Monthly Archives: September 2005

$1 million raised for Highlands Initiative

Posted on September 27, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The idea for Highlands Initiative began two years ago with a collaborative effort between White, Putnam and Overton counties, and the official kick-off Sept. 20 was the beginning of a marketing
plan that will enhance regional economical development.
The Upper Cumberland has experienced its share of job losses in the past few years, but now a four-year strategical plan will help revive the region and bring new businesses and industries to the area.
The official kick-off to officially announce Highlands Initiative was Sept. 20, 2005, at Leslie Towne Centre, in Cookeville. Officials, business owners and community leaders gathered to hear about the plan that will … CONTINUED


Crash sends tourists to Erlanger

Posted on September 27, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon was marred for two families of tourists after a motor vehicle crash sent two of them to Erlanger in critical condition.
Officers are asking for help in identifying a white vehicle reported to be in the area at the time of the crash.
According to Trooper Mark Dial with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2005 red Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Rolf Matthies, 59, of Germany, was traveling westbound on Highway 70 near the 21-mile marker. Passengers in the Cavalier were Lugeborg Matthies, 56, and Coriena Matthies, 25, both of Germany.
A motorcycle with a sidecar was also traveling westbound. The cycle … CONTINUED


Hutson arrested on drug and theft charges

Posted on September 27, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Just before 7 a.m., Thursday morning, White County Sheriff Deputy Mike Payne was dispatched to Holland Fabrication on Smithville Highway about a theft.
According to the report, Mark Holland, owner of Holland Fabrication had arrived at the business and discovered a white male loading a pickup truck with property belonging to Holland.
Mark attempted to block the vehicle until authorities arrived, but the suspect managed to go around the owner and flee northbound on Highway 136. The suspect was then observed traveling east on Highway 70 toward Sparta.
Payne intercepted the subject vehicle near the city limits where Detective Chris Isom assisted.
The report states the … CONTINUED


Warriors keep CCHS Jets grounded

Posted on September 27, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


The great pumpkin lives

Posted on September 27, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Good, clean, country fun is what they serve at The Pumpkin Patch and Funland.
With acres and acres to explore and so many things to do, there is something for everyone at the Patch. Owner Mike Graham, along with his wife Gail and staff members Pat Cravens and Susan Lewis, love to share country style life with everyone.
Graham said, “We keep adding things and making improvements. We have the only hayride that will take you to a bonfire where you can roast wieners and marshmallows.”
Groups or individuals can travel to the farm on Cherry Creek Road and enjoy the bounce house, a corn house, … CONTINUED


Henry Sue Pittman

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

Henry Sue Pittman, 71, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 22, 2005.
She was born Jan. 26. 1934, in White County, to Hollis and Bonnie Sliger England.
Pittman had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, General Pittman.
Survivors include her step-mother, Essie England, of Sparta; two sons, Dwight Pittman, of Johnson City, Billy Pittman, of North Carolina; one sister, Juonne England; one brother, Keith England, of Arizona; and one granddaughter, Lacey Pittman, of Johnson City.
Services were 11 a.m., Sept. 24, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Plainview Cemetery.
Dwight Fuqua officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Tempest Burgess

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

Tempest Burgess, 86, of Rickman, passed away Sept. 22, 2005.
She was born Aug. 24, 1919, in Livingston, to Cleney and Lou Barnes Holloway.
Burgess was a member of the Church of Christ Faith and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James D. Burgess; and one brother, Cecil Holloway.
Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Karoline and Larry Walker, of Rickman, Sunshine and Dewey Dunn, of Baxter, Gayle and Jerry Hastings, of Rickman, Bobbie Allen, of Cookeville, Vickie and Terry Jolley, of Sparta; one son, Jim Burgess, of Cookeville; one sister, Sybol Ballohoefer, of Marion, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services … CONTINUED


Garnet Shelton Sherrell

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

Garnet Shelton Sherrell, 89, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 23, 2005.
Sherrell was born Jan 22, 1916, in Putnam County, to O. J. and Hattie Bockman Sherrell.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a retired postal mail carrier and retired from as chief appraiser and board director for First Federal Savings and Loan of Sparta.
Sherrell was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rose Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Carmack Sherrell, of Sparta; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Pat Sherrell, of Sparta, Dr. James William and Lenda Sherrell, of Big Sky, Mont., Robert and Reba Sherrell, of Silsbee, … CONTINUED


William Phillip Creason

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

William Phillip Creason, 64, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 22, 2005.
Creason was born Aug. 9, 1941, in Michigan, to William Virgil Creason and Alvera Cash Creason.
He was retired from Federal Mogul and had been a farmer.
Creason was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Sherry Renee Creason.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Lois Anderson Creason; one daughter, Belinda Kay Dunn and husband Tim; one son, William Roger Creason and wife Denise; one grandson, William Dylan Reed Dunn, all of Sparta; and three sisters, Glenn Ferris, Kaye Donna Bean, Dinnah Kicks, all of Michigan.
Services were at 2 p.m., Sept. 25, 2005, at Hunter … CONTINUED


Lyla Marie Cowden

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

Lyla Marie Cowden, 93, of Henderson, formerly of Sparta passed away Sept. 24, 2005.
Cowden was born in White County, to Charlie and Nannie Terry Meek.
She was a member of Central Church of Christ and before her retirement, taught in the White County School System for 35 years.
Cowden was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 59 years, John Douglas Ray Cowden; one sister, Ruth Stringfellow; and one brother, Terry Meek.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Charles Cowden and his wife Ilene, of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Gail Gook, Chuck Cowden and wife Jackie, Doug Cowden and wife Paula, Jeff Cowden and wife Talisa; step grandchildren, Frederick … CONTINUED


WCHS ranked #10 in state!

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


A tribute to hats

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Covering the head with some type of animal skin for protection against the elements was more than likely the beginning of hats. To put a time stamp on that date for history books is impossible, but hats have been around for a very long time, for protection and for looks.
September is traditionally the month people put away their straw hats and dust off felt editions for fall and winter use.
Moreover, like most apparel and accessories, hat fashions have come and gone, adapted and change with the times.
The earliest record of hats is depicted in hieroglyphic painting on tomb walls at Thebes shows a … CONTINUED


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