In honor of Mother

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:20 am

The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman

Down through my formative years, you could pretty much count on this passage of scripture being read every Mother’s Day by my father, Pastor J. T. Holman. This passage of scripture holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.

In this portrait of a mother, as written so many thousands of years ago, we hardly see the meek submissive mouse that modern culture assigns a biblical mother. This woman is not only a wonderful wife and mother but also a business woman in her own right. Notice, she makes money through a variety of ventures and invests it. Far … Read More

Community celebrates 100th birthday of Nell Marchbanks

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:17 am

Nell Marchbanks and Dr. Charles Mitchell, both lifelong White County residents, embraced each other during Marchbanks’ recent 100th birthday reception. Mitchell is also nearing the same milestone as Marchbanks.{Photos by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Numerous individuals gathered throughout the afternoon to celebrate the life and birthday of Nell Marchbanks, at First National Bank of Tennessee, in Sparta, on May 2.

Community members, former co-workers, friends, and family recently gathered to celebrate a great birth milestone, the 100th birthday of Nell Marchbanks.

On May 2, 2018, First National Bank of Tennessee honored Marchbanks and her life well lived with a reception that drew people of various ages and relations.

Marchbanks served … Read More

What happens when righteous people die?

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:14 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta Church of Christ

Death touches every person several times in life. It is something we know will happen (Ecc. 9:5); yet at the same time, it seems so mysterious. As family members and friends around us succumb to death, perhaps we begin to wonder what exactly happens. The Bible has the answer:

The spirit leaves the body (James 2:26). As Rachel died in the hard labor of delivering her son, Benjamin, it is recorded, “Her soul was in departing” (Gen. 35:18).   When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “Father into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). The soul cannot … Read More

What happens when the bucket gets full?

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:12 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

A friend of mine once told me a story that I found to be very amusing. Several years ago, he and his father were in the roofing business when they received a call from a local business that had been established for years. The building was quite old, and a leak had appeared in the roof at some point. They were quickly sought after to locate and remedy the leaking roof issue. Now since the roof was old, pitched very sharply, and was loaded with valleys, you can imagine the difficulty in tracking down a single roof leak.

After an exhaustive search, … Read More

Jerry Lowery seeking office of 43rd District State Representative

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:11 am

Jerry Lowery

Current Sparta city alderman and long-time educator, Jerry Lowery, has officially announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for District 43 state representative.

Lowery is a military veteran who has been a public school teacher for nearly three decades. He is a deacon and trustee for Sparta First Baptist Church, where he also teaches adult Sunday school classes and assists with Wednesday night youth activities. Prior to serving as an alderman, he served four years as a member of the White County Commission. He is currently head football coach at White County High School.

Lowery’s guiding political principle is conservative   stewardship grounded in traditional Christian values. … Read More

Is there really SIX MORE months of political campaigning?

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:08 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I must admit, I am burning out already, and there is still a very long road ahead of us in this 2018 election cycle. The campaigning and fundraising for the 2018 elections started at the end of last year and is going to continue until November. That length of time is not only energy draining for the candidates but for everyone who follows politics. If we aren’t being inundated by commercials for candidates, political parties telling us they know what is best for us, then we are being “called to action” for bills and laws that are being presented by our local, … Read More

Gray seeking office of county clerk

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:05 am

Sasha Gray

Sasha Gray is pleased to announce her candidacy for the position of White County Clerk. She is a native of White County and is the daughter of Jeff (Donna) Lee and Becky (Guy) Goff. She has one daughter, Madison Gray, who is a sophomore at Volunteer State Community College. Sasha is engaged to Michael Wilson, owner of Premier Collision Repair. He is also the president of the White County Fair Board and coaches little league ball.

Sasha is a dedicated county servant who has gained respect and support of her fellow employees, as well as present clerk Connie Jolley.

Connie stated, “I am endorsing Sasha Gray … Read More

Gallaher retires – again – from broadcasting to banking

Posted by | May 7, 2018 7:01 am

Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive (left), wishes Bob Gallaher the best of luck as he ventures into retirement. Gallaher's wife, Dawn, is also enjoying the conversation. (Photos by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

A man who spent several decades in the broadcasting industry and then the past 12 years in the banking industry has retired – again. Bob Gallaher, former owner of WTZX-AM Radio Station, in Sparta, WGSQ-FM, in Cookeville, and WCSD-FM, in Cookeville, as well as interests in other radio stations, has attempted to “stay” retired more than a couple of times. However, his love for people and his expertise in marketing drew him back to the new career of banking, with his longtime business partner and friend, Millard Oakley. Gallaher was honored April 30, 2018, at the bank with a celebration that was open to the public. A meet-and-greet … Read More

Community and officials gather for National Day of Prayer

Posted by | May 7, 2018 6:50 am

White County government officials, residents, and church leaders gather on a sunny day to keep not only the local community in prayer but also the nation. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The 67th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer was held across the United States, on May 3, 2018.

In White County, the Day of Prayer service was held outside the White County Courthouse, under the gazebo on Liberty Square. Government officials, residents, church leaders, and numerous others gathered on a sunny day to keep not only the community in prayer but also the nation.

The theme of the National Day of Prayer this year was, “Unity – ‘Making every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.’ – Ephesians 4:3.”

The National Day of Prayer was created, in 1952, by a … Read More

Candidates are preparing for General Election

Posted by | May 7, 2018 6:47 am

With candidates to represent political parties for local offices officially decided, the ballot for the local general election and the ballot for state and federal primaries are ready for the August election.

On Aug. 2, 2018, there will be a statewide election in Tennessee.

The following candidates will be on the White County general election ballot:


– Denny Wayne Robinson (R)

– Jim Ward (I)


– Kathryn Passons Adcock (I)

– Sampson Choate (I)

– Shelly Clark (I)

– Joy Templeton (I)

– Angie Mackie Wilhite (I)


– Steve Page (R)

– Scott O’Dell (I)


– Beverly Finley Jolley (D)

COUNTY … Read More

Rate increase recommended by Tennessee Valley Authority

Posted by | May 7, 2018 6:45 am

One City of Sparta alderman has questioned a Tennessee Valley Authority recommended rate increase for Sparta Electric customers.

On the May 3, 2018, agenda for the Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting was a recommended rate increase for Sparta Electric customers that has been suggested by TVA, the electricity provider for the City of Sparta and surrounding area electric service providers.

According to the City of Sparta “retail rate development roadmap” that was presented to the board, the access fee for residential services is set at $18.50, and the proposed new access fee is $19.50 per residential service. Also, the customer monthly service charge was recommended to … Read More

White County awarded over $400,000 in pre-K funding

Posted by | May 7, 2018 6:43 am

Seven pre-K classrooms in White County will benefit from the Voluntary Pre-K funding recently awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education.

White County has been awarded $432,092 in Voluntary Pre-K funding from the Tennessee Department of Education for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced that over 18,000 students across the state will benefit from the VPK program in the 2018-19 school year.

On May 3, 2018, the Tennessee Department of Education announced that nearly 95 percent of all local school districts in Tennessee would receive VPK funding. This program funding is designed primarily to serve 4-year-olds who are at-risk and those in high-priority communities for future academic success.

This funding for White County will be utilized to help support and assist seven … Read More

Pet food drive

Posted by | May 6, 2018 10:38 am

Friends of White County Animals, in partnership with the White County Farmers CO-OP, is conducting the bi-annual pet food drive 8:30-11:30 a.m., May 19, at the CO-OP, 271 Mayberry Street, in Sparta. The CO-OP will give a 10 percent discount for pet food purchased at the CO-OP and donated. People can also bring unopened bags of donated cat and dog food to be placed in the pet food bin located at the White County CO-OP. At this time, there is a special need for cat food.

The pet food bank was created to help people keep pets (cats and dogs) in good homes by providing supplemental food assistance. … Read More

Gary Wayne Brymer

Posted by | May 6, 2018 8:30 am

Gary Wayne Brymer, 61, of Quebeck, passed away May 5, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are complete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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