It’s time to kick off fall sports

Posted by | August 14, 2017 8:36 am

Andrew Cantrell kicks a field goal to end practice, on Aug. 11 The Warriors have their first game at 7 p.m., Aug. 18, at Warrior Stadium.

Aug. 14 is the official start date for high school sports across the state of Tennessee, according to the TSSAA.

There is one exception to that rule. Golf started its season on July 24 and is well into the schedule. But there are four other sports at White County High School that can officially get underway this week, and this is a busy week for all WCHS fall sports.

The WCHS boys’ golf team will play in the Golf Capital Classic, at Lake Tansi, on Aug. 14.

The Warriorette volleyball team begins its season, on Aug. 14, when player take on Livingston Academy. The junior varsity will play … Read More


Meet the 2017-2018 Warrior coaching staff

Posted by | August 14, 2017 8:31 am

The members of the White County High School football coaching staff this year are (L-R) Brent Ryan, Steve Wilson, Curtis Beaty, Head Coach Jerry Lowery, Josh Lowery, Caleb Lowery, and Taylor Hennigan.

For a head football coach, assembling the coaching staff is a very tough task. The coach must make sure that he has all bases covered, like making sure there is someone who can run the offense and defense. At the high school level, it also makes that task very difficult, because there are a lot more sports to fill and not many teaching positions open to go along with those.

As Jerry Lowery embarks on his second season as White County High School’s head football coach, he has his staff assembled and ready to undertake the season with him. While most of his coaching staff is the same, … Read More


WCHS golf team wins another district match

Posted by | August 14, 2017 8:27 am

Makenzie Morton shot a 2 under par 70, on Aug. 7. She had the lowest score of the round in the girls’ match, on Aug. 10.

The White County High School Golf team has continued to pick up momentum in its season as the players added another district win.

The WCHS Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ golf teams picked up another district win, on Thursday, at the Sparta Country Club. The Warriors won their match over Cumberland County 295 to 324. The Warriorettes shot a 146, on Thursday.

In the Warriors match, Tanner Bryant tied with Cumberland County’s Zach Young for the low score in the match, shooting a 68. Blake Gongaware shot a 72, and Jarrett Lee Glass finished with a 75. Tyson Welch rounded out the scoring with an 80. Trey Crockett, Tristian Roberts, … Read More


Fall Sports 2017 – Preview Magazine

Posted by | August 14, 2017 8:17 am

Check out the Fall Sports publication that features teams from White County High School, White County Middle School, and Van Buren County High School. Schedules of games and the players’ rosters are also included. Click here to view magazine.


School board elects new officers

Posted by | August 14, 2017 6:51 am

During a recent White County Board of Education meeting, it was announced that the system had recently received over $94,000 in grants for career and technical education programs.

During its Aug. 10, 2017, which was held at the school system’s central office, the board’s discussed grants, election of new school board officers, school projects, and the solar eclipse.

White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger announced that the school system had recently received approximately $94,274 in additional state funding for career and technical education programs. Dronebarger stated the funding would be used at the Sandra Hunter Crouch White County Career Academy, formerly the old Food Lion building.

Career … Read More


Woodland Park Elementary School has new leadership and staff

Posted by | August 14, 2017 6:40 am

L-R: Sarah Bumbalough - first grade, Heather Macleod – kindergarten, Valarie Butcher – assistant principal, Dr. Larry Thompson – principal, Teresa Meadows – paraprofessional, Curtis Beaty – physical education, Crystal Acosta – paraprofessional, Sally Hoffman – pre-k CDC, Courtney Holman – first grade, Lindsay Porter – first grade and Angie Saylors – secretary

With school officially back in session last week, students are busy getting back into the rhythm of their everyday routines, as will faculty, staff, and administrators, several of whom are have new assignments.

This year, Woodland Park Elementary School will be under the leadership of long-time White County educator Dr. Larry Thompson, as he has been named the new principal. Additionally, Valarie Butcher, Woodland Park’s newest    assistant principal, will join Dr. Thompson on the    administrative staff.

There are also several new teachers and staff members who are new to Woodland Park this year. Sarah Bumbalough – first grade, Heather MacLeod – kindergarten, Teresa Meadows – paraprofessional, Curtis Beaty … Read More


Tennessee Tech, TCAT Livingston and Fitzgerald companies announce education partnership

Posted by | August 14, 2017 6:32 am

Two Upper Cumberland educational institutions and one of White County’s newest employers have announced a unique education partnership.

Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston, and Fitzgerald’s automotive companies announced a public-private partnership, on Aug. 7, 2017, to support research, education, and training in the region and to promote optimization in the trucking industry.

The new Fitzgerald Technology Complex, in White County, will house the Tennessee Tech Center for Intelligent Mobility. This new complex will be located at the Fitzgerald Industrial Park.

“As partners, we are answering the call of the governor, of industrial leaders and local governments, our citizens and, most of all, our students,” … Read More


Gentry faces up to 40 years in federal prison

Posted by | August 14, 2017 6:19 am

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service held a joint press conference immediately following Jeffery Gentry entering a guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

A White County man who had allegedly been involved in operating a Ponzi scheme that led to the loss of millions of dollars by investors appeared in United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee last week for a plea hearing.

On Aug. 10, 2017, Jeffery Lynn Gentry, 40, of Sparta, pleaded guilty in a United States Federal District court room to wire fraud and money laundering. Gentry was originally charged, on July 5, 2017, with operating a $43 million investment scheme in which he bilked investors out of more than $10 million. The investigation was originally initiated because of complaints filed with Sparta Police Department.… Read More


Officials in Van Buren County searching for escaped inmate

Posted by | August 12, 2017 1:33 pm

Update 5:10 pm – According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Blankenship has been apprehended and returned to the Van Buren County Jail. 

Several law enforcement agencies are currently searching for an inmate who escaped Saturday morning from the Van Buren County Jail.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the escaped inmate has been identified as 28-year-old Gary Blankenship.

Local law enforcement stated that Blankenship is caucasian and has a full beard with a neck tattoo.

Blankenship was reportedly seen last wearing a tan jumpsuit.

No additional information is currently available regarding this incident.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Blankenship is encouraged to contact the Van … Read More


Jane E. Pedigo

Posted by | August 12, 2017 10:46 am

Jane E. Pedigo, 75, of Cookeville, passed away this morning, in Cookeville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Hensley Chapel revival

Posted by | August 12, 2017 8:12 am

Sat., Aug. 12-Sat., Aug. 19

Who: Hensley Chapel Church

What: Revival

When: 7 p.m. nightly (special singing each night; speaker will be Bro. Johnny Phillips)

Where: Church


Gospel singing

Posted by | August 12, 2017 8:07 am

Friday, Aug. 25

Who: The Church of God of Prophecy

What: Gospel singing featuring Right on Time (refreshments will follow)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 808-0047


Bluegrass gospel

Posted by | August 12, 2017 8:04 am

Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church host the group Lake Side Blue Grass Gospel, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Everyone is welcome.


Lafever Cemetery decoration

Posted by | August 12, 2017 8:00 am

Sunday, Sept. 3

Who: Lafever Cemterey

What: Decoration

When: Annual decoration and business meeting will begin at 2 p.m.

Where: Cemetery


Earl Lee Eaton

Posted by | August 12, 2017 6:58 am

Earl Lee Eaton, 93, of Sparta, formerly of Indiana, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Eaton was born May 11, 1924, in Argus, Indiana, Garvis Harry Eaton and Ethel Mae Powers Eaton. He was a professional engineer with degrees in several types of engineering. He received a Purple Heart from the U.S. Army during World War II and was part of the invasion at Normandy. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and fishing in his younger years.

He preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Louise Roler Eaton; and sisters, Janet Cage and Donna Richards.

Survivors include his … Read More


Paula Eugenia Jolly

Posted by | August 12, 2017 6:51 am

Paula Eugenia Jolly was born April 26, 1937, to Earl Jolly and Kathleen Bilbrey Jolly, and passed away Aug. 10, 2017. She was one of 13 children and grew up in the Findlay community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, infant Rosa Nell Jolly, Earline Jolly Graham, Patricia Ruth Jolly Howard; and a brother Kenneth Ray Jolly.

Ms. Jolly was formerly employed by T. Stanton Hale as a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a member of Findlay United Methodist Church, and her passion was singing in the choir. Ms. Jolly loved her church and community dearly

Her passions included her family, family gatherings,    Christmas … Read More


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