WCHS Warriorette Basketball Awards Banquet held May 9

Posted by | May 14, 2019 11:23 am

On May 9, 2019, Coach Michael Dodgen and the Warriorette basketball team met for their annual awards banquet.  After a great meal and fellowship time, Dodgen presented the school letters earned for play this year and also for individual senior awards for their time served as a Warriorette.

The Warriorette Award honors a four-year senior who exemplifies strong work ethic, strong dedication to the program, and understands the meaning of what being a Warriorette basketball player truly is.  This year’s winner was Saige Johnson.

Saige Johnson. Warriorettee Award 2019

The Pistol Award honors a player who gives a high level of dedication and love to the Warriorette … Read More


Warriorettes lose to Rhea 8-7

Posted by | May 14, 2019 11:16 am

With their season on the line, the Warriorettes took on the Lady Eagles of Rhea County and were narrowly defeated 8-7. It came down to the last at bat, but Rhea had just enough left in the tank for a walk off RBI single.

Caydra Parker put the team on her back, with five runs batted in, but it just wasn’t enough as the Warriorettes walked away from the district tournament with their final pair of losses for the season.

White County hopped out to a commanding lead in the second, scoring six runs and taking firm control of the early portion of the game. An error on … Read More


Warriors wrap up season with loss at Warren County

Posted by | May 14, 2019 11:15 am

Thirteen seniors said goodbye to the game they love after a game three loss on the road versus Warren County.

Coming off of a 14-2 beatdown of the Pioneers in the series second game, it appeared that the boys were building momentum, but they could never kickstart the offense and fell 7-1.

Sixth inning struggles cost White County five runs and allowed Warren to pull away for a series clinching victory. Both teams got off to a sluggish start despite a pair of defensive missteps from the Warriors that allowed two runs. They first gave up an RBI single in the bottom of the second and then saw … Read More


Welch’s strong finish qualifies for state tournament

Posted by | May 14, 2019 11:14 am

Evan Welch in 3200 Race

White County’s track team competed in the sub-state track meet May 10.

In the 3200 meter race, Evan Welch found herself behind and in eighth place.  Welch then reached within, both mentally and physically, and started a kick.  Welch passed four runners and ended the race in fourth place.  Welch set her personal best record of 11:54 in the 3200.

Placing fourth gives Welch a spot in the upcoming state tournament. Coach Brian Everett stated the conditions were muggy for the run, yet Welch ran a really good race and finished strong.

“Going into this race I was nervous,” said Welch. “I have been battling a quad injury … Read More


Veterans’ motorcycle event routes through Tennessee for the 6th year

Posted by | May 14, 2019 9:38 am

The hub city of the Upper Cumberland region, Cookeville will soon celebrate six years of serving as Tennessee’s only overnight host for Run For the Wall’s Midway Route. Escorted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cookeville Police Department, the group of nearly 400 riders will arrive to Cookeville, Monday, May 20 at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT, parading down Jefferson Avenue, welcomed by waving American Flags and the smiling faces of locals.

With a tagline of “Riding For Those Who Can’t,” the cross-country event has a mission to call attention to prisoners-of-war and those missing-in-action, to honor those killed-in-action from all wars; and to … Read More


James Leon “Lonnie” Deweese

Posted by | May 14, 2019 9:06 am

James Leon “Lonnie” Deweese, 89, passed from this life to his    heavenly home, on May 12, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends.

Mr. Deweese was born May 30, 1929, in the Fall Creek Falls community.

He was a deacon and charter member of Plainview Free Will Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Van Buren County. Mr. Deweese was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in the Korean Conflict, 1951-1952. He worked at Taft Youth Center as a building trades instructor, residential carpenter for several years, and worked at A. O. Smith for 17 years until he retired. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and … Read More


Thomas Earl Dunham

Posted by | May 14, 2019 8:42 am

Thomas Earl Dunham, 62, of Doyle, passed away May 13, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Dunham was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m., May 25, 2019, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will welcome friends11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 25, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kim Agatha Mitchell

Posted by | May 14, 2019 8:35 am

Kim Agatha Mitchell, 91, passed from this life, on May 11, 2019.

She was a beloved wife, selfless mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She devoted her life to caring for and supporting her family. She was a devout member of the Catholic Church and attended St. Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta. Her love of her family and God was a constant throughout her life.

Mrs. Mitchell was born Dec. 13, 1928, in South Korea, and moved to Arkansas where she attended nursing school. She met and married her husband, Dana E. Mitchell, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Always the supportive military wife, she travelled with her husband during his service. … Read More


Mary Ellen Shackelford

Posted by | May 14, 2019 8:25 am

Mary Ellen Shackelford, 85, of Olmstead, Kentucky, passed away May 12, 2019, at The Medical Center, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mrs. Shackelford was born May 8, 1934, in Cookeville, to Dewey Rice and Ola Harness Rice.

She was a homemaker, former member of the Eastern Star, and an active member at Dripping Spring Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, James “Jim” Shackelford; one son, Timmy Shackelford and wife, Susan, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; two daughters, Toni Ellen Neal, of Auburn, Kentucky, Tammy Kaye Pedigo and husband, Jeff, of Olmstead, Kentucky; two brothers, Denver Rice, of Madison, Bob Rice, of Sparta; three sisters, Sue Perkins, of … Read More


Shirley Faye Lowe

Posted by | May 14, 2019 8:14 am

Shirley Faye Lowe, 65, passed away May 10, 2019, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Lowe was born Oct. 19, 1953, in La Porte, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. Hammond and Josephine Duncan Hammond; husband, Alvin Lowe; and brothers, Alan Duncan and Wallace “Bim” Scarbro.

She is survived by her children, Brandy Kreis, Mitchell Kreis and wife Tasha, Jason Lowe and wife Kara, Meghan Lowe; grandchildren, Nicholas Hughes, Jonathan Hughes, Connor Lowe, Riley Lowe, Zane Caldwell, Levi Kreis, Leah Kreis; sisters, Jean Scarbro, Marylin Walter, Linda Pansy Gail Brewer; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was noon, May 13, 2019, … Read More


Gene Edwin Hale

Posted by | May 14, 2019 8:05 am

Gene Edwin Hale, 89, of Lebanon and formerly of Sparta, passed away May 11, 2019.

Born April 21, 1930, in Sparta, Mr. Hale was the only child of Thomas Fletcher Hale and Cora Lee Cunningham Hale.

Mr. Hale graduated from White County High School and earned his B.A. degree from Martin Methodist College and master’s from Middle Tennessee State University.  He served in the U.S.  Army as an MP. Mr. Hale taught English and history at White County High School and Castle Heights Military Academy where he also served as headmaster for 12 years.  After the closing of Castle Heights, he went on to teach English at Mt. … Read More



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