White County is on track with October sales tax collections

Posted by | December 3, 2018 10:19 am

According to White County Director of Finance Chad Marcum, White County is right on track with sales tax collections.

For White County, during the month of October 2018, approximately $350,792.39 was collected in local sales tax and $1,277,733.29 was collected in state sales tax, compared to last year’s figures for October 2017 that came in at $359,104.72 and $1,351,649.34 respectively.

The year-to-date figures for the local sales tax collected was $1,534,026.73, compared to last year at the same time which was $1,412,869.73, and the state sales tax was $5,484,966.62, in October 2018, compared to the same time frame from last year at $5,624,418.68.

“The local option sales tax … Read More

Gussie “Mama Gussie” York Clark

Posted by | December 3, 2018 6:24 am

Gussie “Mama Gussie” Ophelia York Clark, 94 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Clark was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Sparta, the daughter of Hannah Stone York and Henry York.

She attended and graduated from the public schools of White and Putnam counties. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in the White County school system for several years. She was also an employee at Mallory, where she retired to care for her aging mother, in July 1981.

Mrs. Clark was a devoted member of Kynett United Methodist Church. She began to sing in the choir at an early age and … Read More

Van Buren driver license roadblocks

Posted by | December 3, 2018 6:17 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints during the week of December 9th, 2018, through December 15th, 2018, on State Route 8, in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these drivers license roadblocks to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

Robert Lee Crawford Jr.

Posted by | December 3, 2018 6:06 am

Robert Lee Crawford Jr., 98 of Sparta, passed away Dec. 1, 2018, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Nashville.

Mr. Crawford was born July 16, 1920, in the Eastland community, of White County, to Robert Lee Crawford Sr. and Maude Lockwood Crawford.

He was a retired electrician and served his country in the U.S. Army, in World War II.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John David Crawford; daughter, Donna Sue Crawford; first wife, Enola Wilson Crawford; brothers, John T. Crawford, Samuel Crawford; and sister Frances Welch.

Survivors include his wife, Nola Sue Crawford, of Sparta; sons, William E. (Janet) Crawford, of … Read More

Shooting victim located in White County; suspect at large, considered armed and dangerous

Posted by | December 2, 2018 4:24 pm

Avert Lee Johnson

According to a press release issued Dec. 2, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred around 10 p.m., Nov. 30, 2018, at a residence on Bunker Hill Road near the White County line.  Deputies from Putnam and White counties responded to a residence, in White County, where a shooting victim was located. The victim has been identified as a 26-year-old White County man. He was transported by ambulance to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. He is currently in stable condition. A 31-year-old female and a 31-year-old male suffered non-life-threatening injuries from an assault … Read More

Car flips on Dave England Road

Posted by | December 1, 2018 2:18 pm



On December 1, rescue personnel were dispatched to a scene on Dave England Road in response to a one-vehicle accident. A car flipped over down an embankment. One occupant of the car was examined by emergency services but did not appear to have any major injuries. The scene is still under investigation. No other details were available.

Christmas Market and Vendor Fair at American Legion Building Dec. 1

Posted by | December 1, 2018 2:03 pm

Christmas tree ornaments on display by Sew Simple, Sew Pretty

Mary Baldwin, Owner of Sew Simple, Sew Pretty (R), shows off her wares with daughter-in-law, Deb Baldwin (L)

Margaret Brogden Petre has anything from homemade jams to fresh farm eggs

American Veteran, John Simms, and wife, Clintina Simms, Owner of Simms Infinity Scarves drove from Fairfield Glade to get to the fair

Vendors with the Christmas Market and Vendor Fair, held at the White County American Legion building on Liberty Square,  are offering art and giftware, handmade items, Christmas decor, cosmetics, jewelry, baked goods and much more. The event is from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. December 1.

Home invasion on Quebeck Road turns deadly

Posted by | December 1, 2018 11:53 am

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Nov. 30, 2018,  authorities were dispatched to a house on Quebeck Road, in White County, in response to a home invasion that turned deadly. According to Assistant District Attorney Bruce MacLeod, two assailants entered a residence on Quebeck Road and were subsequently shot by the occupant of the home. One assailant died on the scene; the other was airlifted to Erlanger and is reportedly in critical condition. Both assailants were allegedly armed. However, the homeowner was not injured. There have been no charges filed as of this posting.

Billy Lee Knowles Jr.

Posted by | December 1, 2018 7:59 am

Billy Lee Knowles Jr., 28, of Quebeck, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1989, in Sparta, he was the son of Billy Knowles Sr. and Paulette Tayes Knowles.

He was very dedicated to his family and friends.

Mr. Knowles was preceded in death by his parents and his grandfather, Billy Roy Knowles.

Survivors include two daughters, Katie Yvonne Knowles, of Smithville, Alyssa Suzanne Knowles, of Smithville; sister, Sasha Suzanne Knowles, of Cookeville; grandmother, Sue Hunter, of Sparta; grandparents, Beth Gann (Roy), of Woodbury; special aunt, Angie Hensley (Horace), of Sparta; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 … Read More

T.L. Evans

Posted by | December 1, 2018 7:53 am

T.L. Evans, 97, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Evans was born April 21, 1921, in White County, to Fred Evans and Tabitha Bitha Evans.

He helped work the family farm before working at the Sparta stone quarries. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army for five campaigns, in World War II. He was part of the D-Day landings at Normandy Beach and later marched across northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, and held up in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned an American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle … Read More

Gail McAllister Scholl

Posted by | December 1, 2018 7:43 am

Gail McAllister Scholl, 79, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Scholl was born Feb. 2, 1939, in Jersey City, New Jersey, David McAllister and Margueriette Newkirk McAllister.

She was a food service worker for school systems, in Florida, and she loved to cook in her spare time. She best expressed her love for those closest to her through her cooking and hospitality.

Mrs. Scholl was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edward “Pop” Scholl Jr.

Survivors include her children, Edward Scholl, of Rahway, New Jersey, Joe Scholl of Bradenton, Florida, Maggie Scholl, of Helena, Montana, Jason Scholl, of Sparta, Melissa … Read More

William Walter Ray Jr.

Posted by | December 1, 2018 7:38 am

William Walter Ray Jr., 62, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Ray was born Aug. 20, 1956.

He was a NASCAR enthusiast, loved to hunt, and enjoyed deep sea fishing and reading westerns.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Jennifer Ray, and his father, William Walter Ray Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ray, of Spencer; three daughters, Vickey Leslie (Chris), of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Jessica Reinarts, of Cookeville, Sarah Clark, of Sparta; mother, Helen Frazier, of Sparta; sister, Marsha Ray, of Sparta; grandchildren, Destiny, Addyson, Nolan, Demi, McCray, Wyatt; and a nephew, Billy … Read More

Sandhill crane season bag limits, check-in recommendations in place

Posted by | December 1, 2018 6:29 am

With the sandhill crane hunting season set to begin in the statewide and southeast zone, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding hunters of requirements surrounding this hunt and also a recommended change in the check-in process.

This will be the second year for the statewide sandhill crane hunting season, beginning Dec. 1 and continuing through Jan. 27, 2019. Hunting in the southeast crane zone has a split season. The first segment is Dec. 1-Jan 17, 2019. The second is Jan. 21-27. Daily hours of hunting are a half-hour before sunrise until 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST.

Bag limits depend on the number of tags issued per … Read More

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