State health officials are expressing concerns about insurance scams

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:35 am

Residents from across the Upper Cumberland have recently notified the Tennessee Department of Health of what is now being confirmed as a potential scam in which people are contacted by telephone asking for personal health insurance information from which the caller appears to be calling from the Tennessee Department of Health.

This new scam reportedly involves a person who calls potential victims from a number that displays as the Tennessee Department of Health. When the calls are answered, the scam artist asks for personal information, including health insurance information from those contacted. In some cases, the caller states they are calling on behalf of BlueCross BlueShield.

“The Tennessee … Read More


Legislative Review

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:32 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Tennessee Continues Trend Of Record Low Unemployment, Record Low Tax Burden In 2018

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development last week announced that unemployment across Tennessee has remained at a record low since the start of 2018. In addition, Wallet Hub — a nonpartisan organization focused on the financial industry — has officially ranked Tennessee as the lowest taxed state in the entire nation.

The unemployment rate in January of 2018 was 1.2 percent lower than the rate for the same month one year ago and has remained 3.3 percent since September 2017. Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:30 am

State Senator Paul Bailey

By State Senator Paul Bailey

March 23, 2018 – School safety and the state budget headlined action on Capitol Hill this week as Governor Bill Haslam presented an amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 spending plan. The new proposal includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants to protect students. The action comes as the School Safety Working Group, of which I am a member, is finalizing recommendations to enhance security for students.

The supplemental appropriations amendment is customarily introduced by the governor in the final weeks of the legislative session to make adjustments to the budget he submitted … Read More


Gunning down the innocent

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:27 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I write this column, I am listening to bits and pieces of the March On Washington to outlaw various guns. What a sad commentary on the education system itself. Have any of these kids ever been exposed to the tyranny and repression that often accompanies disarming a free people? I’d say not!

If you are Sheriff Israel of the Florida county where these shootings occurred, can you believe your luck? Here you are with all your schemes exposed. You have artificially lowered the crime rate in schools by under-reporting or just completely not reporting the crimes in schools. Your officers … Read More


TDOT crews working to repair potholes and damaged areas

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:25 am

Now that the significant threat of cold weather is over, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials are gearing up for what the department describes as “pothole season.”

Winter weather extremes can often lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges. Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, then freezes and thaws, causing the cracks to expand.

With the constant pounding of traffic, these conditions loosen the pavement and cause it to crumble, which creates potholes. Severe swings in temperature, followed by periods of rain, are the perfect conditions for widespread potholes to form.

Now that it’s officially spring, weather permitting, TDOT crews will … Read More


Chamber approves $5,000 for mural

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:22 am

Tommy Narramore recently presented this design to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a mural.

Chamber board members have voted to approve a design and to spend upwards of $5,000 on a mural project after months of discussions and planning

On March 20, 2018, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with the absence of Chamber president Marvin Bullock, discussed, once again, a community mural project.

Since July 2017, the board has been developing plans and ideas for what they hope will be the start of a community-based collection of murals. The Chamber board has debated several sites for a proposed mural.

During … Read More


Joint lawsuit filed by Dunaway and Zavogiannis against opioid producers blocked by TN A.G.

Posted by | March 26, 2018 6:18 am

Bryant Dunaway. District attorney general, 13th Judical District

Lisa Zavogiannis. District attorney general, 31st Judicial District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed motions to intervene in three separate lawsuits

that were brought forth by district attorneys general against several opioid manufacturers and health care providers.

According to a statement released by the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, “This office moved to intervene to protect the interests of the entire state and its citizens while fulfilling our statutory duty to direct the opioid litigation in the state.”

On Jan. 10, 2018, 14 district attorneys joined together in filing a lawsuit … Read More


R.L. Mason Jr.

Posted by | March 25, 2018 6:01 am

R.L. Mason Jr., 87, of Quebeck, passed away March 22, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Mason was born April 10, 1930, the son of Ray Mason and Augusta Cox Mason.

He was of the Baptist faith. He worked as a lumber inspector for 45 years and was a lifelong farmer, which was his passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Dee Mason; and sister, Mary Frances Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Luzelle Clark Mason; daughter, Kay Mason Maples and husband Ray, of Sparta;    grandson, Allen Maples and wife Billie Jo, of Quebeck; granddaughter, Michelle Maples, of Doyle; … Read More


Dwight Edward Luna

Posted by | March 25, 2018 5:55 am

Dwight Edward Luna, 68, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Luna was born Aug.28, 1949, in Smithville, to Reefus and Ressie Luna.

A memorial service was 1 p.m., March 31, 2018, at Johnson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. John Cunningham officiated.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Wanda Gale Carr Bradley Gibson

Posted by | March 25, 2018 5:49 am

Wanda Gale Carr Bradley Gibson, 72, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Gibson was born Sept. 28, 1945, in White County, to Grady Lee Carr and Dora Bell Flatt Carr.

She worked many years in health care, starting at the old White County Hospital, in 1962, and continuing with NHC Healthcare of Sparta. She later retired, in 2012, from Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ader Lendel Gibson; brother, Harold Lee Carr; and nephew, Kyle Lee Carr.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Bradley Hickey and husband Scott; stepsons, Gary Gibson and wife Judy, Roger … Read More


Sawilla Ann “Sue” Hickey Reams

Posted by | March 25, 2018 5:40 am

Sawilla Ann “Sue” Hickey Reams, 76, of Sparta, passed away March 2, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Reams was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Sparta, to Sheriff William Hickey and the first elected female sheriff in the State of Tennessee, Sheriff Annell Oliver Hickey.

For over 50 years, Mrs. Reams was a nurse. She began her career in nursing with Dr. Adams, in Woodbury. Mrs. Reams finished her career with Dr. Clarence Jones, in Cookeville. She loved people, loved helping people, and enjoyed having a great time with people. Mrs. Reams always had a funny story to share.

She was preceded in death by … Read More


Danny T. Young

Posted by | March 25, 2018 5:27 am

Danny T. Young, 61, of Smithville, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2018, at this residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint – White County

Posted by | March 24, 2018 6:56 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 04-22-2018 on State Route 111 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Driver license roadside safety checkpoint – Van Buren

Posted by | March 24, 2018 6:54 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 04-08-2018 on State Route 30 in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


Driver license roadside safety checkpoint – Van Buren

Posted by | March 24, 2018 6:51 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 04-01-2018 on State Route 30 in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


CAPTURED: Fugitive from TBI’s Top Most Wanted list now in custody

Posted by | March 24, 2018 6:48 am

David Paul Vaughn

 A fugitive who was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list earlier today is now in custody.

David Paul Vaughn of DeKalb County was captured and arrested Friday night without incident, at a hotel in Dickson.

David Vaughn was wanted by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for aggravated burglary and theft over $1000 from an incident that occurred on January 9th. Vaughn is also the suspect of a vehicle theft in Indiana. In addition, he is wanted in connection with a home invasion and an assault on a law enforcement officer from Boone County, … Read More


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