Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 16, 2018 3:53 pm
Avalyn Kaye Lacy, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Lacy was born July 23, 1960, in Sparta, the daughter of Alvin Lacy and Barbara Carter Lacy.
Survivors include her parents, Alvin and Barbara Lacy, of Sparta; brother, Jeff (Karen) Lacy, of Cookeville; and niece, Megan Lacy, of Richmond, Virginia.
A memorial service will be 6 p.m., March 20, 2018, at The Lighthouse Church, on Old Kentucky Road, in Sparta. Bro. Thomas McCulley will officiate. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., March 20, at the church.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 16, 2018 9:46 am
Avalyn Kaye Lacey, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements will be complete, on Monday.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by | March 16, 2018 7:49 am
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 16, 2018 5:09 am
Firefighters throughout the county were dispatched early this morning to a fully involved structure fire located in the western portion of White County.
On March 16, at approximately 2:44 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification from White County Sheriff’s deputies regarding a fully involved structure fire. According to initial reports received by E-911 dispatchers, the residence was already fully involved and was located on Oak Grove Road just off Pollard Road.
Firefighters with Cassville, Central View, NorthEnd, Doyle, Hickory Valley, and Sparta fire departments were all dispatched to the residence. Additionally, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department, and Caney Fork … Read More
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 15, 2018 9:57 am
The list of candidates has already been finalized to be placed on the May 1, 2018, Democratic Primary ballot for county offices, but the list of non-primary candidates continues to grow.
Since Nov. 16, 2017, party-affiliated candidates for county-based offices have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the May primary election ballot. Also, independent candidates have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the Aug. 2, 2018, general election ballot.
The window to have nomination petitions for county-based offices turned in officially closed at noon, Feb. 15, 2018. According to records obtained from the Van Buren County Election Commission … Read More
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 15, 2018 9:53 am
Dairy farmers, as well as tobacco farmers, are facing some difficult times financially.
Two of Tennessee’s agriculture industries are now facing several challenges, which has caused Tennessee’s top agriculture official to express concerns.
It was recently announced that Alliance One Tobacco Company would no longer purchase tobacco grown in the United States. This decision will potentially affect more than 200 in the region, according to statics released by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
This loss in contracted sales represents more than 3,000 acres of Tennessee grown burley tobacco, with an estimated value of approximately $14 million.
Also earlier this month, 11 dairy farmers, in East Tennessee and across … Read More
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 15, 2018 9:49 am
Emergency services were recently dispatched to the scene of a single vehicle incident, where a truck crashed into a fence and the driver reportedly left the scene on foot.
On March 9, 2018, at approximately 3:53 p.m., the Van Buren County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a single-vehicle incident with possible injuries. According to the initial report, the incident occurred on Old Highway 111 near Brockdell Road and involved a pickup truck.
The Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Piney Volunteer Fire Department, Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service, and Spencer Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, first responders discovered an aqua colored Ford … Read More
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 15, 2018 9:46 am
Emergency services personnel work to rescue a man who fell 100 feet at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Emergency responders from multiple agencies throughout Van Buren County were recently dispatched to aid park rangers at Fall Creek Falls State Park with assisting a man who had fallen approximately 100 feet.
On March 13, 2018, dispatchers with the Van Buren County 911 Communications Center received notification of a possible fall victim at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Initial reports stated that a male subject was involved in the incident that occurred near Rocky Point, which is near the Fall Creek Falls main overlook area.
Fall Creek Falls Volunteer Fire … Read More
Posted by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 15, 2018 9:43 am
A 39-year-old Spencer man was charged by THP Trooper Kevin Ballew with DUI after the Friday incident.
Emergency services were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision near Harmony Church of Christ, on Highway 30, that resulted in a man being charged with driving under the influence.
On March 9, 2018, at approximately 2 p.m., Van Buren County E-911 dispatchers received notification about a multi-vehicle collision. According to the initial reports, two vehicles had collided near Harmony Church of Christ, on Highway 30, near Russell Circle.
Firefighters with Cedar Grove, Spencer, and Rocky River volunteer fire department, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Van Buren County Emergency … Read More
Posted by Andy Southard | March 15, 2018 9:27 am
The White County High School tennis team kicked off their season, on Tuesday afternoon, when they hosted Warren County High School. The Warriors kicked off their season with a win. The Warriors won eight of their nine matches to move to 1-0 on the season. The Warriorettes fought hard but fell to Warren County 6-3.
In the Warriors matches, Tyler Vaughn fell in the top seed match to Warren County’s Dalton Bates 8-3. Eli McCormack won the two seed match against Briley Bouldin from Warren County 8-2. Zack Smith picked up the Warriors’ second win with an 8-3. In the fourth seed match, Kurt Suggs won over Benjamin … Read More
Posted by Andy Southard | March 15, 2018 9:23 am
Paige Parker throws a pitch against Bledsoe County, on Tuesday night. Parker threw a complete game, giving up five hits and three runs. Parker also struck out seven hitters while only walking one hitter.
The White County High School Warriorettes’ softball team opened the 2018 season with a win over visiting Bledsoe County, on Tuesday night.
The Warriorettes scored three runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning to jump out to an early 6-1 lead. The Warriorettes would have to hold only late but would pick up the 7-3 win.
Paige Parker pitched the Warriorettes to the win. The senior worked seven innings … Read More
Posted by Andy Southard | March 15, 2018 9:17 am
Macon Girdley throws a pitch against Cookeville, on Monday night. Girdley got the start for the Warriors and went six innings giving up two runs and two hits.
Jason Maxwell leads the Warriors at the plate, on Tuesday night, driving in two big runs to break a 1-1 tie against Warren County. Those two runs proved to be big for the Warriors as they won 4-1.
The Warrior baseball team is an inning and a third away from being 2-0 after two days of the season.
The Warriors, facing off against a pair of District 6AAA foes in as many days, led Cookeville 2-1 heading into the bottom … Read More
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 15, 2018 8:48 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 15, 2018 8:14 am
On Feb. 14, 2018, members of the White County Retired Teachers Association enjoyed a delicious brunch hosted by Life Care Center of Sparta. Terrie Douglas (above), academic career coach work-based learning at White County High School, was the guest speaker. She presented an informative explanation of what work-based learning involves at WCHS and in our community. In addition, donations of art supplies were brought to Life Care by the retired teachers. (Below) L-R: Heather Stiles, Life Care activities director, Rebecca Young, Life Care business development director, Shana Barnes, ALF LPN, and Marcia Reel, AFL/LMU Wellness Coordinator.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 15, 2018 8:08 am
Two students from White County High School, senior Parker Ferrell and junior Ronnie Stegall, recently competed in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest at the Sparta Country Club. Ferrell was announced as the winner.
Ferrell, who won $100 for his speech, moves on to the Rotary International District 6780 Four-Way Test Speech contest, on March 24, at Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville. Scholarships for the winners at the District level are $2,000, $1,000, and $500 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. There are 65 clubs in the District.
Ferrell talked in his five-minute speech from memory how the Four-Way Test can help eliminate social media issues dealing with … Read More
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 15, 2018 6:58 am
L-R: Linda Mackie, Motlow SCC, Sparta Location, Denton Prater, scholarship recipient, and Steve Ware, president, Rotary Club of Sparta 2017-2018.
Denton Prater, Motlow State Community College student in Sparta, was awarded the $500 Margaret Pearson Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Sparta. Following the recommendation of Motlow’s staff, Prater was selected to receive the 2018 scholarship.
Prater is an early graduate of White County High School who aspires to earn an Agricultural Engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville. He has worked two jobs with Speck Electric LLC. and Red Gable Farms, raised cows, and attends Motlow to earn credits transferrable to TTU.
“Denton Prater has shown initiative and responsibility with his work in the county and at Motlow,” said Steve Ware, president 2017-2018. “Rotary Club of … Read More