Who is actually the antichrist?

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:42 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Is Donald Trump the antichrist? Will the antichrist be a Muslim? Is the pope, or the next pope, the antichrist? Upon a simple internet search, it is clearly seen that these are the questions people are asking.

There is a heightened interest in this Bible topic, and many are misguided and confused.   Yet, the identity of “antichrist” is plain from the writings of John. The inspired apostle is the only writer who used the term, appearing five times in four verses (1 John 2:18; 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7). In every instance, there is a warning against “antichrist” because … Read More


Two speeches to last a lifetime

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:40 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

Once again, we have completed a week jam-packed with news. And once again, I will attempt to cover one or two pieces of it as time and space allows. We are truly living in momentous times -times that may well determine the course of our nation for a generation or more to come.

The leftists of the 70s and 80s depended on the courts to deliver for them decisions the nation, expressing their will in the voting booth, never would. The most obvious one was that of abortion, in 1973, that discovered a hither – to unknown – “right” in the … Read More


Marsha Blackburn is playing fast and loose with facts

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:39 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Marsha Blackburn is a Republican’s Republican. She unquestionably is a hardcore Trump supporter. No one can doubt that for a single moment. Her interviews, her stump speeches, campaign ads, and her latest debate performance reinforces her commitment to back everything Donald Trump says or does, without question or concern for the majority of Tennesseans. One of her old stand-by lines is that if she is elected to the Senate, she will bring “Tennessee values” to Washington D.C. I have a couple questions I’d like to ask Marsha, “Congressman Blackburn, you have been in Washington for 16 years. What did you do with … Read More


Guidara inducted into Hall of Fame at Maryland high school

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:37 am

Ken Guidara

Ken Guidara, of Sparta, was recently inducted into the Albert Einstein High School Hall of Fame for Lifetime Career Achievement. The school is located in Kensington, Maryland.

As a 1965 graduate of Albert Einstein High School, Guidara was an athlete, playing all three school years on the varsity football and track teams. In football, he was a utility offensive lineman and in track he was a competitor in the mile race. Guidara was also active in Einstein Intramurals sports and was a member of the E-Club, a school service organization. The Guidara family also graduated from Einstein: Mike in 1969, Jim in 1970, Rita in 1972, … Read More


Chamber of Commerce discusses membership drive

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:28 am

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce is continuing its efforts to garner new members with an ongoing membership drive that has already brought in approximately $1,700

During the Sept. 25, 2018, meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors, President Marvin Bullock talked about the efforts to bring in new members to the organization.

When asked how much money they have raised so far, Bullock explained they had approximately $1,700. When asked if the amount was lower or higher than the previous years, Bullock responded that it was a lower amount, but there were still a few days left in the drive.

“We still have a few days,” said Bullock. … Read More


Unemployment rates are down for month of August

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:27 am

The state of Tennessee saw the unemployment rate dip again for the month of August.

Eighty-six of the 95 counties in Tennessee saw lower unemployment rates, according to recently released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Rates in White County lowered by .02 percent, from 4.3 percent, in July 2018, to 4.1 percent, in August 2018. This is still higher than the 4.0 percent rate last year at the same time.

“It’s great to see unemployment rates decrease in so many counties across the state,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “Once again Tennessee successfully rebounded from the summer slump in unemployment we typically experience … Read More


Student resource officers in place for each school

Posted by | October 1, 2018 9:25 am

L-R: Sgt. Allan Hale, SRO Northfield Elementary; Sgt. David Grissom, SRO White County High School; Sgt. Dustin Reels, SRO Woodland Park Elementary; Capt. Kenny Dobson, SRO White County Middle School; Sgt. Wade Phillips, SRO Findlay Elementary, Sheriff Steve Page; Sgt. Steve Turpin, SRO Cassville Elementary; Sgt.Scott Odell, SRO Doyle Elementary; and Sgt. Wade Pike, SRO BonDeCroft Elementary (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The White County school system and the White County Sheriff Department have teamed up to ensure the schools within the county remain safe.

The sheriff department has recently hired new school resource officers to provide at least one officer at every school. The state providing funding for them makes the addition easier.

On Sept. 27, Senator Paul Bailey announced that White County received over $158,000 in state grants to be utilized for school safety and security. Bailey was a member of Gov. Bill Haslam’s School Safety Working Group, which recommended to the Tennessee General Assembly to give more money to the cause. The general assembly earmarked $35 million … Read More


Rita Lois Slatten England

Posted by | September 29, 2018 5:03 pm

Rita Lois Slatten England, 62, of Quebeck, passed away Sept. 29, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. England was born Feb. 24, 1956, in Sparta, to Glenn Slatten and Marie Swindell Slatten.

She had a career in banking that spanned 37 years, from Commerce Union Bank to Bank of White County. Mrs. England was an active member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and her community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board, Christmas in April, Backpack Ministries, and Meals on Wheels, and helping re-establish the Lions Club. She loved traveling, whether it was on a church mission trip or vacationing with family.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, … Read More




Willie Edna Selby

Posted by | September 29, 2018 6:07 am

Willie Edna Selby, 95, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 27, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Born Dec. 21, 1922, in Sparta, she was the daughter of John Thomas Wright and Lula Mae Howard Wright.

Mrs. Selby was a lifetime member of Findlay Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.D. Selby; brothers, Thomas, Donald, and Hubert Wright; and sister, Louise Raines.

Survivors include her son, Gary Selby (Linda), of Sparta; grandson, Cameron Selby, of Sparta; granddaughter, Laurie Ann Selby Neeley (Dustin), of Franklin; step-grandson, Neal Goodwin (Rhonda), of Sparta; step-granddaughter, Jenny Thacker (Chris,) of Sparta; brother, Charles “Corky” Wright (Mary Jane), … Read More


Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell

Posted by | September 29, 2018 5:56 am

Shirley Jean Rigsby Madewell, 71, passed from this life Sept. 26, 2018, at her home, in Spencer, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Madewell was born on Sept. 22, 1947, in McMinnville, and was a long-time resident of Spencer.

She was of the Messianic faith and a homemaker. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed being with her family.

Mrs. Madewell was preceded in death by her mother, Dortha Lee Brock Rigsby; brother, Rick Rigsby; and sister, Sandra Gay Rigsby.

Survivors include her loving husband, Ray Madewell; sons, Kelly (Jorja) Madewell, of Spencer, Marty (Christina) Madewell, of Shelbyville; daughter, Penny Sullivan, of Spencer; father, George Lee Rigsby; … Read More


Brenden Chance Jones Jr.

Posted by | September 29, 2018 5:50 am

Infant Brenden Chance Jones Jr., son of Jessica Lynn Oliver and Brenden Chance Jones Sr., passed away Sept. 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Renaye Jones, Charles Jones, and Patrick Cravens; aunts, Takiela Spivey, Faith Jones; and uncles, Bobby Oliver and Patrick Cravens Jr.

Graveside service was 10 a.m., Sept. 28, 2018, at Young Cemetery. A memorial service was noon, Sept 28, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Don Wiggel officiated.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.



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