So, what’s next on the White House’s agenda?

Posted by | October 2, 2017 7:22 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

Is Mr. Trump going to continue his “war” on the NFL and any other professional and non-professional sports teams for the way they protest? Will he continue his Twitter “war” of words and threats with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un? Will he continue his battle with the major players of the Republican Party if they don’t give him some kind of “win”? Will he continue to dismiss the importance of the devastation in Puerto Rico and the suffering of over 3 million American citizens who live there? Will he continue to push for more and more military troops in a 16-year-old war in … Read More


Tennessee tax revenues miss budget estimates for August

Posted by | October 2, 2017 7:17 am

Revenue collections throughout Tennessee were down for the month of August including White County, with the exception of gasoline.

Tennessee revenues were less than the budgeted estimates for the first month of the state’s fiscal year. Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported that overall August revenues were $980.7 million, which is $32.5 million more than August 2016, and $14.9 million less than the budgeted estimates. The growth rate for all taxes in August was 3.43 percent.

“Corporate tax receipts posted negative growth for the month, and also fell short of the budgeted estimate, but August is typically a very small revenue month in the corporate tax … Read More


Child Health Week observed Oct. 1-7

Posted by | October 2, 2017 7:13 am

During Child Health Week, state health officials remind parents to follow safe sleeping habits by using the acronym ABC: sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

October 1-7 is Child Health Week in Tennessee, and the Tennessee Department of Health has several health tips.

The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.

“Each of us are role models for our state’s children, and we all have a role to play to set good examples for safety and health,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner. “Let’s strive to have children see us making healthy choices in being physically active, avoiding tobacco and nicotine, wearing seat belts and bike helmets, eating healthful foods and … Read More


Sparta Police Department offers services to prepare organizations for life-threatening scenarios

Posted by | October 2, 2017 7:09 am

Churches in Sparta-White County are beginning to look at developing safety plans after recent shooting incidents at several Tennessee places of worship.

In the wake of the deadly church shooting that occurred recently, in Antioch, many churches and community organizations may be concerned about their own safety.

On Sept. 24, in Antioch, which is less than 100 miles from Sparta, an unthinkable event, referred to by Metro Nashville police as a “mass casualty” incident, occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. At approximately 11:15 a.m. dispatchers received notification of a possible shooting at the church.

Metro Nashville police responded and discovered 25-year-old Emanuel Samson had reportedly killed one person on the outside of the church and then entered the building and injured eight others in a shooting incident.

One … Read More


Spencer man is charged with DUI, vehicular assault

Posted by | October 2, 2017 7:02 am

Nathan Cribbs, 23, of Spencer

A Spencer man has received multiple charges from his involvement in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred less than two weeks ago.

On Sept. 21, 2017, at approximately 8:05 a.m., an emergency call was received by the White County Emergency E-911 Communications Center about a multi-vehicle collision that occurred on Memorial Highway. The incident occurred at the Gooseneck Road intersection on Highway 70S.

Doyle, Mt. Gilead, Central View, and Hickory Valley volunteer fire departments; White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, and White County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a two-vehicle collision had occurred at … Read More


Dakouvanos killed on Highway 111 after crashing into creek

Posted by | October 2, 2017 6:56 am

Jim Dakouvanos, 73, owner of Yanni’s Grille, was killed after his vehicle crashed into a creek Friday morning. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

A well-known and beloved Sparta business owner has died after his vehicle crashed Friday morning, on Highway 111, in White County.

At approximately 6:39 a.m., on Sept. 29, 2017, dispatchers with White County E-911 received a call about a vehicle that reportedly ran off Highway 111.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered that a silver 1999 Mercedes SUV had left the roadway and landed in a creek near an overpass. The incident occurred on Highway 111 southbound near the Hampton’s Crossroads exit.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle, 73-year-old Jim Dakouvanos, who is the owner of Yanni’s Grille, in Sparta, was declared deceased at … Read More


Pecor receives sentence for role in drug trafficking ring

Posted by | September 30, 2017 6:41 pm

According to a press release from Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Sept. 26, 2017, David Allen Pecor received a 158-month prison sentence for his role in a drug trafficking organization that was reportedly moving enormous quantities of methamphetamine from Georgia to White and Putnam counties.

In 2016, Pecor was indicted in the United States District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee for Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Title 21 USC 841 (A)(1)), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (Title 18 USC 924 (c)(1)) and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute … Read More


Jim Dakouvanos

Posted by | September 30, 2017 2:18 pm

Funeral service for Jim Dakouvanos, 73, of Cookeville, will be held at noon, Oct. 2, 2017, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4905 Franklin Pike, in Nashville. Interment will be 3 p.m., Oct. 2, at Cookeville City Cemetery. Fr. Gregory Hohnholt will officiate.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Oct. 1, at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home, and 11 a.m.-noon, Oct. 2, at the church.

Mr. Dakouvanos died suddenly, on Sept. 29, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, in White County.

He was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Agia Paraskevi Conitsis, Greece, to Yanni Dakouvanos and Alexandra Stratsianh Dakouvanos. He attended … Read More


Herman Hill

Posted by | September 30, 2017 1:15 pm

Herman Hill, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2017.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 7, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will follow in Lee Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Oct. 6, at the funeral home.

The U.S. Army Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.

A complete obituary will soon be provided.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Paul Carlton Woodcock Jr.

Posted by | September 30, 2017 1:09 pm

Paul Carlton Woodcock Jr., 41, passed away Sept. 25, 2017.

Mr. Woodcock was born Nov. 17, 1975, in Panama City, Florida.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Woodcock, Austin Woodcock, both of Sparta; parents, Paul Woodcock Sr. and Janice Woodcock, of Sparta; sisters, Kim (Rob) Cummings, of Lockport, New York, Trisha (Allen) Sanders, of Sparta; and beloved nieces and nephews.

A private family ceremony will be held.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ron Fanning

Posted by | September 30, 2017 1:03 pm

Ron Fanning, who was born Feb. 14, 1942, and departed his life on Sept. 26, 2017, was a doer, never content to just sit still. He was meticulous and organized, and these served him well.

He joined the USAF at 19. After training, he was assigned to Barksdale AFB, in Louisiana, only to be sent to Homestead AFB, south of Miami, to wait on the missiles to come from Cuba. Fortunately for our country, we avoided nuclear war.

Mr. Fanning was a quick learner, and soon the Air Force saw his potential and began training him for every job possible in his career field. He was quickly promoted … Read More


Adam Grissom

Posted by | September 30, 2017 12:54 pm

Adam Grissom, 37, passed away Sept. 27, 2017, at the Erlanger Bledsoe emergency room from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Mr. Grissom was born Sept. 23, 1980, in McMinnville.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sparta Ward. He was a proud member of the NRA and a self-employed logger.

Mr. Grissom was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lowell Grissom and Glenn Grissom.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Grissom; daughter, Jaderian Grissom; son, Isom Grissom; parents, Jimmy and Donna Grissom; brothers, Cory (Jessica) Grissom, Logan (Kim) Grissom, Jordan (Courtney) Grissom; sisters, Kelly (Terry) Lewis, Laura (Spencer) Grissom, … Read More


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted by | September 30, 2017 7:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237




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