Monthly Archives: August 2005

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, … CONTINUED


Woodland Park locked down after incident

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

Jody Sliger
Woodland Park Elementary School was locked down for a short time Friday following an incident on Panther Drive, near Highway 111, where one man was arrested and another fled the scene to avoid capture.
The second subject, a male juvenile, was captured and taken into custody a short time later.
According to Sheriff James O’Conner, apparently there was a pick-up detention order on the juvenile.
Deputy Lanny Wheeler stopped the car, driven by an unidentified female, after he observed a subject he knew had active warrants was also occupying the vehicle.
Although several parents were alarmed by the incident, Detective Chris Isom was unsure why Woodland … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Friday night football kicks against Cookeville

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

Tammy Wilhite


Soccer improves to 3-1 with pair of wins

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

Tammy Wilhite


Herbert David Burns

Posted on August 25, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Herbert David Burns, 47, passed away Aug. 21, 2005.
Burns was born April 16, 1958, to Herbert and Polly Harris Burns.
He had been a trained craftsman in homebuilding and remodeling.
He served 11 years as a volunteer with the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, seven years as the secretary/treasurer.
He was currently employed at Cumberland Dodge.
Burns was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Shelby Burns; one son, Joshua Griffin; wonderful friends, Sheila and Denny Wayne Robinson, their son and daughter, Rhett and Danielle;
aunts and uncles, Ray and Lena Hutchings, Edwina and Joe Harris, Donald Harris, Miriam Harris; cousins, Glenda and Donnie Henry, … CONTINUED


Walkey Lee Cole Brown

Posted on August 25, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Walkey Lee Cole Brown, 93, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 23, 2005.
Brown was born Oct. 17, 1911, in White County, to Jesse and Louetta Trobaugh Cole.
She had been a homemaker.
Brown was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Guy Brown; one son, Guy Brown Jr.; three brothers, Tom, Monroe, and Dick Cole; and two sisters, O’Dell Tollison, and Margie Tollison.
Survivors include two sons, Henry Buck Brown and wife Wanda, Joe Lee Brown and wife Joyce, all of Sparta; one sister, Birdie Golden, of Cookeville; five grandchildren, Angie Smith and husband Jim, Tonia Wilson and husband Randy, Teresa McCaskey and husband Greg, Shawna Brown, James … CONTINUED


Jimmy Hugh Reece

Posted on August 25, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jimmy Hugh Reece, 59, of McMinnville, passed away Aug. 22, 2005.
Reece was born Oct. 17, 1945, in White County, to William Hugh and Edith Christine Matthews Reece.
He had been a self-employed construction worker.
Reece was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Michael Scott and Anthony Darrell Reece; one sister, Dorothy Paulette Landers; one brother, Jerry Wayne Reece; one half-brother, Harold Reece; two half-sisters, Essie Allen and Helen Golden.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene Reece, of McMinnville; five children, Tonia Pierce, of Brussel, Belgium, Crystal Reece, of Lebanon, James Reece, of North Carolina, Tracie Rogers, of Ohio, Angela Trobaugh, of Celina; one step-brother, William Hugh … CONTINUED


SSgt. Shannon Taylor

Posted on August 25, 2005 12:12 am by Staff Sergeant Shannon Delane Taylor, 30, of Smithville, passed away Aug. 14, 2005, in Iraq.

Taylor was originally a member of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, in Sparta. He had been reassigned to the McMinnville unit after he was deployed to Iraq.
He was member of the Mount View The Baptist Church and an employee of Estes Furniture Company, in Smithville.
Taylor was preceded in death by his grandfathers, W.B. Taylor and Arnold Murphy.
Survivors include his father, Delane Taylor, of Smithville; his mother, Donna Pedigo, of Smithville; sister, Michelle Bullard, of Smithville; paternal grandmother, Ressie Taylor, of Smithville; maternal grandparents, Richard and Della Poston, of Smithville; two nieces, Lexi and Taylor Bullard, of Smithville; aunts, Ruth Cantrell, Elene Ray, Denise Redmon, Dimple … CONTINUED


Drug czar tells meth users to ‘watch out’

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The fight against meth in Tennessee has brought out the “big guns” from Washington D.C., to map out the new federal anti-meth programs that will combat the deadly drug that has plagued the Upper Cumberland for several years.
Sparta and White County law enforcement have been fighting was seemed to be a losing battle with meth. Tennessee legislature has passed laws to help enhance punishment and restrict the sale of products used to manufacture the drug. However, federal authorities have now stepped in and have developed new initiatives for combating the meth threat.
White House “Drug Czar” John Walters, along with U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzalez … CONTINUED


Fly-In scheduled for Saturday

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The joy of flying captured the imagination of inventors long before the Wright brothers made their first flight.
Join the experienced pilots and novice enthusiasts and enjoy the third annual Fly-In at Upper Cumberland Airport from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aug. 27, 2005.
Festivities include airplane rides, helicopter rides, a kid’s zone with inflatable games, door prizes and so much more. Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts will be providing lunch with proceeds going to troop projects.
“Everything is unscheduled,” according to Neal Ropp, aviation director with Averitt Aviation. “The difference between an air show and a fly-in is that an air show is structured with everything … CONTINUED


Freshmen compete in jamboree at Rhea County

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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