WCMS sixth grade team picks up a pair of wins

Posted by | November 1, 2018 2:02 pm

 Brianna Powell takes a shot against Aldardt. Powell finished Monday night’s game with 4 points.

Brianna Powell takes a shot against Aldardt. Powell finished Monday night’s game with 4 points.

The White County Middle School sixth grade teams picked up two more wins this past Monday night when they traveled to Allardt Middle School. The Warriorettes opened up the night with a 34-4 win. In the second game of the night, the Warriors used a big second half to pull away with the 40-16 win.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes opened up the game with a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Warriorettes expanded their lead, outscoring Allardt 15-0 and lead … Read More

Life Care Center cookbooks are in just in time for the holidays

Posted by | November 1, 2018 1:39 pm

Life Care Center of Sparta Cookbooks have arrived just in time for the holidays and the Life Care Center Craft Fair on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cookbook features recipes of current residents at Life Care as well as some timeless recipes from residents who have passed on. The surrounding community of White County donated some of the recipes too. They are on sale now for $12.00 at Life Care Center of Sparta and will also be available at the craft fair November 3. All proceeds from the sale will go to Alzheimer’s Tennessee Incorporated. To pick up a copy of the cookbook or to … Read More

Cross-country season comes to an end in the regional meet

Posted by | November 1, 2018 1:37 pm

Evan Welch qualified for her second straight state tournament appearance last week. However, Welch was invited to attend the Olympic Triathlon Camp the same week, so she will be attending the camp.

The 2018 cross-country season came to an end in the region tournament for the White County High School team.

The cross-country teams traveled to East Ridge on Oct. 24 for their region race, which was run at Camp Jordan.

WCHS had a runner qualify for the state meet. Evan Welch, a sophomore, ran and finished in third place. However, because she has been invited to an Olympic Triathalon Camp the same week, she will go to the camp instead.

Welch was the top finisher for the Warriorettes, finishing the race in third place, with a time of 19:47.

Katie Anderson was the next Warriorette to finish, with a … Read More

White County High School basketball teams tip off practice

Posted by | November 1, 2018 1:08 pm

White County High School Warriorettes

White County High School Warriors

The White County High School basketball teams opened official practices Monday, in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriorettes were the first to take the court, followed by the Warriors later on in the afternoon.

After two days of practice, both coaches commented on how things have gone thus far.

Warrior Coach Eric Mitchell noted, “So far, we are off to good start. We have had two good practices to begin the week. We have a few injuries right now, but I’m looking forward to the season starting.”

Warriorette Coach Michael Dodgen talked about his first two days of practice.… Read More

Doris Elaine Brown

Posted by | November 1, 2018 12:05 pm

Doris Elaine Brown, 65, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Saint Thomas Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rosary on the Square held Oct. 13

Posted by | November 1, 2018 9:09 am

Pictured are the individuals who took part in Rosary on the Square, on Oct. 13, 2018, where Sparta residents gathered to pray for peace. Fr. John Patrick, CP, pastor of St. Andrew Church, led the rosary. Sherry Hickey was team captain.

Original “McGruff” visits White County officials

Posted by | November 1, 2018 9:07 am

McGruff and Dorcas Marcum, administrator of elections

Winston Cavendish, the first “McGruff,” came to Sparta, on Oct. 29, to visit and meet some of White County’s officials. He met with Sheriff Steve Page, and the sheriff proclaimed Oct. 29 McGruff Day at the sheriff department. From there, McGruff met Beverly Jolley, circuit court clerk, and then ventured to the courthouse to meet with Kathryn Passons Adcock, White County trustee, and Dorcas Marcum, administrator of elections. McGruff, as an animated character, debuted in 1980 with television, newspaper, billboard, and radio advertisements. The Ad Council and the National Crime Prevention Council still use McGruff in national campaigns to raise awareness … Read More

The promise keeper – Part II

Posted by | November 1, 2018 9:01 am

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

The important thing is that promises made by candidate Trump are being kept by President Trump and at a record pace. But, in politics, there are always party-poopers – sulking, pouting, and jealous losers who can’t accept the reality of having been rejected by voters and the established election process. And, the latest loser is the Socialist Democrat Party, which has lost touch with reality and is promoting anarchy.

The thing that galls them the most is that a charismatic, bold, straight- talking, and independently wealthy businessman (not a career politician and not susceptible to the big … Read More

“Democratic socialism” doesn’t exist – it’s a myth

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:59 am

Language of Liberty – By James Davenport

The entire notion of democratic socialism is simply a fiction, an oxymoron.

With the upset primary victory of self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over long-time Democrat representative Joe Crowley, democratic socialism is receiving another boost of popularity in certain quarters of the country. Given the increasing popularity of socialism among young voters especially, it’s clear a basic truth – an “inconvenient truth”- needs to be explained: so-called democratic socialism is a mythological creature.

Socialism, as consistently defined by both those who support and oppose it, is predicated on the absence of private property. In fact, Karl Marx was adamant that socialism … Read More

Rotary and Dunkin Donuts Partner for World Polio Day

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:57 am

John Downs, of Rotary Club of Sparta, administers a polio vaccine.

Rotary Club of Sparta partnered with Dunkin Donuts to sell “Purple Pinkie” Donuts in honor of World Polio Day, October 24, 2018 to raise $4,800. The special donuts symbolize purple dipped fingers of immunized children in polio affected areas of the world. Each child has their little finger dipped in purple ink to let volunteers know who was immunized and those who still need to be treated. John Downs, Rotary Club of Sparta and District 6780’s Polio Plus Chair, said, “$100,000 in matching donations were raised by District 6780 on Oct. 24, 2018 for a very successful event.”

Dunkin Donut customers who donated $20 to End Polio Now … Read More

White County High School spotlight

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:52 am

Early Post Secondary


White County High School students have the choice to enroll in many Early Post Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs). We have partnerships with Motlow State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology, through which our students can earn Dual Enrollment credits that count for both WCHS credit and a credit in one of these institutions. Additionally, we offer Statewide Dual Credit courses that prepare our students to take a test in order to receive college credit. Another EPSO opportunity afforded to our students through CTE classes are Industry Certification, which include: CNA, Pharmacy Tech, OSHA 10, AWS Welding Certification, Procedure and Measurements.

Dual Enrollment

Students … Read More

A look at the eve of All Saints’ Day

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:42 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Many lawns throughout our city – indeed throughout the country – are decorated, this time of year, with inflatable witches, goblins, and ghouls. Sheets blow in the evening breeze. Lit up ghosts are projected on the sides of houses. Balloons are fashioned into black cats and spiders. Model minions stare blankly at passers-by. And speakers broadcast eerie sounds into the night air.

A few years ago, when Grayson – now 7 – was just a child, Sammie would take him to Lowe’s to see the blow-ups, and they would both stand in the aisle while trembling exaggeratedly…well, it should be a word. … Read More

Halloween at the courthouse

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:39 am

Lucy (AKA Lindsey Lee Key, above) said, “I’m your vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?” However, Snap, Crackle, and Pop (AKA Marla Meadows, Marsha Copeland, and Kathryn Adcock, below) didn’t believe a single word she was saying. That’s pretty much how it goes on Halloween at the White County Courthouse, where everyone has fun dressing up and serving the public with lots of smiles. (Photos by RIMA AUSTIN)

COUNTY CLERK. L-R: Laura Gardner (Dalmation), Sasha Wilson (Cruella Deville), Fallon Roberts (Dalmation)

CUSTODIAN. Mike Johnson

REGISTER OF DEEDS. L-R: Lori Jones, Martha Bumbalough, and Laura McDaniel

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Happy Trails Brewing Company hosts grand opening

Posted by | November 1, 2018 8:16 am

Customers from White County and the surrounding area enjoy music and beverages at the grand opening of Happy Trails Brewing Company, on Oct. 27. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Happy Trails Brewing Company hosted its grand opening Oct. 27, 2018. Doors opened at 11 a.m., with live music from Tobi Mac, Tanner Hillis, and Shell at 4:30 p.m. Pressed 4 Time Café, located just down the street from Happy Trails, offered their services to deliver food to the venue until 8 p.m.

Owner Jessica Upchurch stated the business is family-friendly and welcomes children to the brewery as well. She said they had games for the children, and popcorn was served at the venue.

“A big thanks to everyone that came out to our grand opening,” said Upchurch. “Great music by Billy Mac, Tanner Hillis, and Shell, and … Read More

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