Unemployment rates decrease for White and Van Buren counties

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:42 am

Unemployment figures recently released by the state show that all of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips also announced the state has seen a significant drop in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

For White County, the unemployment rate dropped significantly from 4.5 percent in July to 3.9 percent in August. This was a decrease of 0.6 percent in a one-month period, a decrease of 1.5 percent this time last year.

As for comparison for White County’s neighbors, Putnam County has one of … Read More


Our Constitution: “Living breathing” or a standard of liberty?

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:36 am

Language of Liberty – by KrisAnne Hall 

When a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, a founder of our Constitutional Republic, what kind of government the States created, he answered, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The key to keeping that Republic exists in the understanding how the Constitution was designed to function.

The Constitution of these United States is not arbitrary.   It is a document of standards established to keep the GOVERNMENT from becoming arbitrary. These standards were not invented by the men who wrote the Constitution. These standards were axiomatic truths that had proven themselves for over a millennium. Many of these truths can be found in … Read More


Going to a birthday party and to church at the beach – wonderful

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:34 am

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

Every year, on Sept. 11, Katie Grace has a birthday. This year was her fourth, and her parents planned a party at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park for the following Saturday. Jungle Rapids is fantastic venue near K.G.’s home, in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to a water park and go-kart track, Jungle Rapids has games and a very large indoor playground for kids’ parties. Several birthdays were being celebrated, simultaneously, with each group in separate rooms for food and gifts.

Sammie’s sister, Robin, and husband, Ricky, went with us for the festivities. Kathryn Grace calls them “Aunt Obbie and Un-tul Wit-ty”- … Read More


Is there a song stuck in your head?

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:31 am

By Eric Williams – Fellowship Renewed Church

If you are like me, I get songs stuck in my head very easily. I have become more acutely aware of this in the past several years as my children have grown from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers. It seems like every toy and every TV show has a new catchy tune that gets lodged in my mind.

The name for this phenomenon is an “earworm.” This is music or lyrics that continue on in your head after it has been heard, played, or sung. According to professor James Kellaris (University of Cincinnati) 98 percent of people experience earworms. It was … Read More


Chamber narrows down site for mural project

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:25 am

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce has tentatively set a site for a mural, which will be on the side of the old Sparta Hardware Building. The existing sign will be restored. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce board members continued discussions on Sept. 26 about the ongoing mural project as they have officially narrowed down the prospective mural site.

The purpose of the mural is to highlight characteristics, symbols, and trademarks of Sparta and White County. The hope of the board members is that this new mural will create a photo-taking opportunity for locals and visitors alike.

Since July, the board has been working on developing plans and ideas for what would be included in the mural and narrowing down a potential site. During the board’s September meeting, another piece of the puzzle was tentatively solved – the location.

One … Read More


Krystal returning to Sparta soon

Posted by | September 28, 2017 6:22 am

Thanks to the hard work and fast progress of the construction crews, Sparta’s newest fast food restaurant, Krystal, will be opening back up soon. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Those who have been hoping for Krystal’s to return to Sparta have gotten their wish, as renovations continue to move forward.

Residents in White County noticed around Aug. 31, 2017 a new ad on a digital billboard proclaiming, “Krystal coming soon to Sparta.” Krystal, which once had a location on Bockman Way, in Sparta, closed in 2012.

Reportedly, in 2012, the previous Krystal franchise group that operated the Sparta location did not renew its franchise agreement and closed the Sparta location after the agreement expired.

However, on Sept. 13, 2017, construction crews began to make good on the billboard announcement as they began to renovate the Bockman Way … Read More


2017 4-H chicken sale

Posted by | September 27, 2017 1:40 pm

Looking for some laying hens to furnish your table with delicious food made with farm fresh eggs? Well come out to the White County Fairgrounds Poultry Barn for the Annual 4-H Poultry Show and Auction on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. The auction begins at 10 a.m.; gates open at 9 a.m. (Enter at the gate by the petting barn). The birds will be judged on size, maturity, egg production, and other features. The sale will follow immediately after judging and awards. Experience first-hand the great things 4-H’ers learn by doing. This year’s breeds are Black Australorp and Rhode Island Red – all brown egg layers. These birds will … Read More


Barbara Lee Kollmorgen

Posted by | September 27, 2017 12:36 pm

Barbara Lee Kollmorgen, 74, of Walling, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Born May 10, 1943, in Nashville, she was the daughter of John and Emma Lee Whited.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John C. Kollmorgen.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Sleister and Jackie Cantrell, of Cookeville, Donnie and Cindy Kollmorgen, of Sparta, Jimmy and Dimple Kollmorgen, of Monterey; daughter, Donna and Jeff Bray, of Sparta; sister, Donna and Alton Billingsley, of Cookeville; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral will be 11 a.m., Sept. 29, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Shady Grove … Read More


Smith County deputy indicted, arrested, and fired after TBI drug theft investigation

Posted by | September 27, 2017 9:15 am

Brandon Marshall

According to a press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, special agents from the TBI have obtained indictments for a now former Smith County deputy accused of stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room.

On Monday, at the request of 15th District Attorney General Tom Thompson, TBI Agents began investigating the theft of drugs from the evidence room at the Smith County Sheriff Department, in Carthage. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that, on two occasions – one on-duty and one off-duty – Brandon McKae Marshall removed items from evidence lockers for personal reasons. The department subsequently terminated Marshall’s employment.… Read More


Eastland breakfast

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:54 am

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits – pancakes on request); Adults $7 and children 12 and under, $3

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd., at Fire Station #1

Contact: (931) 935-8200 for deliveries


Lafever Cemetery cleanup

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:47 am

Saturday, Oct. 14

Who: Lafever Cemetery

What: Workday to improve and clean up cemetery

When: All day

Where: Cemetery

Contact: (931) 526-3041


Fall Festival

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 28

Who: First Community Church of Sparta

What: Fall Festival and chili cook-off, with candy and games for children

When: 3 p.m.

Where: 184 Taft Church Rd, in Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-3200


First Baptist Church of Spencer homecoming

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:35 am

Sunday, Oct. 1

Who: First Baptist Church of Spencer

What: Homecoming (celebrating 86 years of ministry)

When: 10:15 a.m., The Caravan Singers; 11 a.m., Bro. Roberts Haynes preaching

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 200-9525


Cagle singing

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:32 am

Saturday, Oct. 14

Who: Cagle Community Church

What: Singing – featuring The Lore Family of Portsmouth, Ohio

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Church, at Highway 8 and 111, in Dunlap


“Facing the Giants” movie

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:29 am

Saturday, Sept. 30

Who: First Baptist Church of Spencer

What: “Facing the Giants” movie under the stars; there will be popcorn and drinks; free admission; bring chair or blanket

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 427 College St., in Spencer, behind the library

Contact: (931) 200-9525


Annual Beyond Bow Muzzleloader Workshop set for Nov. 10-212

Posted by | September 27, 2017 6:27 am

The 2017 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nov. 10-12 in Humphreys County.

Female hunters 18 and older will have the opportunity to learn about hunting deer during the weekend. The workshop will be held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge which incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. Along with the hunts, a variety of topics including deer biology, deer management, and hunting ethics will be covered.

Registration for the workshop is on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, two weeks priority will be given to first-time participants. The cost of … Read More


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