Kynett United Methodist receives Golden Cross Foundation Award

Posted on January 18, 2020 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Kynett United Methodist Church, in Sparta, and Burton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Algood, have received grants – $4,500 and $5,412 respectively – from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from these grants was used to replace HVAC units and improve a parking lot.

Rev. Diantha McLeod, pastor at both churches, said, “In February 2019, both HVAC units at Kynett were in need of dire repair. One unit only heated, and the other stopped working completely. A majority of the church’s members are 55+ years old – many with medical issues that become aggravated in extreme temperatures. Everyone knew it would be difficult to worship in the building in the … CONTINUED

Rescue Squad’s Father/Daughter Dance tickets on sale

Posted on January 18, 2020 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Calling all fathers/father figures – the 7th Annual Father/Daughter dance tickets are now available for you to secure your night of making memories with that special little lady in your life. Tickets will be available 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad building, 320 Bockman Way. Come by the Rescue Squad building during those times and a faithful squad member will be there waiting for you. Thank you for your support.

How moose tracks helped in moving

Posted on January 16, 2020 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

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By Topher Wiles

“Variety is the spice of life,” William Cowper cheerfully penned in 1785, but I have to wonder if he ever picked up his family to move from one state to another.  Had he counseled anyone through the loss of a loved one or a divorce from a spouse?  Had he ever tried to calm a young adult starting a new job or a child going to kindergarten?  Although some may wax poetic about change, the emotional toll of change is undeniable.  Anxiety, fear, and stress are all too common as we ride the emotional roller coaster associated with changes in our lives.

If variety is … CONTINUED

A late Christmas gift for Katie Grace

Posted on January 16, 2020 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

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Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“I love kitty cats, and I have lots of kitty cat friends!”

Thus began a conversation between Katie Grace and her mommy a few months ago.

“Well, who are some of your favorite cats?” Shannon asked. K.G. has a very strong attachment to her toy Snoopy dog, she loves our Boxer, Sophie, then there’s Mike’s dog, Woodrow, and the University of Tennessee mascot, Smokey, but Shannon wondered what feline friends her 6-year-old might be referring to. Perhaps she was thinking of Garfield or some other comic strip character to go with Charlie Brown’s canine companion.

…but, no! K.G. was thinking of real … CONTINUED

What is fair?

Posted on January 16, 2020 3:03 pm by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – By Daniel Hannan

Life isn’t fair. And you know what? It can’t be.

Here’s the problem: The word “fair” doesn’t mean “justice” or “equity” or, indeed, anything very specific. Instead, it’s become a sort of all-purpose statement of moral superiority—superiority tinged, paradoxically, with victimhood.

Now, fairness does have an exact meaning in certain contexts. For example, if we’re playing a game, fairness means that the rules should be applied impartially. When we are kids and our parents and teachers set the rules, the word still has that essential meaning: it’s a young person’s way of demanding what we might call “equality before the law.” … CONTINUED

Airport manager receives 5% raise

Posted on January 16, 2020 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Ron Moses

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors voted this week to approve a 5 percent pay raise for airport manager Dean Selby.

The increased salary will move Selby’s salary from $69,550 to 73,027.50, and that increase will be retro-fitted to July 1, 2019. Selby’s last review came in October 2018 when his pay was increased 7 percent. The board voted to make both Selby’s and other airport employees’ performance reviews an annual occurrence.

Selby will next be reviewed in June 2021.

“I think you [Selby] have done an outstanding job,” said Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. “I look back from when we chose him, and … CONTINUED

City puts in new kayak dock at South Carter Street Park

Posted on January 16, 2020 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

City of Sparta has been encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to visit the downtown area, and now they have made it even more convenient to do so.

With money from a Tourism Enhancement Grant administered by the Upper Cumberland Development District, the city hired Cotten’s Marina, in Rock Island, to build and install a kayak launch dock near the walking bridge and picnic pavilion, at South Carter Street Park.

According to Greg Cotten, the dock and ramp were built off site and then moved to the ramp area on South Church Street last week.

“We transported it over here in a couple of pieces,” Cotten said as … CONTINUED

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