All District honorees

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:37 am

White County Warriors were district runner-up.

Alaina Stiles was named to the District All-Tournament team, on Monday night, for her performance in the tournament.

The Warriors had three players to be named to the District All-Tournament team. Those members are (L-R), Masyn Winningham, Grant Slatten, and Kade Clark.


Warriorettes lose to Lady Eagles of Rhea County

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:32 am

Gracie Dodgen takes a three against Rhea County, on Monday night. Dodgen finished the game with 14 points.

By Eli Rushing

The Warriorettes fell to the Lady Eagles of Rhea County, on Monday night, as they fought for third place in the district tournament. Rhea outscored White County by 15, ending the contest with an 81-66 victory. Following a crushing loss to Cookeville High in the first round of the tournament, the Warriorettes were looking for a momentous win but could not come away with one.

The girls opened the game with lackadaisical effort, failing to close out on the Lady Eagles’ shooters and falling behind by the … Read More


Warriors defeated by only one point

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:30 am

Masyn Winningham takes a shot inside the three-point line against Stone Memorial, on Tuesday night.

By Eli Rushing

The White County Warriors fought until the end but came up just short in the District 6AAA Championship game versus the Stone Memorial Panthers.

One point was all that stood between the Warriors and their ultimate goal as they fell to Stone 47-48 in heartbreaking fashion. Coming off an important win against decades-long rival Cookeville, White County was hungry for a win against a Panthers team against who they had lost five straight games but were unable to secure the championship.

To open the game, Stone got star big man … Read More


Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show set for March 1-3

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:26 am

Serena Wells will teach a workshop at 1 p.m., March 3. You will learn to build a quick, easy and low-cost portable cold frame to start plants early for the spring growing season.

Find inspiration to transform your home for Spring at the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show, March 1-3, at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville.  See the latest trends for home building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping with exhibits featuring products and services from the Upper Cumberland and beyond.

If you are shopping for cabinets, furniture, accessories, lawn mowers, lighting, doors, plants, appliances, or even a complete new home, you will find a wide selection at this … Read More


Fathers and fighting for focus

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:22 am

By Topher Wiles

I admit, I struggle with focus.  No, I’m not talking about the fact that my eyes now need a higher prescription contact lens (these things come with turning 40 right?).  By my focus struggle I’m referring to is my difficulty in giving my priorities adequate time and attention.  Too often in life I find myself chasing white rabbits down tiny holes, even though I don’t care anything for rabbits, and I feel anxiety attacks in tight spaces.  In other words, I have to invest brain power to purposefully redirect my attention to what matters most.  I also know, I’m not alone in this struggle.

In … Read More


Singing and celebrating a celebrity’s centennial birthday

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:20 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

February 10 would have been my daddy’s birthday. He would have been 117 years old. Three days later would have been Ernest Jennings Ford’s 100th.

That Sunday, Sammie and I, with our two oldest grandchildren, Allen and Annabelle, attended Tennessee Ernie’s old home church. Anderson Street United Methodist Church, a couple of blocks down the street from Ernie’s birthplace, was where the Ford’s worshipped and sang praises to the Lord. What a glorious occasion it was!

Tennessee Ernie had recorded several hits before “Sixteen Tons,” but that was the tune that sent his popularity over the top, back in the 50s. “Sixteen … Read More


Dr. Troy Smith presents Native Americans of East Tennessee

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:18 am

The Uplands Lifelong Learning Institute will present a program, Native Americans of East Tennessee, on March 15 and March 16. It will take place at 86A Church Dr., in Pleasant Hill, in Adshead Hall, on the lower level of Fletcher House, on the Uplands Village campus.

The program begins on Friday evening with a potluck supper at 5:30 pm, followed by the program, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday night’s program is Native Tennessee – Indians in the pre-contact and colonial period. Those who don’t choose to attend the supper are more than welcome to come just for the program that begins at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the program opens with … Read More


America wants legal immigrants

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:14 am

Language of Liberty – By Reihan Salam

I am the proud son of immigrants from Bangladesh. I was raised in New York City, which has benefited enormously from the energy and ambition of the millions of people born abroad who’ve chosen to make it their home. But I also believe that America’s immigration system needs to work for America, and, right now, that is simply not the case.

We need a new immigration system. So what should it be? We’re often presented with two stark choices: Severe restrictions or open borders. I think there’s a better way.

But before I offer a solution, let’s look at the usual … Read More


Burn permits are required through May 15 – free, fast, and simple

Posted by | February 21, 2019 8:03 am

Thanks to favorable weather and residents who burned debris safely, 2018 saw a record low number of wildfires, in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is working to continue that trend throughout 2019 by reminding residents that if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.

“The abundant rainfall throughout the year was certainly a factor for the record low in 2018,” said State Forester David Arnold. “However, when residents obtain a burn permit and follow the instructions that go along with the permit, it’s less likely for a fire to accidentally escape. That makes us all safer.”

The permitting system provides a … Read More


State treasury meets with law enforcement about available aid for victims of violent crime

Posted by | February 21, 2019 7:59 am

By Rachel Auberger

Dawn Hargett, an outreach specialist with Tennessee Department of Treasury, met with officials from Sparta-White County law enforcement agencies at Oldham Theater, in Sparta, on Feb. 19, to discuss the state’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, a last-resort fund, is intended to financially assist innocent victims of violent crime, in Tennessee. Since the fund began, in 1982, it has helped provide $301.2 million to victims, reimbursing them for medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, and other unforeseen costs arising because of the crimes committed against them.

“Law enforcement agencies are on the front lines working with these victims on a … Read More


Cutting-edge technology meets the pink flamingo

Posted by | February 21, 2019 7:55 am

An employee with Precision Molding Inc. puts the finishing touches on one their projects – pink flamingos. PMI employs 200 associates who produce more than 600 different parts for a variety of clients and industry uses. (Photo by DENISE WHERLEY)

By Rachel Auberger

Precision Molding Inc epitomizes the ideal union of state-of-the-art technology and dedication to service and quality, and, with the worlds of industry and technology colliding in today’s fast-paced, rapidly-changing economy, this is good news for Sparta.

PMI operates out of its own 97,000-square-foot facility on 32 acres, on Roberts- Matthews Highway, in the northern part of White County, and employs 200 associates who produce more … Read More



Reserved seat tickets on sale for Saturday’s basketball game

Posted by | February 20, 2019 12:41 pm

White County High School will be selling tickets for the reserved seats for the Warriors vs. Bradley Central basketball game, on Feb. 23, at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, in Sparta. Tickets are $6 each and will be on sale 8 a.m., Thurs., Feb. 21, through noon, Feb. 22, at the White County High School office.


Eastland breakfast

Posted by | February 20, 2019 9:39 am

Saturday, March 2

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

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

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd.

Contact: (931) 935-8200 for deliveries


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