Mackie celebrates retirement

Posted by | May 17, 2018 12:12 pm

Motlow College Sparta Teaching Site coordinator Linda Mackie recently celebrated her retirement at a reception in her honor at the Sparta site. Mackie, seated above, was surrounded by co-workers and friends who paid tribute to the 10-plus years she served as the Motlow Sparta Teaching site coordinator. Mackie has been the site coordinator since the center opened, in 2007.


New York Times bites off more than it can skew

Posted by | May 17, 2018 12:09 pm

Language of Liberty – Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

Fake news is alive and well — and thriving on the pages of America’s biggest newspapers. No wonder more people are tuning out the media. They don’t trust it. And outlets like the New York Times aren’t giving them any reason to try.

At some point, the Times’s editorial board must have gotten together and decided to reprint every lie ever told about abstinence education. The result was May 5th’s work of fiction, a breathtakingly dishonest, 602-word crime scene of journalism that justifies America’s growing distrust of the press. About the only thing that was accurate about the … Read More


Stitch, Share and Show Quilt Guild

Posted by | May 17, 2018 12:05 pm

The Stitch, Share and Show Quilt Guild held its biennial quilt show on May 4 and 5, 2018, at the White County Agricultural Complex, in Sparta. More than 200 quilts were on display. A highlight of this show was the quilt turning. Antique quilts were displayed on a bed and, as the story of each quilt was told, members held each quilt so the audience could view the piecing and quilting. Vendors displayed their fabrics, tools, kits, patterns, and offered new ideas.

The regular meeting day for the Stitch, Share and Sew Quilt Guild is 10 a.m.-noon, the third Saturday of each month, in the Fellowship Hall, at … Read More


White County Middle School hosts Seventh Grade Spring Career Fair

Posted by | May 17, 2018 11:58 am

White County Middle School hosted a Seventh Grade Spring Career Fair, on May 9, 2018. The career fair included a variety of professionals representing many different careers.

Approximately 300 seventh graders participated, along with 22 different local businesses, agencies, and organizations. This event is part of an ongoing effort to encourage career exploration at an early age.

Students asked their own questions and were also provided with a few more specific questions, which helped them to engage with the business professionals. The local businesses and organizations that participated were: Sparta Fire Department, Wilson Sporting Goods, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, TWRA, Sparta Police Department, Ben Lomand Connect, Rock Island … Read More


May is Building Safety Month

Posted by | May 17, 2018 11:40 am

As the prevalence of new construction continues to increase across the Volunteer State, including White County, Gov. Bill Haslam has declared the month of May as Building Safety Month to increase public awareness of the critical role building codes play in ensuring fire and life safety.

The International Code Council created Building Safety Month approximately 38 years ago to help reinforce the importance of code adoption and celebrate the victories of building codes in saving lives during disasters. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office announced it will join Haslam and the ICC in promoting the annual building safety campaign.

The City of Sparta already adheres and enforces municipal … Read More


Preparing for Mother’s Day in Williamsburg

Posted by | May 17, 2018 11:37 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Sammie and I were eating breakfast last Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day. Panera Bread, in Williamsburg, was not too crowded…yet, so we had pretty much had our choice of seating.

Seated at a booth, near the back of the restaurant, we could watch other patrons as we devoured our oatmeal with strawberries and a cinnamon crunch bagel with cream cheese.

A large party sat at joined tables in the middle of the room, and a few customers were scattered around, mostly singles and couples. The large group seemed to enjoy being together and laughed boisterously from time to time.

It was … Read More


UCHRA executive director Collins fired following investigation

Posted by | May 17, 2018 11:32 am

Following a closed-door attorney-client privileged meeting to review the result of an independent investigation into the numerous alleged administrative misappropriations of a well-known government organization, board members recently terminated the employment of Luke Collins, who had formerly served as director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

On May 9, 2018, the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency Board of Directors held a meeting to discuss the future of of Collins. Collins has been on administrative leave since February 2018, following alleged reports of official misuse of government vehicles and of alleged potential payroll fraud.

In mid-February 2017, WSMV, a Nashville-based television news station, broadcasted several series titled “Timesheet … Read More


Warriorette Basketball Camp

Posted by | May 17, 2018 7:55 am

Click here for downloadable version of entire registration form

White County High School Warriorette Basketball Camp

May 22-24, 2018

9:00-11:30

Roy Sewell Gymnasium

$40.00 per camper

(Make checks payable to White County High School)

Ages: K-8th grade


Warriorette Basketball Camp

Posted by | May 17, 2018 7:55 am

Click here for downloadable version of entire registration form

White County High School Warriorette Basketball Camp

May 22-24, 2018

9:00-11:30

Roy Sewell Gymnasium

$40.00 per camper

(Make checks payable to White County High School)

Ages: K-8th grade


Transfer of property for new Findlay Elementary is officially finalized

Posted by | May 17, 2018 7:45 am

As construction crews continue to make headway in a project that will produce a new facility for Findlay Elementary, the school board finalized one of the last pieces of the project by approving the transfer of property between the school system and the county government.

On May 10, 2018, the White County Board of Education held its monthly meeting to discuss several items on the agenda ranging from teacher tenure, volunteer coaches, and the transfer of property.

Findlay Elementary School has been selected by the White County school system to receive a new state-of-the-art facility, as their existing building had been previously deemed inadequate for the needs of … Read More


Community leaders participate in “Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving” awareness campaign

Posted by | May 17, 2018 7:14 am

At the recent career day at White County Middle School, community members joined together for a group photo to participate in the #ThumbsDownTN awareness campaign. (Photo by WENDY STEELE)

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security are joining together to share a unified message, “Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving,” and community members recently showed their support for the statewide awareness campaign.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office began asking people to use their social media presence to promote their distaste for texting and driving. The public is encouraged to participate by taking a selfie, giving the thumbs down sign, and posting it using #ThumbsDownTN.

At the recent career day at White County Middle School, community members representing a wide range of businesses and agencies joined together for a group photo to … Read More



Jordi to be extradited back to White County

Posted by | May 16, 2018 10:07 am

Joshua Jordi

Yesterday, a Minnesota judge signed an extradition order, allowing local law enforcement officials to retrieve a Minnesota college student wanted in connection for the alleged murder of his father.

On May, 15, 2018, a judge in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, has ordered 21-year-old Joshua Jordi to be sent back to White County, Tennessee in order to stand trial.

In March 2018, following an extensive investigation by the White County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Jordi has been accused of stabbing his father to death, Timothy Jordi of Sparta.

Following the incident, according to the TBI, Jordi returned to his dorm at Minnesota State University where … Read More




Gospel meeting

Posted by | May 16, 2018 5:20 am

Sun.-Wed., June 3-6

Who: Plainview Church of Christ

What: Gospel meeting

When: Bible classes 10 a.m., Sunday; worship services 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., basket lunch at noon on Sunday; weeknight services, 7 p.m.

Where: Church


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