Overton County man sentenced to 37 years in prison for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery

Posted by | November 6, 2019 12:10 pm

According to a press release issued by District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, an Overton County man was sentenced, on Nov. 6, 2019, to 37 years in prison for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery.

In October 2018, criminal investigators with the Livingston Police Department and the District Attorney General’s Office opened investigations into allegations that Earl Junior Pike Jr. had committed sexual offenses against a 7-year-old female child that was living in his home. As the investigation progressed, evidence was reportedly obtained that indicated Earl Junior Pike Jr. raped and sexually battered the child.

Search warrants were obtained by investigators to search the home in which … CONTINUED

Birgit Kuban Austin

Posted by | November 6, 2019 8:42 am

Birgit Kuban Austin, 75, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 4, 2019, in Sparta.

She was born March 22, 1944, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Herbert and Emma Reuter Kuban.

She will be remembered as a good friend, hard worker, and for her love of travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Austin (Charlotte), of Sparta; son, Rockwell Austin, of Cookeville; husband of 20 years, Roy Austin, of Bluffton, South Carolina; grandson, Wilson Ervin; granddaughters, Anna Ervin, Olivia Ervin, Mary Alice Ervin, Delilah Austin; sister, Karin Kuban-Scheel (Wolfgang), of Frankfurt, Germany; brother, Gerhard Kuban (Doris), of Nauheim, Germany; and special friend, Patty Dronfield.… CONTINUED

Veterans’ Day Parade

Posted by | November 6, 2019 7:54 am

A Veterans’ Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Line up for the parade begins at 9 a.m., at White County High School. The parade will proceed to the Rotary Veterans Park for a special program. All veterans are encouraged to participate. For more information call (931) 836-3595.

Sparta Speaker Series Fall 2019

Posted by | November 6, 2019 7:09 am

Third floor of the White County Courthouse, on Liberty Square

Programs begin at 7 p.m. CST

Sponsored by Virgin Falls State Natural Area, the Friends of Virgin Falls, And White County


September 19 – The Adventures of Working with Mules.  Join mule trainer Malcolm Jessup as he shares stories of his travels, and insights into working with mules.

September 26 – Everything You Wanted to Know About a Tree But Was Afraid  to Ask.  Guy Zimmerman, retired from the Tennessee  Division of  Forestry, will speak on forest fires, invasive exotic species, urban forestry, selling timber, tree health and anything you wanted to know about a tree but … CONTINUED

Cope named Principal of the Year for Middle Tennessee Region

Posted by | November 6, 2019 5:46 am

Statement from Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, about the honor bestowed on the principal of BonDeCroft Elementary

“BonDeCroft Elementary Principal Sara Cope was recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education, on Tuesday evening, (Nov. 5, 2019) as one of the nine finalists for Principal of the Year. She placed in the top three and was named the Principal of the Year for the Middle Tennessee Region.

“That makes three White County educators in four years (two principals and one teacher) to be honored as state finalists – just further proof that there are great educators in White County schools.

“Be sure to congratulate Ms. Cope when … CONTINUED

Personal hygiene drive

Posted by | November 5, 2019 4:39 pm

What: Please bring in NEW travel size bottles of hygiene items, or money can also be donated

Items: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, Etc.

Why: Jr Beta will be creating hygiene package for the students at White County Middle that are in need.

When: Oct. 28-Nov. 8

Caney Fork Baptist veterans’ program set for Nov. 10

Posted by | November 5, 2019 12:59 pm

Caney Fork Baptist Church, at 2404 Highway 70 East, in Cookeville, will be having a Veterans’ Day service beginning at 10:50 a.m., Nov. 10. Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers, who is the Tennessee commissioner of Veterans Affairs, will be the featured speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. More information: (931) 528-1910.

Life Care Center of Sparta raising funds to benefit Alzheimer’s of TN

Posted by | November 5, 2019 9:46 am

Pictured are Hollie Walker, Sheila Jared, and Nicole Fignar of Life Care Center of Sparta holding the calendars.

Life Care Center of Sparta will be selling 2020 picture calendars now through Dec. 13, 2019, to help raise money for Alzheimer’s of Tennessee. These calendars would make great Christmas gifts. They are unique in their own way. To honor those who are living with this heartbreaking disease or in memory of loved ones who have passed away, their picture is placed in the slot on their birthday. Bible scriptures are throughout, and it will be a teaching tool as well on dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This disease affects people of all walks of life. All proceeds from this calendar will go to Alzheimer’s of Tennessee and will benefit … CONTINUED

William Kirk Carver

Posted by | November 5, 2019 8:41 am

William Kirk Carver, 64 of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2019.

Mr. Carver was born Jan. 11, 1955, in Bridgeport, Alabama, to William Robert Carver and Lila Fay Graham Carver.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 5, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors by the Veterans’ Honor Guard will follow in Highland Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 5, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eric Lynn Luna

Posted by | November 5, 2019 8:34 am

Eric Lynn Luna, 55, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 3, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 28, 1964, in Sparta, to Ollie Gene and Myrna Faye Luna.

Staff Sgt. Eric Luna was a retired veteran of the Tennessee Army National Guard, with 21 years and seven months of service to his country. He began his military career at the McMinnville Armory, as a medic, then transferred to the Sparta Armory as a non-commissioned officer. Six months after having major brain surgery, he served overseas for several months in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 278th Armored Cavalry Division to stand … CONTINUED

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