Congratulations to Crye-Leike’s winner at Business Expo

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:28 am

Crye-Leike Brown Realty Sparta office recently participated in the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and Piper Heckmann is the lucky recipient of a gift card from a drawing at their booth. L-R: Norma Toussaint, office manager; Melissa Harmon, Crye-Leike agent; Piper Heckmann; and Matt Bleasdale, Crye-Leike agent.


Edmonds receives College Administrator Award

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:24 am

Melody Edmonds, of Sparta, interim vice president for academic affairs at Motlow State Community College, recently received the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Distinguished College Administrator Award presented at the Society’s annual national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The award is given to college vice presidents, deans or directors serving at postsecondary institutions who have demonstrated a strong level of support for the PTK chapters on their campuses.


Legislative Review

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:21 am

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Fiscally conservative balanced budget passed by House of Representatives

In the final few days of this year’s legislative session, State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and the House of Representatives passed Tennessee’s annual budget with a near unanimous vote. The bill’s passage was the culmination of months of tireless work crafting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget.

The $37.5 billion budget builds on previous legislative priorities by making strategic and thoughtful investments across state government. Because of the conservative fiscal choices lawmakers have made over the last several years, Tennessee currently ranks as the lowest taxed and lowest debt state in the entire nation.… Read More


Responsibility to the poor: government or church? Part I

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:16 am

Language of Liberty – By By Kevin Kookogey

What is the duty of the Church concerning poverty? This is one of those areas where the Church has unfortunately surrendered its influence by either adopting the mission of the government or embracing the worldview of the culture, neither of which is consistent with what the Bible teaches.

The Bible, in fact, speaks very plainly about the poor, and since the duty of the Church is to preserve knowledge of God, it is incumbent upon us to correct misunderstandings regarding the proper role of God’s people in this area, as with other subjects. In so doing, we preserve a free … Read More


WCHS hosts the “First Senior Meeting” for Class of 2019

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:15 am

April 24 was a very exciting time for White County High School rising seniors and their parents. WCHS hosted its 5th annual “First Senior Meeting.” The meeting consisted of a wealth of information to help aid the students in making early plans for their upcoming senior year and post-secondary opportunities. The general sessions meeting featured several different speakers addressing such topics as upcoming deadlines, senior pictures, diploma recognitions, scholarships, and financial aid. Following this portion of the evening, students and parents were encouraged to attend an additional session involving more specific questions directed to a variety of post-secondary institutions.

Exhibitors included TTU, TTU Cyber Security, Motlow State Community … Read More


Young recognized nationally by Jaycees as top state president

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:07 am

Brent Young, of Sparta, is presented the 2017 Clayton Frost Memorial Award by USJC National President Heather Vardell.

White County resident has been nationally recognized and received the United States Junior Chamber’s top honor at their annual national convention.

On April 20, 2018, the United States Junior Chamber, also known as JCI USA and Jaycees, held their annual national convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where Brent L. Young, of Sparta, received a prestigious award.

JCI is a young person leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 41, with over 200,000 members. As a not-for-profit organization, JCI offers opportunities for business development, … Read More


Unemployment rate remains low as jobs continue to be created

Posted by | April 26, 2018 9:05 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips recently announced the March 2018 statewide unemployment rate for Tennessee is still remaining near historic lows and matched the unemployment rate from last month.

The preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March has been recorded at 3.4 percent, which mirrors the revised rate for February and was nearly 1 percent less than the March 2017 rate. The Tennessee statewide unemployment rate has remained below 4.0 percent since last May, hitting an all-time low of 3.3 percent last September.

“The year-to-year comparison of unemployment rates shows how much progress has been made in creating … Read More


Drug Take Back Day set for April 28 at Walgreens

Posted by | April 26, 2018 8:59 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth (center) is pictured at a previous Drug Take Back Day as he assists some residents who stopped by to dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Sparta Police Department and Walgreens have announced they will once again be partnering by helping the community to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on April 28.

As part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, residents in Sparta and White County will be able to safely dispose of their expired or unused prescriptions. This event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of Walgreens, at 483 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta.

Any prescription may be dropped off during the event, with the exception of liquids and syringes.

Sparta Police Department will be on hand to … Read More


Residents concerned about recent cases of reported rabies

Posted by | April 26, 2018 8:56 am

State health officials warn to not approach or touch any wild animals because of risk of rabies.

Following reports of dead wild animals with rabies, concerned White County residents want their neighbors to be safe and aware of the possible risks of cases of rabies.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, on April 20, 2018, two skunks from White County tested positive for rabies at the State Public Health Laboratory. This is the first positive testing of rabies in White County reported since 2015.

“The Tennessee Department of Health recommends individuals (and, by extension, their domestic animals) exercise caution around wild animals,” stated Elizabeth Hart, Tennessee Department of Health spokeswoman. “They should not be approached, touched, fed, or engaged with in any way. If … Read More



WCHS Special Olympics competes in Music City Blitz

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:56 am

Members of the White County High School Special Olympics football team are shown with the Titans players and coaches. (Photos by CALLIE MARCUM)

The White County High School Special Olympics football team recently competed in an event held at Nissan Stadium, in Nashville. The Tennessee Titans hosted the event for the youth to get a little football experience and to let them be around some of the members of the Titans football team. Members of the Titans football team that were in attendance included quarterback Marcus Mariota and head coach Mike Vrabel.

The White County High School Special Olympics football team made their entrance onto the field like the Titans. The Warriors got to run through the tunnel.

Marcus Mariota, Titans quarterback (center), is pictured with Jeremy Parish (left) and Jeffery

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Rain dominates local spring sports action since Monday

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:43 am

The saying goes, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.”

The latter was the case as far as local spring sports action that was scheduled Monday and Tuesday. In fact, it wasn’t that some got rained out. All the games were rained out.

The weather wreaked havoc on all the outside games, as rain has fallen almost continually from Sunday through Tuesday, leaving water standing on all fields.

Soccer, which plays in almost any weather conditions other than lightning, was the first to decide upon postponement for their game at Cookeville. The White County High School and White County Middle School baseball teams and … Read More


WCHS Warriorettes’ basketball team puts final touches on season

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:40 am

At the White County High School Warriorettes’ Basketball Banquet, Coach Michael Dodgen honored the Warriorettes who were named to the All-District team. Members of the All District team were (L-R) Mia Murray, Kendreah Reeves, Gracie Dodgen, and Hannah Leftwich.

Coach Michael Dodgen awarded two members of the Warriorettes’ basketball team. Hannah Leftwich (left), received the Pistol Award, and Sydney Wilson (right) received the Lindsey Floyd award.

The White County High School Warriorettes put the final touches on their 2017-18 season when they were honored recently with a banquet. The Warriorettes head basketball coach Michael Dodgen started off the banquet by honoring the four seniors that were a part of this team.

The seniors on this year’s team were Hannah Leftwich, Paige Parker, Jessie Green, and Megan Sparkman. As members of the WCHS Warriorettes’ team, the seniors had a four-year record of 96-30. They made four region tournament … Read More


Golden Eagles place fifth at OVC Championships on April 25

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:35 am

A.J. Wilkerson, of Sparta

Sparta’s A.J. Wilkerson and  Alexander Riddle  both tied for 37th in their final collegiate rounds in the purple and gold

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech men’s golf team wrapped up the 2017-18 season with the final round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Wednesday afternoon, completing the three-day event at the Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals.

The Golden Eagles saved their best round of the event for the final day, posting a 2-over 290, the second-lowest round of the day among the 11-team field, of finish with an 883 overall. Tech finished fifth overall in the tournament, just one … Read More


No. 20 Golden Eagles keep winning streak alive with victory at U.T.

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:29 am

Ethan Roberts, of Sparta

Sparta native Ethan Roberts picked up his 10th save of the season to clinch the Golden Eagle victory

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A thrilling battle to the very end, the Tennessee Tech baseball team came out victorious over in-state foe Tennessee Wednesday evening, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 26 games with a 7-6 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (35-5) took the lead and never looked back, using clutch at bats and timely pitching and defense to defeat the Volunteers (24-19) for the first time since 2012 and just 10th time in Knoxville.

Junior Nick Osborne was a one-man … Read More


Central View town hall forum

Posted by | April 26, 2018 7:15 am

Central View Elementary

A town hall forum will be at 6 p.m., April 26, 2018, at Central View Elementary for parents and community members. The meeting will focus on the proposed closing of the school.


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