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Interviews for police chief and city administrator set for June 4

Posted by | June 1, 2019 8:06 am

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be meeting on June 4, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m., to hold interviews for the Police Chief and City Administrator position. These will take place in the second floor Board Room at City Hall located at 6 Liberty Square. These interviews will be open to the public, but no participation will be permitted.

Sam Dicus gets a hole in one

Posted by | June 1, 2019 7:50 am

Sam Dicus, the 12-year-old son of Ashley and Amber Dicus, of Sparta, had a hole in one, on May 26, 2019, at Stonebrook Golf Course, in Columbia. It was a 150-yard hole. Sam was playing with his great-uncle, Jimbo Davenport, and his brother, Jack Dicus, who both witnessed it. Sam is the grandson of John and Jan Hunter and Buddy Dicus and the great-grandson of Elise Huff, all of Sparta.

Girls’ basketball camp

Posted by | June 1, 2019 7:45 am

Coach Michael Dodgen, Coach Kellie Reed, and Coach Lynn Burkey talk with the girls at camp about skills necessary to be a successful player.

Although summer has not officially started, the Warriorettes were in summer training mode this past week

Coach Michael Dodgen and his staff had the Warriorettes practicing early in the mornings.  After practice this week, the girls’ basketball team helped with the annual Warriorette basketball camp for the local youth.  Dodgen, along with Coach Kelli Reed, put the campers through various drills that will help them develop the necessary skills needed to perform better on the court.  It is imperative that younger players use both left and right hands in ball handling skills as they develop.  Dodgen stresses hustle on all drills.

Emmie Benningfield goes through the camp drills.

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Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted by | May 31, 2019 3:00 pm

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at  Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Vinson was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Sparta, to James Floyd Vinson and Ella Pearl Cantrell Vinson.

He retired as a mechanic from AAA Auto and Towing, in 2016.  Mr. Vinson was an avid farmer and referred to farming as his “first love.”  He also worked several years at Wagner Electric as a mechanic.

Mr. Vinson attended Pomona Full Gospel Church, in Crossville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ed, Robert, John, and Roger Vinson; and a sister, Hilda Lois Vinson.

He is survived by his … Read More

Sparta Farmers’ Market

Posted by | May 31, 2019 12:23 pm

White County Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the growing season. The market is open 6 a.m.-noon. Buyers need to get there early for best selections.

All local gardeners and producers are encouraged to participate in the market. There is no fee for sellers. All vendors must acquire a permit through the City of Sparta.

This market is a joint effort of the City of Sparta, White County, U.T. Extension, and local producers. Metcalf Park is located downtown off South Church Street, just behind the U.T. Extension office.

For further information, contact the U.T.Extension Office at (931) 836-3348.

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted by | May 31, 2019 8:36 am

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be completed Friday afternoon, May 31.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christpoint Church is selected Chamber Member of the Month

Posted by | May 30, 2019 9:59 am

Christpoint Church is making a difference. Steve and Tina Qualls and a portion of the staff at Christpoint Church are shown receiving a plaque honoring them for their contributions to the community. In addition to popular worship services, Christpoint is involved in community blood drives, organizing the National Day of Prayer, Christmas tree lighting on Liberty Square, and much more. The plaque was presented by Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce in appreciation of Christpoint’s many community-building efforts.

The thorny side of life

Posted by | May 30, 2019 9:57 am

By Topher Wiles

What keeps you on your toes?  While I was out for a sunrise run recently, I was shocked when I planted my heel firmly on the concrete sidewalk to hear a CRUNCH and felt a mild discomfort in my left heel.  The remnants of a glass bottle had conveniently decided to take up residence in my shoe, pricking the sole of my foot.  I was only a quarter mile from home, with the glass firmly lodged in the heel of my shoe, so like any silly guy would do, I kept on running.  Since putting weight on my heel wasn’t an option, I leaned forward … Read More

From the time you get up, watch your step

Posted by | May 30, 2019 9:54 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When Grayson and Anderson first got bunk beds so they could share a room, they were so excited they could hardly contain themselves. It was an adventure. Everything is an adventure for those two. Honestly, I shared their excitement. Having bunk beds brought back all kinds of memories for their papa. My brother and I shared a room where we slept in bunk beds many years ago, which brings me to my story.

From the time I was in second grade, I enjoyed spending the night with a friend or having a friend over to our house. Johnny Oldham was one of … Read More

Home Builders Association of the U.C. supports area high school construction education programs

Posted by | May 30, 2019 9:53 am

L-R: Danny Lee – HBAUC Board Member and owner of Cookeville Kitchen Sales; Cookeville High School – Instructor Randy Mansell, student Jake Wear; Monterey High School – Instructor Mark Sims, student Spencer Powell; Upperman High School – Instructor Jason Holcomb, student Clay Daniels; White County High School – Instructor Brandon Sims, student Tristen-Blu Myers; Tri-County Extension Campus – Instructor Kelvin Davis, student Samuel Diaz

The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland presented awards to high school students that were chosen as “Carpenter of the Year” at Cookeville, Monterey, Upperman, and White County High Schools, and the Tri-County Extension Campus. Construction education programs in local high schools are designed to teach valuable skills to the next generation of home builders.

2019 “Carpenter of the Year” Award winners are:

  • Cookeville High School – Jake Wear
  • Monterey High School – Spencer Powell
  • White County High School – Tristen-Blu Myers
  • Upperman High School – Clay Daniels
  • Tri-County Extension Campus – Samuel Diaz

The Home Builders Association is proud to support the “Future of the Construction … Read More


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