Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 30, 2020 7:18 am
Terry Don “Binky” Baker passed away on June 25, 2020 at the age of 35.
Mr. Baker was born Aug. 2, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, to Eddie and Marsha Baker.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marsha Kay Heny Baker; brothers, Mark Baker, Eric “Bowdy” Baker; grandparents, Edward and Agnes Baker; and grandmother, Alice Henry Smith.
He is survived by his father, Eddie Baker; grandfather, Pop Willie Smith; brother, Steven James Baker; sisters, Tina Baker, Gina Baker, Angelina Baker, Kristen Carrier; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Graveside service will be 4 p.m., July 1, 2020, at Bethlehem Cemetery. The family will receive visitors … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 30, 2020 7:06 am
Gov. Bill Lee
On June 29, Gov. Bill Lee announced he is extending Tennessee’s state of emergency through Aug. 29, 2020, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The governor signed three executive orders which will extend certain provisions and allow for the continued suspension of various laws and regulations in order to contain the spread of the virus
Executive Order 50: AN ORDER TO FACILITATE AND RESPOND TO CONTINUING EFFECTS OF COVID-19 BY EXTENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER NOS. 36 & 38 (AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 49) – To view this order, click here.
Executive Order 51: AN ORDER EXTENDING SAFE, OPEN, AND TRANSPARENT PUBLIC MEETINGS … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 2:48 pm
A crash with injuries has occurred at the off-ramp of Highway 111 and Bockman Way, near McBride Auto Sales. No details are available at this time. Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the scene. Sparta Fire Department, White County Sheriff Department, White County Emergency Medical Service, as well as others emergency personnel who may have left the scene before these photos were taken. The E-911 call was issued at approximately 12:47 p.m. Clean-up was still in progress at 2:15 p.m. SpartaLive will post details as soon as they are available. (Photos by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 1:03 pm
Linda Jane Broom, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 28, 2020, at Saint Thomas Midtown, in Nashville.
Mrs. Broom was born Feb. 14, 1952, in White County, to Rosa Lee Lewis and Lawrence Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rosa Lee and Lawrence “Jack” Lewis; brother-in-law, James Blaylock; and daughter, Sherry Lynn Broom.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Broom; daughter, LeAnn Qualls and husband Lewis, of Sparta; brothers, Lawrence “Larry” Lewis and Linda, of Maynardville, Ron Lewis and Ann, of Crossville, Joseph “Frank” Lewis, of the Eastland community; sister, Karen Blaylock, of the Eastland community; grandchildren, Justin Ray Qualls,Tristian Carter Qualls, both of Sparta; and … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 12:49 pm
Mary Katherine Dilldine Mabe, 86, of the Cedar Creek community, of White County, passed away June 28, 2020, at her residence.
Mrs. Mabe was born May 30, 1934, in Sparta.
She worked in shirt factories and then started at Wagner Electric the day they opened their doors and worked until she was able to retire.
She loved going to yard sales enough so that she would look them up in the newspaper and map out her day according to where they were going to be that day. As much as she loved going to yard sales, her passion was spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Mabe is preceded … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 11:54 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 11:14 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 10:57 am
In accordance to guidelines within the federal government’s CARES Act, Tennessee will discontinue paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) the week ending July 25, 2020.
FPUC provided $600 per week in federal assistance, in addition to benefits from other unemployment insurance programs, including Tennessee Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
The CARES Act requires states to provide FPUC through July 31. Tennessee, like many other states, ends its benefit week on Saturdays. July 25 is the last Saturday of the month. Federal law does not allow the state to pay this particular benefit through Saturday, August 1.
Eligible claimants still unemployed as of July 26 will receive … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 8:31 am
Budget approval includes 0 percent tuition increase
After listening to University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd and chancellors of campuses across the system discuss their plans for handling COVID-19 in the fall on Thursday, the UT Board of Trustees approved their plans as well as the University’s $2.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-21 during Friday’s annual meeting.
In approving the COVID-19 and Guiding Principles for Fall 2020 resolution, trustees authorized the UT administration to take the necessary actions to have in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester.
The resolution also stated that the University should continue to make reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff who are … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 8:15 am
Monday nights at Dogwood Park’s performance pavilion will remain quiet in July.
Cookeville Community Band has cancelled the remainder of its summer concert series after having previously called off its May and June concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This decision was made after evaluating rehearsal hall availability, concert performance space, the health and safety of our members, and the health and safety of our audience,” the band’s Facebook page says. “Our first and foremost priority is safety. We also must adhere to the policies set by state and local officials with regard to gathering in groups and social distancing. We certainly look forward to being able to … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 7:45 am
Bledsoe County Wildlife Officer Mark Patterson (on right) assisting with Golden Eagle project
Bledsoe County Wildlife Officer Mark Patterson is retiring after nearly 35 years of employment. Known throughout the county, Officer Patterson has provided outstanding services throughout his career.
Patterson was hired in 1984 after attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon completion of Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, he was assigned to Bledsoe County where he and his wife Marla settled and started their family. In addition to his career, Patterson became active in the community with involvement in church, as a high school baseball coach and little league coach. Patterson was influential in starting the National Archery in the Schools Program in the county.
Patterson was engaged in … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 29, 2020 7:40 am
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, July 3-5. Operation Dry Water is a weekend of education and enforcement about the dangers of impaired boating throughout the state.
The July 4th holiday means an increase in boater activity on the water and there is also an increase in the number on incidents during this time. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA in 2009. It has been a highly successful campaign drawing public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence.
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