Betty Kent Moore

Posted by | March 19, 2018 7:04 am

Betty Kent Moore, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Cecil Lee Barnes

Posted by | March 19, 2018 7:02 am

Cecil Lee Barnes, 81, of Spencer, passed away March 13, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Bernice Barnes; son, Johnny Cecil Barnes; grandson, Noah Dodson; sisters, Geneva Singleton, Mary Barnes; and brothers, John Thomas Barnes, Jimmy Ray Barnes, Herbert Joe Barnes, and Alvin Barnes.

He is survived by his current wife, Louise Whitmire; four children, James (Rhonda) Barnes of Bon Air Mountain, in Sparta, Sparta, Richard (Leona) Hampton, of Crossville, Vivian (Ronnie) Dodson, of Spencer, Pamela (Virgil) Singleton, of Dunlap; stepdaughter, Janie (Sam) Kennedy, of Dunlap; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Ellen Barnett, of Whitwell; brother, Allen Nicholes Bridgett, of Whitwell; and sister-in-law, … Read More


Margaret Ann Wilcher

Posted by | March 19, 2018 7:00 am

A Celebration of Life for Margaret Ann Wilcher, 68, of McMinnville, was 3 p.m., March 18, 2018, at Dayspring Community Church.

Mrs. Wilcher passed from this life, on March 14, 2018, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

She was born in McMinnville, the daughter of Loyd and Mamie Pedigo.

She drove a school bus for Warren County School District for almost 15 years. Mrs. Wilcher loved to cook, going to the beauty shop, and being a housewife, but her favorite thing was to spend time with her grandchildren.

On March 23, she and her husband, G.L., would have been married for 50 years. She was a … Read More


Janet Sharon Whiteaker

Posted by | March 19, 2018 6:58 am

Janet Sharon Whiteaker, 49, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2018.

Ms. Whiteaker was born May 1, 1968, to J.D. Whiteaker and Anna Smith Tompkins.

She was preceded in death by her father, John David “J.D.” Whiteaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Shasta Watson (Todd), of Sparta; son, John England (Angela), of Sparta; mother, Anna Smith Tompkins; brother, Gary Whiteaker, of Sparta; sisters, Brenda Young (Barry), Nancy Margeson (J.T.), Anna Whiteaker, Angie Ashton (Brian); seven grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m., March 19, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Never Fail Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-4 p.m., March … Read More


Avalyn Kaye Lacy

Posted by | March 19, 2018 6:56 am

Avalyn Kaye Lacy, 57, of Sparta, was born July 23, 1960, and passed away March 15, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Elmore Carter (Dado) and her uncle, Elmore Carter Jr.

She is survived by her parents, Alvin Lacy and Barbara Carter Lacy, of Sparta; her brother, Jeff Lacy and wife Karen, of Cookeville; and niece, Megan Lacy, of Richmond, Virginia.

She also had a wide network of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, including her grandmother, Rowena Carter Hayes; uncle and aunt, Ronnie Carter and Angie; aunt, Lois Carter; uncle and aunt, James Lacy and Claudine; and aunt, Rowena Lacy.

Avalyn loved her family … Read More


Truck collides with tree off Hwy 111

Posted by | March 18, 2018 8:53 am

A ford pick-up truck was discovered along Highway 111 after colliding with a tree.

Thanks to a good Samaritan, a driver of a pickup truck has been transported to a local hospital after being involved in a single-vehicle incident on Highway 111.

On March 18, at approximately 7:10 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a vehicle that had crashed on Highway 111. According to initial reports received by dispatchers, the incident occurred approximately 1.5 miles south of the Hampton’s Crossroads exit on Highway 111.

A good Samaritan, who was traveling on Highway 111, noticed track marks on the roadway and was able to stop and render aid to the driver of the vehicle until emergency services … Read More




United Daughters of the Confederacy meeting April 4

Posted by | March 17, 2018 10:09 am

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 will have its monthly meeting, at noon, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in the upper level of the Putnam County Library. Please call (931) 738-5869 if you have a Confederate ancestor or further questions.

 


THP reminding motorists to make safe choices during this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday

Posted by | March 17, 2018 5:44 am

"Do not count on 'luck' for your safety", warns THP officials.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober during this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

State troopers will be utilizing several traffic safety enforcement tools this weekend, including saturation patrols, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints to help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes during the holiday weekend.  The St. Patrick’s Day holiday enforcement period starts at midnight, Saturday, March 17, and ends on March 18 at 11:59 p.m.

“St. Patrick’s Day is the unofficial kickoff to spring and spring break celebrations,” stated Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott.  “The THP will have enforcement activities planned throughout the weekend.  Our enforcement efforts will focus … Read More


Avalyn Kaye Lacy

Posted by | March 16, 2018 3:53 pm

Avalyn Kaye Lacy, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Lacy was born July 23, 1960, in Sparta, the daughter of Alvin Lacy and Barbara Carter Lacy.

Survivors include her parents, Alvin and Barbara Lacy, of Sparta; brother, Jeff (Karen) Lacy, of Cookeville; and niece, Megan Lacy, of Richmond, Virginia.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., March 20, 2018, at The Lighthouse Church, on Old Kentucky Road, in Sparta. Bro. Thomas McCulley will officiate. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., March 20, at the church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Avalyn Kaye Lacey

Posted by | March 16, 2018 9:46 am

Avalyn Kaye Lacey, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be complete, on Monday.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Structure fire on Oak Grove Road

Posted by | March 16, 2018 5:09 am

Firefighters throughout the county were dispatched early this morning to a fully involved structure fire located in the western portion of White County.

On March 16, at approximately 2:44 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification from White County Sheriff’s deputies regarding a fully involved structure fire. According to initial reports received by E-911 dispatchers, the residence was already fully involved and was located on Oak Grove Road just off Pollard Road.

Firefighters with Cassville, Central View, NorthEnd, Doyle, Hickory Valley, and Sparta fire departments were all dispatched to the residence. Additionally, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department, and Caney Fork … Read More


List of candidates continues to grow for 2018 Van Buren elections

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:57 am

The list of candidates has already been finalized to be placed on the May 1, 2018, Democratic Primary ballot for county offices, but the list of non-primary candidates continues to grow.

Since Nov. 16, 2017, party-affiliated candidates for county-based offices have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the May primary election ballot. Also, independent candidates have been able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the Aug. 2, 2018, general election ballot.

The window to have nomination petitions for county-based offices turned in officially closed at noon, Feb. 15, 2018. According to records obtained from the Van Buren County Election Commission … Read More


Tennessee agriculture officials express concerns for dairy and tobacco farmers

Posted by | March 15, 2018 9:53 am

Dairy farmers, as well as tobacco farmers, are facing some difficult times financially.

Two of Tennessee’s agriculture industries are now facing several challenges, which has caused Tennessee’s top agriculture official to express concerns.

It was recently announced that Alliance One Tobacco Company would no longer purchase tobacco grown in the United States. This decision will potentially affect more than 200 in the region, according to statics released by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

This loss in contracted sales represents more than 3,000 acres of Tennessee grown burley tobacco, with an estimated value of approximately $14 million.

Also earlier this month, 11 dairy farmers, in East Tennessee and across … Read More


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