Tonight’s basketball games postponed

Posted by | January 18, 2018 12:58 pm

The snow that hit the Upper Cumberland on Tuesday has continued to bring sporting events to a halt. The games scheduled for Thursday night involving local teams have all been canceled for tonight.

White County Middle School teams were set to host Warren County Middle School tonight, but that game has been rescheduled. The WCMS 8th grade teams will have their homecoming games tomorrow night. Those games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The seventh grade game has been moved to Saturday.

Van Buren’s make-up game against South Pittsburg that was scheduled to take place tonight at 5 p.m. has also been canceled. The makeup date for … Read More


Bella Taylor nabs second SAA Player of the Week accolade

Posted by | January 18, 2018 11:12 am

Courtesy of Sewanee sports

For the second time this season, junior guard Bella Taylor collects her second Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award, announced by the conference office on Monday.

In a recent non-conference contest against Welch, Taylor scored 17 points with five assists and rebounds each.

Against Oglethorpe, the Sparta, Tennessee. native recorded 12 points and four assists.

Then, at Berry, the junior made history for the Sewanee women’s basketball program, shattering a school record that was held for 37 years with a 40-point performance against the Vikings, surpassing the previous record of 37 set in 1981. She surpassed the record by … Read More


Former WCHS assistant football coach new cornerback coach at TTU

Posted by | January 18, 2018 11:09 am

Taylor Hennigan

By Thomas Corhern – TTU Sports Information

For Taylor Hennigan, Tennessee Tech has always been a part of his life.

When he was growing up, his father, Mike Hennigan, was the head coach for the Golden Eagles. The younger Hennigan later played for Tech, then, even coached on the staff.

Now, after a stint as an assistant at nearby White County High School, Hennigan is coming back to Tennessee Tech, joining head coach Dewayne Alexander’s staff as the Golden Eagles’ cornerbacks coach.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Hennigan said. “I’m very excited. Obviously, this is home and I’ve been here and around here for a long time.”

In what … Read More


Weather forces changes to basketball schedule

Posted by | January 18, 2018 11:06 am

As the old saying goes, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.” Well, in this case, snowed out is the more appropriate ending to that sentence.

For the second time this season, White County High School has had to change their basketball schedule due to the temperament of Mother Nature. The snow that commenced Tuesday morning across the Upper Cumberland area forced cancellation or postponement of basketball games all across the region. Several local teams were affected as well. White County High School was scheduled to travel to Stone Memorial High School, on Tuesday night, for a crucial District 6AAA encounter, but the snow … Read More


Find out what U.T. Extension offers

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:56 am

Have you ever seen the UT Extension sign beside the Van Buren County Administration Building and wondered what that is? Maybe you associate Extension with farming, 4-H, or FCE clubs and think it has nothing to do with you. Well, no matter your age, occupation, or where you live, Extension has had an impact on your life and likely has some programs that could help you.

The primary goal of UT Extension is education. A part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Extension offices can be found in all 95 counties in Tennessee and are staffed with agents who are trained in agriculture (Ag) and/or Family … Read More


Weather causes disruptions in Van Buren County, meetings postponed

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:49 am

Once again, Mother Nature has brought in another round of frigid weather and has produced accumulating snowfall throughout most of the region, which has caused traffic headaches, forced the Van Buren County government offices to close and postpone meetings.

Students in Van Buren County have been thankful for the latest round of snowy weather that closed the schools Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On Jan. 16, the frigid weather forced numerous businesses to close early, including the government offices at the Van Buren County Administration Building.

The weather was disconcerting enough that the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners cancelled its Jan. 16 monthly board meeting. The commissioners … Read More


Van Buren County school System’s state report card has been released

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:46 am

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Education has unveiled the latest version of the state report card, which is now available online for educators and parents who would like to track the progress of their school and school district.

The 2016-2017 report card for Van Buren County Schools has officially been released by the Tennessee Department of Education. According to Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, this summary report card provides a snapshot of schools, school districts, and overall state performances.

The Tennessee Department of Education annual report card offers parents and educators the ability to view multiple achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student … Read More


$274 million awarded for road and bridge projects by TDOT

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:42 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer recently announced the state has awarded $297 million in contracts from bids accepted in December for crucial road and bridge construction projects throughout Tennessee.

With the first major awarding of IMPROVE Act projects and the largest such bidding process in Tennessee Department of Transportation history, the IMPROVE Act is expected to begin to reduce the number of backlogged projects. With the increased transportation funds provided through the IMPROVE Act and TDOT’s federal budget, 72 new projects will be under construction across the state in the coming weeks.

According to data released by the governor’s office, within … Read More



Rotary Club to host Valentine Dinner

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:29 am

Rotary Club of Sparta’s Valentine Dinner will be Feb. 14, at Duck Pond Manor, with dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for two people to enjoy great food and dancing with their Valentine sweetheart.

Rotary’s Valentine Dinner is a fundraising event for literacy in Sparta. Proceeds will be used to partner with the Sparta Expositor and Friends of White County Library to create a Family Literacy Project designed to help those who do not read or read poorly.

“Your generous donation may help someone in Sparta learn to read,” says Cathy Farley, Rotary president elect 2018-2019.

Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice … Read More


Strange weather for coastal Carolina

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:26 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When was the last time you built a snowman, had a snowball fight, drove on ice-covered streets, watched cars sliding into each other, or saw 6 inches of snow – in Wilmington, North Carolina? If your answer to all of those questions is “NEVER,” you are in the majority of those who took the poll.

However, following Grayson’s recent trip up the East Coast, there are 100,000 or so people, in and around Wilmington, who have witnessed such things. (Grayson is the name that was given to the winter storm that wreaked havoc in the early days of 2018. Any connection with … Read More


Tennessee House of Representatives weekly wrap-up

Posted by | January 18, 2018 10:10 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

Tennessee legislature kicks off second half of 110th General Assembly

The Second Regular Session of the 110th General Assembly officially convened last week in Nashville, with lawmakers gathering to continue the work they were elected to perform by the people of Tennessee.

This kick-off by the state legislature marks the 26th time that the General Assembly has met in a Second Regular Session, the first time being 1968 with the 85th General Assembly.

Immediately prior to then, the General Assembly convened on the “first Monday in January, next ensuing the election,” meeting in odd numbered years only.

The practice of meeting every other year … Read More


Hollywood wants your money…and your mind

Posted by | January 18, 2018 9:49 am

Imagine a group of activists so powerful that they could beam their propaganda directly into your brain. Now also imagine that they’re so sophisticated, they actually get you to pay them to do it.

Unfortunately, you don’t have to imagine it. It’s real. It’s Hollywood.

As big as the internet has become, Hollywood—and here, I’m talking specifically about television—is still king. Not only does it reach hundreds of millions of people with its messaging, it embeds that messaging in seemingly innocuous stories—stories that distract us from the hardships of daily life; stories that make us feel good, compassionate, and decent.

We watch TV, in other words, because we … Read More


School system’s state report card is now available online

Posted by | January 18, 2018 9:47 am

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced that the department has released the latest annual report card, which includes White County public schools’ 2016-2017 report card as well.

This annual report issued by the Tennessee Department of Education provides a summary of performances of each school and the school district overall. This annual review summary outlines achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student enrollment, HOPE scholarship eligibility, school climate, and other factors.

The report card is a resource designed to help educators and families better understand information about their schools and the school district. It also helps local education leaders to … Read More


Newest Little Free Library installed at White County Rec Complex

Posted by | January 18, 2018 9:43 am

Sarah Hedrick, Nathan Hill, Josh Hill, Victoria Boykin (who serves as teen librarian at White County Public Library), Liam Cole, and Serena Cole combined their efforts to complete the newest Little Free Library.

Because of the efforts of several teen volunteers, White County will now benefit from its newest Little Free Library, which was installed at the White County Recreational Complex, at 4201 Smithville Highway.

On Jan. 15, 2018, several teenagers from the White County Public Library gathered to dedicate White County’s newest Little Free Library. This will make the 14th Little Free Library to be placed in the communities of White County.

Sarah Hedrick, Nathan Hill, Josh … Read More


Sula Mae Mills Pinger

Posted by | January 18, 2018 7:35 am

Sula Mae Mills Pinger, 96, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, formerly of Sparta and Littleton, Colorado, passed away Jan. 16, 2018 at Long Hollow Terrace.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m.., Jan. 19, 2018, at  Hunter Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, in Littleton, Colorado, with burial in Littleton Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.


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