TBI warns about dangerous drug combinations after receiving evidence containing lethal blends

Posted by | December 5, 2017 6:27 am

Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are concerned about recent evidence submissions to the TBI crime lab. Two different pieces of evidence from ongoing drug cases contained a deadly combination of drugs, and Agents are worried that there are more lethal blends of drugs being sold and used that will have deadly consequences.

This a toxic mix of drugs that Forensic Scientists in the TBI labs have rarely, if ever, seen in evidence submissions. One evidence sample submitted contained a combination of ketamine, tramadol, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl (pictured below). Another sample was powder that tested positive for a mixture of … Read More


Sarah Frances Davis

Posted by | December 4, 2017 1:44 pm

Sarah Frances Davis, 72, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Davis was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Jackson County, the daughter of George Steward and Hattie Boles Steward.

A celebration of life will be 6 p.m., Dec. 9, at her residence.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jake Morris

Posted by | December 4, 2017 12:00 pm

Jake Morris loved everything about life. He was born Jan. 7, 1979, in Cookeville.

Being raised in a competitive household, as a child, he loved all things sports and developed a passion for being outdoors and being on the move. He was an award-winning White County Warrior most of his life and was voted “Most Athletic” his senior year. He played football at Cumberland College, in Kentucky, on an athletic scholarship. Later in life, he channeled in the mechanical mind passed down by his dad, Mark, and worked as a toolmaker for over 15 years, at Quality Mold Shop, in McMinnville.

He would often be found with his … Read More


Christene Rose Starnes

Posted by | December 4, 2017 10:05 am

Christene Rose Starnes, 83, passed away Nov. 29, 2017.

She was born July 17, 1934, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to Hiram Rose and Manie Rose.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Jack    Cline, Linda and James Weis; sisters, Evelyn Gibson, Ella Mae McCary; grandchildren, Lisa Starnes, Jeramie Starnes, Tracy Collins, Heather Collins, Ashley Starnes, Paula Bennett, Kevin Weis; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was 10 a.m., Dec. 2, 2017, at Gum Springs Baptist Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Hunter Cantrell garners D2CCA All-Region football honors

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:44 am

Hunter Cantrell

Courtesy of Tusculum Athletics

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Tusculum punter Hunter Cantrell has been named to the 2017 Division II Conference Commissioners Association’s All-Super Region 2 second team announced officials on Friday.

Cantrell, a senior from Sparta, Tennessee finished the season with a 41.64 punting average, which was second in the South Atlantic Conference and 14th-best in the country. His average this year was also the fifth highest in a TC single-season. Of his 56 punts, 26 were pinned inside the 20-yard line, the most of any punter in the conference. He recorded a six punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 56-yarder at Limestone.

The 2017 … Read More


8th grade teams pick up two CTC Conference wins Thursday

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:40 am

Caydra Parker goes up for a layup in a game earlier this season. Parker finished Thursday night’s game with 11 points.

Riley Smith takes a three in a game earlier this season. Smith finished with 9 points in Thursday’s game against East Tullahoma Middle School.

The White County Middle School 8th grade basketball teams traveled to Tullahoma to take on the East Tullahoma Panthers and Lady Panthers this past Thursday night. The Warriors and Warriorettes both left Tullahoma with one more win underneath their belts. The Warriorettes got the night going picking up a 33-9 win over the Lady Panthers. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead … Read More


White County Middle School 6th grade teams add two more wins

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:37 am

Caden Mitchell goes up for a layup in a game from earlier this season. Mitchell finished with 4 points in Tuesday night’s win over Avery Trace.

The White County Middle School 6th grade teams picked up two more wins this past Tuesday night when Avery Trace Middle School came to White County. The Warriorettes got the night going picking up a 45-7 win over Avery Trace. In the second game of the night, the Warriors won 36-17.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes jumped out to an early 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes outscored Avery … Read More


Van Buren splits with Bledsoe

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:35 am

Sydney Bouldin goes up for a layup in a game earlier this season. Bouldin finished with 6 points in Friday night’s game against Bledsoe County.

The Van Buren County High School teams split with Bledsoe County, on Friday night. The Eaglettes couldn’t complete their comeback, losing 51-35. In the Eagles’ game, the Eagles saw their offense come together, scoring a season-high 95 points, in a 95-58 win.

In the first game of the night, the Eaglettes fell behind early, trailing 8-7 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Eaglettes kept things close, only being outscored 11-9 in the quarter and trailing 19-16 heading into the … Read More


White County High School takes two from Sequatchie County

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:33 am

After going 3-1 to start the week, the White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes both closed out their weeks with wins. Both teams welcomed Sequatchie County High School into Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on Friday night, and both teams sent them back home with a loss.

The Warriorettes picked up their fifth straight victory of the year, with a 64-31 win over the visiting Lady ‘. Gracie Dodgen led all scorers with 17 points. Senior Hannah Leftwich also had a big night, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors picked up their fourth win of the year, with a 78-39 win over the Indians. The Warriors … Read More


How low will Americans allow our elected leaders go?

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:21 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

I have been asking myself variations of that question since the last election. Lately, without provocation, Donald Trump and Republicans have done their best to show they have not hit rock bottom yet. Mr. Trump has surpassed even my lowest expectations by the things he says and does, due to the fact that he is the president. After 11 months in office, there are some Republicans, in Congress, who can no longer justify his behavior.

The majority of elected Republicans and several Democrats have shown by their votes, they do not really work FOR the majority of Americans. Instead, they have shown … Read More


Northfield Elementary Health Fair

Posted by | December 4, 2017 9:15 am

Northfield Elementary School held a Health Fair, in October. Students learned how to keep their bodies safe and healthy. The school nurse, Kelly Delong, taught students how to keep their teeth healthy. The coordinated school health supervisor Marcie Kinnard taught students the importance of exercising for healthy hearts. Sgt. Scott O’Dell, from the White County Sheriff Department, taught the students about keeping themselves safe. The school nutritionist taught students about the importance of eating healthy foods. Jake Wilbanks and Caleb Cooley, from Fast Pace Clinic, taught students the importance of daily hygiene. The students really enjoyed exploring ways to keep safe and healthy. Mrs. Wilson, the school counselor, … Read More


Friends of White County Animals

Posted by | December 4, 2017 8:57 am

Introduction by Friends of White County Animals President Sharon Langford

We think the following story about the rescued cats will make you smile (and probably laugh) and hope it will inspire you to create your own story of your rescued pet(s). Shirley Gribble Smith and Carolyn Turner, board members, kept me updated about this wonderful lady who had adopted several Calicos which they had fostered and I asked them if they thought she would be willing to share her experience. We are so grateful that she did! There are so many homeless cats in our county and we are so thankful for the people who help by adopting, … Read More


Baptizing in the name of the Lord

Posted by | December 4, 2017 8:51 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Baptism is one of the most fundamental doctrines of the inspired Scriptures. Yet, in order for baptism to be truly effective, it must be administered in the proper way and for the proper reason. That is, baptism must be performed upon a candidate who understands the nature of the Lord’s church (Acts 8:12), why he is being baptized (i.e. in order to be saved) (1 Peter 3:21), and the necessity of true belief, repentance, confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God, and faithfulness (John 3:36; Acts 17:30; 1 John 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:58). Furthermore, one must … Read More


State parks saw record number of participants during recent “After Thanksgiving” hikes

Posted by | December 4, 2017 8:49 am

A record number of people from across Tennessee came out and joined park rangers to work off their Thanksgiving feasts at state parks on the day after Thanksgiving.

Approximately 1,500 hikers took part in the “After Thanksgiving” hikes. There were approximately 15 percent more hikers who attended the annual “After Thanksgiving” event at one of Tennessee’s 56 state parks than during the 2016 statewide event. Since these state park organized hikes have started, the number of participants has steadily increased each year.

“This hike is growing in popularity because it showcases our public lands and offers a fun activity that everyone can enjoy,” stated Brock Hill, Tennessee Department … Read More


Fitzgerald constructing a second quick-turn building for growth

Posted by | December 4, 2017 8:47 am

Fitzgerald Industrial Park is once again growing and expanding, which will continue to increase the chances for more industrial development in White County.

Developers of the Fitzgerald Industrial Park, formerly known as Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Industrial Park, are constructing a second large commercial building as the park just completed construction on a its first quick-turn spec building that already has a tenant. LanMills Company will become the new tenant of the first quick-turn building and will be bringing 100 jobs to White County. (See the top story in today’s edition.) The second building is slated to be 100,000 square feet, just like the one that will be … Read More


Chamber discusses mural budget

Posted by | December 4, 2017 8:32 am

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce continues discussions on financing and the exact location for the proposed downtown mural. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

Chamber board members discussed during their Nov. 28 meeting the future plans for a proposed community mural and setting a budget for the project.

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 of this year, the board has been working on developing plans and ideas for what would be included in the mural and narrowing down a potential site. The board has been working with Tommy Narramore, well-known White County artist, to develop a sketch.

During … Read More


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