Willie Frank Rogers Sr.

Posted by | October 31, 2019 1:38 pm

Willie Frank Rogers Sr., 70, of the Ravenscroft community of White County, passed away Oct. 28, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Rogers was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Byromville, Georgia, to Jerry Patrick Rogers and Annie June Wisham Rogers.

He was a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Rogers was a Mr. Fix It. He loved working on equipment, vehicles, and anything mechanical that needed work. He could diagnose a problem with a vehicle by only listening to it.  When Mr. Rogers was not working, he was an avid fisherman and faithful member of Ravenscroft Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jerry … CONTINUED

Cole honored for 20 years at Averitt

Posted by | October 31, 2019 1:03 pm

Averitt Express recently honored associate Lisa Cole, of Sparta, for 20 years of service. Cole is now among the more than 1,200 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt. Averitt’s Cookeville-area service center is located at 1199 Salem Road, and its corporate headquarters is at 1415 Neal St. Lisa Cole (right) is welcomed to the Averitt Over 20 Team by Averitt chairman and chief executive officer Gary Sasser (left).

The Junkyard Dog

Posted by | October 31, 2019 1:00 pm

The Junkyard Dog, a family-friendly, automotive/retro-themed eatery and coffee shop serving roasted beef hot dogs, chili, baked potatoes, and coffee, at 404 N. Spring St., in Sparta, recently held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, sponsored by Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about The Junkyard Dog, call (931) 545-4180.

MooreEyes Family Vision Center

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:58 pm

MooreEyes Family Vision Center, at 126 Bockman Way, in Sparta, recently celebrated its new location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, sponsored by Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about MooreEyes call (931) 836-2235.

Raising the Barr on religious liberty

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:54 pm

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

More than two out of every three Americans think their beliefs are under attack – and after the left’s hysteria over a speech by Attorney General Bill Barr, it’s not hard to understand why. Barr, a Catholic, gave a stirring talk at Notre Dame -one of the most powerful given on religious liberty by a government figure in decades. “Secularists, and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” he insisted. And immediately, liberals set about proving the attorney general … CONTINUED

All freedoms require a cost

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:52 pm

By Topher Wiles

What began with tears of frustration ended with a smile of joy.  At any age, freedom comes with a cost, a tough lesson that my wonderful wife was determined to teach my darling daughter.

At 3 years old, Clara was delayed in potty-training just a bit longer than her three older brothers.  As I got up from my chair at the kitchen table, my daughter stuck out her quivering lower lip with tears streaming down her cheeks.  So deep was her desire to go with Dad on a hardware store run that she was devastated when her mother said, “No.”  Ashley cancelled all her regular … CONTINUED

Calling dogs and hogs, chickens and cows…and sheep

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:49 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“H’YEAH, Dinah! H’yeah, h’yeah! H’YEAH, John! H’YEAH Blue! H’yeah dogs, h’yeah!”

Our coon hounds didn’t recognize the word “here” unless Daddy said it the way I’ve tried to spell it, but I can almost hear him hollerin’ those words at his hounds yet today, more than a half century after the fact.

With those commands, he would call the dogs off the trail of an old, fat, ring-tailed raccoon so we could load that pack of hounds into the back of the pick-up truck and head for the house…before midnight. In fact, I remember his voice even more than the blackberry brambles … CONTINUED

The Happening – 2019

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:47 pm

Dear SpartaLive,

The Happening, 1999-2019 this ministry and event is a unique and God-given vision for White County that was entrusted to a good friend of our community, Sandra Beadle Sparkman. After having surgery, in 1998, Sandra was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable form of cancer and was given six months to live. While taking chemotherapy to slow the growth of the cancer, her nurse shared the idea of The Happening with her, and, three months later, in April 1999, the first Happening was “happening” at the YMCA here in Sparta. Sandra had been given a death sentence, but instead of going home and preparing to … CONTINUED

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