Earl Eugene Madewell

Posted by | April 16, 2019 12:53 pm

Earl Eugene Madewell, 80, a Spencer resident and a Van Buren County native, passed from this life April 13, 2019, at his residence, after an extended illness.

Mr. Madewell was born Feb. 14, 1939, to Elbert Madewell and Audrey Gladys Simmons Madewell.

He attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors.

He graduated from Van Buren County High School in the Class of 1957. He worked in sales, home repair, and remodeling for many years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maxine Madewell Barks Jones.

He is survived by his loving … Read More


WCMS softball victorious over Prescott Middle

Posted by | April 16, 2019 9:08 am

On April 12, an early lead helped White County Middle School Warriorettes defeat Prescott Middle 12-4. White County Middle School Warriorettes scored on a double by Taylor Roberts, a single by Ryleigh Burchett, a walk by Kiley Moore, and a walk by Ashlyn Rohlander in the first inning.

Sydney Smiley was the winning pitcher for White County Middle School Warriorettes. She surrendered four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five and walking one.  White County Middle School Warriorettes racked up 13 hits. Burchett, Roberts, Rohlander, Abby Guy, and Abigayle Finan each collected multiple hits for White County Middle School Warriorettes. Roberts and Burchett each managed … Read More


WCMS softball splits with Warren

Posted by | April 16, 2019 9:06 am

In game one of a double header, the White County Middle School Warriorettes had a tough time generating runs, on April 10, dropping their game with Warren County 8-1.

White County Middle School Warriorettes fired up the offense in the first inning when Ashlyn Rohlander doubled and then scored after Taylor Roberts reached base on an error.  Abigayle Finan singled putting two runners on base that were left stranded in the inning.

Warren County pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the second, an error scored one run for Warren County.  Warren County scored three runs in the fourth inning. Warren County pitching … Read More


WCMS softball defeats Avery Trace

Posted by | April 16, 2019 9:03 am

On April 11, the WCMS Warriorettes defeated the Avery Trace softball team 15-0.  The game ended early due to White County scoring 15 runs in three innings of play.  Several errors and walks put runners on base for the Warriorettes.  Add the six hits from Ryleigh Burchett, Allison Thomas, Emma Slone, Maddie Rust, and two doubles from the bat of Alyssa Fox gives Sparta the big win.


Coach Kellie Jolly Harper has busy first week at U.T.

Posted by | April 16, 2019 9:02 am

Coach Kellie Jolly Harper and her son, Jackson, throw out the first pitch at the Lady Vols’ softball game versus Mississippi State.

What an exciting time for Kellie Jolly Harper, a Sparta native, after being named as the new Lady Vols head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

Last week, after the official announcement naming Harper the new coach, she spent the day in press conferences and interview after interview discussing her goals for the team.  Player commitments and recruiting are a top priority for Harper.

As Harper was asked to comment on her former coach, Pat Summit, Harper stated, “I am here to be Kellie, who learned under Coach Summit.”

The excitement continued as Harper spent the day meeting many people on campus, including spending some time with … Read More


After-school Professionals Appreciation Week is April 22-26

Posted by | April 16, 2019 6:16 am

White County Schools is joining with the National After-school Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week,” April 22-26, 2019.

“We believe afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Karen Benningfield, extended learning director.  “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

Why is it important to recognize after-school professionals?

Nationwide, an estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, … Read More


Ethan Roberts named Reliever of the Day on April 11

Posted by | April 16, 2019 6:05 am

Ethan Roberts during his baseball career at Tennessee Tech

On April 11, 2019, Sparta’s own Ethan Roberts was named Minor League Reliever of the day.  Roberts is playing for the Chicago Cubs Minor League team, in South Bend, Indiana.  Roberts came in with the bases loaded and struck out a batter to end the threat.  The South Bend Cubs won the game 2-1.



Cypar awarded in writing contest

Posted by | April 16, 2019 5:54 am

Vicki J. Cypcar, of Sparta, was honored in the writing contest held in conjunction with the Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference held in April, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Contest winners in seven categories were announced and awards presented during the conference banquet.

Cypcar was awarded first place in the Writing for Young People category for her entry, “For Tucker’s Sake.”

The 31st annual conference featured principal workshop leaders Richard Hague, Poetry; Judy Goldman, Nonfiction; Abigail Dewitt, Fiction; and Stacy McAnulty, Writing for Young People. Hague was also the banquet speaker. The conference was funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment … Read More



Fannie Lee Young Brock

Posted by | April 16, 2019 5:30 am

Fannie Lee Young Brock, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Brock was born May 6, 1944, in White County, to Dibrell Young and Daisy Belle Jones Young.

She was a seamstress. When the garment factories closed, she continued to sew for people who needed alterations on their clothes. She also loved quilting and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Wayne Brock; granddaughter, Naomi Wilkerson; and brothers, Cecil Young and Johnny Young.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline Brock; son, David (Danielle) Wilkerson; grandchildren, Dillan Wilkerson, Danika Wilkerson, David Wilkerson Jr.; … Read More


Storyfest at Dogwood Park on May 4

Posted by | April 16, 2019 5:20 am

Preparing for Storyfest in the Park on May 4 at Dogwood Park are, from left, Cindy Putman, 2018 Amateur Storyfest Competition winner; Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services director and event emcee; Laura Wolf, City Scape executive director; Ashley McKee, Cookeville museums education specialist; Judy Duke, Storyfest founder; Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager and Storyfest coordinator; Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent and Cookeville Arts Council member; Barbara Walton, Friends of the Cookeville History Museum; Peggy Fragopoulos, Storyfest ambassador; and Ricky Shelton, Cookeville mayor.

Look for the big tent on May 4 at Dogwood Park and have a seat.

Then listen, laugh, maybe even cry a little, during the sixth annual Storyfest in the Park, a free event from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. that features professional storytellers from throughout the region.

“Storyfest is a magical day,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager and Storyfest coordinator, said. “I’ve tried for the past five years to describe it to people and have failed time and time again. The best thing I can say is, come try it – I promise you’ll love it. Money back guarantee!”

This year’s headliners include nationally known storytellers Connie Regan-Blake of … Read More


Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger

Posted by | April 15, 2019 1:04 pm

Harold D. “Hal” Bittinger, 63, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted by | April 15, 2019 10:21 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on April 14th 2019 through April 20th 2019 on State Route 111 in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


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