Van Buren County stays within range of budgeted tax collections

Posted by | March 1, 2018 7:51 am

Despite the overall state tax revenues missing its projected budget, Van Buren County maintained close to its budgeted estimates, according to the latest round of data.

Commissioner Larry Martin with the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration recently announced that for the month of January, Tennessee’s tax revenues posted less than expected. According to the newest collection report, revenues for January totaled approximately $1.4 billion, which is approximately $25 million less than budgeted.

“The negative growth recorded in total tax revenues for January, when adjusted for one-time revenues received in 2017 and 2018, reflect an underlying positive growth of 2.62 percent for the month,” Martin said. “Sales tax … Read More

Primary ballot set for Van Buren May 1 election

Posted by | March 1, 2018 7:50 am

Election season is now in full swing, with the primaries right around the corner, and candidates have filed their petitions to be placed on the May 1, 2018, primary ballots for county offices.

Since Nov. 16, 2017, party-affiliated candidates for county-based offices have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the May primary election ballot. Also, independent candidates have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the Aug. 2, 2018, general election ballot.

The window to have nomination petitions for county-based offices turned in officially closed at noon, Feb. 15, 2018.

According to records obtained from the Van Buren County … Read More

Van Buren County resident killed in McMinnville crash

Posted by | March 1, 2018 7:47 am

A Spencer man has died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle collision that occurred Monday, in Warren County

On Feb. 26, 2018, at approximately 1:31 p.m., dispatchers with the Warren County E-911 Communications Center were notified of a multi-vehicle collision with possible injuries. The initial report received by dispatchers stated the incident had occurred at 10742 Shelbyville Rd., in McMinnville.

Emergency responders from multiple agencies, including the McMinnville Police Department, the Warren County Sheriff Department, the Warren County Emergency Medical Service, McMinnville Fire Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a commercial dump truck, which belonged to Hillis … Read More

Spencer man is charged with murder in Cumberland County

Posted by | March 1, 2018 7:45 am

Billy Joe Wannyn, 47

A grand jury recently brought forth an indictment against a Van Buren County man on multiple charges, including murder.

According to information obtained from the Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Billy Joe Wannyn, 47, of Spencer, was indicted Feb. 26 on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of Crossville resident Albin Von Buechel, 71.

On Jan. 20, 2018, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff Department were dispatched to Buechel’s home for a welfare check. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff Department, family members had been unable to get into touch with Buechel.

Upon arrival, … Read More

Sparta man turns passion for mechanics into successful career

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:37 am

Impact Truck and Trailer is located at 290 Minnear St., in Cookeville, just off South Jefferson Avenue. (Photo by MISTY WALKER)

Pictured are Sam Stone, John Raper, Josh Stoglin, and Sean O’Neil, of Impact Truck and Trailer (Photo by MISTY WALKER)

By Jennie Ivey – contributor

When a person learns that Josh Stoglin has been an automotive mechanic for more than 15 years, that individual might assume he is a middle-aged man. Not so. Stoglin is only 30 years old, but he has had a passion for working on cars and trucks since before he was old enough to drive them.

After he married and had a home … Read More

McDonald trusted in God to direct his career path

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:31 am

Seth McDonald (center), physical therapist. feels a special bond with his patients when he helps them during some of the most difficult times in their lives. On either side of McDonald are Dan Fiste and Jennifer Passons, physical therapy assistants.

By Rima Austin – contributor

There are many reasons why a person decides to be a physical therapist. Usually, it is because something happened to them as a child where they were sent to one and knew that is what they wanted to do. That was not the case for physical therapist Seth McDonald, of Sparta.

“You know, everybody I ever talked to had a story about how … Read More

Will banning guns actually ban bad behavior?

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:29 am

Language of Liberty – By By Mark Herr, president – Center for Self Governance

If we ban guns will we finally ban bad behavior?

In 2017, a lone individual killed 80 plus in France using a rental truck. If we ban rental trucks will we be able to ban bad behavior? In 2014, ten knife-wielding men killed 29 and injured over 130 in China. If we ban knives will the human race find the cure for bad behavior? Worldwide, over 1.3 million die annually in auto accidents, 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled, yet would we consider banning automobiles due to poor or impaired driving?

On … Read More

Warnings are issued over rising number of candle fires in homes

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:26 am

Because of the rising number of structure fires involving a popular household item, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that flamed candles must be used properly to avoid loss of life, injury, and significant property damage.

Candles, which are often used for decoration purposes and adding refreshing scents to a room, can also cause tragedy. In 2017, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, local fire departments responded to 77 residential structure fires that were started by candles.

Residential structure fires that were started by candles in 2017 resulted in two separate fatalities, two injuries, and one firefighter injury. Additionally, according to the … Read More

Homecoming parade or should I say a “homegoing” parade

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:24 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Thousands lined the street in anticipation. Sammie and I were two of them. Folks of all ages and description shared stories and memories. From time to time a laugh was heard. A word would get stuck, a throat would be cleared, and a tear blinked back, then the conversation would continue. Signs with a message of love were visible, as well as a few flags, crosses, and other symbols. A couple of helicopters circled overhead. Everyone, at different times, cast looks up the street to our left – West Main Street.

Then a flood of blue lights topped the hill from that … Read More

White County brings in over $1.6 million in January sales tax revenue

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:22 am

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently announced that, overall, January state tax revenue collections were less than expected.

However, White County brought in over $1.6 million in state sales taxes for the month.

While year-to-date the collection of state taxes has exceeded the estimated goals of the state, the January collections showed a decrease in revenues statewide. According to the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, revenues collected in January were approximately $1.4 billion, which is 3.18 percent less than the January 2017.

For the month of January, Tennessee took in approximately $25 million less in tax revenues than budgeted.

“The negative growth recorded … Read More

Kenneth Young

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:17 am

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

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

“The Wall That Heals” in Cookeville

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:09 am

The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, along with a mobile education center, will be in Cookeville, April 19-22, 2018. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Cookeville-Putnam County will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375-feet in length and stands … Read More

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Posted by | March 1, 2018 6:03 am

 UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region. This training is twenty hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies. They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train. They conduct meetings to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job. They can also refer you to … Read More

Alan Tatum

Posted by | February 28, 2018 5:16 pm

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

Funeral arrangements will be complete by noon, on Thursday.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin Stacy Bouldin

Posted by | February 27, 2018 2:44 pm

Kevin Stacy Bouldin, 44, passed away Feb. 26, 2018, from injuries he received in an automobile accident.

Mr. Bouldin was born April 4, 1973, in McMinnville.

He was a life long resident of Van Buren County

He was a fiber splicer for Ben Lomand Connect and a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ, the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association, and the NRA. He loved farming, taking care of his cattle, and enjoyed hunting with his coon/squirrel dogs and deer hunting with his daughters and friends. He was a very special son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, showing special care to all his family. He loved to watch and support … Read More

Gospel singing in Spencer

Posted by | February 27, 2018 12:56 pm


Sunday, March 4
Who: First Baptist Church
What: Gospel singing featuring the group Exodus
When: 10:45 a.m.
Where: Church, 1021 Old Dunlap Rd., in Spencer

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