LOCAL NEWS

Kyle Frazier & Tree Works caught doing good deed

 Recently, Kyle Frazier, owner of Tree Works, was caught with his crew and trucks on private property, in the Hickory Valley area, on a mission to help his community without recognition. …

All-new Tennessee Flying Machines hangar opens

Aaron Tippin may be known for his music career, but his real passion is aviation, and he, along with his family, has opened the all-new Tennessee Flying Machines hangar at Upper Cumberland Regional …

Warriors slay Dragons 54-13

On Sept. 25, the White County Warriors soundly defeated the visiting York Dragons by a score of 54-13.  The Warrior defense shined all night by stopping a Dragon offense that came into the game …

Thomas Lewis Clark

Thomas Lewis "Boss Hogg" Clark, 54, passed from this life, on Sept.23, 2020. Mr. Clark was born Aug. 17, 1966, in Cookeville. He was the son of Fred Clark and Carolyn Johnson Clark …

Fred Gaines Graham

Fred Gaines Graham, 73, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family, on Sept 27, 2020. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Phyllis Graham; their sons, Scott Graham (Rhonda), Jeff …

Loraine Reagan

Loraine Reagan, 90 of Tullahoma, passed from this life, on Sept. 26, 2020, at her home, from an extended illness. A native of Doyle, she had lived in Tullahoma since 1955. Born March 24, 1930, in …

Kathleen Schroader Pierce

Kathleen Schroader Pierce, 91, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 26, 2020, in Sparta. Mrs. Pierce was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, to Owen Lee Schroader and Amanda E. Peach …

Frances Winnifred Phifer Dodson

Frances Winnifred Phifer Dodson, 74, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 26, 2020, in Nashville. Mrs. Dodson was born Jan. 6, 1946, in Helena, Arkansas, to Carl and Frances Phifer. She enjoyed …

Driver services adds new services to self-service kiosks

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (TDOSHS) Driver Services Division recently announced new services now available at all self-service kiosks placed across Tennessee. …

Deadline for Small Business Relief extended until Sept. 30

 Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently announced an extension for eligible small businesses to certify for the Tennessee Business Relief Program (TBRP). “We want to ensure this relief …

Tennessee farms offer safe, outdoor fun this fall

 Are you looking for a way to get outside and enjoy fall fun with family and friends? A trip to a Tennessee farm this season will bring …

Fall-O-Ween Decorating Contest

All residents of Sparta-White County as well as businesses, industries, offices, and governmental entities, are invited to participate in the outdoor Fall-O-Ween Decorating Contest sponsored by The …

TFWC receives early deer hunt report during recent meeting

(September 25, 2020)  - The overall statewide harvest during the three-day August deer increased by 29 percent as compared to last year. The report was made during the September meeting of the …

Seven employers to participate in job fair Oct. 1

The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, for seven employers seeking to fill more than 50 positions in …

Blood donors urgently needed, critically low levels

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (September 28, 2020) — Blood Assurance is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood this week to help patients in Cookeville area hospitals. Blood …

Work search now required to receive unemployment

The Reemploy Tennessee initiative began Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reminds unemployment claimants that is the day the work search requirement …

Judith Allyn Donaldson-Gutierrez

Judith Allyn Donaldson-Gutierrez, 75, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 23, 2020, at her home. Mrs. Donaldson-Gutierrez was born on May 11, 1945, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, to Herman Allen Donaldson …

Paul Wayne Gregory

Paul Wayne Gregory, 75, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 24, 2020, in Sparta. Mr. Gregory was born May 15, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland. He loved his CB radio and spending time with his family. He …

Virginia Leigh Sinclair

A memorial service for Virginia Leigh Sinclair, 74, of Sparta, was 4 p.m., Sept. 26, 2020, at Christpoint Church, in Smithville. Pastor Sam Scavo officiated. Virginia passed away Sept. 23, 2020, …

I love America too much to stay silent

When I got out of bed the morning of May 31, 2020, after a sleepless night, I knew I had to do something. I didn’t know what or what I would say. I saw the protests and the riots. I had …

Future of America is in our hands

 If you read my articles on a regular basis, you will have noted that I regularly take strong issue with the Democrat Party.  I do that for good reason.  In nautical terms, …

Fishing Club participates in first club tournament of season

White County Jr. High and High School Fishing Club participated in the first club tournament of the season, on Sept. 19, at Tim’s Ford Lake. Winners of the tournament were Elijah Kelly and …

WCMS Warriors fall to Coffee County

On Sept. 22, the White County Middle School Warriors traveled to Manchester to take on the Red Raiders in a big conference matchup.  With a win over the Red Raiders, it would have put the …

B.A.M receives grant from Walmart

Each year, B.A.M. (Backpack Assist Ministry) provides White County students with much needed school supplies as they partner with teachers, schools, and families to help students achieve success. …

County commission appoints new committee members

At the regular called meeting of the White County Board of Commissioners, on Sept. 21, 2020, the board elected new officers and appointed new committee members for the 2020/2021 operating …

IDEAL Program gives students extra support

 At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, White County launched a new program designed to provide support to young students who may need a little more behavioral and emotional support and …

2020 WCMS Homecoming Court

White County Middle School’s homecoming will be Sept. 29, 2020. The eighth grade football players and cheerleaders will recognized at 5:45 p.m. The homecoming court will then be recognized …

Countdown to November election continues

 Good morning everyone, and let us get right to work! Remember, Monday, Oct. 5, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Get registered today! So, Justice …

Ayrianna Webb presented as spotlight student

 At the recent White County School Board Meeting, Woodland Park Elementary announced their spotlight student as fifth grader Ayrianna Webb. Woodland Park will be choosing to spotlight one …

City approves purchase of new substation equipment

 In the Sept 17 meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which was mostly filled with business-as-usual reports, there were two standout items on the agenda. Immediately after …

Warriors cannot stop the Walker Valley Mustangs

The Warriors traveled to Walker Valley, on Sept. 18, and took on the Walker Valley Mustangs.  The Mustangs started early and finished the game with a 49-14 win over the Warriors.  The …

TFWC receives early deer hunt report during recent meeting

 The overall statewide harvest during the three-day August deer increased by 29 percent as compared to last year. The report was made during the September meeting of the Tennessee Fish and …

Bob Morris

Bob Morris, 93, a resident of Sparta, passed away Sept. 22, 2020, at Erlanger Baroness Hospital. Mr. Morris was born May 21, 1927, to Lee and Flora Morris. He was a proud World War II veteran …

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 …
OBITUARIES

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, …

  • Timothy Erbie Caldwell

    Timothy Erbie Caldwell, 50, of Walling, passed away Sept. 17, 2020, in Walling. He was born Oct. 31, …

  • Helen Joyce Davis McFerrin

    Helen Joyce Davis McFerrin, 82, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2020, at Signature Health Care, in …

  • Cleda Massa Terry

    Cleda Massa Terry, 75, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 12, 2020, at University of Florida Health-North …

OPINION

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 …

FAITH

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 …