buren students attend leadership conference

Posted by | December 7, 2017 10:10 am

Students from Van Buren County recently attended a conference that provided multiple opportunities for leadership growth and development.

According to education officials, for a community to continue to be viable, students of today must be prepared to become the future leaders of tomorrow. Thanks to the unique partnership between the University of Tennessee Extension Office for Van Buren County and the Van Buren County High School, students were able to grow and develop not only their leadership skills but also their academic and life skills at the recent Jostens Renaissance Leadership Conference

For the past 25 years, Jostens Renaissance education programs and leadership conferences have helped schools and … Read More


Baker Mountain Farms closing after five years in business

Posted by | December 7, 2017 10:08 am

Baker Mountain Farm, which has become a part of the agricultural tourism industry in Van Buren County, recently announced that they were closing their doors permanently. (Photo Courtesy by Baker Mountain Farm)

After becoming a part of the community and providing a unique environment for agriculture tourism, Baker Mountain Farm closed its doors for the final time this past weekend.

In 2012, a new business called Baker Mountain Farm opened for business, in Van Buren County. Just minutes from Fall Creek Falls State Park, located on Pioneer Lane, Baker Mountain Farm prided itself on not being just a typical pumpkin patch or a corn maze.

Baker Mountain Farm became known for its environmentally “green-friendly” business and farming practices. As a family owned and operated farm, Baker Mountain Farm strived to provide high quality apples, seasonal pumpkins, and an environment where … Read More


Construction crews busy on new Van Buren Farmer’s Market

Posted by | December 7, 2017 10:05 am

Crews have been busy at work recently making progress on the county’s new farmers market. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Construction crews have been busy at the construction site of various county projects, including the construction of the new farmer’s market.

Over the course of the past several years, the government of Van Buren County has received over $1,300,000 in various grants, which have been awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Tennessee Department of Health.

Some of the grant funding has been utilized for the development of Van Buren County’s first county-owned park. Additional grant funding is being used for projects that include the purchases of gazebos and an information center that will be located on the … Read More


Van Buren County holds public hearing for grant

Posted by | December 7, 2017 10:01 am

Life saving equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatuses, will be pursued by the county for the next round of community development block grants. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The Van Buren County Mayor’s Office recently held a public hearing to receive input from the community about the submission of an application for the upcoming community development block grant cycle.

On Dec. 5, 2017, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson held the public hearing whose purpose was to receive feedback from the community about the various proposals the county could submit for an application to receive state grant funding.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development annually issues community development block grants. Communities and counties across Tennessee have an opportunity to submit an application to request for grants that would fund a specific project or community … Read More


Doyle and Woodland Park sweep through the elementary school titles

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:52 am

The elementary school basketball season wrapped up Saturday with the annual tournament played at White County Middle School.

Doyle and Woodland Park swept the titles in the two divisions.

The day began with the large girls’ division championship match-up between Woodland Park and Findlay, with … Read More


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