Monthly Archives: May 2006

Basketball teams readying for team camp

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

Tammy Wilhite
Hooping.
The Warrior basketball team practiced three days last week.
Unlike the Warrioretes, they have a couple of weeks left before they will be competing in their first team camp of the summer at Gallatin.


Weather the storm with a Safe-T-Shelter

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

Missy Jones
Most people identify spring with warm sunny days, but in Middle Tennessee, spring is also defined as storm season.
With the recent storms that damaged homes and businesses in the Nashville area many are becoming concerned with the seemingly regularity of dangerous storms in our area.
Lamar Redmond was alerted to the potential damage a storm could present, and decided to take steps to protect his family.
“I have a wife and two girls, said Redmond, “We live in a two story house with no basement, and I was concerned about the serious storms in Tennessee,”
After the deadly storms that hit Clarksville in 1998, Redmond … Read More


Sale of alcohol to minors could bring stiffer penalties

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story about underage drinking and the sale of alcohol to minors. See Thursday’s edition of The Expositor for Part II.
When it comes to the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, one Tennessee judge recently utilized the full letter of the law and sentenced the offenders to jail time, which is an action that could legally take place within any county.
Five clerks in Sumner County were all sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a $50 fine. They were all immediately ordered to serve 48 hours in the Sumner … Read More


Andrea Conte speaks to Woman’s Club

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

Missy Jones
Andrea Conte traveled to Sparta to address the GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club, and she spoke about renovations and reconstruction to the Tennessee Governors mansion that are currently underway.
A private family originally built the mansion in 1931. The state purchased the home in 1949, and it became the third governor’s residence for the State of Tennessee.
The estate is situated on 10 acres and boasts 16 rooms and 9 bathrooms.
The first floor of the mansion is open to the public, and the second floor is private living quarters.
Since becoming the governor’s mansion, nine Tennessee governors and their families have lived there.
The first families … Read More


Once in a lifetime experience

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

Missy Jones
Alan Tatum, R.E. Bohannon and Jean Officer have been offered the rare opportunity to sing in famous Paris Cathedrals, Norte Dame, and on the beach of Normandy.
The three are members of Mastersingers, a community chorus located in Cookeville.
“The group was created for people throughout the upper Cumberland
who love to sing,” said Tatum.
The organization is 26 years old and is 70 voices strong.
Fifty singers will make the trip to Paris.
Mastersinger’s director, Dr. Randy Hooper discovered the opportunity for the
trip and sent in audition C.D.‘S and concert tapes to see if the group qualified.
They were accepted and began planning fund … Read More


Ruth Earnestine Young Cope

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

Ruth Earnestine Young Cope, 79, of Sparta, passed away May 23,
2006 at NHC of Sparta.
Cope was born June 6, 1926, in White County, to Foster and Novella Knowles Young.
Cope was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Clyde Cope; three grandsons, Clyde Cope Jr., Gregory Cope, Adam Cope; one great-grandchild, Jonathan Cope; one brother, Howard Young; and two sisters, Minnie Lee Kerley and Johnnie Hamilton.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Clyde Cope, of Sparta, Gary and Rhonda Cope, of Shelbyville, Mark and Regina Cope, of Sparta; three sisters, Rachel Oliver, of Sparta, Dorothy Griffin, of Florida, Marie Seibers, of Sparta; five brothers, … Read More


Bettye Nelle Acklen

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

Bettye Nelle Acklen, 78, of Winchester, passed away May 4, 2006, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center.
Acklen was born in Belvidere.
She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Winchester, and was also a member of the F.C.E. Club. She was a homemaker.
Acklen was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Acklen nad parents Mike Zimmerman and Carrie McLaughlin Zimmerman.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Carr, of Nashville, and Peggy Pritchard, of Sparta; four sisters, Carolyn Mangram, of Brentwood, Hazel Smith, of Salisbury, N.C., Helen Acklen, of Winchester, and Jean Gipson, of Akron, Ohio; and two grandsons, Brian Darby, of Knoxville, and Meckenzie … Read More


Harold Eugene Emerson

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

Harold Eugene Emerson, 74, of Sparta, passed away on May 23, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Emerson was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Algood, to Steve and Bertha Goolsby Emerson.
Survivors include one sister, Juanita Alexander, of Sparta; one brother, Steve Emerson Jr., of Birmingham, Ala.; two nieces, Suzanne Worrell, of Cookeville, and Stephanie Mullins; three nephews, Bruce Messenger, of Sparta, Fred Warden, of Cookeville, and Tim Emerson, of Birmingham, Ala.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services were 2 p.m., May 25, 2006, at the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home and Crematory with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Doug Benningfield officiated.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home and


Little League beats rainy weather

Posted on May 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


St. Jude Math-a-thon awards presented

Posted on May 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Students in math classes at White County Middle School have spent many hours raising money for St. Jude Children Hospital.
Students asked for pledges and sponsors to donate money depending on the number of math problems they could answer.
St. Jude sends math books, and teachers work with the students on completing the problems in class. The students raised $5,044 this year for the project. The middle school teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Hospital 13 years ago and has raised a total of $73,000 for the cause. Anna Rich, eighth grade math teacher, has been instrumental in coordinating the program since its inception in 1993.… Read More


Sunday teaching more than basketball in Venezuela

Posted on May 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


City compensation and job plan questioned by alderman

Posted on May 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Final approval of an ordinance that would set employee classification and compensation for City of Sparta workers was delayed when alderman Ben Holland questioned the revisions in the plan.
Holland asked to table the matter about the ordinance after alderwoman Margaret Pearson had made a motion to accept the plan. However, Holland said he wanted the board to have a work session to discuss the plan before the final approval.
Mayor Tommy Pedigo asked Pearson if she had a problem with withdrawing her motion. Her reply was, “Yes, I do. I don’t want us to get in the same situation we were in last year.”… Read More


A leap of faith for the 2006 G.E.D. graduates

Posted on May 28, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Graduation ceremonies once again became the center of attention for several White County families Sunday as students of White County Adult Education program proudly accepted their hard-earned diplomas that will help open the doors of opportunity in their lives.
Students gathered in the cafetorium of White County Middle School in the maroon caps and gowns that reflect the same color as those worn by the graduating class of White County High School. Many held the hands of their small children prior to the ceremony. These same children were the ones whose tiny voices could be heard proudly shouting, “Hi, Mama,” as the G.E.D. graduating Class … Read More


Kelly Ross Crider

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

Kelly Ross Crider, 28, of Sparta, passed away May 21, 2006, at White County Hospital.
Crider was born Jan. 17, 1978, in Barberton, Ohio, to James and Denise Ross.
Crider was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Crider, of Sparta; two children, James and Kimberly Crider, of Sparta; mother, Denise Higginbotham, of Ohio; stepmother, Linda Ross, of Ohio; eight sisters and five brothers-in-law, Andy and Kerri Smork, Krista Ross, Heather Maluke, Angela Higginbotham, Mike and Shelly Schrock, Steve and Cathy Millar, Mike and Nikki Gillard, David and Suzie Medford, all of Ohio; one brother, Carl McCullough, of Ohio; one aunt and uncle, Joanie … Read More


John Wesley Ward Jr.

Posted on May 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Wesley “June Bug” Ward Jr., 31, of Cookeville, passed away May 21, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Ward was born April 29, 1975, to Wesley and Doris Ward.
Ward was preceded in death by his son, David Wesley Ward and his grandparents Buela Mace, Johnny Mace, Bessie Daniels, and Walter Ward.
Survivors include parents Wesley and Doris Ward, of Cookeville and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Teresa and Mike Hawkins, of Cookeville, Lisa and Sean Eldridge, of Livingston, and Brenda and Ron Bumbalough, of Sparta.
Services were 3 p.m., May 23, 2006, at the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with burial in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. … Read More


Carl Edward Snodgrass

Posted on May 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carl Edward Snodgrass, 82, of McMinnville, passed away May 20, 2006, at the Select Specialty Hospital, in Nashville.
Snodgrass was born Nov. 12, 2006, in Hamilton County, to Roy and Edith Yates Snodgrass.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a First Charter Member of the Victory Free Will Baptist Church.
Snodgrass was preceded in death by his son, Robert Edward Snodgrass, and one brother, Robert Snodgrass.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Jo Snodgrass, of McMinnville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Bud Seals, of McMinnville, Ruth and Darrell Dunker, of Manchester, and Joyce and Ken Mullican, of McMinnville; one son, Jeff Snodgrass, … Read More


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