Monthly Archives: August 2015


Posted on August 27, 2015 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

Joshua Iceman has been found guilty of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder in the death of 8-week-old infant Taylor Iceman. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the murder charge and will be sentenced for the charge of child abuse on Nov. 6.

Jury deliberating

Posted on August 27, 2015 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

The jury in the Joshua Iceman trial are deliberating their verdict on the charges of aggravated child abuse and first degree murder. The verdict will be posted here as soon as it has been announced.

Clifford Hudson Templeton

Posted on August 27, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Clifford Hudson Templeton, 86 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born March 31, 1929, in Sparta, he was the son of Conrad and Templeton and Louise Hudson Templeton.

Mr. Templeton was a member of the Church of Christ, a U.S. Army Veteran, proudly serving during the Korean War, a member of the White County Planning Commission for 31 years, serving the majority of that time as chairman. He was an original member of the White County Fire Board, he served as Fire Chief of the Central View Fire Department, he served on the White County Farm Bureau Board, and he served as … CONTINUED

2015 dove season and early Canada goose season both open Sept. 1

Posted on August 27, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dove season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at noon (local time).

Tennessee’s 2015 season is again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1-Sept. 28; Oct. 10-Nov. 1; and Nov. 28-Jan. 5. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada goose also starts on Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15. There is a daily bag of five for Canada goose.

For more information visit

Death investigated by White County Sheriff Department

Posted on August 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The death of a White County woman is under investigation after she was reportedly transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center by her husband in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26, 2015.

According to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, the female, whose name cannot officially be released at this time, was already deceased upon arrival at the Cookeville hospital.

Shoupe said the woman’s body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy to determine her exact cause of death.

Detective Steve Page, of White County Sheriff Department, is in charge of the investigation. Officers at the scene included Detective Shannon Jenkins, Deputy Lindell Smith, Deputy Dustin Reels, Lt. Craig … CONTINUED

Quebeck potluck

Posted on August 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Quebeck-Walling Community Club will host a potluck at 6 p.m., Sept. 26, 2015, at Quebeck Community Center. Bring a dish to share. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information call (931) 657-1009.

Emmy winner to speak at TTU

Posted on August 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Emmy winning ABC anchor and correspondent John Quinones will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 22, 2015, at Tennessee Tech University, in Derryberry Hall, about overcoming adversity, pursuing dreams and responding to the mistreatment of others.

Derryberry Hall Auditorium is a 1 Wm. L. Jones Dr., in Cookeville.

Quinones is a seven-time Emmy winner who has worked for ABC News for more than 30 years. He is the co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and anchor of its series “What Would You Do?”

It is free and open to the public.

Warriors take on the Dragons Friday in Jamestown

Posted on August 26, 2015 5:05 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Coming off their opening night win, the Warrior football team hits the road to Jamestown Friday to do battle with the York Institute Dragons.

The Warriors defeated Monterey 14-7 in their opener while York fell victim to Stone Memorial 54-18 in their first game.

Kick off for that game is 7 p.m. at York Institute.

See the preview of that game in Thursday’s print edition as well as details on the junior varsity Warriors’ 36-18 win over Livingston Academy on Monday.

Rescue Squad concerned about funding for volunteer organization

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mike McLatchy, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, addressed members of White County Budget Committee during a meeting Sunday, Aug. 23. McLatchy expressed concern about the funding ratio for the rescue squad compared to the fire departments. McLatchy reminded committee members the rescue squad covers the entire county. Reportedly, the funding formula for fire departments was set up many years ago and was based on square mileage of the district.

Eastland VFD-$12,222

Doyle VFD-$12,273

Hickory Valley VFD-$13,527

Mt. Gilead VFD-$13,752

BonDeCroft VFD-$15,035

Cassville VFD-$15,485

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad-$16,273

North End VFD-$16,587

Sparta Fire Department-$17,273

Cherry Creek VFD-$17,376

Central View VFD-$17,692

Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Helen Beatrice Bickford Simmons Ladd, 73, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Simmons was born Jan. 23, 1942, the daughter of J.L. Bickford and Verena Mae Walling Bickford.

She was a retired state employee from Fall Creek Falls Restaurant and a member of New Hope Full Gospel Church.

Mrs. Ladd was baptized at Taylor’s Providence Free Will Baptist Church of Sparta.

In 1978, her first husband, Jewel Alfred Simmons, preceded her in death. In 1997, her second husband, Alan Eugene Ladd, also preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Lee Bickford; and two sisters, … CONTINUED

TTU to host seminar about real estate in the Upper Cumberland

Posted on August 26, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Finding and securing commercial space in the Upper Cumberland can be daunting. The supply of office and industrial space is tight.  There is a lot of money at stake, the terminology can be confusing and the contracts complicated. A free seminar called “Small Business Real Estate” will be presented 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept, 8, 2015, by Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU. This seminar will show you how to find a facility, how to negotiate the best deal possible, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

The seminar will be on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall, room 218, at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville.

Although admission is … CONTINUED

Clifford Templeton

Posted on August 26, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Clifford Templeton, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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