Sheriff Page goes back to school

Posted by | September 24, 2018 8:19 am

It has been a long time since Sheriff Steve Page was part of a classroom, until recently, when he attended the New Sheriff School, held at the Lane Agri-Park Community Center, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Page, along with Cami Howard, head of administration at the White County Sheriff Department, and Greg Matthews, jail administrator, attended two weeks of training through the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association held the first week of training Aug. 27-30, in Nashville. The second week was Sept. 10-14, in Murfreesboro. Howard and Matthews were only required to attend the second week of training.

“My jail administrator, Greg Matthews, and director of administration Cami … Read More


Life Care Center of Sparta shows off beautiful flower gardens

Posted by | September 24, 2018 8:18 am

Some of the residents at Life Care Center of Sparta enjoy working in the flower gardens that have become a part of their daily activities. Standing, L-R: Mary England, resident at Life Care, and Heather Stiles, activities director; seated, Leah Currey, resident (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The colors of the plants were vibrant against the somber green of the raised flowerpots that circled the stone center of the courtyard of the assisted living housing area within Life Care Center of Sparta.

The deep reds of the coleus and pinks of the petunias were a stark contrast to the pots and the lighter green of the meticulously cut grass. Grey and white tamed rabbits hopped through the grass leisurely.

“We have begonias, vincas, petunias, and double impatiens, but the coleus is my favorite,” said Heather Stiles, director of activities at Life Care. “You’ll find a lot of these in your grandmother’s garden. You can plant … Read More


Public works creates new position of foreman in water department

Posted by | September 24, 2018 8:16 am

Dillard Quick, public works director for City of Sparta, addresses Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen about plans for a newly created position. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed Thursday night the future retirement of supervisor Greg O’Neal and who will be in the best person to take over his job when the time comes.

Dillard Quick, public works director, said he is not expecting O’Neal to retire for another few years, but he wants to be prepared when it happens. For this reason, the department is creating a foreman position. The person who gets the position will also get a raise in pay.

“Once Greg retires in 10 to 12 years, this guy should take over for him,” said Quick. “We’re not adding anybody, just putting someone else in … Read More



Fire Department helps Fred’s with customer appreciation

Posted by | September 22, 2018 1:41 pm

The Sparta Fire Department gave away hot dogs and drinks Saturday at the Fred’s store on Turntable Road. They featured a fire truck for kids to look at and a table was set up with coloring books and hats for the children as well. Sondra Brady, a volunteer for the fire department said that the fire department offers to come out to anyone’s home and install smoke detectors for free through a state funded program.


4-H Poultry Show and Auction

Posted by | September 21, 2018 3:29 pm

It’s that time again. If you are looking to provide your family with farm fresh eggs, your search is over.  The 4-H Poultry Show and Auction will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the poultry barn, at the White County Fairgrounds. 4-H Chick Chain members check-in at 1 p.m.; judging will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by awards and auction. This year’s Chick Chain breeds are the Black Star and Red Star. Both are “egg”cellent brown egg layers. 4-H’ers have been hard at work caring for their pullets, and are ready to show off their great work.


Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ opens Sept. 28

Posted by | September 21, 2018 3:25 pm

“Much Ado About Nothing” cast members prepare for Shakespeare in the Park, a free nightly event Sept. 28-Oct. 6 at Dogwood Park. (Photo by Holly Mills)

William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to the stage at Dogwood Park.

The comedy, directed by Kimberly Frick-Welker, opens Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and continues nightly through Oct. 6 during Cookeville Leisure Services’ 15th annual Shakespeare in the Park. Admission is free.

“In this play you have the delightful characters of Benedick and Beatrice, who are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and the gullible, love-struck Claudio who is tricked into rejecting beautiful Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful,” Frick-Welker said. “At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right.”

“Much Ado About … Read More


TNStars giving away scholarships for College Savings Month

Posted by | September 21, 2018 3:19 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation declaring September as College Savings Month in Tennessee. To celebrate, State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the TNStars College Savings 529 Program are giving away three $529 scholarships this month.

The College Savings Month Proclamation states that the national student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion. One way families can help avoid this student loan debt is by opening a 529 college savings account. The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created to encourage Tennessee families to save and invest for the future cost of higher education in a tax-advantaged way. Families can open an account with as little as … Read More


Doyle College Research Project

Posted by | September 21, 2018 3:06 pm

By Landon D. Medley

Among the more famous teachers at Doyle College was Prof. Edward Lee Scott. AM LLD, AM (Richmond College) 1884, Latin, English.  He was born 24 Oct 1864 De Soto Parish, LA died 10 Dec 1954 buried Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, E. Baton Rouge Parish, LA, son of Robert Hamilton and Cornelia Gregg Hall Scott. He taught at LSU for 36 years. He joined the faculty in 1891 and retired in 1927. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of Latin and Greek, registrar from 1918 to 1927. Professor of Modern Languages in the Louisiana State University, Agricultural and Mechanical College … Read More


TN releases beneficiary mitigation plan for Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

Posted by | September 21, 2018 3:04 pm

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has released a final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for implementing the State’s initial allocation of $45.7 million from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement (VW Settlement) Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT). The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

“The goal of this plan is to reduce air pollutants that negatively impact our environment and public health,” said TDEC Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian. “We look forward to supporting projects in our state that will ultimately lead to an enhanced quality of life for Tennesseans.”

The State’s BMP targets the largest contributors of mobile … Read More


TN Agricultural Enhancement Program applications available

Posted by | September 21, 2018 8:13 am

Tennessee farmers and producers have the opportunity to expand their operations, increase farm efficiency, and make positive economic impact in their communities with the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

The 2018 TAEP application period has been set for Oct. 1 – 15. The program was established in 2005 to provide cost share dollars to agricultural producers for the purpose of making long-term investments in Tennessee farms and communities. Since then, more than $152 million has been invested in more than 51,300 producer projects.

“This program does more than increase farm profits,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Each TAEP dollar generates nearly $4 in local economies. We appreciate the … Read More


Amy Carter is new librarian in Van Buren County

Posted by | September 21, 2018 8:10 am

Amy Carter

By Hansel Moore

Amy Carter is the new library manager, in Spencer. As an avid reader, it is her desire to help others discover the joy of reading.

“I like when people begin to understand that reading can take them to completely different worlds in the stories,” said Carter

For Carter, the reading passion began at an early age, and she has shared her love of books with her two daughters.

Carter has assumed the responsibility of becoming the caretaker for 10,447 items available to the community of Van Buren.   The items for checkout include books, DVDs, reference materials, maps, genealogy information, and local history resources.… Read More


Hillis’ Highway 30 Market

Posted by | September 21, 2018 8:08 am

By Hansel Moore

If you have traveled from Spencer to McMinnville, on Highway 30, you have passed one of the unique places of Van Buren County,  Hillis’ Highway 30 Market.

There is nothing exciting about the white-painted block exterior, and if the fuel empty light wasn’t blinking on the dashboard, you would probably drive past without a second thought.  However, if you want to experience the culture of Van Buren County, stop in and chat with Gary Hillis and Brandon Hillis.

Begin your stop by getting some fuel.  If you do need to fill up, the pump is a challenge of skill, as the user must manually stop … Read More


Seeing leaves change colors for the first time with help of new device

Posted by | September 21, 2018 8:03 am

Photo by BRANDON BLAYLOCK

By Hansel Moore

Fall is in the air, the mornings are a bit crisper, and the days are getting shorter.

Pumpkins and gourds are becoming the decor at many homes and businesses. October is quickly approaching, and it is that time when the plentiful trees transform the mountainsides into  cascading blankets of colors. It is the burst of red, orange, and gold that draws people to the mountains to enjoy the visual concert of colors.

Unfortunately, for approximately 8 percent of the male population, this simple life’s pleasure has not been available because to red/green color blindness (protanopia and protanomaly), which also affects 0.5 percent of the female … Read More


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