Monthly Archives: May 2019

Van Buren County Fair benefit

Posted on May 17, 2019 2:02 pm by

State Farm – Jared Howard

Posted on May 17, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April remains at historic low

Posted on May 17, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

For the third consecutive month, Tennessee’s preliminary statewide unemployment rate for April 2019 remains at the all-time low of 3.2 percent, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Tennessee first set its all-time low unemployment rate in February and it has remained at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent each month since establishing the record. Over the last 12 months, unemployment across the state dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point when compared to data from April 2018.

“The latest unemployment numbers demonstrate consistent economic stability,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “We have not experienced much movement in unemployment for nearly … CONTINUED

Girl Scout fundraiser

Posted on May 17, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Fundraiser starts at 5 p.m.



Tennessee American Legion Boys State returns to TTU on Sunday 

Posted on May 17, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Who: About 450 high school juniors from across the state

What: For the 55th year, young Tennesseans will learn how the scales of justice balance and how state government functions as they visit Tennessee Tech University for Tennessee American Legion Boys State.

During the week, participants are immersed in learning state government by running a mock 51st state, Boys State. They will organize political parties and establish city, county and state governments by election, complete with primaries and political campaigns.

When: Sunday, May 19-Saturday, May 25

Where: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville


•Gov. Bill Lee addresses Boys State attendees at 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, May … CONTINUED

Equine infectious anemia reported in TN, no treatment or vaccine

Posted on May 17, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners of a case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in West Tennessee.

A horse stabled at a farm in Shelby County recently tested positive for EIA. The horse has been euthanized, and state officials are now testing additional horses that stabled with or live near the infected horse.

EIA is not contagious to humans. It is a blood-borne illness that can be fatal for horses. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, swelling, loss of appetite, or colic. However, an infected horse may not show any clinical signs. There is no treatment or vaccine. Once infected, a horse must be permanently quarantined … CONTINUED

Deborah Jean Mason

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Deborah Jean Mason, 65, of Doyle, passed away May 14, 2019, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Mason was born Jan. 15, 1954, in Lewisburg, the daughter of James Slaughter and Bobbie Jean Eady Slaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Mason, of Doyle; daughters,

Deana Brantley (John), of McMinnville, Laurie Hurt, of Pleasant View; son, Bobby Hurt (Dana), of Springfield; and eight grandchildren, Trey, Tyler (Madison), Katlyne, Jaydon, Justin, Megan, Jace, and Trent.

A memorial gathering will be 6-8 p.m., May 17, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Marie Knowles Clark

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ernest Marie Knowles Clark, 82, of Sparta, passed away May 14, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Clark was born Dec. 2, 1936, to Ernest Knowles and Delma Cunningham Knowles.

In addition to being a retired beautician, Mrs. Clark also retired from Red Kap and Wilson factories.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Edgar “Ed” Clark; and sisters, Betty Barnes and Ann Graham.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen (Robert) Gann, of Carthage, Sharon Gail (Harlon) Goines, of Sparta; sons, Marchel “Mike” Clark, of Sparta, Steve Clark, of Sparta; brother, Ervin (Bonita) Knowles, of Quebeck; special daughters, Lynn West, Helen Varnadore, both of Sparta; best … CONTINUED

Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Dr. William Gene “Doc” McConnell,  95, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2019, in Crossville.

Dr. McConnell was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Council Grove, Kansas, to Charles Martin McConnell and Aida Whitely McConnell.

He was their first of two sons. He was a fighter pilot instructor in the U.S. Navy, in World War II.  He practiced and was the owner of White County Veterinary Clinic for over 30 years.

He loved to spend time with friends and family over good food and telling tales of his youth, his Navy days, and memorable veterinary calls.  He spent countless hours playing bridge and other card games. Most of … CONTINUED

James Herbert Simmons

Posted on May 16, 2019 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Master Sgt. James Herbert Simmons, 88, passed away May 15, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Master Sgt. Simmons was born June 7, 1931, in Van Buren County, to Dennie Thurman Simmons and Irene Hollingsworth Simmons.

He was raised by his grandparents after his mother died when he was 2 months old. Master Sgt. Simmons retired from the U.S. Air Force after proudly serving his country during his 20-year career with the military. He taught woodworking for 17 years at the Vocational School for White County and was a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ, in Livingston. He is best remembered as a soft-spoken, good … CONTINUED

Verla Virginia Young Knowles

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Verla Virginia Young Knowles, 92, of Sparta, passed away May 14, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Knowles was born March 2, 1927, to George and Alma Lee Young.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Knowles; daughter, Carlee; granddaughter, Julia; and sisters, Marlene Dodson, Reta Young, and Martha York.

Survivors include her daughters, Gail (Johnny) Judd, Christy (Jason) Bradley; grandchildren, Micheal (Wendy), Wesley (Erin), Olivia, Roy, Robert (Willene), Micheal (Vickie); sisters, Marie Fields, Mildred Scott, both of Kentucky; brother, Bobby (Nona) Young, of Sparta; eight great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special cousins, J.B. and Marie Rittenberry; and special friend, Bubba … CONTINUED

Elizabeth Joyce Neal

Posted on May 16, 2019 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Elizabeth Joyce Neal, 69, of Mitchell, South Dakota, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 13, 2019, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab, in Mitchell.

Mrs. Neal was born Sept. 6, 1949, in Sparta, to Charles Akins and Josephine Hale Akins.

She graduated from White County High School. She married Curtis Neal, on Nov. 23, 1968, in Sparta. The couple moved to West Memphis, Arkansas, and lived in many places. After Curtis passed away, Mrs. Neal moved to South Dakota to be close to her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers, Charles, Ed, and Rob.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy (Steve) … CONTINUED

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