Monthly Archives: April 2006

Annie Martin Lauderdale Mitchell

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

Annie Martin Lauderdale Mitchell, 85, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2006 at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
She was born April 8, 1921, in Rockwood, to Robert and Ruth Cashion Lauderdale.
Annie Martin was active in PTA at local, state and national levels.
She helped re-establish Girl Scouting in White County, served as president of the Highland Rim Girl Scout Council and vice president of the Cumberland Valley Council. She was twice a delegate to the Girl Scout National Convention. She received the THANKS badge, Girl Scouting’s highest honor.
She was appointed by Governor Winfield Dunn to the Tennessee Advisory Council for Education of the Handicapped and served 13 … Read More


Vandals paint vulgar graffiti

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

Jody Sliger
The retaining wall below the construction site of the new White County Public Library, as well as the new library structure, was spray painted with obscene messages sometime overnight on Tuesday.
City workers spent several hours cleaning up the mess left by the unknown vandals.
The messages painted on the new library brick façade were removed by construction workers.
“I think it is just a shame some people don’t have anything else to do but spray paint ugly words on property,” said White County Executive Herd Sullivan. “We will be installing lighting to help increase the visibility at the library site.”
“It is a scar on … Read More


White County man shot three times

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

Jody Sliger
In the wee hours Monday, April 10, 2006, deputies responded to a home on Crossville Highway about a man being shot.
According to Detective Chris Isom, Leon Meadows, 37, of Sparta, was shot three times by an unnamed subject.
“He [Meadows] has not told us who shot him,” said Isom, “but he did give a description of the subject vehicle.”
Meadows was shot once in both arms, and once in the back. Isom said Meadows’ right arm was ‘shattered’, his left arm suffered nerve damage, and the detective ‘did not know what they are going to do about the bullet in his back.’
Information received from … Read More


Sparta business preparing to export products to Italy

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

Kim Swindell Wood
A Sparta manufacturing company is getting ready to take a step into the Italian market with a business venture that will eventually provide more jobs.
Jack Armstrong, owner and president of Rane Bathing Sytems on Churchill Drive, said he is “extremely excited” about the recently signed contract with Plus s.r.l. in Recanati, Italy. Armstrong said an inquiry was made on Rane’s website on March 22.
“Our new relationship that we just started in Italy is with a manufacturing operation very similar to this,” said Armstrong. “They make luxury whirlpool spas and luxury shower cabinets. We have a joint manufacturing distribution agreement with them.
“At first, … Read More


Warriorettes stranded by Warren County

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

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS tennis splits pair of district matches

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

Tammy Wilhite


Sue Katherine “Susie” Williams

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

Sue Katherine Williams, 92, of Sparta, passed away at Life Care Center in Tullahoma.
Williams was born June 9, 1913, in Sparta, to John and Amy Hudgins Williams.
She had been a school teacher for 30 years.
Williams was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Frank C. Williams; and sister, Amy Evelyn Williams.
Survivors include two sisters, Clara Bradley, of Sparta, and Frances Brock, of Akron, Ohio; two nieces, Amy Tollison and husband Arvil, of Sparta, and Rose Lou Anstett and husband of Wartrace; two nephews, Charles Brock and wife Charlene, and Jim Brock and wife Janice, all of Akron, Ohio; several great nieces and nephews; and … Read More


Elmer Ellis Burgess

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

Elmer Ellis Burgess, 84, of Sparta, passed away April 5, 2006, at his residence.
Burgess was born July 2, 1921, in Tishmingo, Miss., to Sterling and Minnie Mae Hodges Burgess.
He was retired from Ford Motor Company.
Burgess was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sister, Annie Mae Alexander, of Michigan; special friend, Gwendolyn Elligan, of Sparta; two sisters-in-law, Christine Gribble, of Sparta, and Laura Carrick, of Sparta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were 2 p.m., April 9, 2006, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial at Bethlehem at Martin Charge. Rev. Ever Mudambanuki officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Edith Marie Young Ballew

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

Edith Marie Young Ballew, 81, of Bremen, Ala., passed away April 7, 2006, at Cullman Regional Medical Center.
Ballew was born Feb. 13, 1925, to Charles Young and Florence Cunningham Young.
She had been a homemaker.
Ballew was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clay Ballew, and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Eve Blue and husband John, of Bremen, Ala.; grandson, Skylar Graham, of Little Rock, Ark.; sister, Lizzie Young, of Sparta; and brother, Herbert O. Young, of Sparta.
Services were 2 p.m., April 11, 2006, at Henley Chapel Baptist Church with burial at Young Cemetery.
Moss. Service Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Hunter … Read More


Barbara Joyce Greene Alverson

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

Barbara Joyce Greene Alverson, 53, of McMinnville, passed away April 7, 2006, at her residence.
Alverson was born March 10, 1953, in Warren County, to Tillman C. Greene and Norene Turner Greene.
Alverson had been employed by Federal Mogul, in Smithville.
Alverson was preceded in death by her father, and her husband Joe LaVaughn Alverson.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas Martin, of McMinnville, Darick Martin and wife Crystal, of McMinnville, and Jerry Martin and wife Angela, of Centertown; stepson, B.J. Alverson, of Smithville; her mother, Norene Turner Alverson, of McMinnville; two brothers, Samuel Greene, of McMinnville, and Felix Greene, of McMinnville; two sisters, Patsy Turner and Frances Winfree, … Read More


Justin Derrick Brown

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

Justin Derrick Brown, 24, of Cookeville, passed away April 9, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Brown was born Aug. 4, 1981, in
Cookeville, to Stephen Michael Brown and Shirley Jean Young Brown Riddle.
He had been employed by DCI Transportation.
Survivors include his parents, Robin and Shirley Riddle, of Cookeville, and Mike and Georgia Brown, of Sparta; sister, Chasity Brown Ketner, of
Cookeville; special niece, Chloe Makala Brown, of Cookeville; two stepsisters, Vanessa Edmonds, and Latoya Simmons, both of Sparta; grandparents, Reba and Spencer Young, of Sparta, and Bertha Brown, of Murfreesboro; special aunts and uncles, Billy and Lora Young, of Cookeville, and David and Teresa Long, … Read More


Damage limited in White County; Warren County is devastated

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Although White County escaped the brunt of the storms that wreaked vast destruction across Middle Tennessee, neighboring Warren County was the site of three deaths caused by two tornadoes.
According to area news sources, three people were killed and approximately 60 homes were damaged in Warren during the storms Friday.
The first tornado struck a few minutes after 5 p.m., cutting across the north part of the county. Two people, Barbara Joyce Greene Alverson, 53, and Olie Monroe Parsley, 81, were killed at 455 Foster Road.
A second tornado was reported shortly before 7 p.m., in Morrison. Sherry Bruce, 48, died after her mobile home … Read More


Reward offered for arsonist

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A total of up to $2,500 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of vandals who set fire to a section of the scenic walking bridge in downtown Sparta sometime in the early morning hours of Friday.
“This is crazy,” said City of Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo. “This was pure vandalism, for the sake of vandalism, and there is absolutely no reason for it.”
While on patrol on South Young Street at approximately 5:53 a.m., April 7, 2006, Patrolman J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, noticed flames coming from the walking bridge toward South Carter Street Park.
Sparta Fire Department responded to extinguish the … Read More


8-year-old still critical, but improving

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An 8-year-old White County girl is still in serious condition at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga, eight days after she was hit by a car as she attempted to cross a busy highway in Sparta during a torrential rain.
Rachel Kress, a student at Doyle Elementary, was crossing the highway near Kirby Chiropractic, on North Spring Street, which is reportedly close to her grandmother’s house.
Her parents, Terry and Jennifer Kress, have not left her side since she was transported to the medical facility that is well-known for its expertise in treating traumatic injuries.
“She’s doing a lot better,” said Jennifer Kress, Rachel’s mother, when … Read More


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