Results in from last week’s elementary basketball action

Posted by | November 6, 2017 7:58 am

The White County elementary school basketball teams played two games last week. The following are the results that were reported from those games.

In Monday’s actions, Spencer and Doyle split a pair of games.

The Spencer girls netted a 19-15 win. Spencer was led by Cara Mills, who finished with 7. Jaden Brymer finished with 6. Shaylynn Ross added 4, and Kalaesla Marable added 2.

For Doyle, Lily Parker finished with 6. Taylor McDonald had 4.   Kennedy Billings-Sullivan chipped in 3, and Anna Maples rounded out the scoring with 2.

The boys’ game saw Doyle pick up an 18-7 win.

Exavior Gamblin and Mason Steele each finished with … Read More


8th grade splits with North Franklin

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:55 am

Brady Lohorn takes a 3 in Thursday night’s game vs. North Franklin

Jordan England goes up for a shot in Thursday night’s game. England finished with 4 points.

The White County Middle School 8th grade basketball teams split a pair of Central Tennessee Conference games with North Franklin, on Thursday, in Sparta.

The Warriorettes came from behind to win their game 27-22 to move to 2-0 on the season.

The Warriors fell to North Franklin 60-27 to fall to 1-1 on the season.

The Warriorettes jumped out to an early 7-5 lead at the end of one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, North Franklin outscored the … Read More


7th grade teams take two wins

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:45 am

Thomas Paul goes up for a layup in Thursday night’s game. Paul finished with 8 points.

Kalie McDonald goes in for a layup in Thursday night’s game vs. North Franklin. McDonald finished the game 6 points.

The White County Middle School 7th grade teams played host to North Franklin Middle School, on Thursday night, with WCMS taking wins in both games.

The WCMS 7th grade Warriorettes picked up a 27-13 win in the first game.

In the second game, the Warriors dominated North Franklin, winning by a final score of 60-28.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes jumped out to an early 13-2 lead at … Read More


6th grade teams continue to roll

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:40 am

Brayden Taylor drives past her defender earlier in the season. Taylor finished with 2 points, on Tuesday night.

ackson Young drives in for a layup in a game from earlier this season. Young finished Tuesday night’s game with 12 points.

The White County Middle School 6th grade teams picked up two more wins on Halloween night over Upperman Middle School.

In the first game of the evening, the Warriorettes came from behind and won 33-26.

In the second game of the night, The Warriors also had to come from behind and held on late to secure the 29-26 win.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes … Read More


Friends of White County Animals

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:29 am

Miss Maggie

Introduction by Sharon Langford, President – Friends of White County Animals

Following is a story shared by Barb Gaynor about two much loved rescue dogs. We are sure you will be inspired by the Gaynors’ compassion, love and commitment to provide wonderful forever homes to these special dogs. There are so many dogs and cats needing loving homes. Please consider adopting a rescue and helping animals in any way you can.

Our Miss Maggie – Story by Barb Gaynor

My husband and I have been married for 43 years, and for 35 of those years, we have had a Scottish Terrier in our lives. We adopted our first … Read More


How do we motivate people to get out and vote?

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:25 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

As citizens, we have the right to vote for people to represent us in our local, state, and federal government. This right has had a long history of denial for women and people of color. Protests, demonstrations, marches, court battles, and even deaths have taken place to ensure that every American citizen, over the age of 18, has the right to vote for the candidate of their choice. We must constantly be vigilant when it comes to protect that right. That means we must guard against proposed changes that lessen the ability to vote for some citizens and speak up against the … Read More


Charges filed in incident involving patrol vehicle

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:23 am

Derrick Cox

Charges have been filed from a multi-vehicle collision involving a sheriff patrol vehicle, which resulted in multiple individuals being transported to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Recently, while emergency responders were on the scene of a single vehicle incident, on Old Kentucky Road, a multi-vehicle pile-up, which caused damage to a sheriff patrol vehicle, occurred and resulted in an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to information from that investigation, multiple charges and citations have been issued.

On Oct. 27, 2017, at approximately 9:17 p.m., White County E-911 Communications Center was notified about a single-vehicle incident. Initial reports indicated that a vehicle left the roadway on … Read More


Progress continues on sidewalks and Highway 111 ramp

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:18 am

The sidewalk project in Sparta has provided motorists with some interesting maneuvers as they travel Bockman Way, while at the same time the on-ramp and off-ramp projects are also somewhat challenging during heavy traffic. (Photos by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The Bockman Way sidewalk project and Highway 111 ramp work in Sparta continues to make progress and is staying on schedule, according to City of Sparta Public Works Director Dillard Quick and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

As construction crews with Rogers Group continue to work on the sidewalk project, Quick stated the city is utilizing the construction process to made improvements and upgrades to the city’s storm drainage, water, and sewer systems.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation-Local Programs has helped the City of Sparta to secure the necessary funding for this project. The Bockman Way project is providing a wide array of improvements to a 2,212-foot section, … Read More


City board rejects motion to allow public to speak at meetings

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:14 am

A motion made by an alderman to allow the public to address city officials during a certain portion of their twice-monthly meetings has been rejected by the remaining members.

“One of the major complaints that I have with this board, in general, is that the public can not address us in these meetings,” stated Alderman Jerry Lowery, who had made the motion. “I don’t know the history behind that, but I’d like to make a motion to allow people to be able to come here and allow the public to address us if needed.”

After a period of silence from the board, Lowery then asked, “What is the … Read More


City withdraws MARSOC memorandum of understanding

Posted by | November 6, 2017 6:12 am

Reported military training exercises conducted by a private contractor will not take place in Sparta

After a lengthy exchange of comments and sharply pointed criticism by the mayor, city officials voted on Nov. 2 to rescind a memorandum of understanding with the United States Marine Forces and the Special Operations Command that would have allowed military training exercises to be conducted within the city limits of Sparta.

During the city’s Oct. 5, 2017, board meeting, Al Parker, a representative of VATC, which is a private military training contractor, presented a request to the city to allow MARSOC (United States Marine Forces and the Special Operations Command) to conduct military training exercises within the city limits of Sparta.

According to information obtained during previous … Read More


Three fatalities in Highway 111 crash in Van Buren County

Posted by | November 5, 2017 11:51 am

A crash reportedly involving one vehicle has resulted in the death of three individuals.

In addition, four individuals have been transported by medical helicopters.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m., this morning. The southbound lane of Highway 111, in Van Buren County, at the Baker Mountain Road exit, is now closed.

More than one medical helicopter has been dispatched to the scene.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the crash site and investigation.

Numerous volunteer firefighters, first responders, emergency medical service, and other emergency personnel are on the scene.

More details will be posted as soon as they are available.


Important notice about healthcare

Posted by | November 4, 2017 9:16 am

If you have TennCare, CHOICES, QMB or SLMB, you may receive a renewal packet in the mail. Responses are requested within 40 calendar days. If you have received your renewal packet and have not responded within 40 days, it is important that you respond as soon as possible; you may be eligible to keep your coverage while the renewal packet is being reviewed. If you no longer have the renewal packet, call Tennessee Health Connection (TNHC) at 855-259-0701 to request one.

Please fax responses to TNHC at 877-430-0843 or mail to TNHC, P.O. Box 20201, Nashville, TN  37202-0201.

For renewal packet questions or general program assistance, call the … Read More



Where Bingo meets chair yoga

Posted by | November 4, 2017 8:38 am

Starting on Nov. 6 (and recurring every first and third Monday of each month), the Van Buren County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting a free “chair yoga bingo” game at the Van Buren Senior Center, in Spencer.

Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility, balance, muscle mass, agility, and bone density, which helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Also, daily physical activity, like yoga, helps reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Chair yoga poses are performed while sitting in a chair and are less strenuous than other yoga … Read More


Senior Community Service Employment Program

Posted by | November 4, 2017 7:12 am

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region.  This training is twenty hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies.  They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train.  They conduct meetings to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job.  They can also refer you to … Read More


Area to be featured on World Fishing Network, Sportsman, and Outdoor Channels

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:57 am

Area resident and world-champion kayaker Eric Jackson set-up at Cane Creek Park in Cookeville for Fishing University filming.

Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau hosted the film production team and special guests from internationally televised, Emmy-nominated television show Fishing University last week. Two episodes will air in 2018, featuring not only area lakes, but local dining, activities and attractions.

Hosts/fishing legends Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier were joined by world-champion kayaker and area-resident Eric Jackson who served as the local host. Jackson, a Rock Island resident, showcased the area, inviting viewers to visit “his backyard,” highlighting Cookeville-Putnam County and the surrounding Upper Cumberland region.

Fishing University holds a viewership of more than 63 million households, airing in all 50 states as well as in 51 additional countries. The … Read More


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