Warriors beat Cookeville, Warriorettes fall short

Posted by | January 20, 2020 12:57 pm

Mayson Winningham attacking the rim vs Cookeville

By Jerry Lowery

On Jan. 17, the Warriors and Warriorettes traveled north to take on the Cookeville Cavaliers, in Putnam County.  The gym was packed with fans ready to watch the district basketball game.

The Warriors came out firing and took an early first quarter lead 18-12.  The Warriors continued to extend the lead in the second quarter and took a 35-28 lead into the locker room at the half.  The Warriors took control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring Cookeville 22-11 and, at the end of three quarters, had a lead of 57-39.  Cookeville did outscore the … CONTINUED




Moving the comma

Posted by | January 20, 2020 12:11 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint church

There was a Charlie Brown cartoon that showed Charlie Brown shooting a bow and arrow. He would shoot the arrow into the fence then walk over and paint a circle around the arrow. He would do this each time he shot, and, as you can imagine, the fence was dotted with red circles. Linus asked him what he was doing, and, after explaining his technique, Linus proceeded to tell him that he was doing it wrong and that he was supposed to shoot at a single target, in which Charlie Brown replied, “Yes, but when I do it my way, I almost … CONTINUED


Donations to White County Public Library: October-December 2019

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:56 am

Books in Memory:

Thomas Anderson, Little Blue Truck, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

B.E. Anderson, Three Days At The Brink, given by Natalee & Brenda Anderson

Brenda H. Bohannon, In the Kitchen with Grandma, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

Casto Bradley, Ruby The Foster Dog, given by Roger & Denise Creason

Marcus Bradley, Treasury for Children, given by Steve & Marla Moore

Charles E. Coffman, The Giver of Stars, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

Lynn Copeland, This Tender Land, given by Floyd’s Cash Saver

Lynn Copeland, Running a Volunteer Fire &Rescue Department, given by Alan & Brenda Hudson, Dianna & Brianna Turner

Ellie Dalton, The Heaven Promise, given … CONTINUED


Do we really want or need another billionaire as president?

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:54 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

It isn’t any great secret that anyone who runs for a public office must have a strong desire to become elected.  They also must possess a pretty healthy ego because politics, even on a local level, can be brutal.  It isn’t always about trying to make the other candidates look bad or inexperienced; it also requires a good deal of begging for money from strangers.  That isn’t something most people are comfortable doing, but, in politics, it is a requirement to have any hope of getting public notice and being able to get your message out to voters.  The Democrats have several … CONTINUED


Jenkins sworn in as newest addition to Sparta Police Department

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:52 am

Mayor Jeff Young swore in Sparta’s newest police officer, Shannon Jenkins, during the Jan. 16, 2020, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Jenkins, who was previously employed at White County Sheriff’s Office, has worked to solve crimes against children on the internet and as a hostage negotiator. (Photo by RON MOSES)


Remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:50 am

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering “I Have a Dream” at the 1963 Washington D.C. Civil Rights March. (Photo in the Public Domain)

Ry Rachel Auberger

Martin Luther King Jr., known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, was the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and, today, his words and ideas are still inspiring people.

“He wanted change, but he wanted us to help change ourselves,” James Clay Leftwich said as he stated that King’s messages weren’t just for the African-American community but for all Americans who were downtrodden. “Get an education. Work. Make it on your … CONTINUED


Group wants to restore headstones at old cemetery

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:38 am

A group of concerned residents gather at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, on Jan. 16, 2020, to inquire about restoring the damaged headstones at the old Sparta City Cemetery. (Photo by RON MOSES)

By Ron Moses

Many of the nation’s cemeteries are being neglected. Sparta is no different in that regard, but a group of residents, with the help of aspiring archaeologist Sarah Northcutt, has a plan to change that.

On Jan. 16, 2020, Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen heard from Peggy Hurteau who said many of the headstones have been damaged at the historic Sparta City Cemetery. The damage looks like vandalism, but Hurteau said it actually comes from a less obvious source – lawnmowers.

“A lot of the stones are crumbling and old,” said Brenda Templeton. “We got a report from the University of Tennessee of damage done … CONTINUED


Man successfully rescued from fall in cave, volunteers from other states assist in efforts

Posted by | January 20, 2020 11:35 am

Rescue personnel prepare to enter a cave, on Jan. 17, where a man, while caving, was the victim of a boulder dislodging from the wall of the cave and falling on his leg. (Photo by CHUCK SUTHERLAND)

By Rachel Auberger and Kim Swindell Wood

A man has been successfully rescued from a fall in a cave that brought together emergency personnel from Tennessee and several other states who rallied to bring the victim to safety.

At 6:10 p.m., Jan 17, Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad received a page for a cave rescue in the northeastern part of the county.

White County E-911 immediately contacted Rescue Squad Chief Ray Brown to give further information that they had received a call stating the patient had fallen approximately 10 feet before landing on a ledge. Information also indicated that a boulder had dislodged from the wall and fell … CONTINUED




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