LOCAL NEWS

World's Most Expensive Sneakers Will Order Your Pizza

(NewsUSA) - March Madness returns this year, after a pandemic-imposed hiatus in 2020. As a result, basketball fans, sneaker fans, pizza fans, and anyone else might be feeling a little extra …

BookTrib's BookBites: Kids Fun, Mystery, Life Lessons and Riveting Memoir

(NewsUSA) "Veronica Viggle and the Bubble Gum Machine: A Mad Scientist Story" by Louis Goldman A graphic novel for children (and adults) "with illustrations that jump off the …

Innovative Education Program Offsets Preschool Enrollment Drop

(NewsUSA) - The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to keep many children out of preschool nationwide, due to school closures or to parents' concerns about sending their children to the in-person …

Better Immunity is Just a Spray Away

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, we worry about maintaining our good health, and we are especially concerned about having a strong immune system that can take on all types of …

How to Save Money on Pet Care

(NewsUSA) - Owning a pet has a lot of perks, but caring for one can take its toll on your wallet. According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people …

BookBites: Four Intriguing Reads to Start the New Year

(NewsUSA) "Killer Graces" by Steve Melen A journey of adoption, cancer, addiction, and breakthrough living. In his late thirties, Steve Melen thought he had it all -- until a …

Let's Set An Amazing Education Record This School Choice Week

(NewsUSA) - Did you ever thumb through the Guinness Book of World Records as a kid, awed by the amazing feats? This year, families can help set records in ways that may not make headlines, but will …

Junior Achievement Celebrates 100 Years

(NewsUSA) - Ask any young person what they want to be when they grow up and you most likely will get lofty answers, such as a pro-football player or a You Tube star. While admirable, it may be …

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

(NewsUSA) - National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love - and everything in between. Join the celebration …

Make Your "Full House" Fully Energy-Efficient This Winter

(NewsUSA) -The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly turned the "new normal" household into hubs for all family life, moving the workplace, grade school, college, extracurricular activities, meals, …

BookTrib Bites: Four More Great Reads for Your Consideration

(NewsUSA) "Journey to the Hopewell Star" by Hannah D. State A mysterious star could bring stability to her world…or lead her to a blistering end. Quiet and introverted …

Babyproofing Made Easy At Home and On the Go

(NewsUSA) - Parenting has been described as "the toughest job you'll ever love," and figuring out how to keep your baby safe can be one of the most difficult elements of parenting. Child …

Fine-Tune Your Finances Now, Reap Rewards Later

(NewsUSA) - Many people spend a lot of time planning and fine-tuning their physical fitness, and that often includes working with a personal trainer. Why not think of financial fitness in the same …

Boost Immunity Naturally With a Simple Spray

(NewsUSA) - Promoting a healthy immune system has never been more important. A new ingestible oral spray from established oral care company TheraBreath gives you a combination of vitamins and …

Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure during Cold and Flu Season

(NewsUSA) - Although COVID-19 continues to dominate health news, don't discount the impact of seasonal colds and flu on health, especially for individuals with high blood pressure. According to …

Five Tips for Seniors When Choosing Online Workout Classes

(NewsUSA) - The first month of the New Year is galloping by and many folks are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2021. Hooray for you if you've already set your goals. For those …

3 Tips to Help You Jumpstart Your Spring Health and Wellness Goals

(NewsUSA) - With summer right around the corner, spring is a great time to get started on your health and wellness goals like moving more and losing weight. Just take it from Rose Kis. Like so many …

BookBites: Waxing Pathetic, CIA Intrigue, and Gone to The Dogs

(NU)  “The Beirut Protocol ” by Joel C. Rosenberg   Trapped behind enemy lines. Brutally tortured and threatened with death. And the worst is yet to come. Special …

Conoce Estos 5 Números Si Tienes Diabetes

(NewsUSA) - - Tomar el control de tu salud cardíaca mediante el monitoreo de algunos números de salud básicos puede contribuir a una vida más larga y saludable. Prestar …

Travel hacks to keep your family happy

(BPT) - Whether you’re on a road trip or plane ride, every parent knows the journey can be a challenge. Long hours waiting or riding can test any kid’s — or parent’s — …
Hints For Homeowners

What To Know About Mold And Mildew

(NAPSI)—If you’re like a lot of homeowners, your domicile is in danger from an insidious, invisible growth—mold—and you don’t even know it. That’s because for many people, mold conjures …

Noah Glenn Ward

Noah Glenn Ward, known by friends as Glenn, 75, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Ward was born July 20, 1945, in Doyle, to Noah Lee Ward and Augusta …

Robert Ossian Rohlander

It is with great sorrow that his family announces the passing of Robert Ossian Rohlander, age 91. He was at home surrounded by family and friends, on June 15, 2021. He was born May 17, 1930. Bob …

TBI warns of phone scheme involving Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline number

(June 15, 2021) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation would like to warn the public about a reported phone scheme involving a man presenting himself as a representative of a human trafficking task …

4 ways to save money on prescription medications

(BPT) - Anyone who has taken a prescription medication knows that pricing can be mystifying — and increasingly expensive. Especially if you have a chronic condition that requires ongoing …

Fast-Paced Thriller "Red Deception" Paints Chilling Portrait of Our Times

(NewsUSA) What would happen if all the major bridges in the U.S. were bombed, all commerce came to a dead stop, and the nation's natural resources, such as our water supply, were cut off? The …

Weekend DIY projects to refresh spaces to welcome back guests

(BPT) - Virtual birthday parties. Online family game nights. Digital dinners with friends. You've done your part to stay connected yet socially distanced, however, as restrictions lift across the …

Entries are being accepted for 2022 Tennessee Wildlife calendar photo contest

 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2022 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar. All interested photographers are …

Cantrell and Vickers graduate from Maryville College

 Two students from White County have completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. The following White County students graduated from Maryville …

Vickers makes Dean’s List at Maryville College

 A White County student has made the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Maryville College. Consideration for the Dean’s List is open to full-time students who have a …

UT Martin names students to Chancellor’s Honor Roll

 The outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Martin have been honored with publication of the spring 2021 Chancellor’s Honor Rolls for …

Think FAST This Father's Day, Save a Life

(NewsUSA) - This Father's Day, many people are looking forward to in-person celebrations with fathers and other family members. When you gather to celebrate the father figures in your life, be …

Annual Upper Cumberland Senior & Caregiver Expo

 In tough times, communities find strength in people and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in the Upper Cumberland region as …

Total submersion is complete victory

In the Old Testament book of 2nd Kings chapter 5, a Syrian army commander named Namaan was stricken with leprosy. The disease was incurable and caused the person to be outcast, have painful sores on …

Rhett Robinson signs with Georgia military college

Rhett Robinson, a recently graduated alum of White County High School’s Class of 2021, has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s six senior …

Sparta Masonic Lodge #99 makes donation to Motlow

Sparta Masonic Lodge 99 F&AM recently presented the Motlow Advisory Board, which works to promote the success of the college’s Sparta campus, with a check from a fundraiser they had …

White, Van Buren counties receive education grants

White County and Van Buren County school systems have received grants that will be used to support Career and Technical Education. Tennessee Department of Education announced last week that more …

Knights of Columbus yard sale

The Knights of Columbus, affiliated with St. Andrew Church, will be having a yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m., June 26, at First National Bank, at 130 Sam Walton Dr., in Sparta, next to Walmart.

Court dockets-June 15, 2021

Below are the links to the court dockets for White County General Sessions Court for May 18, 2021.

The Best Credit Card for Summer Travel

(BPT) - Vacations are top of mind for everyone right now. People are daydreaming of getting out of their homes and checking into a hotel. With all the pent-up travel demand, here are a few ways you …

Do you have what it takes to be a cheese executive?

(BPT) - Do you want to be the Big Cheese at a national snack food company? Now's your chance! Farm Rich, one of the cheesiest brands in America, is looking to hire their very first honorary Chief …

The best ways to manage gout this summer

(BPT) - After so many months of social distancing due to the global pandemic, summer travel is top of mind. People with chronic health conditions, like gout, may not be thinking ahead of their unique …

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades.

A Luscious Lime Smoothie for Hot Summer Days

Next time you are looking to relax outdoors all day, try this Tart Lime Smoothie, which is filled with fresh fruit and cool enough to wash away that summer warmth.

Kid-Friendly Summer Snacking

For an option that quenches hunger (and thirst) without sacrificing nutrition, try an assortment of ways to enjoy watermelon.

Cookout Cravings

Something about summer brings out cravings for grilled perfection. Whether it’s the unmistakable flavor of a slow smoked side of ribs or a flame-kissed tenderloin, you can’t go wrong when you pull out the grill.

Family-Friendly Ideas for Summer Fun

These ideas for summertime activities encourage family interaction, and the more kids get to help plan and organize the details, the more engaged you can expect them to be.

Learn the Ins and Outs of Sports Betting

If you’re intrigued by the idea of earning a little extra cash while rooting for your favorite teams, sports betting may be right up your alley.

Gas prices remain steady

(June 14, 2021) — Tennessee gas prices held steady over last week with today's state average coming in at the same price as one week …

School board sub-committee

A school board sub-committee has been formed to study the options for the old Central View School property. The first meeting of this sub-committee has been scheduled for 6:00 pm on June …

Dang Thi "Ms. Lee" Farris

Dang Thi Farris, better known to her friends and family as Ms. Lee, passed, away June 13, 2021, at her residence. Ms. Lee was born in Vietnam and was preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley …

TN laws effective July 1, 2021

Budget -- The no-debt budget, which will fund state government for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, continues lawmakers’ efforts to maintain fiscal discipline, while prioritizing education, health …
OBITUARIES

Murel Dean Allen

Murel Dean Allen, 82, of Sparta, passed away June 7, 2021, in Cookeville. Mr. Allen was born May 1, 1939, in Whitwell, to William Albert and Tressie McHone Allen. He married his wife, Joyce, on …

  • Richard Carl Peters

    Richard Carl Peters was born July 1, 1939, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to Helen and James Peters, and …

  • Lyda Ruth McCoy Burks

    Lyda Ruth McCoy Burks, 86, best known as Ruth to her family and friends, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed …

  • Donnie Ray Mabe

    Donnie Ray Mabe, 59, of Sparta, passed away June 7, 2021, in McMinnville. Mr. Mabe was born Jan. 3, …

OPINION

What is Lost Cause Ideology?”

Last week, I talked about the fact that, in popular memory in the South, the Civil War was not “really” about slavery – even though the documents from the time show that pretty much …

FAITH

Marriage from a Nazi prison

 Last week, my wife and I celebrated our 17th anniversary, with one of our kids duly noting, “Your marriage is old enough to drive and almost old enough to vote!”  Ashley and I …