Alma L. Denton Davis

Posted by | May 14, 2018 3:13 pm

Alma L. Denton Davis, 89, passed away May 11, 2018, at Raintree Manor Nursing Home, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Davis was born Jan. 20, 1929, in White County.

She was owner and operator of the Davis’ Drive-In, in downtown Spencer, which she operated for over 50 years. Mrs. Davis was famous for her cheeseburgers. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Spencer.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Davis; mother, Ola Mae Mason Sparkman, and stepfather, Alonzo Sparkman; daughter, Patricia Ann Myers; and sister, Clara Hodge.

Survivors include her son, Eugene (Linda) Davis, of McMinnville; sister, Linda Haston, of Celina; grandchildren, Shana … Read More


Calvin Max Hyder

Posted by | May 14, 2018 3:05 pm

Calvin Max Hyder, 95, of McMinnville, passed away May 12, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Hyder was born June 30, 1922, in Algood.

He was the owner and operator of Hyder Shoe Shop for 50 years, a member of McMinnville First Baptist Church, and a member of Warren Masonic Lodge No. 125 F. & A.M.

Mr. Hyder was preceded in death by parents, Charlie Milton Hyder and Mary Alice Bohannon Hyder; wife, Elene Stone Hyder; sons, Calvin M. Hyder Jr., Michael L. Hyder; sisters, Hazel Randolph, Dimple Hyder, Ann Rich, Geneva Shubert; and brothers, Boyd Hyder, Charles Hyder, and Clinton Hyder.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Pat … Read More


Gentry sentenced three years for ponzi scheme

Posted by | May 14, 2018 1:36 pm

Former Sparta businessman Jeffery Lynn Gentry has officially been sentenced to serve three years in federal prison for his involvement in operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked local investors out of millions.

According to documents obtained from the United States Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, earlier this morning Gentry was sentenced by US district judge Aleta Trauger to serve 36 months, three years, in Federal prison and will also be placed on three years of supervised release. Additionally, Gentry has been ordered by the court to pay $10.4 million in restitution to the victims.

As previously reported, following an extensive investigation, the United States Government … Read More


Sports announcements

Posted by | May 14, 2018 9:48 am

Woodland Park boys’ basketball tryouts

The Woodland Park boys’ basketball team will hold tryouts 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, at Woodland Park Elementary School.

Woodland Park cheerleading tryouts

The Woodland Park cheerleading team will hold tryouts 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, at Woodland Park Elementary.

Woodland Park girls’ basketball tryouts

The Woodland Park girls’ basketball team will have tryouts 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 15. The Warriorettes will have the second half of their tryouts 3:30-5 p.m., May 16, for the students who made the first cut.

Tryouts will be for girls who are entering the 3rd-5th grades for the 2018-19 school year. If you are unable to attend … Read More


2017-2018 school year in sports

Posted by | May 14, 2018 9:28 am

As is always the case in White County and Van Buren County, there was plenty of sports action during the 2018-19 school year in sports.

There were team accomplishments, individual accomplishments and feel-good stories. This list spanned across several different sports and highlights some of the accomplishments of White County High School and Van Buren County High School in the sporting world as the school year comes to a close

Warriorettes’ golf team headed to state tournament for the first time

The White County High School Warriorettes’ golf team made history, on Sept. 25, 2017, when they qualified for the state tournament for the first time as a … Read More





White County Retired Teachers

Posted by | May 14, 2018 7:38 am

On April 12, 2018, members of the White County Retired Teachers Association, along with a few friends, enjoyed a trip to Nashville. The purpose of the trip was to visit the set of the daytime television show called Pickler and Ben.

On April 11, White County Retired Teachers Association met at the Sparta-White County Senior Center. Edd Rogers Chevrolet Buick hosted the April meeting, which the car dealership has been doing for many years. Following the meal, Scott Swoape, of the White County UT extension office, gave a presentation about straw bale gardening. Brenda Roberts, senior center director, spoke about the services and activities offered by the center.

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HBAUC supports high school construction education programs

Posted by | May 14, 2018 7:33 am

L-R: Danny Lee – HBAUC Board Member and owner of Cookeville Kitchen Sales; Cookeville High School – Instructor Randy Mansell, student Christian Padgett; White County High School – Instructor Brandon Sims, student Jordan Kerr; Tri-County Extension Campus – Instructor Kelvin Davis, student Skyler Miller; Monterey High School – Instructor Mark Sims, student Alex Pierce; Upperman High School – Instructor Jason Holcomb, student Dylan Payant

The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland presented awards to high school students that were chosen as “Carpenter of the Year” at Cookeville, Monterey, Upperman, and White County High Schools, and the Tri-County Extension Campus.

2018 “Carpenter of the Year” Award winners were:

  • Cookeville High School – Christian Padgett
  • Monterey High School – Alex Pierce
  • White County High School – Jordan Kerr
  • Upperman High School – Dylan Payant
  • Tri-County Extension Campus – Skyler Miller

The Home Builders Association is proud to support the “Future of the Construction Industry.” Each year, HBAUC provides funds to the school carpentry programs for educational materials that prepare students for careers in … Read More


Poles, bait, and tackle boxes

Posted by | May 14, 2018 7:29 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When I was growing up on our little farm in Price’s Switch, our breaks from work and even vacations were spent mostly on the edge of some body of water with a fishing pole in our hands. It was our relaxing pastime in those days. I can remember the days that my dad would load up the truck, and we would always seem to head out to a new fishing hole. We would trek over the roughest boulders and tree stumps. Crawl under and through the thickest kudzu and sometimes even a little poison ivy. Wade the roughest waters and climb the … Read More


Can you hear me now?

Posted by | May 14, 2018 7:28 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

So, this week we discover that the Obama administration had a “spy” (they call it an asset!) in the Trump for President campaign. Do we remember what Nixon was impeached for? A third-rate burglary and a failed attempt to bug the DNC. How much longer must this charade continue before the perpetrators are cuffed and dragged from the scene?

This latest revelation, had it come by itself, might have shocked the nation. But coming as it has on top of so much other eavesdropping, it is hard to really absorb what is happening before our eyes. And when one realizes the … Read More


Did Trump overplay his hand by pulling out of the Iran Deal?

Posted by | May 14, 2018 7:24 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to deciding which direction will lead to a better result. We have been anticipating the future meeting that will take place between North Korea’s Kim Jung Un and Mr. Trump. Mike Pompeo first met with Kim Jung Un prior to his Senate approval to the position of secretary of state. That alone was a highly unusual meeting for someone who had just left his position as head of the CIA and had not yet been approved even as the “acting” secretary of state. We have not been privy to what was discussed by these two … Read More


Mountain Sno is ready for summer with new Salads to Go

Posted by | May 14, 2018 6:43 am

Debbie and Mike Remillard are proud of their new location for Mountain Sno and are ready to serve their ever-growing number of customers. (Photos by RIMA AUSTIN)

Sarah Anderson waits on a customer at the new location of Mountain Sno.

By Rima Austin, contributor

It’s like the ritual has never ended. When the sun comes out and the weather warms up in Sparta, cars are backing up one by one at Mountain Sno. This time, however, they are pulling into a different parking lot, and there is much more going on within the walls of this establishment besides Hawaiian shaved ice. There is a new building, new menu, … Read More


Closure of Central View Elementary is approved by school board

Posted by | May 14, 2018 6:37 am

Following a proposal presented last month to school board members and a town hall meeting with concerned parents and community members, the White County Board of Education has voted to officially close the doors at Central View Elementary School.

At Woodland Park Elementary School last Thursday evening, the normal blue and yellow colors of the Woodland Park Panthers were replaced with the blue and white colors of the Central View Bobcats, as close to 50 parents and community members filled the cafeteria for the White County Board of Education meeting about the potential closure of Central View Elementary.

During the school board’s April 12 meeting, a presentation was … Read More



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