WCMS Warriors complete the sweep over Harris Middle School

Posted by | April 24, 2017 9:15 am

The White County Middle School Warriors’ baseball team was able to complete a two-game sweep over Harris Middle School, on April 20. The Warriors got four runs in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth inning to win the first game 14-4. In the second game, the Warriors were able to hold off Harris to secure the win and the sweep with a 3-1 win.

In the first game, on April 20, Harris would take an early 2-0 lead. The Warriors would answer back and get a run in the top of the second inning to make the score 2-1. But Harris would answer back with … Read More

WCMS Warriorettes split a pair of conference games

Posted by | April 24, 2017 9:07 am

Ellie Savage throws a pitch in a game from earlier this season. She pitched on April 20 against Harris and got the win. (Photo by KELSEY ROBERTS)

The White County Middle School Warriorettes’ softball team split a pair of conference games last week vs. Harris Middle School. In the first game, the Warriorettes grabbed an early lead scoring six runs in the top of the first inning on its way to a 7-3 victory over Harris Middle. In the second game, the Warriorettes lost the lead and then tied it up to go into extra innings and ended up falling 6-5.

In the first game, on April 20, the Warriorettes came out of the gate hot, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. The Warriorettes scored on an error, a double by … Read More

White County Warriorettes’ softball team splits a pair of district games

Posted by | April 24, 2017 9:03 am

Megan Anderson gets ready for a pitch. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriorettes’ softball team split a pair of district game this past week. Both games they played in would take extra innings to decide the outcome of the game. The Warriorettes were able to avenge a loss from early in the season, on April 19, when they traveled to Crossville and took care of Cumberland County High School in a slugfest 15-10 in eight innings. The Warriorettes would then take on Cookeville High School, on April 20, and lose a close one 10-8 in eight innings.

On April 19, the Warriorettes had trouble putting away Cumberland County, but eventually, the Warriorettes prevailed 15-10.

Megan … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:59 am

Senator Paul Bailey

The Senate continued to make progress this week in winding down the 2017 legislative session, acting on some of the most important bills proposed this year including legislation addressing road improvements, tax relief, elderly abuse, and school bus safety. This week’s action also saw passage of three bills that I am working on this year.

Help find the missing Act – One of these bills is the Help Find the Missing Act. Senate Bill 113 streamlines the procedure for how local law enforcement, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the medical examiner’s office communicate with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). The … Read More

Don’t let yourself be a Matador Christian

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:56 am

By Macil Duncan – Gum Springs Baptist Church

The NBA playoffs have begun, and I am reminded of how the Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan, Scottie Pittman and Phil Jackson in their prime, already six titles, and unresolved differences split up a team that should have won many more titles. What appeared as an unbeatable team on the court was defeated in their hearts by unforgiveness and not reconciling their differences with ownership.

Bitterness is very much like the South American vine known as the “matador.” Beginning at the foot of a tree, the matador vine slowly works its way to the top, but as it grows, it … Read More

God wants us to become little children

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:55 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Children are so honest, you never know what they will say. A religious publication recorded the responses of some children in Bible class. “One answered, ‘Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc.’ The fifth commandment? ‘The fifth commandment is to humor your mother and father.’ Lot’s wife? ‘Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night.’ One little girl said, ‘A Christian can have only one wife. This is called monotony.’” These answers are so funny, yet so innocent. Perhaps, this is the type of innocence which Jesus had in mind when He … Read More

Diane Black is testing the water for the governor’s race

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:52 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Congressman (she doesn’t like to be called Congresswoman) Diane Black has aligned herself over the years with the far-right Republicans and now with Donald Trump. The rumors have been flying since her last campaign that she wants to run for the position of governor in the state of Tennessee. Diane Black is a fighter, and she is proud of her upbringing as a member of a loving, but poor, family that lived in government subsidized housing. She loves to tell the story about working hard and getting her associate degree in Nursing using financial aid and scholarships. During last year’s Congressional race, … Read More

President Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:51 am

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

“America First” is not just a great campaign slogan; it is a code of honor and respect. It signifies an allegiance to our country. It places our great Republic, our revered Constitution, our sacred Bill of Rights and our independence and freedoms above all things secular.   “America First” is neither confined to our national borders nor does it advocate an isolationist doctrine. It simply means, as its honored citizens, our country and its well-being should be our primary concern. Without a united and abiding society, a strong economy, a vibrant business and banking community, … Read More

School board recognizes Woodland Park and WCHS students

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:48 am

The students who were recognized included kindergarten-Kaleesta Lowery, first grade-Jack Burch, second grade-Tegan Rittenberry, third grade-Johanna Jagnandan, fourth grade-Aiden Brown, and fifth grade-Braydyn Taylor. Also pictured are Kim Luna, Woodland Park principal (far left); Juli Johnson, Woodland Park assistant principal (second from left); and David McCulley, school board member (far right). (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

School board members took time to recognize students who have shown commitment to excellence and leadership during its recent monthly meeting.

White County Board of Education held its monthly meeting, on April 13, 2017, which was hosted by Woodland Park Elementary School. Early in its meeting, the board recognized several students from Woodland Park and White County High School.

Kim Luna, Woodland Park Elementary principal, and Juli Johnson, assistant principal, recognized a student from each grade for being great examples of “Respectful Culture” leaders.

The students who were recognized included: kindergarten-Kaleesta Lowery, first grade-Jack Burch, second grade-Tegan Rittenberry, third grade-Johanna Jagnandan, fourth grade-Aiden Brown, and fifth grade-Braydyn Taylor.… Read More

Ravenscroft Mine Walking Trail coming together

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:44 am


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Work is under way to construct a wall around the parking lot at the Ravenscroft Mine Walking Trail.

Several projects at the trail have been completed over time to make the trail a reality.

On May 7, 2017, the Bon Air Mountain Historical Society will be hosting the 23rd Annual History Fair. The history fair is a day filled with displays on the rich mining history of Bon Air Mountain and communities like Ravenscroft.

Between 1888-1904 Bon Air Coal Company, the Clifty Creek Coal and Coke Company established four towns on the plateau overlooking the thriving City of Sparta. At the time, Bon … Read More

Two charged with evading arrest in separate incidents on the same day

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:24 am

On April 7, 2017, Thomas Bradford Caldwell, 30, of Walling, was arrested and was charged with six different offenses, including three felonies. Later that evening, Dustin McCurry, 19, of Quebeck, was also arrested in a separate incident and charged with seven offenses, including contributing to a minor.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., on April 7, Sgt. Lanny Wheeler was patrolling on Disneyland Road and observed a suspicious vehicle, … Read More

Seatbelts on school buses legislation moving forward

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:19 am

State legislators are working on several bills that would enhance safety on school buses, ranging from placing restraint systems (seatbelts) on buses, increasing driver training, age requirement for bus drivers, and increasing the driving record standards for bus drivers.

On Nov. 21, 2016, tragedy struck, in Chattanooga when a Woodmore Elementary School bus, in Brainerd, crashed and killed six students. The bus driver of this incident, Johnthony Walker, was charged with six counts of vehicular homicide, as well as additional charges.

Walker was a contracted driver for Durham School Services, a private company who provides school transportation services. Durham provides school bus transportation services in adjoining Warren County.… Read More

IMPROVE Act is approved by House and Senate

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:13 am

The Tennessee General Assembly, after more than four hours of discussions and debates, approved the governor’s IMPROVE Act by a solid margin of 60 votes “for” and 37 votes “against,” with White County’s State Representative Paul Sherrell voting “no” and State Senator Paul Bailey voting “yes.”

Gov. Bill Haslam received a legislative victory, on April 19, 2017, when the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate overwhelmingly approved his IMPROVE Act. This signature piece of legislation moves the governor one step closer to increasing the tax on gasoline and diesel for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The IMPROVE Act, which is an acronym for “Improving … Read More

Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race

Posted by | April 22, 2017 9:22 am

The 8th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race is officially underway, despite the heavy rain. Liberty Square is lined with vehicles of those participating in the event.

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High schools students win at state competition

Posted by | April 21, 2017 10:46 am

White County High School students recently competed at the TN STATE TSA (Technology Student Association) Leadership Conference, in Chattanooga.  WCHS TSA members competed in 12 different events, coming home with several wins.  Heidi Whitaker placed 1st in the state in the event of Promotional Graphics.  Bryce Fox and Caitlyn Keller placed 3rd in the state in Digital Video Production.  Caz Bilbrey and Saige Johnson also placed 3rd in the state in Technology Problem Solving.  These students qualified for Nationals and are looking forward to competing the June in Orlando, Florida.

Commodities distribution

Posted by | April 21, 2017 9:12 am

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for White County on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the White County Ag Building of the Fairgrounds, 565 Hale Street, Sparta.

Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities

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