Playing the black card

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:19 am

Language of Liberty – By Candace Owens for Prager University

You’ve heard about the black card, right?

No—not the one from Visa or American Express. This one is much more valuable. There are entire organizations that have been built upon it. And individuals that have used it to acquire both wealth and influence.

If this sounds like something you might wish to own, you should know that there is only one way you can get your hands on it: you have to be born with black skin.

That’s the only requirement. Really.

You can be poor, middle class, or rich—it doesn’t matter. The black card will still confer … Read More


Giving it all you’ve got

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:15 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

In Ecclesiastes 9:11, the “preacher” says, “Whatever you do, give it all you got.” At least that’s my paraphrase of “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Furthermore, I would add, “Whatever your hands – and feet – find to do, give it your very best shot!”

Katie Grace is so stinking cute. She certainly puts herself into whatever she does. Our daily phone conversations with her brighten the darkest day. The week before her dance recital, we were in Williamsburg, and every day she asked, with great enthusiasm, “Nahnee, are you and Papa coming today?”

“No, Katie … Read More


History program about War Between the States presented at BonDeCroft

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:13 am

Presenting a living history program at BonDeCroft Elementary School recently were members of Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Myers-Zollicoffer Camp 1990, Sons of Confederate Veterans. L-R: Tommy Phillips, Carolyn Carr, Bill Heard, and Donna Hamilton.

Students in grades 2-5, at BonDeCroft Elementary School, were recently visited by historical reenactors in period clothing who talked about topics pertaining to the War Between the States.   Presenting programs were Carolyn Carr and Donna Hamilton, members of Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Bill Heard and Tommy Phillips, members of Myers-Zollicoffer Camp 1990, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A book, a Southern music DVD, and other items were presented to the school library.

A historical quiz on the War Between the States was held, with six students being chosen by their teachers to participate.   Each participant received a small U.S. flag, and the … Read More


No injuries in Highway 111 crash

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:09 am

According to Trooper Kevin Ballew, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, on May, 21, 2018, at approximately 10:48 a.m., Cassie Moore, 20, of Mississippi, along with her 2-month old child, were traveling southbound, on Highway 111, in a white GMC Envoy, in the right lane, when Moore attempted to change lanes and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle crossed the median, rolling over once, as it crossed both northbound lanes. The vehicle came to rest against the northbound guardrail, on the passenger’s side. According to Ballew, no charges were filed, and both passengers were restrained. (Photos provided by TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL)


Jordi returned to White County to stand trial for first-degree murder

Posted by | May 24, 2018 8:05 am

Joshua Nathanial Jordi

A Minnesota man was returned to White County this week to stand trail in the March 2018 stabbing death of his father.

According to information released by the White County Sheriff Department, 21-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Jordi was booked into the White County Jail, on May 18, 2018, on charges of first-degree murder.

On March 8, 2018, officers with the sheriff department were dispatched to the Mt. Vernon Subdivision residence of Timothy Leroy Jordi, 50, after he failed to show up for work and could not be reached by officials at his place of employment.

Upon arrival, officers found Timothy Leroy Jordi deceased from multiple stab … Read More


Central View closing addressed at county commission meeting

Posted by | May 24, 2018 7:38 am

A myriad of officials discuss the closing of Central View Elementary School after the issue was addressed during Monday night’s county commission meeting. L-R: Jerry Lowery, City of Sparta aldermen and former county commissioner, as well as candidate for 43rd District state representative; Dewayne Howard, former county commissioner who addressed the county legislative body; Kurt Dronebarger, director of White County schools; and 43rd District State Representative Paul Sherrell. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

By Rima Austin

The closing of Central View Elementary school was one of the topics at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night.

After approving several motions, including the name change of a road in the Fourth District, and disbursement of the solid waste disposal fund, the chairman of the board, Stanley Neal, opened up the floor to the audience. Dewayne Howard, claiming to represent Bondecroft Elementary school, stepped up to the microphone to speak.

Howard read from his notes and spoke of a hypothetical scenario about a fictional board member who made the wrong decision about saving money. He then compared this scenario with the decision … Read More


Humane Society yard sale

Posted by | May 23, 2018 8:31 am

Saturday, June 2

Who: White County Humane Society

What: Yard sale

When: 7 a.m.-until

Where: Empty parking lot across from Hardee’s, on Bockman Way, in Sparta (all proceeds benefit White County Humane Society/White County Animal Shelter



Triple Class gathering

Posted by | May 23, 2018 8:17 am

Saturday, June 9

Who: Classes of 1956, 1957, and 1958

What: Gathering – rain or shine (bring food to share and your favorite drink)

When: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Joe Pat and Janell Clark’s house, 4611 Pritchard Pass, in Cookeville


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted by | May 23, 2018 7:54 am

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Splash, on Mayberry Street (formerly known as Wet Willie’s). You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which helps fund research and provide life-saving drugs.


JROTC cadet recognized

Posted by | May 22, 2018 7:03 am

At the White County High School JROTC Awards Ceremony, on April 25, 2018, Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), presented an award to Cadet Cpt. Emily M. May. Carolyn Carr, Chapter Recorder of Military Service Awards, presented the medal and certificate, which is given to a student who has demonstrated qualities of Academic Excellence, Leadership Ability, Military Discipline, Dependability, Patriotism, and Exemplary Character. L-R: Cadet Cpt. Emily M. May; Major Thomas McIntyre; and Carolyn Carr, Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter 2123, UDC.


CRMC one of first in Upper Cumberland to offer new, more comfortable mammogram

Posted by | May 22, 2018 6:56 am

The Women’s Center at Cookeville Regional is one of the first in the Upper Cumberland to offer the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.

This new system at The Women’s Center detects more invasive cancers, reduces false positives, and is FDA approved as superior to conventional 2D mammography for all women, including those with dense breasts.

“With this new technology, we are not only able to provide a more comfortable mammogram, but can do so while maintaining clinical accuracy, which is key,” said Dr. Donald Huff, radiologist at Cookeville Regional. “Mammograms play such … Read More


Collaboration is saving lives

Posted by | May 22, 2018 6:50 am

In August 2017, Cookeville became the second city in nation to outfit police department vehicles with Epipen kits thanks to a collaborative Epipen Program with the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation provides Epipen kits for Upper Cumberland law enforcement agencies, school systems and civic groups in an effort to prepare them to respond appropriately to anaphylactic shock.

Anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis, is an extreme, life threatening allergic reaction. It may occur after an insect sting, consuming food, or being exposed to chemicals, toxins or environmental antigens. Nearly two percent of Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis.

In early May of this year, Cookeville Police Department officers responded … Read More


Van Buren All District Baseball Team

Posted by | May 22, 2018 6:39 am

Four players from Van Buren County High School Varsity Baseball Team have been named to the All District Team. L-R: Sophomore – Jacob Guy, Junior – Logan Young, ​Senior – Austin Miller, and Junior – Mason Simmons​


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