White County High School coaches announce July golf scramble

Posted by | June 11, 2019 8:08 am

Coach Michael Cunningham and Coach Brandon Sims have announced a golf scramble that is scheduled for July 13, 2019.  The scramble will be held at Sparta Country Club.  The format will be a four-man scramble.  The cost will be $70 dollars per player and that includes a mulligan and lunch.  Two flights will be paid out to the winners, and extra contests will be held during the day.  For more information and sign up, contact the pro shop, at Sparta County Club, or one of the coaches.


Cole signs with Memphis Tiger baseball team

Posted by | June 11, 2019 8:06 am

Darin Cole

Darin Cole, a 2016 graduate of White County High School, has signed this past week to continue his career at the next level.  Cole has been playing at Jackson State Junior College and is now moving up to the NCAA Division 1 Memphis Tigers.  Cole was a standout player in White County. After graduation, Cole signed with the Green Jays of Jackson State.  Cole has signed to play for the Tigers to finish out his college career in Memphis.


Kellie Jolly Harper’s return home fills the stands at WCHS

Posted by | June 11, 2019 7:56 am

Kellie Jolly Harper shows her appreciation by leading a round of applause for her fans who attended the Welcome Home event held June 6, at White County High School. (Photo by JERRY LOWERY)

Since the naming of Sparta’s hometown Kellie Jolly Harper the new coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, the fans in Sparta have been excited.

On June 6, fans had an opportunity to show their support and love for Harper.  The Summer of Smokey Tour was held at the White County High School gym where Harper played during her tenure at WCHS.

“I have spent many hours in this gym,” said Harper.

So it was fitting that the Sparta fans came out in force to be able to talk, hug, share stories, laugh, and listen with Harper as she was honored for her accomplishments. Harper’s message to … CONTINUED


William Robert Brewer

Posted by | June 10, 2019 1:26 pm

William Robert Brewer, 94, a longtime resident of Van Buren County, passed from this life, on June 9, 2019, at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

He was born in Cumberland County, on May 25, 1925.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Brewer served with the Thunderbirds of the 179th Infantry Regiment during the Italian campaign. He fought in ground combat throughout Africa, France, and Italy.  He was captured by German troops and forced to march 11 days before escaping and reuniting with American troops. He received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered while fighting in France during active combat. His battle scars serve as testament to a commitment … CONTINUED



Goodwin indicted on tax evasion

Posted by | June 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Gary Dewayne Goodwin

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue have conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Gary Dewayne Goodwin, of Sparta.

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, special agents arrested Goodwin, 55, last week at his residence. Bond was set at $10,000. On June 5, 2019, the White County Grand Jury indicted Goodwin on one Class E felony count of tax evasion.

“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity,” said Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano. “This indictment underscores the department’s ongoing efforts … CONTINUED



Speaker Glen Casada and his questionable resignation tactics

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:49 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I’ve been reading up on Mr. Casada’s “escapades” since he became the Tennessee House Speaker, and I have to admit I am not surprised by them, but I am a bit amazed that our state government doesn’t have any official procedure, in place, to remove a legislator from office. I won’t rehash the majority of scandals that have hit local and national news because most of them are already well documented in several media formats.  That being said, there are some things that may have been “glossed over” a bit.

On May 21, 2019, Glen Casada sent an email to Republican members … CONTINUED



Are we worthy?

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:45 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I watched the celebrations of that most heroic generation, the World War II fighters, I was in awe. I heard it said that their battle was probably the last one that would be fought in that way. These days, with satellites and smart bombs and proxies, the world powers no longer clash directly. They instead badger each other through third- world country conflicts. And with all the technology, there would probably never be another man-to-man, gun-to-gun battle where the crude hand-held weapons of war would be used to take the field. Viewed in that light, it truly was fitting that … CONTINUED


It takes children to teach us

Posted by | June 10, 2019 9:25 am

Bu Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Our Lord often used some unconventional teaching methods or sayings that were sometimes confusing. For instance, when he told the parable of the soils, the disciples asked, “What might this parable be?” (Luke 8:9). Furthermore, he taught by walking to the disciples on the sea (Mat. 14:25), paying the temple tax with money from the mouth of a fish (Mat. 17:27), and by cursing a fig tree (Mark 11:14). Yet, beyond his powerful parables and miracles, perhaps one of His more simplified methods of teaching tends to get overlooked—the day He used a child to teach about greatness (Mat. … CONTINUED



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