Foot chase in town leads to arrest

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:10 am

Devonte Ward

On Oct.18, at approximately 4:18 p.m., Chief of Police Jeff Guth, said a call came in from a Sparta resident complaining about an unwanted visitor at their house and asked that the police do something about it.

According to Guth, DeVonte Ward, of Rossville, Georgia, had come to the residence, in Sparta, uninvited. Officers soon learned that Ward had several warrants against him from Van Buren County and Georgia. Guth stated the homeowner had called his office and advised which way the subject was heading. He explained that Officer Honaker came in contact with the subject and ordered him to stop and put his hands up. … Read More


Airport manager Dean Selby receives 7 percent pay increase

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:08 am

Members of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors discuss matters of business during the Oct. 17, 2018 meeting. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The manager for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport has received a 7 percent increase in his salary after a positive evaluation of his work performance was reviewed during the Oct. 17 board meeting.

“He has saved us a ton of money,” said board member Bennett Jared, as he talked about airport manager Dean Selby. “Dean is the third manager since I have been on this board. His heart is more into it. There’s grant money that he has come up with. He has gone beyond what I thought he would do.”

Jared said that instead of the 5 percent increase the board had discussed, he would like for Selby … Read More


Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:05 am

Vurlon Regina Thornton Denning, 67, of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Denning was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Faison, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Carlton Thornton and Vurlon Sutton Thornton.

A Celebration of Life service was 1-2 p.m., Oct. 20, 2018, at Christian Life First Assembly of God, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Kent Greene

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:02 am

Kent Greene, 58 of Montz, Louisiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, after a two-year battle with colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Greene was born Sept. 19, 1960, in Sparta, to Eddie and Rita Greene, both of whom preceded him in death.

A person of strong Christian faith, he was a lifetime member of the Gideons and served as a lay minister at his church. He    faced his death with a tremendously positive attitude and inspired thousands of friends, family, and strangers through an online video discussing how his faith provided the strength and comfort to do so.

Mr. Greene enjoyed a long, successful … Read More


Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick

Posted by | October 22, 2018 7:01 am

Mildred Edith Vanatta Kirkpatrick, 95 of Sparta, passed away Oct. 19, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born Feb. 3, 1923.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 23, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., Oct. 23, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Two vehicle collision in McDonalds’ parking lot

Posted by | October 21, 2018 12:54 pm

On Sunday afternoon Officer Nick Dunn with the Sparta Police Department responded to a call about a two-vehicle collision in the McDonald’s parking lot located on Roosevelt Drive. According to Dunn, one car was stopped in the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot to let a passenger out so they could go into the lobby of the restaurant when another vehicle came around the corner and struck the first car from behind.

“The guy in the truck said he was trying to put his seatbelt on when he struck the other vehicle,” said Dunn. “I don’t know why he was trying to put on his seatbelt at that particular time.”… Read More


Aline Simmons Ashley

Posted by | October 20, 2018 7:03 am

Aline Simmons Ashley, 75, a Sparta resident and Van Buren County native, passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Mrs. Ashley was born April 13, 1943.

A retired vice-president of operations with A.O. Smith and a member of Central Church of Christ, in Sparta, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Simmons and Dovie Manus Simmons.

She was married, on Dec. 26, 1967, to Herbert Lee Ashley, who preceded her in death, on Feb. 13, 2016.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Simmons, and brothers-in-law, Jr. Nunley and Thorold Ramsey.

She is … Read More


Two car collision near corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84

Posted by | October 19, 2018 11:13 pm

Officer Daniel with the Sparta Police Department was in charge of the scene of a two-vehicle collision that happened near the corner of Bockman Way and Highway 84 at approximately 10:03 p.m. Friday night.

A car that was driven by one passenger apparently struck another car, occupied by one adult and three children, in the rear end. The driver of the car that was hit was transported by ambulance to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta in stable condition. The children were not injured.


Ribbon cutting at Bilbrey Farms, will also host open house

Posted by | October 19, 2018 1:21 pm

Bilbrey Farms held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19. Owner of Bilbrey Farms, Sherry Bilbrey, stated that there would be an open house at the venue on October 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We’re having a drawing for any bride that books a wedding in 2019,” said Sherry. “They will get $1500 off the wedding package at our venue.”

She went on to say that there will be other door prizes as well and she welcomes the public to come out and join the fun.

 

 

 


Chamber hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Charity’s Bake Shop

Posted by | October 19, 2018 12:40 pm

Charity’s Bake Shop, at 406 N. Spring St., in Sparta, was welcomed as one of the newest members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on Oct. 19, 2018. Charity Lowhorn, owner, invites everyone to stop by and try her sweet treats as well as specialty coffees. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday; and closed on Sunday. For more information, call (931) 256-8344.



Children’s Advocacy Center hosts annual Angel’s Autumn Fest

Posted by | October 18, 2018 3:54 pm

L-R: Rick Perez, CAC31 board president, and Martha Phillips, CAC3 director, present Dola Searle with the 2018 CAC31 Angel Award. (Photo credit JennyZ DreamZ Photography)

By Hansel Moore

Over 300 people joined the Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District at their 11th Annual Angel’s Autumn Fest. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital hosted the annual benefit dinner at McMinnville Civic Center.

“It was a great night of food, fellowship and entertainment,” said Martha Phillips, CAC3 director. “Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we raised over $40,000 to help offset our core operating expenses.”

Each year, there are 600-700 hotline reports of severe and non-severe child maltreatment just in the 31st District alone. Children’s Advocacy Center works with the Department of Children’s Service, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Spencer Police Department, the … Read More


Wheel tax, utility fee questioned

Posted by | October 18, 2018 3:51 pm

By Hansel Moore

“The votes on the wheel tax and solid waste fee are not valid,” said Laura Wallace, when she addressed the Van Buren County Commission, on Oct. 16, 2018.

Wallace continued, “The commission must hold a meeting with new substantial reconsideration of the issues involved. The meetings must meet with the requirements of the meeting act. If counsel agrees to comply with the open meeting act and Van Buren County ethics policy, we intend to support future committee meetings with our attendance and input. We will continue to familiarize ourselves with state law as we stand beside you.

“If commission does not agree to clear previous … Read More


Walling vying for City of Spencer mayor – answers questions

Posted by | October 18, 2018 3:34 pm

Jeffery Walling - candidate for City of Spencer mayor

By Hansel Moore

Nov. 6 is the next opportunity for all resident to exercise their right to vote, and early voting has begun and continues through Nov. 1. There are a number of heated contests throughout the country and issues on the state and local levels. If you are a resident of Spencer, there is a contest among three individuals who have thrown their hats in the ring to become the next city mayor.

Jeffery Walling is one of those individuals who desires to sit in the mayor’s seat after the election. The following is a summary of a recent conversation with the mayoral candidate.

Why do you Read More


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