Victoria Holley Rae Bridges

Posted by | September 13, 2019 3:13 pm

Victoria Holley Rae Bridges, better known as Holley, 16, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 11, 2019, at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, in Nashville.

Holley was born April 4, 2003, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Kristi Reeves Bridges and Harold Gene Bridges.

She was a junior at White County High School where she was a social butterfly with a bubbly personality and being a friend to all who knew her. Holley was an avid swimmer.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Family members left to cherish her memory include her mother and stepfather, Kristi Bridges and Jacky Taylor, of Sparta; sister, Hanna Bridges (Robert Burch); brother, Tyler Bridges … CONTINUED

“Harrington For Hope” returns, fundraiser for child burn survivors

Posted by | September 13, 2019 3:04 pm

MItch Harrington with Camp Hope Camper McKenna Barbee

Living life “Beyond the Burns,” that’s the mindset of Mitch Harrington as he makes an effort to take a situation of horror and turn it into an outlook of hope and healing. Harrington For Hope is set to host its second annual event this Sat., Sept. 14., raising funds for Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who are burn survivors.

Providing a week of physical and emotional healing for children who have suffered burn injuries, Camp Hope is open to burn survivors between the ages of 6 and 16 years old who have sustained burns and were admitted to or treated by a burn center.

Harrington, a … CONTINUED

13 law enforcement officers graduate from TBI State Academy

Posted by | September 13, 2019 2:57 pm

Back row, L-R: TBI Deputy Director Brad Nealon, Crossville Police Department Detective Kevin Wood, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Investigator David Bowman, Algood Police Department Administrative Lieutenant Roy Phipps, Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Aaron Roberts, McMinn County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jared Price, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Major Nikia Elliott, Shelbyville Police Department Detective Cody Swift, Smithville Police Department Detective James Cornelius, TBI Director David Rausch; front row, L-R: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Malugen, Johnson City Police Department Investigator Gary Wills, TSU student Eric Bihembo, MTSU student Madison Scoggins, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sergeant Bryan DeRose, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Zechary Pike, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Joshua Wooley.

Thirteen local law enforcement officers from across the state and two criminal justice students are new graduates of the TBI State Academy. The news was announced in a press release issued Sept. 12, 2019.

The Academy was created as a professional and specialized training ground for Tennessee law enforcement officers who want to expand their education and training in the criminal justice field. Through the six-week course, attendees learned advanced investigative techniques, science, and strategy; skills they can take back with them and put into practice at their home agencies.

The TBI State Academy was modeled after the FBI’s National Academy, and includes coursework in the areas of … CONTINUED

Child restraint seat buy-back

Posted by | September 13, 2019 1:40 pm

Walmart will be sponsoring a child restraint seat buy-back, Sept. 16-30. An individual may bring in an old car seat, and Walmart will give you a $30 gift card to purchase a new car seat. Tennessee Highway Patrol will be joining in the event to help promote child restraint safety. On Sept. 21, Sgt. Ronnie Simmons, along with child restraint device technicians, will be at Walmart, 8 a.m.-noon, conducting a child seat checkup event demonstrating the proper installation of child seats. The community in encouraged to participate in this event and learn more about child restraint safety.

Oktoberfest returns Oct. 18-19

Posted by | September 13, 2019 1:28 pm

By Rita M. Reali

It’s time to pull out your lederhosen, dust off that dirndl and get ready for some good old-fashioned German-style family entertainment at Crossville Oktoberfest.

Hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 8152, Crossville Oktoberfest is slated for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, at the K of C grounds, 2892 Highway 70 East in Crossville.

This annual event has earned its well-deserved reputation as the Upper Cumberlands’ premier German-American festival. A favored attraction among autumn visitors to the area, many folks also enjoy some cool-weather golf, hiking or other outdoor activities. Last year’s event drew nearly two thousand revelers from all over Tennessee, plus … CONTINUED

Sparta Speaker Series Fall 2019

Posted by | September 13, 2019 1:14 pm

Third floor of the White County Courthouse, on Liberty Squar

Programs begin at 7 p.m. CST

Sponsored by Virgin Falls State Natural Area, the Friends of Virgin Falls, And White County


September 19 – The Adventures of Working with Mules.  Join mule trainer Malcolm Jessup as he shares stories of his travels, and insights into working with mules.

September 26 – Everything You Wanted to Know About a Tree But Was Afraid  to Ask.  Guy Zimmerman, retired from the Tennessee  Division of  Forestry, will speak on forest fires, invasive exotic species, urban forestry, selling timber, tree health and anything you wanted to know about a tree but … CONTINUED

White County High School volleyball takes down rival Rhea County

Posted by | September 12, 2019 1:49 pm

Lindi Smith with an assist vs Rhea County

By Jerry Lowery

White County High School volleyball team took on Rhea County, on Sept. 10.  This was a conference matchup for both teams.

Sparta took the best of five match in three straight sets.  The first game went 25-20, game two was 25-23, and game three to win the match went 25-18.

Lauren Turner had 18 kills, one block, and three aces from serve.  Nia Powers had 12 kills, one assist, and three aces from serve.  Hannah Sims had five kills, and one block.  Caydra Parker had three kills, one block, 18 assists, and two aces from serve.  Lindi Smith had three kills and 15 assists.  The … CONTINUED

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