Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 12:59 pm
Sparta Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at approximately 12:48 p.m., April 17, 2020, on Gaines Street. According to immediate reports, no one is living in the house at this time. No further details are available at this time.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 11:58 am
To improve online experience, claimants will now certify by Social Security number
(April 17, 2020) – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development moves to a staggered schedule for unemployment claimants completing their weekly certifications. This change will spread out the number of people certifying over three days, creating a more responsive experience for claimants using Jobs4TN.gov.
More than 324,000 Tennesseans have applied for unemployment benefits over the last four weeks, creating an unprecedented demand on the unemployment computer system. While claimants can certify any day of the week, most choose Sunday, putting a workload 21 times the normal rate of usage onto the system.
Starting Sunday, … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 9:28 am
James Vincent Eckenrode, 75, of Sparta, passed away April 4, 2020, at Alvin C. York Hospital, in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Eckenrode was born July 8, 1944, in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, the son of Edgar Eckenrode and Hazel Conrad Eckenrode.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
The family has chosen cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 8:20 am
By Rachel Auberger
“Playing soccer for so long has taught me about being a good teammate and really about working hard in life,” Austin Kirby, who has played soccer for seven years, talked about how the game has helped him grow. “Soccer is a 90-minute run, and you have to learn to pace yourself, when to make plays and when to help out a teammate in scoring a goal. It’s just like life, you have to learn when to do certain things and how to play out situations that happen in life.”
The situation that he is having to play out right now is the unforeseen loss of … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | April 17, 2020 8:16 am
Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall
The current application of state and local authority to mandate the closure of businesses and require the people to restrict their activities to a list of government-approved venues under the threat of force and punishment is antithetical to everything America was built upon. These orders are arbitrary, deny due process, and are rife with unbridled discretion.
A shelter-in-place order that requires places of worship to close, where a finite number of people attend for less than a few hours once a week but then claims that Wal-Mart and liquor stores, where a limitless number of people come and go every day, … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 8:14 am
Brushy Ridge Farms, in Quebeck, Tennessee, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 19 million registered Angus.
The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC and the … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | April 17, 2020 8:12 am
By Topher and Ashley Wiles
Here we are, after 16 years of God-given marriage, asking ourselves, “What does love look like during corona-cation?” Many of you are also asking how to make the most of your relationship during this unprecedented self-isolating time. Whether you are both working normal hours, both out of a job at home together, or even being isolated in different parts of the house due to a positive Covid-19 test, these stressful times can test your marriage. As Family Forte writers, Ashley and I believe working toward a solid Godly marriage will benefit you emotionally, physically, and spiritually during the coronavirus pandemic. We aren’t alone.… CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | April 17, 2020 8:11 am
Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl
My memories of Easter reach back across many decades and include both sacred and secular celebration. Before I was mature enough to understand the glory of Christ’s resurrection, I fully enjoyed the idea of the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts. Most toddlers relish the opportunity to frolic in the grass, among the flowers, listening to the birds sing, watching squirrels jump from limb to limb. Considering the harsh winters on record from “back in the day,” I must have enjoyed the change of seasons even before I was old enough to remember.
One ancient memory involves an Easter egg I found … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 8:09 am
In addition to the rescue squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff’s Office, Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Putnam County Emergency Medical Service, Putnam County Rescue Squad, and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the call that originated from the patient’s brother.
By Rachel Auberger
On April 11, 2020, at 1:36 p.m., E-911 received a call that a rock had fallen on a male subject and dispatched Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad to Long Hollow Road.
“Upon arrival, rescue teams made contact with the patient on top of a mountain, and rescue units on the scene started rigging up rope systems while EMS worked on the patient,” T.C. Good, rescue squad assistant chief, said.
Good said the rock that struck the patient could be classified as a boulder and possibly weighed around 300 pounds.
According to Good, over 1,200 feet of rope was used to make three different high lines … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 8:07 am
By Rachel Auberger
On April 13, 2020, White County Board of Commissioners held a special-called meeting to discuss a response to COVID-19 as it affects county offices and departments.
During the meeting, which was held via teleconference, the board discussed Resolution 18-04-2020 – Resolution Amending Policies and Procedures to All County General Departments, Offices and White County Highway Dept. (COVID-19 response).
The resolution declared the White County Legislative Body would adopt Emergency Policies and Procedures, which allow for alternative means and methods for the delivery of services by White County employees in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, it allowed for officials in charge of each office … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 7:38 am
A huge line-type machine was recently moved across Bockman Way from Brady Printing’s old location to the new home for the business.
By Rachel Auberger
Brady Printing has been a fixture in the business world of Sparta for almost four decades, and some of its original equipment recently made the move across the street to its new home.
Brady Printing, which has slowly been relocating directly across Bockman Way from where it has stood for years, was started, in 1961, by Sam Brady who, according to his son, and now owner of the Print Shop, Gary Brady, went to school to learn how to operate the giant line-type machine that was recently the source of amazement as it was transported across the highway.
Sam Brady sitting at the line type
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2020 7:26 am
(Thursday, April 16, 2020) – With public meetings on hold due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is hosting an online webinar for citizens interested in needs for the interstate corridors of I-40 and I-81.
TDOT is seeking input for its study of I-40 and I-81 to identify strategies to manage traffic congestion, improve safety, enhance the efficiency of freight movement, and preserve/enhance the corridors’ economic benefits.
Public meetings on this study have already been held in Kingsport, Knoxville, and Memphis. The meeting originally scheduled for the Cookeville area will now be hosted online using Zoom software.
The online meeting will be