Rowena Carter Hayes celebrates 99th birthday with family and friends

Posted by | June 27, 2019 1:30 pm

On June 20, 2019, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 99th birthday of Rowena Carter Hayes. She is pictured with her children Barbara Carter Lacy and Ronnie Carter. She is also the mother of the late Elmore Carter Jr. Her great-granddaughter, Gabriella, helped select the “farm” cake for Mrs. Hayes.

TCAT students tour BASF

Posted by | June 27, 2019 1:15 pm

On May 15, 2019, Tennessee College of Applied Technology students pursuing careers in industrial and mechanical maintenance toured the BASF site, in Sparta. During the tour, BASF employees shared their personal experiences working at a manufacturing facility to give students an idea of what to expect when they complete their training and begin working full-time. Pictured are BASF employees John DiCicco, David Bechler, Doug Vandermyde, Jerry Bishop, Brian Tupper, Kenneth Temple, and Andy Schmitt; and TCAT students Chandler Brown, Kenneth Adams, Gabe Myers, Joshua Granneman, Tyler Brewer, Michael Fritts, Amanda Olvera, Charles Gains, Jeng Demass, Randy Maddox, Marc Defoister, Chris Elmore, Lee Spicer, Phillip Blankenship, Thomas Branch, Stephen … CONTINUED

Northfield Elementary receives Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant for mobile STEM lab

Posted by | June 27, 2019 1:00 pm

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Northfield Elementary,  in Sparta, for a Mobile STEM Lab].  Northfield is one of 545 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

The vision and mission of the Mobile STEM Lab project is to have the supplies on hand for our students to create and build objects and write about their creation. Northfield recently purchased a rolling cart from Sam’s and sorted through boxes of manipulatives and extra school supplies to create a mobile lab. The cart also has Legos, k-nex … CONTINUED

Reed and Seibers arrested at Twin Falls State Park by rangers

Posted by | June 27, 2019 12:06 pm

Courtney Michelle Seibers

Curtis Allen Levi Reed








Two Morrison subjects were arrested recently at Twin Falls State Park in the section that lies within White County.

According to an arrest warrant, at approximately 4 p.m., on June 14, 2019, Ranger Seth Webster and Ranger Damon Graham, park manager, came upon three persons in the park at Twin Falls.

The rangers reportedly came into contact with Curtis Allen Levi Reed, 26, who had two coolers on a stick, carrying them on his neck. The rangers asked if they could look inside the coolers, and Reed reportedly stated “yes.”

The first cooler was … CONTINUED

Slatten faces multiple charges, including possession of meth

Posted by | June 27, 2019 12:04 pm

A 55-year-old Sparta man is facing multiple charges, including drug offenses, after he was recently arrested by Patrolman Cole Stickler, of Sparta Police Department

According to an arrest warrant, at approximately 9:22 p.m., on June 13, 2019, Stickler observed a blue vehicle eastbound, on Bockman Way, that was driven by a male subject he believed to be Monty Slatten. Stickler stated he had prior knowledge that Slatten’s driver license was revoked.

“I noticed the vehicle slowed down to turn in the BP station, on Bockman Way, and I turned around in the Hardee’s parking lot and watched a passenger get out of the vehicle and walked into the … CONTINUED

New law to protect firefighters named after Sparta’s Capt. Barry Brady who passed away in April

Posted by | June 27, 2019 12:02 pm

Members of Capt. Barry Brady’s family, including his wife, Dawn Brady, and their son, along with his parents, State Senator Paul Bailey, Gov. Bill Lee, and Barry Brady’s brothers and sisters in the fire service, were on hand for the official signing of the legislation named after the longtime firefighter.

By Rachel Auberger

On July 1, Tennessee will join 40 other states in having a law that grants firefighters the presumption that impairment of health caused by certain forms of cancer will be declared to have been caused by their work.

The Barry Brady Act, named for the retired captain of the Sparta Fire Department who lost his battle with colon cancer earlier this year, grants firefighters with the presumption that any condition or impairment of health caused by all forms of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, and multiple myeloma cancer that results in hospitalization, medical treatment, or any disability has arisen out of employment unless … CONTINUED

Hands Free Law effective July 1

Posted by | June 27, 2019 12:00 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Tennessee’s new “Hands Free Law,” known as Public Chapter No. 412, will take effect July 1, 2019 and will require drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.

A recent study listed Tennessee as having the highest rate of distracted driving deaths in the nation. At 7.20 deaths per 10 billion miles driven, Tennessee had nearly five times more deaths than the national average of 1.49 for the same number of vehicle miles. In 2018, there were over 24,600 crashes involving a distracted driver, in Tennessee, which is an average of 67 crashes per day.

According to Capt. R.C. Christian, of the … CONTINUED

Retired teachers meet at bank

Posted by | June 27, 2019 9:00 am

White County Retired Teachers Association met on June 12, 2019, at First National Bank, in Sparta. The speaker was Linda McCreary, a representative from Tennessee Retired Teachers Association. Mc Creary’s speech covered TRTA’s involvement in various programs and activities. She encouraged all local associations to increase membership but stated that White County does exceptionally well, which WCRTA attributes to the hard work of Mabel Moore. A short business meeting was conducted after lunch, and an update of the Backpack Assist Ministry was provided by Karen Lafever. This was also the meeting to install new officers for 2019-2020, which include Susan Lafever, president; Elisabeth Brown, vice president; Linda Orr, … CONTINUED

Putting down all those bumpers

Posted by | June 27, 2019 8:41 am

By Topher Wiles – Central Church of Christ

Tepid.  Tepid is the way I would describe Ethan’s reaction to our upcoming activity.  We had already enjoyed the Huntsville Space Center on Ethan’s special 10th birthday trip, and then we proceeded down the Alabama roads toward the bowling/arcade/laser tag complex.  I was excited. Maybe it was because we had gotten a great price on the package deal starting with an hour of bowling, or perhaps it was because I was thrilled to enjoy three days alone on a trip with my middle son.  Maybe my previous time coaching bowling at Portland High School had filled me with positive feelings … CONTINUED

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