Lessons from an 8-year-old on how to be sorry

Posted by | March 14, 2019 10:19 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“Love means you never have to ‘I’m sorry.’”

Those words, or some variation thereof, have been repeated on screen, in music, and through the medium of cartoon drawings enough times to qualify as “an old saying.” But is the adage accurate?

Not long after, Grayson’s 8th birthday and a few days before Anderson’s 6th, the boys returned to Bristol for a joint celebration. Upon their arrival at our historic residence in our historic neighborhood, the boys shared in exuberance how they loved our old house…and the people that live in it. They are so stinking cute.

Following a long-standing tradition, the next … Read More

Fertilizer and stethoscopes for growing love

Posted by | March 14, 2019 10:18 am

By Topher Wiles

Life with four children and multiple volunteer committments can be a little hectic and tiring but absolutely wonderful if we keep our focus.

This past Saturday leaped off the blocks with a blazing start.  The Warrior Senior Project 5k Run with Gabriel and Ethan became my first hurdle toward the main event for the day.  The rain let up just enough for me to exhaust my legs, on White County hills, in an effort to support our seniors and earn some new hardware to hang around my neck.

From there, I dashed over to our church for Central’s children’s ministry event, Pancakes and Pajamas.  While … Read More

WCHS students attend Upper Cumberland Student Job Fair

Posted by | March 14, 2019 10:13 am

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Twenty-four White County High School students participated in the Upper Cumberland Student Job Fair, on March 7, 2019, at Leslie Town Centre, in Cookeville.

Seniors from Clay, Jackson, Overton, Putnam, and White counties all participated in this event.  There were approximately 40 companies and organizations present, with employers actually interviewing the students.

In the fall, all WCHS seniors participated in “Interview Boot Camp.” This was led by Senior Capstone Teachers and Academic/Career coach Terri Douglas.  The seniors worked on items such as:  writing a cover letter and resume,’ completing job applications, interviewing skills, etc.  In February, those students who expressed interest in attending the … Read More

Community and Education

Posted by | March 14, 2019 10:08 am

In honor of Dr. Suess’s 115th birthday, on March 2, GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club and GFWC Renaissance Club collaborated in donating 18 various Dr. Suess books to Sara Bumbalough’s first grade class, at Woodland Park Elementary. Bumbalough is the granddaughter of the late Marie Howard, charter member of GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club. Presenting the books is Kaye Barlow, president of GFWC Renaissance Club, and member of GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club.

Kellie Price Locum, White County High School history teacher, is being mentored by GFWC Renaissance Club. She is the granddaughter of Janey Ruth Price and is pictured with Kaye Barlow, president of GFWC Renaissance Club.

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Weekly legislative wrap-up

Posted by | March 14, 2019 10:01 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

Sherrell Applauds Governor Lee’s State Of The State Address

Recently, State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and House Republicans gathered in the Capitol to hear Gov. Bill Lee’s first State of the State Address. During his remarks, the Governor presented his budget priorities, which emphasized continued improvements in Tennessee’s education system, overhauling our criminal justice system, and improving access and the quality of healthcare available to Tennesseans, while lowering overall costs.

House Republicans were pleased to see the Governor’s proposed budget includes a record-breaking deposit to the Rainy Day Fund that will lift the state savings account to an historic $1.1 billion. Additionally, the budget does not take on … Read More

Liberal firm brings the blues to Nashville

Posted by | March 14, 2019 9:55 am

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

Amazon isn’t the only one fed up with New York’s ridiculous tax rates. Plenty of companies are packing their bags and looking for office space in states with more business-friendly policies. There’s just one problem: a lot of these top firms can’t stand the conservative laws that make their new homes so successful.

AllianceBernstein (AB), another firm fleeing the Empire State’s stifling economy, just announced that it’s relocating its $70 million headquarters to Nashville. But before it moves, the CEO is warning Tennessee: it’s not a fan of religious liberty. And AllianceBernstein is proving it by fighting the state’s faith-based adoption … Read More

Carrie’s Dance Academy wins multiple awards at national event

Posted by | March 14, 2019 9:54 am

Junior Dance Team from Carrie's Dance Academy wins multiple awards at national dance competition

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By Rachel Auberger

Dancers from Carrie’s Dance Academy recently traveled to Murfreesboro to compete in Nexstar National Dance Competition, and they didn’t come home empty handed.

“I am so proud of my girls,” Carrie Edmonds, owner of Carrie’s Dance Academy, said about the dancers who competed for three days at the Middle TN State Tucker Theatre.

To start the weekend, a trio from the Sparta dance school won a platinum first-place award with their dance Cat in the Hat Surprise. This was followed up by two petite soloists, Callie Ullfers and Kaleesta Lowery, each winning their own platinum first-place awards, and senior soloist Sarah … Read More

Johnny King displaying art at First National Bank, stop by and visit

Posted by | March 14, 2019 9:38 am

Johnny King has developed his artistic talent in the last several years and loves the solitude of his studio. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Johnny King has always enjoyed painting, but after suffering a debilitating stroke, in 2000, his art took on a whole new meaning for him.

King said he didn’t begin painting until he was about 40 years old, although it was something he had always wanted to do. After hearing about a co-worker taking a local art class, he decided it was time to give it a try, and he began taking classes from Betty England.

King learned traditional painting techniques from England, … Read More

Airport board votes to institute new ramp fees, plan for three projects

Posted by | March 14, 2019 9:18 am

By Rachel Auberger

At the March 12 meeting, Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors voted to institute new ramp fees consistent with other regional airports for aircraft larger than 5,000 pounds.

According to airport manager Dean Selby, the ramp fees will be consistent with other regional airports and will not affect aircraft that are based at UCRA. Selby said the fees will be tiered, based on the size of the aircraft. Fees will be waived for aircrafts that purchase fuel at UCRA.

“This is to ensure that the larger operators that require services such as getting flight release paperwork ready, rental cars, loading their catering, and other … Read More


Posted by | March 14, 2019 8:47 am

National Weather Service Nashville TN
419 AM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

…Gusty South Winds Today…

.As a strong surface pressure gradient continues ahead of an
approaching storm system, sustained southerly winds 15 to 25 mph
with gusts to around 45 mph will be possible across all of Middle
Tennessee. As this storm system pushes eastward this evening,
locations west of the Cumberland Plateau Region should experience
decreasing wind gusts with wind gusts to around 40 mph continuing
across the Cumberland Plateau Region through the evening hours.

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White-Cumberland-Coffee-Warren-Grundy-Van Buren-
Including the cities of Celina, Byrdstown, Carthage,
South Carthage, Gordonsville, Gainesboro, Cookeville, Livingston,

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Pikeville man arrested, charged in deadly Cumberland County incidents that occurred Tuesday

Posted by | March 14, 2019 8:44 am

John Patrick Fields

CROSSVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have charged a Pikeville man in connection to the deaths of two people in two related incidents in Cumberland County.

TBI Special Agents joined the investigation into the crimes on Tuesday night at the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway. The first incident occurred earlier in the day at a home in the 80 block of Critter Creek Road in Crossville, where Cumberland County deputies responded to a 911 call from a citizen who had located what he believed to be a body. Deputies responded and found a male homicide victim, identified … Read More

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