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Middle Tennessee teacher accused of abusing two pre-K students, investigation underway

SPARTA, Tenn. (WZTV) — A middle Tennessee teacher is the suspect in at leasttwo cases of abuse against elementary students. White County Schools confirmed to FOX 17 News that the teacher in question, Sally Hoffman, has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations.


1870 Sparta house nominated for National Register of Historic Places

This familiar house, on East College Street, in Sparta, which was built in 1870, will hopefully be approved to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)



Early Wednesday morning, Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop on Cow Pen Road at Sandy Creek. The driver, 22-year-old Trevor William Mackie of Crossville, told deputies he doesn’t have a valid license. A search of Mackie’s person revealed a syringe and a baggie with approxim

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My strong family gives me strength

“Look dad!” Micah yells as he strains, grunts, and huffs his way to a half pull-up. At 5 years old, my third son carries a bulk heftier than his siblings. If Gabriel is built for tennis and Ethan is built for wrestling, then Micah is definitely built to be a linebacker. Being over twice Micah’s age,


Panthers win crucial matchup at White County

Few district opponents can say they’ve defeated the White County Warriors on their home court over the years, but the 2018-’19 Stone Memorial Panthers can add their name to that list. SMHS left Sparta with a hard-fought 56-55 victory to put them in sole possession of first place in District 6AAA.


Powerball player in Overton County wins $50,000

LIVINGSTON, TN (WSMV) - A lucky Powerball player in Overton County is now thousands of dollars richer. Someone won $50,000 by matching four of the five numbers drawn, plus the Powerball, on Wednesday night.


White County school system has productive year

In the fall of 2018, funds were earmarked by the county to pay for a resource officer to be available at every school in the county. White County Director of Schools, Kurt Dronebarger, states the school district cut spending to provide an armed, school resource officer for each school campus. There


Sparta native joins Tennessee General Assembly as intern

Austin Peay State University this week sent a school record number of legislative interns to the Tennessee General Assembly, which opened its 2019 session Jan. 8. That includes Cassondra Meadows, social work senior, of Sparta.


Wicked winter storm this weekend in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A dynamic storm approaches Middle Tennessee this weekend with strong wind, heavy rain, ice on roads and even a period of snow. The front associated with this complex storm is know as an "arctic cold front." Once the front comes through, temperatures will fall, creating wint


THP accepting applications for Citizens’ Academy

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 2019 Spring Citizens’ Academy. Classes in Cookeville start March 19, 2019, at the Cookeville District Headquarters, at 1291 South Walnut, Cookeville, TN. 38503. Sessions will last for 10 weeks and take place 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday evenings



Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland County deputies arrested 28-year-old Randy James Wheeler of Dowelltown, Tennessee, on an outstanding warrant out of Reno County, Kansas. Wheeler also has outstanding warrants in Van Buren and DeKalb counties in Tennessee. He was arrested and taken to the Cumberland Co

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Warriorettes head into the fourth quarter with the lead

The Warriorettes head into the fourth quarter with a 39-36 lead over the Stone Memorial Lady Panthers. By submitting a comment you grant Sparta Live a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate and irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin’s discr


Condition of riverwalk is shameful

There has been much talk lately about promoting tourism in Sparta/ White County that seems really promising. It looks like we have a bright future ahead in White County. However, I do have one concern. When the South Carter Street Park and walking trail re-opened, in 2017, I was delighted. Not only


70-year-old Tennessee woman charged with illegally voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has resulted in a 70-year-old woman being charged with voter fraud. According to the TBI, the Piney Flats woman is a convicted felon who cast a ballot during the November general election.



With the latest news of TDOT preparing to begin on the widening of Highway 127 North from Crossville to Clarkrange, questions are coming up concerning the Northwest Connector Project. The project which began several years ago will trace a route going from Genesis Rd. to Highway 70 West and will incl

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Man jailed after beating, strangling dog; fighting with officers

A Florida man visiting a family in Crossville was jailed after he was accused of beating and strangling a dog to death and then fighting police officers at the hospital where he was being treated.


Bailey chairman of State Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee

State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) has been appointed chairman of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature wrapped up the first week of the 2019 session.


Parent of special needs child allegedly abused addresses school board during Jan. 10 meeting

Lisa Blanton Eller, mother of a special needs child who was allegedly abused by a teacher, directs her statement to members of the White County School Board during the Jan. 10 meeting. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)


Police: 150 pounds of pot found in bags at Tennessee airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Tennessee say two men were caught at the Nashville International Airport with more than 150 pounds of marijuana in their suitcases. News outlets report 40-year-old Trung Tiey, of Philadelphia, and 56-year-old Tihn Tran, of Murphy, Texas, were arrested Tuesday on fel



Just after 8:30 Saturday morning, a Cumberland County deputy observed a vehicle doing well over the 55 mph limit on Highway 70 West. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect, 43-year-old James Kelly Bolin of Crossville, fled the scene. He engaged deputies in a miles-long chase, at speeds

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