At the end of your rope?

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:58 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We were on our way to Starbucks with the boys one morning, when my wife uttered a phrase that is often used and usually recognized – a statement to show that one has reached their limit in dealing with stress. She said, simply, “I’m at the end of my rope!”

I don’t remember what we were talking about at the time. Perhaps she had just read a text or an email. My memory is not what it used to be, although Sammie and I recently compared notes and determined that, together, we could remember a lot of stuff. My problem is that … Read More

Let us worship and bow down

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:55 am

Historical Faith For Today – By Eric Williams, Fellowship Renewed Church

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel … Read More

Sales tax free weekend is set for July 28-30

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:52 am

Tennessee retailers will not collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the much-anticipated annual sales tax holiday, which will be the 12th straight year Tennessee has waived the sales tax for one particular weekend.

From July 28 through July 30, shoppers across state, who are preparing to for the start of the new school season, can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies, and computers. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school, and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

Tennessee Department of Revenue wants to remind people that this specific … Read More

White and Van Buren counties both are awarded $25,000 in state grants

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:47 am

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently announced that 63 counties would be receiving Three Star Competitive Grants, including White and Van Buren counties.

The Three Star Competitive Grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education, and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for this grant, each community was required to meet all the Three Star program requirements.

Three Star focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education, and workforce development.

White and Van Buren counties were both among those selected to … Read More

Louis Henry Hinkel Sr.

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:40 am

Louis Henry Hinkel Sr., 83, of Sparta, passed away July 19, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grief and loss pilot program approved by school board

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:35 am

Sometimes children suffer silently when dealing with grief or a profound loss. A proposed pilot program for the White County school system hopes to provide aid and comfort to those in need.

The White County School Board approved a new pilot program during its July 18 meeting to provide additional counseling programing.

Carolyn Scott, executive director for Heart of the Cumberland, met with school board members to discuss the services that are offered by the organization and the possibilities to partner with the White County school system.

Heart of the Cumberland was established, in Cookeville, in 2009. One of the key services provided by the organization is grief and loss counseling for at-risk students.

According to Scott, the organization developed a patent curriculum that provides peer-counseling services to students through the school system. This program, which is currently in all … Read More

Commissioners will ask TDOT to rename bridge after veteran

Posted by | July 20, 2017 6:32 am

County commissioners have voted unanimously during their Monday night meeting to request that Tennessee Department of Transportation rename the Highway 135 bridge in honor of a highly decorated veteran who passed away in May 2017.

During the most recent Steering Committee A meeting, one of the items that was discussed was the possibility of renaming the Highway 135 bridge at Duck Pond Road that crosses over Highway 111. Commissioner Al Klee presented to the steering committee the request to rename the bridge in honor of Robert D. “Sarge” Roberts, a White County veteran, who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Roberts was born, raised, and educated in … Read More

Overturned Tractor-Trailer blocks Highway 111 ramp

Posted by | July 19, 2017 6:57 pm

At approximately 6:18 pm, White County E-911 dispatchers received notification of a possible overturned Tractor-Trailer on the on ramp for Highway 111 off McMinnville Highway.

The Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered that a commercial semi tractor-trailer had flipped onto the on ramp for Highway 111, while negotiating the turn off of McMinville Highway.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured from the incident.

The on ramp is partially blocked at this time. Emergency responders are waiting for a commercial wrecker to remove the overturned semi from the on ramp.

The Tennessee … Read More

Ravon Donell “Don” Nash

Posted by | July 19, 2017 12:16 pm

Ravon Donell “Don” Nash, 78, of Cookeville, went home to be with the Lord, on July 17, 2017. He had most recently resided at Signature Health Care, in Algood.

Mr. Nash was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Baxter, to Charlie Bonell Nash and Dollie Allison Nash.

He served his country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Nash was a Cookeville business owner. He owned & operated Nash Entertainment Center and Sword & Stein Supper Club. He was also involved in the Chamber of Commerce of Cookeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Anna Ruth Nash, Geneva Elrod, Juanita Martin; and two brothers, Kenneth Nash and … Read More

New PLA position, student center to benefit veterans at Tech

Posted by | July 19, 2017 12:02 pm

Pictured outside the newly-renovated Jere Whitson Memorial Building where a new veterans student center will be located are (from left) Army veteran Chris Benedict, VA certifying official Mary Benedict, Army veteran Chris Eckartz, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Kevin Flanary, and Navy veteran Jill Osborne.

Since creating an Office of Military and Veterans Affairs in 2014, Tennessee Tech has been focused on enhancing the college experience for veterans.

The office helps vets and military dependents navigate benefits and the GI Bill while helping provide support with the transition from the military to an academic environment.

“A lot of veterans have transition issues coming back from deployments and back from active duty to being a civilian,” said Ret. Army Sgt. 1st class Kevin Flanary, director of Tech’s military and veteran affairs office. “Generally, they are a little bit older than the students who go to class with them. It’s a little different system than … Read More

Sidewalk construction project begins on Bockman Way

Posted by | July 19, 2017 10:56 am

Construction crews from Rogers Group and Tennessee Department of Transportation officials are both currently on site for the Bockman Way sidewalk restoration project.

The Bockman Way sidewalk restoration project will be from the Churchill Drive intersection to the Mayberry Street intersection on Bockman Way.

Rogers Group has placed traffic safety barrels along the route of the project and has installed construction signs. There will be lane closures throughout the project area on Bockman Way, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.

As previously reported, the City of Sparta expects Rogers Group to have this sidewalk project completed within 180 days.

Representative Paul Sherrell announces funding approval for Burgess Falls State Park

Posted by | July 19, 2017 10:02 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved funding for upgrades at Burgess Falls State Park. This investment coincides with the 80th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, and the  monies will be used to replace trails and trail bridges.

The Burgess Falls project is part of a $3.3 million initiative to upgrade park facilities throughout Tennessee — including Fall Creek Falls State Park, Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, and Fort Pillow State Park. It was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In … Read More

Sparta Electric power outage

Posted by | July 19, 2017 8:12 am

There will be a scheduled power outage, on Saturday, July 22, beginning at midnight and lasting approximately three to five hours. The outage will affect all Sparta Electric customers west of the courthouse. This is necessary in order to upgrade substation.

Averitt honors Hyden for 30 years

Posted by | July 19, 2017 6:11 am

Director of invoicing, collections and cash Marilyn Hyden (center) is presented her 30-year service award by Averitt vice president of finance Johnny Fields (left), and Averitt chairman and chief executive officer Gary Sasser (right).

Averitt Express recently honored director of invoicing, collections and cash Marilyn Hyden of Sparta for 30 years of service.

She is one of the more than 900 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.

Averitt’s Cookeville-area service center is located at 1199 Salem Road, and its corporate headquarters is at 1415 Neal Street.

Republican Party meeting

Posted by | July 19, 2017 6:01 am

The next meeting of the Republican Party of White County begins at 7 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2017. This meeting will be in the third floor courtroom of the White County Courthouse. Everyone is invited to meet with fellow Republicans to learn about and discuss issues important to the local community, the state, and the nation. White County Assessor of Property Junior Jones will give a presentation about the property assessment process and trends in the community. Events leading up to the 2018 election cycle will also be discussed.

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