Sports Bulletin Board

Posted by | July 12, 2018 8:16 am

White County High School golf tryouts
The White County High School Golf team will have tryouts on at 10 a.m., July 16, at the Sparta Country Club.

White County High School cross country meeting
The White County High School cross country team will have a meeting at the WCHS track at 4 p.m., July 13. Anyone who is interested in running for the cross country team needs to be at the meeting. If you have any questions, call Coach Mark Voyles at (909) 240-7414.

WCHS volleyball tryouts
The White County High School volleyball team will have their second and final tryout, 8-10 a.m., July 23, at White County


Ethan Roberts makes his first two appearances in the Minor Leagues

Posted by | July 12, 2018 8:08 am

Ethan Roberts

White County native Ethan Roberts got his professional baseball career started with his first-ever appearance in a minor league baseball game.

Roberts, a 2015 graduate of White County High School, became arguably the greatest relief pitcher in Tennessee Tech program history in just three years, shattering the school marks for career saves and single-season saves, while also becoming the first Tech reliever (and only the fifth different pitcher) to record over 100 strikeouts. He finished his junior campaign with a 2.30 ERA, 6-1 record, and 15 saves in 28 appearances, including one start. He tossed 78 and one-third innings, allowing just 65 hits and 20 earned runs while … Read More


Football team gets back to work after the dead period

Posted by | July 12, 2018 8:05 am

DJ Paul makes a catch in Tuesday’s game against Sequatchie County.

Kade Clark tries to pull in a one handed grab over a DeKalb County defender in Tuesday’s 7-on-7.

Sedryk Leftwich throws a pass in one of Tuesday’s 7-on-7 games.

Tucker Nash throws a pass to the sideline in Tuesday’s 7-on-7 games.

The White County High School football team wasted little time getting down to business as the dead period came to a close.

Two days into the first week after the dead period, the Warriors had competed in two days of 7-on-7 work. On Monday and Tuesday, the Warriors would travel down to Cookeville to take part … Read More


Canopy Challenge

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:45 am

By Hansel Moore, contributor

A group of visitors from Texas, Michigan, Florida, and Memphis are ready to begin their adventure.

Canopy Challenge is an opportunity for persons of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Steve Clevenger is passionate about the great outdoors and particularly the gem of Middle Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls State Park, so much so, when the opportunity to purchase the Arbortrek Canopy Adventures presented, he did not hesitate to keep the business of adventure in Van Buren County.   Clevenger had been the manager of the course since its development, in 2014. Much of his blood, sweat, and … Read More


Feeding the community with a helping hand and food

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:39 am

Elder Nathan Evertt and Elder Kaleb Morris help out at Feed the Need in Van Buren County.

By Hansel Moore, contributor

There are two young men who are making a positive impact with residents of Middle Tennessee.

Elder Morris and Elder Evertt spend time throughout the week by helping persons in need. On Thursdays, this determined duo volunteers, and they are available and ready to assist persons with carrying items at the “Feed the Need” food distribution in Spencer. It is an opportunity for them to serve and meet a variety of residents.

“There are a lot of great people here – they are unbelievably nice,” said Elder Kaleb Morris, of Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Elder Nathan Evertt of Bountiful, Utah, agreed with the observation and … Read More


Safety measures developed to keep Van Buren County students safe

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:37 am

A security measure that will be put into place in the near future will be a call box at the front entrance of the school’s office, where visitors will be on surveillance and will be granted access to the building.

By Hansel Moore, contributor

These days, school security is a priority in budget meetings and resource utilization. In the past 20 years, violence against children in schools has increased and caused worry for parents.

Recently, Van Buren Elementary School got a “facelift” and added another level to the security measures to protect their students Capitalizing on the benefits of a school security grant, Cheryl Cole, director of schools, solicited suggestions from teachers as to the best way to utilize the funding.

According to Beth Delong, “One area of concern was the fifth grade hallway at the front of the elementary school, which is all windows. At any given … Read More


Spencer Fire and Rescue partners with State Fire Marshal to provide home smoke alarm installations

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:34 am

Top row, L-R: Chief Chris T. Russell, Assistant Chief Steve Turpin, Firefighter Chance Smith, Firefighter Dayne Argo, Cadet Dara Baker; bottom row, L-R: Firefighter Roger Manus, Cadet Austin McKinney, Training Officer Elizabeth Clemens, Firefighter/EMR Cathy Corvin; Not pictured: Firefighter Lashay Kirby, Cadet Deb Manus (Photo by ALEXIS SLATTON PHOTOGRAPHY)

The State Fire Marshal’s Office recently presented Spencer Fire and Rescue with a supply of 10-year battery smoke alarms to be installed in homes within the community at high risk of fire.

This statewide distribution of smoke alarms launched in November 2012 and is part of the State Fire Marshal’s effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives.

“We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan,” said State Fire Marshal Julie McPeak. “These are tools proven to save lives – because even one fire death is one too … Read More


Jim Ward announces candidacy for White County executive

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:25 am

To my fellow citizens of White County,

I am honored to announce my candidacy for White County executive, running as an Independent.

I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement by so many of you, and will look forward to serving all the people of our county if I am elected.

I am a native son of White County, a direct descendant of the Davis pioneer family, who were among the first settlers. Many of you remember my father, Tom Ward who ran the Ward Insurance Agency, in Sparta, for many years, my grandfather, C. Ray Ward, and my maternal grandmother, Rae (Davis) Kirby Lollar.… Read More


So, you think you’re tolerant?

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:22 am

Language of Liberty – By Dave Rubin

Tolerance.

It’s a word we hear a lot these days. So, let’s define it.

Tolerance is “the ability to live with people whose opinions and behavior you don’t agree with.” That’s essentially how Oxford defines it, how Merriam-Webster defines it, and how we, as a society, have always defined it.

You might be for the death penalty, and your cousin might be against it. You might be against a $15 minimum wage, and your coworker might be for it. Your dad might have voted for Trump, your mom might have voted for Clinton, and your brother may not have voted at … Read More


Library Summer Reading Program

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:20 am

Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth director and wildlife biologist Bob Tarter visited the White County Library Summer Reading Program, on July 5, at First United Methodist Church. Tarter, wildlife biologist and owner of NHECM, is the primary wildlife programmer. Since the beginning of NHECM, in 2005, Tarter has offered and presented numerous varied wildlife exhibits, all while presenting different elementary, middle school, and high school curriculum with foundations in biology and life science, geography, social studies, and even foreign languages.


The power of a tune…or two

Posted by | July 12, 2018 7:15 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

On July 3, Sammie and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision. We decided to spend the Fourth in Williamsburg, the Colonial capitol of Virginia. As you may – or may not – know, Williamsburg is like a second home to us, but we had never been there to celebrate the birth of the U.S.A. before.

The Declaration of Independence, which could be considered the birth announcement, was made in Philly. All of us know that. At least we should know enough American history to have that fact stored away somewhere in our brain. However, the conception of the new nation may have taken … Read More


Sparta’s own underwater diver reflects on Thailand rescue

Posted by | July 12, 2018 6:23 am

David Jordan, underwater diver with Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, is shown teaching some Junior Squad members the proper setup of a diver’s equipment. (Photo submitted by SPARTA WHITE-COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD)

It takes a certain kind of person to be a first responder at the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad – someone who may be afraid to hike down into a steep ravine or even dive into murky water, but they do it anyway.

1st Lt. David Jordan, of the rescue squad, knows the feeling all too well. When asked if he has been on a call like the recent incident, in Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued from a watery cave, he responded that he has not been on one exactly like it but almost as bad.

“The Thailand rescue was an extremely unique situation … Read More


Business owner and community advocate honored by state senator

Posted by | July 12, 2018 6:21 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, recently presented the family of the late Alan Tatum, pharmacist and owner of Payless Family Pharmacy, with a Senate proclamation honoring the memory of Alan Tatum. L-R: Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd (R), David Cranford (son-in-law), Joyce Tatum (wife), Jennifer Tatum-Cranford (daughter), Jonathan Cranford (grandson), State Representative Paul Sherrell, State Senator Becky Duncan Massey, and State Senator Paul Bailey. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)


Happy Trails Brewing Company will soon be open in downtown Sparta

Posted by | July 12, 2018 6:20 am

Jessica Upchurch takes a look at the bar area that is under construction in the new business that she co-owns with her husband, Trey Upchurch.

Downtown Sparta is getting a new business, and the public is getting a new brewery.

Happy Trails Brewing Company will soon be open in the back of the old Sparta TV and Appliance building, at 36 W. Bockman Way, in downtown Sparta.

Trey and Jessica Upchurch moved to White County from Fentress County to make a new home and open up their new brewery. Jessica Upchurch is a pre-K teacher, and Trey Upchurch is a school principal. Jessica Upchurch said she and her husband had been home-brewing for a few years before they finally decided to open up their own brewery.

Jessica Upchurch said she enjoys the process … Read More


Woman rescued from fall near Burgess Falls, airlifted to hospital

Posted by | July 12, 2018 6:17 am

Members of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad prepare to remove a female who was discovered in a wooded area, on July 10. Kayakers heard the woman yelling for help and called E-911. (Photo submitted by SPARTA-WHITE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD)

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was called at approximately 1:04 p.m., on July 10, in response to an E-911 call placed by kayakers.

According to Ray Brown, rescue squad chief, the kayakers were coming from the area of Burgess Falls when they heard what sounded like a woman yelling. The boaters dialed authorities, and what turned out to be a four-hour rescue was underway.

“We put our boat in the water and went to the back side where we could hear her yelling,” said Brown. “We climbed up the hillside. It took us a little over an hour to climb up where she was laying at.”

The 44-year-old unnamed … Read More


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