Christmas parade route changed

Posted by | November 17, 2017 7:46 am

Please view this photo of the route for the Sparta Rotary Christmas Parade, which begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The route has a few changes because of the ongoing construction on Bockman Way. Please view the bright yellow highlights, which depict the new route. As usual, the parade will begin at the White County High School parking lot.


Cookeville community events

Posted by | November 17, 2017 7:41 am

Nov. 26

Holiday Concert: The Cookeville Community Band will have a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 E. Broad St. 931-528-1313.

Dec. 2

Depot Christmas Open House: The Cookeville Depot Museum’s annual Christmas Open House will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 116 W. Broad St. Caroling, games and holiday treats. Take a photo with Santa. (He takes a cookie break 12-1 p.m.) This year’s theme is “The Polar Express.” Admission is free. 931-528-8570.

Dec. 3

Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting: The City of Cookeville’s third annual Christmas in the Park tree-lighting ceremony is at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 … Read More


Wylie Gene Austin

Posted by | November 17, 2017 5:39 am

Wylie Gene Austin, 87, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WCMS 6th grade teams continue their impressive season

Posted by | November 16, 2017 2:01 pm

The White County Middle School 6th grade teams continued to build on their already impressive seasons, on Tuesday night. Both teams traveled down to McMinnville to take on Warren County Middle School. The Warriorettes got things going on the right foot with a 36-21 win in the first game of the night. The Warriors followed suit in the second game, winning 37-20.

In the first game of the night, The Warriorettes jumped out to an early 7-5 after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Warriorettes extended their lead, outscoring Warren County 5-4 and led 12-9 at the break. After halftime, the Warriorettes put the game … Read More


WCMS 8th grade teams split with South Franklin

Posted by | November 16, 2017 1:56 pm

The White County Middle School 8th grade basketball teams traveled to Franklin County, on Monday night, to take on CTC Conference foe South Franklin Middle School. In the first game of the evening, the Warriorettes came away with the win by a final score of 30-22. In the second game, the Warriors couldn’t get much going offensively losing 52-21.

In the first matchup, the Warriorettes jumped out to an early 5-3 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes extended their lead, outscoring South Franklin 13-2 in the quarter and led 18-5 heading into halftime.

After the break, South Franklin came out and outscored … Read More


Van Buren High School splits with Cougars to start the season

Posted by | November 16, 2017 1:55 pm

The Van Buren County High School Eagle and Eaglettes got their seasons started, on Tuesday night, when they traveled to Murfreesboro to take on the Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars and Lady Cougars.

In the first game of the night, the Eaglettes couldn’t come away with the win, losing 61-55 to the Lady Cougars.

In the second game, The Eagles walked out with the win behind Caden Mills’ 35 points. The Eagles won 84-69 over the Cougars.

In the Eaglettes game, the Eaglettes fell behind early, trailing 19-17 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Lady Cougars extended their lead, outscoring the Eaglettes 13-10 … Read More


Warriors could not overcome slow start Tuesday night

Posted by | November 16, 2017 1:51 pm

The Warriors’ coaches talk to the players during a timeout during Tuesday night’s game. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

For the past couple of years, the Warriors have been prone to start games slowly but would usually pick things up in the second half and come away with a victory. On Tuesday night, when the Warriors got off to their slow start, the deficit they had was just too much for them to overcome. The Warriors would fall to Farragut 67-45.

In the first quarter, the Admirals would start off the game on a 6-0 run before the Warriors could find a basket. Freshman Kade Clark would be the first Warrior to score on a layup, with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter to cut Farragut’s lead … Read More


Warriorettes lose a heartbreaker to Farragut High

Posted by | November 16, 2017 1:49 pm

Gracie Dodgen goes up for a layup in Tuesday night’s game vs. Farragut. Dodgen led all scorers with 21 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

When the White County High School Warriorettes’ basketball team traveled up to Farragut High School, on Tuesday afternoon, to start the 2017-18 season, the Warriorettes were hoping for a different outcome than what they ended the night.

When looking at the stat sheets, a person will see that missed free throws and turnovers were the only things that the Warriorettes didn’t hold the advantage in, and it was probably the two things that kept the Warriorettes from getting the win.

Two bright spots for the Warriorettes, on Tuesday night, were freshman Gracie Dodgen and senior Hannah Leftwich. Dodgen led the way for the Warriorettes as she finished with … Read More


Where Bingo meets chair yoga

Posted by | November 16, 2017 10:39 am

Starting on Nov. 6 (and recurring every first and third Monday of each month), the Van Buren County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting a free “chair yoga bingo” game at the Van Buren Senior Center, in Spencer.

Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility, balance, muscle mass, agility, and bone density, which helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Also, daily physical activity, like yoga, helps reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Chair yoga poses are performed while sitting in a chair and are less strenuous than other yoga … Read More



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 https://fundraising-market.com/white-co-ffa. 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


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