Monthly Archives: July 2015

Donald Winford Tompkins

Posted on July 17, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Donald Winford Tompkins, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 16, 2015.

Born Friday, April 6, 1934, in Conway, South Carolina, he was the son of Frank Tompkins and Liza Jane Tompkins.

He attended Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church and worked at Shell for 25 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Tompkins was preceded in death by his son Jeff Tompkins; grandson, Matt Tompkins; and six brothers and one sister, Clifton, Belton, Loyd, Robert, Edward, Wendall and Gracie Tompkins.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Louise Tompkins, of Sparta; children, Marsha and Gene Egan, of Kingsport, Jeanie and Page Edwards, of Virginia, Donald and Sandra Tompkins, of Michigan, … CONTINUED

John Carl Kollmorgen

Posted on July 17, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

John Carl Kollmorgen, 69, of Walling, passed away July 16, 2015, in Sparta.

Born April 17, 1946, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, he was the son of John Kollmorgen and Rosemary Knuth.

Mr. Kollmorgen was a member of Shady Grove Methodist Church. He served as chief of Central View Fire Department for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, John; sisters Pam Neely, Sue Navock; and stepfather Irving Knuth.

Surviving family members include his wife, Barbara Whited Kollmorgen; daughter, Donna Kollmorgen Bray and husband Jeff; sons, Jimmy Kollmorgen and wife Dimple, Donnie Kollmorgen and wife Cindy, Michael Sleister, Jackie Cantrell; mother, Rosemary Stuart Knuth; six grandchildren; … CONTINUED

Charity Motorcycle Ride for Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Posted on July 17, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial was constructed at the Fire Codes Academy in Bell Buckle in 2009, after years of planning and fund raising by firefighters.

Since then, firefighters serving on the memorial committee have continued to raise and donate funds for the annual upkeep of the memorial, which pays tribute to firefighters who have paid the ultimate price in the line duty.

Upkeep, which includes electricity, landscaping, adding names to the memorial and other general maintenance, can cost up to $15,000 per year.

Sparta Fire Department Captain Barry Brady, who serves on the committee for the memorial, says the firefighters have been begging for nickels and dimes to … CONTINUED

Special-called membership meeting for Sparta Little League

Posted on July 17, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

There will be a special-called membership meeting for Sparta Little League at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3  at Bear Cove Baptist.  Everyone that attends, from parent, grandparent, family and friends, will have an opportunity to speak for your child and vote for who they feel has the best interest in serving the league!

Flags lowered to half-staff

Posted on July 17, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Flags across the state have been lowered to half-staff following yesterday’s shootings in Chattanooga that left four Marines deceased. The flag at White County Courthouse was also lowered to show respect for the lives lost.

Fall semester application deadline Aug. 17 for Motlow College

Posted on July 17, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Students planning on attending Motlow College this fall must submit an application for admission or re-admission by Aug. 17

Students can apply online until midnight on the 17th. Online applications can be accessed from the “Apply Now” tab on the Motlow College website at ( Motlow logo

A student must complete an application for admission for all of Motlow’s programs of study. Some programs, such as nursing, have additional requirements that must be met before admission is granted into the program.

Students interested in earning high school and college credit for courses in the Dual Enrollment program and those enrolling in the Adult College Express program also are required to … CONTINUED

Red Cross Blood Drive Aug. 13

Posted on July 17, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. There will be a blood drive in Sparta, noon-5 p.m., Aug. 13, 2015, at Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Fall Creek Falls breakfast

Posted on July 17, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Fall Creek Falls Fire Department, 24897 Route 30, in Van Buren County, will have host a fundraiser breakfast, 7-10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015. The meal will include scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, country ham, coffee and orange juice. The cost is $6.

Free clothing exchange

Posted on July 17, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The members of the Sparta Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are having a free clothing exchange 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 25, at the church building, 128 E. Bockman Way. All members of the community are invited. You do not need to bring something to donate in order to participate. Come out and see if there is something you or your family could use. All are welcome.

John Kollmorgen

Posted on July 16, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

John Kollmorgen, 69, of Walling, passed away today at Highland Medical Center, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tennessee Arts Commission Awards over $3.5 million in annual grants across TN

Posted on July 16, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded 311 Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Grant Awards totaling $3,925,710 to help fund arts and cultural activities for arts organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee.

Van Buren County: 

$4,180 to Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park, Inc. – Mountaineer Folk Festival:  In its 37th year and focuses on pre-depression folklife of the Cumberlands, especially music and traditional skills.

White County UCHRA has emergency funds available

Posted on July 16, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Luke Collins, UCHRA Executive Director would like to announce that the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency has regular and emergency funds available to assist those in need who qualify, to help pay energy bills in White County through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federally funded program to assist low income households in meeting home energy needs and is intended to supplement energy costs for those eligible households. If you are interested in applying, contact the White County UCHRA office at 826 Valley View Drive Sparta, Tennessee or call (931) 738-6255.

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