Monthly Archives: September 2005

Warriorette volleyball falls to Cookeville, 3-0

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

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors keep CCHS Jets grounded

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

Tammy Wilhite


$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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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.


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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, … Read More


Commission split on chairman decision

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

Kim Swindell Wood
White County commissioners reached a stalemate Monday night during the election of a new chairman when two consecutive votes failed to render a final decision.
Commissioners split their votes 7-7 that brought the presiding chairman, Wallace Austin, in a head-to-head race with Patrick Haller, commissioner from the seventh district.
After the first vote ended with a deadlock, several commissioners explained their respective choices for chairman.
“As far as your philosophy and going along with the philosophy of the county, Mr. [Wallace] Austin is a lot more in line with what the county wants,” said Dewayne Howard.
Jerry Lowery chastised the commissioners for the impasse citing … Read More


Committees ‘stacked’ says commissioners

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Another problem surfaced during the Monday night meeting of White County Board of Commissioners when the nominating committee was accused of “stacking” the membership of several committees.
Each September, committee members are selected for the various committees that are under the umbrella of the county commission. The nominating committee recommends the members, who are then presented to the full commission for approval. However, some commissioners said they felt the membership was “stacked.”
“That’s not fair to the people we serve,” said Terry Alley.
Alley said the nominating committee needed to review their selections again, because some of the committees did not have representation from particular … Read More


JV and freshmen split with Rhea County

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

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS ranked #10 in state!

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

Tammy Wilhite


Electricity rates set to increase soon

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

Jody Sliger
The rising cost of fuel and purchased power is being labeled as the cause of escalating electric rates. TVA announced early last month they would be increasing wholesale electric rates 7.5 percent.
“Whatever TVA’s increase is will be passed on to customers,” said Wayne Rogers, Sparta Electric supervisor, “No additional amount will be added to the increase.”
The TVA rate increase is effective Oct. 1, the beginning of the 2006 fiscal year. The wholesale portion of monthly bill increases for residential customers with average usage will range from approximately $3.50 to $6.50.
“The board approved the rate increase two years ago to help fund clean air … Read More


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 … Read More


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