Third Thursday concert series presents Four Leaf Peat on June 21

Posted by | June 13, 2018 10:25 am

Four Leaf Peat, Tennessee’s premier traditional Irish band, will take the stage at Dogwood Park on June 21 for Cookeville Leisure Service’s Third Thursdays in the Park concert series.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“I think folks enjoy Third Thursday concerts because we provide a variety of free music throughout the summer, and the setting of the park in the evening is very nice,” Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent, said. “There’s nothing quite like listening to good music with your toes in the grass.”

Four Leaf Peat’s sound is the result of its members’ various musical backgrounds and continued passion for … Read More


Putnam County fire investigated

Posted by | June 13, 2018 10:10 am

On June 12, 2018, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a fire and fatality at an apartment complex, on Benton Young Road, in Putnam County. The call for emergency service came into dispatch at approximately 1 p.m. When firefighters from Putnam County Fire Department responded, they found an unresponsive 57-year-old man inside an apartment while they were extinguishing the fire. He was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the man’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.


Brenda G. Murdock

Posted by | June 13, 2018 9:26 am

Brenda G. Murdock, 66, of Sparta, passed away June 8, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Murdock was born April 25, 1952, in Crossville, to E.C. and Willie Hassler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.C. and Willie Hassler, and her son, Matthew Murdock.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard Murdock; her daughter, Kimberly Eller (Waymon Eller); brother, Gerald Dewayne Hassler; sisters, Susie England, Billie Welch, Melissa Bulakowski; grandchildren, Ashley Murdock, Chris Murdock, Lee Ann Johnson, Nathan Eller, Raven Alexander; special cousin, Tootsie; and several nieces and nephew.

At Mrs. Murdock’s request, there was a private graveside service.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ed Higdon

Posted by | June 13, 2018 9:20 am

Ed Higdon, 79, passed from this life, on June 12, 2018, with his family at his bedside.

Mr. Higdon was born April 14, 1939, in Marion County, Tennessee. Mr. Higdon was a registered nurse and a retired U. S. Navy HM1 (Hospital Corpsman 1st Class). He was a member of Bellview Southern Congregational Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Higdon and Versie Green Higdon; brother, Willie Higdon; and sisters, Daris Higdon, Beulah Mae Neal, Violet Brown, and Josephine Osterhaute.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Arlene Thacker Higdon, of Spencer; son, Jeff (Mona) Worrix, of Bon Air; daughter, Lajeana (Bron) Howard, … Read More



Robinson Chapel decoration

Posted by | June 13, 2018 7:02 am

Saturday, June 23

Who: Robinson Chapel Cemetery

What: Decoration

When: Lunch at noon (hamburgers and hot dogs will be furnished; bring a covered dish)

Where: Heady Road


Homecoming and decoration

Posted by | June 13, 2018 7:00 am

Sunday, June 17

Who: Copeland Chapel Church

What: Homecoming and decoration (Singing by The Copeland Sisters and preaching by Bro. Marvin Dan Horton)

When: 10 a.m. (covered dish lunch at noon)

Where: Church


Lighthouse VBS

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:58 am

Saturday, June 16

Who: Lighthouse Church

What: Vacation Bible School

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 7450 Old Kentucky Rd.


James Harold Johnson III

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:39 am

Funeral service information updated June 13, 2018

James Harold Johnson III, 30, of Pulaski, transitioned to his forever home, on June 7, 2018.

James was born May 18, 1988, in Sparta, to James “Jimmy-J” Harold Johnson Jr. and Stephanie Schiotis Johnson.

He was full of life and always had a smile, no matter the situation. He had a great passion for music and writing. He often wrote about his family, whom he loved very much. He was an avid gamer and loved spending time with his friends. But most important to him were his daughters who were a treasure to him.

He was preceded in death by his … Read More


James Harold Johnson Jr.

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:38 am

Funeral service information updated June 13, 2018

James “Jimmy-J” Harold Johnson Jr., 57, of Sparta, transitioned to his forever home, on June 5, 2018 – a celebration of life for the kindest and sweetest man we have ever known!

Jimmy was born Dec. 21, 1960, in Sparta, to James Harold Johnson and Betty Davis Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Harold Johnson Sr., and his precious wife, Stephanie Schiotis Johnson, on March 10, 2015.

Jimmy was loved by everyone he encountered. He never knew a stranger. He recently lost his sweet Stefy and was never “home” anywhere since she left, until now. He loved … Read More


Cathie Johnson

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:30 am

Cathie Johnson, 78, of the Hickory Valley community, of White County, passed away June 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jerrell Ray Kirby

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:27 am

Jerrell Ray Kirby, 91, of Sparta, passed away June 10, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Kirby was born May 19, 1927, in Sparta, to Arlis Lee Kirby and Lily Etreal Moore Kirby.

He had a vast work career that included owning an auto salvage yard, along with a wrecker service. For many years, he owned U.S. Assembly where he traveled around the country putting bicycles together for Service Merchandise, and later he delivered school buses for Blue Bird Bus Company. His hobby was work, but he did enjoy fishing and traveling. Mr. Kirby served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.

Survivors … Read More


WCHS Class of 1973 reunion

Posted by | June 12, 2018 1:43 pm

The 45-year Class of 1973 Reunion will be held 6-10:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at Historic Duck Pond Manor, 665 Duck Pond Rd., in Sparta. Most classmates received an invitation, in April, and there was a great response of more than 80. The registration deadline passed but is now extended to July 14. We would like to encourage your attendance. If you were in this class and did not receive an invitation, the committee would like to apologize. The payment covers appetizers, one three-course meal, recognitions, games, and door prizes. Please mail the $25 payment to Kay Stewart Prater, 7847 Old Smithville Highway, Sparta, Tennessee 38583. If you


WCHS teacher honored at Tech’s Teacher Appreciation Awards

Posted by | June 12, 2018 1:15 pm

Award. Janice McFerrin (left), of White County High School, is presented with a High School Educator Award by Tennessee Tech’s College of Education Associate Dean Julie Baker (right).

Tennessee Tech University’s College of Education recently held receptions recognizing outstanding Tennessee educators working in partnership with the college and its candidates in practicum and residency programs. The events also highlighted future educators at the graduate and undergraduate level.

White County’s Janice McFerrin, teacher at White County High School, was honored as the High School Educator Award winner.

“Our students have access to and benefit from the experiences and examples set by the dedicated educators working across Tennessee,” said Lisa Zagumny, College of Education Dean. “Only through such partnerships can the college prepare future educators and impact the state’s P-12 students.”

Nominations for current educators were accepted from … Read More


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