Woody Phillips inducted into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

Posted by | January 23, 2020 1:13 pm

Woody Phillips (Phillip Wood), whose voice graced the airwaves of WSMT Radio Station many years ago, has been inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. Phillips, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014, will be represented by his widow, Kim Swindell Wood, at a ceremony, in August. In the above photo, Phillips is seen atop a float during the Sparta Christmas Parade (circa 1990) with his true personality shining forth.

By Rachel Auberger

“Woody Phillips officially inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame,” Marty (Selby) McFly announced to a stunned Kim Swindell Wood recently.

McFly, who said that Phillips is one of his greatest memories from his time at WSMT Radio Station, read a letter from the Hall of Fame board of directors to Wood:

“Dear Kim, I’m extremely pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has elected Woody Phillips (Phillip Wood) for induction into the Legacy Class of 2020. Congratulations…. Induction into the TN Radio Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have made a CONTINUED

Voters will cast ballots in new manner in March election

Posted by | January 23, 2020 1:00 pm

Dorcas Marcum (second from left), White County administrator of elections, and Melissa Price (far left), of the White County Election Commission office, check out the new voting machines. In the background are (L-R) Waymon “Doc” Haston, secretary of White County Election Commission, and Junior Jones, White County assessor of property.

By Rachel Auberger

When residents of White County go to vote in the March 3 elections, they will be using new machines and a new process to cast their ballots.

“We hear all the time that the federal and state government wants a paper trail,” Dorcas Marcum, administrator of elections, said. “We were in need of new machines, so while they haven’t mandated it yet that we have a paper trail, we felt that if we were going to get new machines, we needed to go ahead and get something that would provide us with that.”

On Jan. 21, the machines were set up and tested, making sure … CONTINUED

City K-9 assists in drug arrest

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:55 pm

By Rachel Auberger

On Jan. 12, 2020, Patrolman Joseph Thomas, of Sparta Police Department, with the help of K-9 Jake, arrested a suspect and confiscated over 200 grams of drugs.

According to Thomas, at 11 a.m. that morning, he witnessed a white Cadillac pull out of the Royal Inn parking lot and head toward Highway 111. Thomas’s report stated he observed the driver bring the car close to a full stop in the middle of the road before heading south on Highway 111.

“I got behind the vehicle and conducted a registration check and found the tags on the car did not match the make and model of … CONTINUED

Schools: Violate students’ rights, lose federal funds

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:53 pm

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

“Y’all don’t do that again.” Eighth grader Hannah Frost looked up in surprise. It was her Honey Grove Middle School principal, Mr. Frost, walking toward the table where she and a few classmates were standing. One of their friends had been in a car crash, and they’d gone to an empty corner of the lunchroom to pray. If they wanted to keep this up, he told them the next day, they’d better move behind a curtain, meet alone outside, or hide out in the gym. Hannah was stunned. Since when did it become a problem to pray together, she wondered? Since … CONTINUED

13 ways to love your teenager

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:48 pm

By Topher Wiles

Glory hallelujah, we’ve reached the teenage years!  I know, I know, the teenage years for many are worse than a cat’s tail stuck in the screen door.  Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way; God intended abundant life during the teenage years, too.  In honor of Gabriel’s 13th birthday, here are 13 family strengthening ideas I’ve stashed away in my teenage preparation toolbox.

(13) Invest Time in Your Teen – Gabriel still loves creating Legos masterpieces.  I’m more interested in how he’s progressed in his Microsoft Excel tutorials in school.  In my time serving as a high school math teacher and church youth minister, … CONTINUED

Memories in stone and marble

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:35 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Surrounded by a rich history that reached way beyond our memory, Sammie and I walked slowly among the stones and marble markers that commemorated the lives of more than a thousand souls. Driving from Chattanooga to Nashville, we had chosen a route that led us through Warren County, Tennessee.  Near McMinnville, we drove through miles of nursery stock, past the house where we had lived when two of our daughters were born, and down the road that leads to Shellsford Baptist Church and the largest rural cemetery in Warren County.

It was my privilege to serve as pastor of that historic church … CONTINUED

2019 Conservationist of the Year

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:32 pm


The White County Soil Conservation District has named Davis Farms as its 2019 Conservationist of the Year. Davis Farms is a row crop operation owned and operated by Wayne Davis and his three sons: Mark, Matt, and Andy. The Davis’ farm is roughly 3,000 acres consisting of corn, soybeans, and wheat. They provide custom farming services on 1,000 acres for other farmers in the community.

Wayne and his father, Leonard Davis, purchased 103 acres in the Northfield community of White County, in 1974. The farm began as a purebred Yorkshire farm consisting of 50 sows at its peak. Wayne sold seed stock to feeder pig operations in … CONTINUED

WCHS Warriorettes beat Siegel, Warriors defeated

Posted by | January 23, 2020 12:20 pm

By Jerry Lowery

On Jan. 20, the Warriors and Warriorettes traveled to Murfreesboro to take on the Siegel Stars in a non-district basketball game.  The Warriorettes took to the court first and won 73-45.

Gracie Dodgen led with 22 points, followed by Alaina Stiles and Morgan Quick with 10 points each.  Kanden Reeves had seven points.  Nia Powers and Kendreah Reeves each scored six points.  Julia Curtis had five points.  Nautica Brown and Caydra Parker had three points each, and Addison Frazier added one point in the win.  The Warriorettes shot 41 percent from the field.  They were 11 of 27 from the three-point line for 41 percent.  … CONTINUED

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