Tammy Michele “Dorothy” England

Posted by | February 5, 2020 6:09 am

Tammy Michele “Dorothy” England, 56, passed away on Feb. 1, 2020, at Hartsville Health and Rehab.

Ms. England was born May 19, 1963.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., Feb. 4, 2020, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Taylors Providence Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Freeman Russell Gooch

Posted by | February 5, 2020 6:08 am

Freeman Russell Gooch, 93, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gooch was born Aug. 16, 1926, in Walling, to Birtie Everette “B.E.” Gooch and Effie Mai Cope Gooch.

He proudly served in the United States Army, stationed in the Philippines at the end of World War II. Once he returned home, he attended electronics school, in Chicago, and began his career as a TV repairman. Mr. Gooch worked most notably with RCA but other companies as well. In addition, he worked many years for S&W Electric, in Sparta. He attended Oak Grove Church of Christ.

Mr. Gooch was preceded in death … CONTINUED


Florence Ray Ann Davis Dunham

Posted by | February 5, 2020 6:04 am

Florence Ray Ann Davis Dunham, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 3, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Dunham was born June 13, 1936, in the Lost Creek community, of White County, to Johnny Ray Davis and Lillie Mae Mitchell Davis.

She worked at Mallory Timers for nearly 30 years and was a member of Free Will Baptist Church of Sparta. When she had time, she enjoyed visiting friends and family.

Mrs. Dunham was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, James Arnold Davis, George Donald Davis, and Herbert Paul Davis.

Surviving family members include her four children, Charles Arnold Dunham, Susan Una Dunham, Greg Noble Dunham, … CONTINUED


Long-term, multi-agency meth distribution investigation nets arrests of eight at this time

Posted by | February 4, 2020 12:36 pm

UPDATED @ 1:30 p.m., Feb. 4, 2020

According to a press release issued by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a joint undercover investigation that  focused on the distribution of methamphetamine in the Upper Cumberland area by Special Agents with the TBI Drug Investigation Division and investigators, along with multiple other law enforcement agencies, has resulted … CONTINUED



WonderWorks Pigeon Forge now accepting nominations for inaugural WonderKids Program

Posted by | February 4, 2020 8:27 am

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge is currently accepting nominations for its first annual WonderKids program. Now through April 17, 2020, teachers can nominate high-achieving students whom they feel should be recognized for their achievements inside and outside of the classroom. The ceremony for the event will be held on May 16, 2020, and it will feature a keynote speech from former NASA astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas.

“One of our core values as a company has always been to help educate and inspire young people. If something they experience while they are playing in our building sparks an idea or future interest, then we count that as a win,” explains Ed … CONTINUED




8th grade Warriorettes’ season ends in regional final

Posted by | February 3, 2020 2:11 pm

White County Middle School Warriorettes have had an amazing season. They traveled to Stewarts Creek, on Jan. 31, 2020, to take on Oakland Middle School, in the regional championship. The Warriorettes’ championship run fell short as Oakland defeated the Warriorettes. The loss ended the WCMS Warriorettes’ season. Stats were unavailable at press time. (By JERRY LOWERY)


Warriors fall to Warren County in controversial “buzzer beater”

Posted by | February 3, 2020 2:09 pm

By Jerry Lowery

On Jan. 31, 2020, the White County Warriors and Warriorettes traveled to McMinnville to play the Pioneers in a big district matchup.

The Warriorettes went into the game needing a district win.  The Warriorettes came out firing and outscored the hosting Lady Pioneers in the first quarter and second quarters.

At halftime, the Warriorettes led by a score of 31-9.  They never looked back and won the game in dominating fashion by a score of 61-29.

Morgan Quick led all scorers with 15 points, and Gracie Dodgen added 13.  Julia Curtis added nine points.  Nia Powers scored eight points in the game.  Kendreah Reeves added … CONTINUED


No victory without bullets

Posted by | February 3, 2020 2:05 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint church

There’s a story in the book of Acts that’s told in the 13th chapter about a few individuals that fasted and prayed. While they were worshipping the lord and fasting, God spoke to them. He focused in on two of the men, and, out of their fast, he called them to minister. Their names were Saul (also known as Paul) and Barnabas. Their assignment came after their time spent in prayer, in fasting, and in worship. They had been chosen and called out by God. Their lives would forever be changed. This was before Paul wrote a single epistle. It was before … CONTINUED


Right to work and increasing the minimum wage up for possible changes in the TN Legislature

Posted by | February 3, 2020 2:04 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In 1947, Tennessee became the first and only state to adopt a right-to-work statute.  Tennessee is also known as an “employment-at-will” state; this law can be found in the Tennessee Revised Statutes Title 50-1-304.  Basically, it means an employee may be legally hired, fired, suspended, or disciplined at any time for any reason or no reason at all.  The Tennessee Right To Work Law can be found in Tennessee Code Annotated 50-1-201.  That law has several provisions in it, but the main one is an employer is not allowed to deny employment to any person “by reason of the person’s membership in, … CONTINUED


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