Obituaries

6:08 AM, Apr 11, 2021

Anna Faye Jolly, 86, of Sparta, passed away April 9, 2021, in Sparta. Mrs. Jolly was born Sept. 30, 1934, in Dunlap, to Sam and Doris Sims. She was a long-time employee of White County Hospital …
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Obituaries

6:06 AM, Apr 11, 2021

Margaret Patterson Holland Glover Howell, 66, of Sparta, a native of Scotland, passed away April 9, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  Graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m., …
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Conservative Commentary

Jerry Jones  4:40 AM, Apr 11, 2021

My recent ‘opinion’ articles have focused on the very real and grave danger that threatens the very existence of our country and the possibility of a civil uprising.  This is not …
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A Liberal Dose

Troy Smith  4:37 AM, Apr 11, 2021

For a long time now, since the Nixon administration - essentially, though there were traces before then - the American right has heralded itself as the only true patriotic philosophy. Liberals, they …
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Faith

Steve Playl  12:05 PM, Apr 9, 2021

Notes from the final chord wafted through the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, of Snellville, Georgia. Tommy Rutledge lifted his fingers from the keyboard of the grand piano, and Melissa Thompson …
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Obituaries

9:32 AM, Apr 9, 2021

Robert Jason Wilson, affectionately known by friends and family as Jason, passed away April 7, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Jason was born July 19, 1972, in Sparta, to Doris Laree …
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Faith

Topher Wiles  7:59 AM, Apr 9, 2021

My boys were starving and needed nourishment from me.  As I overheard their argument pushing their tones to get higher pitched, their volumes louder, and their reasoning to falter, I knew they …
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Sports

Jerry Lowery  7:51 AM, Apr 9, 2021

 On March 30, 2021, the White County High School track team traveled north to Fentress County to compete in the York Institute Track Meet.  Several schools from the Upper Cumberland area …
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News

Rachel Auberger  7:32 AM, Apr 9, 2021

 Sparta Police Department is partnering with Walgreens to give area residents the opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription medications during this spring’s National Drug Take …
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COVID-19

Rachel Auberger  7:27 AM, Apr 9, 2021

 While the COVID-19 vaccine has been available at local health departments across Tennessee for some months now, the option to choose which vaccine you receive hasn’t been a feature that …
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News

Rachel Auberger  7:24 AM, Apr 9, 2021

According to Sparta’s codes officer, Mike O’Neal, yard sale signs are permitted on city property as they are advertising a temporary public event. “We are supportive of the …
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Sports

12:04 PM, Apr 8, 2021

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News

Posted by Kim Swindell Wood  9:34 AM, Apr 8, 2021

Tennessee workers displaced by the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 can enroll in free online classes to advance their skill set. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has …
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Poetry

Gene Hodge  9:14 AM, Apr 8, 2021

I went down for a little while . . . only a little while; fell into a deep hole with only a small aperture of light from above. But greatness overtook me. I felt like Popeye who …
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News

Posted by Kim Swindell Wood  8:40 AM, Apr 8, 2021

Are you raising a relative child or need housing assistance? For more information on assistance and support, please contact Melissa Allison at the Upper Cumberland Development District toll free at …
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News

Posted by Kim Swindell Wood  11:11 AM, Apr 7, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to BOLO from dispatch at approximately 10 a.m. regarding a carjacking/possible kidnapping out of Cumberland County. The …
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Obituaries

7:20 AM, Apr 7, 2021

Shirley Ann Zinker, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 6, 2021, at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Vienna, Illinois. She was the daughter of Lowry Ausbrooks and Maldita Dodson Ausbrooks who …
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Obituaries

7:19 AM, Apr 7, 2021

Marie Simmons, 83, of Spencer, passed from this life, on April 5, 2021, at Life Care Center of Sparta. She was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Spencer, the daughter of William Hale and Jossie Brymer …
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Obituaries

7:15 AM, Apr 7, 2021

Jewell Dean Hennessee, 78, of Spencer, passed away April 5, 2021, at her home. She was born April 19, 1942, in Spencer, the daughter of Cliffard Cummings and Bertha Hale Cummings. Funeral …
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Obituaries

7:11 AM, Apr 7, 2021

Jeanie Lee Gribble, age 65, was born June 16, 1955, to Earnest and Dorothy Gribble. On April 3, 2021, at her home in Sparta, God said her journey on earth was done. She was baptized into Christ …
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OBITUARIES
Paul M. Wilmoth
Funeral service for Bro. Paul M. Wilmoth, 77, of Sparta, will be noon, April 7, 2021, at Northeast Church of Christ, in Cookeville. …
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Laura E. Guy
Laura E. Guy, 89, of Spencer, passed away April 3, 2021, at her home. She was born June 23, 1931, in Spencer, the daughter of Pike …
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Sandra Neal Sparkman
Sandra Neal Sparkman, 72, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 3, 2021, at her home. She was born Sept. 20, 1948, in Lebanon, …
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James Douglas "Doug" Robinson
James Douglas "Doug" Robinson, 70, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, and a native of White County, passed away March 31, 2021, at Hamilton …
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Samuel “Sam” Lee Chaney
Samuel “Sam” Lee Chaney, 81, passed away March 28, 2021, at Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville. He was born Oct. 18, …
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SPORTS
A different kind of club helps 86-year-old golfer
 Even though Maurice Latta is 86, he still visits Sparta Country Club on a regular basis. Latta has been a golfer all of his …
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WCHS Warriors take first place in track meet
On March 30, 2021, the White County High School track team traveled north to Fentress County to compete in the York Institute Track …
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Halo Motorsports wins
 Halo is a fairly well-known brand and business in the Sparta/White County area as the locally owned and operated business has …
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Register for Leisure Services softball by March 26
COOKEVILLE - Just one week remains to register for Cookeville Leisure Services’ spring adult co-ed softball leagues. Team …
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FAITH

The resurrection of Jesus Christ

 There has been a controversy over the resurrection of Jesus ever since it took place. ACTS 4:37-41 says that WORD, ye KNOW, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, …

EDUCATION
Comptroller’s office studies chronic absenteeism and truancy in schools
 (March 31, 2021) - The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has completed a …
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TDOE announces applications open for $500,000 in Governor’s Civic Seal Grants
             Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education recently …
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Findlay principal discusses how educators have met challenges during pandemic
March’s meeting of the White County School Board was hosted by Findlay Elementary School and Rebecca Ryan, the county’s …
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Grand opening of TTU's Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation & Fitness Center set for April 9
  (March 25, 2021) - Tennessee Tech will hold the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Marc. L Burnett …
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Houston Austin new director of Motlow EMS Program
Sparta native Houston Austin has taken on the position of the EMS program director for Motlow Community College, and he is bringing a …
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OPINION

The sanctity of property: “Do not steal”

 A good case can be made that the Eighth Commandment, “Do Not Steal,” is the one commandment that encompasses all the others. How does “Do Not Steal” encompass the …