The determining factor is determination

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:14 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I imagine he had a hard time sleeping that night. As he reminisced in his mind, I wonder if he thought about his family. Did he worry about his aging father? Did a silent tear slip down his cheek as he remembered waving goodbye to his mother? Did his face turn crimson in the darkness as he replayed his shameful deceit? Did a bullet of fear strike his heart as he thought about his brother’s pledge to kill him?

Abraham had a son in his old age and named him Isaac. Isaac had twin sons, and one of those sons was named … Read More


Why miracles aren’t happening today

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:13 am

By Derrick Coble- West Sparta church of Christ

At some point, most every person has desired to see a miracle. For instance, when someone is nearing death, we might desire a miraculous recovery. When someone has died, we might want to see them miraculously brought back to life. Or, in making difficult decisions or determinations, miraculous knowledge/wisdom would be extremely desirable. At one time, God’s people were endowed with miracles like this: they could speak God’s will without studying (Mat. 10:19), cast out demons (Acts 8:7), speak in languages they never studied (1 Cor. 14:2,18), survive venomous snake bites (Acts 28:3-6), and miraculously heal others (Acts 3:1-7). Nonetheless, … Read More


Are Republicans becoming concerned about the mid-term elections?

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:10 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, Donald Trump told the audience, “This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically. But it’s all working out. Just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Then he went to his old standby of saying any news reports and reporters that don’t agree with him or question his policies, programs, statements, and tweets, are all “fake.”   There is a contradiction with his statement, because even when the so-called “fake news” broadcasts or writes about what he has actually said … Read More


Things that will make you say hmmm?

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:06 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

  • Why is it dangerous for Trump to press our NATO allies to pay their fair share, but not dangerous for them to not be spending on their military as they promised?
  • Why are we being bad allies to insist on fair trade, but they are not being bad allies to insist on taking advantage of us?
  • If President Obama caused our good economy, why wasn’t it good when he was president?
  • If business leaders so liked what President Obama did, why didn’t they cash out and sit it out when Donald Trump said he would do the exact opposite?
  • If Trump
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June unemployment rates increase in White County

Posted by | July 30, 2018 9:03 am

The unemployment rate for White County jumped 1.3 percent in June, according to data released by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, from 3.5 percent to 4.4 percent. According to TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips this is not unusual for this time of year.

County unemployment rates, unlike statewide unemployment rates, are not seasonally adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations, such as yearly school closings.

“These increases in county unemployment rates are something we typically see in June,” said Phillips. “In fact, we have experienced this uptick every June since the state started keeping records, in 1976.”

Between May and June of this year, education service jobs, such … Read More


Joint Economic and Community Development Board discusses road work and delays

Posted by | July 30, 2018 8:42 am

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board met July 6 to discuss the status of White County’s economic health.

City Administrator Chris Dorsey explained the state is working on the streets of Sparta. He stressed it was not the City of Sparta who has initiated the project but rather the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Dorsey explained one of the problems that is happening is when they dig up the street, they dig up the traffic signal mechanisms.

“Until they come back and fix them, all of the signals are timed,” said Dorsey. “If you are wondering why, when you go by Hardee’s, and you are sitting at the … Read More


THP participates in statewide “Safe on Seventy” traffic enforcement

Posted by | July 30, 2018 8:36 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee in an effort to keep one of the state’s busiest roads safe. Enforcement efforts will focus on U.S. Hwy 70 statewide. This is a strict traffic enforcement campaign that will take place on July 31 and August 3. This intensified enforcement effort is referred to as “Safe on Seventy.”

U.S. Hwy. 70 runs West to East through 36 counties in Tennessee encompassing 538 miles. U.S. Hwy. 70 ends at the North Carolina state line. Along the route, the roadway runs parallel to several U.S. and … Read More



The Rabbit Hole

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:07 am

(By Hansel Moore) – On the eastern outskirts of the Van Buren countryside, near the Bledsoe County line, sits a small structure that is the home to a unique population of locals.

They are locals because they were made here on the mountain by the creative hands of Cynthia Deweese and her mother, Alice. They are dressed in a variety of outfits, and some represent the daily attire of Van Buren residents. The farmer is dressed in blue jean overalls and is detailed with a pencil in the front pocket and a red bandana hanging out of the back pocket.

“I just love making them, and I couldn’t … Read More


Fall Creek Falls gets taste of politics

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:05 am

By Tony Mitchell

July 13 was the time for a political “Meet and Greet” at Fall Creek Falls Community Center.

Everyone had an invitation to “Meet Your Candidate” hosted by the Fall Creek Falls Community Action Group. The rules were simple – each candidate had three minutes to illustrate his or her position and qualifications. The community center served a pulled pork plate for a $6 donation to help offset the operating cost. Mark Blankenship opened the celebration with a quick prayer and an appeal for one of the speakers to come forward.

There is a hot race brewing for Van Buren County sheriff between the incumbent, Eddie … Read More


Sudden storm provides spectacular light show for Spencer residents

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:03 am

By Tony Mitchell

A sudden storm splashed through Fall Creek Falls State Park campgrounds around 11 p.m., July 20, and continued well into the morning. It surprised and stranded some campers.

“Our tent wasn’t even finished,” said Eric Lester, who then sought shelter in the pavilions and restrooms, eventually finding a room for the night at Mitchell Manor.

Other campers reported having three inches of water in their tents because of the downhill flow.

“We were stuck under a shelter till after midnight,” said Adam Aldridge.

Lee Vause stated, “My grandson had a canopy set up, and the downdraft just slammed it to the ground.”

The clamor brought … Read More


Spencer-Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is growing

Posted by | July 28, 2018 9:00 am

ARETE Fine Chocolate is just one of several new businesses to open within the past year, in Van Buren County.

By Tony Mitchell

The Van Buren County Chamber of Commerce met July 19 for its monthly meeting.

Nine members were present to discuss various aspects of the community. New members David and Leslie Senk, owners of ARETE Fine Chocolate, were welcomed and brought fresh ideas to the get-together. This will be the first chocolate maker and chocolatier to open in Spencer and Van Buren County. David Senk teaches, “Chocolate makers buy cocoa beans and turn it into finished chocolate. Chocolatiers buy finished chocolate and turn it into bon-bons, trufles, and other chocolate treats.” They plan to open in September.

Diann Goney introduced the need for more local entertainment … Read More


Summer in full swing at golf course

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:58 am

Van Buren Eagles test their golf skills before going to work. Pictured are Mason Simmons, Dakota Lancaster, and Logan Young

By Hansel Moore

When people think golf, in Middle Tennessee, they don’t always think of Van Buren County, or specifically Fall Creek Falls golf course.

If anyone hasn’t visited these beautiful rolling fairways of the mountain in a while, then pack your clubs and take a trip. The manicured, lush challenges that make up this gem of a course in the heart of Fall Creek Falls State Park are a part of the lure of this outdoor attraction.

There are angles, sand, and water hazards to make each hole a bit more memorable than the next.   The grounds crews have been attentive to each blade of grass, and … Read More


Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr.

Posted by | July 28, 2018 8:47 am

Robert Joseph Nickerson Jr., 70, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nickerson was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Nickerson and Virginia Peterson Nickerson.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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