Monthly Archives: December 2003

Gladys Phillips Puckett

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gladys Phillips Puckett, 79, of Jamestown, passed away Dec. 13, 2003.
Puckett was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Puckett.
Survivors include five daughters, Donna Story and husband, Charles, of Nashville, Sandra Feltner and husband, Bill, of Lilburn, Ga., Karen Tryggestad and husband, Tom, of Macon, Ga., Janet Kalonick and husband, Roger, of Decatur, Ala., Jill Norman and husband Mike, of Robbins; three sons, Mike Puckett and wife, Pat, of Allardt, Jerry Puckett and wife Joyce, of Sparta, Joey Puckett and wife, Lila, of Oneida; three brothers, Fred Phillips, of Helenwood, Tony Phillips, of New Mexico, Ron Phillips, of Decatur, Ala.; two sisters, Judy Matthews, of Oneida, … Read More


Mary Elizabeth Burden Leftwich

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Elizabeth Burden Leftwich, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 16, 2003.
Leftwich was born July 4, 1930 in White County, to Cornealius Burden and Ernestine Gist Burden Stokes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Bailey Leftwich; one daughter, Kathy Jo Leftwich; two brothers, Monroe Burden, Leon Burden; and one sister, Kathleen Bole Jack.
Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Elaine Prentice, of Detroit, Mich.; three sons, James E. Burden and his wife, Clata, of Sparta, Ronnie Lee Leftwich and his wife, Betty, of Atlanta, Larry Dean Leftwich, of Sparta; two brothers, Edward Gaines Burden, of Nashville, Robert Neal Burton, of Sparta; four grandchildren; four … Read More


Sunday named Midstate Player of the Year

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Gridiron Warriors earning post season awards

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Dressed in red from his head to his foot

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Santa showed up at the Sparta Civic Center a little early for several children enrolled in the Healthy Start program in White County.
Margie Roberts Johnson, White County’s Family Support worker with Healthy Start grinned from ear to ear as each child entered the Sparta Civic Center to celebrate the holidays with their “Healthy Start Family”.
Approximately 20 children and their families took part in the festivities that included a dinner provided by generous donations from local restaurants and businesses.
“We serve around 45 children in White County,” said Johnsonj. “Especially during this time of year, the needs are incredible.”
Gifts provided through donations from individuals, … Read More


Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara, 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 15, 2003.
McNamara was born March 5, 1917, in Sparta, to Ersie Lee Hurd and Lou Ann Cooper.
She was the retired manager of a food chain store.
McNamara was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, James McNamara.
Survivors include three sons, Carson Knowles, Palm Beach, Fla., Greg Stone, and Louis Stone, both of Sparta; four step children; one half brother, Gary Hurd, of Spencer; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 20, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Charles Myers will … Read More


A little turn of the wood

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Passing the time of day surrounded by more than 200 acres of beautiful scenery has become a source of inspiration for John Roberts as he creates his masterpieces of woodturned art.
Roberts spent his childhood in Smithville, but his family roots are planted in White County. The Mitchell family has been a vital part of the community for several generations.
Before moving to White County in 1999, Roberts had lived in Murfreesboro. He was a pilot for American Eagle Airlines for eight years and now serves as chief pilot for American Service Contractors for the corporate executives. Roberts is on-call 24 hours a day and … Read More


Lance Cpl. Justin Michael McCormick

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lance Cpl. Justin Michael McCormick, 19, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 13, 2003.
McCormick was born May 7, 1984, in Mississippi, to James McCormick and Sally Frady McCormick.
He was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include one daughter, Destiny Alexis Renee McCormick, of Gainesboro; his parents, James and Sally McCormick, of Spencer; three brothers, Michael McCormick, of Sparta, James McCormick, of Spencer, Ben McCormick, of Sparta; one sister, Melinda McCormick, of Cookeville; grandmother, Eddie Mae Frady, of Pikeville; and fiancee, Amber Stacey, of Gainesboro.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 20, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery.… Read More


Thefts abundant during holiday season

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Real life Grinches are trying to steal Christmas, and not just in Whoville. Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and White County Sheriff James O’Conner would like to remind everyone to take extra care with personal belongings in this busy season. Lock the vehicle door, and do not leave valuables in the vehicle, especially in view.
Also, statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate one-fourth of all home burglaries occur during the winter months, with a noticeable spike during the holidays.
A recent news release from the Insurance Industry Institute notes that, according to the FBI, residential burglaries accounted for 65.8 percent of all reported burglaries … Read More


Commissioners abolish Parks and Recreation

Posted on December 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Although the White County Parks and Recreation Board recently presented a proposal to county commissioners for a program with a full-time director, commissioners voted Monday night to abolish the board and give control back to Steering Committee A.
However, several commissioners had expressed a desire to reorganize the board with members from both the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the White County Board of Commissioners.
The resolution presented by commissioners said “…White County Parks and Recreation has not been able to carry out Phase I of its project since its creation.”
The resolution also requested White County Mayor Herd Sullivan and White County … Read More


Children are the innocent victims

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A White County man faces child endangerment charges, in addition to several drug charges, after Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and White County Narcotics Unit discovered two children in a meth lab.
The White County Narcotics Unit accompanied DCS to check on a child’s welfare. After arriving at the residence, officials sought and received permission to search. During the search, several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were uncovered, including two grams of meth, a glass pipe and other items under the mattress on which an 11-year-old boy was sleeping.
Wade Keith Phillips, 45, of Sparta, was arrested and charged with criminal intent to manufacture … Read More


Murder case bound over to grand jury

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
On Friday, in General Sessions Court, Judge Sam Benningfield heard the probable cause hearing for Betty Conley who has been charged in the first-degree murder of Jim Roy Haley.
Detective Chris Isom took the stand, saying Haley was found dead, the result of a gunshot wound. He was killed with a single barrel 12-gauge shotgun.
Isom further stated the gun was found in the bedroom leaning against the wall, with two spent cartridges, and Haley’s body was found in the living room in a recliner.
During the cross examination, the question “Why did she do it?” was asked, and Isom’s response was, “He didn’t appreciate her.”… Read More


“We got him.”

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

SADDAM CAPTURED
Kim Swindell Wood
After years of wreaking terror on the people of Iraq, as well as instigating the devastation of other countries, Saddam Hussein has finally been captured by American forces after months in hiding.
The ex-president of Iraq was taken into custody at a small mud-walled compound outside the village of Adwar at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 2003.
According to Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in the country, about 600 members of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, along with special operations forces. launched Operation Red Dawn after receiving intelligence reports Saddam was in the area.
Coalition forces moved the former … Read More


Warriors split weekend games, fall to 1-2 in district

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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