Monthly Archives: March 2018

State health officials are expressing concerns about insurance scams

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Residents from across the Upper Cumberland have recently notified the Tennessee Department of Health of what is now being confirmed as a potential scam in which people are contacted by telephone asking for personal health insurance information from which the caller appears to be calling from the Tennessee Department of Health.

This new scam reportedly involves a person who calls potential victims from a number that displays as the Tennessee Department of Health. When the calls are answered, the scam artist asks for personal information, including health insurance information from those contacted. In some cases, the caller states they are calling on behalf of BlueCross BlueShield.

“The Tennessee … CONTINUED

Legislative Review

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell

By State Representative Paul Sherrell

Tennessee Continues Trend Of Record Low Unemployment, Record Low Tax Burden In 2018

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development last week announced that unemployment across Tennessee has remained at a record low since the start of 2018. In addition, Wallet Hub — a nonpartisan organization focused on the financial industry — has officially ranked Tennessee as the lowest taxed state in the entire nation.

The unemployment rate in January of 2018 was 1.2 percent lower than the rate for the same month one year ago and has remained 3.3 percent since September 2017. Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate … CONTINUED

Capitol Hill Week

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Senator Paul Bailey

By State Senator Paul Bailey

March 23, 2018 – School safety and the state budget headlined action on Capitol Hill this week as Governor Bill Haslam presented an amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 spending plan. The new proposal includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants to protect students. The action comes as the School Safety Working Group, of which I am a member, is finalizing recommendations to enhance security for students.

The supplemental appropriations amendment is customarily introduced by the governor in the final weeks of the legislative session to make adjustments to the budget he submitted … CONTINUED

Gunning down the innocent

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I write this column, I am listening to bits and pieces of the March On Washington to outlaw various guns. What a sad commentary on the education system itself. Have any of these kids ever been exposed to the tyranny and repression that often accompanies disarming a free people? I’d say not!

If you are Sheriff Israel of the Florida county where these shootings occurred, can you believe your luck? Here you are with all your schemes exposed. You have artificially lowered the crime rate in schools by under-reporting or just completely not reporting the crimes in schools. Your officers … CONTINUED

TDOT crews working to repair potholes and damaged areas

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Now that the significant threat of cold weather is over, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials are gearing up for what the department describes as “pothole season.”

Winter weather extremes can often lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges. Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, then freezes and thaws, causing the cracks to expand.

With the constant pounding of traffic, these conditions loosen the pavement and cause it to crumble, which creates potholes. Severe swings in temperature, followed by periods of rain, are the perfect conditions for widespread potholes to form.

Now that it’s officially spring, weather permitting, TDOT crews will … CONTINUED

Chamber approves $5,000 for mural

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tommy Narramore recently presented this design to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a mural.

Chamber board members have voted to approve a design and to spend upwards of $5,000 on a mural project after months of discussions and planning

On March 20, 2018, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with the absence of Chamber president Marvin Bullock, discussed, once again, a community mural project.

Since July 2017, the board has been developing plans and ideas for what they hope will be the start of a community-based collection of murals. The Chamber board has debated several sites for a proposed mural.


Joint lawsuit filed by Dunaway and Zavogiannis against opioid producers blocked by TN A.G.

Posted on March 26, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Bryant Dunaway. District attorney general, 13th Judical District

Lisa Zavogiannis. District attorney general, 31st Judicial District








Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed motions to intervene in three separate lawsuits

that were brought forth by district attorneys general against several opioid manufacturers and health care providers.

According to a statement released by the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, “This office moved to intervene to protect the interests of the entire state and its citizens while fulfilling our statutory duty to direct the opioid litigation in the state.”

On Jan. 10, 2018, 14 district attorneys joined together in filing a lawsuit … CONTINUED

R.L. Mason Jr.

Posted on March 25, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

R.L. Mason Jr., 87, of Quebeck, passed away March 22, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Mason was born April 10, 1930, the son of Ray Mason and Augusta Cox Mason.

He was of the Baptist faith. He worked as a lumber inspector for 45 years and was a lifelong farmer, which was his passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Dee Mason; and sister, Mary Frances Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Luzelle Clark Mason; daughter, Kay Mason Maples and husband Ray, of Sparta;    grandson, Allen Maples and wife Billie Jo, of Quebeck; granddaughter, Michelle Maples, of Doyle; … CONTINUED

Dwight Edward Luna

Posted on March 25, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dwight Edward Luna, 68, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Luna was born Aug.28, 1949, in Smithville, to Reefus and Ressie Luna.

A memorial service was 1 p.m., March 31, 2018, at Johnson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. John Cunningham officiated.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Wanda Gale Carr Bradley Gibson

Posted on March 25, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wanda Gale Carr Bradley Gibson, 72, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Gibson was born Sept. 28, 1945, in White County, to Grady Lee Carr and Dora Bell Flatt Carr.

She worked many years in health care, starting at the old White County Hospital, in 1962, and continuing with NHC Healthcare of Sparta. She later retired, in 2012, from Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ader Lendel Gibson; brother, Harold Lee Carr; and nephew, Kyle Lee Carr.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Bradley Hickey and husband Scott; stepsons, Gary Gibson and wife Judy, Roger … CONTINUED

Sawilla Ann “Sue” Hickey Reams

Posted on March 25, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sawilla Ann “Sue” Hickey Reams, 76, of Sparta, passed away March 2, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Reams was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Sparta, to Sheriff William Hickey and the first elected female sheriff in the State of Tennessee, Sheriff Annell Oliver Hickey.

For over 50 years, Mrs. Reams was a nurse. She began her career in nursing with Dr. Adams, in Woodbury. Mrs. Reams finished her career with Dr. Clarence Jones, in Cookeville. She loved people, loved helping people, and enjoyed having a great time with people. Mrs. Reams always had a funny story to share.

She was preceded in death by … CONTINUED

Danny T. Young

Posted on March 25, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Danny T. Young, 61, of Smithville, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2018, at this residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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