LOCAL NEWS

White County Board of Education special called meeting set for Oct. 1

White County Board of Education Special-Called School Board Meeting Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2020 Location: White County Board of Education Time: Board Meeting at 6:00 …

National Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept. 26

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be celebrating 2020 National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on Saturday, Sept. 26. While there will be no large events or gatherings due to COVID-19, the …

Cookeville tornado recovery enters new phase

Tornado recovery efforts in Putnam County are transitioning into a new phase. The Tornado Long Term Recovery Task Force continues to monitor and communicate with survivors. “We are seeing many …

Leavy Thomas Ward

  Leavy Thomas Ward, 80, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 23, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.  Mr. Ward was born April 30, 1940, in Tabor City, North Carolina, to …

Tennessee unemployment claims data

Week Ending: September 19, 2020 Total Claims Paid 228,053 Total Payments $65,718,855 Tennessee Payments $0* Federal Payments $65,718,855 *TN payments paid through the …

Absentee by-mail voters can track their ballot online

Tennessee voters who request an absentee by-mail ballot for the Nov. 3 election can track the status of their ballot on the Secretary of State’s website using the Absentee By-Mail Ballot Status …

Ray  Edward “Ed” England

Ray  Edward “Ed” England, 66, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2020, at his home in Sparta. Mr. England was born Nov. 23, 1953, in Shelbyville, Illinois, to Bill and Helen …

Gary Alan Kowalchuk

Gary Alan Kowalchuk, 67, of Sparta, went to be with the Lord, on Sept. 20, 2020. He passed away at his residence due to a chronic medical condition. He was a great son, father, and husband. All …

WCTE Blues and Brews 2020 is going virtual

WCTE is continuing the long-standing tradition of Blues and Brews. This year WCTE is collaborating with more businesses and breweries than ever to make Blues and Brews be as safe as possible. In …

Court dockets for Sept. 22

White Co General Sessions Court – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 INITIAL APPEARANCE 09/22/2020  08:58AM Judge SAM BENNINGFIELD 93GS1‑2020‑CR‑37860 Ronnie …

Durelle Armstrong Henry

Durelle Armstrong Henry, 85, of Old Hickory, passed away peacefully, on Sept. 20, 2020. There will be a gathering of family and friends, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 26, 2020, at Hunter Funeral Home, followed …

Living 50 Plus

Read about one of White County's most active couples and how they still remain a vital part of the community after retirement. Click here to view Living 50 Plus .

Dickie Alfred Denton

Dickie Alfred Denton, 64, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 21, 2020, at his home in Doyle. Mr. Denton was born Nov. 10, 1955. He was the son of Herman  Denton and Lillie Ovean Luna …

Cookeville mural vandalized

Overnight Sept. 19, 2020, or in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2020, vandals cut a mural on the North side of the building at 670 S. Willow Ave., in Cookeville. The mural was installed on the …

2020 deer archery hunting season opens Sept. 26

The 2020 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 26. The archery-only season dates are the same statewide Sept. 26-Oct. 30 and Nov. 2-6. You can use archery …

AAA: TN gas price average remains stable

(Sept. 21, 2020) - The Tennessee gas price average remains unchanged from last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.94 which is three cents more than one month ago and 46 cents less than …
Kim Swindell Wood

New report released: Consumers' views on the economy improve

  Tennessee consumers regained some of their lost confidence in the economy as the Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index climbed back into positive territory. The Overall Outlook Index rose to …

TN Secretary of State launches 2020 election FAQ video series

On Sept 21, the Secretary of State released a new video series featuring members of the Division of Elec-tions answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the 2020 …

Motlow State joins MTSU and Columbia State in $300K grant

 (Sept. 21, 2020) – Attracting future students to agriculture and MTSU's Fermentation Science program — that's the objective of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture grant …

James Walter Qualls Sr.

James Walter "Walt" Qualls Sr., 70, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2020, at his residence. Mr. Qualls was born Oct. 2, 1949, in White County, to Clay Qualls and Aline Reece Qualls. He worked …

Carolyn Sue Sherrell

Carolyn Sue Sherrell, 71, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 16, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. Mrs. Sherrell was born June 14, 1949, in Spencer. She was the daughter of …

Timothy Erbie Caldwell

Timothy Erbie Caldwell, 50, of Walling, passed away Sept. 17, 2020, in Walling. He was born Oct. 31, 1969, the son of Charles Caldwell and Ruth McBride Caldwell. He enjoyed being around people …

August revenues for Tennessee more than estimates

 Tennessee revenues were more than the budgeted estimates for the first month of the state’s fiscal year.  Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley today reported, on Sept. …

The pitfalls of hungry shopping

My darling Ashley and I have been married 16  years! I survey all the success God has given us raising four wonderful kids and enjoying wedded bliss.  I’m now reaching the age where …

Communicating our love

My favorite means of communication is face to face - and without a mask. When I interact with folks, I prefer to use as many of the senses as possible: facial expressions, especially smiles; tone of …

For the greater good

The United States of America is the greatest and most admired nation in the world.  That is an undisputed fact.  Our vibrant capitalistic-based economy, along with our world-class military …

TDEC offers teachers toolkits for Earth Science Week

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, will distribute a limited number of Earth Science Week toolkits to science …

Trump puts fed “wokeness” to sleep

President Trump took another step toward fulfilling his promise to “Drain the Swamp” when he authorized Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought to ensure that federal …

Airport discusses new purchases and new policies

 Upper Cumberland Regional Airport board members discussed the purchase of a new radio during their monthly board meeting, which was held virtually again this month. “The FAA and FCC …

McDonald awarded by TSBA

The Tennessee School Boards Association recently announced that Jayson McDonald, chairman of the White County School Board, had reached level four of boardsmanship.  “The citizens of …

Sparta-White County Help Center continues its mission through community donations

 Thanks to the donations of many  organizations and churches like First Presbyterian Church the Sparta-White County Help Center will be able to continue filling a need that for many area …

Deputy goes above and beyond the call of duty

 In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, 2020, Sgt. Lanny Wheeler, with the White County Sheriff’s Office, answered a call and, according to one Sparta resident, went above and beyond his …

WCMS Warriors fall in last-minute score

On Sept. 15, the White County Middle School Warriors took on the visiting Clay County Middle School Bulldogs in football action.  Both teams came out firing on all cylinders on the offensive …

TN Highway Patrol answers call for Hurricane Sally telecommunications assistance

On Sept. 16, Baldwin County, Alabama requested Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) teams to augment staffing of their 911 Dispatch Center due to Hurricane Sally. The Tennessee …

"One on One" with Becky Magura features Dr. Mary Evins

 WCTE PBS will broadcast One on One with Becky Magura featuring Dr. Mary Evins on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The series made its season 10 debut earlier this month. Be sure to tune in all …

TN Hunter Education giving option for online classes

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering an option to complete Tennessee Hunter Education all online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course can be completed by using the online course, …

Sparta Sonic employees receive scholarships

On June 10, 2020, the Nashville Advertising Co-op of Sonic Drive-Ins awarded fifty $1,000 scholarships to employees of their drive-ins.  Over the past 20 years, the Nashville Advertising Co-op …

Celebrating America's history

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament …

Businesses continue to re-employ Tennesseans as economy rebounds

(Sept. 17, 2020) - As more Tennesseans return to the workforce, the statewide unemployment rate for Tennessee decreased in August, according to the latest data released by the Department of Labor and …

White County Middle School volleyball results

 On Sept. 8, the White County Middle School Warriorette volleyball team took on Warren County in a conference matchup.  The Warriorettes lost  the first game 25-10.   They …

The week in review

We are now inside the 60-day countdown to election. I am hoping we all have registered to vote? Monday, Oct. 5, will be the deadline to register to vote in the presidential election. Now is the time …

At what age should children be taught about God and Jesus?

A few years ago, I was in New Jersey and talking to a father of two beautiful small girls. I asked him if he was teaching his girls about God. He said NO.  His reason was that their minds were …

Anxiety during anxious times

 Years ago, I met this young lady on the first day of my new job. She exited her car, made her way across the parking lot and into the store. She approached the counter where I worked, and we …

Warriors, Cavaliers face off

 The Sparta Warriors traveled north, on Highway 111, on Sept. 11, 2020, to take on rival Cookeville High School in football action.  Cookeville has been dominant for the past 30 years in …

Sparta observes Patriots’ Day

Nineteen years after the unbelievable attacks on the United States that resulted in the loss of 2,977 American lives, Sparta and White County paused to remember and honor both those who lost their …

Helen Joyce Davis McFerrin

Helen Joyce Davis McFerrin, 82, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2020, at Signature Health Care, in Cookeville. Mrs. McFerrin was born Feb. 25, 1938, in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur …

Cleda Massa Terry

Cleda Massa Terry, 75, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 12, 2020, at University of Florida Health-North Hospital, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mrs. Terry was born March 9, 1945, in White County, to …

Lemon Fred Farris

Lemon Fred Farris, 95, passed away peacefully at his home, on Sept. 13, 2020. Mr. Farris was born July 7, 1925, in Cookeville, to Lemon Farris and Nancy Bell Cunningham Farris. He attended …

Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Copeland

Ronald Lee "Ronnie" Copeland, 66, of Crossville, a native of Sparta, passed away Sept. 14, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center, in Knoxville. Mr. Copeland was born Feb. 23, 1954, in Sparta, to Lonnie …

William M. Johnson

William Marvin (Bill) Johnson was born in Sparta, Tennessee, on June 12, 1936, the younger son of Ammon Estes Johnson and Mary Margaret Hill Johnson.  He was preceded in death by his parents …

Disaster update from American Red Cross

As of Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 the American Red Cross of the Tennessee Region has deployed 64 volunteers to respond to disasters. We want to take the time to update statistics on what is happening …
OBITUARIES

William Marvin "Bill" Johnson

William Marvin "Bill" Johnson, age 84, a longtime banker, farmer and community leader, passed away, on Sept. 13, 2020 at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be complete by late Monday …

  • Brenda Sue Hale McCormick

    Brenda Sue Hale McCormick, 72, of Walling, passed away Sept. 6, 2020, at Cookeville Regional …

OPINION

What happened on 9/11?

 Everybody knows what happened on 9/11, right? The truth is most of my peers—I was born after 2001—don’t. They almost certainly don’t know why it happened. Most …

FAITH

Using our devices when we can’t be there in person

In Psalm 26 (ESV) the Psalmist sang about sinners having “evil devices” in their hands. He certainly was not referring to the electronic devices of our time, but most of us would probably …