Wilma McBride

Posted by | July 26, 2018 3:14 pm

Wilma McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sandi Renee Taylor

Posted by | July 26, 2018 3:11 pm

Sandi Renee Taylor, 47, of Smithville, passed away July 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 12, 1971, in Nashville.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Children and parents alike enjoy Water Fun Day at White County Library

Posted by | July 26, 2018 2:58 pm

Library staff L to R: Dana Gorter, Children’s Librarian; Michael C. Hale, White County Public Library Assistant Director; Cathy Farley, White County Public Library Director

Patrons stand in line for sno-cones from Mountain Sno

Kids have fun squirting each other with water guns

Even the parents got in on some of the fun

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit

Posted by | July 26, 2018 2:11 pm

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit, 64, of Quebeck, passed away July 24, 2018, at her residence.

Ms. Pettit was a twin daughter born Feb. 13, 1954, in Putnam County, to Auman Claston Hill and Frona Louetta Hawkins Hill.

She was a caregiver for Retire at Home.

Ms. Pettit was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, brothers David Hill and Glenn Hill.

Survivors include her son, Matthew (Tiffany) Pettit; grandchildren, Serenity Pettit, Graclynn Pettit, Joe Dillon Pettit, Brison Parks; brother, George A. Hill; six sisters, Andrea Faye Horton, Joanna (Richard) Wood, Betty Carolyn Howell, twin sister Brenda Sue (Jim) Bryant, Connie Joy Beltz, Dorene (Bruce) Howard; and … Read More

Lynda Dean Webster Carr

Posted by | July 26, 2018 1:55 pm

Lynda Dean Webster Carr, 78, passed from this life, on July 24, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Carr was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Sparta, to Clyde Wesley Webster and Mary Harriett Vinson Webster.

She was an LPN and worked many years for the late Dr. C.B. Roberts, White County Hospital, and NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years, Harold Carr; infant son Kyle Lee Carr; brothers Billy, Bobby and Lloyd Webster; sister-in-law Wanda Carr Gibson and brother-in-law Lendel Gibson.

Survivors include her daughter Cindi Winnett and husband Danny; grandson, Kyle … Read More

Young anglers honored

Posted by | July 26, 2018 9:58 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell recently presented Elijah Kelley and Hunter Slone with proclamations honoring the hard work, determination, and skills of these two young anglers. They recently competed in a state youth tournament of the Tennessee Bass Federation youth division and were victorious. The tournament was held on Tim’s Ford Lake where the team doubled the weight of their nearest competitors from Cleveland, Tennessee. The team will now move on to fish in the TBF national tournament, in Hot Springs, Arkanas, in August.

WCMS football team gets down to work in preparation for new season

Posted by | July 26, 2018 9:55 am

Owen Adams makes a pass in practice, on Tuesday afternoon. Adams got most of the Warriors’ reps at quarterback, on Tuesday.

The White County Middle School football team, just like their high school counterparts, got down to business this week. After practicing for a full week in helmets and shoulder pads, the Warriors strapped on full pads and got down to work. The Warriors have around 50-60 players who came out for the team this fall.

The Warriors will get their first taste of competition this Thursday night when they travel to Upperman Middle School. The Warriors and Upperman Middle School will scrimmage starting at 6 p.m.

The … Read More

WCHS golf tournament winners

Posted by | July 26, 2018 9:52 am

The White County High School golf team held its annual tournament, on July 7. The Warriors had a full field for the tournament that included 18 teams of four players. Each team played 18 holes, with the team coming out with the lowest score named the winner. The winner of the tournament was a team made up of Matt Greene, Chad Armstrong, Kenny Crockett, and Kirk Bumbalough. The winning team shot 19-under par.

Full contact football practice

Posted by | July 26, 2018 9:49 am

Caleb Charlson runs through a tackle in practice, on Monday afternoon.

For two weeks, the Warrior football team had been playing two-hand touch. On Monday, the hitting finally began.

Official practice for all fall sports teams began Monday. Football teams had the most noticeable change as the pads went on and they were allowed to hit for the first time since spring practice.

The Warriors hit the field at 8 a.m., on Monday, for the first practice. That practice lasted about three hours. The Warriors met again, on Tuesday, and would get in a lift before heading down to the practice field for about a two-and-a-half-hour practice.

The … Read More

UDC members attend banquet

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:23 am

Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, United Daughters of the Confederacy, recently held their Annual Banquet at Nick’s Restaurant, in Cookeville. Seated, L-R: Hallie Harris, Carolyn Rankhorn, Martha Sue Broyles, Susan Hunter, Pamela Wood, Donna Hamilton; standing, L-R: Marr Temples, Mattie Harris, Susan Harris, Annette Coorts-Flanders, Cathy Sullivan, Carolyn Carr, Barbara Parsons, Theresa Loftis, Betty Ledbetter, Sherrie McCulley, Louise Stover, Kristie Welch, and Matilda Speck.

Early voting in progress

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:21 am

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

Boundless love from a senior dog

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:20 am

Introduction by Sharon Langford, Friends of White County Animals president

When Shirley told me about Ms. Templeton adopting the senior dog, both Shirley and I agreed that this story of compassion and generosity should be shared. I only adopt very senior dogs and people often ask how I can stand to lose them so soon. My response is always that the joy of helping them have a good end of life is the priority. There is no correlation between the length of time we have with a dog and how much we love them and there is such a blessing in giving these seniors a home. We hope … Read More

A heart bursting with…

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:14 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Have you ever had your heart broken? Most of us would answer, “YES. At least once! Probably several times.”

Has your heart ever burst with joy, pride? Hopefully, your answer to the second question would be, “More times than broken.”

Have you ever experienced both of the above, simultaneously?

That’s what happened to Sammie and me when our son broke the news to us recently. Our hearts swelled with pride upon learning that Stephen had been offered a very prestigious position with the Tennessee Department of Education, in Nashville. Without too much detail, l will just say that it is a great … Read More

Best One Pressure Washing

Posted by | July 26, 2018 7:13 am



After the messy weather the past seasons, pressure washing one’s home could be necessary.

Sparta residents have a pressure washing business owned by a White County family. Skylar Delaney and his cousin, MaKenzi Delaney, run Best One Pressure Washing.

When asked what they specialize in doing as far as pressure washing, Skylar Delaney stated they can do just about anything that anybody would like for them to do.

“We do heavy equipment, inside garages and barns, inside of storage buildings, anything really,” said Skylar Delaney. “We’re an all-purpose company.”

When asked what gave him the idea to start a pressure washing business, Skylar Delaney stated he … Read More

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