James Lester “Jim” Horton

Posted by | November 13, 2018 6:00 am

James Lester “Jim” Horton, 66 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 11, 2018, at his sister’s residence.

Mr. Horton was born Sept. 26, 1952, in Sparta, to Herman Horton and Viola Briggs Horton.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m., Nov. 15 at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tennessee state parks host free hikes the day after Thanksgiving

Posted by | November 12, 2018 12:01 pm

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 23.

“Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving to engage in healthy, fun activities,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It’s a chance to explore the state parks with loved ones around the holidays, with skilled rangers leading the way.”

Hikes for all ages and abilities will be hosted at state parks from Memphis to Johnson City, including easy, peaceful strolls and rugged excursions. Each hike will be led by an experienced … Read More


2018-19 gun hunting season for deer opens Nov. 17

Posted by | November 12, 2018 11:15 am

Tennessee’s 2018-19 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 17. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through Jan. 6, 2019. The second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 12-13.

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.

For more information about Tennessee’s 2018-19 deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting … Read More


WoodmenLife makes donations

Posted by | November 12, 2018 10:03 am

WoodmenLife Representative Tim Bumbalough recently attended the Union Baptist Association’s annual meeting. During the business session, Bumbalough donated a new 4×6 American flag on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 1110 to the host church, Pistole Baptist. Shown accepting the flag is Clint Walker, pastor of Pistole Baptist Church.

WoodmenLife Chapter 1110 recently donated $250 to White County High School basketball. Shown accepting the check is Kendreah Reeves and Jenna Matthews of the girls’ team.


WCMS sixth grade team picks up two more wins

Posted by | November 12, 2018 9:00 am

Gage Stephenson drives to the basket. Stephenson led the Warriors with 15 points in their win, on Thursday night.

The White County Middle School sixth grade basketball team traveled to DeKalb County Middle School, on Nov. 8. Both the Warriors and Warriorettes were able to head back to Sparta win another win under their belts.

The Warriorettes got the night rolling with a 31-20 win, and the Warriors would follow suit, picking up the 33-16 win.

In the first game of the night, the Warriors and Saints both struggled in the first quarter to get their offenses going, but the Warriorettes would lead 2-0 at the end of … Read More


Eighth grade teams sweep Harris

Posted by | November 12, 2018 8:58 am

Thomas Brock led takes a 3 in a game from earlier this season. Brock helped the Warriors pick up a CTC conference win, on Thursday night, scoring 12 points in the win.

The White County Middle School eighth grade basketball teams traveled to Shelbyville, on Nov. 8, and picked up two more Central Tennessee Conference wins over Harris Middle School.

The Warriorettes opened up the night picking up a 32-15 win, and the Warriors would follow suit with the 41-34 win.

The Warriorettes would open up the night with some great defense, holding the home team scoreless and led Harris 8-0 at the end of the first quarter. … Read More


High school basketball season tips off Tuesday for White and Van Buren

Posted by | November 12, 2018 8:56 am

White County High School seniors

Van Buren County High School seniors

It’s time for high school basketball teams across the state of Tennessee to get down to business.

Preseason practices, scrimmages, and playdays are officially over. When Tuesday night rolls around, both White County High School and Van Buren County High School will tip off their 2018-19 campaigns in the friendly confines of their gymnasiums. Then both teams will play their second game on the road.

WCHS welcomes Siegel High School to Sparta, on Nov. 13, for their first game. This matchup will be the first time these two teams have faced off since both were in District … Read More


His whole life was a million-to-one shot

Posted by | November 12, 2018 7:03 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

His whole life was a million-to-one shot. He grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, just another bum from the neighborhood. He spent his days as the strong arm for a shady loan shark and his nights moonlighting as an amateur boxer. His world had cracks running through it that he didn’t know how to fill. He needed someone to love and something to live for. His name was unknown, and his world was one of those that needed gaps filled.

In 1976 a movie was released with a simple one-word title, “Rocky.” From that one movie became a franchise … Read More


BonDeCroft Head Start hosts Fall Family Fun Day

Posted by | November 12, 2018 7:01 am

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On Oct. 31, the staff, children, and families of BonDeCroft Head Start enjoyed Fall Family Fun Day. The children came dressed in their favorite character. The children’s families helped with fall activities such as decorating a paper bag pumpkin, finding treasure, photo booth, and pumpkin toss. Staff, family and children enjoyed a picnic lunch of ham and cheese sub sandwiches. BonDeCroft LBJ&C Head Start Center is always taking applications for enrollment. If you would like more information on how to apply please call (931) 935-8420.


What are we doing to create common ground and nourish the founding truths of our country?

Posted by | November 12, 2018 6:49 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I don’t know if you have heard this, but, of late, I have heard from a number of different people ask the question, “What do the American people have in common?” I think it is a serious question and one that deserves of few minutes of time and thought. What DO we all have in common?

When I think of basic societal questions like these, I tend to look backward. It was not so long ago when we did all seem to have a lot in common. I remember, as a kid, it seemed like everyone knew a little bit of … Read More


Democrats maybe disappointed, but we certainly aren’t discouraged

Posted by | November 12, 2018 6:48 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I think I can speak for most of Tennessee’s Democrats when I say “thank you” to all the Democratic candidates who put a majority of their lives on hold in order to run for office on the local, state and federal levels. You took on a difficult task in a very “red” state and fought hard to represent ALL the people, in Tennessee, even the ones who support Donald Trump. You brought strangers together for a common cause and helped us realize we were not alone. By banding together with like-thinkers, we knew we could make a difference. All of you have … Read More


White County students receive hands-on experience

Posted by | November 12, 2018 6:47 am

White County High School’s veterinary science, health science, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes used ultrasound technology in an integration project at the agricultural facility on campus. Students identified at least six puppies in this catahoula leopard dog. Teachers are Kim Eller/STEM, Judy Guth/health science, and Kyler Moore/veterinary science.


Humane Society helps with spay and neuter efforts

Posted by | November 12, 2018 6:43 am

Molly comforts animals going to clinic.

According to calculatethis.com, the average adult cat can have three litters of kittens per year, with the litter averaging about 10-12 kittens. Within those litters, about half of them turn out to be female.

The website wideopenpets.com has reported that an adult dog can have up to three litters of puppies per year as well, with an average of seven puppies in the litter. They report that one female dog and her puppies can theoretically have 67,000 puppies in six years.

These numbers are staggering and is the reasoning behind the White County Humane Society’s initiative to have pets and strays spayed or neutered. They offer financial help … Read More


YMCA brings back popular class for senior population

Posted by | November 12, 2018 6:41 am

Noryne Lockwood (left) is shown with Enhanced Fitness instructor Megan Blaylock who help teach seniors how to maintain their mobility.

Sparta-White County YMCA has decided to bring back the Enhanced Fitness class for seniors. This class is specifically designed for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis.

The YMCA states this class fosters strong social relationships between participants.

Noryne Lockwood, a member of the YMCA who has participated in the class, Silver Sneakers, and will now be taking the Enhanced Fitness class, stated she enjoys both of the classes, and this is a great way for her to get exercises in that she wouldn’t normally do at home alone.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in the senior exercising programs offered here at the Sparta ‘Y’ and know they have … Read More


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