Monthly Archives: July 2018

Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence condemned slavery

Posted on July 5, 2018 5:05 am by Sparta Live

Introduction by Karen Lees, Language of Liberty Editor

Introduction: It is important to note that Thomas Jefferson’s paragraph condemning Great Britain’s imposition of the slave trade on the Colonies in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence was deleted by South Carolina and Georgia delegates to the Continental Congress prior to the signing.

Contrary to popular belief, Jefferson inherited his slaves and was prohibited from freeing them because of Virginia state law in place at the time. There was a small window of opportunity in Virginia for George Washington to free his inherited slaves upon his death in 1799, but the state legislature quickly closed the loophole … CONTINUED

Missing graduation but celebrating our great nation’s 242nd birthday

Posted on July 5, 2018 5:05 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace was not allowed to graduate from preschool with her class. No she didn’t flunk preschool! She excels in everything she does. Let’s not forget whose granddaughter we are talking about here…hear? The reason K.G. didn’t get to participate in the ceremony, walk across the stage, etc. was that she was born too late. She’s big for her age. She’s brilliant. She’s talented. She’s congenial. She plays well with others, and she is so stinking cute…but she was born 11 days after the deadline to be in kindergarten next year, according to her state’s mandated date.

So, since she can’t start … CONTINUED

Beer Board still determining price of temporary permits

Posted on July 5, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

The White County Beer Board met July 2 to discuss the price of temporary beer permits.

A temporary permit, according to the board, is considered three days. Bruce Frasier, beer board chairman, mentioned that brick and mortar businesses have to pay $250 a year for a beer license. He feels this is too much money to charge for a temporary permit.

“If the city has some kind of waiver where they can waive the $250, then we should be able to copy what the city can do,” said Frasier. “Believe it or not, whatever the city can do the county can do.”

Frasier said, in his opinion, White … CONTINUED

Historic transfer of Chestnut Mountain is celebrated

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

Bridgestone Americas leadership and The Nature Conservancy staff and board gathered with Denny Wayne Robinson, county executive for White County; Chris Dorsey, city manager of Sparta; and Marvin Bullock, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the recent transfer of Bridgestone’s ownership and title of 5,763 acres of the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain property. The historic transfer is the largest land donation in the history of The Nature Conservancy, in Tennessee.

Bridgestone’s gift will protect and enhance biologically significant habitat for a range of endangered plant and animal species, and will provide connectivity to adjoining protected forests, including the … CONTINUED

Steering Committee B discusses food truck regulations

Posted on July 5, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

The owner of Outdoor Experience BBQ approached Steering Committee B, of the White County Commission, several weeks ago about setting up in a local grocery store parking lot and how the brick and mortar businesses were complaining about it. The board then decided to look into what the rules and regulations were for setting up a food truck in White County.

“I told him that we are not against this,” said Matt McBride, Steering Committee B chairman. “We are not against the mobile food site, and we are not against brick and mortar sites, but we have started something new here, and we don’t know what to do.”… CONTINUED

Solid Waste Committee discusses tax increase to fund landfill cell

Posted on July 5, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

The Solid Waste Committee met Monday night to discuss the condition of the White County landfill and whether or not to raise taxes for the project of digging a new cell.

Solid Waste Committee Chairman Bruce Frasier stated there has been too much time wasted on deciding what to do about digging a new cell at the landfill.

“We’ve kicked this can down the road so many years,” said Frasier. “It’s time to make a decision.”

The subject quickly came up about how the new cell would be financed. Frasier stated he has talked to a lot of people who said they did not want a tax increase … CONTINUED

Wilfred John “Bill” Holland

Posted on July 3, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wilfred John “Bill” Holland, of the Eastland community of White County, passed away July 2, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

West Bockman Way down to one lane

Posted on July 2, 2018 7:07 pm by Rima Austin

West Bockman Way has one lane open, on west bound side, due to a water line blow-out

Posted on July 2, 2018 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

McPeak reunion

Posted on July 2, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, July 8

Who: McPeak relatives

What: Reunion

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Doyle Community Center

Rich-Pryor reunion

Posted on July 2, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, July 8

Who: Rich and Pryor family members and friends

What: Reunion

When: Doors open at 11 a.m.; reunion begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: (931) 239-2659

Class of 1988 reunion

Posted on July 2, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Sept. 22

Who: White County High School Class of 1988

What: Reunion

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; group photo at 5:45 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Northfield Vineyards, in Sparta

Contact: Chaz Barrow ( or Brenda Wilson (

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