John Whitman

Posted by | August 13, 2019 1:48 pm

On Aug. 12, 2019, at his home, John went to his eternal home with the Lord. John and his wife, Muriel, moved, in May 2019, from their lifelong residence, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Sparta, Tennessee, where they lived with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Chuck.

John was born in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 9, 1926, and lived in Florida all his life prior to coming to Sparta. As a teen in St. Petersburg, John worked as a waiter at the impressive Coliseum and got to serve many celebrities. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received training as an engineer, with deployment … CONTINUED


Cummins Falls State Park falls and gorge reopen Aug. 14

Posted by | August 13, 2019 10:34 am

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has implemented a comprehensive safety improvement strategy at Cummins Falls State Park and will reopen the falls and gorge on Aug. 14 if weather conditions permit.

The additions will include new policies for minors, additional signage, additional safety-related information on the Cummins Falls State Park webpage, a safety education video for public viewing at the park, real-time weather monitoring, water monitoring, refuge areas in case of an evacuation and increased personnel.

“We are glad to be in a position to reopen Cummins Falls with added enhanced safety tools and procedures that we are putting into place,” TDEC Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson … CONTINUED


Tonight’s WCMS football game has been moved to Thursday

Posted by | August 13, 2019 10:17 am

By Jerry Lowery

Tonight’s White County Middle School football game has been moved to Thursday night, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. The heat index and severe weather in the forecast has created the rescheduling of the game. GRAY OUT WILL BE THURSDAY AT 6:30 p.m.


TDCI reminds Tennesseans of “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers

Posted by | August 13, 2019 10:09 am

With back to school season under way, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding consumers that this time of year is especially dangerous for teen drivers. Research from the AAA Foundation indicates that the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers rises significantly between Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) and Labor Day (Sept. 2, 2019). Because of the higher period of fatalities, this 100 day period has been deemed the “100 Deadliest Days.”

TDCI’s Division of Insurance is urging parents to take extra precautions between Memorial Day and Labor Day by stressing the importance of safe driving habits, driver training, and obeying traffic safety laws … CONTINUED


Tech Pride Days are here

Posted by | August 13, 2019 9:54 am

Purple and gold yard signs are available that say “Tech Pride” and incorporate the state’s notable tri-star symbol.

It’s time to show your purple and gold pride. Tennessee Tech Pride Days are here and run through Aug. 31, which is also the first home football game where the Golden Eagles will take on Samford. Purple and gold yard signs are available that say “Tech Pride” and incorporate the state’s notable tri-star symbol.

“Tech Pride Days is about welcoming new and returning students back to campus and the community,” said Bobbie Maynard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing. “We are using the same design we created last year for the signs since the tri-star element was so popular.”

To help the community celebrate, Tech Pride yard signs … CONTINUED


Tennessee commemorates ratification of Women’s Suffrage

Posted by | August 13, 2019 8:11 am

Women's Suffrage map August 1920

Events at Bicentennial Capitol Mall and State Museum, Aug. 6-17 

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Tennessee State Library and Archives will mark the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which ushered in women’s right to vote, with events August 16-17.

Votes for Women: Commemorating Women’s Suffrage will provide living history programs and hands-on activities for people of all ages, focusing on the right to vote and the women’s suffrage movement in Tennessee. Activities will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the park and the museum.

Historians will be at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall depicting different stories relating to the … CONTINUED



Dash for Dani 5k Water Run

Posted by | August 12, 2019 2:01 pm

The Dash for Dani is a 5k Water Run where runners and walkers are guaranteed to get soaked and have fun.

The race, which will be held August 17, will begin and end on Churchill Drive at the football field parking lot of White County High School. Along the route, which will take participants past the hospital, along Spring Street, in front of the high school and the YMCA and down Ben Lomand Drive before returning to Churchill Drive, volunteers will be “keeping participants cool” with water stations. Plans are underway to have a “big splash,” at the finish line, which will be sure to cool off anyone … CONTINUED


Cheerleaders preparing for season

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:53 pm

By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School cheerleaders have been hard at work this summer to prepare for the upcoming football season.  They attended a camp after the TSSAA dead period was over. The team consists of seniors: Madison Ryan, Selena Lee Hensley, Rosalyn Roberts, Danielle Duncan, Haven Burton, Corri Beth Howard; juniors: Madison Mclatchy, Madeline Pryor, Madison Mahan, Jerrika Brown, Jayde Stephenson; sophomores: Kyleigh Hoyle, Madi Wright, Bailee Fiste, Bailey Simpson, Rachel Turney, Alexis Hatmaker, Emma Kate Jones.  The cheerleaders are coached by Tracy Mason.


WCMS Warriors call for a Gray Out

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:51 pm

Owen Adams is getting ready for the season opener. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warriors have called for all to break out the gray colors this Tuesday night as they open their season against Walter J. Baird from Lebanon.  Coach Jacob Sparkman has requested for everyone to wear gray from head to toe in support of the Warriors’ football team, the cheerleaders, and the band. Sparkman said these students have worked hard to get ready for the season.  He asks everyone to come out and support these young middle school Warriors in the season opener at Warrior Stadium, on Tuesday night.  Kickoff time is set for 6 p.m.


Warrior golf team defeats both Cumberland and Stone

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:49 pm

Senior Tyson Welch

By Jerry Lowery

Senior Tyson Welch led by example, on Thursday, when the Sparta Warrior golf team traveled up the mountain to take on both high schools in Cumberland County.

Welch had all phases of his game working as he led all scores with a season low 69. Not far behind was Jarrett Glass and Jeremiah Gardenhire who both scored a 71.  With the top four scores counting, Tanner Bumbalough came in with a 77 to help lead the Warriors to victory over the Panthers and the Jets.  The totals for the combined scores were counted, and Sparta took the win. The Warriors’ score was a solid 288.  … CONTINUED



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