City of Sparta officials vote to increase electric rates

Posted by | April 25, 2019 9:31 am

By Ron Moses

City of Sparta will be looking at increased electric rates following approval of a risk premium percentage by the board of mayor and aldermen, on April 18.

The bill’s impact on residential customers using at least 957 Kilowatt hours will be 14 cents per hour.

Seth Daniels, a rate consultant for Power Consulting Associates, read the Tennessee Valley Authority recommendations for retail rate adjustments for October 2019. Included in those recommendations were increased customer charges toward cost service amounts. Daniels said the recommendations came from a cost of study charge.

“When you increase those, you see an additional revenue increase,” said Daniels. “We are going … Read More


Surviving stage 4 lymphoma gives Pelham new outlook on life

Posted by | April 25, 2019 9:26 am

With three daughters who want to have their dad around for as many years as possible, Matthew Pelham fought his battle with cancer with every possible avenue offered to him. His advice is “listen to your body.”

By Rachel Auberger

Matthew Pelham has three beautiful daughters who he plans on spending a lot of time with, so after a close call with cancer, he is taking charge and doing what he can to be sure he is here for them for a long time to come.

“I never worried about it if I had aches and pains before,” Pelham said. “but now I realize how important it is to listen to your body.”

In 2017, Pelham was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma after a nagging toothache finally drove him to seek medical attention.

“I felt fine except for this nagging toothache,” he remembered. … Read More


Vaping becoming a problem among Sparta’s youth in school system

Posted by | April 25, 2019 9:21 am

E-cigarettes, such as Juul that is pictured above, have become a significant problem not only at White County High School but also at the middle school.

By Rachel Auberger

The use of electronic cigarettes among youth is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are reports of widespread use of an e-cigarette, known as Juul, by students, including usage in classrooms, bathrooms, and buses around the country.

“We have seen a rise in the use of vaping products in the school district, specifically Juuls,” said Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools in White County. “A high percentage of our discipline issues do surround vaping.”

Lynn Mitchell, the youth services officer for White County courts, seconds that thought. According to Mitchell, his office has seen a significant rise in the … Read More


WCMS Warriors split with Harris

Posted by | April 24, 2019 8:51 am

Seth Greene didn’t allow a single run against Harris, on April 15, throwing a complete game shutout and leading White County Middle School Warriors to a 11-0 victory.

The Warriors opened up scoring in the first inning.  White County tallied five runs in the second inning. The White County offense in the inning was led by Greene, Lavarius May, Owen Adams, and Colten Locke, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Greene was the winning pitcher for the Warriors. He lasted five innings, allowing four hits and zero runs, while striking out seven.  Burks started the game for Harris. He went one-and-one-third innings, allowing nine runs on six … Read More


White County residents urged to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27

Posted by | April 24, 2019 8:45 am

Sparta’s event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, in parking lot at Walgreens

The Departments of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services  and Environment and Conservation are urging Tennesseans to do their part to address addiction in Tennessee by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The 17th National Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To prepare for the take back event, people are encouraged to look at the medicine in their homes, determine what is expired or no longer needed, and take it to a safe disposal site in their community.

Through the National Prescription Drug … Read More



WCHS Warriors defeat Warren in soccer district win

Posted by | April 23, 2019 8:25 am

The White County High School soccer team defeated Warren County 1-0 in a very competitive game, on April 16. The lone goal was scored by Will Cheek driving the ball into the net after a pass from Skyler Kirby.  The Warrior defense was solid, and Tyler Seals in net did not allow a single shot to pass through.  The Warriors return to action, on April 23, as they travel to Cookeville for a JV and varsity match.  Game time is 5 p.m. for JV and 7 p.m. for the varsity.


Highlighting former Warriors and Warriorettes in college spring sports

Posted by | April 23, 2019 8:23 am

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Megan Anderson

Megan Anderson is playing for the Tennessee Wesleyan University softball team.  Anderson has had 15 at bats and has a .400 batting average.  She has six hits and two doubles.  Anderson has scored two runs and has six RBI’s.

Darin Cole

Darin is playing for the Jackson State Junior College baseball team and is pitching well.  His record is six wins and zero losses in 10 appearances.  Cole has an ERA of 5.68 and has struck out 64 batters and only walked 14.   Cole has three complete games and has pitched 44 innings this season.

Maverick Jennings

Maverick Jennings is playing at … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes win two over South Middle School

Posted by | April 23, 2019 8:09 am

On April 17, the White County Middle School softball Warriorettes took on the South Middle school team in a double header.

In game one, Abigayle Finan was clutch at the plate, with runners on base, driving in four on three hits to lead the Warriorettes past South Middle 15-0. Finan drove in runs on a double in the first, a single in the first, and a single in the second.  White County Middle School Warriorettes secured the victory thanks to nine runs in the first inning.

White County’s big bats in the inning were led by singles by Maddie Rust, Taylor Roberts, Sydney Smiley, Abby Guy, a fielder’s … Read More


WCHS Warrior baseball wins 1 of 2 to open Soddy Trojan Classic

Posted by | April 23, 2019 8:07 am

On April 18, the Warriors traveled to Soddy Daisy to take part in the Soddy Trojan Classic Tournament. They faced off against Signal Mountain and Soddy Daisy and hit the ball well in both contests.

In their first game of the day, the Warriors earned their first win of the tourney versus the Eagles of Signal Mountain by the score of  8-1. The boys out-hit Signal Mountain 8-6 and were able to make the most of their chances to score in the early game. White County High School struck first in the bottom of the second thanks to David Smith’s line drive single into left field. This brought … Read More


White County High School HOSA members attend conference

Posted by | April 22, 2019 10:22 am

During spring break, March 25-27, six HOSA (Future Health Professionals) students and their advisor attended the Tennessee HOSA State Leadership Conference, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Students participated in competitions related to healthcare, leadership sessions, and voting for state officers for the 2019-2020 year. Three of the six students competed in nurse assisting, medical reading, and pharmacology knowledge events. Allison Meadows placed third in the pharmacology knowledge event, qualifying her to move on to the HOSA International Leadership Conference, in Orlando, Florida, this summer. Students also participated in a fun night at the Tennessee Aquarium followed by a dance at the convention center.


Eighth grade students visit post-secondary institutions

Posted by | April 22, 2019 10:20 am

On March 22, 2019, approximately 320 eighth graders had the opportunity to visit a post-secondary institution and to hear of the various programs offered on that particular campus.  One group toured the Vol State and TCAT campuses, in Livingston, another group toured select programs on the campus of TTU, and a final group toured both the Motlow campus, in McMinnville, and the National Guard Armory, in Sparta.  Bobby Officer, White County Middle School counselor, organized the trips, focusing on student interest and career exploration.  The students enjoyed touring the campuses and hearing about the various programs offered.


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