Brady celebrating 40 years of service with Sparta banks

Posted by | May 16, 2019 2:52 pm

Vickie Brady has spent four decades in the banking business, and she will be honored with a meet and greet, on May 17, for customers, friends, and the entire community to stop by and visit. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Vickie Brady, of First Tennessee Bank, has spent her entire adult life serving the people of Sparta and helping them with their financial needs.

“I started here 40 years ago,” Brady said. “Back then it was Commerce Union.”

In Brady’s 40 years, the bank has changed ownership and names, six times, but Brady has stayed and served the people of Sparta through all the changes.

“It has been challenging at times,” she said. “With a new owner comes new policies, new faces, new ways of doing things, but it has always been a good place to work, a good place to be.”

Brady started in … Read More


Relay for Life draws crowd to Metcalf Park

Posted by | May 16, 2019 2:49 pm

Cancer survivors prepare to begin the survivors’ lap at the May 11 White County Relay For Life. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

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By Rachel Auberger

The White County Relay For Life annual fundraising event drew a crowd in spite on the rain.

This year’s event, held at Metcalf Park, opened at 5 p.m., on May 11, with a greeting by this year’s chairperson, Roxanna Hitchcock, followed by an invocation by James Leftwich. The White County High School JROTC, under the direction of Maj. Thomas McIntyre, performed a presentation of the colors before Jacob Speck, with Boy Scout Troop 128, led the attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Tracey Lowery sang the national anthem.

Marla Murray, who is fighting her cancer battle, was the guest … Read More



Ride 4 Freedom Legacy Tour will come through Sparta next month

Posted by | May 16, 2019 2:22 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Peter J. Titlebaum, Ed. D., a professor at the University of Dayton (Ohio) and the coordinator of the sports management program, is planning to ride his bicycle 615 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Montgomery, Alabama, this summer.

Titlebaum said his ride, which will start at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and end at the Freedom Rides Museum, is a symbolic gesture about the importance of legacy.

“This ride is not only symbolic for us but for the courageous pioneers who risked their lives for freedom and those who advocated preserving and teaching these legacies as part of our American states,” Titlebaum said.

Titlebaum recognizes … Read More


School board takes action on new textbooks

Posted by | May 16, 2019 2:20 pm

By Ron Moses

White County Schools will soon have new textbooks in the classrooms following the approval of a five-year adoption for social studies and world languages textbooks throughout all levels of public schools.

The new books will be implemented in social studies for third through eighth grades, while the high school will have new textbooks in world geography, world history, American history, government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Also new to the schools will be Spanish and French world languages level one and level two textbooks.

According to documents provided, the textbooks were available for public review during the week of April 22-26 at the White County Board … Read More



Bridge repair over Calfkiller River

Posted by | May 15, 2019 9:42 am

FROM SOUTHERN CONSTRUCTORS INC: Southern Constructors Inc. has recently been awarded a contract from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the Bridge Repair on SR-1 over the Calfkiller River. We will begin work, May 15, 2019, and complete it as close as possible to Sept. 30, 2019. We will follow the contract traffic control plans. We will proceed with this work as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we ask that motorists, especially drivers of emergency vehicles, be made aware of traffic pattern changes and delays due to construction.


Crash on Smithville Highway

Posted by | May 15, 2019 9:22 am

Drivers are urged to avoid Smithville Highway in the vicinity of the rock cut because of a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m.  Drivers are urged to take an alternate route. Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, as well as various fire departments, are on the scene. The highway may be shut down for an undetermined amount of time.


Joanna Grove Beach

Posted by | May 15, 2019 5:12 am

Joanna Grove Beach was born, on May 6, 1924, and passed from this life into her heavenly home, on May 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Joe and Maude Deweese Grove and the last surviving child of 11. Preceding her in death were her brothers, Robert, Tom, Billy, Jimmy, Otis, Drake, and Terry Grove and sisters, Artie B. Pickett, Sophie Dell, and Edith Bayless.

Joanna was married to the late Solon Beach for 42 years.

She is survived by their children, Dee Kinnard, of Sparta, Marty Beach, of Sale Creek, Ann and Dean Lee, of Mt. Juliet, and Jan and … Read More


David Rhoton Haston

Posted by | May 15, 2019 5:03 am

David Rhoton Haston, 70,of Sparta, passed away May 13, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Haston was born June 1, 1948, in Fort Pierce, Florida, to George Thomas Haston and Hazel Lee Roberts Haston.

Mr. Haston was an accomplished licensed mason, carpenter, and greenhouse industry owner at which he created beautiful fireplaces and log homes. He also had a talent for growing traditional/tropical flowers and vegetables. Mr. Haston was a passionate individual who loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was an active and dedicated member of Christian Fellowship Church for 25 years.

Mr. Haston was preceded in death by his parents and his wife … Read More


James Edward Pollard

Posted by | May 14, 2019 3:00 pm

James Edward Pollard, 81, of Smithville, passed away May 12, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Pollard was born Nov. 23, 1937, in White County, to Willie Lee Pollard and Zonnee Lee Luna Pollard.

He retired as a heavy equipment mechanic but had a career that involved the railroad and other jobs that sent him all over the world.

Mr. Pollard served his country in the U.S. Air Force, in Vietnam, and still worked on cars in retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dora Faye Pollard; and brothers, Elijah, David, and Junior Pollard.

Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Pollard (Barry) Mason, of Walling, Beverly … Read More


Flags for veterans’ graves

Posted by | May 14, 2019 1:30 pm

If you would like to honor the memory of a veteran, the Veterans Museum of White County will be giving away cemetery flags to be place on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. Flags may be picked up 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at the Veterans Museum, in the American Legion Building. For more information you may call (931) 836-3595.



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