Man transported to trauma center due to alleged gunshot wound

Posted by | October 18, 2018 2:26 pm

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Oct, 18, 2018, authorities were dispatched to the scene of 140 Moonlight Trail. Capt. John Ford, with the White County Sheriff Department, said that upon arriving, officers found a 74-year-old man who had apparently shot himself in the leg. Ford reported the man was being airlifted to either Nashville or Chattanooga because of the amount of blood he had lost. No other details were available.

Checking in with local college football players

Posted by | October 18, 2018 2:11 pm

With most teams reaching the midway point in their season, here is a look at how some of the local college football players are doing this season.

Andrew Cantrell, a freshman punter at Tusculum College, has been trying to make a name for himself at Tusculum. So far this season, Cantrell is averaging 39.6 yards per punt and has pushed the opposing teams inside their 20-yard line 11 times. Cantrell’s best day punting came against Lenior-Rhyne when he set a program single-game record, with 458 punting yards on a record-tying 11 punts. Cantrell’s 11 punts on the day averaged 41.6 yards per punt.

So far this season, the … Read More

Warriors host Columbia Central Lions on Friday

Posted by | October 18, 2018 1:47 pm

The Warrior seniors will be honored at Friday night’s game against Columbia Central Lions.

The Warriors will be looking to snap a 22-game losing skid when the Columbia Central Lions visit Friday for senior night and the final home game of the season.

The Warriors and the Lions will be meeting for the fourth time ever on Friday night. The Warriors are 0-3 vs. Columbia. The two met in 2001, 2002, and last season. In 2001, the Warriors were defeated by the Lions 48-20, and, in 2002, the Lions came away with a 63-13 win. Last season, the Warriors trailed the Lions 57-0 at the half and lost by a final score of 66-0.

So far this season, the Lions are 3-5 … Read More

6th grade team opens up home slate with a pair of wins

Posted by | October 18, 2018 1:45 pm

Tripp Pinion goes up for a layup, on Monday night, against Allardt. Pinion helped lead the Warriors to the win with 9 points.

By Eli Rushing

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes of White County Middle School had successful home games this past Monday night.

The sixth grade teams faced off against the Wildcats of Allardt Middle and dominated from start to finish.

The Warriorettes kicked off the night with a first quarter shutout of the Wildcats and opened their game on a 16-0 run. Led by the scrappy defense of Luci McKee, the Warriorettes set the tone for the contest by scrambling for steals and hustling on fast break opportunities. Though their scoring slowed in the second, they never relented on defense and allowed only 2 points through the first half, … Read More

Liberty Square celebration was another hit

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:57 am

The Liberty Square celebration on October 13 was another hit. Vendors and artists, as well as local business owners, were out in their tents talking to visitors and listening to the Bluegrass being played on the main stage in front of Oldham Theater. On the south side of the square was the popular car show where vintage automobiles were on display for visitors to view.

5 possible reasons incivility, outrage are on the rise

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:52 am

Language of Liberty – By Jeff Minick

How did we arrive at a point in our history where gangs of hecklers chase politicians from restaurants, where Senate hearings have lost all decorum, and where family members and friends part ways over politics?

Every day brings new examples of incivility and violence. In the last twenty-four hours, I have casually browsed several sites online. Here was a professor advocating castration for white Republicans; celebrities mocking a black singer for praising the president; strangers leaving death threats on the phones of politicians, judges, and their families; anonymous callers phoning in false accusations of rape; some wicked soul mailing the poison … Read More

The true nature of the Socialist Democrat Party

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:50 am

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

I am pleased to report that, once again, the U.S. Constitution is now safely protected by a conservative Supreme Court. Once again good and normal triumphed over bad and abnormal. Continuing this line of thought, how about them Socialist Democrats! As I said in last week’s article, “If you had any doubts that the Socialist Democrat Party is involved with and totally committed to a Socialist conspiracy to divide and reduce this country to anarchy, the blatant and despicable actions of the Socialist Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings should have opened your … Read More

Getting together now and then

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:48 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When the Playls Jr. moved to the big city, we were very proud of our son and daughter-in-law and what they were accomplishing. On the other hand, we were saddened by their change of address. Instead of being a few blocks away, in the same neighborhood, the house that they – along with two of our stinking cute grandsons – lived in was now four and a half hours away (if the traffic wasn’t too bad in Knoxville and there were no wrecks on the interstate).

Still, we were willing to assist in their move to suburban Mount Juliet.

A couple of … Read More

Tennessee has highest graduation rates on record

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:46 am

Candice McQueen, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, recently announced the high school graduation rate for 2017-18 remained at 89.1 percent for the state.

White County High School has held strong with a graduation rate of 92.1 percent. According to, White County‘s graduation rate ranks in the top 50 percent in the state. It may also be important to note that math proficiency for the county’s students is in the top 10 percent in the state, at 81 percent, while reading proficiency is in the bottom 50 percent in the state, with a ranking of 26 percent, according to the ranking website.

According to TDOE, more … Read More

Litter control goes back to White County executive

Posted by | October 18, 2018 9:04 am

It was business as usual at the White County Commissioners’ full court meeting Oct. 15.

One resolution concerning the county budget was presented to the board about turning the job of litter control back over to the office of County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson.

“This resolution that just passed decreases the maintenance of effort of the sheriff’s department,” said Robinson. “The sheriff has signed an affidavit agreeing to it. Four or five years ago, the sheriff took the inmates away from us because he was going to handle the litter control himself. Now it’s coming back under my office. He’s giving that position back.”

Other items on the … Read More

Justice center receives gift from WoodmenLife

Posted by | October 18, 2018 8:57 am

White County Sheriff Steve Page accepts a new flag for the justice center. L-R: Tim Bumbalough, Sheriff Steve Page, Capt. John Ford, State Representative Paul Sherrell, Judge Sam Benningfield

On Oct. 15, Tim Bumbalough, of WoodmenLife, donated a flag to the White County Justice Center. Sheriff Steve Page, Capt. John Ford, State Representative Paul Sherrell, and Judge Sam Benningfield were in attendance to receive the flag.

WoodmenLife is a large not-for-profit private life insurance benefit society. Since its inception in 1890, the organization has been involved with numerous philanthropic efforts. WoodmenLife of Sparta carries on this tradition by the recent dedication of the American flag to the White County Justice Center.

“Building relationships with community leaders is imperative to uniting this county,” said Page. “We appreciate this kind gesture from Mr. Bumbalough, and we plan to retire … Read More

Life Care Center of Sparta hosting Craft Show in November

Posted by | October 18, 2018 8:55 am

Just in time for Christmas, Life Care Center of Sparta, with the help of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be hosting a craft show to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Tennessee.

The event will be held at Life Care Center of Sparta, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 3, 2018, at the west end of the building where the Alzheimer’s unit is located.

Nicole Fignar, activities assistant at Life Care, who is in charge of the operation, said they have had a great turnout with vendors, but there are more spaces available should anyone else want to join. Booth rentals are $25, and that money will go to the … Read More

Sparta Bluegrass Hall of Fame inducts native Josh Swift

Posted by | October 18, 2018 8:50 am

L-R: Paul Schiminger, director, International Bluegrass Music Association; Paul Bailey, TN State Senate; Jerry Lowery, Hoyt Jones, Jim Floyd, aldermen, City of Sparta; Jeff Young, Mayor, City of Sparta; Josh Swift; Doyle Lawson; Blake Williams; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County Executive


During an annual event honoring their rich bluegrass heritage, Liberty Square: A Lester Flatt Celebration, on Oct. 13, 2018, the City of Sparta recognized the achievements of Josh Swift by inducting him into their Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Sparta Bluegrass Hall of Fame was launched, in 2009, with the induction of Lester Flatt, Benny Martin, and Blake Williams, all well known musicians who have counted Sparta as their hometown. The focus of the Hall of Fame is to recognize those with a distinguished career in bluegrass music, including accomplishments and contributions to the heritage of bluegrass music, which have brought honor and recognition to both themselves and … Read More

Mary Ruth Nash

Posted by | October 17, 2018 12:04 pm

Mary Ruth Nash, 93, passed away Oct. 16, 2018, at her daughter’s home, in Doyle.

Mrs. Nash was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Rome, Georgia, to Marvin Edgar Williams and Mary Eunice Gilbert Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Leon Nash, Harvel Rogers, Tony Pappalardo; and grandson, Todd Stone.

Survivors include her daughter, Olivia (Louis “Rip”) Stone; brother, Marvin Williams; grandsons, Jeffery Stone ( Kim), Mark Stone (Sherry); granddaughter, April Price (Glen); great- grandchildren, Jared Stone, C.J. Stone, Kayla Stone, Derek Stone, Emma Sullivian, Blake Lowery, Seth Lowery, Rachael Lowery; and great-great grandchildren, Breanna, Lane, Cora Adline, Ashton, Kylie, Jeremiah, and Aaliyah.

Funeral service … Read More

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