Bailey elected to serve on Fiscal Review Committee of legislature

Posted by | December 4, 2018 6:17 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) was elected today by his Senate Majority Caucus colleagues to serve on the Tennessee General Assembly’s prestigious Joint Fiscal Review Committee. The Fiscal Review Committee serves as the state’s “watchdog” on all state budgetary matters.

The committee consists of 16 of the state’s 133 lawmakers. The Republican and Democrat Caucuses elect nominees who must be approved by the full Senate or House of Representatives when they meet in January.   The elected members of the Senate serve on the committee for their full term of office.

“I am honored that my colleagues have elected me to serve on the Fiscal Review Committee,” said Bailey. … Read More


New walk-in urgent care opens in Cookeville, Durbin joins team

Posted by | December 4, 2018 6:05 am

Urgent Team, one of the largest independent operators of urgent and family care centers in the Southeast, has opened a new center, in Cookeville, at 650 S. Jefferson Ave., across from Big Lots.

Urgent Team – Cookeville will be open seven days a week and will provide urgent and family care, and wellness and occupational health services on a walk-in basis. With no appointment needed and X-ray available, Urgent Team will treat patients with medical needs, such as:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Skin conditions, including burns
  • Flu, colds and viral illnesses
  • School, sports, wellness and DOT physicals
  • Bites, stings, allergic reactions
  • Immunizations and vaccinations
  • Sprains, strains, broken bones
  • Occupational
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White County Middle School eighth grade teams pick up two wins

Posted by | December 3, 2018 1:14 pm

The eighth grade Warriors and Warriorettes of White County Middle School coasted to a pair of victories over East Tullahoma, on Thursday night, at home.

To kick off the night, the Warriorettes quickly asserted their dominance over the tentative Panthers of East Middle. The aggressive play of Karley Gentry spurred on her teammates, as she highlighted her playmaking ability with a trio of assists and scrambled for loose balls on the other end of the floor. Getting out in transition was a focal point for the Warriorettes in the first quarter, which they closed out with a 17-7 lead.

In the second, the Warriorettes successfully executed several sets … Read More


Warriors take down Red Bank 80-57

Posted by | December 3, 2018 1:10 pm

Kade Clark takes a three against Red Bank, on Friday night. Clark helped the Warriors pick up their sixth win in a row, finishing the night with 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Warriors pick up the 80-57 win.

Four Warriors combined to score 59 of the Warriors’ 80 points, as White County High School overcame a very athletic Red Bank Lions team, on Friday night, to pick up the 80-57 win against the Lions, in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriors were led by Grant Slatten 17 points. Joining Slatten in double figures was Kade Clark who finished with a double-double with 16 points and 11 … Read More


Dodgen’s seven treys nets a win for Warriorettes

Posted by | December 3, 2018 1:06 pm

Gracie Dodgen takes a three against Red Bank, on Friday night. Dodgen had a career night against Red Bank, scoring 32 points to lead the Warriorettes to the win.

Gracie Dodgen found the goals in Roy Sewell Gymnasium much to her liking Friday night.

The sophomore went 12 of 19 from the field. Seven of those 12 makes were from three-point range where she finished seven of 13 on the way to 32 points, helping White County High School to the 65-39 win over the Red Bank Lady Lions.

Dodgen scored 15 of her 32 points in the third quarter. She made nine points from behind the arc … Read More


Shooting incident on Bunker Hill Road-UPDATE

Posted by | December 3, 2018 12:40 pm

Avert Lee Johnson

Dec. 3, 2018, at approximately 10 a.m., Avert Lee Johnson was taken into custody by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office without incident. He was found at a residence on Boatman Street. in Cookeville.

Johnson, 38, has a lengthy criminal history in Putnam County dating back to 2013 including assault, drug violations, weapon violations and traffic related offenses. He is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting that occurred on Friday at around 10 p.m., at a residence on Bunker Hill Road, near the White County line. Deputies from Putnam and White counties responded to a residence, in White … Read More


GPS – Our journey to Bethlehem

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:32 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When we take a look around and survey the vastness of towns, cities, and even countries, one thing is for sure, and that is the world is a smaller place than it was a generation ago. The average person living in the days of Jesus, Mary, and Peter never traveled more than 30 miles from their home. As a matter of fact, I don’t recall my grandparents traveling more than that in their lifetime either.

So, technology has managed to shrink our great big world down to a manageable size. We can kick our toes around in the sand on the beach … Read More


Change certainly isn’t easy to accomplish in Tennessee

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:31 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

There has been an abundance of “talking heads” on a variety of news shows since the mid-term elections finally ended. They have been analyzing everything about these elections and expressing their amazement regarding the number of voters who turned out. Many of these contributors have discussed how this election was a reflection on how people feel about Donald Trump, his presidency, and the Republicans. Sifting through all the information I could get my hands on, the one thing I noticed was that when states had initiatives or referendums on their ballots, the voter turnout surpassed expectations, in those states.

Michael Moore, the … Read More


As the caravan draws closer, the facts become clearer

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:29 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As news on the caravan continues to come in, the fraud being foisted on the American taxpayer is becoming clearer. It appears that the groups organizing the trek cross-country made some promises that turned out not to be true. And, I quote, “ [Migrant advocacy group] Pueblos Sin Fronteras told us not to worry, that there was going to be transportation, that Mexico was going to open the gates so that we didn’t have to enter [the U.S.] illegally, via the river,” Ulises López, who came from Honduras, said in a Mexico Daily News article:

Around 350 members of the first … Read More


Unemployment rates remain same for White County

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:26 am

Unemployment rates remained the same at 3.9 percent, in White County, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce’s report spanning from September 2018 to October 2018. This is a little higher from October 2017’s rate, which was 3.3 percent for the same time period.

According to TDLWD, unemployment rates dropped in 26 counties and remained the same in 36 counties when the rates were compared to the September 2018 statistics. This did not go unnoticed by Burns Phillips, TDLWD commissioner.

“It’s interesting how nearly all the counties with the lowest unemployment in the state showed no movement in their rates during October,” said Phillips. “And that … Read More


White County is on track with October sales tax collections

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:19 am

According to White County Director of Finance Chad Marcum, White County is right on track with sales tax collections.

For White County, during the month of October 2018, approximately $350,792.39 was collected in local sales tax and $1,277,733.29 was collected in state sales tax, compared to last year’s figures for October 2017 that came in at $359,104.72 and $1,351,649.34 respectively.

The year-to-date figures for the local sales tax collected was $1,534,026.73, compared to last year at the same time which was $1,412,869.73, and the state sales tax was $5,484,966.62, in October 2018, compared to the same time frame from last year at $5,624,418.68.

“The local option sales tax … Read More



Gussie “Mama Gussie” York Clark

Posted by | December 3, 2018 6:24 am

Gussie “Mama Gussie” Ophelia York Clark, 94 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Clark was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Sparta, the daughter of Hannah Stone York and Henry York.

She attended and graduated from the public schools of White and Putnam counties. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in the White County school system for several years. She was also an employee at Mallory, where she retired to care for her aging mother, in July 1981.

Mrs. Clark was a devoted member of Kynett United Methodist Church. She began to sing in the choir at an early age and … Read More


Van Buren driver license roadblocks

Posted by | December 3, 2018 6:17 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints during the week of December 9th, 2018, through December 15th, 2018, on State Route 8, in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these drivers license roadblocks to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


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