Veterans Museum undergoes renovations, new exhibits

Posted by | February 7, 2019 8:21 am

By Rachel Auberger

The Veterans Museum of White County is now housed in one room of the American Legion Building located at 5 Liberty Square and has quickly outgrown the space since the addition of new exhibits.

The museum will be making the short move across the hall, but, with some creative space management and rearranging of the services and offices in the building, they will be able to claim three rooms for their expansion.

Sandy Witt, museum curator, urges everyone to come and explore the museum when it reopens in early March.

“The museum offers a rich history of uniforms, military items, documents, and photographs from the … Read More


Landfill issues still plaguing county

Posted by | February 7, 2019 8:14 am

By Ron Moses

With more than half of the current class one landfill cell filled with sediment, dirt, and garbage, the county will soon have an important decision to make on whether to purchase a new cell or have the solid waste transferred.

The former could cost the county roughly $5 million, but many on the White County Solid Waste Committee say that buying the new cell will save the county money in the long run.

“My number one rule is to increase the standard of living for the people of White County and to do that as cheaply as possible,” said County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. “That’s … Read More


County employee raises anticipated

Posted by | February 7, 2019 8:12 am

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson (left) sits in with the budget committee, on Monday night. On the right is county commissioner Dillard Quick. (Photo by RON MOSES)

By Ron Moses

“We are looking at doing employee raises this year,” said Finance Director Chad Marcum during Monday night’s budget meeting. “That is kind of a goal of ours.”

Marcum said this during his brief update on the state of the fiscal year 2020 budget after stating he has already sent out his budget requests. He said many of the responses have been swift, and, despite the deadline being weeks away, he has gotten many responses. Marcum understands that is a good first step in the realization of setting a budget that will allow time to adjust as needed for such raises.

According to the committee, county … Read More


Jones celebrates 100th birthday

Posted by | February 7, 2019 8:03 am

Ocia Bell Ford Jones enjoys every day of her life and still lives by herself at age 100.

By Rachel Auberger

“It’s the best birthday I had [in] all my life,” is how Ocia Jones described her day as she celebrated her 100th birthday. “I had a party on Saturday with cake and lots of presents and about 75 people, and, today, my insurance company came and brought me more cake and sang to me.”

Born Ocia Bell Ford, on Feb. 5, 1919, in Baxter, Tennessee, Jones has had a great life. Raised by her grandparents after her mother died during childbirth, she said she grew up poor, … Read More



Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Cooper

Posted by | February 6, 2019 10:22 am

Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Cooper, 61, passed away Feb. 1 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical, after a long struggle with his health.

Mr. Cooper was born Feb. 4, 1957, to Bob and Williene Cooper.

He graduated from White County High, in 1975, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, in 1976. He was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, and later was a member of the National Guard.

He graduated from Tennessee Tech, in 1987, with a Bachelor of Science degree, in education, and later received his master’s in special education from Middle Tennessee State University. He worked in both traditional and non-traditional education systems for over 20 years.

Mr. Cooper was … Read More


Van Buren County wheel tax

Posted by | February 6, 2019 9:55 am

Dear SpartaLive,

There has been much talk and conversation by a few that have never had the facts about the wheel tax proposal for Van Buren County. There was reaction before finding out the facts, and it was proceeded upon with what they deemed to be their perception without asking pertinent questions.

One pertinent fact is that once the petition was filed for a wheel tax referendum, by state statue, a special election for a wheel tax must be conducted no less than 75 days but no more than 90 days once the election commission approved the petition. This election will cost the county around $15,000-$18,000.

There are … Read More


John G. Zook

Posted by | February 6, 2019 8:07 am

John G. Zook, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 4, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Zook was born Feb. 3, 1935, in Talmage, Pennsylvania, the son Henry Zook and Leah Glick.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Zook, of Sparta; children, Samuel Zook, of California, Stephen Zook (Erma), of Sparta; Elizabeth Zook, of Sparta; four grandchildren; and several other family members.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Feb. 7, 2019, at White County Mennonite Church, with burial in White County Mennonite Cemetery. Lee Diller will officiate. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Feb. 6, 2019, at the church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Benefit for Wayne and Judy Shirley

Posted by | February 6, 2019 6:21 am

White County Bus Garage is having a benefit for Wayne and Judy Shirley to help with medical expenses.  The husband and wife both have Stage 4 cancer.

The event will be Friday, Feb. 15 (snow date will be Friday, Feb. 22)

A barbecue plate is $7 and includes barbecue sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans, pickle, and snack. They will deliver.

Silent auction 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Feb. 15. Items can be viewed and bid on at their Facebook Event Page or at the bus garage, on Mon., Feb. 11.

White County Bus Garage is located at 763 Millers Point Rd.

All donations would be greatly appreciated.

If you have … Read More


Warriors pick up their 20th win of the season

Posted by | February 5, 2019 8:08 pm

Warriors pick up their 20th win of the season with a 77-61 win over the Rhea County Golden Eagles. The Warriors had four players finish in double figures led by Kade Clark’s 18 points. Grant Slatten finished with 13 points. Masyn Winningham and Micah Webster also finished in double figures with 10 points each.

With the win, the Warriors move to 20-7 on the season and 4-3 on the season. The Warriors will close out their regular season on Friday night when they travel to McMinnville to take on the Warren County Pioneers.


Warriors lead by seven at the half

Posted by | February 5, 2019 7:09 pm

The Warriors lead the Rhea County Golden Eagles 33-26 at the half. All eight Warriors players that have played have scored in the first half. Kade Clark leads the Warriors with eight points.



Warriorettes struggle at Rhea County

Posted by | February 5, 2019 6:22 pm

The Warriorettes struggle at Rhea County and fall to the Lady Eagles 72-48. Mia Murray led the Warriorettes with 12 points. Alaina Stiles and Kendreah Reeves also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points each.

With the loss the Warriorettes move to 21-6 on the season and 3-4 in District play. The Warriorettes will return to action on Friday night for their final regular season game of the year against the Warren County Lady Pioneers.


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