Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 9:04 am
Tennessee’s 2020 Free Fishing Day will go on as scheduled. The day is set for Saturday, June 6 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 12).
This year’s Free Fishing Day will be held under unusual circumstances. Due to the … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 8:47 am
Phillip Carlen Loftis entered a plea of guilty, in Putnam County Criminal Court, on June 1, 2020, to solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor (a Class E felony) and attempted aggravated statutory rape (also a Class E felony.)
According to a press release issued by District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, Loftis will be placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry for a minimum of 10 years.
In September 2019, investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, began to investigate allegations about Loftis, who was then 53 years old. At that time, according … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 8:27 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
There’s a scene from a popular movie from years ago where the entire family crashed past a road barrier in their car and were left stranded in the desert. It all happened while mom and dad were trying to fold the map. Apparently in their feeble attempts to correctly reassemble the map, they missed the signs that told them the road was out. Now this was only a comical movie clip, but the lesson is more valuable today than ever before. Signs are posted for a reason. They are for correction, direction, or warning. If the sign says “do not enter,” it … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 8:25 am
Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines
Over the past couple of months, we’ve heard Republicans, in state government and some of those at the federal level, say the most vulnerable citizens should just die in order to save Wall Street and the economy. These people are firm “pro-life” believers, which seems rather hypocritical in retrospect. Personally, I am offended, because I am firmly in the age group that they believe should die for the good of the millionaires and billionaires. I feel as if I still have things to contribute to society, my friends, and my family. I know there are some people who might disagree, but everyone … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | June 2, 2020 7:24 am
The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman
Over the past several nights, we have witnessed mob injustice. If there was injustice served up to George Floyd – and I believe we all know there was – how is that improved by visiting injustice upon others? How can looters stand in the street and chant “no justice no peace” when they themselves are the instruments of further injustice?
Korboi Balla is a black business owner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He took his life savings and invested them in opening a bar in the town in March – then the Wuhan flu hit. Now, he had planned to open his bar, … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 7:21 am
Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s new Rescue 2 truck is not only a newer model vehicle but also boasts enclosed storage for all of the equipment it will carry to and from rescue sites. Rescue 2 is set up like the squad’s big truck, Rescue 1. Both vehicles are extrication trucks.
By Rachel Auberger
Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad added a new member to its fleet of rescue vehicles last week.
Through donations from members of the community, the rescue squad was able to purchase a 2016 Ford F-350 to replace the 1986 Chevrolet as the new Rescue 2 truck and put it into service as of 12 midnight, on May 28, 2020.
“We’ve had the old truck for a long, long time,” T.C. Good, rescue squad assistant, said about the old truck that was a flatbed truck with toolboxes and piles of equipment stacked on. “The ‘86 has definitely met its retirement age.”
The new Rescue 2 truck, … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 7:17 am
A letter from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury – Division of Local Government Finance has been presented to the Van Buren County mayor [executive] and board of commissioners that outlines several financial issues that state officials said need to be resolved.
The letter, which was dated May 18, 2020 and signed by the director of the Division of Local Government Finance, stated these problems were discovered after a review of the county’s audit financial statements.
The issues are listed below, with instructions from the Division of Local Government Finance.
(1) The County’s lack of internal controls has led to a default on debt service payments. Consequently, pursuant … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 7:14 am
Timothy Todd Davidson
White County Grand Jury has issued an indictment for Timothy Todd Davidson, of Crossville, stemming from the May 15, 2019 crash that claimed the life of Gina Stewart, of Sparta.
The circumstances of the crash were investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and, after consultation with the district attorney general’s office, the case was prepared for presentation to the White County Grand Jury.
According to the May 15, 2019 crash report by Trooper Gavin Sullivan, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Davidson was driving a 2014 Honda, traveling west on Smithville Highway when he crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Chevrolet head on, which was … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 1:57 pm
Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events at all 56 state parks and two state natural areas, most on Saturday, June 27, for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours.
“We are pleased once again to be involved in the Tennessee Promise program,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), said. “This is an excellent way for students to perform their community service requirements in the outdoors. We also want everyone to know the activities will be conducted under social distancing guidelines as we continue to use precaution for COVID-19.”
Tennessee Promise Saturday includes a variety of work projects at … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 9:44 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 7:48 am
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on June 1, 2020 through June 6, 2020, on State Route 136 in White County.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 31, 2020 4:04 am
Sandra Kay Clary, 73, passed away May 24, 2020, after a long illness.
Mrs. Clary was born Sept. 27, 1946, the daughter of Willis and Anna Porter. She grew up in Huntington, West Virginia.
Mrs. Clary worked in the nursing field for many years. She loved arts and crafts and her Barbie doll collection. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Dale Clary.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Dale Clary; daughter, Christina Lynn DeWeese (Kelly); four grandchildren, Charlie Dale Tollison, Kayla Dawn Clary, Dalton James DeWeese, Kasey Dale Clary; three great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Ann Hartley (Gerald) … CONTINUED