Monthly Archives: April 2017

Capitol Hill Week

Posted on April 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Senator Paul Bailey

The Senate State and Local Government Committee approved two bills this week aiding the families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty. Senate Bill 1059 calls for a $250,000 death benefit from the State of Tennessee for any firefighter, volunteer rescue worker, or law enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty. The Helping Emergency Response Officials (HERO) Act would significantly increase the current lump sum of $25,000 paid at the time of death to a $250,000 annuity with the first responder’s estate receiving annual installments of $50,000 per year.

The second bill authorizes the State Insurance … CONTINUED

Three candidates vying for position of airport manager

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The completion of the process of interviewing candidates for the new airport manager and the ongoing discussion on lawn care for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport were the top two items board members addressed during a March 29 meeting.

Prior to the UCRA Board of Directors’ meeting, members had the opportunity to conduct interviews with three potential candidates for the position of airport manager.

As previously reported, Jim Kmet was appointed as interim airport manager to allow the board enough time to consider the hiring of a new manager. Jason Baker, who was the previous airport manager, announced his resignation to the board in January.

According to Randy Porter, … CONTINUED

Man and woman receive 11 charges after officers are dispatched about domestic incident at apartments

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Joshua Slone

Tosha Nicole Henry








Officers with the Sparta Police Department have arrested two subjects on numerous charges, including drugs, evading arrest and tampering with evidence, after responding to a domestic call.

On March 23, 2017, at approximately 4:36 p.m., White County E-911 dispatched Sparta police to Knollcrest Apartments about a potential domestic dispute.

According to an affidavit, Patrolman David Grissom arrived at the scene and witnessed a male subject running away. That male suspect was Joshua Ray Slone, of Sparta, and was identified by Grissom as being on the no-trespass list at Knollcrest.

Grissom pursued Slone on foot and was … CONTINUED

Two California residents arrested, $27,000 seized

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Samuel Harold Satenstein

Douglas Keith Clifton








Two California men traveling in Sparta were stopped by police for speeding after which officers reportedly found drugs and $27,000.According to the affidavit, on March 24, 2017, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Patrolman Nick Dunn, of Sparta Police Department, was conducting radar detection on Highway 111, near Winding River Lane. Dunn reportedly observed a silver vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. According to the affidavit, the vehicle was traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone.

At that point, Dunn pursued the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. After pulling the vehicle over on … CONTINUED

Plane that was heading to Sparta crashes in Alabama

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Reports were received last Tuesday by multiple news sources that a plane had crashed in Alabama, which, according to a flight plan that was filed, was heading to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, in Sparta.

On March 28, 2017, at approximately 11 a.m., a single engine six seat aircraft left Enterprise Municipal Airport, in Coffee County, Alabama, according to Enterprise Communications Director Jason Wright. This aircraft had a flight plan to travel to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport. According to Wright, the aircraft went down between Dadeville, Alabama, and Alexander City, Alabama, at approximately 12:45 p.m.

According to reports from an Alabama law enforcement agency, there were two people on … CONTINUED

WoodmenLife presents flag to USDA Farm Service Agency

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WoodmenLife Financial Representative Tim Bumbalough presents a new United States flag to White County’s USDA Farm Service Agency. Receiving the flag are Shirley White and Sharon Wilhite. Not pictured is Chris Sparkman, WoodmenLife recruiting sales manager.

Reba Joyce Hunter Looney

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Reba Joyce Hunter Looney, 71, of Sparta, passed away March 17, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Looney was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Sparta, to Walter Hunter and Frances Stockton Hunter.

She attended school at White County High School and was married to Leslie Reed Looney.

Mrs. Looney had been airlifted to Erlanger, on March 9, after suffering a sudden respiratory arrest at her residence.

In her younger years, Mrs. Looney enjoyed playing on an adult softball league. More recently, she loved spending time with her family, especially her great- grandchildren. In warm weather, she could often be found in the front yard on her … CONTINUED

Gutter Helmet of Cookeville, Knights of Columbus, and Pacesetters team up to help with house repair

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Paul Miktarian’s house has been in need of repairs, and Pacesetters Inc. has been hoping for some help.

Ronnie Jestes Jr., owner of Gutter Helmet of Cookeville, and his crew agreed to replace the badly damaged gutters with new six-inch seamless gutters at no charge. They removed the damaged gutters, repaired rotted fascia boards, and installed new gutters.

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council, in Sparta, volunteered time and materials to perform repairs inside the house. Stucco and drywall were repaired in one bathroom, and the bathroom was painted. Rotted drywall was replaced, and stucco and paint were added to the new drywall … CONTINUED

Charles Edward Lee

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Edward Lee, 72, passed away March 29, 2017.

Mr. Lee was born July 28, 1944, in Lakeland, Florida, to Willie Jay Lee and Bertha Tackett Lee.

He spent 26 years of his life as an arborist (tree trimmer) and the following 26 years as a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Jay Lee and Bertha Ellis; sisters, Virginia Wilkerson, Frances George; and sons, Richard “Ricky” William Lee and Russell Edward Lee.

Survivors include his daughters, Joyce Ann Heady, Frances Marie Kernea; son, Darrel Wayne Lee; loving former wife of 46 years, Verletta Jewel Lee; brothers, Johnny Tackett, David Lee; aunt, Rowena Lowry; … CONTINUED

Missing and endangered child update

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

PUTNAM COUNTY, TN – March 31, 2017 – The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received information that Kathy Papasci and her 3-year-old son, Samuel Papasci have been located in Florida. Kathy is in custody at the Brevard County Jail. Samuel has been placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Child and Family Services pending further arrangements with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

“Everyone is concerned when a child may be endangered. Our goal was to make sure the child was safe. I’m glad we were able to get this information out to the public and successfully locate him and his mother,” says Sheriff Eddie Farris.… CONTINUED

Dale Kindle

Posted on April 1, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dale Kindle, 71, of Sparta formerly, of Decaturville, passed away March 27, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Kindle was born Dec. 4, 1945, in Parsons, to Albert “Buster” Kindle and Faye Smith Kindle.

He was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, in Decaturville. He retired from Mallory Timers as plant controller. Mr. Kindle had a passion for being on the water, shooting pool, playing golf, University of Tennessee Football, and in the last several years, leading karaoke at the Sparta Country Club. He had a passionate love for his cats and dogs.

Survivors include his special caregiver and love, Martha Kindle; brother, Joe Kindle and wife … CONTINUED

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Posted on April 1, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region. This training is 20 hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies. They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train. They conduct workshops to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job. They can also refer you to the … CONTINUED

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