Payless Family Pharmacy wins Competitive Tee Ball League

Posted by | June 11, 2018 9:23 am

A Payless Family Pharmacy player looks to round first base in the final inning of their game, on Friday night.

Payless put the finishing touches on their undefeated season, on Friday night, with a 13-8 win over KFC.

Payless would jump out to an early 5-2 lead at the end of the first inning. In the top of the second inning, KFC would tie the game up at 5-5, but Payless would answer in their half of the inning, scoring five more runs to take a 10-5 lead. Payless would respond in the third inning with three more runs to make it 10-8. However, Payless would put the … Read More


Sonic holds on late to win girls’ 7-10 Minor League

Posted by | June 11, 2018 9:20 am

Lilly Parker hits the ball down the third baseline in Friday night’s championship game.

Keely Cunningham get a hit in Friday night’s championship game.

On Friday night, the first year of the Girls 7-10 Minor League division came to a close. The championship game saw top seed Sonic take on number three seed Ben Lomand.

The game was close throughout. Sonic would take an early 1-0 lead, with Taylor McDonald scoring the first run of the game. Sonic would extend their lead in the second inning to 3-0 when Sara Phillips and Ava Sparkman would both score. Ben Lomand would cut into the Sonic lead in the third … Read More


Sonic wraps up perfect season with win in girls’ senior division

Posted by | June 11, 2018 9:16 am

Sydney Sergio makes a pitch in Friday night’s championship game.

Ashlynn Phillips throws a pitch in Friday night’s championship game. Phillips helped propel Sonic to a championship win on Friday night.

Friday night was championship night at the Smithville fields. In the girls’ senior division, it came down to the final inning to decide the winner. However, Sonic would sweep both the regular season and tournament championships in the division. Sonic would win the championship game over Calfkiller Brewing Company 5-4.

The championship game was close throughout, with neither team able to break the scoreless tie until the third inning when Sonic would get on the board. Abigayle, … Read More


Sparks Transmission team wins Senior Boys’ Championship

Posted by | June 11, 2018 9:12 am

Colin Price makes a pitch in Friday night’s championship game.

The Sparta Little League Senior 11-12 boys’ league put their finishing touches on the 2018 season, with the championship night, on Friday.

The championship game was played at the Smithville fields. Sparks Transmission fell behind early but was able to battle their way back for a 14-4 win over Tri State Distribution.

Tri State would jump out to an early 4-0 lead after the first half of the inning. However, Sparks would quickly answer back with four runs of their own to tie the game up at 4-4. Sparks would then take control of the game in the second inning and never look back.

Sparks would score three … Read More


White County High School Hall of Fame opens for nominations

Posted by | June 11, 2018 9:10 am

The White County High School Hall of Fame committee has officially opened up the Hall of Fame for nominations.

The purpose of the White County High School Athletic Hall of fame is to recognize and honor those WCHS athletes, coaches, and administrators who excelled in their respective sports or coaching/support roles and who helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction, and excellence to White County High School by their conduct both on and off the field or court of competition. This recognition will help maintain the spirit, pride, and sense of community, as well as serving as a historical account of the great athletic traditions of White County High … Read More


American Legion’s new officers

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:51 am

American Legion Post #99 installed new officers for 2018-2019, on June 5, 2018. L-R: Walter Buttrum, chaplain; Larry Officer, finance officer; Bob Carlsen, 2nd vice commander; Elizabeth McDonald, vice commander; Mark Tylka, commander; James Ray, past commander; not pictured, Matthew Elmore, Veterans Service Officer.


Becoming a lion chaser

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:49 am

By Steve Qualls- Christpoint Church

Father’s Day is quickly approaching. The stores will be full of shoppers looking for something they can buy their dad this year. The good folks in America will spend over $13 billion this year for their fathers a gift. But as a side note, we still fall way short of the over $23 billion spent on Mom last month. But this article today is not for the gift giver, it’s for the father. Consider this a challenge and an opportunity to become a lion chaser in your relationship with your children. Let me say this to preface the following – “Fathers, you are … Read More


Salvation in the oldest church in the world

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:47 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Jesus is the cornerstone of the church (Acts 4:10,11), and each person who obeys Him has been built upon Him as a living stone (1 Pet. 2:5). Jesus established His church in AD 33 and died for it (Mat. 16:18; Acts 20:28). There was no church in existence before this time. So, when it was established on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), Jesus’ church became the first and oldest church of any in existence today. In fact, it is the only one you read about in the scriptures in which people are saved. There was no such thing … Read More


Calling all conservatives to take a stand and be counted in primaries

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:46 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

After every primary election, I have people tell me, “You Republicans didn’t give us much to vote for.”

I always wonder why it is these folks feel it is “our” job to elect a conservative candidate for them to support. If they are conservatives, why were they not part of the primary process? And why is it so many times the Republican Party chooses such a liberal candidate? The answers are not difficult to understand, if you look at the numbers inside the politics.

In any given primary election, there are many forces at work. In the Republican Party, our primary … Read More


Does non-voting public have impact on the way government operates?

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:43 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Since the 1932 presidential election, until 2016’s election, we have seen only four years when the number of voters who turned out to elect or re-elect a president of the United States of America hit over 60 percent. Those years were 1952, 1960, 1964, and 1968. In 1996, the percentage of voters hit an all-time low of only 49 percent. In the other 17 years, the average percentage of people who voted was 51.7 percent. I have to admit, that I was rather shocked by these numbers that I found on different websites, but Wikipedia had the most concise graph showing the … Read More


Smile Power Week begins June 11

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:41 am

Dental hygienist Barbie Lawson works on patient Matthew Wilson to ensure good dental health throughout his youth and into adulthood.

Oral health does not just consist of a fabulous smile; one’s mouth is the top indicator to someone’s overall bodily health. It is with the concern for the health of Tennesseans that Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed June 11-15, 2018, as Tennessee Oral Health Smile Power Week.

According to a research report released by the Commonwealth Fund, 13 percent of adults, in Tennessee, between the ages of 18 and 64 have lost six or more teeth because of decay and disease. Because of this statistic, Tennessee has been ranked 39th in a national study on tooth loss and gum disease.

“This data represents a five-point decrease in the … Read More


National Nursing Assistants Week kicks off June 14

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:38 am

Carrie Gesing, former certified nursing assistant who is now a nurse, says the work is rewarding but requires true dedication.

This, like so many other important jobs, goes unrecognized. Most people could say what the duties of a nurse are, but how about a nursing assistant? One sometimes conjures up unpleasant images of a nursing assistant, but, according to former nursing assistant Carrie Gesing, it is a job that one should be proud of, and it is not for everyone.

“You know what they do?” asks Gesing. “They get water; they hug people; they talk to families. The nurses have to do so much paperwork now that it’s … Read More


Native American tribes ask for boundary map

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:35 am

The walking bridge project near the old city cemetery has been temporarily delayed until the City of Sparta receives approval from local Native American tribes.

During the June 7, 2018, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Dillard Quick, public works director, explained the progress with the walking bridge near South Carter Street Park. He explained the public works department was ready to start on the project, but they are waiting on the approval from local Native American tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, who has asked for a boundary map from the city explaining the revised design. According to Chris Dorsey, city administrator, the public works department … Read More


“Libraries Rock!” summer reading program in progress

Posted by | June 11, 2018 8:33 am

Two hundred eighty one children showed up at the First United Methodist Church, at 23 N. Church St. in Sparta, on June 7, to join The Blue Buccaneers for singing pirate songs and reading.

“Libraries Rock!” summer reading programs will take place at 10 a.m., every Thursday, through the end of July, at the same location mentioned above. The schedule is as follows:

  • June 14-Jeff Robbins Mountain Music
  • June 21-WCPL Puppet Show
  • June 28-Hampstead Stage Company
  • July 5-NHECM Animals
  • July 12-Farmer Jason
  • July 19-Making Waves: The science of sound
  • July 26-Water fun day

Each event will be followed by a free lunch for all youth 18 and under, … Read More


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