Earl LaVaughn Phifer

Posted by | April 13, 2019 8:42 am

Earl LaVaughn Phifer, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Phifer was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Ulysses, Kansas. He was the son of Mark Phifer and Laura Howard Phifer.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received the Bronze Star Medal.

He was very involved in the community. Mr. Phifer sponsored many youth sports teams as well as coached. He was a business owner. Mr. Phifer owned Jim and Earl’s Sporting Goods for many years. In 1986, he and his son, Kurt, formed Marine Fabrication Inc. Mr. Phifer retired from that business, in 1993.

He … Read More


Glen Irvin Carter

Posted by | April 13, 2019 8:27 am

Glen Irvin Carter, 84, passed away April 9, 2019, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville.

Mr. Carter was born July 23, 1934, in Walling, to Charles Carter and Lola Fisher Carter.

He was a retired electrician and plumber.

Mr. Carter served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.  He loved working outdoors and University of Tennessee football.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marilyn Carter Morrison; sisters, Thelma Ann Carter, Zetella “Zelna” Carter; and  brothers, Vaughn Carter, Horace Carter, Donald Carter, Gene Carter, Ralph Carter.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Louise Felton Carter, of Walling; son, Michael Joe Carter, of Sparta; … Read More


Operation Clean Sweep update

Posted by | April 13, 2019 7:36 am

Middle Tennessee Operation ends successfully

During the past week officers from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) have completed additional, unannounced home visits on hundreds of sex offenders under community supervision.  During Operation Clean Sweep, Probation Parole Officers visited 358 homes across Middle Tennessee.  According to Alisha James, Assistant Commissioner Community Supervision, “Everyday our officers hold nearly 80-thousand offenders accountable to the conditions of their probation and parole.  Operation Clean Sweep is one more tool in our toolbox we use to keep the community safe.  This is a reminder that our officers are on the ground 24/7 and are always vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety … Read More


New nurse practitioner joins Urgent Team – Cookeville

Posted by | April 13, 2019 6:23 am

Laura Hall

Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care welcomes nurse practitioner Laura Hall to the Cookeville location’s healthcare team.

Hall graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University. She served three years as a registered ICU nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and most recently worked as the clinic coordinator at Fast Pace Urgent Care in Sparta.

Urgent Team – Cookeville is located at 650 S. Jefferson Ave., across from Big Lots. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. New patients can register online to save time with paperwork. No appointment is necessary and most insurances are accepted.… Read More


WCHS Warriorettes fall to Sequatchie County 11- 3

Posted by | April 13, 2019 6:08 am

The White County Warriorettes fell behind early and could not get the offense going to come back in an 11-3 loss to Sequatchie County, April 9.

In the first inning Sequatchie County scored four runs with four hits and a walk in the bottom half of the inning.  The score at the end of one inning 4-0.  The White County Warriorettes’ Varsity struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Sequatchie County, giving up 11 runs.

Sparta closed the gap in the third inning after Addison Abell reaches first base on an error, and Savannah Jones walked, putting runners on first and second.  Caydra Parker then doubles to left … Read More


WCHS Unified Special Olympics State Tournament Champions

Posted by | April 12, 2019 2:23 pm

On March 16, 2019, the White County High School Unified Special Olympics basketball team took the gold medal at the Tennessee Special Olympics Tournament.  Unified Champion Schools provide students with and without disabilities the opportunity to form positive social relationships.  WCHS is a Unified Champion School in Tennessee.   Members of the team include: Bryson Cole-unified partner, Treston Hodges-unified partner, Lauren Turner-unified partner, Jordan Casey, Tristen Rawlings, Erica Brown, Jeremy Parrish, Kenneth Bain, Caleb Jones, Michael Morhardt, Coach Kelli Reed, and assistant Nancy Benningfield.


Welch places first in two events for White County High School track

Posted by | April 12, 2019 2:18 pm

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Rummage sale

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:22 am

Saturday, May 11

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Rummage sale

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 23 N. Church St.


Cassville breakfast

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:21 am

Saturday, April 27

Who: Cassville Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee, ham, bacon, fried potatoes); $7 adults, $5 children

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane

Contact: (931) 761-2476 (will deliver for orders of five or more)


Fall Creek Falls breakfast

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:19 am

Saturday, April 27

Who: Fall Creek Falls Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, country ham, fried bologna, fruit, orange juice, coffee, milk); cost is $7

When: 7-10 a.m.

Where: 24897 Route 30 East


Capitalism fosters human cooperation like nothing else

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:01 am

Language of Liberty – By Barry Brownstein

There is an apocryphal story about a man who sees his neighbor searching under a streetlight. Being a good neighbor, he offers to help. The man who is searching explains he lost his car keys. The two men look, but the keys are nowhere to be found. “Are you sure you dropped your keys under the streetlight?” asks the concerned neighbor. “I’m not sure,” responds the man who lost his keys, “but this is where the light is.”

If you have ever looked for any missing item in the same place repeatedly, you know there is a natural tendency to turn … Read More


A time to weep and a time to laugh

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:50 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

James David was supposed to be in bed, but, instead, his mother heard his bare feet padding down the stairs. She also heard a sniffle. James David is 8 and the youngest of four. His mother is the oldest of our four. They live in West Virginia.

James David was not just buying time to avoid bedtime; he was genuinely troubled. As he ran to his mother’s arms, he burst into tears. She held him for a few minutes, while he tried to speak. Finally, he blurted out the words that expressed the feelings of his broken little heart.

“I miss Darlin’!”… Read More


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