Warriorette volleyball goes 1-1 to open their week

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:26 am

Hannah Kate Sims spikes the ball, on Tuesday night, against Rhea County. Sims had her best game of the year, on Monday night, against Coffee County. She finished the game with seven kills and six blocks.

After opening their week with a 3-1 win over former district rival Coffee County, the roles were reversed when the Warriorette volleyball team hosted Rhea County, on Tuesday.

The visiting Lady Eagles in the first meeting between the two teams defeated the Warriorettes 3-0.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes picked up a 3-1 (25-17,25-23,22-25, and 27-25) win over the Lady Raiders. Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes in kills, with eight and blocks … Read More


WCMS volleyball team adds two more wins to move to 8-0

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:23 am

Alyson Jones serves the ball against Coffee County, on Monday night.

The White County Middle School volleyball team was in action on Monday and Tuesday nights. The Warriorettes picked up wins in both games, with Tuesday night’s game coming down to the wire.
The Warriors picked up a conference win, on Monday night, against Coffee County. The Warriorettes won that game in straight sets win 25-10 and 25-16.
On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes would pick up a win in the first game, winning by a final score of 25-11. However, in the second game, the game would be close throughout, with neither team getting much of a lead. … Read More


Warriors open region play against Summit

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:00 am

The Warriors break through the banner before Friday night’s game against Warren County. The Warriors will look to break through, on Friday night, and end their 16- game losing streak.

The White County High School Warrior football team will open their region slate this Friday night when they travel to Summit High School.

This will be the second time the Warriors and the Spartans have ever faced off on the gridiron. Last season, Summit jumped out to an early lead on the Warriors and never looked back winning by a final score of 47-0.

Summitt,, who started its football program in 2011, had a rough go the first few years. The Spartans went 4 and 26 in the first three years. However, since Brian Colman took over the Spartans, the team has gone 20-14 over the past three … Read More


Maddle convicted in criminal court of multiple drug charges

Posted by | August 30, 2018 1:16 pm

Eddie Maddle, 47

According to a press release from Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Aug. 29, 2018, Eddie Maddle, 47, of Sparta, was convicted on One Count of Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Manufacture, Deliver or Sell following a two-day jury trial in Putnam County Criminal Court. Sergeant Chuck Johnson initiated the investigation, in 2015, that developed into a search warrant being issued for Maddle’s residence. Drugs and chemicals associated with the manufacture of Meth were found at the residence. Investigators with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigation Division and other criminal investigators within this office both assisted with this particular investigation.

“I am proud to … Read More


Changes planned for Upper Cumberland Senior Expo

Posted by | August 30, 2018 12:51 pm

L-R: Bob Sotis, Life Church; Candi Raney, Bailey Manor; Isabeau Strader, Home Instead; Holly Williams, UCAAAD; Clare Farless, UCAAAD; Shannon MacFarquhar, Heritage Point Senior Living; Sara Martin, Home Instead; Candie Power, CRMC; Kayla Beth Adams, NHC; and Vickie Beck, UCDD/RCP

Planning is underway for the 17th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo, hosted by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, with big changes on the horizon.

This year, the expo will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on Oct. 16, 2018, at Life Church, at 2223 N. Washington Ave., in Cookeville, and for the first time will offer information about caring for individuals of all ages.

The regional event has typically focused on the care of older adults. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” will address caregiving of individuals from birth to older adults and will provide an opportunity for caregivers, seniors, and those … Read More


National Down Syndrome Society video features Brayden Naylor

Posted by | August 30, 2018 12:48 pm

Brayden Naylor to help kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month In unique annual video presentation

Brayden Naylor, grandson of Sandy Shuburg of Sparta and Donnie and Robbie Powell of Cookeville, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 15, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Brayden, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from more than 2,400 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost … Read More


Rock House DAR members attend workshops

Posted by | August 30, 2018 12:41 pm

Members of the Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution from throughout the state attended the annual August workshops held in Maryville, Jackson, and Lebanon. Many topics were offered, including leadership training sessions for officers and committee chairmen, a new member workshop, promoting patriotism, and a session on “Mysteries of the Cemetery” to name a few. Members also brought needed items to support the Veterans Administration Home, in Murfreesboro, and gift cards to assist the DAR schools. Seated, L-R: Pamela Wood, Donna Hamilton; standing, L-R: Pamela Charles, Brandy Comer.


Pressed 4 Time restaurant opens

Posted by | August 30, 2018 10:12 am

Michael Parks, Rhonda Benz, and daughter Sharon Benz

She knows the restaurant business, and he knows construction. So together they decided to go into business.

Husband and wife Michael Parks and Rhonda Benz together opened Pressed 4 Time, the new place to eat in downtown Sparta, at 28 N. Main St. They specialize in lunch meals, such as Panini, Reuben, wraps, and homemade soups.

Parks stated they have 15 signature sandwiches, and the most popular one is the Panini. Trevor Taylor is the man in charge of pressing the sandwiches, and, according to Benz, he is really good and is “definitely going to be a keeper.” Benz also said another popular menu item they serve are … Read More


Lost Creek Falls to Virgin Falls trail celebrated with dedication

Posted by | August 30, 2018 10:08 am

Dr. Stephen Stedman, one of the donors, holds a portrait he was awarded at the ceremony. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Park Manager James Douglas led a group of people, on Aug. 25 through the trees and down the long path surrounding a field in the Big Bottom area. All the while, he told of the families that had lived on the land that now belongs to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The path, in some places, was an old logging road that was used in the 1920s by the Dodson family. Over time, the land was purchased in parcels, eventually becoming part of the 582-acre property in the Mid-Cumberland Wilderness Conservation Corridor of Scott’s Gulf.

Acquisition of this land allowed the state of Tennessee to create a trail … Read More


Veteran receives free service dog to assist with recovery from trauma

Posted by | August 30, 2018 9:51 am

Chris Taylor, U.S. Army veteran, is shown with his service dog, Peggy Sue, that he received through K9s for Warriors.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real thing. It is a result of someone having been exposed to an injury or severe psychological shock and incurring persistent mental and emotional stress.

Because of so many troops coming back from war in the Middle East, as well as veterans who have fought in other wars, K9s for Warriors was created.

K9s for Warriors serves veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma, with service dogs that are specially trained to help these types of cases. These service dogs are referred to as “prescription on four legs” or “battle buddies,” and veterans are taught … Read More


The Art Bin will provide several unique options

Posted by | August 30, 2018 9:48 am

Valerie and Randy Norris are ready to serve the community through their new business venture, The Art Bin. Valerie Norris, a former school psychologist, wants to help children through art therapy. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Valerie Norris was a school psychologist for many years, so children with behavioral and learning issues are something she has worked closely with in the past.

Norris also knows what an impact art can have on these children. When the politics of public education became too much for her, she decided, with the help and support of her husband, Randy Norris, to open up a venue that could intertwine the two together. This was the idea behind her new art shop, The Art Bin.

“I was a school psychologist, and they traded to Response to Intervention, so my entire job changed within a matter of years,” said Valerie … Read More


Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson

Posted by | August 30, 2018 6:26 am

Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson, 80, owner of Sparta Office Supplies, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Crash on Garrett Road

Posted by | August 29, 2018 8:19 am

South Group fire personnel and White County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched, on Aug. 28, 2018, to a two-car motor vehicle crash, on Garrett Road, with one vehicle down an embankment. The driver of the overturned vehicle and a juvenile passenger were treated for minor injuries at the scene. (Photo by ADAM WHITMAN)


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