Cookeville Police and THP raising awareness about motorcycle safety

Posted by | April 19, 2018 4:27 pm

The Cookeville Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” said Captain Randy Brown.All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to Read More


Tennis teams pick up a pair of wins over Stone Memorial and DeKalb

Posted by | April 19, 2018 1:50 pm

The White County High School tennis team picked up a pair of wins, on Friday afternoon, in a midseason play day at Tennessee Tech University when they took on Stone Memorial High School and DeKalb County High School.

The Warriors won their first matchup against DeKalb County 6-3 and then would turn around and pick up an 8-1 win over the Panthers in the second match.

In the first match against DeKalb County, Jonas Fornehed picked up a win for the Warriors in the third seed match winning 8-6. Zack Smith would follow that up with a 9-8 win. Kurt Suggs would also pick up a win 8-1 … Read More


Warrior baseball splits doubleheader with Rhea County

Posted by | April 19, 2018 1:48 pm

Eli McDonald takes a cut. McDonald helped lead the Warriors to the win, on Tuesday. McDonald went 2-for-4 in the second game against Rhea County and drove in two runs.

With Mother Nature again figuring into spring sports still on Monday, the White County High School baseball team had to rearrange their schedule and played host to Rhea County, on Tuesday afternoon, for a pair of games.

The Warriors and the Eagles each had their big games, with both teams picking up a lopsided victory over the other team. In the first game, with the Warriors trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Rhea County would score five runs over the final two innings to take an 8-1 lead. The Warriors would try and make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, cutting … Read More


WCHS softball drops 6AAA pair to start the week

Posted by | April 19, 2018 1:46 pm

Ellie Savage throws a pitch in a game from earlier this season. Savage got her first ever district start, on Tuesday night. Savage threw four innings giving up two hits and two runs. She would also strike out four in the 2-1 loss to Rhea County.

The Warriorettes’ softball team struggled offensively’ on Tuesday afternoon’ as they dropped a pair of losses in District 6AAA play on the road.

The Warriorettes wrapped up the first half of their District 6AAA schedule, on Tuesday, suffering a pair of close losses to Rhea County, in Evansville. The two five-inning contests saw the Lady Eagles notch 2-1 and 4-2 wins. The losses put the Warriorettes at 1-4 in the league and put them in fourth place overall.

The first game, both teams were strong on the mound, but Rhea County was able to come up with the big hit at the right time to pick up the … Read More


Van Buren’s first farmers’ market slated for Memorial Day week

Posted by | April 19, 2018 1:40 pm

With the completion of one of the county’s newest structure, plans are underway to begin taking applications for spaces at the first county owned farmers’ market.

On April 13, 2018, officials with Van Buren County announced the county would begin accepting applications for farmer market spaces on May 7 for the upcoming farmers’ market season. The opening date for the market has yet to be finalized but is expected to be around Memorial Day.

Over the past several years, the government of Van Buren County has received over $1,300,000 in various grants, which have been awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the United States Department … Read More


Burn permits still required

Posted by | April 19, 2018 12:26 pm

The arrival of spring means residents now have the opportunity to head outdoors to spruce up their homes and properties.

However, state foresters urge residents to use caution when burning brush.

Homeowners often burn debris and brush during the spring time, which can lead to an increase in dangerous uncontrolled burns and wildfires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry want consumers who plan on outdoor burning this year to remember that wildfires can produce disastrous results when safety precautions are not taken.

“On the heels of a winter that brought a dramatic increase in fire fatalities compared to 2017, … Read More


Van Buren commissioners approve $137,350 bid for ambulance remount

Posted by | April 19, 2018 12:20 pm

Members of the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners address the topic of the county’s ambulance service during their April 17, 2018 meeting. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Commissioners in Van Buren County were faced with a familiar discussion about ambulance shortages that led the commission to approve a bid that will continue the county’s progress toward having a fully equipment emergency medical service.

Members of the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners once again addressed the topic of the county’s ambulance service during their April 17, 2018 meeting.

According to information that has been presented to the county commissioners, Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service has two ambulances that are not in working condition. Since 2009, the VBCEMS has operated with four ambulances and is now only operating with two.

According to Tiwanna Bricker, of … Read More


Pinwheels for Prevention and Hope displayed

Posted by | April 19, 2018 10:49 am

Jeff Golden plants pinwheels for awareness of child abuse.

April is dedicated each year nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and organizations and governmental offices throughout the community have planted pinwheels in front of their places of business and the courthouse.

The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.

In 2008, the pinwheel was adopted as the national symbol of child abuse prevention by the Prevent Child Abuse America organization. It serves as a reflection of hope, health, and safety for children. It also represents the happy childhood that all children deserve.

Jeff Golden, foreman of the Van Buren County Grand Jury, planted pinwheels for … Read More


Van Buren Commission signs off on new administration building

Posted by | April 19, 2018 9:25 am

Commissioners held their first full court meeting inside the new administration building, on April 17. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Final construction on the new county building that will house the Van Buren County Justice Center, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, the county jail, and other county government offices continues to move closer to completion as the county commission recently approved signing off on the certificate of substantial completion for the administration portion of the new complex.

During the April 17, 2018, Van Buren County Commission meeting, commissioners held their first full court meeting inside the new administration building. With new furniture in place, fresh paint, and polished floors, commissioners discussed progress at the complex and what steps were still needed to complete the building.

This new multipurpose … Read More


Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele

Posted by | April 19, 2018 9:15 am

Lt. Col. Michael S. Steele, 69, died April 16, 2018, at Lakeland Regional Health, from a car accident.

He was born May 14, 1948, in Clarksville, Minnesota, to Donald and Mary Dickey.

He was a life-long learner and earned several degrees, including a doctorate. He served the Lord in many churches. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and was discharged with full honors, retiring as Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Special Forces.

He was a passionate follower of God, proud fan of White County athletics, and loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Chris Kielty; sister-in-law, Debbie Steele; and grandson, Samuel Gorter.… Read More


Sparta Church of the Nazarene youth attend event at Trevecca

Posted by | April 19, 2018 8:11 am

Sparta Church of the Nazarene took 15 teenagers to Trevecca Nazarene University, April 5-7, to compete against 2,000 other teenagers in a variety of events. TNT @TNU holds competition in events including drama, preaching, various sports, singing, math, business, and more. The students brought back several awards.

The central event is Bible quizzing and is the culmination of year-long study for students from all over the southeast. Both Seth McCormack and Eli McCormack finished in the top 18 quizzers and Eli McCormack finished as the number one Bible quizzer in the southeast. Eli McCormack won the “quizmaster award,” which is voted on by coaches from all 10 teams. … Read More


Finding “furever” homes

Posted by | April 19, 2018 8:09 am

Introduction by Sharon Langford, president – Friends of White County Animals

Shirley and I ask Carolyn and Monica to share the story of seven orphaned kittens who were saved because of the compassionate actions and team work of several people. We hope you will be inspired and invite you to contact us if you would like to volunteer to foster or help in some other way.

Preface to the story,  By Carolyn Turner – Friends of White County Animals board member

I received an emergency call from Monica of the White County Humane Society asking for help with seven two-week old kittens whose mother had been killed. Knowing … Read More


Being there to know and see for ourselves

Posted by | April 19, 2018 8:06 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We missed Grayson’s tee-ball game! Obviously we can’t get to every performance of every sort by every grandchild. Four of our grands are three hours away, in West Virginia. Naturally we can’t get there for all of their games, recitals, and matches, but we try to get to some of them.

On the other hand, Grayson lives here in Bristol, which is very convenient, since his mom and dad and little brother also live in Bristol, along with a passel of extended family – therefore, he usually has a large cheering section at his tee-ball games. Have you ever seen 4-year-olds play … Read More


Northfield Elementary hosts “Wild about STEM” night

Posted by | April 19, 2018 8:05 am

On March 20, Northfield Elementary School hosted a “Wild about STEM” night. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) promises to be an area in which many of today’s young people will be employed, so activities are conducted weekly in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program to motivate students to further explore this important field.

At the recent evening event, students and parents engaged in fun, hands-on activities in which they learned science facts and   conducted science experiments. Participants were allowed to choose from a variety of stations including robots, flight simulator, simple electric motors, wind turbines, and circuits.

This family engagement event was sponsored by the … Read More


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