Michael Anthony Sherrell

Posted by | September 27, 2017 4:55 am

Michael Anthony Sherrell, 58, of Sparta, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sherrell was born Dec. 14, 1958, in Nashville, to Bobby Eugene Sherrell and Shirley Marsh Sherrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Chris Sherrell and Tim Sherrell.

Survivors include his daughter, Emily Sherrell; granddaughter, Mackenzie Sherrell; brother, Jack (Vickie) Sherrell; sister, Becky (Sam) Davis; nieces, Ashley (Daniel) Rice, Brittany Sherrell, Allison Sherrell, Chelse (Jon) Trejo, Seth Davis, Brayden Davis; great-nephews, Kallon and Samuel Trejo, Winston Davis, Hensley Rice; special friend, Betty Hickey; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. … Read More


Putnam County Executive designated Certified Public Administrator 

Posted by | September 27, 2017 12:16 am


Putnam County’s Executive has recently been designated as a Certified Public Administrator by the University of Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee recently honored Putnam County Executive Randy Porter as a Certified Public Administrator at a Capstone event at The Fontanel in Nashville.

Porter became Putnam County’s Executive in 2014. According to Porter, “This certification allows me to better serve the people of Putnam County.”

In order to become a Certified Public Administrator, approximately 80 credit hours must be completed in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. This program is available to every county official in Tennessee, thanks to the University of Tennessee’s County Techinical Assistance Service.

“This is … Read More


“Every penny helps” as the Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” continues its mission

Posted by | September 26, 2017 10:48 pm

Bon Air Market Co-Owner Mike Crawford presents to Cassville Elementary School Principal Juli Johnson Cassville's “Snack Pack” donation. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The Bon Air Market sponsored “Snack Pack” continues it mission in helping school children across the county, thanks to the generosity of the Bon Air Market community.

“Every penny helps”, stated Cassville Elementary School Principal Juli Johnson. 627 pennies to be exact, is how many were donated through the Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” program to Cassville.

This month, Cassville Elementary School was the recipient of the charitable contributions that were made by the customers of Bon Air Market, through the “Snack Pack” bucket. Cassville received $146.32 from the “Snack Pack” program.

Every month, customers at Bon Air Market have the opportunity to donate their spare change or … Read More


Senator Paul Bailey to sit out remainder of Titans season

Posted by | September 26, 2017 7:17 pm

Senator Paul Bailey

Sen. Bailey said today he would make good on his promise to leave his premium season ticket seats empty, saying, “I won’t witness the hijacking of pre-game ceremonies that disrespect our flag and challenge the honor of any of the men or women who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms to enjoy these leisure-time activities.”

For the remainder of the season, Sen. Bailey said, he will leave his five 50-yard line seats vacant and donate an amount equal to the tickets value, split between two worthy organizations. The two organizations are C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization which provides assistance to the families of … Read More


Cookeville Police searching for leads in robbery incident

Posted by | September 26, 2017 6:41 pm

The Cookeville Police Department is asking for the community’s help to solve an armed robbery incident that occurred at a local park.

On Sept. 26, at approximately 11:00 a.m., an armed robbery incident was reported at the Jere Whitson Ballpark, according to a press statement issued today by the Cookeville Police Department. Two victims reported earlier today, Sept. 26, to the Cookeville Police Department that they were sitting in their vehicles at the park, when three suspects approached them.

During the encounter, according to the press statement, one of the suspects presented a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. During the robbery, another suspect reportedly assaulted one of … Read More


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted by | September 26, 2017 7:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted by | September 26, 2017 7:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale

Posted by | September 26, 2017 7:43 am

Saturday, Oct. 7

Who: All those interested in participating

What: All day yard sale (This year there will be spaces for travelers to park RVs.)

When: Starts at daylight and ends at dark

Where: The entire expanse of Bockman Way; will also include Pearson Park, next to Sparta Civic Center, and the vacant lot on South Church Street below the cemetery, which is the former location of the old jail. (All residents on side streets are also encouraged to participate.)

Contact: (931) 836-2666 or (931) 303-3237


WCHS students operate new ultrasound equipment

Posted by | September 26, 2017 6:55 am

White County High School Large Animal Science students are shown operating new ultrasound equipment for pregnancy checking of their cows. Large Animal Science is an applied course in veterinary and animal science for students interested in learning more about becoming a veterinarian, vet tech, vet assistant, or pursuing a variety of scientific, health, or agriculture professions. This course covers anatomy and physiological systems of different groups of large animals, as well as careers, leadership, and history of the industry.


Sgt. Alvin C. York’s Peace and Valor Foundation focus of Rotary Club of Sparta’s recent program

Posted by | September 26, 2017 6:49 am

Deborah York, executive director at Center for Peace and Valor, recently addressed Rotary Club of Sparta about a historical program based on Alvin C. York’s promise to promote peace in accordance with the principles of the Medal of Honor.

On Sept. 21, 2017, the Rotary Club of Sparta heard Deborah York, executive director at Center for Peace and Valor, a historical program on Alvin C. York’s promise to promote peace in accordance with the principles of the Medal of Honor.

The Sgt. York Center for Peace and Valor in Pall Mall, Tennessee, serves to promote the “values and the qualities of courage, sacrifice, patriotism and peace through increased awareness, education, behavior, and example.”

Deborah York said, “On Sgt. York’s deathbed, he said he did not want his legacy to be of war’s horrors, but for peace. His legacy can be our legacy to promote the values of … Read More


Shakespeare in the Park opens Sept. 29 with ‘King Lear’

Posted by | September 26, 2017 6:22 am

King Lear (Evan Cole) listens as his three daughters express their love and devotion to him. They are, from left, Sam Raper as “Goneril,” Emily Remmert as “Regan” and, at right, Kim Frick-Welker as “Cordelia.”

It’s the tragic story of an aging king and his three daughters.

Who loves him most? That’s what Shakespeare’s King Lear asks his daughters amid the nobility who have gathered as he prepares to step down from the throne.

“He decides to divide his kingdom into three parts, one for each daughter,” explained Dave Johnson, director of Cookeville Leisure Services’ 14th annual Shakespeare in the Park series, which opens Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dogwood Park performance pavilion. Admission is free.

The daughter who best expresses her love and devotion to the king is to be given the largest piece of the kingdom – and Lear … Read More


The Warriorettes Golf team is headed to the State Tournament

Posted by | September 25, 2017 7:54 pm

The White County High School Warriorettes Golf team is head to the State Tournament. The Warriorettes won the Region Tournament with a final score of 169. Which was 12 strokes better than 2nd place finishing Sequoyah. This was the first time ever that the Warriorettes or Warriors have won the Region Tournament.

The Warriors golf season came to an end on Monday afternoon. The Warriors missed out on making it to the State Tournament by 10 strokes. Blake Gongoware missed making his first trip to the state tournament by 1 stroke. But the Warriors did finish in 2nd Place.

See Thursday’s Paper for Full Details of the Region


White County Middle School homecoming queen and court

Posted by | September 25, 2017 8:31 am

White County Middle School homecoming will be Sept. 26. They will have the pinning of colors for 8th grade football players and cheerleaders, at 5:45 p.m. The WCMS game vs. Coffee County will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the crowning of queen and court will be at halftime of the football game. Front row, L-R: Shea Hawkins (8th grade attendant), Abby Grissom (Queen), Josie Perkins (8th grade attendant); back row, L-R: Brayden Taylor (6th grade attendant), Sydney Light (6th grade attendant), Nia Powers (7th grade attendant), Katelyn Young (7th grade attendant)


WCHS volleyball finishes their week going 1-1

Posted by | September 25, 2017 6:57 am

Gracie Geer goes up for a kill in Thursday’s game vs. Soddy Daisy. Geer finished with three kills in the game.

The White County High School Volleyball team finished up their week going 1-1. The Warriorettes struggled, on Thursday, falling to district opponent Soddy-Daisy 3-0. On Friday night, the Warriorettes picked up a much need win vs. Van Buren County.

On Thursday night, the first game would stay close throughout most of the game. But Soddy-Daisy would take control and win 25-18. In the second game, both teams would trade points for most of the game, with neither team able to take control. Soddy-Daisy would win that set 25-16. In the final set, the Warriorettes would have the lead 16-14, but Soddy-Daisy wasn’t going to let the game go … Read More


White County High School soccer loses heartbreaker on Senior Night

Posted by | September 25, 2017 6:53 am

Before the game on Thursday night, the White County High School soccer coach and players honored the seniors on the team. Senior members on this team are (L-R) Hannah England, Dani Auberger, Maria Barker, Millie Simmons, Mason Mullins, Jessie Green, Hannah Dycus, and Emily Lemonds.

The White County High School soccer team and coaches honored their eight seniors before the start of Thursday’s home game.

During the match, the Warriorettes were looking to pick up their first victory over Warren County since 2009. It took 81 minutes to   decide what the outcome of the game would be. The Warriorettes would fall behind 3-0, with 20 minutes remaining in … Read More


Trip to state on the line Sept. 25 at Bear Trace

Posted by | September 25, 2017 6:46 am

The Warriors’ golf team earned a spot in the region with their third-place finish in the District 6AAA tournament. L-R: Jarrett Lee Glass, Blake Gongaware, Coach Eric Mitchell, Tanner Bryant, Tyson Welch, and Trey Crockett. (Photo submitted)

Making a trip to the state tournament is a dream of athletes that compete at the high school level no matter what sport they play. Of course, the ultimate goal is to win a state title. But to achieve that goal, one must first get to that level. The White County High School golf teams will be looking for that trip to the state when they tee off in the Region 3 Large Division golf tournament Sept. 25, at Bear Trace Golf Course, in Crossville.

Both White County High School golf teams secured their spots in the tournament by finishing in the top three of the District 6 … Read More


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