Welch wins TN High School State Championship in triathlon

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:59 am

Evan Welch, a member of the White County High School cross country, swimming, and tennis teams recently competed in the Eddie Ferrell Music City Sprint Triathlon. The triathlon was also the Tennessee High School State Championships. Welch would finish the race as the top overall High School Female in the State Championship. Competitors in the race had to swim 300m, bike for 22.5 kilometers, and run a 5k. Welch’s best time came during the swim. She would finish the swim in 4:43, which put her in fourth place overall. She would then finish the biking part of the competition in 39:52, and she would run the 5k in … Read More


Maxwell signs with Bryan College

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:43 am

Sometimes through the course of watching a young athlete growing up, those around them know that person is just destined to play past high school.

Jason Maxwell is one of those.

His signing with Bryan College was the culmination of 18 years of having baseball as part of his life.

Bryan College is a Christian college located in Dayton, Tennessee. The Lions compete in the NAIA in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Bryan ended its season at 41-17 this season and made it to the opening round of the NAIA national tournament.

Maxwell talked about what led him to choose Bryan.

“I chose Bryan College because it is a … Read More


Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:39 am

Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles, 78, of Cookeville, passed from this life peacefully, on Aug. 1, 2018, at her home, in Cookeville.

Everyone called her Patsy or Nana. She was born Aug. 7, 1939, in Picayune, Mississippi. She married her beloved husband, Ralph Douglas Broyles, on Dec. 22, 1957, in Sparta. Ralph truly was the love of her life, and he felt equally the same.

Patsy was born again as a young adult at a Billy Graham crusade.

Patsy was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Francis Stanakis, originally from Lithuania; mother, Lena Arabella Snyder Stanakis, who was from Pennsylvania; and her brother, Wayne Stanakis, who was from … Read More


Warriors host second preseason scrimmage Aug. 3

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:36 am

Will Griggs catches a touchdown pass against Jackson County, on Friday morning.

The Warrior football team is inching closer and closer to opening night. They now have one scrimmage under their belt, with two more to go.

White County High School will host Cumberland County, at 5 p.m., on Friday, at the practice football field, at WCHS. The scrimmage was initially scheduled to be played at Cumberland County, on Friday, but the scrimmage has now been moved to White County High School.

The Warriors will look to build off some positives from last week’s scrimmage against Jackson Count, and will also look to fix some of their mistakes.

The Warriors will also hold the inaugural Warrior rumble at Dee Harris … Read More


Fair pageant sign-ups Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at Ag Complex

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:18 am

Fair time is quickly approaching. Regan Flatt, 2017 White County Fairest of the Fair, wants to remind everyone sign-ups for the 2018 pageants, which include Fairest Little Miss, Fairest Jr. Miss, Fair Princess, and Fairest of the Fair, will be 8:30 a.m.-noon, on Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, at the Agricultural Complex, at the fairgrounds. Entry free is $10.


Bible Lands Museum to tour Sparta

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:16 am

Free to the public, exhibits will include: “The Sea of Galilee Boat Model,” Taylor Prism Reproduction, Egyptian Mummy Mask, Life-Size Roman Soldier and Persian Archer, The Great Isaiah Scroll replica, and more.

The Bible Lands Museum of Sandy, Ore. will be offering exhibits free to the public the following dates, times and locations:

Sparta, Tennessee

  • Days/Dates: Friday-Sunday, August 24-26
  • Where: West Sparta church of Christ, Sparta, TN 38583
  • Exhibit times: 2 pm-6 pm (Friday), 10 am-6 pm (Saturday) with a lecture from 6 pm-7 pm on Saturday, Lectures Sunday (9 am, 10 am, 1:30 pm) and Exhibit Open 3 pm-6 pm (Sunday)

For more information visit www.westspartacoc.org or … Read More


Watching…playing…riding trains

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:08 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Annabelle loves to watch the train that circles our Christmas tree, some Christmases. So do her brothers. In fact, all seven of our grandchildren like to watch the train. James David would like for us to leave the train set up year round – Christmas tree or not.

From time to time, they have all enjoyed playing with trains. They have played with everything from wooden, preschool appropriate versions to the big plastic-track kind that go around Christmas trees – and everything in between.

On a recent visit to Nahnee and Papa’s house, James David was exploring. Crawling under the bed in … Read More


‘Original Intent:’ Safeguard for the Supreme Court, Part II

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:06 am

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall, JD

Once our independence was in motion, the mechanisms to end slavery were in motion. Roger Sherman, a delegate from Connecticut, remarked in the federal convention on 22 August 1787, “that the abolition of slavery seemed to be going on in the U.S. & that the good sense of the several States would probably by degrees compleat (sic) it.” Oliver Elsworth, also a representative to Connecticut, very confidently stated in 1787, “Slavery in time will not be a speck on our country. Provision is already made in Connecticut for abolishing it.   And the abolition has already taken place in Massachusetts.”

The … Read More


Land dedication ceremony and guided hikes scheduled for Aug. 25

Posted by | August 2, 2018 8:01 am

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) recently acquired a 582-acre plot of land that includes part of the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness area, Dry Creek Headwaters, and Lost Creek State Natural. The acquisition is an effort to protect the Dry Creek Headwaters—a 582-acre property in the Mid-Cumberland Wilderness Conservation Corridor of Scott’s Gulf.

According to Stuart Carroll, Tennessee State Parks Park Manager 1, TennGreen initially purchased the 582-acre tract at the request of Open Space Institute (OSI) and the … Read More


School registration is set for Friday

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:56 am

Children going back to school can be an anxiety-ridden time for parents, especially when it comes to sending children to school for the first time.

There is a lot of confusion as to where the children will go on the first day of school, who their teachers are, and whether or not parents can enter the building with their children. According to Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, parents of elementary school children are more than welcome to walk their children to class. However, at the middle school and high school level, it becomes a different issue for obvious reasons. Dronebarger encourages parents and children to show up on … Read More


Walgreens takes over Rite Aid

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:54 am

A crew could be seen painting over the sign at the Rite Aid location, in Sparta, on July 30, in preparation for the transfer of pharmacy records to Walgreens who bought Rite Aid. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

July 30 was a busy time for both Sparta Walgreens and Sparta Rite Aid, which is when Rite Aid transferred all of their pharmacy records over to Walgreens.

According to Jason Meyer, Walgreens store manager, Rite Aid still owns the Rite Aid building, at 488 West Bockman Way, and he does not know what they plan to do with it. As far as the employees that were employed with Rite Aid, … Read More


Van Buren early voting totals

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:19 am

Date Republican Totals Democratic Totals Daily Totals
7/13/18 30 31 72
7/14/18 10 15 31
7/16/18 29 23 57
7/17/18 29 20 52
7/18/18 23 7 32
7/19/18 17 20 41
7/20/18 33 25 60
7/21/18 17 7 27
7/23/18 31 13 56
7/24/18 32 18 56
7/25/18 42 16 63
7/26/18 24 24 52
7/27/18 54 40 98
7/28/18 34 24 63
County Totals 405 283 760

White County early voting totals

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:11 am

Date Republican totals Democrat totals Daily totals
7/13/18 206 77 315
7/14/18 76 17 97
7/16/18 189 85 287
7/17/18 201 73 275
7/18/18 186 43 232
7/19/18 148 47 210
7/20/18 177 65 244
7/21/18 108 39 151
7/23/18 186 38 231
7/24/18 141 42 189
7/25/18 167 50 222
7/26/18 241 57 303
7/27/18 272 78 355
7/28/18 158 29 193
County Totals 2,456 740 3,304

Precinct polling place locations

Posted by | August 2, 2018 7:04 am

Polls are open 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., today

Precinct 1-1: Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way, Sparta,

Precinct 1-2: Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way, Sparta

Precinct 2-1: Ag Fair Complex, 565 Hale St., Sparta

Precinct 2-2: Woodland Park School, 88 Panther Dr., Sparta

Precinct 3-1: Ag Fair Complex, 565 Hale St., Sparta

Precinct 4-1: Woodland Park School, 88 Panther Dr., Sparta

Precinct 4-2: BonDeCroft School, 8095 Crossville Hwy., Sparta

Precinct 5-1: Doyle Civic Center, 396 Mountain St., Doyle

Precinct 6-1: Central View School, 14484 Old Kentucky Rd., Walling

Precinct 6-2: Cassville School, 261 Will Thompson Rd., Sparta

Precinct 7-1: Northfield School, 570 S. Bunker Hill


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