Monthly Archives: January 2006

A family tradition for 20 years

Posted on January 31, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Charles and Donnie Bumbalough have been in the steel business together for 20 years.
The father and son team has experienced a lot throughout the years. Although it hasn’t always been an easy road, it has been worth the ride.
Charles and Donnie opened Bumbalough’s Machine Shop in June 1986. They originally started in a building on McMinnville Highway, but soon realized they needed more space.
A year later, the business expanded, and they moved to the current location.
Donnie, who is Charles’ oldest son, began fixing things when he was only 9 years old.
He was given an old bicycle, and the chain kept coming … CONTINUED


Mary Magdelene Carrick

Posted on January 30, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Magdelene Carrick, 70, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 18, 2006.
Carrick was born April 20, 1935, in White County to Sam Carrick and Lula Freison Carrick.
She was a retired cook.
Carrick was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert Ray Carrick, James Edward Carrick and Douglas Carrick; and one sister, Viola Gribble.
Survivors include one sister, Georgia Carrick, of Little Rock, Ark.; three brothers, Henry Carrick, William Thomas Carrick and Bethel Carrick, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21, 2006, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery.
Judy Cummings officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in


Earl and Jane’s Music Mart returns to Sparta

Posted on January 27, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Earl and Jane’s Music Mart began operating in Sparta, in 1977, and then relocated to Cookeville, in 1991, but now they have returned to the place it all began.
Jane and Earl Young opened the Music Mart after Middle Tennessee Music closed, in 1976. The Youngs were employed by the company and decided Sparta still had a need for a music store.
After opening in 1977, the Youngs expanded their business and opened a store in McMinnville, in 1984, and Pikeville, in 1990. After selling all three, they moved to the Cookeville location.
The decision to move back to Sparta was based on convenience. The Youngs … CONTINUED


Helen Martin

Posted on January 26, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Helen Martin, 91, of Sparta passed away Jan. 22, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Martin was born Sept. 21, 1914, to Walter Green Sr. and Mertie Saylors Green.
She had been a housewife.
Martin was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Martin; four brothers, Levi T., Joe, Walter Jr., and Asae Lee Green; three sisters Marie Howard, Priscilla Johnson, and Mae Gamble.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Martin, of Mt. Juliet, and Gerald Martin, of Shelbyville; three sisters, Elizabeth Merritt, of Sparta, Charlotte Elrod, of Sparta, and Dorothy Golden, of Indiana; four grandsons; five great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
Services were 10 a.m., Jan. 25, 2006, … CONTINUED


Another district sweep for WCHS freshmen

Posted on January 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Making a pass. Emily Haley, a reserve for the freshman Warriorettes, looks to make a pass to a teammate during the team’s 70-28 romp over Warren County.


Mary Magdelene Carrick

Posted on January 23, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Magdelene Carrick, 70, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 18, 2006.
Carrick was born April 20, 2006, in White County to Sam Carrick and Lula Freison Carrick.
She was a retired cook.
Carrick was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert Ray Carrick, James Edward Carrick and Douglas Carrick; and one sister, Viola Gribble.
Survivors include one sister, Georgia Carrick, of Little Rock, Ark.; three brothers, Henry Carrick, William Thomas Carrick and Bethel Carrick, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21, 2006, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery.
Judy Cummings officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in


Driver falls asleep and crashes on 111

Posted on January 22, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Sparta Police Department responded to a call about
a vehicle that flipped on Highway 111, a short distance north of Roosevelt Drive, with possible injuries to the occupants.
Just before 3 p.m., Jan. 16, 2006, Sgt. Dale Dodson and Patrolman Chris Bennett arrived on the scene of the one-vehicle crash and came into contact with the driver, Juan Gaspar, 36, of Cookeville.
Gaspar was driving a green 1994 Mazda MPV utility vehicle.
According to Chief Jeff Guth, Gaspar was traveling south on Highway 111. The driver told the officers he fell asleep and ran off the road into median.
The vehicle traveled approximately 450 feet before … CONTINUED


William Arliss Simmons

Posted on January 19, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Arliss Simmons, 77, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 13, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Simmons was born Nov. 13, 1928, in White County, to George Simmons and Ora Green Simmons Flatt.
He had worked at White County Lumber Co.
Simmons was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma Jean Frady Simmons; one son, Eddie Simmons and one daughter, Jackie Aline Simmons.
Survivors include five sons, William R. Simmons, of Pikeville, Kenneth Simmons, Barry Simmons, James Simmons, all of Sparta, Mikle Simmons, of Spencer; four daughters, Shirley Mooneyham, Shelby Bradley, both of Monterey, Kathleen Kirkham, of Gainesboro, Charlotte Brymer, of Doyle; three sisters, Mary Crump, … CONTINUED


2006 brings new beginning for Open Arms

Posted on January 17, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Barbara Lancaster has been named the new director of Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center and replaces Kathryn Jones who had been at the helm five years.
Lancaster, registered nurse and licensed massage therapist, left a lucrative position at River Park Hospital to accept the position. Lancaster views her work at the pregnancy center as a ministry and not as a job.
Her desire is to continue the good work Jones began and continue the momentum by moving the center to the next level and providing many needed services to the community.
“My main goal is to focus on abstinence at the middle and high school,” said … CONTINUED


Linda Sue Little

Posted on January 16, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linda Sue Little, 57, of Concord passed away January 10, 2006.
Little was born Sept. 4, 1948, in White County, to Willie Roach and Beatrice Roach.
She was a lifelong member of Bon Air Church of God. She was employed with IBM.
Little was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who had a tremendous work ethic. She had an inspirational two-year battle with cancer.
Little was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her loving husband of 39 years, Tom Little, of Concord; two sons, Tim Little and wife Julie, of Barnesville, Ga., Stephen Little, of Charlotte; one sister, Pat Peters and husband Ken, of Sparta; two … CONTINUED


Utility districts could be consolidated

Posted on January 13, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An unprecedented move by White County Board of Commissioners may eventually consolidate three utility companies that service thousands of customers in the rural areas.
During the Monday night meeting of Steering Committee A, commissioners unanimously voted to send their recommendation to the full court about combining O’Connor, Quebeck-Walling and DeWhite utility districts under one board of directors. If the consolidation were successful, the board of directors would be elected by the people instead of appointed. BonDeCroft Utility District is not included in the consolidation because it maintains its own water treatment plant.
White County Mayor Herd Sullivan, who makes the recommendations for memberships to the … CONTINUED


Ninth splits at Oakland

Posted on January 13, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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