Located on the left bank of Calfkiller River, in a valley at the foot of Cumberland Mountain, the community of Sparta is a land of green valleys, rolling rivers and majestic hills.
Saint Thomas Highlands Medical Center, a 60-bed facility, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and certified by the American Heart Association as a “Get with the Guidelines” hospital. The facility offers a full range of medical services, including 24-hour Emergency Care, Intensive Care, Medical/Surgical care, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, GYN, and a Geriatric Psych Unit. Diagnostic Imaging services include X-ray, CT, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine. Rehabilitation services include Physical and Occupational Therapy and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.
Saint Thomas Highlands Medical Center remains committed to providing quality, patient-centered care, strong customer service, and wellness activities in the community.
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Located near I-40, Sparta enjoys easy access to Nashville, Cookeville and Knoxville, Tennessee. The city serves as the seat of government and the commercial center for White County. Opportunities for higher education are available at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.
Known as Bluegrass USA, Sparta is the proud hometown of Lester Flatt of the bluegrass music legends Flatt & Scruggs. Sparta’s historic downtown area features charming restaurants and vintage shops, including antiques and fine furnishings along Liberty Square. Here you’ll also find the Lester Flatt Memorial, Calfkiller River Park and Trail and the Oldham Theater, a classic movie house built in the 1930s and now used as a Welcome Center. Sparta is also home of the Rock House Shrine, a famous stagecoach stop on the early American frontier. Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk stopped here on their way to and from Washington D.C.
The scenic beauty of mountains and lakes of the Cumberland Valley and Plateau provide year-round recreational opportunities. The Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness is a national treasure. Called “The Grand Canyon of the Cumberlands,” this 10,000-acre wildlife area features nine waterfalls as well as hiking, bird watching, primitive camping, spelunking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and class 5 kayaking. Center Hill Lake, located about 15 miles west of Sparta, provides a multitude of opportunities for water sports, especially fishing. Rock Island State Park, located on the Caney Fork River, features the impressive 80-foot Twin Falls, and is a favorite destination for kayakers, including the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team. Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area features a spectacular 130-foot waterfall, surrounded by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges and abundant mixed forest. The Riverwatch Golf Club features Tennessee’s first 18-hole championship golf course with a 6,900-yard layout featuring dramatic elevation changes on Center Hill Lake.
LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST
- Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness – offers hiking, bird watching, primitive camping, hunting, fishing, class 5 kayaking, canoeing and spelunking
- Center Hill Lake – features 415 miles of shoreline and is famous for its deep, clear water and abundant species of fish
- Rock Island State Park – home of the 80-foot Twin Falls, and is a favorite destination for kayakers, including the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team
- Bowater Virgin Falls
Distance to Major Cities
Cookeville, Tennessee: 20 miles
Nashville, Tennessee: 81 miles
Chattanooga, Tennessee: 96 miles
Knoxville, Tennessee: 100 miles
- Average annual rainfall: 56″
- Average snowfall: 11″
- Average temperature in winter: 43°
- Average temperature in summer: 85°
Cullman offers the following activities:
- Fall Creek Falls State Park
- Center Hill Lake
- Dale Hollow Lake
- Riverwatch Golf Course
- Rock House
- Shopping Mall
- Average household income: $29,383
- Average cost of existing 3BR home: $80,000
- Average cost of a 2BR apartment: $400
- Number of single-family homes: 10,191
- Number of rental units: 50
- State Income Tax: No
- High Schools: 1
- Middle Schools: 1
- Elementary Schools: 7
- Day Care Centers: 5
- Tennessee Technological University
- Motlow Community College
- Volunteer State Community College
For more information on Sparta, log onto www.sparta-chamber.net.