Community center to possibly join law enforcement as tenant at old Central View Elementary building

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:32 am

White County Board of Education has formed a partnership with White County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol to provide office space at the former Central View Elementary School. L-R: THP Capt. R.C. Christian and White County Sheriff Steve Page.

It did not take long for the White County Board of Education to be approached about Central View Elementary School property.

According to Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools, a private party has approached the board to inquire about possibly using the building as a community center. He said the board plans to address the matter at the next board meeting, which will be Nov. 8, at White County High School.

White County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol now use the building for office space.

“The board of education has formed a partnership with the White County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to provide office space … Read More




Roy Arthur Nixon Jr.

Posted by | October 27, 2018 6:04 pm

Born April 15, 1925, in Lansing, Michigan, Roy has led a full and rewarding life and is joining Frances, his beloved wife of 65 years on this 25th day of October 2018.

Roy proudly served submarine service in the Navy during WWII working as a radio tech, and he helped to develop QLA, a type of sonar.

In addition to holding three patents in the automotive industry, Roy served as the … Read More


Sheriff Page to hand out candy

Posted by | October 27, 2018 4:02 pm

Sheriff Steve Page will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at the Justice Center Wednesday night for Halloween. He will be donating bags of candy to local churches for various festivities that they have and says he will have about 200 bags of candy left over. Children can start picking up their bags of candy at the Justice Center as early as Monday but if they would like to meet the sheriff, come by on October 31.


Happy Trails hosts grand opening

Posted by | October 27, 2018 3:57 pm

Happy Trails Brewing Company is hosting its grand opening October 27. Doors opened at 11:00 a.m. Tobi Mac, Tanner Hillis, and Shell will be playing live at 4:30 p.m. The venue can be found in the back of the old Sparta Appliance building at 36 East Bockman Way in Sparta.


Van Buren Trunk or Treat

Posted by | October 27, 2018 12:16 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

5 p.m. until all the candy is gone

Location: Historic Van Buren County Courthouse Veterans Square

Sponsored by Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter


14th Annual Coat and Toy Drive

Posted by | October 27, 2018 10:37 am

Sponsored by Cash Express – from Hollie and Destiny:

Once again we have the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else.

Cash Express invites you to join with us in the celebration of giving.

We are pairing up with our local domestic violence program to become a blessing to families in our community.

We will be accepting toys, coats, shoes (washable), clothing, and non-perishable food items in many drop-off locations in the area. They can be dropped off at our location, 291 N. Spring St., in Sparta.

We ask that all donations be received by Dec. 15 in order to have them delivered in time for Christmas.… Read More


Sunset Rock gets makeover

Posted by | October 27, 2018 10:32 am

Over 50 years of tradition has recently been erased by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. What White County residents refer to as Sunset Rock, has been given a makeover. It has been re-paved, a pavilion has been added and the graffiti on the rock has been either painted or power washed away, leaving only remnants behind of what was once there.


Jessie Suzanne Roberts Sanders

Posted by | October 27, 2018 10:23 am

Jessie Suzanne Roberts Sanders, 70, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 20, 2018, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

Ms. Sanders was born Oct. 24, 1947, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Arthur J. Roberts and Grace Waldon Roberts.

She was a former longtime employee of Walmart.

Ms. Sanders was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert “Bobby” Sanders, who died in Vietnam; and her life partner, Roiellen “Ches” Gutz.

Survivors include her friend, Debby Lancaster, of Mason City, Iowa, and family friends, Roger and Sandy Clary, of Sparta.

No services are planned.

Hunter Funeral Home has been entrusted with Ms. Sanders’ cremation.



Commodities distribution

Posted by | October 27, 2018 10:07 am

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency  will hold a commodities distribution for White County, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Nov. 1, 2018, at the Women’s Building, at the fairgrounds, in Sparta.

Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.

“This project is funding under a grant Ccontract with the State of Tennessee.”


BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department photo drive

Posted by | October 27, 2018 9:53 am

David Jones

It’s photo time. We are now doing the annual photo drive to help raise money to make your fire department the best that it can possibly be in upgrading and maintaining equipment, for training, and for operating expenses.

We humbly ask every household for its support. We are proud to have David Jones as our solicitor again. He will be wearing a “Support Your Fire Department” shirt and/or a yellow reflective jacket. He will also be driving a black Suzuki Sx4 and also have a letter from Fire Chief Ryan Edmonds and the treasurer of the fire department with phone numbers. He will provide every contributor … Read More


Ruth Philomena Fledering “Mama Ruth” Payne

Posted by | October 27, 2018 9:37 am

Ruth or “Mama Ruth,” as she was affectionately known, passed away Oct. 24, 2018, at her residence in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 8, 1939, in Gochsheim, Germany, to Eugene and Anna Goetz Fledering.

Ruth was blessed with many children “by heart” whom she loved as her very own. Lindsey Austin, Leah Wilhite, and their  children, Langley, Grant, Lyza, and Benson loved their Mama Ruth and enjoyed living life with her. She was known as “Mama Ruth” to Ashlee Anderson, Lexie and Trey Crockett, Jane Keith Edmonds, and Laney Oakes. She poured her life into these special children and exemplified Ruth 1:16-17, “Where you go, I will go. … Read More


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