Monthly Archives: June 2017

7/8-year-old All-Stars fall to 1-2 in their All-Star Tournament

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

T.J. Sullivan tries to avoid the tag from a Gallatin player on Tuesday afternoon.

Tucker Pinion makes a throw to Griffin Adams at second base to get the runner out at second base on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sparta Little League 7/8-year-old Coach Pitch All-Stars   started their All-Star tournament, in Portland, on Saturday afternoon. The All-Stars started off the tournament with a 16-5 win over the host Portland. However, the All-Stars would lose their next two games to Smith County and Gallatin. The Warriors lost to Smith County, on Monday night, 14-7, and then lost to Gallatin, on Tuesday evening, 10-2.

On Saturday afternoon, the All-Stars got the bats … CONTINUED

Play’s perspective on questions for God

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl  

Got questions for God? I do.

Some folks believe it is wrong to question God, especially if the question begins with the word “WHY,” but nearly every child who has ever breathed the air He created has asked God questions. Many have also asked questions about God.

“Where did God come from?”

“Why (or how) did He ______?” (You fill in the blank)

…like “Why’s the sky blue?” (I, for one, refuse to believe that God is a University of North Carolina Tarheel and therefore made the sky Carolina Blue! So why DID He choose that color?)

Maybe I’m in my second … CONTINUED

Let’s study the Constitution, Part VIII

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Susan Frickey, CSG student

The Sixth Amendment: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

The Sixth Amendment doesn’t get much press, but it is a foundational part of our … CONTINUED

Tennessee tax revenues exceeded budgeted estimates in May

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

According to a recent state report of the tax revenues collected for the month of May, monies have exceeded the budgeted estimates by approximately $53.1 million.

The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently announced that the overall sales tax revenues for the month of May were $1.1 billion, which is $53.1 million more than the state budgeted.

“Total reported revenues in May reflect significant improvement compared to this time last year and were driven primarily by sales tax receipts,” said Martin. “Franchise and excise taxes fell short of last year’s revenues and were below the monthly budgeted estimate. All other tax revenues, taken as … CONTINUED

Chamber board discusses budget and progress during recent meeting

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held its monthly meeting for June and discussed a relatively light agenda that included reviewing the Chamber’s budget and discussing upcoming events.

Prior to the regular meeting, on June 27, 2017, the board held a work session to discuss the recent strategic planning session.

On June 20, 2017, the Chamber scheduled with the Tennessee Valley Authority to offer their professional services to facilitate a strategic planning session for the Chamber. The goal of these planning sessions is to help organizations develop their core goals, mission statements, and priorities for a three-to-five-year period.

During the work session, board members addressed several … CONTINUED

Over 130 new laws effective July 1 in Tennessee, also some revisions

Posted on June 29, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly has officially adjourned its 2016-2017 session, however many of the newly passed laws, over 130 of them, in this past state legislative session will officially go into effect July 1, 2017.

Tennessee state lawmakers were busy during its most recent legislative session working on a wide range of issues that will impact every area of local and state government. Many of these new laws were passed without significant objection, but there were some that raised significant discussions and objections by lawmakers and residents alike.

One of those laws that brought about discussions was the IMPROVE Act. This new law increases the gas and … CONTINUED

Possible electric outages

Posted on June 29, 2017 6:06 am by

From June 12 through July 30, customers of Sparta Electric System may experience temporary power outages. This will be necessary to perform sub-station repairs and pole replacements.

Sparta Electric System will strive to keep outages to a minimum and whenever possible schedule necessary outages for weekends or late nights to minimize customer interruptions.

Sparta Electric appreciates your understanding and patience while they strive to make necessary repairs to make the system more reliable.

Putnam County man killed by train

Posted on June 28, 2017 7:07 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

A Putnam County man has been killed this afternoon after being hit by a train according to law enforcement officials. 

Today, June 28, at approximately 12:30 pm, emergency responders were dispatched by the Putnam County E-911 Center regarding a possible accident involving a pedestrian and a train. 

The incident occurred on the rail tracks located near Woodcliff Road in Cookeville. 

Energency responders reportedly arrived at the scene of the incident and found a man who had been hit by a cargo train with life threatening injuries.

Initial reports stated the man was reportedly walking on the railroad tracks. 

According to a spokesperson with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department … CONTINUED

William Bohannon honored by Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Paul Sherrell

Posted on June 28, 2017 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Today, State Senator Paul Bailey and State Representative Paul Sherrell met with life long White County resident William Bohannon and his family to commemorate his recent 95th birthday.

William Bohannon, who was born April 12, 1922, was honored by Senator Bailey and Representative Sherrell with a Tennessee General Assembly Resolution commemorating his 95th birthday, his military service and his commitment to agriculture.

As a World War II purple heart veteran, Bohannon recalled his military tours, which had him deployed to England, Germany, Belgium, France, and Russia.

While everyone was gathered to celebrate and to commemorate Mr. Bohannon, he quoted one of his favorite childhood quotes, “If love is … CONTINUED

Margaret Grissom Haston

Posted on June 28, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Margaret Grissom Haston, 95, of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2017, in Nashville, following a stroke.

Mrs. Haston was born Sept. 15, 1921.

She worked at Commerce Union Bank for several years and as a dispatcher for the Sparta Police Department and White County Sheriff Department for a number of years.

Mrs. Haston was a member of the Hickory Valley Family Community and Education Club and the Sparta Woman’s Club. She enjoyed traveling and her many vacations with her three daughters. She spent the majority of her life in Hickory Valley, and her greatest joy was found in loving and caring for her family and her many friends.… CONTINUED

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