Monthly Archives: May 2006

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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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, … CONTINUED


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. … CONTINUED


Sonic Cruise-In gearing up for another year

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

Kim Swindell Wood
People are already digging through their attics in search of their favorite 50’s style clothes in preparation for another fantastic Sonic Cruise-In and Sock Hop, on May 27.
Each year the event has gotten bigger and better, and the 2006 festivities will once again prove the era of rock and roll is still alive and well in Sparta.
The annual Sonic Cruise-In will begin and 5 p.m., May 27, and continue until 9 p.m., when darkness overtakes downtown Liberty Square where thousands of people will be twisting and strolling to the hits from the 50’s and 60’s.
The event is sponsored by City of Sparta, … CONTINUED


Dan Johnson and his fertilizer business grew up together

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

Missy Jones
Dan Johnson started Johnson Fertilizer when he was only 16 years old, and 47 years later he is still helping White County farmers keep their fields green.
Johnson grew up in Yankeetown. As a young boy, he worked with his father on the family farm. His father died when Johnson was only 16 years old, but he knew he had to continue to work hard.
Johnson was in high school at the time. Running a business and keeping up with school responsibilities was no easy task.
“In the spring, I would drive to Nashville, as soon as I got out of school, to get a load … CONTINUED


A day for all to remember

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

Missy Jones
Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend, it is a day to remember the thousands who died in service to our country, while fighting for the freedom that makes this nation great.
Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War, and was originally called Decoration Day because the day was intended to be a time of honoring the War heros who died in service by decorating their graves.
The holiday was originally observed on May 30, 1968.
An official proclamation by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, was issued and as a result flowers were placed on the … CONTINUED


Lots of work to be done in the summer

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

Tammy Wilhite


Meet the Class of 2006

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

Tammy Wilhite
With threatening clouds overhead and thunder in the distance, the 98th commencement exercise of White County High School saw 240 graduates turn their tassels and receive their diplomas Thursday at Warrior Stadium.
The rains held off and allowed the graduation ceremony to be completed though at times it appeared rain would dampen the occasion.
That would not be the case.
The traditional Pomp and Circumstance welcomed the members of the 2006 class to their seats for the ceremony.
Justin Brown, a member of the class, gave the invocation just before WCHS assistant principal, Sandra Crouch, welcomed the capacity crowd to the 98th graduation at WCHS.
Crouch … CONTINUED


Arson investigation nets one arrest

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

Jody Sliger
Sparta law enforcement officials have arrested Randy D. Goodwin, 42, of Sparta, in connection with the May 2, 2006, fire at a home on Roosevelt Drive belonging to Iva Presley.
Sgt. Jeff Hutson, Sparta Police Department and lead fire investigator, along with members of the state bomb and arson squad, interviewed Goodwin and on May 15 charged him with a class C felony arson in the case.
Goodwin had been arrested for driving on revoked license, third offense, just days before he was charged with arson.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, Sgt. Travis Barker was dispatched to West Bockman Way, near the Sparta city … CONTINUED


Camps planned for young athletes of all sports

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

Tammy Wilhite


Billy Edwin Hunter

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

Billy Edwin Hunter, 51, of Cookeville, passed away May 19, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hunter was born June 17, 1954, in Henry County, Ind., to Clarence E. Hunter and Shelby Jean Hunter (Cooper).
He had been a member of Trinity Assembly Church and had worked at Russell Stover Candy Factory.
Hunter was preceded in death by his father, Clarence E. Hunter.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hunter, of Cookeville; two sons, Zachary Smith and James Huddleston, both of Cookeville; mother and stepfather, Shelby Jean Cooper and Earl Lee Cooper, of Cookeville; one sister, Sheree Nicholson, of Grand Prairie, Texas; two brothers, Bobby Hunter and David Hunter, … CONTINUED


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