Van Buren receives new ambulance

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:33 am

Emergency medical personnel in Van Buren County recently received a new ambulance to add to their fleet. A brand new ambulance has officially arrived and been placed into service for the Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service. The new ambulance, Unit 1106, arrived early this month. The Van Buren County Commission budgeted to purchase a new ambulance this year. According to Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson, the ambulance was purchased through the debt service fund and was paid for upon delivery. County Mayor Greg Wilson and EMS Director Tiwanna Bricker pose in front of the new ambulance. (Photo courtesy of the Van Buren County Mayor’s Office)

Van Buren commissioners approve the sale of tax delinquent properties

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:30 am

Van Buren County commissioners took action to approve the sale of tax delinquent properties during Tuesday’s meeting.

The Board of County Commissioners for Van Buren County held its regularly scheduled meeting, on Sept. 19, at the Yvonna Sutton Fair Building. There were several items on the agenda for consideration by the commissioners, including the proposed sale of the eligible 2016 tax delinquent properties in Van Buren County.

During the most recent Steering Committee B meeting, commissioners discussed various options for the delinquent property tax sale. According to county documents, the properties in question belong to the Hawks Bluff, Rock River, and Indian Trails residential development communities. (See survey … Read More

Gratitude for simple encouragement

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:26 am

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

“Did I hear you say y’all are from Key West?”

Sammie and I, along with two of her sisters and their husbands, had just finished eating breakfast at the Sunrise Grill in Boone, North Carolina. We were in the area where folks waited for a table or gathered in preparation to exit the building. As I stood in line at the cash register, my wife had walked past the family to whom she now posed the question and overheard them telling their waitress where they were from.

The six of us had gotten together to celebrate sister Robin’s birthday, but, throughout the … Read More

Fall Book Sale benefiting White County Library this weekend

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:24 am

It’s that time of year once again for one of the library’s fundraising efforts, the Fall Book Sale.

The Friends of the White County Public Library are hosting their annual Fall Book Sale, Sept. 21-23. This event will be set up inside Sparta First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, at 23 N. Church St., in Sparta.

Each year, the organization holds several fundraising events, including the Fall Book Sale, as a beneficial way to help support the library. Money that is garnered from the fundraisers is donated directly to the library.

This year, the Fall Book Sale will take place on the following days at the following times:… Read More

Why states can’t prevent a runaway convention

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:15 am

Language of Liberty – by Publius Huldah

The danger of an Article V convention (which made James Madison “tremble”, caused Alexander Hamilton “dread”, and Chief Justice John Jay to say that another convention would impose an “extravagant risque”) is this: the delegates to the convention can run away: instead of proposing amendments to our existing Constitution, they can write a completely new Constitution with a new – and easier – mode of ratification.1

The convention lobby implicitly acknowledges this danger when they say State Legislatures should pass “unfaithful delegate” laws to control delegates.2

Accordingly, Wyoming passed a delegate law earlier this year which purports to empower the WY … Read More

County legislative body elects new chairman, appoints new committees

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:10 am

Commissioner Stanley Neal officially takes over as chairman of the White County Commission. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

White County commissioners have elected a new chairman and appointed new committee members

During the Sept. 18, 2017 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of White County, Stanley Neal was voted to fill the position that had been held for many years by Terry Alley, a longtime member of the legislative body.

Before opening the floor for nominations for the position of chairman, Alley made a brief statement.

“It’s been a pleasure leading this court and being able to serve as chairman,” he said. “However, I would request that the commission not nominate me to continue to serve as chairman and allow another commissioner the opportunity to … Read More

Second Annual Wine and Wags event is a huge success

Posted by | September 21, 2017 7:07 am

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The annual fundraising event on Sept. 16, which was hosted by Northfield Vineyards and benefits animals in White County, was once again a great success.

For the past two years, Friends of White County Animals has partnered with Northfield Vineyards to raise funds to benefit animals in White County.

The annual Wine and Wags event drew a large crowd of supporters who made a significant difference by helping raise money for organization.

“The Barking Twenties” evening fundraiser was themed around the 1920’s era, with many participants dressing up to match the fundraiser’s theme. Northfield Vineyards wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and photos with classic cars … Read More

Settlement on lawsuit with sheriff approved by commission

Posted by | September 21, 2017 6:54 am

Sheriff Oddie Shoupe

One major item that was discussed during a recent White County Commission meeting was a settlement agreement between the government of White County and Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.

On Sept. 18, 2017, White County commissioners voted 9 to 5 to accept the proposed agreement, which was reached during a mediation session held on Aug. 31 that reportedly lasted more than 10 hours.

As reported on Aug. 5, 2016, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, along with his attorneys Lane Moore and Randall York, filed a civil lawsuit with the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The defendant in this lawsuit was the government of White County.

The … Read More

White County Health Department leads flu fight in schools

Posted by | September 21, 2017 6:49 am

It’s September and as students, parents and teachers prepare for another productive school year, staff members at the White County Health Department are preparing flyers, forms and flu vaccine to keep influenza out of White County Schools.

“This is our third year of providing flu vaccinations at schools and we couldn’t be happier with the welcome we get from White County school staff members, the appreciation of parents and especially the increasing number of students who get vaccinated each year,” said White County Health Department Director Andrea Fox. “The students know they’re protecting themselves. What they may not know is how much they’re protecting people around them, such … Read More

Save the date – Crossville Oktoberfest set for Oct. 20-21

Posted by | September 21, 2017 6:45 am

By Rita M. Reali

Preparations are well underway for the 27th Annual Crossville Oktoberfest. This year’s fun-filled festival takes place Oct. 20 and 21, at the Knights of Columbus grounds, at 2892 Highway 70 East, three miles from downtown Crossville.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 8152, Crossville Oktoberfest features authentic German-style cuisine, beer, and music. It takes place rain or shine, with all activity under cover. The event kicks off with the ceremonial tapping of the keg at 11:30 a.m., Friday.

“The tapping of the keg is a key element of the festivities,” explained Grand Knight Denny Roy, one of the coordinators of the event. “It’s … Read More

Water Quality Grant proposals

Posted by | September 21, 2017 6:34 am


The Tennessee Department of Agriculture  is now accepting grant proposals for projects that will help improve water quality and reduce or eliminate non-point source pollution.

“Creating and maintaining healthy waterways by reducing pollution is critical to the success of Tennessee,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “These grants are a valuable resource for organizations looking to improve the watershed around them by implementing sound conservation practices.”

Nonpoint source pollution is soil, urban runoff, fertilizers, chemicals and other contaminants that degrade surface and groundwater quality. The Nonpoint Source Program was created in 1987 as part of the Clean Water Act and provides funding to states to stop nonpoint source … Read More

Tech men’s basketball set to appear on ESPNU vs. Jacksonville State

Posted by | September 21, 2017 6:12 am

Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information & the Ohio Valley Conference

The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team is scheduled to make an appearance on ESPNU during Ohio Valley Conference play during the 2017-18 season, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

The Golden Eagles will travel south to take on league foe Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Alabama, on Feb. 8, with the contest set to appear on the ESPN family of networks at 8 p.m. CT.

The full OVC schedule includes seven total men’s basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the … Read More

Yard sale

Posted by | September 20, 2017 6:31 am

Cassville VFD breakfast canceled

Posted by | September 20, 2017 4:19 am

The breakfast at Cassville Volunteer Fire Department that had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, has been canceled because of ongoing construction. The next breakfast will be Oct. 28.


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