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School Bus Replacement Grant program awardees announced

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:42 am

Funds from Volkswagen settlement environmental mitigation trust

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced that the following 39 entities will receive $8,854,685.42 in grant funding to support school bus replacement projects across Tennessee:

Bledsoe County Schools

Bradford Special School District

Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Campbell County School System

Carroll County Board of Education

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Clay County Schools

Fentress County Board of Education

Greene County Schools

Grundy County Department of Education

Hancock County School System

Hardeman County Board of Education

Henderson County Board of Education

Hickman County Board of Education

Humphreys County Board of Education

Jackson County Board of Education

JLL … Read More

“After Dark Movies” return to Dogwood Park in Cookeville

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:17 am

People gather for After Dark Movies in the Park, a free movie series at Dogwood Park, on Friday nights, in June.

The free movie series, presented by Cookeville Leisure Services and State Rep. Ryan Williams and his wife, Abby, will be shown on Friday nights in June beginning with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on June 7.

“Watching movies in the park is a great way to spend a summer evening,” Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent, said. “Movies start right at dark as the sun is setting, so it’s usually just a bit cooler – the perfect time to enjoy the park.”

The movies continue June 14 with “Mary Poppins Returns,” June 21 with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and June 28 with “How to Train Your Dragon: … Read More

Farmers Markets create communities within communities

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:13 am

Tennessee’s farmers markets are providing more than just a place to find fresh food. They are furnishing an environment that allows the community to flourish. This year, many farmers markets are hosting special events for families and communities to enjoy, while fostering personal connections to those who produce nutritious food across the state.

The Van Buren County Farmers Market is celebrating the week of Independence Day with additional market days and fireworks the evening of July 3.

“Right now it’s not quite time for produce in this area, but we are looking forward to ramping up business during the upcoming harvests,” Van Buren County Farmers Market manager and Read More

Memorial Day holiday weekend traditional start to Tennessee’s summer boating season

Posted by | May 24, 2019 9:09 am

The 2019 Memorial Day holiday weekend is May 24-27 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets along with boating in a safe and responsible manner.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and is one of the year’s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there were no boating-related fatalities over the holiday weekend for the fourth consecutive year.

Over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. TWRA wildlife officers reported three injury incidents accident and a pair of property damage incidents.

Along with the use of … Read More

Memorial Day Program

Posted by | May 24, 2019 8:33 am

A Memorial Day Program and Bell Ringing Ceremony will be 10 a.m., May 27, at the Veterans Park, directly across from the courthouse. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Matthew Elmore, White County veterans service officer, at (931) 836-3595.

Salute to The Troops / Wounded Warrior Project Concert

Posted by | May 23, 2019 12:28 pm

The 6th Annual The s 5-9 p.m., May 25, at the downtown Sparta Amphitheater, on Liberty Square, and is a free concert for the public. This year it will feature up-and-coming artist Steady Rider, of Sparta, and classic rockers from Shattered. A guitar will be given away, and all the proceeds from tickets sales on the guitar will go to The Wounded Warrior Project. Concessions will be available to purchase.

The band “Shattered” will be performing at the Salute to the Troops concert, on May 25, at Sparta Amphitheater.

4-H Shotgun Team competes in jamboree

Posted by | May 23, 2019 9:13 am

Back row, L-R: Michael Conatser, Braxton Golden, Logan Wikre, Trenton Parker; front row: Chase Lindsay, Lillie Roberts, Cole Vickers

The White County 4-H Shotgun Team represented the county, club leaders, schools, and sponsors in their first statewide Shotgun Jamboree, on May 4, 2019, hosted by the Nashville Gun Club where a total of 19 counties, with a combined 185 shooters, participated in this intense competition.

Junior Team A: Braxton Golden, Trenton Parker, and Lillie Roberts shot for a total combined score of 227 of 300.

Junior Team B: Chase Lindsay, Cole Vickers, and Michael Conatser came in with a combined score of 169.

Logan Wikre, Senior High individual, shot a 69.

The team is new, but Coach Jennifer Roberts is very proud of her team and how … Read More

Counting down: Pan-Am Kayak Bass Championship, May 28-31

Posted by | May 23, 2019 9:10 am

Cookeville, Tenn., counting down to first-ever Pan-American Kayak Bass Championship, welcoming elite anglers from around the globe, May 28-31, 2019. Parade, meet-and-greets, and more to come. Pictured: Local resident Eric Jackson, a champion kayaker, USA Bass team captain, and president/CEO of Jackson Kayak.

Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, along with USA Bass and Pan-American Sportfishing Federation, are counting down, as the timeline shortens for the Pan-American Kayak Bass Championship. Cookeville will serve as home to this inaugural event set to cast on May 28 – 31, 2019.

The first-of-its-kind in the world, the four-day competition will welcome the most elite kayak bass anglers from around the globe to Center Hill Lake. While invitation only for competitors, the event is open to the public for spectating and for meet-and-greets with the anglers.

Teams confirmed included Costa Rica, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Honduras and USA.

John Knight, with US Angling … Read More

White County High School names new golf coaches

Posted by | May 23, 2019 9:07 am

Long time educators were named this week as the new White County High School golf coaches.

Coach Eric Mitchell resigned from a great tenure as the golf coach.  The high school has named Michael Cunningham and Brandon Sims as the new golf coaches.

Cunningham is an educator who is teaching at Woodland Park Elementary.  He is an avid golfer and is ready to take over the program.

Cunningham stated, “I am excited to have this opportunity to coach at WCHS, the school I graduated from, and in a place where I have so many friends and family.  I believe in the athletic department’s mission of developing champions, and … Read More

Warriorette basketball camp

Posted by | May 23, 2019 9:06 am

Coach Michael Dodgen announced the dates for his summer Warriorette Camp.  The camp will be May 28-30. The camp will be held at the White County High School gym.  The times for the camp will be each 8:30-11 a.m., each day. Instruction areas will include shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, position specific drills, and metal aspect of the game. There will be a guest speaker to motivate the players.  The cost of the camp is $45 per attendee.  Parents can come early to sign up the day camp starts or contact the WCHS office for a form to fill out.

WCMS 7th Grade Spring Career Fair

Posted by | May 23, 2019 8:47 am

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White County Middle School hosted a 7th Grade Spring Career Fair, on May 14, 2019.  The career fair included a variety of professionals representing many different careers.

Approximately 250 7th graders participated, along with 19 different businesses, agencies, and organizations.  This event is part of an ongoing effort to encourage career exploration at an early age. Students asked their own questions and were also provided with a few more specific questions, which helped them to engage with the business professionals.  The businesses and organizations that participated were:  Caney Fork Electric, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Averitt Express, Sparta Fire Department, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, … Read More

Tennessee state parks host National Trails Day hikes on June 1

Posted by | May 23, 2019 8:40 am

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free guided hikes at all 56 state parks on Saturday, June 1.

This will be the third of the state parks’ signature hikes this year, following First Day Hikes in January and Spring Hikes in March. Thus far, 4,787 park visitors have participated in the hikes.

“This is an opportunity for people to feel connected to nature and to learn about a Tennessee State Park at the same time with the guidance of a park ranger,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Whether you’re interested in a park’s history, seeing incredible … Read More


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