What will I leave behind?

Posted by | April 9, 2018 6:16 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

The baby boom generation now numbers around 76 million and is about 25 percent of the United States population. Boomers are generally considered those born from 1946 to 1964, the 19 years usually called the “baby boom.” We (I was born in 1959) were raised by the children of the Great Depression and the Greatest Generation. We were 40 percent of the electorate in the latest election and voted 53 percent for Trump, 2 percent more than voted for Romney four years previously. With the youngest boomers in their early 50s and the oldest pushing 70, and the millennial population exceeding … Read More


Sparta police warn residents of counterfeit currency

Posted by | April 9, 2018 6:12 am

Sparta Police Department is investigating several incidents that have occurred in the city involving counterfeit $100 bills.

Two incidents have occurred within the past two months involving counterfeit currency, according to Doug Goff, Sparta police investigator.

One incident occurred at the Peacock Express Convenience Store when an individual attempted to pass three $100 bills. That individual has been identified, and charges are pending.

Another recent incident involved an individual who stated he cashed his payroll check at a local business and received a counterfeit $100 in the process.

Sparta Police Department is urging residents to be alert in reference to their currency and when receiving new currency.

Counterfeit … Read More


K-9 training and competition event focuses on tracking, building searches, criminal apprehension

Posted by | April 9, 2018 6:01 am

A highly trained K-9 is led by its handler as the team practices search procedures. (Photo by JASON HANLEY)

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White County Sheriff Department, with On Point K-9 organization, recently joined together and hosted a law enforcement K-9 training and competition event.

This year’s K-9 training and competition event saw K-9 teams from multiple law enforcement agencies, which included Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.

The On Point K-9 staff and White County Sheriff Department personnel focused their training seminars on several specialty areas, such as drug odor detection, tracking, building searches, and criminal apprehension. Training and competition exercises took place at multiple locations across White County and Sparta.

Awards and recognitions were presented on the final day of the event to … Read More


Distracted driving costs lives and raises insurance premiums

Posted by | April 9, 2018 5:57 am

A split second decision to use a cell phone while driving can lead to disasterous consequences. Law enforcement officials urge all drivers to exercise extreme caution and follow the tips provided in the story below.

Across the nation, April has been designated as an awareness month in hopes of encouraging drivers to adopt safer driving practices and to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving.

With the start of national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and law enforcement agencies are urging drivers to commit to safer driving habits by putting away their smartphones, other cellular devices, and any distraction that could take a driver’s attention away from the road.

The use of technology behind the wheel has become an increasingly common cause of distracted driving incidents across the state. Distracted driving can be created by anything … Read More


City board approves solicitation of bids to resurface streets

Posted by | April 9, 2018 5:55 am

Oakwood Street, which is located near Sparta-White County Senior Senior, is listed as the number one street that is in need of resurfacing.

With the recent completion of one infrastructure project, City of Sparta officials began moving forward April 5 with soliciting bids to resurface several city streets after months of researching and planning.

Over the past several months, the mayor, aldermen, and   public works officials have been working toward developing a list of possible roadway resurfacing projects the city could address over the course of 2018 and 2019.

To generate such a list, Dillard Quick, Sparta public works director, along with public works employees, has worked to compile a list of roads that are “project-ready.” For the roads to be considered for resurfacing, all of the underground utilities, such as … Read More


Sandra Lynn Silcox Braun Carter

Posted by | April 9, 2018 5:47 am

Sandra Lynn Silcox Braun Carter, 62, of Sparta, received her wings as one of God’s angels, on April 6, 2018. After nearly two years of fighting with cancer, she was able to finally rest peacefully in the warmth of heaven.

Ms. Carter was a loving, active, and devout grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She was an accomplished beautician, butcher’s assistant, and food service manager. Ms. Carter was a beacon of light throughout her community and within her family – always there to lean on for help, no matter who needed it, why, or when. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren most of all. From … Read More


Fleda Davis

Posted by | April 9, 2018 5:36 am

Fleda Davis, 87, of Sparta, passed away April 7, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Josephine Sapp Knapp

Posted by | April 7, 2018 12:45 pm

Josephine Sapp Knapp was born Nov. 7, 1927, to Homer Floyd Sapp and Minnie Mitchell Sapp.

As a teenager she attended White County High School. After her graduation, she went on to Tennessee Technological University, where she studied to become a teacher while also teaching at Ravenscroft School.

In 1947, she married Harold Eugene Knapp, who was a student at the University of West Virginia. She met him after he came to Sparta for the wedding of Lena and Chester Dodson. Harold and Josephine moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, where, in 1949, their son, Harold Eugene “Knapp Jr. (Gene) was born.

After Harold’s graduation, in 1951, they moved … Read More


The Rev. Ralph Wendell Tucker

Posted by | April 7, 2018 9:32 am

The Rev. Ralph Wendell Tucker, 85, of Sparta, passed away on April 5, 2018, at his residence.

The Rev. Tucker was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Decatur, Alabama, the son of Allie Tucker and Lilly Brooks Tucker.

He served as a minister in the Free Will Baptist Church for over 60 years. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

The Rev. Tucker was preceded in death by parents; his brothers, A.B. Tucker, John Tucker, Glenn Tucker, J.W. Tucker; and a sister, Goldie Lipscomb.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma Selby Tucker, of Sparta; son, Phillip Tucker, of Sparta; son, Stephen D. Tucker (Elizabeth), … Read More


Ila Bertie Gooch Fisher

Posted by | April 7, 2018 9:00 am

Ila Bertie Gooch Fisher, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 2, 1928, in White County, to Bertie Everette Gooch and Effie May Cope Gooch.

Mrs. Fisher worked at the Sparta Shirt Factory, then went to Red Kap where she worked for 34 years before retiring. She loved to quilt, do crafts, put puzzles together, work in her flower garden, and canning.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Gooch; brother and sister-in-law: Fred and Simone Gooch; a sister, Rose Gooch; an infant brother; and an infant sister.

Survivors include her daughter and … Read More


Robert Allen Page

Posted by | April 7, 2018 8:52 am

Robert Allen Page, 70, of Smithville, passed away April 2, 2018, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.

Mr. Page was born Jan. 17, 1948, to Charlie Buck Page and Mina Belle Hale Page.

He was a truck driver with Smithville Concrete for 27 years, a minister for over 40 years, and was the pastor of the Harvest Time Church. Mr. Page also served in the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Nina Faye Wicks, Lois Hamilton, Martha Sue Page, and Judy Bullard.

Survivors include two children, Mellissa (Ted) Leaver, of Smithville, Steve (Tonya) Page, of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Kheela (Michael) Ditterline, Kristen … Read More


Findlay School construction site groundbreaking April 11

Posted by | April 7, 2018 7:50 am

There will be an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Findlay Elementary School, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the building site, on Hale Street. Representatives from Lewis Group Architects, Christman Construction, the White County School Board, the White County executive’s office, the City of Sparta mayor’s office, along with children from Findlay Elementary School, will gather for some brief comments and a photo. The public is invited.


Traffic incident causes delays on Highway 111

Posted by | April 6, 2018 12:17 pm

Motorist on Highway 111 experienced brief traffic delays as first responders worked the scene of multi-vehicle collision

A traffic collision involving multiple vehicles caused a temporary lane closure on Highway 111 resulting in short delays as emergency services worked the scene of the incident.

On April 6, at approximately 11:19 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a possible collision on Highway 111 near the intersection of Valley View Drive and Millers Point Road. According to initial reports received by White County E-911 dispatchers, the incident involved two vehicles with possible injuries and occurred on the northbound side on Highway 111 near the Royal Inn motel and White County school bus garage area.

The Sparta Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue … Read More


Smith receives 2018 Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award

Posted by | April 6, 2018 6:32 am

Troy Smith, center, is the 2018 recipient of the university’s Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award. L-R: Robert Owens, assistant vice president for access & diversity, Troy Smith, assistant professor of history, and Andrew Smith, English instructor.

Troy Smith, of White County and assistant professor of history, received the 2018 Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award from the Tennessee Tech Commission on the Status of Blacks.

“I was very honored,” Smith said. “Such an award is deeply meaningful to me, as my Ph.D. and research is in the history of race and ethnicity in the U.S.”

In explaining the importance of diversity at Tech, Smith feels it is a core part of what a university should do.

“A university education should include exposure to many different types of people and cultures, and should be available to a community comprised of many different types of people,” Smith explained. … Read More




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