EF-0 tornado packing winds of 85 mph hits Sparta, along with straight-line winds of 95 mph

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:21 pm

A house on Iris Drive, just off McMinnville Highway, was heavily damaged when a huge tree fell directly across the roof.

By Rachel Auberger

In the early hours on March 29, 2020, a storm raged through White County and destroyed homes, damaged property, and uprooted trees, but early warning systems kept residents throughout the county safe.

“We had no casualties and only one injury, and that one injury was minor,” Jimmy Savage, White County Emergency Management Agency volunteer director, said.

The property damage was widespread, however, extending to every part of the county.

“It hit about every area,” Suzi Haston, E-911 director explained. “It was not as bad at the north end [of the county], although several there were without power.”

According to the National Weather Service, at 2:29 … CONTINUED


Moving sale

Posted by | April 3, 2020 9:35 am

Friday 4/3/20 and Saturday 4/4/20

101 Bobby Gribble Rd.

Quebeck, Tn 38571

Tools, furniture, Elvis collectables,

Dryer and lots more.


Help for small businesses

Posted by | April 3, 2020 9:31 am

County Update: If you own or operate a small business please email tasher@tsbdc.org for information on programs that are available. Also, for our small businesses, please go to sba.gov.  There is a yellow bar at the top of the page that reads “Coronavirus (COVID-19): Relief options and Additional Resources.” Click on that for help. Businesses need to get their name in soon as they can. A small business is defined as less than 500 employees. Please help me spread the word to our local businesses so that we can help them and help our community.



Leah Ellis Johnson

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:49 am

Leah Ellis Johnson, 96 of Gallatin, previously of McMinnville, passed away March 25, 2020.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 11, 1924, in White County, to Charlie and Ina Ellis.

She was a member of Friendship The Baptist Church and worked as a secretary at Eastside Elementary. Her family was her first love, and she also loved gardening, flowers, cooking, crocheting, and quilting.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Layron “W.L.” Johnson.

She is survived by her four daughters and son, Carol (Tom) Moore, of Hendersonville, Diana (John) Doss, of Nashville, Charlene (Don) Kennedy, of Madison, Mississippi, Judy Elliott, of Gallatin, Terry … CONTINUED


Mary Mildred Wright

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:48 am

Mary Mildred Wright, 98, passed from this life, on March 25, 2020, at the Lynchburg Nursing Home.

Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Sparta, to Maude and Lemon Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert R. Wright; brothers, Lonard Smith, Dillon Smith; and sisters, Joyce Walls and Mozel White.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda June Campo, of Marshall, Texas; son, Charles (Barbara) Wright, of Manchester; grandchildren, Bruce (Sherry) Hutchings, of Sparta, Beth (David) Trumbly, of Conroe, Texas, Gina (James) Hester, of Marshall, Texas, Carrie (John) McInturff, of Manchester, Charles Wright II, of Manchester, Bradley (Ashley) Wright, of Cookeville; 13 great-grandchildren; and five … CONTINUED


Charles Gilbert Galemore

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:46 am

CMSgt Charles “Chuck” Gilbert Galemore, USAF/TNANG (Retired),  86, of Cookeville, went to be with the Lord, on March 28, 2020. He passed peacefully at home.

He was born May 4, 1933, in Success, Arkansas, to Gilbert Galemore and Eva Laughlin Galemore.

The family moved to Charleston, Missouri, where Chuck spent his childhood and youth.

Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, on May 25, 1951, five days after graduating from Charleston High School. After basic training and technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, he began his career in aircraft maintenance at Mountain Home, Idaho. In 1952, he was transferred to the 6th Air Rescue Group, … CONTINUED


Randy Dean Goodwin

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:43 am

Randy Dean Goodwin, 55, passed away March 30, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Goodwin was born April 26, 1964, in Sparta, to Paul Gene Goodwin and Linda Lou Goodwin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Goodwin and Linda Goodwin and his wife, Paula Goodwin.

Survivors include his daughters,  Brittany Walker, Tiffany Simmons; grandchildren, Emma, Ilam, Caden; brother, Mike Goodwin and wife Mitzy; sisters, Donna Austin and husband Robert, Michelle Page and husband Eric; several nieces and nephews, all of Sparta; and a special friend, Dorothy Bruch.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, there will be a private family visitation and funeral.

Graveside service … CONTINUED


James Michael Moore

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:41 am

James Michael Moore, 61, passed away March 29, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Moore was born Feb. 23, 1959, in White County, to James Moore and Virginia Sparkman Moore.

He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.  Mr. Moore was a graduate White County High School Class of 1977. He resided in Van Buren County, and his hobbies included participating in tractor pulls.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by wife, Kim Kinnaird Moore.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Sparkman Moore; brothers; Don Moore, of Doyle, Jeff (Pam) Moore, of Sparta; sister, Patricia (Don) … CONTINUED


Robert Farlow

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:38 am

Robert Farlow, 60, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Farlow was born on July 2, 1959, to Hiram Olen Earl Farlow and Reba Nell Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Farlow was a lover of all sports. He enjoyed watching football any chance he could with his son, Ryan.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Farlow; sons, Robert Olen Farlow Jr., Ryan Mitchell Farlow and wife Nikke Nichole Farlow; brothers, John Earl Farlow; sister, Roxanna Gale Farlow; four grandchildren, Amy Lay, Brandi Davenport (Brandon Officer), Layton Davenport, Steven Davenport; one great-grandchild, Kinsleigh Welch; four nieces, Rebecca Krenzke, Katherine Mendez, Amy … CONTINUED


Mary Magdalene Luna

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:36 am

Mary Magdalene Luna, 85, passed from this life at her residence, in Sparta, on March 28, 2020, to be with the Lord

Mrs. Luna was born Feb. 22, 1935, to Anthony P. Adcock and Rutha V. Taylor Adcock.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Frank Adcock and Claborn Adcock.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 33 years, Roston Luna; Her son, Carl D. Young and wife Juany; brother, Jessie Adcock; stepchildren, Hilda (Harold) Thurman, Esther (David) Fouts, Karen Luna, Mary Luna, Amy (Howie) Knapp, Phillip (Vicky) Luna; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nephews.

The family sends many thanks to all those who … CONTINUED


Brad LeRoy Hapner

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:34 am

Brad LeRoy Hapner, 42, of Cookeville,  passed away March 29, 2020, at his home.

He was born Jan. 7, 1978, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Lee Hapner and Janet Stetler Hapner.

He was a managing partner at Longhorn Steak House. He loved hunting and fishing, his family and friends, his employees, and the people of Cookeville. He also loved his dog, Fisher, and his cat, Hunter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Stetler Hapner, and his grandparents, Calvin and June Hapner and Jack and Anna Lee Stetler.

Survivors include his parents, Lee and Patricia Hapner, of Sparta; sisters, Heather Hapner (Brandon), of Rome, … CONTINUED


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