Monthly Archives: May 2019

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted on May 31, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at  Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Vinson was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Sparta, to James Floyd Vinson and Ella Pearl Cantrell Vinson.

He retired as a mechanic from AAA Auto and Towing, in 2016.  Mr. Vinson was an avid farmer and referred to farming as his “first love.”  He also worked several years at Wagner Electric as a mechanic.

Mr. Vinson attended Pomona Full Gospel Church, in Crossville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ed, Robert, John, and Roger Vinson; and a sister, Hilda Lois Vinson.

He is survived by his … CONTINUED

Sparta Farmers’ Market

Posted on May 31, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the growing season. The market is open 6 a.m.-noon. Buyers need to get there early for best selections.

All local gardeners and producers are encouraged to participate in the market. There is no fee for sellers. All vendors must acquire a permit through the City of Sparta.

This market is a joint effort of the City of Sparta, White County, U.T. Extension, and local producers. Metcalf Park is located downtown off South Church Street, just behind the U.T. Extension office.

For further information, contact the U.T.Extension Office at (931) 836-3348.

Charity Softball Game

Posted on May 31, 2019 10:10 am by

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson

Posted on May 31, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Alfred “Alf” E. Vinson, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be completed Friday afternoon, May 31.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christpoint Church is selected Chamber Member of the Month

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Christpoint Church is making a difference. Steve and Tina Qualls and a portion of the staff at Christpoint Church are shown receiving a plaque honoring them for their contributions to the community. In addition to popular worship services, Christpoint is involved in community blood drives, organizing the National Day of Prayer, Christmas tree lighting on Liberty Square, and much more. The plaque was presented by Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce in appreciation of Christpoint’s many community-building efforts.

The thorny side of life

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Topher Wiles

What keeps you on your toes?  While I was out for a sunrise run recently, I was shocked when I planted my heel firmly on the concrete sidewalk to hear a CRUNCH and felt a mild discomfort in my left heel.  The remnants of a glass bottle had conveniently decided to take up residence in my shoe, pricking the sole of my foot.  I was only a quarter mile from home, with the glass firmly lodged in the heel of my shoe, so like any silly guy would do, I kept on running.  Since putting weight on my heel wasn’t an option, I leaned forward … CONTINUED

State Farm – Jared Howard

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

From the time you get up, watch your step

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When Grayson and Anderson first got bunk beds so they could share a room, they were so excited they could hardly contain themselves. It was an adventure. Everything is an adventure for those two. Honestly, I shared their excitement. Having bunk beds brought back all kinds of memories for their papa. My brother and I shared a room where we slept in bunk beds many years ago, which brings me to my story.

From the time I was in second grade, I enjoyed spending the night with a friend or having a friend over to our house. Johnny Oldham was one of … CONTINUED

Home Builders Association of the U.C. supports area high school construction education programs

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland presented awards to high school students that were chosen as “Carpenter of the Year” at Cookeville, Monterey, Upperman, and White County High Schools, and the Tri-County Extension Campus. Construction education programs in local high schools are designed to teach valuable skills to the next generation of home builders.

2019 “Carpenter of the Year” Award winners are:

  • Cookeville High School – Jake Wear
  • Monterey High School – Spencer Powell
  • White County High School – Tristen-Blu Myers
  • Upperman High School – Clay Daniels
  • Tri-County Extension Campus – Samuel Diaz

The Home Builders Association is proud to support the “Future of the Construction … CONTINUED

Tennessee Department of Correction

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCHS chemistry students visit Oak Ridge museum

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A group of juniors and seniors from White County High School recently visited the American Museum of Science and Energy, in Oak Ridge.

Chelsa Burch, Wesley Martin, and Scott Wilson, all science teachers at WCHS, approached the rest of the science department with the idea of taking students who were in chemistry classes to Oak Ridge. With the rich history of nuclear science tied to the city, the department agreed that it would be a fun learning opportunity for the students. On May 8, the students loaded up two buses and headed to East Tennessee.

“It was an awesome experience,” said Martin. “Students seemed to really enjoy getting … CONTINUED

UDC members travel to Richmond

Posted on May 30, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Members of Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the UDC spring board meeting held at Memorial Hall, in Richmond, Virginia. L-R: Pamela Wood, Chapter President; President General Nelma Crutcher, Matilda Speck; back row: Thresa White and Donna Hamilton.

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