Geraldine Dunn

Posted by | March 13, 2019 12:34 pm

Geraldine Dunn, 78, of Sparta, passed away this morning, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Howell “Becky” Sims

Posted by | March 13, 2019 12:05 pm

Rebecca Howell “Becky” Sims, 63, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

The Sims family has entrusted Hunter Funeral Home with Becky’s cremation, and a memorial service will be 1 p.m., March 16, 2019 , at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 16, at the funeral home.

A complete obituary will follow.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fall Creek Falls breakfast

Posted by | March 13, 2019 7:26 am

Saturday, March 23

Who: Fall Creek Falls Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, scramble eggs, pancakes, hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, country ham, fried bologna, fruit, orange juice, coffee, milk); cost is $7

When: 7-10 a.m.

Where: 24897 Route 30 East

Annual Dessert Banquet

Posted by | March 13, 2019 7:21 am

Thursday, March 21

Who: Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland

What: Annual Dessert Banquet

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Leslie Town Centre

Contact: For tickets, call Danielle, (888) 688-0740, ext. 104

Tennessee taking steps to improve child care access

Posted by | March 13, 2019 6:31 am

The state is increasing financial support for child care programs that provide care for children receiving financial assistance.

  The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced a major step forward in helping families pay for the cost of child care and incentivizing more providers across the state to participate in the child care subsidy program.

Beginning in April, TDHS will raise the weekly reimbursement rates for all providers who take part in the state’s Child Care Certificate Program.  This rate increase is the first for child care providers since 2008.

Through the Smart Steps Program, TDHS provides child care financial assistance to families who are working or pursuing … Read More

TN State Parks offers free guided spring hikes statewide on March 23

Posted by | March 13, 2019 6:21 am

With warmer weather coming, Tennessee State Parks is hosting free guided spring hikes in all 56 state parks led by park rangers, on Saturday, March 23.

The hikes fit every level, from short easy-to-walk trails to longer treks through more adventurous terrain, each featuring the natural settings that are so diverse across the state.

“The spring hikes are a great way to explore our parks, as well as get to know other people who share the outdoors in a group setting,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Our state parks staff has valuable expertise to share about our parks to … Read More

Household hazardous waste mobile collection service in Putnam County on March 23 at fairgrounds

Posted by | March 13, 2019 6:17 am

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Putnam County, on March 23.

Tennesseans are encouraged to bring household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more – to a designated drop-off location. A person does not need to live in the county to participate.

The drop-off location is:

  • Putnam County – Putnam County Fairgrounds, in Cookeville, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT. The local contact is Shannon Reese at (931) 537-3278.

“We encourage all Tennesseans with eligible materials to participate in this no-cost program,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “This is a way to dispose of common hazardous materials in … Read More

Parkinson’s Support Group

Posted by | March 13, 2019 6:07 am

The Parkinson’s Support Group of Cookeville and surrounding areas meets at 10 a.m., the first Tuesday of each month, at Caney Fork Baptist Church, in Cookeville. Call (931) 303-6304 for more information.

Goodwill offering forklift classes monthly on third Monday

Posted by | March 13, 2019 5:58 am

The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville is now offering a three-hour forklift training program on the third Monday of every month.

The instructor-led program involves hands-on training using a forklift and OSHA-approved materials. Students who complete the program receive a certificate valid for three years and will learn a skill that is in demand by the warehousing and manufacturing industries.

The inaugural class is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Monday, March 18. Those interested in registering may call (931) 520-8789 or email A $100 registration fee is required.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center in Cookeville also hosts job fairs … Read More

Walter Louis Jones

Posted by | March 12, 2019 3:12 pm

Walter Louis Jones, 73, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jones was born on Oct. 12, 1945, in Nashville, the son of William and Demetra Warren Jones. He loved spending time with his friends, and he loved a good conversation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Smith; and his half-brother, Lynwood Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela White Jones, of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer Jones Elder, of Cookeville (Steven Elder, of Sparta); grandsons, James A.L. Elder, of Cookeville, Chris Elder (fiancée Destiny Dillon), of Livingston; special member of the family, Andrea Keltner; and two nieces, Rhonda Crook … Read More

Joe Lee McPeak

Posted by | March 12, 2019 3:06 pm

Joe Lee McPeak, 87, a long-time resident of Rock Island, passed away March 12, 2019, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, following a two-year illness.

Mr. McPeak was born Feb. 10, 1932, in White County, the son of Joe Eans McPeak and Martha Stacey Cole McPeak.

Mr. McPeak, a 25-year career U.S. Army veteran, served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from service, in 1975. He was a retired Church of Christ minister, serving in Germany and White and Warren counties. He was also a retired educator with the Coffee County school system

Mr. McPeak was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dora … Read More

Edward Thomas “Tommy” Hensley

Posted by | March 12, 2019 7:43 am

Edward Thomas “Tommy” Hensley, 74, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Hensley was born Jan. 31, 1945, in White County, to Zollie Ray Hensley and Jewel Terry Hensley.

He retired from Federal Mogul, in Smithville, after 32 years of service. Mr. Hensley was well known statewide for pitching horseshoes. He was a longtime member of the Tennessee Horseshoe Pitching Association and accumulated several state championships.

Mr. Hensley served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Keilin Thomas Hensley, Carson Neil Hensley; and siblings, Charles Hensley, Johnny Hensley, Henry Hensley, Cap Hensley, Zollie Ray Hensley Jr., … Read More

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