BonDeCroft FD celebrates 40 years

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:55 am

BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The community was invited to enjoy refreshments and tour the fire hall and fellowship with the volunteer firefighters. (Photos by TOMMY GUY)



The First Amendment: Mugged by political correctness

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:48 am

Language of Liberty – By Jay Bowen

Voltaire said, “I wholly disapprove of what you say, and will defend to the death your right to say it.”

We are careening toward a classic, age-old battle pitting free speech advocates versus defenders of private property rights.

Our glorious First Amendment, bedrock of the US Constitution, heart of the Bill of Rights, guardian of our democracy, continues to be compromised by forces that share a philosophy inconsistent with our Founders’ vision of a free and open society. After all, there is a reason these luminaries placed this powerful expression of liberty, which includes a free speech clause, at the very … Read More


Showing determination in putting a model train set together

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:47 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

It had been two or three months since James David, one of our 7-year-old grandsons, had crawled under the bed in our guest room and discovered a plastic box filled with treasure – the treasure being an old model train set. On a short visit to Nahnee’s and Papa’s, recently, he ventured upstairs and again retrieved the storage container from under the bed.

Most of the grandchildren were watching cartoons, playing with toys in the den, or outside with the pets. When I noticed that James David was neither present nor accounted for, I went looking. That’s when I found that he … Read More


The Coffee Collective celebrates one-year anniversary

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:45 am

Photo courtesy of The Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective of Sparta will be hosting their one-year anniversary all day on Oct. 11. Maryangela Rippberger, of the Coffee Collective, said there will be a fun day of festivities, including 10 percent off drinks all day and giveaways throughout the day of gift cards, in-house roasted coffee beans, and t-shirts.

“After 5 p.m., we will no longer serve food or drinks,” said Rippberger. “We want our employees to have an opportunity to join in on the celebratory activities such as taking a spin on our infamous tandem bicycle.”

According to their online menu, the coffee house serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. The hours of operation … Read More


Woman reports a man videos her while in Walmart

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:42 am

On Oct. 6, 2018, Sparta Police Department was contacted by a woman reporting that she had been followed around the Walmart store by a Hispanic male who was videoing her with his cell phone.

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth explained that other shoppers witnessed the incident and tried to intervene.

“Some of the other shoppers had said something to him,” said Guth. “We got there, and there was nobody there.”

Guth stated the victim informed the responding officer that when she realized what the man was doing, she contacted store management. When they returned with her to try to find the alleged perpetrator, it was determined that he … Read More


School board awards students

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:41 am

Sixth grade, Will Stockton and Quinn Allen; seventh grade, Peyton Simpson and Reagan Goodwin; eighth grade, Hunter Rogers and Abbi Guy; special programs, Matthew Campanelli. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

White County School Board awards students for excellence

The White County Board of Education met recently to discuss current events and to award certain students for their excellence in citizenship.

Steve Wilson, White County Middle School assistant principal, addressed the crowd to explain the reason for the awards.

“We have been charged by the school board to find students that exude or embody the term optimism,” said Wilson. “Talking to our teachers, it was a challenge for them to narrow it down to a couple of individuals.”

Two students from grades six through eight were selected to be honored with an Optimism Award. Following are the award winners:… Read More


Always thankful

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:37 am

By L.B. Rogers

Born Oct. 9, 1918, Falbia Fisher Tubb celebrated her 100th birthday this year. During a century on earth, Falbia has seen one-in-a-lifetime wonders: a couple world wars, man walk on the moon, and the invention of the television, to name a few.

She was born at her home in Silver Point, Tennessee, to William Levi and Polly Herron Fisher. She was the oldest of six children that her sharecropping father and homemaking mother would raise.

Falbia’s childhood was the stuff of a Southern story book. She remembers playing hide and seek, using corn stalks to make stick horses and playing with homemade rag dolls. As … Read More


Sparta organizations and bookstore team up to promote literacy

Posted by | October 11, 2018 9:34 am

L-R: Pat Hinton, Sparta Woman’s Club member; Sherry Hickey, Sparta Woman’s Club president; Mary Dingwall, Sparta Woman’s Club treasurer, Matthew Dyer, of The Mad Raven bookstore; Dana Gorter, White County Library children’s services; Mistie Ragland, United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland; and Bula Price, YMCA director

According to the international non-profit Pro-Literacy, as many as 36 million adults cannot read better than the average third grader, and two out of three children living in poverty have no books at home.

Sparta Woman’s Club recognized this problem and saw a need to promote literacy to children who visit the YMCA.

The lavender-colored box was installed by Wendell Rust, with supplies donated from the United Way. His wife, Tanya Rust, then painted and decorated the box with drawings of butterflies. The books inside were donated by a Sparta bookstore, The Mad Raven. After all of this, the Sparta Woman’s Club, an affiliation of the General Federation … Read More


Old Timer’s Day at Cagle

Posted by | October 10, 2018 12:26 pm

Sunday, Nov. 4

Who: Cagle Community Church

What: Old Timer’s Day

When: Begins at 10 a.m. (Special speaker will be Drew McClurg, of Smithville; will be honoring veterans present on that day)

Where: Church


Fall Creek Falls FD breakfast

Posted by | October 10, 2018 12:25 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27

Who: Fall Creek Falls Fire Department

What: Halloween breakfast, $7 (scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash brown potatoes, country ham, bacon, sausage, fried bologna, fruit, coffee, orange juice, milk, water)

When: 7-11 a.m. (Costume contest at 10 a.m.; children’s games and prizes; trunk or treat
Where: 24897 Rt. 30 East


Blood drive

Posted by | October 10, 2018 12:12 pm

Thursday, Oct. 11

Who: American Red Cross

What: Blood drive

When: Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Sparta 19 to schedule an appointment


Bacchanal set for Oct. 21

Posted by | October 10, 2018 8:30 am

Tennessee Tech’s School of Art, Craft and Design presents Bacchanal 2018, a scholarship fundraiser, Oct. 21, from 1-5 p.m. at Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville. This annual event features a live auction of art and fine craft, an extension selection of wine and beer, hors d‘oeuvres and live local music.

Bacchanal is an opportunity to support talented emerging artists in this region.

“The community’s support for the School of Art, Craft and Design’s students continues to warm our hearts,” said Kimberly Winkle, director of the School of Art, Craft and Design, which is part of the new College of Fine Arts at Tennessee Tech University. “Bacchanal supporters allow us … Read More


Bro. James Clinton Wright

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:56 pm

Bro. James Clinton Wright, 81, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at his home, in Walling.

Bro. Wright was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Warren County, to Creed Wright and Alberta Peach Williamson Wright.

He was a member of New Hope The Baptist Church. Bro. Wright was ordained to preach the gospel, in April 1969, and served as pastor at New Hope Church for 33 years. He was also the pastor at several other churches in the area. Bro. Wright preached several revivals all over Tennessee. He retired from Century Electric Company after 30 years of service.

Bro. Wright was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, … Read More


Margaret Carol Carter Mounts

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:47 pm

Margaret “Peg” Carter Mounts, 72, of Sparta, formerly of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Mounts was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Sparta, to Nathan M. Carter and Genevra Crowder Carter.

She spent most of her adult life in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area having taught in several schools in Allegheny County for 33 years.

Mrs. Mounts was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, the Rev. Bruce Mounts.

Survivors include her aunts, Mary Crowder England, of Sparta, Lou Hutson Crowder, of Crossville, Marie Moore Crowder, of Detroit, Michigan; and cousins and caretakers, Will (Renee) England, of Sparta, … Read More


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