Operation Clean Sweep update

Posted by | April 13, 2019 7:36 am

Middle Tennessee Operation ends successfully

During the past week officers from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) have completed additional, unannounced home visits on hundreds of sex offenders under community supervision.  During Operation Clean Sweep, Probation Parole Officers visited 358 homes across Middle Tennessee.  According to Alisha James, Assistant Commissioner Community Supervision, “Everyday our officers hold nearly 80-thousand offenders accountable to the conditions of their probation and parole.  Operation Clean Sweep is one more tool in our toolbox we use to keep the community safe.  This is a reminder that our officers are on the ground 24/7 and are always vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety … Read More


New nurse practitioner joins Urgent Team – Cookeville

Posted by | April 13, 2019 6:23 am

Laura Hall

Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care welcomes nurse practitioner Laura Hall to the Cookeville location’s healthcare team.

Hall graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University. She served three years as a registered ICU nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and most recently worked as the clinic coordinator at Fast Pace Urgent Care in Sparta.

Urgent Team – Cookeville is located at 650 S. Jefferson Ave., across from Big Lots. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. New patients can register online to save time with paperwork. No appointment is necessary and most insurances are accepted.… Read More


WCHS Warriorettes fall to Sequatchie County 11- 3

Posted by | April 13, 2019 6:08 am

The White County Warriorettes fell behind early and could not get the offense going to come back in an 11-3 loss to Sequatchie County, April 9.

In the first inning Sequatchie County scored four runs with four hits and a walk in the bottom half of the inning.  The score at the end of one inning 4-0.  The White County Warriorettes’ Varsity struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Sequatchie County, giving up 11 runs.

Sparta closed the gap in the third inning after Addison Abell reaches first base on an error, and Savannah Jones walked, putting runners on first and second.  Caydra Parker then doubles to left … Read More


WCHS Unified Special Olympics State Tournament Champions

Posted by | April 12, 2019 2:23 pm

On March 16, 2019, the White County High School Unified Special Olympics basketball team took the gold medal at the Tennessee Special Olympics Tournament.  Unified Champion Schools provide students with and without disabilities the opportunity to form positive social relationships.  WCHS is a Unified Champion School in Tennessee.   Members of the team include: Bryson Cole-unified partner, Treston Hodges-unified partner, Lauren Turner-unified partner, Jordan Casey, Tristen Rawlings, Erica Brown, Jeremy Parrish, Kenneth Bain, Caleb Jones, Michael Morhardt, Coach Kelli Reed, and assistant Nancy Benningfield.


Welch places first in two events for White County High School track

Posted by | April 12, 2019 2:18 pm

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Rummage sale

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:22 am

Saturday, May 11

Who: GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club

What: Rummage sale

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 23 N. Church St.


Cassville breakfast

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:21 am

Saturday, April 27

Who: Cassville Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee, ham, bacon, fried potatoes); $7 adults, $5 children

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane

Contact: (931) 761-2476 (will deliver for orders of five or more)


Fall Creek Falls breakfast

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:19 am

Saturday, April 27

Who: Fall Creek Falls Fire Department

What: Breakfast (biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, country ham, fried bologna, fruit, orange juice, coffee, milk); cost is $7

When: 7-10 a.m.

Where: 24897 Route 30 East


Capitalism fosters human cooperation like nothing else

Posted by | April 12, 2019 9:01 am

Language of Liberty – By Barry Brownstein

There is an apocryphal story about a man who sees his neighbor searching under a streetlight. Being a good neighbor, he offers to help. The man who is searching explains he lost his car keys. The two men look, but the keys are nowhere to be found. “Are you sure you dropped your keys under the streetlight?” asks the concerned neighbor. “I’m not sure,” responds the man who lost his keys, “but this is where the light is.”

If you have ever looked for any missing item in the same place repeatedly, you know there is a natural tendency to turn … Read More


A time to weep and a time to laugh

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:50 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

James David was supposed to be in bed, but, instead, his mother heard his bare feet padding down the stairs. She also heard a sniffle. James David is 8 and the youngest of four. His mother is the oldest of our four. They live in West Virginia.

James David was not just buying time to avoid bedtime; he was genuinely troubled. As he ran to his mother’s arms, he burst into tears. She held him for a few minutes, while he tried to speak. Finally, he blurted out the words that expressed the feelings of his broken little heart.

“I miss Darlin’!”… Read More


Dropping 7 truth bombs on prom

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:48 am

By Topher Wiles

A shepherd was out with his flock on a peaceful night and said, “This is nice.”

“Not for me,” said one of his sheep. “All you do is boss me around all the time!”

“What did you say?” asked the shepherd.

“You herd me.”

I wish someone would have herded me, bossed me, or at least given me a set of rules to live by for my senior prom, because under my own guidance, it was awful. Yes, I was a straight “A” student.  Yes, I had been going to church for a year and was a born-again Christian.  Yes, my teachers, coaches, and parents … Read More


Legislative wrap-up

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:47 am

 Republican-Led Initiative To Secure Our Tennessee Schools Passes House

State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) and Republican lawmakers recently passed House Bill 947, which will help secure our Tennessee schools and provide additional safety resources to protect our future leaders.

The initiative proposes a $30 million investment for the school safety grant fund and additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of these grants to help secure school resource officers and other safety measures.

Total proposed funding for school resources officers and additional safety measures for FY 2019-2020 is $50 million. Approximately $10 million of this funding total was allocated last year, $30 million is new money … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:32 am

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 8, 2019 –  Senate Committees worked diligently last week, holding 10 more budget hearings and moving a number of important bills out of committee and to the Senate floor for final action.  In a sign that the 2019 legislative session is beginning to wind down, the Senate Energy Committee has completed their business for the year, while several other committees have set final calendars for next week.  Budget hearings will also conclude next week.  Senate committees have successfully completed hearings on 52 of the 59 individual budgets of all departments and agencies of state government.  The budget will be a key area of focus for … Read More


Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors receives award

Posted by | April 12, 2019 8:30 am

By Ron Moses

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors, which may be the only board in the state to include four different governing bodies (City of Sparta, White County, City of Cookeville, and Putnam County), has been award the Governing Body of The Year award, according airport manager Dean Selby.

Selby said he is proud of the award and gives a lot of credit for it to the cooperation of the four governing bodies and their working so well together.

“If we are doing enough that the state is recognizing us, I think that is pretty cool,” said Selby. “People don’t believe me when I tell them … Read More


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