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


Volunteers are needed to help individuals with Medicare issues

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:37 am

Medicare can be a daunting experience, with decisions to be made about which plans to pick, and the one applying must know what questions to ask and where to submit their forms.

This is where the State Health Insurance Assistance Program can help. SHIP is a volunteer organization funded by federal grant money and managed by the state to provide counseling and assistance to people who are ready, or nearly ready, to sign up for Medicare. Joshua Hunter, SHIP’s benefits and outreach volunteer coordinator, says they are looking for volunteers to help with the program.

Training for new volunteers will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 12 and June … Read More


The Lofts of Sparta finds a new home in historic downtown Sparta

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:33 am

The Lofts of Sparta officially opened this past weekend in its new location, at 33 W. Bockman Way. . L-R: Marla Farley Murray (who is co-owner with sister Marsha Farley Jackson) and Cendra Tollison, store manager. (Photo by MISTY WALKER)

Sparta is gaining another attraction in the downtown area, one that has already been a favorite in White County for a few years.

Marla Farley Murray and Marsha Farley Jackson, who are sisters, took over The Local Lofts, in September 2017, at a building on Smithville Highway, which then became known as The Lofts of Sparta. The store consists of areas known as “booths” that are individually run … Read More


James “Butch” Buchannon Cavanah Jr.

Posted by | June 4, 2018 6:15 am

James “Butch” Buchannon Cavanah Jr., 61, of Sparta, passed away June 3, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born Sunday, Aug. 26, 1956, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he was the son of James Cavanah Sr. and Alma Wells Cavanah.

He loved fishing, hunting, and woodworking.

Mr. Cavanah was preceded in death by his mother; brother, David Cavanah; and sisters, Diane Frasier and Devona Ruley.

He is survived by his daughter, Meredith Cavanah Daoud (Jerry), of McKinney, Texas; son, Derick Cavanah (Holly,) of Sparta; father, James Cavanah Sr. (Donna), of Sparta; sisters, Gwinda Stevens (Donald), of Smyrna, Trevanda Allison (Tim), of Sparta; brothers, Mike Cloyd (Lissa), of Sparta, Jason Cloyd … Read More


Douglas Charles Stewart

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:37 am

Douglas Charles Stewart, 76, of Sparta, passed away May 31, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born May 13, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Elmer Stewart and Virginia Bull Stewart.

He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran and a Mason. He enjoyed fishing and working at Carrie’s Dance Academy. He loved every dancer there.

Mr. Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jennifer Ann.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Stewart, of Sparta; son, Douglas Stewart Jr. (Terrie), of Glade Creek; daughter, Carrie Stewart Edmonds (Nathan), of Sparta; and grandchildren, Emma Stewart, Grace Stewart, Tyler Stewart, Karlee Edmonds, Ally … Read More


John Lawrence Strashensky

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:29 am

John Lawrence Strashensky, 79, of Spencer, passed away May 30, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Strashensky was born June 16, 1938, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of John Strashensky and Mary Bugara Strashensky.

Burial will take place at a later date, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sparta First Free Will homecoming

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:18 am

Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church will have homecoming, on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Dennis Deweese will be preaching in the morning service. Special singing by Bro. Tony Wilson. Lunch will be served after the morning service. Everyone is invited.


Glenn Cattle Farms joins American Angus Association

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:08 am

Glenn Cattle Farms, in Walling, Tennessee, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and … Read More


History Hike is June 9, prize drawing sponsored by Foglight Foodhouse

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:02 am

History and fun will come together June 9 for a Family Fun Frolic at the Cookeville Depot and Cookeville history museums.

“We’re so excited to welcome area families to our fourth Family Fun Frolic,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said. “What could be better than getting out for some free, family fun on a warm June Saturday?”

The free activity, a fun twist on the museums’ monthly History Hikes, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Participants may begin either at the Depot, 116 W. Broad St., with old-fashioned games like checkers and cornhole or the History Museum, 40 E. Broad St., with ladder golf and lawn darts, as well … Read More


Insurance enrollment assistance available at W.C. Health Department

Posted by | June 2, 2018 5:51 am

Have you recently experienced a life event that resulted in the loss of your health insurance coverage? If so, you may qualify for a special enrollment period through the Healthcare Marketplace Exchange.

White County Health Department/Community Health Center has a certified application counselor available to assist those who may have lost health insurance coverage, recently married, had a child or will be losing health insurance within 60 days. If you think that you may qualify, please call the White County Health Department/Community Health Center at (931) 836-2201.


Motlow State Testing Center to offer Residual ACT Assessment Test for summer and fall semester

Posted by | June 2, 2018 5:41 am

Motlow State Community College Testing Center will administer the Residual ACT exam on June 15 and 21, July 20, and August 10 from 8:30 a.m. – noon, and on July 31 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. The test will be administered in room 1043 of the Crouch Center on the Moore County campus.

The Residual ACT is for individuals under 21 years of age who are planning to attend Motlow State and were unable to take the ACT on a national test day. A Motlow admission application must be on file prior to taking the Residual ACT.

To be eligible to take the test, applicants must complete the … Read More


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