Thomas Roger “Pops” Hall

Posted by | March 6, 2019 9:42 am

Thomas Roger “Pops” Hall, 76, passed away March 3, 2019, after a long battle with illness.

He was born  March 22, 1943, in Livingston, and was raised in Dayton, Ohio, since the age of 4.

Mr. Hall graduated from Stivers High School, in 1961.  He continued his education, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Hall was employed at Inland General Motors at age 18 where he studied and worked himself up to an electrician.  He retired after 37 years of service, in 1998, after a major stroke.

Mr. Hall was raised his family in Xenia, Ohio, and coached his sons and many kids in YRC baseball, basketball, and football (Arrowood … Read More


Special service at Plainview

Posted by | March 6, 2019 8:26 am

Sunday, March 24

Who: Plainview Free Will Baptist Church
What: At 10 a.m., morning’s sermon delivered by 18-year-old Mason Simmons (covered dish meal will be provide immediately following service); At 2 p.m., featured singer Diane Hale from Hill Road Baptist Church, along with other singers, will perform

When: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Plainview Free Will Baptist Church

Contact: (423) 881-5374


Dusting of snow

Posted by | March 6, 2019 8:00 am

Van Buren County experience a light dusting of snow, on March 4, 2019, when the temperatures had plummeted to approximately 15 degrees.  (Photos by CRISTIE ROBERTS VINSON)


Lighthouse Church

Posted by | March 6, 2019 7:39 am

Sunday, March 10

Who: Ann and Tom Nicholson

When: 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Where: Lighthouse Church, 7450 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta


Willie Franklin “Bill” Shelton

Posted by | March 5, 2019 1:26 pm

Willie Franklin “Bill” Shelton, 88, of Sweetwater, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 4, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Shelton was born July 30, 1930, in White County, to John Henry Shelton and Oma Mosley Shelton.

He had an active work career that included owning and operating his own trucking company, rock quarry work, welder, and owning a sporting goods store. Mr. Shelton raised champion coon hunting dogs and most recently Beagle dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Patricia Shelton, Raynell Shelton, Virginia Lorene Prater, Lloyd Shelton, Gerald Shelton, Azilkie Gilliam, and Sanford Lee Shelton.

Survivors include his three daughters, Joyce Brooks, … Read More


Christopher David Bryant

Posted by | March 5, 2019 12:43 pm

Christopher David Bryant, 52, of Gordonsville, passed away March 1, 2019.

Mr. Bryant was born Aug. 9, 1966, in Crossville, the son of Janice Marie Lewis Bryant and Robert Haskel Bryant.

He worked for Rogers Group for a long period of time and spent    most of his time doing underground mining. Mr. Bryant was a great storyteller. He loved the outdoors, animals, and

playing with his children and later his grandchildren. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 16 years and was very proud of his two sons serving in the military: Eli, in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Caleb, in the U.S. National Guard.

Survivors … Read More


Harold Scott

Posted by | March 5, 2019 12:01 pm

Harold Scott, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 4, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family.

Mr. Scott was born March 21, 1956, in Sparta.

He was a mechanic. He loved working on cars, bonfires, beer, and spending time with his friends. He was a loving man.

Mr. Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mildred Scott.

Survivors include his spouse of 26 years, Anna Golden, of Sparta; children, Cory (Sonya) Scott, of Clinton, Travis Scott, of Clinton; grandchildren, Colby, Payton, and Jordon Scott, all of Clinton, Kyra and Kallie Scott, both of Clinton, and Dylan Scott, of Sparta; siblings, Sue Templemen, Ronnie (Nancy) Scott, … Read More


Edward T. VanLeer

Posted by | March 5, 2019 11:56 am

Edward T. VanLeer, 66, of Sparta, passed peacefully, on Feb. 28, 2019, with family at his side, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center,

Raised in Elmer, New Jersey, Mr. VanLeer was the son of Wilbert and Helen VanLeer and a graduate of Woodstown High School, class of 1971.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas, and Mainz, Germany, as a cook. Mr. VanLeer was very proud of his veteran status and service to his country. His love of cooking and baking continued throughout his adult life and was evident in the treats he would take to his neighbors and friends, in … Read More


Turner Odell Haney

Posted by | March 4, 2019 1:04 pm

Turner Odell Haney, 86, of Spencer, passed away March 2, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Haney was born March 14, 1932, in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of Samuel Hailey Sr. and Maude Odell Haney.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 7, 2019, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial March 8, in Jackson Cemetery, in Collinwood, Tennessee. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., March 6, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WCMS Warriors vs. Coffee County (Feb. 26 game)

Posted by | March 4, 2019 12:19 pm

On Feb. 26, White County Middle School Warriors watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 9-0 loss to Coffee County. Coffee County scored on a walk by Cole Bryce and a walk by Dayne Crosslin in the second inning.

The Warriors  struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Coffee County , giving up nine runs.  In the second inning, Coffee County got their offense started when Jack Anderson drew a walk, scoring one run.

One bright spot for the Warriors was a single by Aiden Mullins in the sixth inning. Jacob Holder got the start for Coffee … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes (March 1 game)

Posted by | March 4, 2019 12:15 pm

The Warriorettes started the month right, on March 1, as they  fired up the offense in the first inning when Abigayle Finan doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. They continued the offensive fire power in the fourth inning by scoring three runs. The offensive firepower by the Warriorettes was led by Taylor Roberts and Finan who all drove in runs.

Kamryn McLatchy earned the win for White County Middle School Warriorettes. She lasted five innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out four and walking zero.

Finan led White County Middle School Warriorettes with three hits in three at bats. The Warriorette defense was … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes vs. Coffee County (Feb. 27 game)

Posted by | March 4, 2019 12:11 pm

A White County Middle School Warriorette softball player is shown at-bat during a Feb. 27 game (Photo by JAMIE MCCORMACK)

White County Middle School Warriorettes watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 14-1 loss to Coffee County Middle, on Feb. 27, 2019.

Coffee County Middle scored 14 runs in the first three innings to take a commanding lead. The White County Middle School Warriorettes struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Coffee County Middle, giving up 14 runs.  Sparta could only add one more run in the third inning when Ashlyn Rohlander scores on a single by Abigayle Finan.

Savannah Barr started the game for the WCMS Warriorettes. She allowed four hits and seven runs over one … Read More


WCMS Warriors vs. Coffee County (Feb. 25 game)

Posted by | March 4, 2019 12:07 pm

Both teams were strong on the mound, on Feb. 25, but Coffee County was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over White County Middle School Warriors. Seth Greene started the game for White County Middle School Warriors 2019 and recorded 17 outs.

The Warriors opened up scoring in the first inning. Blake Steele drove in one when he singled.  Coffee County pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth, Jacob Holder doubled on a 3-0 count, scoring one run and an error scored one run for Coffee County .

Aiden Robertson led things off on the hill … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes vs. Coffee County (Feb. 26 game)

Posted by | March 4, 2019 12:02 pm

White County Middle School Warriorettes watched the game slip away early, on Feb. 26, 2019, and couldn’t recover in a 6-3 loss to Coffee County Middle. Coffee County Middle scored on a single and a sacrifice fly in the first inning making the score 1-0. Coffee County had strong pitching going five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking zero.

Savannah Barr led things off on the rubber for the Warriorettes. She lasted five innings, allowing 13 hits and six runs while striking out one.  Abigayle Finan led the Warriorettes with three hits in three at-bats.

Coffee started out in the first inning … Read More


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