WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes split with Rhea County

Posted by | January 27, 2020 1:09 pm

Julia Curtis scoring two points vs. Rhea County

By Jerry Lowery

On Jan. 24, 2020, the Warriors and Warriorettes hosted the Rhea County Golden Eagles for a big district basketball contest.  The Warriorettes took to the hardwood in the first game of the night and saw Rhea County win the game by a score of 56-45.

The Warriorettes took the early first-quarter lead with a slim two-point advantage, ending the first frame 15-13.  Rhea County managed to cut the lead in half by only a single-digit going into the locker room at the half as Sparta continued to lead 26-25.

The third quarter was the downfall of the Warriorettes as they only could manage four points, … CONTINUED


Eighth grade Warriorettes continue to win in post-season play

Posted by | January 27, 2020 1:05 pm

By Jerry Lowery

The 8th grade Warriorettes continue to advance in the area tournament in post-season action.  They played Warren County, on Jan. 23, 2020, in semi-final action.  They won 53-43 over neighboring Warren County.  Celeste Reed continues to lead the Warriorettes in scoring with 22 points in the win that sends them to the championship game.  Ava Jones added 12 points in the win.

They played at 4:15 p.m., Jan. 25,  for the championship of the area tournament. Details were not available at press time. They advance to the regional tournament next week.

The 8th grade Warriors’ season was cut short with a loss to Spring Hill … CONTINUED


Barrenness and bankruptcy

Posted by | January 27, 2020 1:00 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

There’s a true story about a revival that began in one of the most unchurched and ungodliest places, in South America. Argentina was considered by mission boards to be the least fruitful mission field in the western hemisphere. After 40 years of hard work, missionaries could only account for 174 adult church members by 1951. In 1949, a census of the three most successful denominations, in Argentina, totaled a mere 574 members. Large churches, in Argentina, at the time, consisted of as few as seven members. Spiritism was dominant in many cities and towns, with churches being unable to get a foothold … CONTINUED


So, what’s the big deal about quid pro quo?

Posted by | January 27, 2020 12:58 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

We have all used a form of “quid pro quo” in certain situations.  There also have been times we have all resorted to bribery.  The biggest difference between quid pro quo and bribery seems to be money. If money is used to get someone to do something you want, it’s bribery.  Quid pro quo is more along the lines of exchanging favors without expressly using something of real monetary value. Other closely related words are incentive, inducement, motive, stimulus, enticement, and the list go on.  The words describe the action of getting someone to do something for you that would mutually benefit … CONTINUED



Bockman Way Townhouses moving toward next step in construction

Posted by | January 27, 2020 12:26 pm

Patches of green and several community-shared areas are some of the features of the new townhouses. Units that are adjacent to Bockman Way will have 25 feet of yard space, and the remaining units will each have 10 feet.

By Rachel Auberger

The process of creating Bockman Way Townhouses, a horizontal property regime that will stand where the Midway Motel once stood, is underway.

“We have demolished the old structures and had all of the debris removed,” Tulsi Patel said. “Now they are laying gravel to prepare the site for the next phase.”

The 13 units, which are scheduled to be completed in early fall, will create a small, intimate community in the middle of Sparta.

“There will be patches of green and several community-shared areas,” Patel said and then added that each unit will also have its own small yard. “The units that are adjacent to … CONTINUED


Walking trail cleaned after complaint of a sewage overflow, trash

Posted by | January 27, 2020 12:22 pm

Trash had been strewn across the walking trail at South Carter Street Park. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

The walking trail at South Carter Street Park recently received a little extra attention and clean up after a Sparta resident made a complaint about the condition of the trail.

“[I’ve] noticed the drainage problem that causes sewage to backflow on to the walking trail on the river, just below the original bridge,” the resident said. “I really enjoy this park and use it frequently as I know a lot of other people do. The city is making a lot of improvements to the park for everybody to enjoy… However, this sewage situation is a problem.”

The claim stated that the sewage flows directly into … CONTINUED


Collaborative efforts being made to control Asian carp says TWRA

Posted by | January 27, 2020 11:57 am

The state of Tennessee is collaborating with multiple states and federal agencies to control Asian carp. The recently reported photo of a silver carp from Chickamauga Lake suggests that a few silver carp have migrated upstream through navigation locks.  The most upstream observation of silver carp prior was Wheeler Lake near Decatur, Alabama, in March 2017.  TWRA fish monitoring through 2019 has not yielded a single carp, suggesting that silver carp are rare in Chickamauga Lake.

“Asian carp negatively impact Tennessee’s fisheries, recreational boaters, and local economies and we are committed to combatting this problem,” said Gov. Bill Lee.  “I am pleased that TWRA is looking at technologies … CONTINUED


Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrests alleged meth dealers

Posted by | January 27, 2020 11:32 am

Michelle Hearld

PUTNAM COUNTY, TN (January 27, 2020):  According to a press release,  35-year-old Gregory Livers and 25-year-old Mariah Hearld were arrested, on Jan. 26, 2020, following an intensive drug trafficking investigation led by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Gregory Livers was arrested after leaving his residence at 2744 Old Salem Drive, Cookeville, TN. Livers was stopped near the Putnam County High School and arrested on a probation violation. Livers was in possession of methamphetamine and Oxycodone pills (both are classified as a schedule II drug), baggies and Xanax pills.

Gregory Livers

A short time later, agents of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, Tactical … CONTINUED





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