Dycus installed as president of the Tennessee Dental Association

Posted by | June 7, 2017 5:14 am

Dr. Richard Dycus

Dr. Richard Dycus, a Cookeville dentist, was installed as the 2017-2018 Tennessee Dental Association president during the association’s 150th annual session in Gatlinburg.

Dycus has served the TDA as Trustee, Fourth District President, Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, Steering Committee, Dental Care Council, and Legislative Council. On the national level, Dycus has served the American Dental Association as a delegate and on the Council on Dental Benefits.


Tennessee Tech’s impact on cybersecurity continues to expand with first Ph.D. graduate

Posted by | June 7, 2017 5:09 am

Vitaly Ford is the first Ph.D. candidate to earn a doctorate in computer science at TTU.

With recent news of one of the largest cyberattacks in history, it is clear that developing the field of cybersecurity should be a priority. One of Tennessee Tech University’s latest contributions to that field is Vitaly Ford, the first Ph.D. candidate to earn a doctorate in computer science at Tech.

The subject of Ford’s doctoral thesis was on cybersecurity and privacy issues in the Smart Grid, which identified risks and solutions in the technology that controls electrical energy usage. Ford enrolled in Tech’s graduate program in computer science in 2012. He earned … Read More


Stone Seminary Road burglary

Posted by | June 7, 2017 5:00 am

According to Putnam County Sheriff Department, on May 26, 2017, Michael Christopher Poston, 48, of Cookeville,  was arrested following an investigation of a residential burglary on Stone Seminary Road. The residence was broken into twice within two months. Guns, coins and other valuables were taken. Poston was in possession of some of the items at the time of his arrest. His bond was set at $30,000. He is scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.


Robinson Chapel decoration

Posted by | June 6, 2017 3:33 pm

Saturday, June 24

Who: Robinson Chapel Cemetery

What: Decoration

When: Lunch at noon (hamburgers and hot dogs provided; please bring a covered dish)

Where: Cemetery




Calvary Baptist VBS

Posted by | June 6, 2017 6:58 am

Mon.-Thurs., June 19-22

Who: Calvary Baptist Church

What: Vacation Bible School (theme is “Trek to Wildcat Mountain”); classes for ages 4-12

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Where 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway, in Sparta

Contact: For transportation call (931) 704-0036; for other information call (931) 738-5260


Doyle Nazarene homecoming

Posted by | June 6, 2017 6:57 am

Sunday, June 11

Who: Doyle Church of the Nazarene

What: Homecoming featuring the Caravan Singers; morning speaker will be Bro. Elbert Smith, husband of Diane Savage Smith who was raised at the church; lunch will follow and then the Caravan Singers will perform again in the afternoon

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Church, 1011 E. Gooseneck Rd., in Doyle


34th Annual Hale Reunion

Posted by | June 6, 2017 6:56 am

Saturday, June 10

Who: Descendants of Samuel and Nancy Jane Hale

What: 34th Annual Hale Reunion (bring food, family, friends and items for auction, with proceeds going toward upkeep of the cemetery)

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: (931) 738-5556


John DeWayne Youngman

Posted by | June 6, 2017 6:34 am

John DeWayne Youngman, 75, of Sparta, formerly of East Peoria, Illinois, passed away June 4, 2017, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville.

Mr. Youngman was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, to Dewey Edgar Youngman and Geneva E. McCandeless Youngman.

He was a former employee of the Water Department of East Peoria, Illinois. He also had a career with the Bradley University Police and later with security for Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Youngman served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Shirley Glover, Keith Herbstreith, Danny Glover, Vickie Glover, Teresa Glover; and grandchild, Shannon Stewart.

Survivors include his wife, … Read More


Laura Rene Seibers Hensley

Posted by | June 6, 2017 6:25 am

Laura Rene Seibers Hensley, 52, of Rock Island, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 5, 2017, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Hensley was born June 29, 1964, in White County.

She was a former employee of NHC Healthcare of Sparta’s housekeeping department and at one time owned all of the laundry mats in Sparta. She was a member of Campaign Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hensley was preceded in death by her father, Jonas Seibers; mother, Pauline Smith Seibers Barnes; daughter, Pauline Denise “Polly” Hensley; and brothers, Michael, Roy and Gene Seibers.

Survivors include her husband, Roger L. Hensley; stepfather, Donald Barnes; grandson, David Ray … Read More


Two vehicle collision on Bockman Way

Posted by | June 5, 2017 8:43 pm

At approximately 7:54 pm, the White County E-911 Communication Center received an emergency call in regards to a two vehicle accident with possible injuries on Bockman Way near Hampton Drive.

The Sparta Fire Department, White County EMS, and the Sparta Police Department were all dispatched to the scene of the incident.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered two vehicles were involved in a collision, resulting in a white Nissan sustaining damage to the driver side of the vehicle and a maroon Pontiac sustaining damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Emergency responders evaluated the scene, worked to clear the roadway of debris, and directed the westbound traffic … Read More


John Shane “Greasy” Williams

Posted by | June 5, 2017 3:29 pm

John Shane “Greasy” Williams, 49, of Sparta, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, in Smithville.

Mr. Williams was born Jan. 21, 1968, in Sparta. He was the son of the late R.V. Williams and Ruth Cravens Watts.

Mr. Williams was a family man and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved motorcycles and going fishing. He also enjoyed raising a garden. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.V. Williams, and grandparents, Vestal and Martha Williams and Earl and Marie Cravens.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Miller Williams; mother, Ruth (Larry) Watts; son, Shane Williams; daughter, Shana … Read More


Terry Hitchcock

Posted by | June 5, 2017 3:18 pm

Terry Hitchcock, 74, of Cookeville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 2, 2017, at his home in Cookeville, following extended illness.

Mr. Hitchcock was born May 14, 1943, in Cookeville, to Andrew Bethel Hitchcock and Linnie Mae Madewell Hitchcock.

He enjoyed a successful career in automobile sales and real estate for over 40 years in the Cookeville area. Mr. Hitchcock enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his beloved dog, Jake. He loved the Lord and is now resting peacefully within the gates of heaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Earl Edward Hitchcock; and a daughter, Terri Beth … Read More


WCHS softball team teaches youth skills and techniques

Posted by | June 5, 2017 6:54 am

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The White County High School softball team held its annual softball camp last week at the WCHS softball team. The coaches and players worked with the campers on their base running, hitting, fielding and throwing.


Little League Championships set to finish this week

Posted by | June 5, 2017 6:50 am

On June 5, the girls ‘coach pitch league is scheduled to have its championship game starting at 6 p.m. On June 6, t-ball has its championship game scheduled for 6 p.m. On June 8, the boys’ coach pitch will have its championship game at 6 p.m. Then, on June 9, all the leagues that play at the Smithville fields, which include Senior and Junior Boys’ league and the Senior and Junior Girls’ League will all have their championship games at 6 p.m. All leagues will have awards directly after their divisions’ championship game. On June 8, the girls’ coach pitch league started its tournament. Ben Lomand defeated Halls … Read More


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