Chili Cook-Off set for March 17 at Mary Scott Turner building

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:46 am

The foundation’s building at 180 Janice, Dr., in Sparta

Mary Turner Scott

By Rima Austin, contributor

There was a time in American history when addiction was not spoken of in civilized company. Slowly, times have changed, and, with President Trump’s latest war on opioids, calling it a “national crisis,” addiction has now moved into mainstream media.

Addictions do not end with drugs, however. There are many kinds of addictions, which include alcohol, overeating, gambling, and even emotional addiction. In every community it is important, as a society, to create ways to help the sufferers of addiction or disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive behavior, to help them once again lead functional lives. The family of Mary Turner Scott, as … Read More

Rain hinders but doesn’t stop Big Puckett’s Campground

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:40 am

Jeff Puckett hopes to have the General Mercantile Store up and running by the first week in May. (Photos by MISTY WALKER)

Jeff Puckett, owner and operator of Big Puckett’s Campground, is excited about this new venture.

By Rima Austin, contributor

White County has always been a hidden treasure. It is surrounded by Burgess Falls, Lost Creek, and Fall Creek Falls; it has caving, kayaking, hunting, fishing, hiking, and swimming. All of this can be reached anywhere from a 20-minute drive to an hour’s drive. However, the one thing that White County may be lacking in is accommodations for all the thousands of travelers that visit there over the course of a year. Within a few months that is about to change.

Big Puckett’s Campground, owned and operated by Jeff … Read More

Knowing those who knew him is not the same as knowing Him

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:34 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Driving through Greensboro, North Carolina, on the interstate, we saw a billboard with Billy Graham’s picture and the words “GONE HOME.” We had seen identical boards in the Tri-Cities the day after his “home-going,” but when Sammie and I saw the one in the Piedmont Triad, he had been gone for two-and-a-half weeks.

The next day, we saw a sign in Winston-Salem, at a fast food restaurant, which read: “GRAHAM – WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.”

There may be a few folks that want to forget Billy Graham, but he will be remembered by billions, or more, much longer than your lifetime … Read More

Dairy farmers in jeopardy as they lose important contracts

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:28 am

Chris Hickey, an employee at Sparkman Farm, prepares the equipment used for milking cows. Sparkman Farm, as well as other dairy farmers in the area, are facing a potential crisis if contracts are cancelled, which has been the topic of several recent news stories.

David Lafever checks on his cows before meeting with other dairy farmers about the recent news that contracts that have been the lifeblood of their operations may soon be cancelled.

By Rima Austin, contributor

David LaFever drives his farm truck through the sodden lanes of his dairy farm while describing each set of cows that are separated from each other.

He reaches the back … Read More

Airport receives $555,000 grant

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:18 am

Airport officials were recently notified that significant improvements will be coming to the regional facility located in White County thanks to a grant valued at over a half-million dollars.

Dean Selby, airport manager for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, informed board members during their March 13, 2018, meeting that the airport would be receiving a $555,000 grant. This grant will be utilized to replace and make upgrades to the airport’s taxiway lighting and signage throughout the facility.

“I’m excited that we were able to get this grant,” stated Selby. “I think this is great – it’s going help improve the airport, and it brings (federal) funding back to … Read More

Break in water main reveals unforeseen issues at site

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:17 am

Crews worked for almost three days to restore water pressure to at least 25 residences that receive water from Quebeck-Walling Utility District. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Multiple residents have had to deal with water pressure loss for several days as utility crews searched for a leak buried more than 20 feet underground.

Residents in the area of East Gooseneck Road and Luckey Lane were faced with the loss of water pressure that started March 11 and was unable to be restored until late March 13 because of multiple challenges faced by utility workers.

On March 11, officials with the Quebeck-Walling Utility District received complaints from customers about a loss in water pressure over the weekend. On Sunday morning, district utility workers began to investigate the concerns, which required the assistance of an engineering service … Read More

Son allegedly stabbed father to death in his Sparta home

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:15 am

Joshua Jordi

After an intensive investigation from multiple law enforcement agencies following the discovery of a deceased victim in the Mt. Vernon Subdivision of White County last week, a Minnesota college student has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of his father.

Joshua Nathaniel Jordi, 21, has been identified as the individual responsible for the death of Timothy Leroy Jordi, 50, who was found dead in his Sparta home after his employer requested a welfare check by White County sheriff deputies after he did not show up for work, on March 8.

White County sheriff detectives and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents responded to … Read More

Notice of Board Work Session

Posted by | March 15, 2018 6:05 am

A Board work session will be held immediately following the regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen which begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The work session in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 6 Liberty Square is open to the public. The purpose is to discuss issues related to potential repaving and road infrastructure projects.

Eva Edna Rose Key

Posted by | March 14, 2018 8:10 am

Eva Edna Rose Key, 90, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta, after a long illness.

Mrs. Key was born July 27, 1927, in the Wild Cat Cove community of White County, to Wesley Foster Rose and Nancy Elizabeth Welch Rose.

She attended Lamb School. She had been a member of the    Church of God since 1964. Quiet and unassuming, she worked many years in Sparta’s shirt factories. After retirement, Mrs. Key volunteered for 13 years at the Sparta Help Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doug Key; son, Kenneth Wayne Key; daughter-in-law, Peggy Gentry;    brothers, Carl Rose, … Read More

Timothy Leroy Jordi

Posted by | March 13, 2018 3:27 pm

Timothy Leroy Jordi, 50 years young, of Sparta, Tennessee, was taken from our presence on March 8, 2018.

Timothy was born on April 1, 1967. He graduated from Blaine High School in 1985 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Theology from Pensacola Bible Institute. His love for the spoken word and his undying love for God the Almighty knew no limits.

Timothy worked as a senior business/system analyst for BBB Industries for four years. He enjoyed canoeing, hiking, kayaking, sleeping, picking on family and laughing. He was also an active member of a local canoe club and enjoyed spending time with his extended family at Victory … Read More

Shirley Mabe

Posted by | March 13, 2018 1:37 pm

Shirley Mabe, 68, of Sparta, passed away March 4, 2018, at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System – Alvin C. York (Murfreesboro) Campus, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Mabe was born Jan. 14, 1950, in Sparta, the son of Henry Mabe and Maudie Marie Whitaker Mabe.

He was a Vietnam veteran. He was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Mr. Mabe was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Mabe; and brother, Claudie Mabe.

Survivors include daughters, Shirleen (Mabe) and Roger Stewart, of Sparta, Christine (Mabe) Golden and Frankie Taylor, of Rickman, Michelle (Mabe) and Chad Walker, of Rickman; son,                 Jerry Mabe, of Sparta; 13 grandchildren, Josh Key, … Read More

Medicare counseling

Posted by | March 13, 2018 12:25 pm

Wednesday, March 28

Who: State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

What: Medicare counseling (help people review their options, screen for savings programs, and ask any Medicare questions they may have)

When: 8 a.m.-noon

Where: White County Public Library

Contact: Call (931) 432-4150 to reserve a seat

Welcome to Medicare class

Posted by | March 13, 2018 12:22 pm

Monday, March 26

Who: State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

What: Welcome to Medicare class (training on Parts A, B, C and D, as well as Medigap)

When: 1-3 p.m.

Where: White County Public Library

Contact: Call (931) 432-4150 to reserve a seat

Quebeck potluck

Posted by | March 13, 2018 12:11 pm

Saturday, March 24

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Club

What: Potluck (bring a dish to share)

When: 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center, 375 Quebeck Rd., in Quebeck

Contact: (931) 657-1009

Easter sunrise service

Posted by | March 13, 2018 12:08 pm

Sunday, April 1

Who: First Community Church of Sparta

What: Easter sunrise service (celebrate and worship under the crosses on the church property)

When: 6 a.m.

Where: 184 Taft Church Rd., in Sparta

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