Monthly Archives: November 2017

Spencer Baptist Christmas program

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Spencer First Baptist Church presents “Never too old for Christmas,” at 10:45 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17. The church is located at 1021 Dunlap St., in Van Buren County. For more information call (931) 946-2987. Everyone is invited.

Vonda Denise Bilbrey

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Vonda Denise Bilbrey, 54, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Nov. 28, 2017, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.

Mrs. Bilbrey was born Nov. 1, 1963, in Carthage, the daughter of Clifton Givens and Lucy Sircy.

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 1, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, in Pleasant Hill. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Nov. 30, and 8 a.m.-noon, Dec. 1 at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenda Ann Ledford

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Glenda Ann Ledford, 64, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Ledford was born July 17, 1953, in Sparta, to Toy Clinton Winnett and Amanda Ann Goodson Winnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Joe Mac Ledford; daughter, Regina Mae Selby; son, Mark Anthony Ledford; grandchildren, Emily Rene’e Stevens, Darek Blake Stevens, Adriane Ledford, Haley Ledford; sister, Brenda Sue Hodges; and brother, Charles Clinton Winnett.

Services are not planned at this time.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Jo Swoape

Posted on November 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruby Jo Swoape, 85, of Sparta, passed away today at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Classified Sales Representative

Posted on November 30, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Looking for energetic individual who wants to work in a fast-paced and friendly environment as a full time Classified Sales Representative.


  • Front desk receptionist
  • Classified sales
  • Classified layout and design

Skills desired:

  • Detailed oriented
  • Proficient with computers/software


$10 per hour, plus commission


  • Health and dental insurance available
  • Sick and personal days
  • Vacation days

Apply by email only to:

State approves demolition of the Inn at Fall Creek Falls

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee’s State Building Commission recently granted approval to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to demolish and build new lodging options for Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Officials with TDEC presented their plan to demolish two current lodging facilities at Fall Creek Falls State Park and construct a new single lodging facility. This new lodging facility will have 85 rooms and feature a state-of-the-art restaurant and conference center at the Van Buren County-based 28,000-acre state park.

What is different with this proposed plan is that once the new lodging facility, restaurant, and conference center is constructed, the TDEC will continue to be the operator of the Inn … CONTINUED

Van Buren Sheriff Department increases impaired driving enforcement during holiday season

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Van Buren County Sheriff Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase impaired driving enforcement, Dec. 13-31, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.

There will be increased enforcement efforts throughout the county’s various roadways, with specific attention toward those impaired behind the wheel.

The holiday seasons are quickly ramping up, and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department will partner with thousands of other law enforcement to ensure that motorists will arrive safely.

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers … CONTINUED

Van Buren County sees slight increase in unemployment rate

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Unemployment rates for Van Buren County and the rest of Tennessee continue to remain low, according to a recently released state report.

Nearly all Tennessee counties continued to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent, in October 2017, following a record-breaking September, when, for the first time ever, each of the Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced a rate below 5.0 percent. October marked the fifth month that Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate was in record territory, matching the all-time low of 3.0 percent set last month.

For Van Buren County, the unemployment rate for the month of October was recorded at 3.5 percent, which is a slight increase from September’s rate … CONTINUED

Van Buren County generates over $177,000 in sales taxes

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

According to a recent state financial report, the month of September saw Tennessee’s revenues exceed the budgeted estimates in most of the state’s funds.

Larry Martin, Tennessee department of finance and administration commissioner, recently reported that September revenues were approximately $1.4 billion, which is $48.3 million more than September 2016. The existing state revenues are approximately $58.8 million more than the budgeted estimate.

Van Buren County contributed approximately $126,483.36 in state sales taxes for the month of October. Additionally, approximately $50,891.04 was collected in Van Buren County for local sales taxes in October as well.

Overall, Van Buren County collected approximately $177,374.40 in state and local sales taxes … CONTINUED

Van Buren students donate books to law enforcement agencies

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Students from Van Buren County Schools recently participated in a book drive for law enforcement agencies that serve Van Buren County.

On Nov. 21, 2017, Van Buren County public school students came together to donate books to the various law enforcement agencies in Van Buren County. The students had been collecting books as part of a community project for Red Ribbon Week, which was observed Oct. 23-27.

Since 1988, the red ribbon has been nationally recognized as a symbol of a community’s continuing commitment to reducing the demands for illegal drugs in the United States. In 1985, drug traffickers took the life of United States Drug Enforcement Administration … CONTINUED

Santa will visit with children Dec. 9

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tech community embraces Blue Cross Bowl games

Posted on November 30, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Tech’s dedication to community service will be on display during the Blue Cross Bowl games being held today, Friday and Saturday at Tucker Stadium.

With three high school football championship games being played each day, the need for volunteers to step up and help with parking, ticket and program sales and anything else that may go along with game prep is essential to the success of the three-day event.

For Tech, it’s a chance to participate in something that is happening on campus. Michelle Huddleston, the assistant director for Tech’s service learning center, says that more than 400 of the approximate 850 volunteer spots are typically filled … CONTINUED

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