Preseason officially in the book after jamboree

Posted by | August 13, 2018 9:03 am

White County High School senior Warriors with Coach Jerry Lowery

7-on-7, scrimmages, and jamborees are all in the books now as the White County High School Warrior football team heads into their game week preparations for the 2018 season. After only three weeks of full contact practice, Monday will officially begin the game week as the Warriors get down to the business of preparing for Livingston Academy.

WCHS got in their final dress rehearsal Friday when they traveled to Cannon County for their final scrimmage. The Warriors and Cannon County would play three varsity quarters and then one junior varsity quarter.

After having played well in their previous scrimmages against Jackson County and Cumberland County, the Warriors found … Read More


Odom – Powell engagement

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:34 am

David and Belinda Odom, of Sparta, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Odom, to Myles Powell, son of Joan and Vernon Cross, of Etowah.

Paige is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and is employed in the education department at the Chattanooga Zoo.

Myles is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, attended EMT classes at Cleveland State, and is employed as an EMT for the City of Chattanooga and Bradley County.

The wedding is set for Sept. 15, 2018, in Cleveland, Tennessee.


Who is the real “enemy” of the country?

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:28 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

We’ve all heard the message loud and clear from Donald Trump and his followers, which is “the liberal media is the enemy of our country.” Mr. Trump has repeated this message since he first announced he was running for president. His messages are getting more vehement and aggressive lately. Similarities to the rhetoric of dictators and tyrants have been made numerous times, and the general public is honestly questioning the reasons for Donald Trump’s vicious attacks on media. Mr. Trump is not the first public official or president who has had a contentious relationship with the various forms of the American media. … Read More


Social justice then and now in our “brave new world”

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:27 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

The idea that the government is going to make us all equal is not a new one. Of course, every communist government that ever grew from “the people” made this promise – and it sounded good. The problem always is that such governments are run by people – flawed and greedy, power hungry, many times cruel and vicious.

Mostly, the revolutions are very quickly betrayed, as the new “rulers” prove every bit as interested in feathering their own nest at the expense of others as the old ones. Even as they shouted power to the people, they absconded with the best … Read More


The teenager who saved a country

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:25 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

As we trek our way through this journey called life, some of our greatest learning experiences can happen during the worst of times. And sometimes the best of leaders emerge from the ashes, rise up from the unlikeliest of places, and change the world around them.

The Bible is full of such individuals, men and women who committed themselves to serve an unseen God in a society that only knew of what they could see, touch, and feel. Israel’s history is steeped in conflict with other countries and nationalities that worshipped anything and everything they could imagine, create in their minds, set … Read More


Baptizing in the name of the Lord

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:19 am

By Derrick Coble -West Sparta church of Christ

In order for baptism to be truly effective, it must be administered in the proper way and for the proper reason. That is, baptism must be performed upon a candidate who understands the nature of the Lord’s church (Acts 8:12), why he is being baptized (i.e. in order to be saved) (1 Peter 3:21), and the necessity of true belief, repentance, confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God, and faithfulness (John 3:36; Acts 17:30; 1 John 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:58).

Furthermore, one must understand that full bodily immersion in water is the only means by which he … Read More


Commissioners asked to take care of matter about a possible junkyard

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:18 am

A concerned resident addressed the county commission’s Steering Committee B last week about a newly established junkyard at the corner of Northstar Road and Wigwam Street.

The man stated that every weekend the people at the residence bring in junk cars and farm equipment by the trailer load.

He also stated that none of the cars at the residence have tags on them and that the residents at the site do not have a permit to operate a junkyard. He asked that the committee look into the matter and to please take care of it, stating that it is bringing down the value of his property.

Karen LaFever, … Read More


Committee discusses school grants

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:14 am

The White County Budget Committee met Aug. 6 to discuss funding for several ongoing projects around White County.

All capital funding projects were voted to be sent to the full county court for approval. They are as follows:

-Capital projects grant funding for the emergency medical service addition

-Highway county projects funding budget about the Roberts- Matthews Bridge over Falling Water River, may go to bid in late winter 2018 or early spring 2019. That bridge construction is estimated to cost approximately $3 million.

-The educational capital projects fund about construction on Findlay Elementary and White County Middle School

The White County School Board and the State of … Read More


Fair board president addresses school board about parking

Posted by | August 13, 2018 8:01 am

White County School Board has asked the fair board to give them time to consider requests made during an Aug. 9 meeting. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Fair board president Mike Wilson addressed the White County School Board, on Aug. 9, about the parking situation for the 2018 fair. With the new Findlay Elementary School under construction, the fair has less parking options.

The White County Fair is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 8 and always draws huge crowds for various events. The existing Findlay Elementary School sits directly across the street from the fairgrounds, and the new school is being built within walking distance of the old facility.

The parking lot to the south of the fairgrounds has, in the past, been thought of as being free parking. One of the Boy Scout troops, in … Read More


Adcock is ready to serve as the new county trustee

Posted by | August 13, 2018 7:58 am

Kathryn Passons Adcock

Kathryn Passons Adcock is the 2018 election winner for White County trustee.

For 25 years, Adcock has only known the world of education and has now been thrust into government. Adcock stated it is hard changing careers at this stage in her life, but she is up for the challenge.

The county trustee has three major functions: (1) collecting the county’s property taxes; (2) accounting for and disbursing county funds (including proper apportionment and determination of fund availability); and (3) investing temporarily idle county funds.

Adcock will work very closely with Chad Marcum, White County director of finance.

“[Chad Marcum] was in my homeroom,” laughed Adcock. “I was … Read More


Are wetlands actually being disturbed in construction area?

Posted by | August 13, 2018 7:55 am

This Google Earth picture shows the aerial view of Hörmann site and wetlands to the left of the property. Both areas are separated by a grove of trees.

There are many factors that are considered before a city or county can give permission for a company to move in and build a facility.

The integrity of the land they build on is one of them.

This is true in the case of recent construction of Hörmann Quality Doors and Operators, on Airport Road. Concerns were raised recently as to whether or not the company was encroaching on wetlands during the construction of its new $64 million facility.

According to GEOServices, a geotechnical and materials engineering company that tested the area to determine its wetlands status, on June 13, 2017, they did a site visit to 460 … Read More



One adult, two children rescued near Burgess Falls

Posted by | August 12, 2018 3:34 pm

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Sunday, August 12, emergency personnel were called to the scene of 482 Josh Brown Road to assist with a rescue. One woman and two children in a kayak and a raft ran into rough waters, turning over into Cane Creek.

“They were attempting to raft the river, they came into some heavier water,” says Captain Houston Austin with the Northend Fire Department. “We had to rescue a mother and two children, I’m not sure what the ages of the children are but they were rescued successfully.”

Houston stated that none of the boaters were hurt and they were reunited with their family.



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