Sparta Board meeting lasted for only 18 minutes

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:18 am

       Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen worked quickly during its meeting on April 20 and finished the business on the agenda in just 18 minutes.

The board only had six items on the agenda. Two of those items included approving last month’s minutes and hearing reports from department heads.

According to city department leaders, operations have reportedly been “business as usual.” Sparta Fire Department will be conducting an active shooter class later in the month, according to Chief Kirk Young.

The sewer department recently purchased a new oxygen meter for crews who work in the manholes. This meter is required by law and cost the city approximately $4,000.… Read More


Thetta Johnson Dunn

Posted by | April 26, 2017 1:01 pm

Thetta Johnson Dunn, 67, of Sparta, passed away today at Alive Hospice, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


St. Thomas Health signs new Emergency Room Physicians staffing contract for St. Thomas Highlands Hospital, Sparta

Posted by | April 26, 2017 11:05 am

Saint Thomas Health has signed a new contract for emergency room physician staffing with American Physician Partners, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based company, for four of their regional hospitals:  Saint Thomas Stones River; Saint Thomas Highlands; Saint Thomas DeKalb; and Saint Thomas River Park.

“Our goal, as always, is to provide great customer service for our patients, and that means demonstrating compassion, respect and courtesy as we deliver the best care in an efficient manner,” said Andy Wachtel, President and CEO at Saint Thomas Stones River, Saint Thomas Highlands and Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospitals.

Wachtel also stated,  “We’re very excited about this new partnership, especially since it’s local to the … Read More



Billy “Walker Dog” Lackey Jr.

Posted by | April 26, 2017 6:15 am

Billy “Walker Dog” Lackey Jr., 65, of Smithville, passed away April 21, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Lackey was born Nov. 27, 1951, to Billy Lackey Sr. and Nora Mae Howard Lackey Pinegar.

He attended the Old Fashioned Free Will Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lackey, of Smithville; five children, Scotty (Patricia) Stubbe, of Smithville, Charles Stubbe, of Smithville, Tina (Keneth) Whitehead, of Smithville, Tammy (David) Hough, of Lake Wells, Florida, Jason (Linda Bain) Lackey, of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Retta Lackey, of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Ashlee Whitehead (Jacob Rankhorn), Jessica Price, Madison Whitehead, Shelby Hough, Dakota Nokes, Tiera Anderson, Tabitha Goodwin, … Read More


Elise Dale Kirby Bennett

Posted by | April 26, 2017 6:08 am

Elise Dale Kirby Bennett, 94, passed away April 24, 2017, at her home, in Doyle, with her loving family by her side.

Mrs. Bennett was born March 29, 1923, in Doyle, to Tommy Kirby and Minnie Selby Kirby.

Mrs. Bennett enjoyed crafts, quilting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and reminiscing about the past. She was proud of her job at the Sparta Shirt Factory, which began when she was 16 years old and continued until the factory closed. She also worked at White County Hospital, where she was awarded the first ever “Employee of the Month.”

She was preceded … Read More


Richard Edward Jellinick

Posted by | April 26, 2017 5:59 am

Richard Edward Jellinick, 58, of Sparta, passed away April 23, 2017, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Jellinick was born Jan. 10, 1959, in New Albany, Indiana. He has been a resident of Sparta for 22 year.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Blake Jellinick.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Jellinick; son, Justin Jellinick; daughter Jessica Jellinick; parents;, Tony and Violet Jellinick; sisters, Karla Schnieder and husband Scott, Tonya Hensley and husband Steve, Coriena Carter and husband Ted Jody Ward and husband Derrick; brother, Joe Jellinick; three grandchildren, Makenzie Parks, Dalles Harris, Kaitlynn Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has chosen cremation. … Read More


Dolores Jean Johnson

Posted by | April 26, 2017 5:48 am

Dolores Jean Johnson, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2017, at her residence.

Born Aug. 2, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Vincent Hall and the late Barbara Lipocky Hall.

She was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and loved painting and art.

Survivors include her sons, James Sweeton (Missy), of Sparta, Kenneth Sweeton (Debbie), of Doyle, Paul Sweeton, of Texas; daughters, Katherine Ankrom, of Texas, Deidra Breaux, of Texas; brother-in-law, Garland Johnson, of Doyle, Judy Williams, of Sparta; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren, many friends and neighbors.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn … Read More


Rascoe E. Cooper

Posted by | April 26, 2017 4:44 am

Rascoe E. Cooper, 88, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Midnight Cry featured singers

Posted by | April 26, 2017 4:20 am

Midnight Cry will be the featured singers at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church. A covered dish supper will follow the singing. Everyone is invited.



WCHS boys’ soccer teams falls to Warren County

Posted by | April 26, 2017 3:55 am

Sebastian Dunham

White County Warriors fell to the Warren County Pioneers 5-1, on Tuesday, April 25, with Sebastian Dunham of the Warriors scoring the only goal. Warrior boys’ soccer team plays again at home, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27, (weather permitting) against DeKalb County.


Bargains galore

Posted by | April 25, 2017 11:07 am

Saturday, April 29

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Blooming Bargains Rummage Sale (bargains galore and a silent auction to raise funds for the Sparta Woman’s Club projects for the year)

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, behind the library

Contact: Mary Dingwall (931) 881-8954 or Sherry Hickey (931) 739-2847





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