LOCAL NEWS

Iva Edna Dobson

Iva Edna Dobson, 91, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2020, in Sparta. Mrs. Dobson was born March 23, 1929, in Hudgins, Kentucky, to Dick and Beatrice Parker. She loved cooking, and everyone …

Rosie Jean Edwards

Rosie Jean Edwards, 73, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 8, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Rosie was born May 31, 1947, in Jamestown, the daughter of Bennie Epperson and Lillie Cobb …

Wayne Howard Papke

Wayne Howard Papke, 73, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 7, 2020.  Mr. Papke was born July 25, 1947, in Buffalo, New York, to Royce and Hilda Papke. He attended Leroy United Methodist …

Margret "Smokey" McCoy Bolt

Margret "Smokey" McCoy Bolt, 64, of Spencer, passed from this life, on Aug. 8, 2020, at her home. Smokey was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Spencer, the daughter of Joe B. McCoy and Katherine Lusk …

Josephine “Josie” Lamb Seagraves

Josephine “Josie” Lamb Seagraves, 75, passed away Aug. 8, 2020. Mrs. Seagraves was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Sparta, to Artest and Martha Ann Lamb. She was a member of Brethren In …

William Clarence Colley

William Clarence Colley Jr., 87, passed away Aug. 8, 2020, at Uplands Village, in Pleasant Hill. Mr. Colley was born April 19, 1933, in Nashville, to William Clarence Colley Sr. and Katherine …

Time to start leasing fields for 2020 dove season

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2020 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 1.    Landowners …

‘Church and State’ opens Friday at Cookeville Performing Arts

Guns, faith and politics take center stage in Cookeville Performing Arts Center’s Backstage Series production of “Church and State.” The political comedy – CPAC’s …

Ag Department issues warning about tick season in Tennessee

LIVESTOCK AND PET OWNERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF TICK SEASON IN TENNESSEE  Tick season is in full swing, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) wants citizens to be aware of the …

Message from director of schools Kurt Dronebarger

From Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools: Due to the restricted nature of school board meetings during the pandemic, the White County Board of Education has provided a link on …

Neglect the Bible and evil will take over

 A man once remarked to Samuel Coleridge, as they walked in his garden, “I do not intend to teach my child any religion. He can choose for himself when he is old …

As goes the king

As goes the king, so goes the country. The future and well-being of the organization is found in the heart of the leadership. We just finished primary voting last week. People went to the polls …

Rotary Club of Sparta receives prestigious awards

Rotary Club of Sparta received several awards at this year’s District Awards Luncheon, which was July 13, as a testimony to the time and effort they poured into their community throughout the …

Election results were delayed, some ballots hand-counted

After nearly a two-hour delay because of technical difficulties and an increased number of absentee ballots, all of White County’s 4,396 votes were counted, and the results of the Aug. 6 …

City officials discuss recent paving project

 Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the progress being made on paving projects on several city streets during their most recent meeting. “The public works department, their …

Sherrell wins primary for District 43 state representative

The Aug. 6, 2020 election, which included the state primary as well as the city and county general ballots, only had a handful of contested positions available for White County voters, so the …

Cumberland University announces fall sports moved

Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward announced today the postponement of fall sports to spring 2021. The decision gives each institution autonomy to play non-conference games this fall.The …

Baxter will receive $1 million for improvements

On Aug. 10, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration  is investing $4.4 million in the state of Tennessee to build …

UCDD offering application assistance for SNAP benefits

Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (UCAAAD) is now offering application assistance with “SNAP”, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program for adults 60 and over or …

Morris Chadwick "Chad" Gaffin

Morris Chadwick “Chad” Gaffin, 81, passed away May 24, 2020, in Reno, Nevada, of acute leukemia. He had been a resident of Carson Valley Senior Living facility, in Gardnerville, Nevada, since …

TTU Golden Eagles open football camp

It’s been a while since Tennessee Tech has been able to have a full team practice. As the team’s newcomers and freshmen took to the Tucker Stadium turf on Friday, it started to feel like …

Benjamin Horace White Sr.

Benjamin Horace White Sr., 83, of Sparta, passed away Aug 6, 2020, at his residence. Ben White - if he ever introduced himself to you was “Ben White all of his life” - was born April …

Betty Ann Turley England

Betty Ann Turley England, 73, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 6, 2020, at her home. Mrs. England was born Aug. 7, 1946, in Ohio. She will be dearly missed but not forgotten. She was …

Senior Center Treasure Chest

Sparta-White County Senior Center's TREASURE CHEST is located at 321 E. Bronson St., Sparta, and will be having an INDOOR YARD SALE each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, 7-10 a.m., and …

Does college guarantee success?

Maybe the dumbest thing you can do is to go to the place that’s supposed to make you smart. That would be - college. Now, perhaps I’m biased. I don’t have a college degree, although …

The “Black Lives Matter” grand deception

P.T.  Barnum, the great entertainment showman and producer, famously said, “There’s a sucker born ever minute!” He was an expert on the subject. It was from those …

Tennessee General Assembly called into special session

 On Aug. 3, Gov. Bill Lee announced that a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly would convene, on Aug. 10, to specifically address COVID-19 liability protections, telehealth …

Grant Slatten commits to Ole Miss after WCHS graduation

White County may soon be rooting for a different SEC team during basketball season as Sparta native Grant Slatten has committed to playing basketball for Ole Miss after he graduates from White County …

Motlow to host ‘FASTPASS’ enrollment events this week

Fill out an admission application. Register for classes. Complete dual enrollment requirements. Confirm your financial aid status. Each of these steps is required if you plan to attend Motlow State …

Election results - Aug. 6

For White County election results, click here. For statewide election results, click here.

Tennessee Tech to hold three commencement services Aug. 8

Tennessee Tech students who graduated in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020, including those who received master’s degrees and doctorates, will have a chance to walk across the stage and enjoy a live …

Governor proclaims August "Immunization Awareness Month" in Tennessee

ImmunizeTN today announced that Gov. Bill Lee has declared August as Immunization Awareness Month in Tennessee https://tnsos.net/publications/proclamations/files/1957.pdf. As a result of COVID-19, …

Three family yard sale

3 family yard sale Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 6 and 7 @ Sparta Rescue Squad building Skylink Garage Door opener, baby scales, New Sleep number blanket, new rugs, New bedding sets, …

One Region helps WCMS

The White County Middle School Warrior Bucks Reward Program allows students to earn "bucks" by exhibiting positive behaviors. One Region recently became a part of this worthwhile program. The …

Everything voters need to know

Tennesseans will head to the polls across the state on Thursday, Aug. 6, to vote in the State and Federal Primary and County General election. “Election officials across the state have spent …

USDA now accepting applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers can apply now through Aug. 28, 2020, for direct assistance though the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.  This program provides payments to cattle, sheep, hog and some other crop …

Wildland fire suppression kits available to volunteer fire departments

Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is accepting applications for the 2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program until Sept. 11. Departments may now apply for VFA …

Tech student-athletes earn OVC Academic Medal of Honor

The Ohio Valley Conference announced that a record 285 student-athletes have earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for the 2019-20 academic year. This year, Tennessee Tech student-athletes claimed …

P-EBT application deadline extended

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which aims to help Tennessee families feed their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has extended the online application period until 4:30 …

Why did Christ build his church?

 Why does the church exist?  What is the ultimate purpose of the church? Matthew 28 19-20. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the …

Someone has to pay

A young leader who lived many years ago was loved and admired greatly by his people. This particular young man was very passionate about serving the Lord and doing what was right. He became extremely …

Sparta-White County YMCA gets new water slide

 Sparta-White County Family YMCA got a long-anticipated addition to their facility when a 22-foot spiral flume slide was installed at their swimming pool, on July 27. “We apologize for …

Neal named interim White County EMA director

 A man who has been serving his community in numerous areas for the past several years has been named as the interim director of White County Emergency Management Agency. Stanley Neal, of …

White County football and girls’ soccer to begin seasons on time

Gov. Bill Lee has issued Executive Order No. 55 that will allow contact sports to resume, which means both football and girls’ soccer can presumably complete their full game …

WCTE to broadcast TTU graduation ceremony, Aug. 8

 WCTE PBS will broadcast Tennessee Tech University’s commencement ceremonies starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 8 on the WORLD Channel and also and via stream at wcte.org and …

New unemployment claims filed

Effective July 30, 2020   Total Claims Paid:         264,002 Total Payments:            …

Farmers’ markets remain safe source for fresh, local foods

Farmers markets throughout Tennessee have worked diligently to connect producers of fresh, local foods to consumers safely. From visiting a new market to lighting up the night in Nashville, there are …

Tennessee seeking non-profits to serve state's pandemic needs

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is opening the grant application process Saturday August 1 to support non-profit organizations serving Tennessee’s health and economic needs …

Arthur Edwin “Skip” Davis Jr.

Arthur Edwin “Skip” Davis Jr., 63, of Spencer, passed away July 31, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 18, 1956, in England, to Francis …

Cynthia Dianne Myers Arthur

Cynthia Dianne Myers Arthur, 63, of Smyrna, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 29, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Arthur was born April 13, 1957, in Sparta, to …

Roberta Eulene O’Dell Wilson

Roberta Eulene O’Dell Wilson, 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at her home, on July 28, 2020. Mrs. Wilson was born May 29, 1932, in White County, to Franklin Joseph O’Dell and …

Marietta Effner

Marietta Effner entered the Kingdom of Heaven, on July 28, 2020, at the age of 64. She was born Nov. 19, 1955, at home, in Port Jervis, New …
OBITUARIES

Benjamin Keith "Ben" Swindell

Benjamin Keith "Ben" Swindell, 78, of Walling, passed away July 31, 2020, at Signature Health Care, Algood. Mr. Swindell was born Oct. 13, 1941, in the Yateston community of White County, to James …

OPINION

Socialist Democrat Party - the true enemy of the USA

It is time to disenfranchise the Socialist Democrat Party (SDP) as a political party, shine the bright light of truth on it, and recognize it for what it is; i.e. an anti-American hate group that …

FAITH

Sharing the daring is really caring

That deep orange circle of sun rapidly disappeared underneath the canopy line of trees. The edge of dark chasm between us and the sun only added to the gravity of the colorful spectacle before …