Van Buren Middle School caps off a successful season

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:40 am

Van Buren County Middle School Eaglettes capped off a great season by winning the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, on Feb. 2, 2019.  VBMS Eaglettes had a great season finishing with a record of 18-3.  The Eaglettes went undefeated in the SVC regular season conference, finished runner-up in the SVC conference tournament, and was victorious in the James C. Haile Tournament, bringing home first place and the gold ball.  This is the first girls’ team to bring home the gold ball from the James C. Haile Tournament.

The Eaglettes had three players named to the SVC All-Tournament team.  They are Kaytlin Crain, Emily Allen, and Layla Bouldin.… Read More


Warriorettes close out the regular season with a win

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:37 am

Gracie Dodgen goes up over a Warren County defender, on Friday night. Dodgen finished the game with 14 points to lead the Warriorettes.

The Warriorettes closed out their regular season, on Friday night, in the final District 6AAA game of the season, picking up a win over the Warren County Lady Pioneers. White County High School got off to a fast start against Warren County, picking up the 63-37 win.

The victory puts the WCHS girls at 22-6 on the season and 4-4 in the district. With Stone’s win over Cookeville, on Friday night, the Warriorettes lock up third place in the district and will play Friday night … Read More


White County High School Warriors survive scare from Pioneers

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:35 am

Grant Slatten knocks down a three in Friday night’s game. Slatten led the Warriors with 23 points against Warren County.

The White County High School Warriors had to come from behind, on Friday night, to pick up their 21st win of the season.

By the time, the end of the third quarter rolled around, the Warriors had cut the Pioneer lead to one and went on to take the 76-71 win, improving to 5-3 in District 6AAA and 21-7 overall.

Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 23 points while Masyn Winningham added 22. Kade Clark also finished in double figures with 10.

The Pioneers opened up the game, … Read More


To all who voted

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:28 am

Dear SpartaLive,

Whether you voted for or against the Van Buren County Referendum for a Wheel Tax, your voices were heard.  There were 513 votes against and 427 votes for the Wheel Tax.   It is important that everyone knows the sole purpose of this special vote was to give each and every registered voter the opportunity to make their voice heard, and it is something that could have easily taken place during the regular elections’ voting, in November 2018, at no extra cost to the county. This was recommended to the board of commissioners, but they turned it down.  Hopefully, the mayor and the board of commissioners will … Read More


Is the impossible really impossible?

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:27 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Have you ever stopped to think about what it means to have faith in something? An impala is a small deer-sized animal that lives on the plains of South Africa. The impala can run at tremendous speeds and leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30. A friend once told me that an impala with all of its ability can be corralled by a simple enclosure made from leaves and brush because it won’t leap where it can’t see to land.

Faith is like leaping without being able to see the ground. The book of Hebrews chapter 11 starts … Read More


Immigration problems will not be solved with a wall

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:26 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

America has a long history of immigration.  Every one of us, except Native Americans, can trace our roots back to an immigrant who either voluntarily came to America or was enslaved and brought here.  Except for the slaves, our ancestors were all seeking a chance at a better life.  An influx of Irish immigrants came to America to escape the British rule and famine. A large majority of Italian immigrants left Italy early in the 1900s to escape the rise of Benito Mussolini.  Cubans sought refuge from Fidel Castro.  Today, we have people from Latin American countries who are also seeking refuge … Read More


The Green Nightmare and more scary thoughts

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:24 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

One wonders, have any one of these politicians endorsing the “Green Nightmare” actually read it? And if so, why are they endorsing it? This thing reads like some communist plot hatched by poorly educated school children. For example, take this little program that says to aid Democracy only “frontline and vulnerable communities and workers” will “plan, run, and administer” the programs of the New Green Nightmare. Really? That aids Democracy? A reasonable person would think if you wanted to aid Democracy, you would allow free and fair elections, not require membership in some group of people whose very description is so … Read More


Mary Carter Shirley wins first place in the Junior High Division

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:23 am

Six Tennessee students were awarded the Youth Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship, sponsored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Mid-America. They received this award during the Alltech/Kubota Youth Awards Banquet at the 34th Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Jan. 25.

The Heifer Initiative focuses on cost-sharing of beef cattle for youth. First place winners of each age division are awarded $2,000 and belt buckle sponsored by the University of Tennessee Animal Science, and the second place winners are awarded $1,000. This money is to be put towards the purchase of a beef heifer of their choice from a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association member … Read More


Last week’s legislative wrap-up

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:20 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

Tennessee Promise continues to show promising results

Tennessee Promise was created by lawmakers as both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in Tennessee.  As part of the Drive to 55 initiative, Tennessee Promise provides students with a last-dollar scholarship, or a scholarship that will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or Tennessee Student Assistance Award. This scholarship can be used at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.

Most Promise … Read More


BonDeCroft and Cassville designated as Heart Safe Schools

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:13 am

Members of the Cassville Elementary Cardiac Emergency Response Team include (L-R) Danya Seal; Paige Shelton, school nurse and head of the team; and Steve Turpin, student resource officer.

By Rachel Auberger

Bon De Croft Elementary and Cassville Elementary schools have received certificates that designate them as Heart Safe schools through Project ADAM, a national program that aims to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest deaths in children and teens.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) was created by Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel after the 1999 death of their son, Adam Lemel. The younger Lemel was a 17-year-old Wisconsin high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. … Read More


Adult and Teen Challenge offering non-residential program in Sparta

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:10 am

L-R: Billy Conley, facilitator, and Jessica Miller, facilitator

Hope for Life, a ministry of Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, is a Christ-centered program for the community that offers non-residential weekly group accountability meetings for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem such as drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling, anger, or workaholism. The groups, led by trained facilitators, focus on maintaining a life free of life-controlling problems and developing steadfastness in Christ so that one can confidently master the problems faced in daily living.

The White County Hope for Life non-residential group meets at 6 p.m., on Thursdays, in Sparta, at Life Church – Sparta Campus. The groups are free. Workbooks are $10 each, … Read More


West end traffic light still hot topic

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:02 am

By Rachel Auberger

Mayor Jeff Young addressed what he said were complaints from constituents about the new traffic light on the west end of town, urging those in attendance at the Feb. 7 Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting to remind residents  the light was installed by Tennessee Department of Transportation after a 2011 Federal Traffic Safety Study showed data that proved the intersection to be a liability.

Young said he and Chris Dorsey, city administrator, had two meetings with TDOT to discuss the installation and the city’s initial apprehension for its placement. Young said TDOT brought their attorneys and engineers to those meetings. The city was … Read More


Donna Lee Farmer

Posted by | February 9, 2019 1:13 pm

Donna Lee Farmer was born June 23, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of LaVern Reeds and Vera McNew Reeds. She passed from this life on Feb. 5, 2019, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

She was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church for many years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cross-stitching and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Farmer was preceded in death by    her sisters, Susan Reeds and Barbara Reeds Poenicke, as well as her brother, James Reeds.

Those family members surviving include her husband, Roy, of Quebeck; children, Terry (Beth), of Quebeck, Kenneth (Alisa), of Spencer, David, of Nashville, Gary “Joe” … Read More


Nina Sue Erney

Posted by | February 9, 2019 10:24 am

Nina Sue Erney , 79, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2019, at Parkwest Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Sparta, the daughter of William Ledford and Clara Brock Ledford.

Mrs. Erney was a member of DeRossett Church of Christ. She loved to quilt and spend time spoiling her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Fred Erney.

Survivors include her sons, Darryl Erney (Anna), of Sparta, Barry Erney (Sonda), of Sparta; daughter, Cheryl Johnson (Charles), of Sparta; grandchildren, Samantha Johnson, Josh Erney, Jessica Iniguez, Joshua Johnson, Amanda Henry, Jamie Williams, Matthew Erney, Neikka Starkey, Mykka Erney; and 18 great-grandchildren.… Read More


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