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


White County Middle School basketball hosting toy drive

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:35 am

On Dec. 12, White County Middle School Basketball will be hosting a Toy Drive in exchange for admission to the 7th grade and 8th grade basketball games against Avery Trace. These toys will be donated to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Each toy equals one free admission.


Van Buren Eagles and Eaglettes split with Jackson County

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:32 am

The Van Buren County High School basketball teams hosted Jackson County High School, on Tuesday night. In the first game of the night, the Eaglettes could hold onto their lead and fell to the Lady Blue Devils 58-49. In the Eagles’ game, the Eagles used a big first-half lead to overcome the Blue Devils at home 69-64.

In the first game of the night, the Eaglettes trailed the Lady Blue Devils 19-18 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Eaglettes were outscored again 19-17 and trailed 38-35 heading into the locker room.

After halftime, the Eaglettes outscored Jackson County 11-6 in the quarter … Read More


8th grade sweeps Harris Middle

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:29 am

Ben Hillis drives in for a layup in Monday’s game vs. Harris. Hillis finished with 11 points.

White County Middle School 8th grade teams traveled to Shelbyville, on Monday night, and picked up two Central Tennessee Conference wins over Harris Middle School.

The Warriorettes got the night going picking up a 29-12 win over the home team. The Warriors closed out the night, avenging an earlier loss to Harris with a 41-38 win.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes fell behind early, trailing Harris 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes turned up their defensive pressure and caused … Read More


Warriors rack up fifth win of season

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:27 am

Grant Slatten goes up for a layup in Tueday’s game. Slatten finished with 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors to the win. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors picked up their fifth win of the young season, with a 54-38 win over King’s Academy, on Tuesday night. It was a game that saw eight different Warriors find their way into the scorebook. The Warriors would overcome their slow start in the first quarter and extend their lead throughout the game.

In the first quarter, Kade Clark got the Warriors going, knocking down a 3 to start off the game and give … Read More


Warriorettes pick up 6th straight win

Posted by | December 7, 2017 9:24 am

Jessie Green takes a 3-point shot in Tuesday’s game. Green finished with 6 points and knocked down a pair of 3-point baskets.

The White County High School Warriorettes traveled down to Seymour, on Tuesday night, to take on The King’s Academy Lady Lions. The Warriorettes would come away from the contest with their sixth straight win of the season, with a 69-44 victory. The Warriorettes would struggle in the second quarter and only lead by 29-24 at halftime. However, the Warriorettes would start off the third quarter on an 18-0 run and pull away from the Lady Lions.

In the first quarter, the Warriorettes would jump out to an early 2-0 lead after a Gracie Dodgen layup, but the Lady Lions would answer back with a 5-0 run to take … Read More


Words from the heart of a child

Posted by | December 7, 2017 6:51 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

He could have died! In fact, he did die…more than once…but each time he was resuscitated. You may remember the heart-stopping event I am referencing. I wrote about it a couple of times.

Our precious grandson, Lawrence, drowned in a swimming pool at the resort, in Florida, where he was on vacation with his family. First his father, then others, gave him CPR. A couple of nurses just “happened” to be there. Voices were lifted in prayer for him as he was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, in Orlando. That just happens to be the number one hospital in the world … Read More


Is fascism right or left?

Posted by | December 7, 2017 6:50 am

Language of Liberty – By Dinesh D’Souza for Prager University

“He’s a fascist!”

For decades, this has been a favorite smear of the left, aimed at those on the right. Every Republican president—for that matter, virtually every Republican—since the 1970s has been called a fascist; now, more than ever.

This label is based on the idea that fascism is a phenomenon of the political right. The left says it is, and some self-styled white supremacists and neo-Nazis embrace the label.

But are they correct?

To answer this question, we have to ask what fascism really means: What is its underlying ideology? Where does it even come from?

These … Read More


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