Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sparta Rotary Club BBQ

Posted on September 21, 2019 4:04 am by

Fall Photo Contest

Posted on September 20, 2019 4:04 pm by

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Best time to start booking holiday flights begins Sept. 25

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The much-anticipated Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays may still be months away, but the best time to book flights for these busy travel weeks is quickly approaching. In fact, a recent analysis of AAA Travel’s flight booking data from the last three years reveals that Sept. 25 marks the start of the best booking window for air travel around both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Thanksgiving insights

Most travelers book their flights for Thanksgiving between Sept. 25 and Oct. 27, which is 28 to 60 days prior to the holiday and offers relatively good prices ($491 on average). Surprisingly, AAA’s analysis found that travelers can find some of the … CONTINUED

Alexander says agriculture funding bill “big win” for Tennessee farmers

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Legislation also includes funding for FDA to  fight opioid crisis

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, on Sept. 19, that legislation advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee is good news for Tennessee farmers.

“The bill I voted for [Sept. 19] is a win for Tennessee farmers because it funds the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development programs, and agricultural research at Tennessee’s universities,” Alexander said. “The bill also includes $64 million to help provide access to broadband for rural communities, which will help enhance educational opportunities and economic development in rural areas.

“This bill provides $3.15 billion for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including $8 million and … CONTINUED

STEM grant opportunities now open for K-12 Tennessee Valley educators

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The TVA STEM Classroom Grant Program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, is now open for applications. The program funds Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning projects in classrooms and schools in the TVA service areas throughout the Tennessee Valley.

The 2019-2020 application is now open and closes Oct. 20. Grants may be requested in amounts up to $5000. Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public schools, grades K-12. Schools must be located in the TVA service area and receive power from a TVA distributor.

“TVA recognizes that excellence in education is the key to our future workforce … CONTINUED

TN is leading nation with proposal of innovative block grant waiver

Posted on September 20, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) said this week that Tennessee is leading the nation with an innovative block grant waiver proposal that would give the state new flexibility in its Medicaid financing structure.  Bailey made the statement as Gov. Bill Lee and TennCare officials unveiled Draft Waiver Amendment 42 to the state’s TennCare waiver, the vehicle in which Medicaid funds are distributed by the federal government.

“This is a groundbreaking proposal as we lead the nation with this block grant waiver request,” said Bailey, who sponsored the legislation calling for submission of the amendment.  “It is an innovative and responsible proposal, which builds on … CONTINUED

Burn permits required beginning Sept. 23, residents urged to be safe

Posted on September 20, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all open-air outdoor fires beginning Sept. 23.   Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15-May 15. While Tennessee has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, and indices right now don’t suggest a high fire danger, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is putting burn permits in place early as a precaution. If current weather conditions continue as leaf fall begins, fire danger may escalate.

“This precautionary measure will be beneficial as we continue to monitor fire risk,” State Forester David Arnold said. “The … CONTINUED

Celebrate a special event

Posted on September 20, 2019 12:12 pm by

Sparta Green Market set for Sept. 20

Posted on September 20, 2019 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Green Market welcomes Billy Mac and Cheri as the featured performers at the Sparta Green Market, September 20, 4-7PM, Metcalf Pavilion on Liberty Square. Billy Mac & Cheri are a popular duo known for performing tunes from the 90’s to today from country, pop, rock and more.

The September Green Market is at the peak of the growing season featuring vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and meats grown and produced by local farmers, growers, and chefs. The Green Market is known for its varied combination of vendors selling all local products

Calfkiller Beer has their “Beer Garden” at the market.

Billy Mac and Cheri Harper are back September … CONTINUED

POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 20

Posted on September 20, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(The information below was taken from

POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that’s not associated with any particular war. In 1979, Congress and the president passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.

During the first POW/MIA Recognition Day commemoration, a ceremony was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., while the 1st Tactical Squadron from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia flew the missing man formation. Most ceremonies since then have been held at the Pentagon, and many smaller observances have cropped up across the … CONTINUED

Sparta weather forecast 09.20.19

Posted on September 20, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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WCMS announces homecoming queen and court for Sept. 24 game

Posted on September 19, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Middle School will celebrate homecoming, on Sept. 24, 2019. Eighth grade football players, cheerleaders, and mascots will be recognized at 5:45 p.m. The homecoming court will be recognized during halftime. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m., WCMS vs. Coffee County. L-R: Bella Winningham, sixth grade attendant; Ally Edmonds, seventh grade attendant; Braydyn Taylor, eighth grade attendant; Luci McBride, queen; Sara Kate Brogden, eighth grade attendant; Avery Osborne, seventh grade attendant; and Kyra Fox, sixth grade attendant.

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