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White and Van Buren counties have seen a marked improvement in state and local sales tax collections for April 2021 compared to the same time last year when the COVID-19 pandemic has just begun to … more
(May 20, 2021) - Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2021 decreased by double digits when compared to data from the previous year. In April 2020, the state’s jobless rate … more
Alcoholic Beverage To-go Orders Authorized if Certain Requirements are Met Public Chapter 451 (2021), effective May 14, 2021, authorizes a person or entity who is licensed to sell beer and … more
On May 12, the Tennessee Department of Health made the much-anticipated announcement that it will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15 in an attempt to provide … more
This is an aerial photo of a house fire, on May 14, 2021, on River Oak Road, in Van Buren. No further details were available. more
Residents and associates at Life Care Center of Sparta have been enjoying a special week of fun during National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 9-15. The American Health Care Association sponsors … more
 White County’s parks and recreation subcommittee has been awarded a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to develop a systemwide master plan for providing a … more
A highly debated topic came to a halt, on May 10, as the budget committee, for the third meeting in a row, investigated the possibility of funding a county-wide fire department. “The … more
Tennessee has issued the latest numbers for unemployment and provides statistics retro-active to March 2020. more
(May 13, 2021) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced a new series of partnerships to fight human trafficking in Tennessee during a press conference, on My 13.l According to the Tennessee Bureau of … more
(May 12, 2021) - The Tennessee Department of Health today announced it will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15 years. This is following the decision by the … more
A crash with injuries was dispatched to emergency services personnel, at  approximately 8 a.m., May 13, 2021, in the vicinity of 999 Smithville Highway. Initial reportes said a vehicle had "run … more
Are you seeing gas shortages in your area - Sparta, Cookeville, Spencer, etc.? Send photos to of long lines of customers waiting to get gas or photos of stations that show signs of … more
Books in Memory: Leslie Donald Anderson, The Very Good Gospel, given by Roger & Denise Creason Ralph Douglas Baker, This Side of Night, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver Bonnie Bohannon, … more
 After Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen took a moment to honor high school athletes Grant Slatten and Gracie Dodgen for their record-setting careers on the basketball courts, they took a … more
 City of Sparta, through Mayor Jeff Young, issued proclamations honoring the sports careers of White County High School’s Grant Slatten and Gracie Dodgen, the all-time leading scorers for … more
President Joe Biden, as called on by Public Law 100-307 and like many presidents before him, issued a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. “I … more
Sparta Beer Board, which convened during the, on May 6, 2021, has handed down some penalties to two businesses that were accused of selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Case Number … more
 LIFE FORCE Air Medical pilot Mel Hughes was recently awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Hughes joined LIFE FORCE nearly 30 years ago after serving as a military pilot for many … more
The Tennessee State Review Board will meet to examine proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places at 9 a.m., May 19, 2021. The board is a function of the State Historic … more
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