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Sparta Revamps Downtown Area With New Aesthetics

Sparta adding some new aesthetics downtown to beautify the square for the summer season. Mayor Jeff Young said city workers have installed accent lighting on trees and new banners for decorative light poles in the downtown area. “Our downtown square is something that we are very very proud of,” Young said. “We’ve been revamping the downtown square this spring already. ... Read More »

Sparta Public Works Trying To Keep Workers Safe During Heat Advisory

Employees of local public works departments are feeling the heat as temperatures remain in the 90’s throughout the week. Sparta Public Works Director Dillard Quick said he has 38 employees that work outdoors about 90 percent of the time. “It’s bad when you are in a ditch,” Quick said. “It’s even worse when your pouring concrete and in a ditch. ... Read More »

Sparta Finishing Electrical Work At Liberty Square After Weekend Outage

Electrical issues near the White County Courthouse has resulted in some road closures this week. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the electrical feed underground at Liberty Square shorted Saturday night during the city’s Memorial Day Concert. “Had the courthouse and one of the traffic signals and some of the street lights around the square out and crews started work on ... Read More »

Sparta Pursuing Back Up Brush Truck After Mechanical Issues

Ongoing mechanical issues with Sparta’s sole brush truck began the search for a back-up vehicle Thursday night. Mayor Jeff Young proposed for the Board of Aldermen to use next year’s budgeted repair money to instead purchase an additional truck. “Y’all know what we’ve done with our garbage trucks over the last two purchases,” Young said. “We kept our old truck ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen Approve Budget On First Reading

The Sparta Board of Aldermen approved the city’s new fiscal year budget Thursday night. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the city will allow up to a month period of public comment on the spending before final approval. Hennessee said a public hearing will also be scheduled. Hennessee said the budget will be voted on its final reading in June. The ... Read More »

Sparta Mayor Proposes Landscaping Project To Complement Off-Ramps

Sparta Mayor Jeff Young has proposed a some $30,000 landscaping project for the off-ramps in the city. Young said he wants to focus on the intersections of Highway 70 and 111 as well as Spring Street and 111. “Some of those areas that we’re talking about are areas we are trying to fix up and make more inviting to the ... Read More »

Sparta’s Proposed Budget Includes Employee Raises And Facility Upgrades

Raises for employees, parks and recreation upgrades and almost $1 million of improvements to city hall included in Sparta’s new proposed budget, unveiled Monday night. Mayor Jeff Young said the city usually does a three percent annual raise but increased it to five percent this year. “That was considered basically for inflation,” Young said. “Right now I think it is ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board Approves FY Budget

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Manager Dean Selby asked the four government entities affiliated with the airport to consider increasing their contributions. Those four entities are Putnam County, Cookeville, White County, and Sparta. The request to increase from $28,000 to $35,00 each came as part of budget approval at Tuesday’s airport board meeting. “I feel like, and based on TDOT’s (study), ... Read More »

Sparta Implementing Emergency Response Plan For Future Disasters

Sparta is adopting a new emergency operations plan that lays out how the city responds to disasters. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said before, the city lacked a plan of response. Hennessee said in the event something happens, city employees and officials will be given a task card on what to do. “The beauty of the way that the plan is ... Read More »