Hot button issues – how much do they matter?

Posted by | June 26, 2018 8:39 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Political rhetoric is really starting to heat up with the impending mid-term elections. Watching the commercials for some of the very rich candidates running for election would be rather amusing, if they didn’t all sound the same. Each candidate claims they are down-to-earth, just like the majority of voters in Tennessee. They are simple people who only want what they feel is best for Tennesseans because they believe in strong family values and have an abundance of Christian faith. Several of them talk about pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps to become rich and successful, with no help from anybody, especially … Read More


Life Care Center of Sparta earns AHCA/NCAL Bronze Award

Posted by | June 26, 2018 8:36 am

Life Care Center of Sparta, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, recently received the 2018 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.

Applicants develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They must also demonstrate … Read More


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint – White County

Posted by | June 26, 2018 8:27 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on July 1-7, 2018, on State Route 111, 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.


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint – Van Buren

Posted by | June 26, 2018 8:25 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on July 22-28, 2018 on State Route 30, in Van Buren 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.


Gleaners Co-op looking to volunteer in White County

Posted by | June 26, 2018 8:23 am

Hunger is a big issue, especially in a food desert like Sparta.

According to No Kid Hungry organization, 43 percent of families find that away from being able to take advantage of the free lunch programs at school, the summer months are the hardest to make ends meet. Because of this, numerous organizations are formed to try to curb the problem of families, especially children, going hungry. One of those organizations in the Upper Cumberland area is East Tennessee Gleaners Co-op or ETGC.

East Tennessee Gleaners Co-op is an organization founded in Crossville by Kim McCoy, ETGC president. McCoy stated she originally came to this area from Washington … Read More


Request from Anti-Drug Coalition

Posted by | June 26, 2018 7:48 am

We have a request for a set of bunk beds for White County foster children. The beds will follow these children wherever they go. Please call Beth Kirby, with the White County Anti-Drug Coalition,  at 931-269-3500 if you have an available set of beds or want to help.


Willard Norris is retiring after 50 years in the grocery business

Posted by | June 26, 2018 5:58 am

Willard Norris is always at his best when talking with family and friends. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The walls were decorated with checkered flags and pictures of vintage jukeboxes. There were mini jukeboxes on the tables, streamers across the ceiling, and a DJ playing music from the 1950s and 1960s, but the most popular attraction was Willard Norris walking around talking to his friends and family who had come out to celebrate his big day.

Norris is a staple in Sparta. If anyone has done any grocery shopping, in Sparta, over the last 50 years, they have most likely seen or talked to Norris. On June 21, 2018, Norris kicked off his retirement with a rock-n-roll drumbeat at Sparta Civic Center.

“I started working at … Read More


Jail escapee, convicted child rapist added to TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted

Posted by | June 25, 2018 3:36 pm

Joel Blanton

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list: Joel Ernest Blanton.

Blanton (DOB 2-10-81) is wanted by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and the TBI after escaping from the Van Buren County Jail at approximately 1:00 AM today. On April 17th, Blanton was found guilty of four counts of Rape of a Child and two counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery. He was awaiting a Wednesday sentencing when he escaped this morning.

Blanton is a white man who stands 5’11” and weighs approximately 236 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and several tattoos on his face, hands, … Read More


Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint

Posted by | June 25, 2018 2:18 pm

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints starting on 06-24-18 through 06-30-2018 on U.S Hwy 70S in Van Buren 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.



City board says no to shutting down Liberty Square for July 4th event

Posted by | June 25, 2018 1:01 pm

Jim Ward, candidate for White County executive, addresses the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a June 21 meeting about why his permit was denied for a July 4th celebration on Liberty Square. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Concerned residents spoke to city officials Thursday in an attempt to garner an answer as to why the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen denied a permit for a July 4th celebration in downtown Sparta.

Candidate for White County executive, Jim Ward, addressed the board about his desire to close the Sparta square for a Fourth of July celebration. Ward stated that he was addressing the board to get an … Read More


Posted by | June 25, 2018 9:48 am

Paid for by The Angie Mackie Wilhite for Trustee campaign fund


Gaines John D. Davis

Posted by | June 24, 2018 4:51 am

Gaines John D. Davis went to be with the Lord, on June 22, 2018, at the age of 71.

Mr. Davis was born Feb. 13, 1947, in Sparta to Odas and Fancie Davis.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Jimmy Davis and Tony Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ruby Davis; daughters, Donna Davis, Teresa (Ricky) Dean, LeAnn Davis (Josh Simmons); grandchildren, Nick Rittenberry (Katrina Phillips), Logan Dean, Diania Witt, Cody Dean; one great-granddaughter, Avery Rittenberry; sisters, Geneva (Tom) Donelson, Wilma Hensley, Joene (Jim) Whitworth, Janie Stroup (Joe Brasel), Sarah Vance, Henry Davis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service … Read More


Sherry M. Baker

Posted by | June 24, 2018 4:41 am

Sherry M. Baker, 51, of Augusta, Georgia, formerly of Sparta, Tennessee, passed away June 17, 2018.

Ms. Baker was born Feb. 6, 1967, in Dayton, Ohio, to Marita Ann Gross and Arles R. Baker.

She grew up in White County and was a White County High School graduate. For years, Sherry was a dedicated worker of the Richmond County Board of Education, in Georgia, later retiring due to health issues. Regardless of her health, Ms. Baker always kept a smile on her face and love in her heart.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, Marita A. Gross; maternal grandparents, Herbert and Lois Gross; and paternal grandparents, … Read More


Faison Young Whitaker Jr.

Posted by | June 24, 2018 4:31 am

Faison Young Whitaker Jr., 88, of Cookeville, passed away June 20, 2018, in Sparta.

Born on May 27, 1930, in Durham, North Carolina, to Faison Young Whitaker Sr. and Margaret Louise O’Kelley Whitaker, Whit was a proud member of the Durham High School Class of 1948.

Born with a passion to work and to serve, in 1950, he  volunteered for the United States Air Force during the Korean War. As a radio repair technician, Whit was assigned to Hickam Field, in Honolulu. It was in Hawaii that he was married to his high school sweetheart, Martha Jane Johnson, on Sept. 4, 1952 – a marriage that would go … Read More


Break occurs in main line at Spencer water treatment plant

Posted by | June 23, 2018 2:45 pm

By Hansel Moore

The City of Spencer responded to a water main break, at approximately 5:30 a.m., June 20, 2018. According to Spencer City Mayor Mickey Robinson, “ A 12-inch main line break occurred at the water treatment plant, and it began to affect the valley area. We on turned the access to the McMinnville water to minimize the impact to the residents.”

Within hours of that initial break being repaired, a construction error severed the line at the Hickory Valley Road area.

“There were actually four breaks all together within a 24-hour period. Two of them were because of the age of the system, and two were … Read More


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