Homecoming and decoration

Posted by | June 13, 2018 7:00 am

Sunday, June 17

Who: Copeland Chapel Church

What: Homecoming and decoration (Singing by The Copeland Sisters and preaching by Bro. Marvin Dan Horton)

When: 10 a.m. (covered dish lunch at noon)

Where: Church


Lighthouse VBS

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:58 am

Saturday, June 16

Who: Lighthouse Church

What: Vacation Bible School

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 7450 Old Kentucky Rd.


James Harold Johnson III

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:39 am

Funeral service information updated June 13, 2018

James Harold Johnson III, 30, of Pulaski, transitioned to his forever home, on June 7, 2018.

James was born May 18, 1988, in Sparta, to James “Jimmy-J” Harold Johnson Jr. and Stephanie Schiotis Johnson.

He was full of life and always had a smile, no matter the situation. He had a great passion for music and writing. He often wrote about his family, whom he loved very much. He was an avid gamer and loved spending time with his friends. But most important to him were his daughters who were a treasure to him.

He was preceded in death by his … Read More


James Harold Johnson Jr.

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:38 am

Funeral service information updated June 13, 2018

James “Jimmy-J” Harold Johnson Jr., 57, of Sparta, transitioned to his forever home, on June 5, 2018 – a celebration of life for the kindest and sweetest man we have ever known!

Jimmy was born Dec. 21, 1960, in Sparta, to James Harold Johnson and Betty Davis Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Harold Johnson Sr., and his precious wife, Stephanie Schiotis Johnson, on March 10, 2015.

Jimmy was loved by everyone he encountered. He never knew a stranger. He recently lost his sweet Stefy and was never “home” anywhere since she left, until now. He loved … Read More


Cathie Johnson

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:30 am

Cathie Johnson, 78, of the Hickory Valley community, of White County, passed away June 12, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jerrell Ray Kirby

Posted by | June 13, 2018 6:27 am

Jerrell Ray Kirby, 91, of Sparta, passed away June 10, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Kirby was born May 19, 1927, in Sparta, to Arlis Lee Kirby and Lily Etreal Moore Kirby.

He had a vast work career that included owning an auto salvage yard, along with a wrecker service. For many years, he owned U.S. Assembly where he traveled around the country putting bicycles together for Service Merchandise, and later he delivered school buses for Blue Bird Bus Company. His hobby was work, but he did enjoy fishing and traveling. Mr. Kirby served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.

Survivors … Read More


WCHS Class of 1973 reunion

Posted by | June 12, 2018 1:43 pm

The 45-year Class of 1973 Reunion will be held 6-10:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at Historic Duck Pond Manor, 665 Duck Pond Rd., in Sparta. Most classmates received an invitation, in April, and there was a great response of more than 80. The registration deadline passed but is now extended to July 14. We would like to encourage your attendance. If you were in this class and did not receive an invitation, the committee would like to apologize. The payment covers appetizers, one three-course meal, recognitions, games, and door prizes. Please mail the $25 payment to Kay Stewart Prater, 7847 Old Smithville Highway, Sparta, Tennessee 38583. If you


WCHS teacher honored at Tech’s Teacher Appreciation Awards

Posted by | June 12, 2018 1:15 pm

Award. Janice McFerrin (left), of White County High School, is presented with a High School Educator Award by Tennessee Tech’s College of Education Associate Dean Julie Baker (right).

Tennessee Tech University’s College of Education recently held receptions recognizing outstanding Tennessee educators working in partnership with the college and its candidates in practicum and residency programs. The events also highlighted future educators at the graduate and undergraduate level.

White County’s Janice McFerrin, teacher at White County High School, was honored as the High School Educator Award winner.

“Our students have access to and benefit from the experiences and examples set by the dedicated educators working across Tennessee,” said Lisa Zagumny, College of Education Dean. “Only through such partnerships can the college prepare future educators and impact the state’s P-12 students.”

Nominations for current educators were accepted from … Read More


Victoria Lucinda “Cinde” Hill

Posted by | June 12, 2018 12:29 pm

Victoria Lucinda “Cinde” Hill, 49, of Greensboro, North Carolina, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 10, 2018, in North Carolina.

Ms. Hill was born May 12, 1969, in Huntsville, Alabama, to George Alan Hill and Marian Jean Bumbalough Hill.

She was a former daycare provider, taking care of children.

Survivors include her father, George Hill; brothers, Robert G. Hill, Alan W. Hill, Derrick Hill; sister, Dawn (Jim) Kilcullen; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 14, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Taylor’s Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 14, at the funeral home. Jim … Read More


David Wayne Wallace

Posted by | June 12, 2018 6:55 am

“Ranger Dave” David Wayne Wallace, described as a ladies’ man, animal lover, nature enthusiast, philosopher, guru of knowledge and influence of leaders past, present, and future entered eternal life at his home, in Sparta, on June 9, 2018.

“Danger Rave,” as he was also affectionately known, started his journey on this earth, on Dec. 18, 1946, shortly after the end of World War II. This generation has affectionately become known as the “Baby Boomers.” While David may have been short in stature, his booming personality more than compensated. Shy, reserved, introverted, and not opinionated were all words used to describe this towering personality – said no one ever.… Read More


Farmer’s Market is open

Posted by | June 12, 2018 6:37 am

The Sparta/White County Farmer’s Market is now open for business at Metcalf Park, in Sparta. The market will be open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday throughout the growing season. Most vendors are in place early in the morning and stay until their produce is sold out, so buyers need to get there early for best selections. The market is typically open from 6 a.m-noon. Metcalf Park is located downtown off South Church Street, just behind the UT Extension office.

Most fruit and vegetable producers report a later than usual crop harvest for this spring, but are now ready to come to market. All local gardeners are encouraged to … Read More



Doyle College research project

Posted by | June 11, 2018 12:30 pm

By Landon D. Medley

Need help in identifying the founding fathers of Doyle College. In November 1883, a group of men meet at the Greenwood Baptist Church. A charter was granted in 1884. The college charter listed the following names: William Huff, John Stewart, Benjamin Gist, H. B. Ward, William White, Arthur L. Parker, William E. Garner, Charles M. Rutledge, J. M. Clendenen, E. Jarvis, George W. Doyle, P. H. Tibbs, James Bellar, P. H. Moore, A. H. Woodlee, Joe A. Doyle, James K. Womack, David F. Wallace, Stokley D. Johnson, and William White.  I do not know if the people of White County realize how important Doyle … Read More



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