Alvin C. York Day, Oct. 8

Posted by | October 8, 2019 7:27 am

Alvin C. York, in 1919 (Photo is public domain)

On Oct. 8, 1918, while serving on the Western Front, Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led a charge against a German machine-gun position during World War I, which resulted in 20 enemy casualties attributed to York alone, and the capture of 132 German soldiers.

Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), also known as Sergeant York, whose hometown was Pall Mall, Tennessee, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking at least one machine gun, killing at least 25 enemy … CONTINUED


Nella Raye Daniels

Posted by | October 8, 2019 7:21 am

Nella Raye Daniels, 78, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on Oct. 4, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Daniels was born May 2, 1941, in Sparta, to Willard Stamps and Rosie Foster Stamps.

She loved the Lord faithfully and attended Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church. She was a home health aide for many years, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She loved her children dearly, her brother and sisters, and all of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elbert “Shorty” Daniels; and son, Wesley Daniels.

She leaves behind six children, Diana Pippin, of Crossville, Debbie Holmes, of … CONTINUED


Play our Pigskin Pick’em

Posted by | October 8, 2019 7:03 am

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Van Buren vs. Bledsoe: volleyball

Posted by | October 7, 2019 2:03 pm

By Andrew Dodson – Van Buren County High School Media

On Oct. 3 2019, the Van Buren Eaglettes secured their normal season #1 seed for the district with a win over Bledsoe County High. The Eaglettes’ drive and energy allowed them to win the first two games of the night, but the excitement came when the third and final game began. The Lady Warriors, who were determined not to lose, brought their “A game” into the third game and got a significant lead early in the match. This lead was no match for the Eaglettes who in a neck-and- neck game won, with a score of 28-26. With … CONTINUED



SFMO promotes National Fire Prevention Week in TN communities

Posted by | October 7, 2019 1:50 pm

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office  is raising awareness of the importance of home fire escape planning  as part of consumers’ overall home fire safety plans during National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-12). This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” which educates consumers about the small but important steps they can take every day to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“Tennessee has made great strides in reducing the state’s overall fire fatality rate through the efforts of our partners in the Tennessee fire service and their work with educating consumers,” said State Fire Marshal and Department of Tennessee … CONTINUED



Stirring up something good

Posted by | October 7, 2019 12:55 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Some people have a way of stirring up trouble and/or chaos. Some keep constant turmoil brewing all the time, while others seem to always speak calm into every situation.

What are we personally stirring up? My father-in-law had a way of promoting conflict in his children when they were young. My wife tells of her father divulging to the neighbor boy that she said something about him, while he would tell her the same. The result would end in a boxing match in the front yard between my wife and the kid next door.

Now before I continue I must disclose that … CONTINUED


Over $720,000 in highway safety grants announced for District 16

Posted by | October 7, 2019 12:54 pm

Van Buren County receives total of $10,000

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), announced last week that Senate District 16 has been awarded $726,528 in Highway Safety Grants to promote public safety on local roads and to curb drunk driving.  Bowling made the announcement after being informed by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

All seven counties in Senate District 16  – Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren Counties – are receiving grants.

“I am very pleased that so many law enforcement agencies in our Senate District, will receive these grants,” said Bowling.  “I’m especially pleased that these grants can be used to aid in … CONTINUED


Fighting the good fight against corruption and self-serving officials

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:43 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

There are times when you just have to shake your head. The Democrats announced this week that they are considering impeaching President Donald Trump for investigating and wanting to investigate crimes involving corruption with American political officials. What? Should we be surprised at the corruption in Washington if it is true that wanting to investigate a deal like Joe Biden’s son had involving sitting on the board of a natural resource company making $60,000 a month and more when he knows nothing about the resources in question nor anything about the country in question?

And let’s look at another thing that … CONTINUED


Ignorance of a law is not a valid excuse for breaking it

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:42 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

How many times have we heard this phrase?  Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to laws.  It just isn’t considered a valid excuse for anyone to use.  It also doesn’t matter if the person claiming they didn’t do anything wrong because of their standing in their community; didn’t comprehend they broke a law; or didn’t like a particular law; that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be charged with breaking the law.  Some people use various   justifications as to why their position should protect them against prosecution for any kind of criminal activity. They feel it is their right to do whatever is … CONTINUED


Head Start children thank officers

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:40 am

Sgt. Lanny Wheeler and Deputy Rob Thompson, of White County Sheriff Department, received a card from the children at Sparta Head Start recently thanking them for their continued support of their program. LBJ&C Sparta Head Start will be hosting its annual open house, 1-4 p.m., Oct. 7. Everyone is invited.


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