Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 7:17 am
A letter from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury – Division of Local Government Finance has been presented to the Van Buren County mayor [executive] and board of commissioners that outlines several financial issues that state officials said need to be resolved.
The letter, which was dated May 18, 2020 and signed by the director of the Division of Local Government Finance, stated these problems were discovered after a review of the county’s audit financial statements.
The issues are listed below, with instructions from the Division of Local Government Finance.
(1) The County’s lack of internal controls has led to a default on debt service payments. Consequently, pursuant … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 2, 2020 7:14 am
Timothy Todd Davidson
White County Grand Jury has issued an indictment for Timothy Todd Davidson, of Crossville, stemming from the May 15, 2019 crash that claimed the life of Gina Stewart, of Sparta.
The circumstances of the crash were investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and, after consultation with the district attorney general’s office, the case was prepared for presentation to the White County Grand Jury.
According to the May 15, 2019 crash report by Trooper Gavin Sullivan, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Davidson was driving a 2014 Honda, traveling west on Smithville Highway when he crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Chevrolet head on, which was … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 1:57 pm
Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events at all 56 state parks and two state natural areas, most on Saturday, June 27, for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours.
“We are pleased once again to be involved in the Tennessee Promise program,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), said. “This is an excellent way for students to perform their community service requirements in the outdoors. We also want everyone to know the activities will be conducted under social distancing guidelines as we continue to use precaution for COVID-19.”
Tennessee Promise Saturday includes a variety of work projects at … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 9:44 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2020 7:48 am
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on June 1, 2020 through June 6, 2020, on State Route 136 in White County.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 31, 2020 4:04 am
Sandra Kay Clary, 73, passed away May 24, 2020, after a long illness.
Mrs. Clary was born Sept. 27, 1946, the daughter of Willis and Anna Porter. She grew up in Huntington, West Virginia.
Mrs. Clary worked in the nursing field for many years. She loved arts and crafts and her Barbie doll collection. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Dale Clary.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Dale Clary; daughter, Christina Lynn DeWeese (Kelly); four grandchildren, Charlie Dale Tollison, Kayla Dawn Clary, Dalton James DeWeese, Kasey Dale Clary; three great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Ann Hartley (Gerald) … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 31, 2020 3:55 am
Darrell Ray “Big Cool” Gunter, 67 passed away May 29, 2020, at his residence, in Sparta, surrounded by his family
Mr. Gunter was born Aug. 11, 1952, in Woodbury, to Doyle and Kathleen Gunter.
He married the love of this life, Connie Gail Gunter, on Sept. 12, 1979. Mr. Gunter was blessed with three daughters and a son. He was a proud and supportive son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gunter knows his joy and laughter were contagious. He had a kind and loving soul that he shared with everyone he met. Mr. Gunter enjoyed fishing, tinkering, and … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 30, 2020 10:12 am
Language of Liberty – By Dr. Carol Swan
BOnce upon a time, every student of history – and that meant pretty much everyone with a high school education – knew this: The Democratic Party was the party of slavery and Jim Crow, and the Republican Party was the party of emancipation and racial integration.
Democrats were the Confederacy and Republicans were the Union. Jim Crow Democrats were dominant in the South and socially tolerant Republicans were dominant in the North.
But then, in the 1960s and 70s, everything supposedly flipped: suddenly the Republicans became the racists and the Democrats became the champions of civil rights.
Fabricated by left-leaning … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 30, 2020 10:10 am
By Topher Wiles
Micah made his bold and resolute proclamation at the dinner table stating, “Dad, I would like to ride my bike without training wheels tonight.”
Children often look forward to the next rite of passage; that moment that marks a transition from one stage of life to the next. It could be getting to start kindergarten, putting on makeup for the first time, receiving a first cell phone, going on a first date, or taking that driver’s test. The striking way my 5-year-old distinctly made his proclamation let me know this rite of passage needed my full attention, and it needed to happen soon. Around the … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 30, 2020 10:08 am
Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl
Some children seem to be born with a good sense of direction. Our son, for example, could give directions from the church to our home – almost two miles away with lots of turns – when he was just a toddler. In fact, before he knew his right from his left, he could point which way to turn at every intersection. Our daughters were not quite as savvy as their little brother, but they eventually learned how to get places…especially with the introduction of GPS.
At 9 years old, James David is much better with directions than his mother, our daughter. Ask … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 30, 2020 10:02 am
By Rachel Auberger
The contract for Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger was renewed for another four-year term, the maximum allowed, at the May 14, 2020, meeting of the White County School Board.
“I am so honored to be able to continue to serve as the director of White County Schools,” Dronebarger said. “I am thankful for the confidence that the school board and the community have shown in me.”
Dronebarger expressed his gratitude at the board’s unanimous approval to extend him the state’s maximum four-year contract. (Board Member Dave McCulley recused himself from discussion and voting in matters regarding the contract as his family ties to Dronebarger provided … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 30, 2020 10:00 am
By Rachel Auberger
Thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Sparta-White County Family YMCA will continue to offer free childcare services to an expanded list of frontline workers through mid-August.
“The qualification of a frontline worker is those deemed essential under Gov. Lee’s Executive Order No. 22,” Kyle Goff, CEO at the Sparta-White County Family YMCA said and added that recently more categories were added to the list of workers who could benefit from the program. “These categories have also expanded to workers in the financial and religious fields, as well as food, utility, and hotel industries, and more.”
A full updated … CONTINUED