Monthly Archives: November 2015

Van Buren sweeps home openers

Posted on November 30, 2015 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Van Buren County High School teams finally got to play in the friendly confines of their own gym Monday night and treated their fans to a sweep of visiting Monterey.

After playing their first three games on the road, the Eagles and Eaglettes welcomed Monterey to Spencer, but didn’t let their guests leave with wins in either contest.

The Eaglettes scored the first 17 points of the game and never looked back on the way to the 68-39 win.  Lakelyn Bouldin led the way with 22 points.  Also in double figures were Carly Cole (12) and Mallory Christian (11).

The Eagles answered every run by the Wildcats … CONTINUED

Cookeville attorney disbarred

Posted on November 30, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On Nov. 25, 2015, Samuel Joseph Harris, formerly of Cookeville, was disbarred by Tennessee Supreme Court and ordered to pay restitution to three former clients. The disbarment is effective immediately, and Harris must pay the Board of Professional Responsibility’s costs and expenses and the court costs within ninety days. This information was provided today in a press release from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline and a Supplemental Petition for Discipline based upon five complaints by former clients. The Board’s Petitions alleged Harris accepted fees from his clients but failed to perform the … CONTINUED

Carole Haston Anderson

Posted on November 30, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Linda Carole Haston Anderson, 70, of Sparta, passed away on Nov. 29, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born March 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia, she was the daughter of E.C. Haston and the late Margie Harris Haston.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Edwin Michael “Mike” Haston.

Surviving family members include her daughter, Sonya Daniels and husband Sandy, of Sparta; son, David E. Johnson and wife Lisa, of Sparta; grandson, Seth Daniels and wife Lacy, of Knoxville; granddaughter, Shea Daniels, of Sparta; and great-granddaughter, Ava Leigh Daniels.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 2, 2015, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, … CONTINUED

Cash Express Toy and Coat drive

Posted on November 30, 2015 10:10 am by Delaney Austin

Drop off Toys and Coats at any of the many locations in Sparta. Click here for a map of all the locations.

Tennessee Homeless Awareness and Prevention Month

Posted on November 30, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

November was Tennessee Homeless Awareness and Prevention Month, which coincided with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week that is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This proclamation is being made to help send a message that it is time to end homelessness and implore everyone to get involved.

Not only is there a concentrated effort to end homelessness for everyone, there is a special national push to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year and the chronically homeless by the end of 2016.

If you would like to help, reach out to local agencies that are already in the fight against homelessness. If you are … CONTINUED

Head Start holiday closing

Posted on November 30, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The L.B.J.& C. Development Corporation Head Start Centers will be closed Dec. 21, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016.
Children and staff will return to the Head Start centers on Jan. 4, 2016. L.B.J.& C. Development Corporation Head Start Central Office will be closed Dec. 23, 24, 25, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Knights of Columbus holds annual campaign for people with intellectual disabilities

Posted on November 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Knights of Columbus Chapter 14902, from St. Andrew Catholic Church, sponsored their annual “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” Fund Drive on Oct. 16 and 17. This program, which is often referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive,” has been in existence since 1970. Knights, their spouses and representatives from Pacesetters handed out free Tootsie Rolls at Floyd’s Cash Saver, Walgreens, Save-A-Lot and Piggly Wiggly. We would like to thank these businesses for their support, as well as those who contributed to this worthwhile cause. All donations received are used to fund the Knights’ programs geared toward improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.


Rock House open house

Posted on November 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rock House State Historic Site, in Sparta, will have an open house on Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5. The Rock House is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Red Cross blood drive

Posted on November 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.
A blood drive will be noon-6 p.m., Dec. 10, 2015, at Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way.
Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous … CONTINUED

Quilt Guild Bazaar

Posted on November 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Dec. 5

Who: Southern Ladies Quilt Guild

What: Bazaar

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Simply Southern Quilt Shop, on Liberty Square

Letters to Santa

Posted on November 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bethel Christmas play

Posted on November 30, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Dec. 5

Who: Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

What: Christmas play – A Cricket County Colorado Christmas

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 738-8697

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