Cook convicted of aggravated sexual battery

Posted by | May 13, 2019 7:06 am

Kristopher Cook

According to Bruce MacLeod, assistant district attorney general, Kristopher A. Cook pleaded guilty in front of Criminal Court Judge David Patterson, on April 29, 2019, to aggravated sexual battery and received a seven-year sentence to serve with Tennessee Department of Correction.

This case was prosecuted by MacLeod and investigated by Detective Lindell Smith.

According to MacLeod, to be found guilty of aggravated sexual battery, it must be proven that the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor, and the defendant was more than 10 years older than the minor. MacLeod said that after Cook’s release from prison, he will be placed on the sex offender … Read More

Willard E. “Tube” Lowery

Posted by | May 12, 2019 4:41 am

Willard E. “Tube” Lowery, 71, passed away May 8, 2019, at his sister’s home, in Cookeville, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Lowery was born May 12, 1947, in Sparta.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Augusta “Gussie” Lowery;       son, Curron “Brother” Lowery; mother, Margie Louise Chaney; brother, Samuel “Boo Boo” Lee Chaney Jr.; and sister, Deborah Diane Lowery Hogan.

He is survived by his loving son, Saxton Lowery; sisters, Maxine    Chaney Glimps, Alicia Keck; father, Samuel “Sam” Lee Chaney Sr.; grandchildren, Curronica Lowery, Mahayla Lowery Simmons, Hali Howard, Hillary Huddleston; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., May 12, 2019, … Read More

The Kellys in concert at Laurel Hill

Posted by | May 10, 2019 11:10 am

The Kellys are coming back. Sunday, May 26, at 5 p.m., please join everyone at the church for some good old-fashioned Southern Gospel music. Laurel Hill Baptist Church is excited to again host the Kellys at 7651 Sparta Highway, in Sparta.

“Choose to Include”

Posted by | May 10, 2019 10:27 am

Elected officials and staff at the White County Courthouse and the White County Justice Center are celebrating Special Olympics today by wearing their “Choose to Include” green shirts.


Van Buren baseball/softball seniors

Posted by | May 10, 2019 9:36 am

Senior baseball and softball players. L-R: Axel Rodriguez, Logan Young, Mason Simmons, GracieRae Austin, Dillon-JoBurton Hale, Mateo (Hootie) Huerta, Dakota Simmons, and Dillon Young.

Gift. Van Buren High School seniors presented Coach Dustin Key with a departing gift in remembrance of the four years they played as a team. L-R: Dillon Young, Mateo (Hootie) Huerta, Dakota Simmons, Axel Rodriguez, Coach Dustin Key, Mason Simmons, Dillon-JoBurton Hale, and Logan Young. There is only one senior softball player, GracieRae Austin, daughter of Denise and Barry Austin, who played for four years.

National Day of Prayer

Posted by | May 10, 2019 9:29 am

By Rachel Auberger

Church leaders, government officials, and community members gathered at the White County Courthouse to participate in one of many National Day of Prayer ceremonies that went on around the country, on May 2.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday, in May.  The first National Day of Prayer was held in 1983, and, in 1988, Congress unanimously passed a bill in support of NDP. Each year, the president, beginning with President Ronald Regan, in 1988, has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

This year White County’s prayer service, which was organized … Read More

State Farm and Jared Howard host grand opening May 4

Posted by | May 10, 2019 9:20 am

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on May 4, 2019, at State Farm - Jared Howard, on Mose Drive, in Sparta. Members of the community as well as business owners and representatives attended the event. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

By Rachel Auberger

Jared Howard and his State Farm staff hosted a grand opening at their Mose Drive location, on May 4.

“This is our first opportunity to show our office to the community,” Howard said. “Even though we have been open and serving customers for about a month, I waited to host the grand opening because we really wanted to offer a great community event.”

Along with the traditional ribbon cutting, Howard had several activities going on throughout the day including “swag” bags, cold drinks, and coloring books and crayons for the kids.

Jesse Rector and the Chubby Donkey food truck were on the scene to provide … Read More

Grant Slatten named one of top three players at HoopSeen Tip-Off

Posted by | May 10, 2019 8:52 am

Grant Slatten in red shirt (Photo by JUSTIN YOUNG)

Elite Amateur Basketball has listed White County High School’s Grant Slatten as one of the top three players at the recent HoopSeen Tip-Off showcase in April of this year.

Justin Young of stated in his column about Slatten:  “Buckets. That’s what Slatten was all about at the HoopSeen Tip-Off. He piled up the points over the weekend and did so with swagger and creativity. He hit nine three-pointers, converted at the free-throw line and drove hard to the basket at a constant clip. The class of 2021 guard has the skill set to develop into a really nice college player. Schools from a variety of levels will … Read More

Cookeville rolls over Warriorettes

Posted by | May 10, 2019 8:50 am

White County High School Warriorette softball (Photo by LAURIE HICKEY)

The Warriorettes were destroyed on the road as they took on Cookeville in the district tournament and fell 15-1. Poor control from the mound and a lack of offensive output hindered their performance, allowing the Lady Cavs to dominate. Their season is not over yet, however, as they will take on Rhea County with a chance to play another day.

The Warriorettes started out facing a deficit as Cookeville scored in the very first inning. A two RBI double gave them their first taste of a lead, and they built onto it with a sacrifice fly that scored one before the inning’s end.

The girls fell even further … Read More

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