Dr. Alan Tatum

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:42 am

Dr. Alan Tatum, 65, owner of Payless Pharmacy, in Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Tatum was born Aug. 27, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, to Bill Tatum and Anne Carroll Tatum. His mother preceded him in death.

He attended Proviso East High School, in Chicago, but graduated from Kenton High, in Kenton, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy, in Memphis, with high honors. While attending pharmacy school, he worked at St. Jude Children’s Hospital as a research technician.

Dr. Tatum graduated in 1977, and, although he loved St. Jude … Read More

Wilburn “Will” Qualls

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:21 am

Wilburn “Will” Qualls, 89, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Qualls was born Dec. 17, 1928, in White County, to Bill and Verna Klein Qualls.

He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Cora Sue Luna Qualls, of Sparta; two sons, Kenny Qualls, of Cookeville, Tim Qualls and wife Kathy, of Sparta; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Les West, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 2, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Highland Cemetery. Bro. Bill Hedgecough will officiate.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.

Kenneth Lee Young

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:17 am

Kenneth Lee Young, 68, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Young was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Sparta, to James Estel Young and Elijah Young.

He was retired from Southern Wood Products. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He enjoyed camping and canning fruits and vegetables.

Mr. Young was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leonard Young; and half-brothers, F.L. Young and James Carrol Young.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth L. (Michael Conley) Young Jr., Regina (J.R.) Cole, Shawn (Tia) Young, Thristin Young, Trinity Young; grandchildren, Dustin Baker, Cody Baker, Dalton Baker; great-grandchild, Nalla Baker; brothers, Harold Young, James Richard … Read More

Barbara Jean Richmond “Lucy” Price

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:12 am

Barbara Jean Richmond “Lucy” Price, 72, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2018, at the Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Price was born Dec. 20, 1945, in Sparta.

She was the former manager of Cato’s and loved to play cards, with her favorite game being spades, at which she excelled.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward “Donnie” Price; parents, Monroe Burton and Evelyn Richmond Burton; and lifelong friend, James “Bar B Que” Shockley.

Survivors include her son, Willis Edward Price; grandchildren, Heather Strode, James Price, Jordan Price; brother, Norman Burton; sisters, Sharon Burton, Melody Burton; nieces, Brandicah Wright, Kendra Wright; nephew, William … Read More

Carl Fred Hutson

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:05 am

Carl Fred Hutson, 86, passed away Feb. 27, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Hutson was born March 15, 1931, in Campbell County, to Laura Hutson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Claude Hutson, J.D. Hutson, and J.P. Hutson.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Hawkins Hutson; sons, Roger Hutson, James E. Hutson, Charles Fred Hutson, Jerry Hutson; daughters, Donna Hutson Massa, Deborah Hutson Howard; brother, Hoyt Hutson; sisters, Verlia Mae Hutson, Shirley Nichols; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 3, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 … Read More

Terry Anthony “Tony” Richardson

Posted by | March 2, 2018 8:00 am

Terry Anthony “Tony” Richardson, 65, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb 24, 2018, at his home in Wisconsin.

Mr. Richardson was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Sparta, to Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson and Daphene Cooley Richardson.

He is preceded in death by his father, Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson, and a brother, Rodney Kane Richardson.

Survivors include his son, Justin Richardson, of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Stella Richardson, Cole Richardson; mother, Daphene Cooley Richardson, of Sparta; brothers, Mark Twain Richardson and wife Gail, of California, Timothy Lee “Tim” Richardson and wife Cynthia, of Cookeville; a nephew, Allen Richardson; and a niece, Claire Richardson.

A graveside service will be at a later … Read More

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, March 1, 2018

Posted by | March 1, 2018 5:24 pm

WCTE hosts free Edcamp for early-childhood educators and caregivers

Posted by | March 1, 2018 10:07 am

WCTE-Upper Cumberland PBS will host a free PBS Edcamp, 5-8 p.m., March 8, 2018, at Prescott South Middle School, in Cookeville. Edcamp is open to all educators, including homeschool and daycare teachers, who work with children in early childhood from birth to third grade.

Edcamp gives educators the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning, while sharing professional experiences and best practices for fostering early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. WCTE is one of ten stations chosen by PBS to kick-off a series of PBS Edcamp events across the country, which utilize an unconference professional development model, wherein teachers lead their own learning experiences.

“WCTE is looking forward to … Read More

Eugene Venable Redwine

Posted by | March 1, 2018 10:02 am

Eugene Venable Redwine, 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Redwine was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Crab Orchard, to Jack Redwine and Cleo Monday Redwine.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi Redwine, of Sparta, and two daughters, Angele Marketa Redwine, of the Rocky River community, and Sherry Jackson (Michael), of Cookeville.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Crash on North Spring Street

Posted by | March 1, 2018 9:54 am

Emergency services personnel braved the heavy rain to assist at the scene of of a crash this morning, on North Spring Street, near Kirby Chiropractic. No details are available at this time. Caution should be exercised today because of standing water in the roadways. City of Sparta public works employees have posted “high water” signs on some streets in the vicinity of the incident. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

Taylor named first team All-SAA

Posted by | March 1, 2018 8:13 am

Courtesy of Sewanee Sports

ATLANTA – The Southern Athletic Association has announced the 2018 All-SAA Women’s Basketball Team on Friday. Sewanee’s Bella Taylor and Hannah McCormack have been selected as First Team members.

Taylor became the 14th Sewanee women’s basketball player to hit 1,000 career points on Dec. 29 against Wooster (Ohio). Leading the conference in scoring with 20.8 per game, the junior is ranked 16th nationally in points per game and 15th in total points (498), on the way to breaking the school record she set last year in total points (505). She set the school record earlier this season at Berry for points in a game … Read More

Ethan Roberts picks up his first save of the season at TTU

Posted by | March 1, 2018 8:12 am

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. ­– A huge third inning, backed by clutch pitching and defense, led the Tennessee Tech baseball team (3-1) to a series-opening victory over Illinois State (2-2) Friday afternoon, a 7-4 victory at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.

The top four of the Golden Eagle lineup each posted multiple hits in the contest, including leadoff man Alex Junior. The junior outfielder scored two runs while smacking his second home run of the season to finish with two RBI.

Trevor Putzig and David Garza both went yard on the day as well, combining for three RBI. Kevin Strohschein and Chase Chambers both finished with two … Read More

Luna helps lead Bryan to second straight AAC title

Posted by | March 1, 2018 8:10 am

Deandra Luna is shown during her basketball career at White County High School

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – For the second year in a row, the Bryan College women’s basketball team captured the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship with a rewarding 75-58 victory over No. 1 seed Reinhardt University (Ga.) in the title game on Saturday.

Last year, the Lions made history by winning four games in four days to secure the crown, which had never been done before in the AAC women’s tournament. This year it took only three games, but it did involve a playoff game prior to going to Kingsport. Bryan and Reinhardt, both conference Co-Regular-Season champions, met three days before the start of the tournament in a … Read More

White County High School archery team wins Mossy Oak Stinger

Posted by | March 1, 2018 8:08 am

The White County High School Archery team picked up a win this past weekend in the Mossy Oak Stinger tournament held at Whitworth Buchanan Middle School, in Murfreesboro.

The archery team won the tournament and also defeated last year’s state champs for the second time this season by 5 points. The archery team also had two boys place in the boys’ high school division, Braxton Hutson and Zack Knowles. Hutson picked up a third place finish, with a score of 289, and Knowles finished in ninth place with a 286 finish.

The WCHS archery team will be back in action this weekend when they host a tournament at … Read More

Trout fishing now available at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Posted by | March 1, 2018 7:57 am

Trout fishing is returning to Fall Creek Falls State Park thanks to joint efforts from park rangers and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency biologists are releasing approximately 1,500 brook trout and approximately 2,000 rainbow trout into Cane Creek. This introduction of trout within the Fall Creek Falls State Park water boundaries will officially bring trout fishing to the park.

On March 1, 2018, both rainbow trout and brook trout are being stocked in the upper sections of Cane Creek.

Rainbow trout is being placed in the George Hole, near the Nature Center, which will give anglers plenty of bank-fishing access. Additionally, the brook trout … Read More

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