Woody Phillips inducted into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

Posted on January 23, 2020 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

“Woody Phillips officially inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame,” Marty (Selby) McFly announced to a stunned Kim Swindell Wood recently.

McFly, who said that Phillips is one of his greatest memories from his time at WSMT Radio Station, read a letter from the Hall of Fame board of directors to Wood:

“Dear Kim, I’m extremely pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has elected Woody Phillips (Phillip Wood) for induction into the Legacy Class of 2020. Congratulations…. Induction into the TN Radio Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have made a CONTINUED


Voters will cast ballots in new manner in March election

Posted on January 23, 2020 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

When residents of White County go to vote in the March 3 elections, they will be using new machines and a new process to cast their ballots.

“We hear all the time that the federal and state government wants a paper trail,” Dorcas Marcum, administrator of elections, said. “We were in need of new machines, so while they haven’t mandated it yet that we have a paper trail, we felt that if we were going to get new machines, we needed to go ahead and get something that would provide us with that.”

On Jan. 21, the machines were set up and tested, making sure … CONTINUED


City K-9 assists in drug arrest

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

On Jan. 12, 2020, Patrolman Joseph Thomas, of Sparta Police Department, with the help of K-9 Jake, arrested a suspect and confiscated over 200 grams of drugs.

According to Thomas, at 11 a.m. that morning, he witnessed a white Cadillac pull out of the Royal Inn parking lot and head toward Highway 111. Thomas’s report stated he observed the driver bring the car close to a full stop in the middle of the road before heading south on Highway 111.

“I got behind the vehicle and conducted a registration check and found the tags on the car did not match the make and model of … CONTINUED


Schools: Violate students’ rights, lose federal funds

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

“Y’all don’t do that again.” Eighth grader Hannah Frost looked up in surprise. It was her Honey Grove Middle School principal, Mr. Frost, walking toward the table where she and a few classmates were standing. One of their friends had been in a car crash, and they’d gone to an empty corner of the lunchroom to pray. If they wanted to keep this up, he told them the next day, they’d better move behind a curtain, meet alone outside, or hide out in the gym. Hannah was stunned. Since when did it become a problem to pray together, she wondered? Since … CONTINUED


13 ways to love your teenager

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Topher Wiles

Glory hallelujah, we’ve reached the teenage years!  I know, I know, the teenage years for many are worse than a cat’s tail stuck in the screen door.  Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way; God intended abundant life during the teenage years, too.  In honor of Gabriel’s 13th birthday, here are 13 family strengthening ideas I’ve stashed away in my teenage preparation toolbox.

(13) Invest Time in Your Teen – Gabriel still loves creating Legos masterpieces.  I’m more interested in how he’s progressed in his Microsoft Excel tutorials in school.  In my time serving as a high school math teacher and church youth minister, … CONTINUED


Memories in stone and marble

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

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Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Surrounded by a rich history that reached way beyond our memory, Sammie and I walked slowly among the stones and marble markers that commemorated the lives of more than a thousand souls. Driving from Chattanooga to Nashville, we had chosen a route that led us through Warren County, Tennessee.  Near McMinnville, we drove through miles of nursery stock, past the house where we had lived when two of our daughters were born, and down the road that leads to Shellsford Baptist Church and the largest rural cemetery in Warren County.

It was my privilege to serve as pastor of that historic church … CONTINUED


2019 Conservationist of the Year

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The White County Soil Conservation District has named Davis Farms as its 2019 Conservationist of the Year. Davis Farms is a row crop operation owned and operated by Wayne Davis and his three sons: Mark, Matt, and Andy. The Davis’ farm is roughly 3,000 acres consisting of corn, soybeans, and wheat. They provide custom farming services on 1,000 acres for other farmers in the community.

Wayne and his father, Leonard Davis, purchased 103 acres in the Northfield community of White County, in 1974. The farm began as a purebred Yorkshire farm consisting of 50 sows at its peak. Wayne sold seed stock to feeder pig operations in … CONTINUED


Buyers beware when purchasing hunting and fishing licenses

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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(Jan. 23, 2020) – Sportsmen beware! A scam website has been detected by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. There is a new bogus website that appears when you Google Tennessee fishing license.

The scam website appears as an advertisement during a Google Search for “Tennessee Fishing License.” The site then allows you to enter your personal information, such as name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, phone number, email address and residential address. It gathers this info, but never asks for payment for the license.

This website appears to have been created outside the United States, and the TWRA is working to get the site … CONTINUED


Cooper Farris added to Tech baseball staff as assistant coach

Posted on January 23, 2020 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

Boasting over 40 years of coaching experience, and numerous years of working with best in college and professional baseball, Cooper Farris recently joined the Tennessee Tech baseball staff as an assistant coach.

The addition of Farris rounds out head coach Steve Smith’s staff for the 2020 campaign, joining the previously retained Mitchell Wright (assistant coach) and Garrett Walters (volunteer assistant coach).

“I think it’s incredible to have a guy [on staff] with his experience in the game and his experience with so many great players,” Smith said. “I think it would be hard to find someone in today’s game that has as … CONTINUED


Bowling added as co-prime sponsor of “Right to Work” amendment

Posted on January 23, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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(NASHVILLE). Jan. 22 – State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), who represents Van Buren, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, and Warren counties, announced on Jan. 22 that she has signed on as a prime co-sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 648 which would add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution.  The Right to Work statute, established in 1947, protects the rights of those who choose not to join a union. It provides workers cannot be hired or fired based on their affiliation with any labor union or employee organization.

The bill advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 7 to … CONTINUED


Record 241 Tech student-athletes to be recognized Jan. 23

Posted on January 23, 2020 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

When it comes to collegiate athletics, victories on the courts or playing fields are important, but so are victories in the classroom.

Looking at the list of a record 241 student-athletes who earned spots on the Fall 2019 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and it’s easy to see that a lot of Tech’s student-athletes were indeed victorious in the classroom.

The Fall 2019 tally beats out the previous best of 236 from the Fall 2013 semester, including 45 student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average and earned spots on the Gold Club.

The 241 student-athletes will be recognized during the basketball … CONTINUED


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