WoodmenLife family picnic

Posted by | June 6, 2018 4:36 am

Tuesday, June 12

Who: WoodmenLife Family Fraternity

What: Family picnic and movie night and Flags Across American presentation to Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department

When: 6:30 p.m.-until

Where: Sparta Drive In


2018 Bronze Tennessee Quality Award recipients are announced by Tennessee Health Care Association

Posted by | June 5, 2018 6:40 am

Life Care Center of Sparta is among 16 long-term care facilities, in Tennessee, that have been honored with the 2018 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The Tennessee Health Care Association announced there were a total of 521 Bronze winners named across the country. This award honors the long-term and post-acute care providers who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We want to congratulate all of the Bronze winners from Tennessee. This is the first step in the journey to meet the quality goals outlined by … Read More


Little League and T-Ball action

Posted by | June 5, 2018 6:28 am

Raleigh Parrish hits the ball in Saturday’s win. Parrish helped her team come back and score five runs in the last inning to pick up the 8-7 win in the girls 7-9-year-old league.

Colton Humphrey runs to first base on Saturday afternoon. The White County Little League T-ball tournament started on Saturday with four games.


Van Buren High School teams getting in summer work

Posted by | June 5, 2018 6:25 am


Hunter Evans goes up for a layup in Van Buren’s win over Grundy County, on Saturday morning. The Eagles will return to summer camp action, on June 4 and June 5, in White County.

June is the time for high school basketball teams to get in their team camps, and the Van Buren County High School basketball team took advantage of that on the first and second days of June.

The Eagles and Eaglettes jumped right into the action. Both teams hosted a play day last week. The Eaglettes got the play day started, on Friday, with the Eagles following suit, on Saturday.

Coach Dustin Sullivan, who has … Read More


Hannah Leftwich helps lead Team Tennessee to win

Posted by | June 5, 2018 6:23 am

Hannah Leftwich drives to the basket in Friday night’s win for Team Tennessee over Georgia. Leftwich finished the All-Star game with 4 points and five rebounds to help lead Team Tennessee to a 75-60 win.

Before putting up her basketball sneakers for the last time, Hannah Leftwich suited up for one final event as a high school player Friday when she competed in the Tennessee vs. Georgia All-Star Basketball game played at Notre Dame High School.

The two teams would look pretty evenly matched through the first three quarters with Team Tennessee never being able to pull away. However, in the fourth quarter, Team Tennessee would take a 15-point lead and never look back, winning 75-60.

Leftwich wasn’t one of the starters for the Volunteer State team, but she would come off the bench first and play a lot of minutes. Team Tennessee … Read More


Golden Eagles advance to first NCAA Super Regional with doubleheader sweep of Ole Miss

Posted by | June 5, 2018 6:15 am

Photos by Petre Thomas

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

OXFORD, Miss. – “This is just so surreal,” Tennessee Tech baseball head coach Matt Bragga proclaimed as he walked back to the team’s dugout following his team’s post-game press conference. And surreal the night was.

The No. 20 Golden Eagles (52-10) claimed the NCAA Oxford Regional Monday evening, becoming the first Ohio Valley Conference ever to earn a berth to the Super Regionals behind back-to-back, elimination-game victories over No. 4 Ole Miss (48-17).

Tech forced the if-necessary game during the evening after displaying the offensive prowess the nation has come to expect, dominating in a 15-5 win. The Golden Eagles then clinched … Read More



Immediate opening for part-time Van Buren Eagle reporter

Posted by | June 4, 2018 11:32 am

Looking for someone as a part-time reporter for the Van Buren Eagle. To qualify for this position, the person must live in Van Buren County. The individual will be paid on a per-story basis. Must have excellent grammatical skills and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. This person must have excellent communication skills. Send resume or inquiries to Kim Swindell Wood – kim@spartalive.com


Immediate opening for part-time Van Buren Eagle reporter

Posted by | June 4, 2018 11:32 am

Looking for someone as a part-time reporter for the Van Buren Eagle. To qualify for this position, the person must live in Van Buren County. The individual will be paid on a per-story basis. Must have excellent grammatical skills and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. This person must have excellent communication skills. Send resume or inquiries to Kim Swindell Wood – kim@spartalive.com


Sherrell seeking re-election in 2018

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:48 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) has announced he will seek re-election in 2018 to represent the 43rd District — Grundy, Warren, and White counties — in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

“My family and I are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement during this process,” said Sherrell. “We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive comments sent our way.”

Sherrell has spearheaded Republican-led efforts to battle Tennessee’s opioid crisis. This year, he supported passage of House Bill 1831. The measure is design to curb new instances of addiction by limiting the supply and dosage of opioid prescriptions, with reasonable exception and an emphasis on new … Read More


Time to put on the dog

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:47 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

There’s a parody written a few years back that pokes fun at a wife who wants a fur coat and a husband that can’t afford to buy her one. As the song goes, the solution to his problem jumped out in front of him on the highway one night. The neighbor lost a German shepherd that night, but his wife gained a new fur coat. Now, when she goes out on the town, the song says, “She’s puttin’ on the dog.”

I’ve always heard it said not to dress for the job you have but instead dress for the job you want. … Read More


Why do politicians feel this overwhelming need to lie to us?

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:45 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I know not everyone running for office or already in office is a compulsive liar. I also acknowledge the government (local, state, and federal) does not always tell us the truth or the full truth for legitimate reasons. I understand that. I do not understand this almost obsessive need that some legislators and candidates have to lie, ignore facts, and whip up an audience by making the American public fearful of other people, places, and things.

I am not saying we don’t have anything to fear, but it seems to me that in the last several years that politicians, on both sides, … Read More


The history of the Republican Party in Tennessee

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:44 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

If you came to the state of Tennessee after your school years, you may not be familiar with the history of Tennessee and its three grand divisions: East, West and Middle Tennessee. As the Civil War approached in the mid 1800’s, Tennessee was no hotbed of secessionist activity.

The state of Tennessee was, for the most part, unsuited to the large plantations of the Southern states, and, therefore, had a relatively modest slave and slave-owning population. The only real area, in Tennessee, where slave labor was used was the western part where Tennessee joined the rest of the South topographically, with … Read More


Carroll, Bullock will be featured this month in Sparta Speaker Series

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:41 am

Sometimes finding something to do is hard, and finding something to do for free is almost impossible.

Sparta has events for those who have children that are not hard to find, for instance, White County Library hosts summer activities. What about those who do not have children or their children are grown? Now Sparta has the Sparta Speaker Series. With a nod to the circuit speakers of the 19th century, experts on the history of White County give speeches on the different attractions of White County. After the success of the series last year, organizers have decided to keep the series moving forward.

In the past, the speeches … Read More


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