Bro. James Clinton Wright

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:56 pm

Bro. James Clinton Wright, 81, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at his home, in Walling.

Bro. Wright was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Warren County, to Creed Wright and Alberta Peach Williamson Wright.

He was a member of New Hope The Baptist Church. Bro. Wright was ordained to preach the gospel, in April 1969, and served as pastor at New Hope Church for 33 years. He was also the pastor at several other churches in the area. Bro. Wright preached several revivals all over Tennessee. He retired from Century Electric Company after 30 years of service.

Bro. Wright was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, … Read More


Margaret Carol Carter Mounts

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:47 pm

Margaret “Peg” Carter Mounts, 72, of Sparta, formerly of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Mounts was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Sparta, to Nathan M. Carter and Genevra Crowder Carter.

She spent most of her adult life in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area having taught in several schools in Allegheny County for 33 years.

Mrs. Mounts was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, the Rev. Bruce Mounts.

Survivors include her aunts, Mary Crowder England, of Sparta, Lou Hutson Crowder, of Crossville, Marie Moore Crowder, of Detroit, Michigan; and cousins and caretakers, Will (Renee) England, of Sparta, … Read More


Lester Wayne Cunningham

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:41 pm

Lester Wayne Cunningham, 71, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Cunningham was born Dec. 31, 1946, in White County, to Lester Franklin Cunningham and Betty Reba Steele Cunningham.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kevin Brian Cunningham; a sister, Sue Caldwell; and a brother, Tommy Cunningham.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Bethena Young Cunningham, of Sparta; sons, Matthew Cunningham, Lester Wayne “Boss” Cunningham, Ted Gilkey, Carlos Young; daughters, April Faye, Leona Gribble, Christy Gibson; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce (John) Young, June (Rick) Young, Wanda (Don) Youngblood; and several nieces, nephews, and … Read More


Hubert Franklin Wilkins

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:36 pm

Hubert Franklin Wilkins, 58, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

Mr. Wilkins was born July 30, 1960, in White County.

He was a factory employee at Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his father, Joe Ben Wilkins; grandparents, Ben and Emma Wilkins, Arvil and Nora Lee Gambrell; brother, Lloyd Eugene Wilkins; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his two daughters, Brittney Wilkins Young and husband Bruce, of Sparta, Whitney Marie Wilkins Goines and husband Randy, of Sparta; six grandchildren, Paislee Young, Harper Young, Wyatt Young, Carli Goines, Zoey Goines, Charles Goines; mother, Polly Marie Gambrell Wilkins, of Sparta; … Read More


Emma Jean Elrod Copeland

Posted by | October 9, 2018 2:28 pm

On Oct. 7, 2018, Emma Jean Elrod Copeland joined her late mother and father, Ray and Emma Elrod, as well as her husband of 46 years, David Bradley Copeland, in heaven to worship and praise her King Jesus.

Mrs. Emma Jean was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Sparta, Tennessee, and she lived as a God-fearing daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

During her life on earth, Emma Jean influenced so many family members, friends, and even strangers through her love for Christ, her radiant smile and laughter, as well as her beautiful music played on the piano. Not only were kids and students taught how to play the … Read More


BPC Corporation acquires CFG Bancshares Inc.

Posted by | October 9, 2018 1:45 pm

BPC Corporation, parent company of Bank of Putnam County located in Cookeville, Tennessee, announces the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire CFB Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Citizens First Bank, Wartburg, Tennessee. The parties expect to complete the merger at year-end. CFB will continue to operate as a separate bank under the BPC holding company for a time until it can be merged into our banking operations.

“This addition to our banking family will bring us new branch offices in Wartburg, Oliver Springs, Oneida, Harriman, and Oak Ridge,” said Jack Ray, BPC chairman of the board. “These markets bring us a wonderful opportunity to expand our … Read More




WCHS volleyball season ends

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:27 am

Hannah Kate Sims goes up for a spike against Warren County in the District Tournament last week. Sims was named to the All-District 6AAA second team and the All Tournament team.

The White County High School volleyball season came to an early end in the play-in game of the District 6AAA tournament, which was being held at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriorettes finished fifth in the regular season and had to take on the fourth-seeded Warren County Lady Pioneers in last Monday’s play-in game. The two had split their regular-season meetings, and the play-in game went down to the wire.

Warren County would jump out to an early 1-0 lead, winning the first set 25-13. The Warriorettes would battle back to win the next two games 25-18 and 25-22 to bring them one game away from moving on in … Read More


Warriors struggle against Patriots

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:23 am

Kade Clark runs the ball up the field after pulling in a reception against Page, on Friday night. (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The Warriors were trying to make a statement, on Friday night, when they traveled to Franklin to take on the eighth-ranked Class 5A team. However, the Patriots used their balanced attack to take down the Warriors by a final score of 55-7.

The Warriors fell behind early and were never able to recover. The Patriots would jump out to an early 35-0 lead by the half. In the second half, the Warriors would score their only touchdown of the game, but the Patriots would add three more scores to pick up the win.

The Patriots would open up the game with the ball first. The Patriots would drive … Read More


The lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:16 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Have you ever been out in a field alone and heard the roar of a lion? Yeah, me neither. Since we don’t have lions lurking about in Middle Tennessee, it’s just simply not likely to happen. But think about the lion’s strategy when he’s on the prowl. He pierces the calm with a curdling roar that strikes fear into the herd. They begin to scatter and the weakest is chased down in the confusion to become the next meal for the lion.

The lion has one agenda and one only – to devour. He will use tactics that are fair and unfair … Read More


A wicked good time is promised at the Howl-O-Wine ‘n Wags

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:15 am

By Rachel Robinson

Friends of White County Animals in Partnership with Northfield Vineyards holds the 3rd Annual Wine ‘n Wags

SPECIAL REPORT – JUST IN THE HOWL-O-WINE NEWSROOM: There have been some witches busily working their “Witchcraft.” But we’ve “Been Howlin’ For You” to have a good time so we caught them in the act. Don’t let them spread their “Witchy Woman” ways so check your return addresses printed on the invitation and rsvp card envelopes. Please correct the P.O. Box No. to read FWCA P.O. Box 6231. Because of the “Bad Things” that have happened we will do a “Zombie Dance” and extend the rsvp date to … Read More


Is it ever acceptable to lie?

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:12 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

According to the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness against your neighbor is wrong. Most of us consider that particular commandment to include lying in general is wrong, and, in some religions, it is considered a sin. Depending on the severity of the lie, it may rank as a minor sin or it could be an “Oh, you’re going straight to hell” sin.

I believe every single human being has lied. It is human nature. You lie to protect yourself. You lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. We’ve all done it, and, if you say you’ve never lied in your life, you are … Read More


Remembering my special friend

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:10 am

S. Ed Wood

In memoriam – S. Ed Wood

Donald S. Holman – Written on Oct, 20, 2015

I first met Ed in 2000. Newly moved back to Sparta, my brother Paul and I were busy remodeling a building on Bockman Way we intending to use for our office and residence. Tall, with a shock of white hair and blue eyes, Ed showed up, casually introduced himself, and chatted for a while. It was only on his second visit that I realized he had come with a purpose. He was recruiting for a new chairman for the White County Republican Party. Long story short, I accepted and thereby … Read More


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