Helon Marie Trusty Selby

Posted by | October 17, 2017 6:49 am

Helon Marie Trusty Selby, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 16, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Selby retired from Wagner after 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred Selby; son, Tony Ray Selby; and brother, Glyn Trusty.

Survivors include her son, Bryan Alfred Selby; granddaughter, Sherry Young; great-grandsons, Bruce (Brittney) Young, Brandon (Taylor) Young; great-great grandchildren, Paislee Young, Harper Young; sister-in-law, Marie Trusty; and special loved ones, Jimmy (Kellye) Holman and his children, Logan and Lucas, and Charlie Holman and children Gabi, Alex, and William.

Funeral service will be 6 p.m., Oct. 18, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home. The … Read More


Mary Louise Bain Young

Posted by | October 17, 2017 6:42 am

Mary Louise Bain Young passed away Oct. 14, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 20, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 4 p.m., Oct. 19, at the funeral home.

Complete obituary information will be on Oct. 17.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Richard Thurman Stacy

Posted by | October 16, 2017 2:15 pm

Richard Thurman Stacy, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 17, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10 a.m., Oct. 17, at the funeral home. Mike Madden and Eugene Lawson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, Tennessee 38583 to help the Stacy family with funeral expenses.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.



Richard Thurman Stacy

Posted by | October 16, 2017 7:40 am

Richard Thurman Stacy, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Calvary fellowship dinner

Posted by | October 16, 2017 7:38 am

Sunday, Oct. 29

Who: Calvary Baptist Church

What: Church fellowship dinner

When: Noon

Where: 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway, Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-5260


Republican Party meeting

Posted by | October 16, 2017 7:30 am

The White County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in the third floor courtroom of the White County Courthouse.

State Representative Judd Matheny, (R – District 47, Tullahoma) will be the guest speaker.  Matheny is one of three Republican candidates who have announced running for Congress in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.

Come meet with fellow Republicans to learn about and discuss issues important to the local community, the state and the nation.


Warriors fall to Falcons

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:34 am

Clay Howard brings down a Lincoln County runner in Friday night’s game.

Will Griggs takes off around the corner. Griggs scored the Warriors only touchdown on Friday night with a 34-yard run in the third quarter.

The Warrior football team’s struggles continued Friday night at Lincoln County as they fell to 0-8 on the season, with a 45-6 loss to the Falcons in Region 5-5A action.

WCHS struggled to move the ball offensively and could not slow down the Falcons. Lincoln County would score on their first three possession. The Falcons would get a field goal, a punt return for a touchdown, and a rushing touchdown to take … Read More


Safety mascot Ollie Otter visits BonDeCroft Head Start

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:25 am

On Oct. 3, 2017, students at BonDeCroft Head Start received a visit from a very special guest. Ollie Otter, Tennessee’s booster seat and seat belt safety mascot, visited the school to promote the use of booster seats. Ollie’s program also encourages students to wear their seat belts and to raise awareness about roadway construction site safety. Ollie’s slogan for the students was, “Under 4’9”- it’s Booster Time!”

Ollie was joined by several volunteers working to increase booster seat and seat belt usage among Tennessee’s elementary school children. TCAT Crossville presented the program to BonDeCroft Head Start’s pre-k grade students. Volunteers included Haley Cooper, Julia LaBarge, and Katelyn Wilson, … Read More


The church belongs to Jesus

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:23 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

We often hear phrases such as “Is that your church?” or “Where do you go to church?” But, it should be understood that the church is not something for you and I to possess nor is it a place for us to “go.” Each time the word “church” is used in the New Testament (whether singular or plural in form), its meaning is distinct. The church is the ekklesia meaning “the called out.” In other words, it is a congregation or assembly. For this reason, the church is not a place to go, but an assembly of people prepared … Read More


Senator Corker, please continue standing up for us

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:22 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

Let me just say that I have not been a fan of Senator Corker since he has been in the U.S. Senate. I admit I voted for him because I felt he was a moderate, and the Democratic Party of Tennessee offered no viable alternative to run against him. Does this make me a bad Democrat? I am sure in some people’s eyes it does. I have been a firm believer in voting for the candidate I believe could do the best for my community, state, and country. And since I feel that voting is a right and a privilege, I do … Read More


TN Department of Agriculture provides tips on finding the perfect, locally sourced pumpkins for fall

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:20 am

Now that fall is officially here, many residents are looking forward to the crisp cool air, the beautiful fall foliage, and family outdoor adventures. For many Tennessean’s, this is the time to begin purchasing fall decor from local farmers and bringing autumn color into and around their homes.

Pumpkins and hard squashes are essential items to many family’s home decor, so it’s important to choose produce that won’t decay before fall’s festivities have passed. With helpful tips from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, fortunately, it’s easy to spot good pumpkins.

The shape or size of a pumpkin has no bearing on how long it will last, according to … Read More


Tennessee public school students set new ACT averages

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:15 am

Tennessee Public School students set new ACT averages, including White County.

Tennessee high school students have set new milestones by achieving the overall highest average ACT score in state history, with White County schools also reaching their own notable milestone.

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced that Tennessee public high school students have improved from the 2016 average of 19.9 to 20.1, setting a new benchmark.

Additionally, more than 3,500 additional students across Tennessee took the exam this year compared to 2016. The results also show that about 1,800 more Tennessee public school graduates became eligible for the HOPE scholarship by earning composite scores of … Read More


High school’s achievements addressed at meeting

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:10 am

Several White County High School students were recognized during the recent school board meeting as examples of “problem solvers” and for achieving excellence. Pictured are Caz Bilbrey, Tyler Vaughn, Kaden Billings, and Juliette Garica-Busbee, along with school board member Janet Webb (far left) and WCHS Principal Grant Swallows (far right).

White County High School’s principal discussed the recent successes and achievements of the high school during a recent school board meeting.

On Oct. 12, one of the items on the agenda was a spotlight presentation about the high school and recognition of several high school students.

White County High School Principal Grant Swallows spoke during the spotlight about the director’s school philosophy.

“We are going to continue to strive to the best of our abilities to achieve excellence as a school,” stated Swallows.

Swallows talked about how the faculty and staff works hard every day to help the students reach their goals and achieve new standards each year. … Read More


Krystal opens today

Posted by | October 16, 2017 6:06 am

During a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, on Oct. 13, 2017, City of Sparta Mayor Jeff Young read a proclamation that declared Oct. 16, 2017 as “Krystal Day,” marking the official opening of the franchised location. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The much-anticipated return of Krystal has finally arrived as the popular restaurant officially opened for business this morning.

Those who have been waiting for the return of Krystal no longer have to wait. Breakfast began being served at 6 a.m., Oct. 16, at the 514 W. Bockman Way location, which will be open until 10 p.m. tonight.

Residents in White County noticed around Aug. 31, 2017 a new advertisement on a digital billboard proclaiming, “Krystal coming soon to Sparta.” Krystal, which once had a location on Bockman Way, in Sparta, closed in 2012.

Reportedly, in 2012, the previous Krystal franchise group that operated the Sparta location did not … Read More


Winton C. “Dub or Papa” Randolph

Posted by | October 14, 2017 8:34 pm

Winton C. “Dub or Papa” Randolph, 86, of Cookeville, passed away passed away Oct. 8, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Randolph was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Putnam County, to Alfred Washington Randolph and Lecia Bumbalough Randolph.

After meeting the love of his life, Wanda Jean “Ma” Cronk Randolph, they were happily married for 68 years.

He was a God loving and giving, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved attending church more than anything else. He also loved having company and making others laugh. He loved seeing and playing with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, farming, and watching football.

Mr. Randolph was the former owner of … Read More


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