Dronebarger wants road closed next to new Findlay Elementary

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:07 am

An aerial view of Sidney Lane can be seen as it runs between the new Findlay Elementary School location and the former location. The lane adjoins Hale Street, which runs parallel to the White County Ag Complex.

By Ron Moses

White County director of schools wants to close the road adjacent to the new Findlay Elementary facility, but the city and the county are still in negotiations about how to proceed and if, in fact, the request can be granted.

During last week’s meeting of the county’s Steering Committee B, members discussed the closure of Sidney Lane, which runs between the new Findlay Elementary school and the old location. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the road is a hazard if not closed because students would need to cross that street to get to the playground, which will remain at the location of the old … CONTINUED


TN higher education launches Veteran Education Initiative

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:03 am

New portal will convert military training to civilian credit

On Nov. 11, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced the Tennessee Service member Opportunity Portal, an interactive database which translates prior military experience to academic credit at Tennessee public colleges.

“United States military training is rigorous and provides world class instruction, and it is only appropriate that our colleges recognize this training and provide a head start on attaining a college credential,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause. “The TN-SOP tool will provide transparent information to service members and veterans, continuing our efforts to be the most veteran friendly higher education system in the nation.”

Prior to enrollment, current … CONTINUED


Play our Pigskin Pick’em

Posted by | November 11, 2019 2:03 pm

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From Bon Air Mountain to the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame

Posted by | November 11, 2019 12:50 pm

Col. Ben Joseph Welch (right), formerly of the Bon Air community of White County, is pictured with another inductee into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

By Rachel Auberger

Col. Ben Welch, born and raised on Bon Air Mountain, was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame, on Nov. 2, 2019, during the association’s annual gala in front of over 450 people, including close friends and family.

“I was overwhelmed to be involved in something like this,” Welch said about receiving the honor. “I had been to the gala several times before, and it was always an honor to rub shoulders with Hall of Famers, but I never thought I would be one of them.”

In fact, when he first received the letter informing him of his selection as one of 2019’s inductees, … CONTINUED


Warrington is humble about his six Purple Hearts, all before he was 18

Posted by | November 11, 2019 12:42 pm

Clyde Warrington displays his medals and Purple Hearts. He received six Purple Hearts in service to his country, all before he was 18 years old. The Purple Hearts are for: Bilateral Right Femur Fracture; Bilateral Right lower leg amputation; Bilateral, Residuals, GSW, left foot; Bilateral, Scar, left calf; Chest wall scars; and Bilateral, Residuals, GSW left thigh. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Clyde Stacy Warrington is the recipient of six Purple Hearts, but, at almost 88 years old, he insists that it’s really nothing to get excited about.

Warrington, who was born on a Menominee Indian reservation, in Wisconsin, left home at the age of 12 to make his way, alone, to his grandparents’ home, in Sparta. But life wasn’t as good here as he hoped it would be. He wasn’t able to attend school as he didn’t have a birth certificate or proof that he was actually supposed to be in Sparta. He picked up work on farms around the county and began living with different … CONTINUED




World War II prisoner of war Gerald Wallace – his story

Posted by | November 11, 2019 11:51 am

Originally published June 2008

A man who served 1950-1966 as White County Court Clerk and several years as mayor of Doyle passed away early Monday morning after an extended illness.

Gerald Bryan Wallace, 83, of Doyle, was well known throughout White County and a familiar face at many of the restaurants where he loved to “hold court” with his many friends and neighbors.

Wallace, who survived the horrible perils as a prisoner of war during World War II, became a role model of hope for other soldier amputees.

It is difficult to synopsize a man’s life in such a small space. However, the following story, which was originally … CONTINUED


World War II hero Capt. Charles “Doc” Mitchell – his story

Posted by | November 11, 2019 11:48 am

Dr. Charles Mitchell, or Capt. Mitchell (right), as he is known to the veterans who served under his command, has donated numerous items from World War II, which include a Nazi flag taken from a soldier, a German uniform complete with medals and adornments, and other memorabilia. Dr. Mitchell was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during World War II. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

Originally published in January 2003

Few battles in the history of international warfare have the enduring legacy that is reserved for the Battle of the Bulge.

Perhaps it is the severe brutality resulting from two days of grueling combat that gives this epic battle a special mention in the archives of WWII history.

Or, maybe it was the momentum toward Allied victory this battle seemed to spark.

Whatever the reason, poll Americans from all generations and almost everyone has heard of the Battle of the Bulge.

Likewise, ask most residents of White County if they are familiar with Dr. Charles Mitchell and the answer is he is just … CONTINUED


Jared Angus Farm newest member of American Angus Association

Posted by | November 11, 2019 8:39 am

Jared Angus Farm, Sparta, which is owned by David Jerad and Trey Jared, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 19 million registered Angus.

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus … CONTINUED


Tickets on sale for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at CPAC

Posted by | November 11, 2019 8:34 am

Storyteller Tim Lowry will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 15 at Cookeville Performing Arts Center.

A holiday classic is coming to the Cookeville Performing Arts Center stage: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

The one-man show, presented by professional storyteller Tim Lowry of South Carolina, will take place Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

“Taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy festive Christmas cheer with friends and family is so important when faced with a busy holiday schedule,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said. “‘A Christmas Carol’ really helps to remind us that Christmas is about friends, family and love.”

Lowry is no stranger to Cookeville, as he was the headlining storyteller during Storyfest in the Park in 2018. For … CONTINUED


2019 muzzleloader season for deer is open, continues through Nov. 22

Posted by | November 11, 2019 8:28 am

The 2019 statewide muzzleloader/archery season for deer opened, in Tennessee, on Nov. 9 and continues through Nov. 22 in all of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The opening of muzzleloader season in the state has a permanent opening date of the third Saturday before Thanksgiving.

For Unit CWD only in addition to muzzleloader, gun season will open on Nov. 9. The newly-created Unit CWD in the southwestern portion of the state was established after the confirmation of chronic wasting disease (CWD) last December.

Muzzleloading firearms are defined as those firearms which are incapable of being loaded from the breech. Muzzleloading firearms of … CONTINUED


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