Are you buying indulgences?

Posted by | September 14, 2017 7:43 am

By Eric Williams – Fellowship Renewed Church

“When a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs” — Johann Tetzel (1465-1519)

Johann Tetzel was a German Dominican friar and preacher in the Roman Catholic Church. He was previously the Grand Inquisitor of Heresy to Poland and then became the Grand Commissioner for indulgences in Germany. Commissioned by the church, he would go from town to town selling and administering indulgences (his catchy sales pitch jingle is above).

As defined by, an indulgence is “…a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who … Read More

Online voter registration is now available in Tennessee

Posted by | September 14, 2017 7:04 am

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett recently announced the official launch of the state’s new online voter registration system.

The new online voter registration system offers an additional way for voters to easily register or change their addresses if they have moved. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations.

“This system meets people where they already are – online,” said Hargett. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls”

The new system will allow U.S. citizens with a driver license or photo ID … Read More

City approves purchasing $693,792 controversial metering system

Posted by | September 14, 2017 6:58 am

Electric customers in Sparta will be getting a system upgrade to automatic metering infrastructure. Caney Fork Electric customers already have this service. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a lengthy discussion last week about a proposed contract for an automatic electric metering system.

During the Sept. 7, 2017 meeting, City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a civil, yet spirited, debate. The primary focal point of the discussions revolved around a proposed automated metering system, known as an AMI, for the Sparta Electric System.

The City of Sparta has been attempting to move forward with the purchasing and implementation of the AMI system for quite some time. However, discussions that raised concerns for some aldermen allowed the debate on the feasibility of the AMI system for the … Read More

Alexander greets veterans on Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee

Posted by | September 14, 2017 6:48 am

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), on Sept, 13, 2017, greeted veterans traveling with Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee during their one-day trip to Washington, D.C.

The group of 25 World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans visited the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, and witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery.


Motlow State sets enrollment record for third consecutive year

Posted by | September 14, 2017 6:41 am

For the third consecutive year, Motlow State Community College has the largest enrollment in school history and is among the fastest growing colleges in Tennessee, according to official enrollment numbers released recently for the fall 2017 semester.

Motlow enrolled 6,597 students this fall, a 12.9 percent increase over the 5,841 enrolled during the same period last fall. Final enrollment numbers are based on the preliminary census report from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE), which is a formula that determines how many students are attending full time, rose almost as dramatically. Motlow’s FTE is 4,481 this year, a 9.7 percent increase over the 4,084 last year.… Read More

Tennessee helicopters headed to Virgin Islands

Posted by | September 14, 2017 6:32 am

September 13, 2017 – Four UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and 34 Soldiers assigned to the 1/230th Aviation Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard, are headed to the US Virgin Islands to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

The helicopters were loaded onto C17 Globemaster III and C130 Hercules aircraft from New York and Rhode Island at Joint Base Berry Field late Wednesday afternoon.

“That’s what the National Guard does,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General. “This is a prime example of National Guard operations, Tennessee helicopters loaded on to New York and Rhode Island Air National Guard aircraft going to assist the Virgin Islands National Guard … Read More

Bennie Thomas Whitworth

Posted by | September 13, 2017 5:43 am

Bennie Thomas Whitworth, 82, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 11, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Whitworth was born Oct. 15, 1934, in Crain Holler, the son of John Floyd Whitworth and Josie Mayfield Whitworth.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sept. 14, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in McClothen Cemetery, in Dunlap. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., Sept. 13, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Charlene Russell

Posted by | September 13, 2017 5:37 am

Patricia Charlene Russell, 77, passed from this life, on Sept. 9, 2017.

Ms. Russell was born Nov. 23, 1939, to Minnie Banker and Walter “Shorty” Cole. She grew up in the Bone Cave Community and attended Van Buren County High School. She lived much of her life on the same road she grew up on.

She worked for 44 years at Thomas Industries where she made many lifelong friendships. She retired from Thomas Industries, in 2002, and devoted the rest of her life to her family, friends, and neighbors. Her church home was Jericho Church of Christ, in Quebeck. In the last years of her life, she resided … Read More

Gladys Lawson

Posted by | September 13, 2017 5:28 am

Gladys Lawson, 83, of the Glade Creek community, passed away Sept. 10, 2017.

Mrs. Lawson was born Feb. 3, 1934, in White County, to Houston Webb Roach and Notia Jane Baker Roach.

She was a teacher for 27 years with LBJ&C Head Start. She was a member of Mayland Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lawson was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Evans; sisters, Lora Mae Simpson, Lillian Harris, Ila Rhea Miller; brothers, Willie Roach, J.T. Roach; an infant brother; and an infant sister.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Hunter, of Sparta, Nadene Evans and husband Larry, of the Glade Creek community, Lisa Hernandez and husband Primitive, … Read More

WCRTA celebrates with river cruise

Posted by | September 13, 2017 5:06 am

White County Retired Teachers Association was organized Sept. 21, 1964. White County was the first in the Upper Cumberland to organize an association for retired teachers. Each year, the White County Retired Teachers Association celebrates its birthday in a special way. On Sept. 6, 2017, members of the group traveled to Chattanooga for a birthday river cruise on the Southern Belle.

Virgin Islands victims of Hurricane Irma evacuated to Sparta Airport

Posted by | September 13, 2017 12:42 am

In the wake of one of the largest hurricanes to strike the tropical islands below the Florida Keys, some Virgin Islands hurricane survivors have made landfall locally in Sparta, thanks to country music artist Kenny Chesney.

As the most powerful hurricane to strike the Atlantic Ocean on record, Hurricane Irma made landfall through the Caribbean’s last week, causing U.S. Virgin Islands residents to fight for their very lives. Seventeen of those residents were invited to take shelter at country music artist Kenny Chesney’s Saint Johns Island home.

Chesney, who owns a home on the U.S. Virgin Island of Saint John, opened up his home to several of his … Read More

Soccer game rescheduled

Posted by | September 12, 2017 2:00 pm

The WCHS soccer game that was scheduled to be played today in Sequatchi County has been rescheduled for October 2nd.

Youth Day – Church of Christ at Bethlehem

Posted by | September 12, 2017 12:36 pm

Saturday, Sept. 30

Who: Church of Christ at Bethlehem

What: Youth Day with speaker Dale Barger (singing, games, bounce houses, crafts, hay rides, food)

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Church, 5544 Old State Highway 111, in Spencer

McCulley reunion

Posted by | September 12, 2017 12:26 pm

Sunday, Oct. 1

Who: McCulley family and friends

What: Reunion (bring covered dish lunch and two-liter drink)

When: 12:30 p.m.-until

Where: Northfield Elementary Elementary School

Contact: (931) 739-3390

Medicare class

Posted by | September 12, 2017 12:25 pm

Monday, Sept. 18

Who: TN State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

What: Welcome to Medicare class

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Where: Putnam County Library

Contact: (931) 432-4150 to reserve a seat

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