Quinton Bain

Posted by | April 23, 2018 9:21 am

Quinton Bain, 88, of Walling, passed away April 22, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kellie Jolly Harper speaks at YMCA fundraiser dinner

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:40 am

On April 21, the White County Family YMCA held the 2nd Annual Dinner-Fundraiser at the White County Fairgrounds Agricultural Complex Building.

The night started out with a meet and greet with White County High School and University of Tennessee Knoxville graduate Kellie Jolly Harper. Afterward, Dr. Chad Griffin, the YMCA’s chief volunteer officer, welcomed everyone to the event. After Dr. Griffin gave the opening statements, Roy Whited blessed the food. Templeton’s BBQ, who catered the event, handed out the meal. After everyone finished eating, Whited introduced Harper, who was the featured speaker for the event.

Once Harper took the stage, she talked about her career and how she … Read More

Warriorettes stymied by Warren

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:38 am

The Warriorettes had trouble keeping up with Warren County in a 15-0 loss, on Thursday.

The Warriorettes would fall behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning. The Warriorettes would have their best chance to score in the first inning. Ellie Savage and Jessie Green would lead off the inning with a walk. However, Warren County would get a strike out, fielder’s choice, and a groundout to close out the inning.

Warren County would pick up two more runs in the second inning and 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning to finish the game in three innings.

Savage would suffer the loss for the … Read More

White County High School baseball wins 3 of 4 in Trojan Classic

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:35 am

Drew Young drives a pitch in a game earlier this season. Young had a good weekend and helped the Warriors pick up three wins.

The Warrior baseball team competed in the Trojan Classic played in the Chattanooga area over the weekend and won three of their four pool play games.

The Warriors would lose their first game to Halls High School out of Knoxville, 7-6, but would turn around and blow out Ooltewah, 12-4, and Red Bank, 13-3. The Warriors would then hold on late to take down East Hamilton High School, 5-4.

WCHS began tournament play Friday against Halls High School at Ooltewah High School. The Warriors … Read More

Demolition project makes room for future home of CH Donuts

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:28 am



A popular donut shop in town will have a new home in the coming months as construction crews are already busy at work turning a once idled commercial building into a future pit stop for pastry treats.

With permits issued by the City of Sparta, J.A. Sergio and Sons have been steadily at work demolishing a former longtime service and repair shop that has sat empty in recent time. But by creating a leveled lot, new construction will soon make way for the future home of CH Donuts.

CH Donuts, which is now located at 154 E. Bockman Way, is making plans for their new home … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:25 am

By State Senator Paul Bailey

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 20, 2018 – The Tennessee Senate passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close. The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens. It also provides $3 million recurring dollars to the Tennessee … Read More

Good enough is not good enough

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:23 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

If we were to make our greatest presentation, we would lead out with our best. Having the opportunity to impress, most people would offer their highest level of product. Popular restaurants show commercials of fast food burgers that look much better in the picture than they do on the tray. A trip to the prom would result in the best tux or dress, the prettiest hair and nails, and the cleanest the car has ever been.

It’s our nature to present our best when everything is on the line, and I think the devil led out with his best when he tempted … Read More

Something’s happening here and it’s not exactly clear

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:20 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I was taken aback a bit when I looked at the White County Democratic Primary Ballot. I seriously thought there was some kind of mistake. I was sure I had seen the names of a lot more people running for elected office this year. I had to make a concerted effort to go through the piles of research I have yet to file since the end of last year. It has probably been a lot longer than that because my “filing system” needs some serious fixing. I’ll save that for next week. In the meantime, I did find the article I was … Read More

The church and Ayn Rand

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:19 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I have a couple of topics I want to cover in this one, short article, so please stay with me as we move along!

Firstly, I want to finish my thoughts regarding the church and its place in modern society. In times past, the church was the moral compass of the nation. While never perfect, it did strive to point out a higher morality, a more universal love as expressed by God himself, who gave his son to die for fallen humanity. In times past, whenever vices of gambling or alcohol were proposed for the community, pastors all across the nation/county … Read More

Woodland Park Elementary mural

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:17 am

Students, faculty, staff, and parents now have a motivational and encouraging mural within the hallway of Woodland Park Elementary School, thanks to the hard work of one of Woodland Park’s teacher. Woodland Park arts teacher Germaine Taylor Bumbalough recently completed an art project that brought a new mural on the walls of Woodland Park Elementary School. The mural states, “Some kids are smarter than you, Some kids have cooler clothes than you, Some kids are better at sports thank you. – It doesn’t matter. – You have your thing, too. Be the kid who can get along. Be the kid who is generous. Be the kid who is … Read More

Chamber Business Expo

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:14 am

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Over 70 businesses, ranging from large corporations to family owned companies in White County and from the Upper Cumberland region, were recently on hand at the First National Bank of Tennessee Sparta branch to showcase their products and services to countless visitors.

On April 19, 2018, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce held its 2nd Annual Business After Hours Expo, which was hosted and sponsored by First National Bank of Tennessee. The event brought out a record number of vendors on both levels of the bank and also included booths set up in the parking lot.

Sparta White County Chamber of Commerce would like to … Read More

TNReady causes problems with online testing in White County

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:09 am

Students in Tennessee are required to utilize state mandated online computer based testing, and, once again, numerous issues have plagued the testing process, even in White County.

The 2017-2018 academic school year is the third year for the state’s TNReady student assessment testing system. TNReady is designed to test a student’s knowledge and gauges how a student falls in alignment with the Tennessee Academic Standards. This testing platform also provides assessments for teachers and schools.

Since its inception, TNReady has been plagued with problems, ranging from scoring errors and testing platform failures. This year is no exception to the system’s troublesome track record, and state lawmakers are taking … Read More

School board approves issuing $20 million in bonds for projects

Posted by | April 23, 2018 6:07 am

White County School Board members have approved placing advertisements on school buses. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

School board members recently discussed several agenda items, including the issuance of bonds to cover construction costs for two major projects.

At the April 12, 2018, meeting of the White County Board of Education, Chad Marcum, White County finance director, was on hand to give a presentation and to discuss with board members what steps needed to be taken to secure the necessary funding for the school system’s recently announced capital projects.

The White County school system has announced plans to construct a new Findlay Elementary School and a new White County Middle School Athletic Complex. The costs for the two projects combined is approximately $26 million

These … Read More

Donnie David Shockley

Posted by | April 21, 2018 8:22 am

Donnie David “Hollywood” Shockley, passed away April 18, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Shockley was born May 13, 1957, in Paynesville, Ohio, to Creed O. Shockley and Joyce Gray Shockley.

He was a heavy equipment operator and was president of the Steel Workers Union, at Powermatic, in McMinnville, for several years.

Mr. Shockley was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Wright; and grandson, Kell Julian.

Survivors include his daughters, Karla Yates, Keri Julian, Kayla Myers; brother, Carl (Wanda) Shockley; sister, Sherry Shockley; grandchildren, Tyler and Bree Julian, Halen and Case Myers, Brilee Mooneyham; and loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 3 p.m., April … Read More

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