Monthly Archives: December 2015

State fire marshal urges everyone to ring in new year safely

Posted on December 30, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Celebrating a new year with consumer fireworks has been a long standing tradition in the United States. However, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are seriously injured each year through their use. The State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly advises that individuals attend organized public fireworks displays where compliance with state-of- the-art fire codes offers a safer way to ring in a new year.

If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

•Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks – this includes sparklers, which reach temperatures of 1200 … CONTINUED

New law prohibits sale of cough suppressant to anyone under age 18

Posted on December 30, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Senate Bill 0045 will prohibit the retail sale of products containing dextromethorphan to persons who are less than 18 years of age and prohibit the purchase of products containing dextromethorphan by persons who are less than 18 years of age.

Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant drug with sedative and dissociative properties. It is one of the active ingredients in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, including generic labels and store brands.

This bill makes it an offense for:

(1) Any commercial entity, or the entity’s employee or representative on behalf of the entity, to knowingly sell a product containing dextromethorphan to … CONTINUED

Emily M. Willis

Posted on December 30, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Emily M. Willis, 77, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pairings set for final day of Sonic Shootout

Posted on December 30, 2015 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

Eight games remain in the Sonic Shootout with seeding being decided on Wednesday.

The schedule for Wednesday looks as follows

  • 9:30 a.m. McMinn County vs. Cannon Co. (girls seventh place game)
  • 11 a.m.Tullahoma vs. Howard (boys seventh place game)
  • 12:30 p.m. Portland vs. Warren Co. (girls’ fifth place game)
  • 2 p.m. Lake Co. vs. Warren Co. (boys’ fifth place game)
  • 3:30 p.m. Lebanon vs. Harpeth Hall (girls’ consolation game)
  • 5 p.m. Cannon Co. vs. Livingston Academy (boys’ consolation game)
  • 6:30 p.m. White Co. vs. Clarkrange (girls’ championship game)
  • 8 p.m. White Co. vs. Pickett Co. (boys’ championship game)

The scores from Tuesday were:


  • Warren Co. 61,  Cannon

Warriors roll into Sonic Shootout finals

Posted on December 29, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School Warriors rolled into the Sonic Shootout finals with a 70-40 win over Livingston Academy in Tuesday’s semifinals.

The Warriors got 16 points each from Pierce Whited and Cade Crosland on the way to the victory.

WCHS led 15-4 after one quarter, but exploded in the second and outscored the Wildcats 26-2 to take control of the contest.

The Warriors will meet Pickett County in Wednesday’s title game at 8 p.m.

See Thursday’s print edition for the complete story.


Warriorettes advance to Sonic Shootout Finals

Posted on December 29, 2015 7:07 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School Warriorettes earned a spot in the Sonic Shootout finals with a 51-40 victory over Harpeth Hall in Tuesday’s semifinal round.

Hannah Leftwich keyed the WCHS win with 17 points and nine rebounds.  Deandra Luna added 13 points.

The Warriorettes will take on Clarkrange Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the championship game of the Shootout.

See Thursday’s print edition for complete details.

Benefit for Kimberly Cole

Posted on December 29, 2015 12:12 pm by

A benefit for Kimberly Cole, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sparta Civic Center. Kimberly is the wife of Dave Cole and attends the Ole Country Church of Quebeck where she held a teaching and youth ministry position for years. The benefit will have live music all day long, a bake sale, and an auction, which begins at 1 p.m., as well as other activities throughout the day. Chili, a dessert, and a drink will be for sale. If you would like to donate anything for the auction, such as furniture, gift baskets, gift certificates, or baked … CONTINUED

New Year’s Eve at Senior Center

Posted on December 29, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a night of entertainment at Sparta-White County Senior Center, on Dec. 31, 2015.  Karaoke, 6-7:45 p.m. Bring your own or choose from more than 800 songs. Then, 8 p.m.-midnight, music by Cane Creek Band and guest singers. Bring finger foods to share (optional). Admission is $5 for the entire evening. For more information call Glenn at (931) 644-7079.

TEMA update on weather-related incidents, deaths

Posted on December 29, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Update: Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, 1 p.m., Dec. 28, 2015, update on Tennessee severe Storms, tornadoes and flooding

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency remains at a Level III-State of Emergency, declared at 8 p.m., CST on Wed., Dec. 23, 2015, because of severe storms, tornadoes and periods of heavy rain impacting the state.

A second rain front began crossed Tennessee, on Dec. 28. TEMA expected this current system to compound the widespread flooding issues from the heavy rain, on Dec. 25, 2015, in the state. However, local county emergency managers have reported only localized, minor flooding issues impacting roadways in many West Tennessee counties. See county-by-county updates below for … CONTINUED

Sonic Shootout Day 1 wrap-up

Posted on December 28, 2015 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Day 1 of the 8th annual Sonic Shootout is complete and the schedule is set for the second day of the event.

Since the final scores from the first four games have already been posted, here are the finals from the last four games of the day.

Harpeth Hall girls’ defeated Portland 47-45.  Livingston Academy boys advanced with a 74-63 victory over Lake County.  The Falcons were delayed getting to the games due to bus trouble and had to get off the bus and pretty much head straight to the court.

Both WCHS teams were winners.  The Warriorettes defeated McMinn County 62-37 and the Warriors rolled past Tullahoma … CONTINUED

Warriors advance to Sonic Shootout semifinals

Posted on December 28, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School Warriors went on one of their patented three-point shooting barrages and took control of their game against Tullahoma in the first round of the Sonic Shootout.

Leading by only one after one quarter, the Warriors lit it up in the second quarter and took a 36-17 halftime lead on the way to the 68-31 victory.

Pierce Whited led the way with 18 points, all from long range.

The Warriors will take on Livingston Academy in Tuesday’s semifinal at 8 p.m.

Warriorettes win Shootout opener

Posted on December 28, 2015 8:08 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriorettes picked up where they left off in South Carolina by opening the Sonic Shootout with another win.

WCHS defeated McMinn County 62-37.  Hannah Leftwich recorded another double-double tallying 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.  Deandra Luna added 14 points.

The Warriorettes (9-2) will advance to take on Harpeth Hall in the semifinals Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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