Darryl Curtis Hickey

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:48 am

Darryl Curtis Hickey, 53, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at his residence.

Born Dec. 8, 1964, in Pikeville, he was the son of James “Bud” Hickey and Katherine “Kay” Hickey.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his sister, Cheryl Sullivan, of Sparta; nephew, Zachary Tyler Sullivan, of Sparta; special friends, Danny O’Dell, Kyle O’Dell, Mary Bailey, Wayne Presley; special family, David, Patsy, Shawn, Amy, Alexus Solomon; special caregiver, Chris Gamble and husband Rick; and lifelong friend, David Lee England.

A special thank you is extended to Dr. Ty Webb and all his staff.

Funeral will 1 p.m., Sept. 1, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, … Read More


Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:39 am

Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson, 80, owner of Sparta Office Supply, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Pearson was born July 11, 1938, in Sumner County, to Henry Sherman Pearson and Edith Faye Woodward Pearson.

After completing Draughn’s Business College, in 1958, Mr. Pearson worked for HG Hills and Cooper & Martin grocery stores. He moved to Sparta, in 1966, with his wife, Rita, and their two children, opening Cooper & Martin where Floyd’s Cash Saver currently operates.

In 1972, Mr. Pearson opened Sparta Office Supplies, in downtown Sparta, where it still remains. For over 40 years, he enjoyed working with the … Read More


Wanda Faye Wallace Bumbalough

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:36 am

Wanda Faye Wallace Bumbalough, 69, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2018.

Mrs. Bumbalough was born April 20, 1949, in Sparta, to James Edgar Wallace and Della Mae Baker Wallace.

She was a waitress at Nick’s Restaurant, in Cookeville, for 25 years. She loved music, specifically Elvis and Randy Travis, hunting for treasures at yard sales, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Bumbalough was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Nina Hale, Elsie Crowe, Lillian Walker, Scarlett Lehman, Russell Wallace, and Robert Wallace.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Bobby Bumbalough; daughter, Amanda Young; son, Ricky Bumbalough; grandchildren, Kyle Young, Angel Young; great-grandchildren, … Read More


Dove season opens Sept. 1

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:19 am

Early Canada goose season also begins

Dove season opens on Saturday, Sept. 1 at noon (local time), the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s 2018 dove season is again divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 13 through Nov. 4; and Dec. 8 through Jan. 15, 2019. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

Doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the highest concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit at all times while … Read More


Fall Creek Falls improvements

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:17 am

Crews have been working diligently as part of the continual process of Fall Creek Falls Park maintenance and improvement. The area around the nature center has become a premier viewing point for hikers. The access to view the rumbling waters of the falls is wheelchair accessible and will open the experience to some individuals to enjoy for the first time. The nature center will be reopening soon.

Justin Mooneyham clears one of the overlooks.

Cara Alexander Tinch, Layne Shockley, Jacob Sparkman, Chris Sammons, Robin Bayless


Shops at 93

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:12 am

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By Hansel Moore

Much of the Van Buren County’s history has been connected to the Hitchcock Building, at 93 Spring St.

If you grew up in Van Buren County, you may have visited it as a gas station, car repair garage, grocery store, laundry mat, hardware store, or gift store. At one point, you may have had a meal, which was located in the diner area known as The Shed.

Constructed in 1945 for “Uncle Morris,” the building has been in the Hitchcock family for generations. Over the years, it has been repurposed and fitted for a variety of commerce opportunities, as it has … Read More


Van Buren County’s Mountaineer Folk Festival is Sept. 7-9

Posted by | August 31, 2018 8:02 am

By Hansel Moore

The Mountaineer Folk Festival is coming to Fall Creek Falls. Sept. 7-9 will be a weekend packed with music, food, and vendors of all types.

The Mountaineer Folk Festival is one of the largest craft, music, and demonstration festivals in Tennessee State Parks. It is co-sponsored by Fall Creek Falls State Park, Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park, and Tennessee Arts Commission. Craft booths are restricted to handmade items, and demonstrations and music are representative of the type and style found on the Cumberland Plateau prior to the Great Depression. Friends of Fall Creek Falls invite everyone to come to the village area of … Read More


Bowling to speak at National Fiber for the new Economy Conference

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:58 am

Senator Janice Bowling

A national group that advocates for expansion of advanced broadband internet access has invited Tennessee Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) to speak at their upcoming conference in Ontario, California. The conference called “Fiber for the New Economy” is sponsored by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC).

CLIC represents a wide range of public and private entities that support the authority of local communities to make the broadband Internet choices that are essential for economic competitiveness, democratic discourse and quality of life in the 21st century. The coalition asked Bowling to share her expertise on increasing access through state and local high speed broadband initiatives and … Read More


Warriorette volleyball goes 1-1 to open their week

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:26 am

Hannah Kate Sims spikes the ball, on Tuesday night, against Rhea County. Sims had her best game of the year, on Monday night, against Coffee County. She finished the game with seven kills and six blocks.

After opening their week with a 3-1 win over former district rival Coffee County, the roles were reversed when the Warriorette volleyball team hosted Rhea County, on Tuesday.

The visiting Lady Eagles in the first meeting between the two teams defeated the Warriorettes 3-0.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes picked up a 3-1 (25-17,25-23,22-25, and 27-25) win over the Lady Raiders. Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes in kills, with eight and blocks … Read More


WCMS volleyball team adds two more wins to move to 8-0

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:23 am

Alyson Jones serves the ball against Coffee County, on Monday night.

The White County Middle School volleyball team was in action on Monday and Tuesday nights. The Warriorettes picked up wins in both games, with Tuesday night’s game coming down to the wire.
The Warriors picked up a conference win, on Monday night, against Coffee County. The Warriorettes won that game in straight sets win 25-10 and 25-16.
On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes would pick up a win in the first game, winning by a final score of 25-11. However, in the second game, the game would be close throughout, with neither team getting much of a lead. … Read More


Warriors open region play against Summit

Posted by | August 31, 2018 7:00 am

The Warriors break through the banner before Friday night’s game against Warren County. The Warriors will look to break through, on Friday night, and end their 16- game losing streak.

The White County High School Warrior football team will open their region slate this Friday night when they travel to Summit High School.

This will be the second time the Warriors and the Spartans have ever faced off on the gridiron. Last season, Summit jumped out to an early lead on the Warriors and never looked back winning by a final score of 47-0.

Summitt,, who started its football program in 2011, had a rough go the first few years. The Spartans went 4 and 26 in the first three years. However, since Brian Colman took over the Spartans, the team has gone 20-14 over the past three … Read More


Maddle convicted in criminal court of multiple drug charges

Posted by | August 30, 2018 1:16 pm

Eddie Maddle, 47

According to a press release from Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Aug. 29, 2018, Eddie Maddle, 47, of Sparta, was convicted on One Count of Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Manufacture, Deliver or Sell following a two-day jury trial in Putnam County Criminal Court. Sergeant Chuck Johnson initiated the investigation, in 2015, that developed into a search warrant being issued for Maddle’s residence. Drugs and chemicals associated with the manufacture of Meth were found at the residence. Investigators with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigation Division and other criminal investigators within this office both assisted with this particular investigation.

“I am proud to … Read More


Changes planned for Upper Cumberland Senior Expo

Posted by | August 30, 2018 12:51 pm

L-R: Bob Sotis, Life Church; Candi Raney, Bailey Manor; Isabeau Strader, Home Instead; Holly Williams, UCAAAD; Clare Farless, UCAAAD; Shannon MacFarquhar, Heritage Point Senior Living; Sara Martin, Home Instead; Candie Power, CRMC; Kayla Beth Adams, NHC; and Vickie Beck, UCDD/RCP

Planning is underway for the 17th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo, hosted by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, with big changes on the horizon.

This year, the expo will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on Oct. 16, 2018, at Life Church, at 2223 N. Washington Ave., in Cookeville, and for the first time will offer information about caring for individuals of all ages.

The regional event has typically focused on the care of older adults. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” will address caregiving of individuals from birth to older adults and will provide an opportunity for caregivers, seniors, and those … Read More


National Down Syndrome Society video features Brayden Naylor

Posted by | August 30, 2018 12:48 pm

Brayden Naylor to help kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month In unique annual video presentation

Brayden Naylor, grandson of Sandy Shuburg of Sparta and Donnie and Robbie Powell of Cookeville, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 15, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Brayden, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from more than 2,400 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost … Read More


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