Wilma Williams

Posted by | July 31, 2018 8:56 am

Wilma Williams, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Van Buren first graders become authors of book about TN history

Posted by | July 30, 2018 1:21 pm

As summer comes to an end for many local schools, Shawna Delon’s first graders gathered to take a look back at some of what they accomplished last year in class.

These first graders wanted to learn more about their home state of Tennessee, so they began their search for books about Tennessee on their grade level and higher. They quickly found there weren’t any books available about their state.

Learning about Tennessee is a large part of the new Common Core standards for first graders; therefore, the children took their iPads, gathered in groups, and shared information and background knowledge with each other. Then, they began the task … Read More


High school volleyball hits the court for the first playday of the year

Posted by | July 30, 2018 10:26 am

Warriorettes volleyball Coach Joni Simpson-Trivette works with the Warriorettes’ volleyball team Monday morning.

As official practice began for fall sports teams across the state this week, the White County High School volleyball team also got in their first scrimmages of the year at the Lady Raider playday, in Coffee County, on Thursday.

The Warriorettes played in three matches, on Thursday, but were only able to pick up wins in one. The Warriorettes’ junior varsity team would play in three matches and would pick up wins in all three and wouldn’t lose a set.

The Warriorettes would start off their day with a loss to Oakland in three sets (20-25,25-20, 14-16). However, the Warriorettes would turn things around and pick up a … Read More


Warriors fare well during their first scrimmage of season

Posted by | July 30, 2018 10:22 am

WCHS quarterback Sedryk Leftwich throws a pass in Friday’s scrimmage against Jackson County.

After getting in one full week of contact practice, the Warriors finally got to hit someone other than each other, as they traveled to Jackson County for their first scrimmage, on Friday morning.

The Warriors were finally glad to hit players in different colored jerseys, and that was evident when they hit the field. The defense was flying around, making lots of contact early and setting the tone for the scrimmages.

Since football ended last October, this was the first time the team got to play someone other than each other. After one week of working against each other, it was time for other teams to see how … Read More


WCHS golf splits with Cookeville in the opener

Posted by | July 30, 2018 10:11 am

Makenzie Morton tees off on hole number one on, Thursday afternoon. Morton was the low scorer for the Warriorettes with a 71.

Jarrett Glass tees off on hole number one, on Thursday afternoon. Glass was the low scorer for the Warriors with a 75.

The 2018 golf season officially got underway at White County High School, on Thursday, when the Warriors and Warriorettes took on district-powerhouse Cookeville for an 18-hole match at the Sparta Country Club.

The Warriorettes would pick up their first win of the season, on Thursday, with a seven-stroke victory over Cookeville. The Warriors, though, wouldn’t fare too well against Cookeville, falling by 33 strokes.… Read More


Young Lawyers Association helps provide school supplies

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:16 am

The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association hosted an inaugural event, on July 17, to provide backpacks and school supplies for foster children in the Upper Cumberland. They collected and donated 99 backpacks, along with school supplies, to the Department of Children’s Services for foster children in all counties of the Upper Cumberland. White County native and attorney Caroline Sapp Hudson said, “Our hope is to bring excitement and joy to children in the Upper Cumberland at the start of their school year.” This event was sponsored by The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, The Biz Foundry, and Save The Children. L-R: Russell Tribble, Caroline Sapp Hudson, Gordon Byars, … Read More


The determining factor is determination

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:14 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I imagine he had a hard time sleeping that night. As he reminisced in his mind, I wonder if he thought about his family. Did he worry about his aging father? Did a silent tear slip down his cheek as he remembered waving goodbye to his mother? Did his face turn crimson in the darkness as he replayed his shameful deceit? Did a bullet of fear strike his heart as he thought about his brother’s pledge to kill him?

Abraham had a son in his old age and named him Isaac. Isaac had twin sons, and one of those sons was named … Read More


Why miracles aren’t happening today

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:13 am

By Derrick Coble- West Sparta church of Christ

At some point, most every person has desired to see a miracle. For instance, when someone is nearing death, we might desire a miraculous recovery. When someone has died, we might want to see them miraculously brought back to life. Or, in making difficult decisions or determinations, miraculous knowledge/wisdom would be extremely desirable. At one time, God’s people were endowed with miracles like this: they could speak God’s will without studying (Mat. 10:19), cast out demons (Acts 8:7), speak in languages they never studied (1 Cor. 14:2,18), survive venomous snake bites (Acts 28:3-6), and miraculously heal others (Acts 3:1-7). Nonetheless, … Read More


Are Republicans becoming concerned about the mid-term elections?

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:10 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, Donald Trump told the audience, “This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically. But it’s all working out. Just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Then he went to his old standby of saying any news reports and reporters that don’t agree with him or question his policies, programs, statements, and tweets, are all “fake.”   There is a contradiction with his statement, because even when the so-called “fake news” broadcasts or writes about what he has actually said … Read More


Things that will make you say hmmm?

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:06 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

  • Why is it dangerous for Trump to press our NATO allies to pay their fair share, but not dangerous for them to not be spending on their military as they promised?
  • Why are we being bad allies to insist on fair trade, but they are not being bad allies to insist on taking advantage of us?
  • If President Obama caused our good economy, why wasn’t it good when he was president?
  • If business leaders so liked what President Obama did, why didn’t they cash out and sit it out when Donald Trump said he would do the exact opposite?
  • If Trump
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June unemployment rates increase in White County

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:03 am

The unemployment rate for White County jumped 1.3 percent in June, according to data released by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, from 3.5 percent to 4.4 percent. According to TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips this is not unusual for this time of year.

County unemployment rates, unlike statewide unemployment rates, are not seasonally adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations, such as yearly school closings.

“These increases in county unemployment rates are something we typically see in June,” said Phillips. “In fact, we have experienced this uptick every June since the state started keeping records, in 1976.”

Between May and June of this year, education service jobs, such … Read More


Joint Economic and Community Development Board discusses road work and delays

Posted by | July 30, 2018 8:42 am

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board met July 6 to discuss the status of White County’s economic health.

City Administrator Chris Dorsey explained the state is working on the streets of Sparta. He stressed it was not the City of Sparta who has initiated the project but rather the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Dorsey explained one of the problems that is happening is when they dig up the street, they dig up the traffic signal mechanisms.

“Until they come back and fix them, all of the signals are timed,” said Dorsey. “If you are wondering why, when you go by Hardee’s, and you are sitting at the … Read More


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