Mildred Frances Fowler Eller

Posted by | January 28, 2019 1:54 pm

Mildred Frances Fowler Eller, 91, passed away Jan. 28, 2019, at NHC Healthcare, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Eller was born March 26, 1927, to Jessie Fowler and Lovie Bumbalough Fowler, in the Cherry Creek community of White County.

She married Homer Lee Eller, on May 27, 1944. Together, they had four daughters.

Mrs. Eller was baptized by Bro. Monroe Lawson, on Sept. 11, 1941, and was added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:41). She was a faithful member at the church of Christ at Plainview.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Juanita Johnson; a son-in-law, Bill Starkey; and two sisters, Pearl … Read More

Charles “Charlie” R. Popp

Posted by | January 28, 2019 1:37 pm

Charles “Charlie” R. Popp, 58, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 18, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Popp was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his parents, Billie and Frances Popp, of Sparta; brothers, Danny Popp, of Florida, Billy Popp, of Smithville; sister, Diana Popp, of Sparta; several nephews, a niece, cousins; and special friends, Dennis and Shauntae Barr and Cameron and Katie Farris.

Mr. Popp’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of life, which will be 1-4 p.m., Feb. 9, 2019, at Golden Mountain Ministries, in Sparta.


Dorothy Emma Cowfer

Posted by | January 28, 2019 1:37 pm

Dorothy Emma Cowfer, 88, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 14, 1930, in Hyattsville, Maryland, the daughter of John Forney and Catherine Dixon.

The family has chosen cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Lucille Teeples

Posted by | January 28, 2019 1:36 pm

Frances Lucille Teeples, 77, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 25, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Sparta, the daughter of William Cole and Margaret Roberts.

The family has chosen cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Valerie Kay Sherrell Clemmer

Posted by | January 28, 2019 1:35 pm

Valerie Kay Sherrell Clemmer, 42, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 10, 2019, at her residence.

Ms. Clemmer was born Oct. 17, 1976, in Channelview, Texas.

She was a homemaker.

Ms. Clemmer was preceded in death by her father, Garnett Shelton “Jack” Sherrell Jr.

Survivors include her mother, Patricia Sherrell, of Sparta; son,

Cameron Allen Clemmer, of Texas City, Texas; daughter, Cassandra Alena Clemmer, of Texas City, Texas; and brother, Shawn Sherrell, of Sparta

A private memorial service will be held at Sparta First Presbyterian Church.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brocks honored at recent Van Buren basketball game

Posted by | January 28, 2019 8:12 am

David Brock and Nancy Brock were recognized during a recent Van Buren County basketball home game for the years of service in the Van Buren County Youth Association. The current youth basketball players were admitted free for this game if wearing their jersey. They lined up to help run out the girls’ and boys’ ball teams and were also recognized during half-time.

Jolly and Jared-McCormick join WCHS Hall of Fame

Posted by | January 28, 2019 8:10 am

In a gym where they scored a ton of points and dominated the competition, Brent Jolly and Ginger Jared-McCormick stood at center court with a packed house on their feet applauding all the successes they enjoyed during their sports careers. On Saturday, Jolly and Jared McCormick became the newest members of the White County High School Sports Hall of Fame and saw their banner unveiled. The official induction ceremony took place between the girls’ and boys’ contests, with everyone in the gym rising to applaud the careers of two of White County’s most recognized athletes.

Sparta vs. Cookeville, Part II

Posted by | January 28, 2019 8:08 am

Two long-time rivals will square off Tuesday night, at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, for the second game and the final home game for the Warriors and Warriorettes.

The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes will play host to their archrivals, the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers and Cavaliers.

In the first meeting, on Jan. 11, in Cookeville, the Cavs and Lady Cavs picked up a sweep of the Warriors and Warriorettes. The Lady Cavs won 64-49. The Cavs hit a three late to pick up the 68-66 win.

The WCHS teams come into Tuesday night’s game after splitting with Cumberland County, on Saturday night. The Warriors are 18-6 on the … Read More

WCHS splits with Cumberland

Posted by | January 28, 2019 8:05 am

Austin Burchett goes up for a shot over a Cumberland County player, on Saturday night. Burchett finished the game with 10 points.

White County played host to Cumberland County High School, on Saturday night, in a high school basketball doubleheader and finished with a split of the night’s game.

Saturday night was a special night, as White County High School inducted Ginger Jared McCormick and Brent Jolly, the all-time leading scorers for both the Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ basketball teams, into the Hall of Fame. WCHS also honored the 1999 State Championship team during halftime of the Warriors’ game.

The girls’ game saw an aggressive Lady Jets’ team cause … Read More

Is a good enough life ok?

Posted by | January 28, 2019 7:58 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I Googled a search for the top 20 inventions in history. Some of those included the wheel, electricity, vaccines, and the computer that I hold in my hand as I write. At some point someone had to say, “There’s more.”

Marty Cooper, an engineer at Motorola, asked a question many years ago, “Why is it that when we want to call or talk to a person, we have to call a place?” From that one question the cell phone was birthed, and our way of communication was forever changed.

One such thinker was a 31-year-old old David in the book of 2 … Read More

Mitch McConnell’s political power games are hurting real people

Posted by | January 28, 2019 7:56 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I’ve been concerned, for a while, about Mitch McConnell’s role as Senate majority leader.  His desire to make Barack Obama a one-term president failed. Once Republicans were safely ensconced as the majority, in both the Senate and the House, Senator McConnell had the power to delay and obstruct as much legislation and judicial appointments as possible, to make things more difficult during the remaining years of Obama’s presidency.  We can disagree on what took place in Congress during those six years. Republicans across the country cheered Senator McConnell’s tenacity and praised him as a hero by opposing the Obama administration.

I found … Read More

Our nation continues its backward progress

Posted by | January 28, 2019 7:55 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

Let’s open today’s column with a few items of note, shall we? One: Just this last week, a 66-year-old man, living with his (deaf) wife, two dogs, and three cats, had his house stormed by FBI agents in full protective gear, with long guns drawn, to take him into custody. Six carloads of heavily armed agents (29) converged on his lawn prior to his takedown, and a favored news agency (CNN) was tipped off to record the raid. The target of this aggressive action has no criminal record, owns no guns, and isn’t even financially, much less physically, capable of resisting … Read More

Ollie Otter visits Sparta Head Start

Posted by | January 28, 2019 7:53 am

Ollie Otter came to Sparta Head Start to teach the children about Booster Seat Safety, on Jan. 24, 2019. The Ollie Otter Booster Seat and Seat Belt Safety Program visits all 95 counties in Tennessee and completes over 350 school presentations and community events annually. Currently, there are 24 Ollie Otter mascots active across the state. Approximately 300 seat belt safety advocate volunteers are trained annually to implement the programs in the local community. The program is a perfect fit for service learning opportunities and volunteer organizations. Since 2007, Ollie has high-fived over 750,000 children across Tennessee. Partnerships are vital to the success of the Ollie Otter Program. … Read More

December jobless rate decreases

Posted by | January 28, 2019 7:49 am

White County is listed among more than three-fourths of the counties in Tennessee that have reported a decrease in unemployment rates for December.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 76 counties saw a decrease in unemployment in December; the rate remained unchanged in three counties, and 16 counties experienced an uptick in their jobless numbers. White County’s rate dropped from 3.5 percent to 3.3 percent.

In the neighboring counties, Van Buren dropped from 4.5 percent to 4.1 percent; Warren, 3.8 percent to 3.6 percent; Putnam, 3.4 percent to 2.9 percent; and DeKalb, 4.1 percent to 3.8 percent. Cumberland was the only neighboring county that … Read More

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