The man in the middle

Posted by | September 16, 2019 2:04 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I once heard that the real cowboy was the one in the middle. He doesn’t have to drive the truck and doesn’t have to get out and open the gate. I guess the middle seat for the cowboy is the coveted place to be. That’s not the case for a certain man in the Bible heading to Jericho.

Jesus tells of a man, in Luke chapter 10, that was beaten, robbed, and left for dead, and it appears all of this happened in the middle of the street. The reason we can assume this is because of the three other players in … CONTINUED


Life Care Center nurse wins divisional customer service award

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:50 pm

Shelia Jared, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Sparta, received Life Care Centers of America’s Eastern Division “Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award.”

Shelia Jared, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Sparta, received Life Care Centers of America’s Eastern Division “Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award,” on Aug. 28, 2019, for her dedication to customer service.

Executives from Life Care awarded Jared a $1,000 cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters, in Cleveland, Tennessee. She was chosen from among thousands of associates in the Eastern Division and was one of only eight associates from Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide to receive the award.

Jared, together with another associate, has put a lot of work into creating picture albums for residents’ family members with … CONTINUED



Tennessee will be a test case for healthcare block grants

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:44 pm

Democratic Dialog – Debra Wines

This is going to be a long road for the people of Tennessee, our hospitals, and the future of healthcare in our state.  Last summer, Bill Lee, as a candidate, talked about the possibility of using a block grant/waiver as a solution to the healthcare crisis in Tennessee rather than expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  It made some sense to try another tactic, since our state legislature buried former Gov. Haslam’s expansion proposal in “do nothing” committees.  During that same period, our own State Senator Paul Bailey, along with others in the Senate leadership were also promoting Bill Lee’s block grant … CONTINUED


The Democrat debate

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:41 pm

The Right Stuff – Donald Holman

So, on Friday night, the mental midgets that are (we suppose) the “best the Democrats have to offer” put their best case forward for their selection as the Democrat Party nominee for president of the United States. Think about that for a moment. That group we all saw last Friday night represents the best the Democrats have to offer to us – the citizens of the United States – as our new leader! I sincerely hope that our many friends in the Democrat Party watched this show closely.  It might surprise some in the Democrat Party, but the Republican Party enjoys the … CONTINUED



Celebrate the foundation of America

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:39 pm

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins Sept. 17, 2019.

The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17–23 of each year to … CONTINUED



Geologist expresses concerns about turbidity in Caney Fork River

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:35 pm

Hank Julian, a licensed engineer and geologist, recently became concerned with the condition of the Caney Fork River and requested the Tennessee Department of Forestry to investigate.

By Rachel Auberger

Hank Julian, a licensed engineer and geologist, recently became concerned with the condition of the Caney Fork River and requested the Tennessee Department of Forestry to investigate.

“I have been observing significant turbidity in the Caney Fork River for several months now downstream of the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness Area,” Julian explained. “I decided to trace the source, and it originates in the headwaters area of Cumberland County – Watershed Area 5.”

While Julian may have originally believed the … CONTINUED


School board extends director’s contract, approves 3 percent raise

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:31 pm

Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools

By Ron Moses

White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger will soon be looking forward to a new contract.

On Sept. 13, 2019, with Dronebarger in the fourth year of his contract, the school board discussed the subject.

“His first contract was a three-year contract with the option of a fourth year,” said School Board Chairman Jayson McDonald. “We chose to take that fourth-year option.”

McDonald then put the matter of Dronebarger’s next contract up for discussion.

“Since we are in almost the fifth month of this contract, I would like to see us continue this contract, come back in March, do our … CONTINUED


Patriot’s Day ceremony honors those who lost their lives on 9/11

Posted by | September 16, 2019 12:29 pm

The Knights of Columbus were on hand to present the colors to begin the ceremonies as well as read a flag retirement speech during the Sept. 11 Patriot’s Day Ceremony. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

On the 18th anniversary of the day the world saw that America is a nation united, White County paused to remember both the victims and the heroes of that day.

Patriot’s Day, as Sept. 11 has come to be known, saw communities across the country pausing in serene remembrance and celebrating with pride as speeches were given, songs were sung, and prayers were said. Flags flew at half-mast to honor those who were lost to the terrorists’ attacks, and people dressed in patriotic colors and military uniforms. Sparta did the same.

Veterans and community members, as well as government officials, gather at the Patriot’s Day

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