Leatha Opal Wright Arnold Wood

Posted by | November 24, 2018 7:54 am

Leatha Opal Wright Arnold Wood, 93, passed away Nov. 20, 2018, at Raintree Manor of McMinnville.

She was born Sept. 18, 1925, in the Indian Mound community, of DeKalb County, the daughter of James Everette Wright and Effie Mae Henderson Wright.

Mrs. Wood was a loving mother and enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren and making all kinds of crafts and floral arrangements. She worked over 30 years at Genesco Shoe Co., in McMinnville, and also at Levi Strauss and Lion Uniforms, in Rock Island. After retiring she enjoyed going to yard sales, quilting, crocheting, and growing flowers in her flower garden. She also enjoyed collecting ceramic chickens and … Read More


Jessie Mae Marshall Goodson Teeples

Posted by | November 24, 2018 7:52 am

Jessie Mae Marshall Goodson Teeples, 91, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

The family has entrusted Hunter Funeral Home with her cremation, and there are no planned services.

Memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home to help the family with expenses.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Van Buren Junior Varsity

Posted by | November 21, 2018 11:05 am

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By Hansel Moore

The Van Buren County Junior Varsity Eagles came out showing determination and skills while engaging the invading cougars of Middle Tennessee Christian School. They outscored the competition (66-43) and had much to be proud of. It was apparent that these young athletes were conditioning and working together to be dominant on the court. Van Buren basketball program is looking good for the future.


Van Buren basketball teams start season with victories

Posted by | November 21, 2018 11:01 am

VAN BUREN EAGLES

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By Mason Simmons (Photos by Hansel Moore)

Van Buren Eaglettes topped the Middle Tennessee Christian Lady Cougars 38-32. The Eaglettes begin their 2018-2019 season 1-0 with their home win, on Nov. 13. Van Buren started down 11-7 after the first quarter, but after multiple steals in rapid succession, the Eaglettes were able to tie the game at 18-18 after the first half. The tight defense carried over into the second half and allowed the girls to run ahead with the consistent offense of 10 points in both the third and fourth quarters.

Totaling 10 … Read More


Children’s Advocacy Center

Posted by | November 21, 2018 10:52 am

Members from Children’s Advocacy Center and Saint Thomas Health/Ascension gathered for a big check presentation. “We are so very appreciative that Saint Thomas Health has deemed our mission worthy of their financial support,” said Martha Phillips, CAC31 executive director. “These funds will be used to provide client services in child abuse intervention and recovery programs.” Saint Thomas River Park Hospital has provided this funding as a part of their Community Health Benefit activities to address mental/emotional health and social determinants in their service area.


Veterans Day at Van Buren High

Posted by | November 21, 2018 10:49 am

By Hansel Moore

The rain and chill could not keep a number of veterans from attending the Veterans Day breakfast and program at Van Buren County High School. Soldiers from many generations were present to enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, Pop Tarts, cereal and coffee. Young volunteers were at the ready to bring additional napkins, beverage, or a Veterans Day greeting card.

Veterans who may have entered the room as strangers conversed and shared stories of where they had served; the familiarities that bind them became apparent. As the food settled, the veterans were escorted into the gymnasium to witness the accolades of … Read More


Van Buren County Board of Elections votes to move forward with special election

Posted by | November 21, 2018 10:43 am

A crowd gathers to hear the comments of Van Buren County Commissioners about the proposed wheel tax.

By Hansel Moore

On Oct. 18, 2018, the Van Buren County Commission meeting was full of items and discussion that will affect just about every resident of Van Buren County. One of the more interesting topics was the discussion of the proposed wheel tax for the county.

As was reported in an earlier interview with Greg Wilson, Van Buren County mayor, this tax was drafted and voted on by the county commissioners to obtain the financial resources specifically needed to hire, train, and pay the salaries of personnel for the justice center.

“We support the police department, and heck they should all have raises for what they do … Read More


Van Buren veterans honored with appreciation meal

Posted by | November 21, 2018 10:38 am

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By Hansel Moore

On Nov. 10, the annual appreciation meal was provided to Van Buren veterans. The community came together to honor the men and women who served, as well as the widows of soldiers.

It was a time of camaraderie and an opportunity for veterans who served in in the past 70 years, including two individual who served in World War II. Bud Grissom and Ken Mason were provided a standing ovation, as others in attendance recognized these two individuals from the “Greatest Generation.”   All generations were represented at this event and were provided the community’s gratitude.

A scrumptious turkey meal was provided … Read More


Warriorettes hold on to defeat Tullahoma 67-51

Posted by | November 21, 2018 9:20 am


Kendreah Reeves takes a three-point shot in Monday night’s game against Tullahoma.

Despite leading by as many as 20 in the second half of Monday’s game against Tullahoma, the Warriorettes had to withstand a late surge by the Lady Wildcats before they finished off the 67-51 win.

A sophomore guard, Gracie Dodgen, knocked down five threes in the game and finished the game with 15 points to lead the Warriorettes to the win.

WCHS led in almost all categories in the game. They shot 34 percent overall from the field. They were 11 of 31 from two-point range and were 10 of 31 from behind the arc. They … Read More


Warriors pick up their second win

Posted by | November 21, 2018 9:17 am

Austin Burchett goes up for a layup against Tullahoma, on Monday night.

White County High School basketball had a hot-shooting night, on Nov. 19, as they picked up their second win of the season with a 73-40 win over Tullahoma.

The Warriors had two players in double figures led by the 13 points of Masyn Winningham, a WCHS junior. Grant Slatten would also finish with 10 points.

The Warriors came out firing, as they would open up the game with an 8-3 run, which included a three from Winningham and Kegan Dodson and a layup from Austin Burchett. Tullahoma would come back to tie the game at 8-8, … Read More


Let’s talk about the election and the post election landscape

Posted by | November 21, 2018 9:04 am

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

The mid-term elections are finally over! And, of course, there was the usual finger-pointing, claims of fraud, voter suppression, and malfeasance, especially in Florida and Georgia. The Socialist Democrat Party tried to convince us that our lying eyes were not seeing them trying to steal away with the election in those states. They were so emboldened that Hillary Clinton – a two-time SDP presidential candidate loser – funded and sent an attorney to Florida to assist the SDP candidates. Upon arrival, the attorney brazenly said he was there to win the election for the SDP candidates. In … Read More


Lincoln and Thanksgiving: The origin of an American Holiday

Posted by | November 21, 2018 9:02 am

Language of Liberty –  By Melanie Kirkpatrick

In Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the autumn of 1621, 53 men, women and children celebrated their first harvest in the New World. The great Indian chief, Massasoit, brought 90 of his men to the three-day party. From all reports, a good time was had by all.

How did this event, which happened almost 400 years ago, become a part of the American story and our oldest national tradition?

Credit goes to many people, but two stand out. One you know, and one you should know: Abraham Lincoln and Sarah Josepha Hale. More on both in a moment.

As a religious people, Americans … Read More


Woodland Park honor roll

Posted by | November 21, 2018 8:56 am

3rd grade

All As: Jackson Burch, Sarah Kate Peek

A/B: Carson Brandes, Chloe Burk, Destiny Calfy, Saydee Carpenter,Jazelle Featherston, Mariah Guzman, Hannah Key, Kya Lane, Jaggar Osborne, Hannah Rabchenia, Hannah Shaffield, Ava Sparkman, Skylar Stephenson, Addison Strode, Lincoln Torres.

4th grade

All As: Tucker Pinion, Tegan Rittenberry

A/B: David Abougar, Jackson Carpenter, Addison Clark, Kaylee Davis, Maddux Dildine, Aidan Hayes, Larissa Henderson, Landon Kerr, Ashton Lowery, Tori Mabe, Dakotah Monday, Chris Page, Jada Peacher, Amos Rodgriguez, Ethin Rodriguez, Cole Sims, Kallie Steele, Aidan Sutton, Miah Jo Swindell, Isaac Taylor, Isabella (Izzy) Tupper, Trever Walker.

5th grade

All As: Chloe Brown, Lakelyn Grasty, Joel Greene, Hannah Haley, Alivia Hart, … Read More


Findlay Elementary honor roll

Posted by | November 21, 2018 8:54 am

3rd grade

A Honors Sadie Benningfield, Ainslee Goff, Trever Herr, Brooklyn Howard, Brooke Kaulay, Rylan Laws, Zoe Matthews, Keirra Morrison, Lainie Naaktgeboren, Haylee Ryan, Anniston Swallows, Willow Whitson

A-B Honors: Colten Allen, Maddie Austin, Cassidy Barnes, Kylie Cox, Ella Degroat, Eva Everett, Kyla Grove, Sydney Marcum, Zayden McFrisby, Sophia Neal, Gabe Palmer, Bray Roberts, Mady Roberts, Jasper Wilson

4th grade

A Honors: Wyatt Blaylock, Nick Byrge, Bella Carmichael, Katie Eller, Cole Gentry, Andrew Groff, Solomon Hawkins, Laney Kinnard, Makenna Laws, Conner Liner, Kylie Nowicki, Taylor Poteet, Ashlyn Selby, Bruno Sergio

A-B Honors: Avah Baker, Callie Bowman, Dayla Cavanah, Tallon Colwell, Tailor Cox, Ellionna Davis, Victoria Davis, Ashlyn Dodson, … Read More


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