Summer movies return to Dogwood Park and Cookeville Depot

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:22 am

WHAT: After Dark Movies in the Park (Dogwood Park, Friday nights in June, 30 minutes after dusk)

WHAT: Depot Summer Cinema (Cookeville Depot Museum, Friday nights in July, 8 p.m.)

 ADMISSION: Free

 CONTACT: Cookeville Leisure Services, (931) 520-4386

 MOVIE SCHEDULE:

 After Dark Movies in the Park

June 1: “The Secret Life of Pets”

June 8: “The Greatest Showman”

June 15: “Brave”

June 22: “Sing”

June 29: “Black Panther”

Depot Summer Cinema

July 6: “Back to the Future”

July 13: “Father’s Little Dividend”

July 20: “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”

July 27: “The Wizard of Oz”


Donald Gordon Bennett

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:14 am

Donald Gordon Bennett, 73, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Bennett was born March 1, 1945, in White County, to Kenneth Bennett and Mary Lou Bradshaw Bennett.

He was a retired security guard, most recently for Southern Wood Products.

Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Earl Bennett; brothers, Arnold Bennett, Robert Bennett; and sister, Mildred Graham.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Reba Guy Bennett; children, Donald Dwayne Bennett, Derrick (Tammy) Bennett, Michelle (Emerson) Luna; grandchildren, Jeremy (Megan) Bennett, Deanna (Trey Armstrong) Bennett, Kayla Smith; great-grandchildren, Briley Bennett, Macie Bennett, Lillian Sparkman and Landon Sparkman, … Read More


No. 18 Golden Eagles advance to OVC Tournament title game with win over Morehead State

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:05 am

Photo by Thomas Corhern

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

OXFORD, Ala. – For the second straight year, the No. 18 Tennessee Tech baseball team advanced to the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament behind an inspired effort over Morehead State.

The Golden Eagles (48-7) made history in the 10-5 victory over the Eagles (34-24), breaking the league’s single-season wins record with their 48th of the year. The 48 Ws represent the highest total in the nation and extend the program record, which was topped in a 12-6 decision over Eastern Kentucky to clinch the OVC regular season title on May 11.

Tech walked off the bus ready to … Read More


Overton County physical therapist faces forgery charges

Posted by | May 26, 2018 6:03 am

An investigation by Special Agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Livingston physical therapist on forgery charges.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on October 6, 2017, TBI Agents began investigating Dustin Rich on allegations of TennCare fraud. At that time, Rich was employed by a Clay County hospital as a physical therapist. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Rich created false documents and forged the signatures of the patient and/or guardian, which resulted in TennCare being fraudulently billed for those services. The investigation revealed that from … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted by | May 25, 2018 2:55 pm

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Splash, on Mayberry Street (formerly known as Wet Willie’s). You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.


Grace Ike Womack Parker

Posted by | May 25, 2018 7:53 am

Grace Ike Womack Parker, 96, of Sparta, formerly of Dibrell, passed away May 22, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Parker was born April 23, 1922, in McMinnville, to William Amos Parker and George Annie Saunders Parker.

She had a work career that spanned from farm work to shirt factory worker and retirement from John Oster.

In addition to her work, she was a homemaker, having biscuits on the table every morning before school and work. She was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ, in Warren County, and most recently faithfully attended worship service, at Life Care, every Sunday, at 8 a.m.

She was … Read More


Doris Worley Gamble

Posted by | May 25, 2018 7:42 am

Doris Worley Gamble, 94, of Sparta, passed away May 23, 2018, at Erlanger Health Systems, in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Gamble was born Nov. 5, 1923, in Atlanta, Georgia, to William Logan Worley and Rowena Harrison Worley.

She worked at White County Hospital as a inpatient insurance clerk for 16 years, was the office manager for American Red Cross for 10 years, and also worked at Walgreens, in Sparta, and enjoyed teaching line dancing.

Mrs. Gamble loved being in plays at Cookeville Drama Center. She appeared in “The Miracle Worker,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, … Read More


Donald Gorden Bennett

Posted by | May 25, 2018 7:35 am

Donald Gorden Bennett, 73, of Sparta, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Horace E. Manning

Posted by | May 25, 2018 7:34 am

Horace E. Manning, 66, of Quebeck, passed away May 23, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted by | May 25, 2018 6:14 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints starting on 05-25-18 through 06-02-2018 on U.S Hwy 70 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.



Investigation finds problems at Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency

Posted by | May 24, 2018 9:12 am

Former executive director’s travel and comp time noted in report

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released an investigation into the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) based in Cookeville, Tennessee. The UCHRA is a multi-million-dollar operation that administers several programs and provides services to citizens.

Comptroller investigators noted two instances when the former executive director’s time sheets indicated he was working; however, social media posts indicated he was on trips out of state. The former executive director told investigators he used compensatory (comp) time for trips. Investigators believe he should have taken annual or sick leave when he was absent from work.

It’s important to note that on … Read More


Commander’s Call

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:55 am

This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.

BOYS STATE REPRESENTATIVES

It is my honor and privilege to announce this year’s recipients of the American Legion Post 207 nominations for Tennessee Boy’s State from Van Buren County.   Zachary Bennett and Mason Simmons will represent our community at the annual Boy’s State convention held at Tennessee Tech. This is a week long experience that had been described as “life changing’ by many of the alumni who have attended. The summer between … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:55 am

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Splash, on Mayberry Street (formerly known as Wet Willie’s). You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.


Child Advocacy Center is ready to help with cases of abuse

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:52 am

By Hansel Moore – contributor, Van Buren Eagle

Have you noticed the blue ribbons around Van Buren County? They were quietly placed (by Bonnie Adcock) there as a simple reminder of a pervasive issue that has reverberating consequences for every community, child abuse. Although April is declared Child Abuse Prevention Month, protecting children should be the goal 365 days per year.

-A child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds in the United States.

-More than 3 million children are subjects of at least one child abuse case each year.

-1 in 10 (1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys) children will be sexually abused before … Read More


Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:50 am

By Hansel Moore – contributor, Van Buren Eagle

The last Monday of the month of May is Memorial Day. Since the end of the Civil War, this has been the day that has been set aside to honor the soldiers who died in battle. It is a day to remember the cost that has been paid for the sovereignty of our nation as young, developing lives were ended by the ravages of war. For generations, soldiers have unknowingly kissed their families one last time and returned to their community as a statistical casualty of war. The soldiers were then mourned by those left behind as they tried to … Read More


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