Monthly Archives: August 2005

Highland Initiative spurs joint economic growth

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Editor’s note: This is part I of a four-part story about the Highlands Initiative plan.
Communities in the Upper Cumberland are no longer entities unto themselves when pursuing new businesses and industries, and a specialized strategy for development will soon enhance the area’s growth and bring in new jobs.
In last week’s Economic Outlook story, George Halford, president and CEO of Putnam-County Chamber of Commerce, talked about a newly devised approach to furthering growth of Sparta and White County in conjunction with the surrounding cities and counties.
Highlands Initiative is a four-year economic acceleration program that was developed after numerous meetings with a combined leadership … Read More


Crash claims life of 30-year-old father

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A sunny August Saturday turned tragic for one Sparta family after a head-on crash on Robert-Matthews Highway.
The E-911 call went out at approximately 1:40 p.m., Aug. 27, 2005. Michael Vallier Jr., 30, of Sparta, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. His three sons, all passengers in the 2003 Dodge Neon, were airlifted to Erlanger for medical treatment.
According to Trooper David Slatton, Tennessee Highway Patrol, county officers had been dispatched to the area about a vehicle traveling recklessly in a southern direction down Jefferson Avenue, toward Sparta, just moments before the crash occurred.
Slatton said unidentified witnesses had followed the vehicle … Read More


WCHS soccer adds another win

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Eclectic southern gourmet at the Foglight

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Going out for dinner should be more than just grabbing a bite to eat to fill a void. The Foglight Foodhouse is ready to make an evening out an ‘unforgettable ultimate event’ and satisfy your hunger as well.
Located at 275 Powerhouse Road in Walling, the Foglight may be a little bit off the beaten path, but the food and the view is worth the drive. From Highway 111 Sparta, take the Highway 1 Exit, south past Doyle and Quebeck then into Walling approximately 10 miles. Drive approximately 1/4 mile past the Hwy 136 junction, turn right onto Powerhouse Road, the foodhouse is positioned just 1/4 … Read More


Cookeville makes it 10 wins in a row

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


County budget explained

Posted on August 30, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Objections to a property tax increase have been heard loud and clear throughout White County, and officials want residents to understand why this step was necessary.
Jerry Denton, White County budget chairman, said “it was a must” that county commissioners increase the property tax for the upcoming fiscal year.
Last year’s property tax was $2.21 per $100 of assessed property value. Commissioners voted in August to approve a property tax rate of $2.28. The additional 7 cents will go into the county’s debt service. However, many taxpayers are confused about how much they will be paying. (See chart at end of story.)
“What we’ve been … Read More


Hazel Williams Crooks

Posted on August 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hazel Williams Crooks, 92, of Jamestown, passed away Aug. 26, 2005, at Life Care Center, of Sparta.
Crooks was preceded in death by her husband, P.G. Crooks; parents, Chester and Cora Williams; and two brother, Iverson Williams and Bob Williams.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Linda and Doug Ridings of Tullahoma, David and Sue Crooks, of Jamestown, and Ella Ree and Mike Johnson, of Sparta; one granddaughter, Christy Ridings; grandsons, Sam Crooks, Danny Crooks, Barry Ridings and David Ridings; great-granddaughters, Madison Caroline Crooks and Natalie Danielle Crooks; and one brother and his wife, Lyle and Virginia Williams, of Crossville.
Services were 2 p.m., Aug. 28, 2005, at … Read More


Michael John Vallier Jr.

Posted on August 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael John Vallier Jr., 30, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2005, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Vallier was born Sept. 11, 1974, in Toledo, Ohio, to Michael John Vallier Sr. and Kristina Isaacs Vallier Orchard.
He had been a member of the U.S. Air Force and was employed at ECMD, in Sparta.
Survivors include his wife, Latisha Justice Vallier, of Sparta; five children, Tyler James Vallier, Bryce Michael Vallier, Austin Ryan Vallier and Mayson Nathaniel Vallier, all of Sparta, and Hunter Riley Vallier, of Ohio; two step children, Tyler Austin Graham and Tayler Dian Graham, both of Knoxville; father, Michael John Vallier Sr., of Ohio; mother, Kristina … Read More


James Edward “Eddie” Simmons

Posted on August 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Edward “Eddie” Simmons, 48, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 15, 2005.
Simmons was born Nov. 13, 1956, in White County.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Earnestine Simmons and one brother, Jimmy Dale Simmons.
Survivors include one brother, Bert Gammons, of Hartsville; one sister, Brenda Gammons, of Smithville; stepfather, T.D. Keith of Hartsville; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Services were 3 p.m., Aug. 26, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Ray Young and Leonard Leggett officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Della L. Banker

Posted on August 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Della L. Banker, 95, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 24, 2005.
Banker was born May 14, 1910, in Van Buren County, to Isom and Daisy Sullivan Hale.
She had been a homemaker.
Banker was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aaron Banker; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and seven brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her children, Kate Banker, Lela Sullivan, John Banker, Rose Ann Banker, all of Spencer, Wavy Chormann, of Madison, Ohio, Ruth Bailey and husband Charles H., of Mentor, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 2 p.m., Aug. 27, 2005, at Love-Cantrell and Cope Spencer Chapel with burial … Read More


Emma Lou Shockley Mealer

Posted on August 29, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emma Lou Shockley Mealer, 77, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 25, 2005.
Mealer was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Spencer to Joe Shockley and Demie Martin Shockley.
She was retired from U.S. Enterprises.
Mealer was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Mealer; one sister, Janice Swindell; and three brothers, Thomas Shockley, Ray Shockley and Johnny Shockley.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Terry Holt, of Readyville; one granddaughter, Tanya Holt, of Readyville; one step-granddaughter, Sherry Baker, of Christiana; three step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nellie Bickford, of Rock Island, Mamie Rice, of Sparta and Mattie Russell, of Spencer; and two brothers, James Shockley and Floyd Shockley, both … Read More


The best invention ever…

Posted on August 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about all the amazing inventions created by man? Which one is best and why?
Several White County residents were asked this question. With the variety of responses, it was determined there are numerous inventions it would be hard to live without.
Many people agree with Mary Barker.
“The best thing ever invented is the washing machine,” Mary Baker. “Think about it. In the good old days people used a tub and scrub board, went down to the creek and washed the clothes.”
Remember the old saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention?’ Well, that … Read More


Fighting back on gas prices

Posted on August 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The rising cost of gas has had the same rising effect on the blood pressures of many angry drivers, and analysts predict the steady climb in the price of fuel may continue through Christmas.
The increase in gas prices is putting a crimp in the budgets of every White Countian, especially those who are making only slightly more than minimum wage. Everyone is feeling the crunch, but some find it more difficult to adjust their budgets to accommodate the increasing cost of keeping fuel in their tanks.
“I think it’s pitiful,” said Phyllis McCulley, McDonald’s manager. “I stay at home a lot more.”
Nicole Leftwich, … Read More


Soccer improves to 3-1 with pair of wins

Posted on August 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Stolen trailer recovered; couple arrested

Posted on August 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
At approximately 6:30 p.m., Aug. 22, 2005, E911 dispatched officers to an address on Golden Mountain Road to investigate a report of a stolen cattle trailer.
Officers have arrested Rickey Eugene Hutchings, 48, and Tracey Aleen Hutchings, 41, both of Sparta.
While in route, responding White County deputies were diverted to Van Elrod Road where the owner of the stolen trailer, Randall Gardner, had followed the subjects.
According to the report, Gardner said he “followed the people who had stolen his trailer to this location where the trailer was then dropped in the middle of the road.”
Gardner told officers he then followed the vehicle a … Read More


Friday night football kicks against Cookeville

Posted on August 26, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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