Van Buren’s jobless rate down by 3.1 percent since this time last year

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:30 am

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips recently announced that in September 2017, all 95 Tennessee counties unemployment rates were below 5percent.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released the September 2017 unemployment report. This is the second consecutive month the unemployment rates have declined in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

September 2017 also marked the fourth straight month Tennessee experienced a historically low unemployment rate across the entire state. At approximately 3 percent, Tennessee has the lowest unemployment in the southeast and the eighth lowest rate in the nation.

“With every county seeing unemployment rates below 5 … Read More

JustBeGreen Energy offering U.C. counties new alternative for landfills

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:28 am

After the announcement in October 2017 of a new $300 million economic development project for Van Buren County, JustBeGreen Energy is promoting to the counties within the Upper Cumberland region of a possible alternative for their existing landfills.

On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that Van Buren County would become the home of a new employer who would be investing approximately $300 million in the county and creating reportedly 75 new jobs. The name of the company was announced as JustBeGreen Energy LLC. The company will reportedly be constructing an alternative fuel generation facility.

According to a statement recently made by JustBeGreen Energy, the … Read More

Van Buren resident dies in Warren County plane crash

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:26 am

Two people, including a man from Van Buren County, were killed when a small plane bound for Warren County crashed and caught fire near McMinnville.

On the night of Nov. 7, 2017, Memphis air traffic controllers reportedly sent out a notification that they lost communications with an aircraft that was heading toward Warren County Memorial Airport. At approximately 7 p.m., the Warren County E-911 Communications Center started to receive calls about hearing what sounded like an airplane engine struggling before hearing a loud explosion.

Reports initially stated the calls were originating from the Sherell Road region, in Warren County. When first responders arrived in the area, the wreckage … Read More

Sheriff Carter and deputy speak to fifth graders about dangers of drugs

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:24 am

Sheriff Eddie Carter talks with the fifth grade class at Spencer Elementary about the danger of drugs.

Officials with the Van Buren County Sheriff Department were recently invited to Spencer Elementary School’s fifth grade class during the National “Red Ribbon Week” to talk about the dangers of drugs.

The nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week aims to raise awareness of dangerous drugs, drug use, and the problems related to drugs facing the community. Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter and Deputy Ballew, who serve as the Van Buren student resource officer, took part in the program.

Jill Bouldin, Spencer Elementary School guidance counselor, feels this opportunity allowed students to have a positive interaction with law enforcement, which also provided a learning opportunity for the fifth-graders.

“Red … Read More

FFA begins holiday fruit, nut, and poinsettia sale

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:18 am

The 2017-18 White County FFA officer team is ready to blast off this year’s FFA holiday fruit, nut, and poinsettias sale. L-R: secretary, Madison Sparkman; sentinel, Chloe Maynard; vice-president, Libby LaFever; junior vice president, Karley Warner; treasurer, Jewel Tollison; president, Lindsey Guy; reporter, Kennedy Selby; and parliamentarian, Braxton Hutson.FFA fruit can also be purchased on line at the following web link Proceeds from the fruit sale help support attendance at skills contests, Camp Clements, and state and national convention. Contact any FFA member to order or go online. If you choose the web link, you can still credit an FFA member of your choosing with the sale … Read More

Lessons from a favorite Bible story

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:16 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace has a favorite Bible story. Many 4-year-olds, growing up in Sunday school and church, may identify the same story as their favorite, but K.G. has a somewhat different outlook on the story of David and Goliath.

“Katie Grace, what is your very favorite Bible story?”

I was on the phone to my daughter and youngest grandchild.

“It’s the story ‘bout David and ‘Gawyef’”, she bubbled enthusiastically in her own special language.

“Tell me about it,” I asked, really wanting to hear her description of the familiar tale.

“Well…” she took a deep breath, then continued, “…it’s about how David ‘died’ … Read More

“Collect” your thoughts and enjoy a cup of coffee

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:15 am

By Jennie Ivey – contributor

When Maryangela and John Rippberger moved to Sparta in the summer of 2016, it wasn’t with the idea of opening a coffee shop.

“We wanted to buy a log cabin in a rural area,” Maryangela Rippberger said. “We’d lived in Cookeville from 2004-2012 and then moved away for John’s job. When he retired, we knew we wanted to leave the rat race and return to Tennessee.”

They found the perfect log cabin near the Calfkiller Highway and made it their home. Then they began to search for a way to be in ministry to the community.

“We joined The River Church, in Sparta, … Read More

Bon Air Market Snack Pack makes donations to Central View and Doyle

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:10 am

DOYLE ELEMENTARY – L-R: Brenda Knox, principal; Patti Crawford, co-owner of Bon Air Market; and Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools.

CENTRAL VIEW ELEMENTARY- L-R: Mary Graham, teacher, and Patti Crawford, co-owner of Bon Air Market.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous Bon Air Market customers, the mission of the market’s “Snack Pack” continues as co-owner Patti Crawford made the most recent donations to Central View and Doyle Elementary schools.

Most recently, the Bon Air Market “Snack Pack” made a donation to Central View Elementary School for approximately $125.67. Additionally, Doyle Elementary School recently received a “Snack Pack” donation in the amount of $131.37.

Since the creation … Read More

BonDeCroft Elementary School students recognized for being “Problem Solvers”

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:05 am

During the recent White County Board of Education meeting hosted by BonDeCroft Elementary School, three BonDeCroft students were recognized by their teachers for being excellent examples of “problem solvers.” Each month, a different school hosts the White County Board of Education’s meeting. This month, BonDeCroft Elementary School principal Sara Cope, along with faculty members, recognized three of their students for being excellent examples of “problem solvers”. The BonDeCroft students that were recognized were Kylan Grove, Zane Clouse, and Scott Fisher. PIctured with Cope and the students is Richard McBride, school board member.

Sparta native’s comedy tour is stopping in Cookeville on Nov. 17

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:03 am

Derik “Zoo” Zooashkiyani

Sparta stand-up comedian Derik Zooashkiyani’s comedy tour will be in Cookeville, on Nov. 17.

Derik “Zoo” Zooashkiyani recently announced that Zooashkiyani’s “Never Growing Up” comedy tour would be having a show at 8 p.m., Nov. 17, hosted by Red Silo Brewing Company, in Cookeville.

Zooashkiyani, who was raised in Sparta and graduated from White County High School, in 2004, moved and starting his acting and comedy career at the Vaudeville Café Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, in downtown Chattanooga. From there, Zooashkiyani began to perform stand-up comedy at the theatre, eventually taking his act on the road for the past four years, performing in mostly the South and Midwest … Read More

Sparta resident receives first service guide dog after completing program in New York

Posted by | November 16, 2017 7:01 am

Anthony Norton of Sparta and his new service guide dog Elite, recently graduated from an extensive training program in New York. (Photo Courtesy of Guiding Eyes for the Blind)

Over this past weekend, the most recent class of individuals, including a White County resident, from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind service K-9 training program, graduated with their new service guide dogs.

The November 2017 graduates were paired with exceptionally trained guide dogs bred and raised by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is a non-profit organization.

Each member of the graduating class and their respective guide dogs recently received individualized training, working with expert trainers and instructors to learn to work together as a team. Over eight of the November 2017 class participants took part in the school’s Residential Training program at Guiding Eyes headquarters, in … Read More

Liberty Thanksgiving service

Posted by | November 15, 2017 7:13 am

Tuesday, Nov. 21

What: Liberty Thanksgiving service

Who: Liberty Baptist Church

What: Featuring the singers “Pickin’ Preachers” – Bro. Jimmy Arms will speak

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: 1520 Liberty Rd., in Sparta

Teresa Irene Trelz

Posted by | November 15, 2017 5:09 am

Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Teresa Irene Trelz, 48 of Sparta, who passed away Nov. 12, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Trelz was born July 23, 1969, in Sparta, to Patsy Lee Cutler Trelz and Charles William Trelz. She was a former daycare worker.

Survivors include her daughters, Rachel (John) Dodson, Trisha (Justin) Dashnaw; son, William Wilmoth; eight grandchildren, Abigail, Bentley, Chevy, Rusty, Angel, Noah, Farrah, Porscha; mother, Patsy Trelz; two sisters, Tammy (Keith) Smith, Tracey (Greg) Rouse; and nephew.  Matthew Rouse

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Louise Sanders Barns

Posted by | November 15, 2017 5:04 am

Helen Louise Sanders Barns, 80, of Sparta, passed from this life, on Nov. 13, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Barns was born March 8, 1937, in Harrod, Ohio. She was the daughter of Rachel F. Coppler Sanders and Gurney C. Sanders.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother. She loved to work with her flowers.

Mrs. Barn was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Teresa McNabb; one sister; and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband of 64-plus years, Richard E. Barns, of Sparta; son, Richard Barns Jr. and wife Jayne, of Cookeville; grandchildren, Rachel and Jim Darter, Jonathan and Kathryn McNabb, Christopher and … Read More

Will Franklin Taylor

Posted by | November 15, 2017 4:54 am

Will Franklin Taylor, 65 of White County, passed away Nov. 11, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Taylor was born March 21, 1952, in Jackson County, to James Thomas Taylor and Emily Maude Hollywell Taylor.

He was a former employee of Dacco. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Johnny Taylor and David Taylor.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Willie Mae “Polly” Taylor, of Sparta; three sons, Franklin Dewayne Taylor, Christopher Lynn Taylor, Joshua Stephen Taylor; eight grandchildren, Scheyenne, Dustin, Trevor, Eric, Star, Julian, Kevin, Jasmine; … Read More

Tractor-Trailer collision on Highway 111

Posted by | November 15, 2017 1:41 am

Emergency responders have been dispatched to the scene of a tractor-trailer collision on Highway 111 at the Taft Church Road intersection.

At approximately 1:06 a.m., White County E-911 Communications Center received notification regarding a possible multi-vehicle collision on Highway 111 involving a tractor-trailer. Initial reports stated the incident occurred on the southbound side of the Taft Church Road intersection.

Firefighters with the Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department, the White County Emergency Medical Service and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with significant damage to the drivers front side in the intersection. A … Read More

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