Cookeville Regional recognizes National Donate Life Month

Posted by | April 8, 2019 8:18 am

Cookeville Regional Medical Center honored those who have given and received organ and tissue donations at a special flag raising ceremony held on April 1 at the medical center.

The month of April is Donate Life Month, the medical center and recipients as well as donor families gathered together to hear from CRMC leadership, Tennessee Donor Services and listen to the story of an actual donor recipient, Dennis Snider, of Sevierville, Tenn., who received a double lung transplant.

“This is a time to stop, reflect and recognize those who have given life as well as received it,” said Scott Lethi, Chief Nursing Officer at Cookeville Regional. “We raise … Read More


What are we seeing in the current political landscape?

Posted by | April 8, 2019 8:02 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

So, we find ourselves finally at an end with the over two-year-long nightmare of “Russian collusion” and “obstruction of justice.” Oh, I don’t mean to say there aren’t a few crackpots giving new meaning to the term “bitter clingers.” It’s rather that all the voters that really will matter in the 2020 election – Independents, conservative Democrats and Republicans – are done with these charges. Many were done with them long ago, but at last it has been made official. So, what the, does our political landscape look like heading into 2020?

The field of Democrats wanting to run for the … Read More


If Tennesseans are so “pro-life” why don’t they seem to care about the children after they are born?

Posted by | April 8, 2019 8:01 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

This question has haunted me for a very long time.  In the last couple of years, as I have watched elections and legislation happening in this state, I asked that same question more and more.  Three of the reasons I have trouble understanding the intricacies of the pro-life movement are regarding the education, health care, and poverty of our children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Baltimore, has provided grants for various federal agencies, states, counties, and cities while working with organizations such as, “Kids Count Data Book.”  In 2018 the foundation and Kids Count Data Book published … Read More


What more can he say?

Posted by | April 8, 2019 7:59 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

We just slipped through April 1, which is the national day of acceptable lying. It’s the day you get to drop a bomb on your friends and family and later reveal and fully disclose it was all just a joke. But there are times when someone may drop a bomb on you for real. “Surprise, I’m pregnant” or “we’re moving across country.” And, of course, “we’re getting married.” Some stories, whether we like it or not, have a bomb at the beginning.

Jesus did that very thing in the upper room, on Thursday night, during his last few days on earth. He … Read More


Teenager says never lose hope

Posted by | April 8, 2019 7:57 am

Kylie Young, who once lived in Sparta and makes regular visits to see her grandparents who still reside in White County, is happy to be back at school, in Murfreesboro, after her chemo treatments for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

This story is one of several that will be featured leading up to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which will be May 11, 2019, at Metcalf Park, in downtown Sparta. For more information, call Roxanna Hitchcock, (931) 808-2852.

By Rachel Auberger

Kylie Young loves her friends, family, and being part of her high school’s color guard, but a few years ago hanging out with friends and even attending … Read More


25th Annual Bon Air Mountain History Fair is set for May 5

Posted by | April 8, 2019 7:54 am

By Rachel Auberger

The Bon Air Mountain Historical Society is hosting a history fair, featuring bus tours of the DeRossett and Ravenscroft communities as well as the Glade Creek Cemetery, along with exhibits and demonstrations, for the 25th time.

Twenty-five years ago, three educators wanted to teach students at BonDeCroft Elementary about the history of the community in which they live. Janie Cowan (Winningham), Sherry Pack, and Linda Mackie, along with then-principal Sue Carmichael, dissected the book, Mining on the Mountain, by Betty Sparks Huehls. The teachers worked hard to prepare a week-long history event that included studying photographs, guest speakers, demonstrations about life in the coal mine … Read More


Sparta city board approves taking applications to fill position of chief

Posted by | April 8, 2019 7:49 am

By Ron Moses

City officials are making plans to fill a critical position that will soon be vacated with the retirement of Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth.

The urgency of replacing the outgoing police chief was in the forefront of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s agenda April 4. They voted unanimously to approve the solicitation of applications for the position as soon as possible.

Mayor Jeff Young lauded Guth’s work.

“Chief Guth has served the City of Sparta very well,” said Young. “He has worked really hard to serve our community well. It is my recommendation to the board that we open up and start taking … Read More


John Pelphrey named Tennessee Tech men’s basketball head coach

Posted by | April 6, 2019 1:04 pm

Photo by Ben Goff, NWA Democrat-Gazette

By Tennessee Tech Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Following an extensive national search, Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham and Director of Athletics Mark Wilson announced today the hiring of John Pelphrey as the 13th men’s basketball coach in Golden Eagle history.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be at Tennessee Tech,” Pelphrey expressed. “My family and I, and our staff, were looking for a place where we could go and learn, lead and take on challenges in college basketball. We’re very appreciative of Mark Wilson and his pursuit of us. We have complete confidence and trust in him. We love the alignment between him and President … Read More


TTA members discuss rural broadband with legislators

Posted by | April 6, 2019 7:55 am

Leaders from Tennessee’s cooperative and independent telcos met with Sen. Paul Bailey, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, who sponsored bill SB1458. The bill addresses a tax change that would hinder fiber installation to parts of Tennessee that need it most.

Rural broadband leaders from the TTA met with members of the Tennessee Assembly in Nashville Tuesday to discuss the progress being made in advancing broadband connectivity in rural Tennessee.

The annual Day on the Hill started with a breakfast during which TTA members answered questions from state officials and shared the rural broadband story. Lawmakers witnessed a presentation of how optical fiber, a key to expanding broadband in rural Tennessee, is spliced together during a network build.

Representatives from TTA met with Sen. Paul Bailey, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, to discuss a bill he is sponsoring. SB1458, seeks to clarify a tax change that … Read More



Tech celebrates Day on the Hill promoting Rural Reimagined

Posted by | April 6, 2019 7:35 am

Meeting. Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham (right) meets with Senator Paul Bailey during Tennessee Tech Day on the Hill at the state capitol.

State leaders learned more about Tennessee Tech University’s Rural Reimagined Grand Challenge, an initiative that will accelerate rural innovation and collaboration across the state, at the recent Tennessee Tech Day on the Hill at the state capitol.

Tennessee Tech representatives carried the message of the grand challenge, which is an effort with ambitious but achievable goals that harnesses the capabilities of a campus while inspiring imaginations.

Rural Reimagined focuses on developing and supporting success throughout rural areas in Tennessee that can be replicated to help rural areas throughout the country and the world.

Tech President Phil Oldham shared his excitement for the work that was led by faculty … Read More


Ongoing McMinnville murder investigation nets second arrest

Posted by | April 6, 2019 7:28 am

James Wells

A joint investigation with Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the McMinnville Police Department and the 31st District Attorney General’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a second person charged in a January homicide.

On Jan. 12, 2019, at the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, Agents and investigators began investigating a shooting that occurred on Lind Street, in McMinnville. Darius Michael Bishop (DOB 01/03/1986) was at home with several other people when two masked men forced their way through the front door. Bishop confronted the men and was shot. He was transported to an area hospital where … Read More


National Service Recognition Day

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:05 pm

L-R: FGP Director Cheryl Pack , White County Ccoordinator Jo O’Neal, White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, RSVP director Amy Jo Mobley, Maggie McCloud, Sparta Mayor Jeff Young, and Barbara Cunningham.

Mayor Jeff Young and White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson met with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program on April 2, 2019, in honor of National Service Recognition Day, formerly known as Mayor’s Day.

Young and Robinson recognized RSVP and FGP directors, coordinators, and volunteers for the services they have provided to the community throughout the year.

RSVP volunteers provide entertainment for those in nursing homes, meals and transportation, companionship by calling-on and visiting shut-ins, and solutions for other needs of the senior citizens.

The Foster Grandparent Program works with children with exceptional needs with one-on-one aid at BonDeCroft Elementary School and Sparta Head Start.… Read More


Flag raising events honor Erlanger’s 36 organ donors in 2018

Posted by | April 5, 2019 1:58 pm

Erlanger Health System, Tennessee Donor Services and LifeShare of the Carolinas representatives as well as organ donor families and recipients raised the “Donate Life” flag at Erlanger Western Carolina, Bledsoe, East, North and Baroness Hospitals to recognize and honor 36 Erlanger patients who gave the ultimate gift of life as organ donors in 2018. Thanks to the organ donations of these 36 individuals, 130 lives were saved last year.

Erlanger Health System joins thousands of hospitals and organizations across the nation by flying the flag in recognition of Donor Awareness Month and in honor of the uncountable lives touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.

Guest speakers include:… Read More


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