Democrats attempting to hijack relief bill

Posted by | March 31, 2020 9:19 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

For the most part, political parties are predictable actors. One can generally identify what actions they will take in a given situation. It was with that in mind that I suggested last week that the Democrats would surely attempt to get the Chinese virus checks sent to illegal aliens living here and taking our jobs. Sure enough, the alphabet list of the usual suspects have begun making noise about how illegals should also be eligible for the checks going out to help Americans survive during these troubled times. But my accusation was far too modest when it comes to describing the … CONTINUED


COVID-19: How families are surviving the pandemic

Posted by | March 31, 2020 9:18 am

Emmett Bane is learning how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches – and sushi rolls.

By Rachel Auberger

At 2:55 p.m., on March 17, all White County students left school for an extended spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, while the initial thoughts were those of fear and confusion by parents and excitement by children, the new reality has brought about something amazing.

While “social distancing” is the key phrase right now and shopping carts and door handles are being cleaned like never before, while hand sanitizer and toilet paper have become prime commodities, while store shelves empty as fast as they are filled, while … CONTINUED


Director provides update on status of schools and food distribution

Posted by | March 31, 2020 7:49 am

By Rachel Auberger

When, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Gov. Bill Lee directed all Tennessee schools to remain closed through April 24, it caused educators state-wide to begin to look for alternative methods for educating students during the unprecedented school closure.

“First of all, the health of your family is our main concern,” White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, said. “Please follow the health guidelines that are being issued to keep your family and those around you safe. We ask that you continue to use good hygiene practices and stay at least six feet away from others during the length of this crisis.”

Dronebarger went on … CONTINUED


LBJ&C Head Start continuing to serve families

Posted by | March 31, 2020 7:45 am

LBJ&C Head Start is trying to utilize every method possible to keep the children learning while they are confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 epidemic.

By Rachel Auberger

Throughout the school year, LBJ&C Head Start programs provide more than just a pre-school experience for many families in the region, and now they are having to get creative on how to get those services to the families they serve.

“Our intent is to continue to provide quality services through community outreach,” Melony Pryor, the Sparta Head Start Center supervisor, said. “We have a plan in place that will allow us to provide our families with much needed support during this crisis.”

The Sparta Head Start staff obtained donations to provide items like food and diapers for the families that depend on them to care … CONTINUED


Caney Fork Electric update

Posted by | March 31, 2020 6:51 am

Update from Caney Fork General Manager Bill Rogers:

(March 30, 2020) – While we have had a productive day of restoring power to our members following the severe storms on Sunday, March 29th, we find that there is no possibility that we will be able to get the lights back on for all of our members before we finish working tonight around 8-9:00 p.m. In my 35 years at CFEC, this weather event has resulted in more broken poles at one time (between 75-80) than any other storm we have ever encountered.

The hardest hit areas continue to be in Northwest and Northern Warren County; Southern DeKalb … CONTINUED


Donna Gail Taylor

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:37 pm

Donna Gail Taylor, 77, of Cookeville, passed away on March 26, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Donna was born March 16, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clifford McCulley and Modella Hitchcock McCulley.

Donna grew up in White County and graduated from White County High School. After school, she moved to Nashville and worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 12 years. She married John, in 1974, and moved to Tallahassee and then to Miami, in 1979, and worked several years for the FDOT District 4 Credit Union, relocated to Orlando, in 1993. They moved back to Tallahassee, in 1998, and returned home to … CONTINUED


Dorothy Dean Stewart Zvara

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:34 pm

Dorothy Dean Stewart Zvara, 93, of Mauldin, South Carolina, formerly of Ferndale, Michigan, and Lakeland, Florida, passed away March 24, 2020, at home, with family at her side.

Dorothy was a devout Methodist and attended the Mauldin United Methodist Church.  She looked forward to Sunday service and Bible Study.  As her mobility became more difficult, the church provided her with a posted, named parking space.  She was very proud of this designated space and made a point of showing it to all who visited her.

Dorothy loved to travel and visit new places.  Her brother, Sam Stewart, of Fort Myers, Florida, recently mentioned that Dorothy told him, “Sammy, … CONTINUED


Ernest Denton Bennett Jr.

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:32 pm

Ernest Denton Bennett Jr., 91, recently of Nashville and formerly a native and resident of Sparta, passed away on March 27, 2020,  at the Lodge at Natchez Trace, in Nashville.

He was born outside of Sparta, in White County, on March 10, 1929.  He grew up in White County and attended Bear Cove Elementary School and White County High School from which he graduated in 1948.  He proudly served as a Tennessee State Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for over seven years, in the 1950s, and thereafter remained a lifelong friend and supporter to law enforcement generally and specifically of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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Leslie Wayne Luna

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:31 pm

Leslie Wayne Luna, 61, of Sparta, passed away March 26, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Luna was born June 10, 1958, in Crossville, the son of L.V. Luna and Bernice Campbell Luna.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Luna, of Sparta; son, Sean Luna, of Smyrna; brothers, David Luna (Daisy), of Crossville; Stacy Luna (Lori), of Lyles; Charlie Luna, of Centerville; sister, Tina Luna Hooper (Randy), of Waverly; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Russell Stinson

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:30 pm

Russell Stinson, 79, of Sparta, passed away March 20, 2020, at his home, in Sparta.

Mr. Stinson was born Sept. 9, 1940, in Sunnybrook, Kentucky, to William Frances Stinson and Laura Neal Stinson.

He was a wise man that who being on his computer searching Facebook, being outside enjoying nature, and playing cards. He looked forward to his yearly trip to Pigeon Forge every September.

Mr. Stinson attended Life Church, in Cookeville, and loved being a part of the church. He loved his dog, Tootsie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elma and Josephine; and brother, Windell.

Survivors include his wife, Verda “Ruth” Garver Stinson; … CONTINUED


Rita Sharon Adams

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:29 pm

Rita Sharon Adams, 69. of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2020, at her home, with her loving family by her side.

Mrs. Adams was born Sept. 22, 1950, in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Varick Austin and Edith Coker Austin.

She moved to Michigan as a little child, where she lived until 2007, then moved to Sparta.

She enjoyed surrounding herself with her family, and she enjoyed taking care of the children at daycare for more than 30 years, in Michigan and Tennessee. She enjoyed doing things for her family, loved ones, and friends. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her life.

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Christene Bouldin Hale

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:28 pm

Christene Bouldin Hale, 80, of Spencer, passed away March 19, 2020, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Hale was born on Dec. 1, 1939, in Spencer, to L.S. Bouldin and Ellen Johnson Bouldin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles R. Hale; and her son, Barry Hale.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann Vanatta (Ronald R.), of Gainesboro, Valerie Sochocki (Leo), of Nashville; brothers, Lester Bouldin, Larry Bouldin, Lynn Bouldin, Wade Bouldin, Alan Bouldin; sisters, Beverly Bryant, Vickie Guy, Rosemary Roberson; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many friends, neighbors, and classmates.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date.

Oak Lawn … CONTINUED


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