Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sonic Shootout early results

Posted on December 28, 2015 5:05 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Sonic Shootout has gotten underway at Roy Sewell Gymnasium with the first half of the games for the day in the book.

Thus far, two girls’ and two boys’ games have been completed.

The day’s first game saw Clarkrange girls’ hold off Warren County for the 49-45 victory.  Hannah Garrett led the Lady Buffalo with 18 points.  The Lady Pioneers got 13 point from Saydee Winfree.

In the second game of the day, Pickett County boys’ defeated Warren County 73-56.  Dawson Abbott poured in 22 for the Bobcats in the win.  Trevor Gaines led the Pioneers with 15 points.

Lebanon’s girls picked up the 71-37 win over … CONTINUED


William James Hurteau

Posted on December 28, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

William James Hurteau, 72, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 25, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Hurteau was born June 14, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa, to William Hurteau and Frances Halleck.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m., Jan. 2, 2016, at Findlay United Methodist Church, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Howard Ronald Johnson

Posted on December 28, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Howard R. Johnson, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 26, 2015, at The Bridge at South Pittsburg, in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 22, 1945, in White County, to P.J. Johnson and Vina Evelyn Yates Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James E, Johnson; two sisters, Willie Lee Johnson, Della Marie West; and stepfather, Edd West.

He was a retired laborer.

Survivors include sister, Doris Jean Hodge and fiancé

Michael Reynolds, of Sparta; two brothers, John T. Johnson and wife Lois, of Sparta, Charles West and wife Carmon, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., … CONTINUED


White County tax revenues released for November

Posted on December 28, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Department of Revenue has released the figures for November’s revenue collections, and White County has decreased in most areas, with only small increases in realty and local sales taxes.

According to the figures, November’s local sales tax revenue in White County was reported as $314,446.97, which is an increase over October’s $312,085.75. It’s also an increase over tax collections in November 2014, which was reported as $290,728.22.

The only other area in which White County experienced an increase, was a very slight rise in realty taxes, at $30,368 in November, compared to $29,287.36 in October. This is still less than half of what was collected in September, … CONTINUED


Jobless rates increase for White County

Posted on December 28, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Unemployment in White County continues to show improvement over last year’s figures, despite a slight rise in November’s numbers.

According to the latest report from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the rate for November 2015 was reported at 5.8 percent, rising slightly from October’s rate of 5.7 percent.

White County was one of 59 counties to see their jobless rates increase from October to November.

There were reportedly 660 unemployed individuals in White County in November, however, compared to 690 in October.

November is the third month in which White County’s unemployment dipped below 6 percent. In April, the rate was reportedly 5.9 percent, marginally … CONTINUED


Cumberland Crackdown set for New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 28, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

This Christmas season is a time of celebration, but unfortunately for some, it can be a time of despair, as many then get behind the wheel and drive while under the influence of alcohol, a dangerous act that has led to several deaths in White County this year.

As of Christmas Day 2015, White County was up one fatality because of traffic crashes compared to last year, so law enforcement is serious about combating the problem of drinking and driving.

The Cumberland Crackdown, a DUI enforcement campaign that targets intoxicated drivers, will be held Dec. 31, on US 127 and SR 111, throughout the Cookeville and Chattanooga districts.… CONTINUED


IRS scams continue to be troublesome

Posted on December 28, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

White County Sheriff Department has received an influx of calls from residents who have received scam phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS.

In fact, Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom said the calls have plagued residents from all over White County in recent weeks and WCSD has received complaints several times per day about the scam.

The caller attempts to scare the potential victim into giving bank account and other personal information by stating that the victim they will be sued if they do not pay some alleged IRS debt.

The majority of these calls actually originate from a location overseas, making the perpetrators … CONTINUED


Hickory Valley fire levels home

Posted on December 28, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

A residential fire at approximately 4 a.m., Dec. 26, 2015, has destroyed a home on Hickory Valley Road. There was no one home at the time of the fire, and the cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation at this time. All South Group fire departments were dispatched to the scene, and Hickory Valley, Central View, Mt. Gilead, BonDeCroft and Doyle volunteer fire departments responded. (Photos provided by Hickory Valley Fire Volunteer Department)


Photo contest underway for 2016-17 Tennessee wildlife calendar issue

Posted on December 28, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2016-17 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s annual calendar issue.

All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee.

Interested photographers must submit their photo entries by the March 14, 2016 deadline.

The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife Magazine which is the summer issue. If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

The format is horizontal digital images on … CONTINUED


THP reminds everyone to buckle up

Posted on December 28, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Commissioner Bill Gibbons of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation  Commissioner John Schroer and Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole announced the increase in seat belt fines as an effective additional tool to curb traffic fatalities in the state.

The State Legislature approved a bill during the 2015 session. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the fine for seat belt violations will more than double. The fine for a first offense seat belt violation will be raised to $25 and the second and subsequent offense will be $50.


Tom Thurman Jr.

Posted on December 28, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tom Thurman Jr. passed away Dec. 25, 2015.

He was a life-long resident of White County.

Mr. Thurman graduated from White County High School and attended Tennessee Tech on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from TTU and began a short teaching and coaching career at East Sparta Elementary School. In 1965, he became involved in the family business, Thurman Funeral Home. He retired in 2003.

He was a life-long member of Central Church of Christ, where he had been active in church leadership. He was a great lover of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an avid U.T. football fan. He and his wife … CONTINUED


Effie Lorene Winnett Cunningham

Posted on December 28, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Effie Lorene Winnett Cunningham, 78 of McEwen, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 25, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Cunningham was born June 10, 1937, in White County, to Monroe Winnett and Lula Mae Young Winnett.

She was a homemaker and a gardener.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Golden Cornelius “Neal” Cunningham; sons Roy Cunningham, Timmy Cunningham; and great-aunt and mother figure, Lucille Barnes.

Survivors include her seven daughters: Carol (Steve) Wall, Connie (Greg) Spears, Judy (Jack) Deal, Ella (Marty) Atkins, Wanda (Wayne) Phillips, Kathy (James) Parchment, Julie Cunningham (Ed Schuller); sons, Robert (Linda) Cunningham, Joey Cunningham, William Cunningham; sister, … CONTINUED


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