Basil C. “Sonny” Welch II

Posted by | December 5, 2017 1:56 pm

Born on Aug. 31, 1942, in a coal mining camp at Fork Mountain, Tennessee, to Basil C. Welch and Lena Carter Welch, Basil C. “Sonny” Welch passed away Nov. 29, 2017.

He grew up in White County, in Sparta. Upon graduating from White County High School, he moved to Nashville to attend the Southern Academy of Clinical Technology where he met his future wife, Shirley Wyatt. Upon graduating, he accepted a position at Clarksville Memorial Hospital for one year before moving back to Nashville to join the American Red Cross, in 1963, specializing in blood banking.

Mr. Welch held the positions of chief technologist for the next 14 … Read More


James “Jimmy” Spivey

Posted by | December 5, 2017 1:40 pm

James “Jimmy” Spivey, 70, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Born Friday, May 9, 1947, in Cookeville, he was the son of James Spivey and Aline Hall Spivey.

Mr. Spivey was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jimmy Lee Spivey; brothers, Roy, William, Billy, and Robert Spivey; sister, Jean Tehan; and father-in-law, Leeodus Fowler Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Fowler Spivey; sons, Anthony (Jenny) Spivey, of Michigan, Terry Spivey, of Michigan, Austin (Carly) Spivey, of Cookeville; daughter, Clarissa Spivey, of Michigan; stepchildren, Amanda (Dewayne) Ashburn, of Quebeck Jeff (Candace) Allen, of Cookeville; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Ronnie (Lisa) Spivey, of … Read More


Terry Roberts

Posted by | December 5, 2017 1:23 pm

Terry Roberts, 54, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 23, 1963, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of William Roberts and Beverly McDonough Roberts.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m., Dec. 8, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Paul E. Howard

Posted by | December 5, 2017 1:17 pm

Paul E. Howard, 81, of the Cherry Creek community, passed away today t his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Toy and coat giveaway

Posted by | December 5, 2017 9:46 am

Saturday, Dec. 17

Who: Doyle United Methodist Church

What: Toy and coat giveaway

When: 2-4 p.m.

Where: 5059 McMinnville Highway


Calvary Baptist nativity program

Posted by | December 5, 2017 9:40 am

Sunday, Dec. 10

Who: Calvary Baptist children

What: Nativity program and fellowship dinner

When: Program is 11 a.m. during worship service, with dinner to follow at noon

Where: 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway

Contact: (931) 738-5260


BonDeCroft Baptist Christmas program

Posted by | December 5, 2017 9:39 am

Sunday, Dec. 10

Who: BonDeCroft Baptist Church

What: Christmas program “You did if for me” (Refreshments will be served after the program.)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: 8545 Crossville Highway


Gospel singing

Posted by | December 5, 2017 9:38 am

Saturday, Dec. 9

Who: New Hope Baptist Church

What: Gospel singing featuring Young and Sebert Bluegrass

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 261-4558


Kathleen Presley

Posted by | December 5, 2017 9:24 am

Kathleen Presley, 70, of Spencer, passed away unexpectedly, on Dec. 4, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Presley was born Oct. 6, 1947, to Albert Savage and Ceila Bell Savage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman Presley; a brother, James Savage; stepdaughter, Melissa Presley; and three great- grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, LaVaughn Presley (Gloria Geer); daughter, Denise Prater and Goob; stepdaughter, Brandi Pellett, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jackie and Stephanie Prater, of Algood, Dewayne and Ashley Prater, of Sparta, Ashley and Jeff Steakley, of McMinnville, Allen, Andrew, Austin, and Aaron Pellet, all of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Blair Adams, of Algood, Deven Bains, … Read More


Robert Pat Whitmore

Posted by | December 5, 2017 6:51 am

Robert Pat Whitmore, 55, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at his residence.

No services are planned at this time.

Cremation services are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Thomas Edsel Marshall

Posted by | December 5, 2017 6:50 am

Thomas Edsel Marshall, 84, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at his residence, in Sparta.

Born Saturday, March 18, 1933, in Lenoir, North Carolina, he was the son of Rex Marshall and Ruby Greene Marshall.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving four years during the Korean War. He was a proud member of Calvary Baptist Church and the NRA.

Mr. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John, Keith, Gene, and Tony.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Marshall, of Sparta; children, Thomas and Karen Marshall, of Ohio, Todd and Debra Marshall, of Sparta, Anita Jo Solinski and Hank, of Ohio, Kristin and Mark … Read More


Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson

Posted by | December 5, 2017 6:40 am

Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Richardson was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Cookeville, to Livey Edgar Richardson and Fannie Rippetoe Richardson.

He worked in the produce business for 50 years and strived to dedicate his time to his church and community. A longtime Church of Christ member, Mr. Richardson attended Central Church of Christ for over 30 years and proudly served as a teacher, song leader, and deacon for that congregation.

In addition, he was a poet, avid golfer, founding board member of the Sparta Country Club, and longtime Civitan Club member. His love of sports dated … Read More



TBI warns about dangerous drug combinations after receiving evidence containing lethal blends

Posted by | December 5, 2017 6:27 am

Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are concerned about recent evidence submissions to the TBI crime lab. Two different pieces of evidence from ongoing drug cases contained a deadly combination of drugs, and Agents are worried that there are more lethal blends of drugs being sold and used that will have deadly consequences.

This a toxic mix of drugs that Forensic Scientists in the TBI labs have rarely, if ever, seen in evidence submissions. One evidence sample submitted contained a combination of ketamine, tramadol, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl (pictured below). Another sample was powder that tested positive for a mixture of … Read More


Sarah Frances Davis

Posted by | December 4, 2017 1:44 pm

Sarah Frances Davis, 72, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Davis was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Jackson County, the daughter of George Steward and Hattie Boles Steward.

A celebration of life will be 6 p.m., Dec. 9, at her residence.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jake Morris

Posted by | December 4, 2017 12:00 pm

Jake Morris loved everything about life. He was born Jan. 7, 1979, in Cookeville.

Being raised in a competitive household, as a child, he loved all things sports and developed a passion for being outdoors and being on the move. He was an award-winning White County Warrior most of his life and was voted “Most Athletic” his senior year. He played football at Cumberland College, in Kentucky, on an athletic scholarship. Later in life, he channeled in the mechanical mind passed down by his dad, Mark, and worked as a toolmaker for over 15 years, at Quality Mold Shop, in McMinnville.

He would often be found with his … Read More


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