Louis Henry Hinkel Sr.

Posted by | July 21, 2017 6:42 am

Louis Henry Hinkel Sr., 83, of Sparta, passed away July 19, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Hinkel was born May 26, 1934, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Henry Hinkle and Lena Winterrought Hinkel.

He was a retired electrical engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an avid reader with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing and helping his late wife fish also.

Mr. Hinkel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Totsie Ada Moore Hinkel; grandson William Patrick Anderson; and son-in-law Charles Young.

Survivors include his daughter, Pat Young; son, Louis Hinkel Jr. and wife Kelli; grandchildren, … Read More


Two vehicle collision on Highway 111 

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:36 pm


At approximately 5:56 pm, White County 911 dispatchers received an emergency call regarding a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 111 at the Old Union Road intersection. 

Emergency responders from Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Hickory Valley, Doyle, Mt Gilead, Cherry Creek volunteer fire departments, White County Sheriff’s Department, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, White County Emergency Medical Services and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were all dispatched to the scene.   

Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a red Ford Mustang and a sliver Ford Ranger were involved in a side “T-Bone” collision. The incident occurred on the northbound lanes of Highway 111 at the Old Union Road intersection. 

White County Emergency … Read More


Van Buren County Commission meeting postponed, working on finalizing proposed 2017-2018 budget

Posted by | July 20, 2017 2:17 pm

The regularly scheduled Van Buren County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 18 was postponed. Currently, Van Buren County officials are working on finalizing the proposed 2017-2018 county budget.

The Van Buren County Budget Committee will be meeting on July 24 at 5:00 pm to discuss the proposed budget. The budget committee is expected to make a recommendation for the budget to be sent to the full court of county commissioners for consideration.

The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:00 pm on August 15, 2017 at the Van Buren County Fair Building.


Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation offering $4.5 million in recycling and waste reduction grants

Posted by | July 20, 2017 2:09 pm

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is now accepting applications for recycling and waste reduction grants totaling $4,500,000.

“Since 2015, TDEC has had a renewed focus on supporting local communities in a broader goal to reduce waste across the state while increasing recycling rates,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “These grants aim to involve the public in targeted ways to reduce dependence on landfills in their own neighborhoods.”

Grant funding can be used toward purchasing recycling equipment, recycling rebates, the management of used oil/automotive fluids, convenience centers, education and outreach, and recycling measurement. All grants will support local governments’ efforts toward achieving their waste reduction and recycling goals. … Read More


Geologist to speak at library

Posted by | July 20, 2017 1:54 pm

Everyone is invited to the White County Public Library at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, to hear Larry E. Matthews, author, lifelong caver, and retired geologist. Matthews will be discussing and signing his news book “Caves of Fall Creek Falls.” He has also written another book, “Blue Springs Caves.”


Lost Policy Service helps Tennessee residents recover $1.6 million in life insurance benefits

Posted by | July 20, 2017 12:59 pm

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reminds Tennesseans of an online tool that has so far returned over $1,679,721 in life insurance benefits to Tennesseans since last year.

Available since 2016, the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service helps consumers locate benefits from life insurance policies and annuity contracts. Developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the service enables beneficiaries, executors, or legal representatives of a deceased person to track down the life insurance policies or annuity contracts of deceased family members or friends.

In the eight-month period from Nov. 4, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Tennessee had a total of 491 requests for lost policy … Read More


Governor announces new FAFSA filing record in Tennessee

Posted by | July 20, 2017 12:44 pm

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the state has set a new record and for the third year in a row has led the nation in the number of students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid .

Nearly three quarters of all Tennessee high school seniors—73.5 percent—filed the FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year, a requirement for Tennessee students to be eligible for both federal and state aid, including Tennessee Promise and the HOPE Lottery Scholarship.

The FAFSA filing rate is important because it is a key indicator of the number of students planning to enroll in postsecondary education as the state pursues the Drive to … Read More


Sparta Electric power outage

Posted by | July 20, 2017 11:12 am

There will be a scheduled power outage, on Saturday, July 22, beginning at midnight and lasting approximately three to five hours. The outage will affect all Sparta Electric customers west of the courthouse. This is necessary in order to upgrade substation.


Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted by | July 20, 2017 10:30 am

YARD SALE

8 a.m.-noon

Every Friday and Saturday

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St.

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell


Sparta’s A.J. Wilkerson named MVP for men’s golf at TTU

Posted by | July 20, 2017 9:03 am

A.J. Wilkerson

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

Juniors A.J. Wilkerson, of Sparta, and Allyson Dunn were both recognized as their team’s Most Valuable Player, as Tennessee Tech head golf coach Polk Brown recently announced the annual awards for the Golden Eagle men’s and women’s golf teams.

Dunn was selected as MVP of the women’s golf team for the second consecutive year, while Wilkerson took home the Gilbert Darcy Most Valuable Player award for the Golden Eagle men’s team.

Accepting the leadership role of team captains for the women’s team were both Dunn and senior Whitney Robertson, while Wilkerson earned the role on the men’s squad.

Dunn, who … Read More


Phoenix 16U Baseball Team wraps up summer season

Posted by | July 20, 2017 8:54 am

The Phoenix 16U Baseball Team, which is made up of seven White County High School baseball players, wrapped up its summer season and won the ETSU Summer Classic this past weekend. Phoenix tied in their first game, on Friday, and then went 4-0 during the rest of the tournament, winning the championship game 11-7 over the RBI Tri-Cities Cubs. Members of the team from White County include Hayden Farris, Drew Young, Maverick Jennings, Jacob Sparks, Holden Howard, Macon Girdley, and David Smith. The Phoenix Baseball team was coached this summer by Andy Southard and Logan Hicks. Phoenix finished their summer schedule with an 18-8-1 record.


Warrior Baseball alumni game set for July 29

Posted by | July 20, 2017 8:51 am

For the fourth straight summer, the White County High School baseball team will host an alumni game, on July 29, 2017.

Over the past three years, former Warrior baseball players spanning five decades have competed in the games.

There will be games and activities for everyone from children to adults. There will be bounce houses and a dunking booth. There will be a full concession stand with BBQ plates, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

Warrior baseball coach Shaun Floyd noted, “This will be the third annual alumni game, and we are so excited. We look forward to seeing so many former Warriors. This is a great opportunity for us … Read More


Van Buren County Little League

Posted by | July 20, 2017 7:15 am

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(1) 1st place Softball. Coaches Jana Fredericks & JP Dodson 1st place Softball. Back:(l to r) Coach Jana Fredericks, Miranda Boyd, Tilly Dodson, Lily Fredericks, Nathan Cunningham, Jayden Madewell, Chloe Moore, Ethan Moore, Kyler Hopkins, Coach JP Dodson. Front: (l to r) Elijah Monk & Johan Boyd.

(2) 2nd place Softball. Coaches Jason & Destiny Guy Back (l to r) Tristian Argo, Christopher Bayless, Callam Lefebvre, Dara Baker, Austin Delong, Mayla Clendenon, Katelynn Hastings, Makena Guy, Nick Goff. Front (l to r): Kelsi Kirby & Logan Jones. Coaches Jason & Destiny Guy Not Pictured-Eli Brock

(3) 1st place, Major Division (3rd-5th grade) Coaches William … Read More


Taya Lewis awarded $2,000 scholarship in Washington during electric cooperative tour

Posted by | July 20, 2017 7:07 am

Taya Lewis, a senior from Van Buren County High School, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship, in Washington, D.C., on June 13, from Caney Fork Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

Lewis was in the nation’s capital as a delegate of the 2017 Washington Youth Tour. The annual event, sponsored by Caney Fork Electric Cooperative and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and cooperatives, and develop their leadership skills.

Students are selected for the trip by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Going Beyond the Wires” that explains how co-ops provide communities with … Read More


Beech Cove Farms recognized by U.T. Van Buren Extension Office

Posted by | July 20, 2017 7:04 am

The month of July has been declared “Beef Month” by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. In honor of the numerous beef farmers across the state, with Tennessee ranking ninth in the nation for beef production, the month of July is dedicated to shine the spotlight on these individuals.

“Gov. Bill Haslam and I are proud to recognize the importance of beef production to our state’s economy and the nutritional benefits beef provides in a health diet,” stated Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “More than 48,000 Tennessee family farms raise more than 950,000 head of cattle, ranking our state ninth in the nation in beef production and generating … Read More


Fall Creek Falls receives grant from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Posted by | July 20, 2017 7:01 am

Fall Creek Falls State Park has recently expanded its environmental conservation efforts thanks to a unique partnership with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.

Through the Keep America Beautiful campaign, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has provided 30 recycling bins throughout the park for visitors to use.

“We strive to provide the public with high-quality recreational opportunities and unparalleled scenic beauty here at Fall Creek Falls, and giving our guests better opportunities to recycle furthers our park mission of protecting our resources for generations to come,” said Tennessee Park Ranger Cara Alexander. “This grant is the just the latest move in a long history of Fall Creek Falls as a … Read More


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