Coach Pitch Boys’ All Stars

Posted by | June 15, 2017 8:34 am

After the trophies were handed out on Friday night, the coaches voted on an all-star team. Members of that all-star team include: T.J. Sullivan, Callyn Sullivan, Paul Dylan Brickford, Landon Kerr, Eli Sims, Bradon McDonald, Reece Wallace, Lucas Phillips, Griffin Adams, Kaden Seibers, Tucker Pinion, Jack Walker, and Ben Walker. The coaches of the All-Star team are Bruce Richardson, David Pinion, Randy Wallace, and Mark Sims. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)



Country Club’s ABCD winners

Posted by | June 15, 2017 8:26 am

The winners of the Wednesday scramble came in with an 8-under. The winning team was comprised of Travis Poss, Lori Mason, Larry Hensley and Tom Clark. All golfers are invited to come out and compete each Wednesday. The ABCD scramble is a blind draw. After all golfers are signed in and divided into groups, a blind draw will be held to decide the teams. All competitors should be signed in by 5:15 p.m.


Premier Collision finishes out perfect season and tournament

Posted by | June 15, 2017 8:19 am

Premier Collision won both the boys’ coach pitch season and tournament championship game, on Friday. (Photo by LINDA RICHARDSON)

In the boys’ coach pitch league this year, there was one team that stayed on top from the beginning till the end. Premier Collision ended the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record, and then they finished off their season coming away with the tournament championship on Friday night.

Premier Collision’s opponent, Wallace Insurance, wasn’t going to let Premier come away with the championship without a fight. Wallace jumped on Premier, scoring three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead at the end of one inning of play. Premier, though, would take the lead at the end of the second inning, scoring four runs and … Read More


Another team camp in the books for Warriorettes

Posted by | June 15, 2017 8:01 am

Paige Parker goes up for a shot in Monday’s contest vs Seymour High School. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

It was a long and busy start to the week for the White County High School Warriorettes’ basketball team, as they traveled to Knoxville for the Bearden High School two-day team camp.

The Warriorettes’ varsity team played two games, on Monday, and finished up the camp with three games, on Tuesday. The Warriorettes’ Junior Varsity team also got some work in, on Monday and Tuesday, playing two games, on Monday, and then one game, on Tuesday.

The Warriorettes’ Varsity team picked up wins in both their games, on Monday. They took care of Seymour High School in their first game of the day and then beat an experienced … Read More


Morgan Furniture, Sparta TV and Appliance enter into unique partnership under one roof

Posted by | June 15, 2017 7:08 am

Don Blalock (right), owner of Morgan Furniture and America’s Mattress Gallery, and Carlos Billings (left), owner of Sparta TV and Appliance, have joined forces to sell their vast array of products under one roof. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Sparta TV and Appliance customers now visit the store at a new location, and customers at Morgan Furniture have noticed an addition in products now being provided.

On April 1, 2017, two long-standing businesses, which have served the Sparta and White County communities for a number of years, took a significant step toward a new partnership that is aimed at providing better services to the customers of Sparta TV and Appliance and Morgan Furniture.

After years of discussions between Don Blalock, owner of Morgan Furniture and America’s Mattress Gallery, and Carlos Billings, owner of Sparta TV and Appliance, the two companies decided to join forces and sell their … Read More


Another visit to the beach, another bag full of emotions

Posted by | June 15, 2017 7:04 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

A group of close to 50 people gathered at the edge of a private beach near the fishing pier at the Oceana resort, in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Some stood, barefoot, in the sand. Others sat on the cinder block wall that separates sand from the grassy area next to the pool of the old resort. Still, others sat in beach chairs on the concrete area next to the wall. One member of the group sat in a wheel chair. All were there to celebrate the life of Patsy Newsome Goins, my wife’s oldest sister.

With the exception of a sweet couple … Read More


Let’s study the Constitution, Part VI – Second Amendment

Posted by | June 15, 2017 7:02 am

By Susan Frickey – CSG student

The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The much-maligned Second Amendment makes all other rights possible, which explains why it is under constant attack by those who want control. It is also the only part of the Bill of Rights that defines a specific purpose in its introductory clause.

David Deming writes in the April 2016 issue of American Thinker that the Second Amendment was intended by the Founding Fathers to serve as a safeguard against tyranny. Alexander … Read More



Brandon Young named Tennessee Firefighter of the Year

Posted by | June 15, 2017 6:58 am

Brandon Young (left) and Barry Brady (right) are pictured at the awards ceremony where Young was named Firefighter of the Year.

Submitted by Public Information Officer at White County Fire/Rescue

Brandon Young, a Sparta native, has many titles to his name, including captain of Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, volunteer firefighter at Sparta Fire Department, part-time advanced emergency medical technician at White County Emergency Medical Services, as well as full-time firefighter/A-EMT, in Rutherford County.

Young recently added another title to that list, as he was named Firefighter of the Year at the Tennessee Firemen’s Association’s annual conference, on June 3, 2017, in Alcoa.

Young has served in emergency services for seven years, beginning his career as a junior firefighter, in Cassville, at age 16, then also joining Sparta Fire Department’s … Read More


Airport board votes to increase hangar rates

Posted by | June 15, 2017 6:53 am

Members of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors have approved a request to increase the airport’s hangar rental rates to purchase new equipment and expand the hangars.

On June 13, 2017, Dean Selby, airport manager, said he had collected data from airports across the state that had comparable hangars to the UCRA.

The collected data on hangar rental rates showed the UCRA was behind the regional industry standard. The regional average for a t-hangar is $165.13.

The proposed rate increase would establish the base hangar rental rate at $160 per month. Each July, the United States Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most current … Read More


Ryan announced as Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalist

Posted by | June 15, 2017 6:48 am

Rebecca Ryan

Tennessee Department of Education recently announced that one of White County’s educators, Rebecca Ryan, has been named one of the nine finalists for the 2017-2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year award.

“Mrs. Ryan is a terrific teacher in our school system,” stated Kurt Dronebarger, director of White County schools. “As a math teacher at the White County High School, she is a great leader, capable to take charge and is an effective leader in her classroom.”

The educators who have been selected represent each of the Center of Regional Excellence areas in the state. A total of three finalists were named in each of the grand divisions – … Read More


2017-2018 county budget is ready for final approval

Posted by | June 15, 2017 6:40 am

The White County Budget Committee met June 12 to discuss the final proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Commissioner Stanley Neal, the county commission’s budget committee chair, said members worked hard toward limiting the amount of new recurring expenditures this year in an effort to keep a conservative budget.

The budget does project an approximate $300,000 increase in revenue. However, the proposed budget also has a $300,000 increase in expenditures.

Chad Marcum, White County finance director, took the committee through the final proposed budget. According to Marcum, the budget did not have many significant changes from the 2016-2017 budget.

The proposed 2017-2018 budget … Read More


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