Monthly Archives: May 2006

‘Zero tolerance’ penalties explained

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Disciplinary actions and penalties levied against students who violate zero tolerance policies in White County school system are set by Tennessee law and are enforced without any favoritism, according to the director.
With the 2005-2006 school year coming to a close, many parents and students are asking for clarification of rules and regulations so they can be properly informed in preparation for the new term beginning in the fall. Zero tolerance policies have reportedly been a topic of wide discussion among parents and community members.
Donny Haley, director of White County schools, said zero tolerance “can be anything the board wants it to be,” but … CONTINUED


School board honors readers

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

Missy Jones
With the school year drawing to a close, the top accelerated readers at Woodland Park Elementary have been chosen.
During the May school board meeting, Woodland Park’s
top readers were recognized and awarded. The recipients were Paige Parker, Haden Welch, Taylor Rogers, Daniel Bray, Saige Payne and Janna Gore.
Woodland Park educators, Margaret Downs, Betty Sorrell and Karen Farley gave a short presentation on the 21st Century Program offered at Woodland Park. They explained the benefits of the program and charted the progress made by the students who attend the after-school program.
Three schools in the county received a grant to implement the 21st Century after-school … CONTINUED


WCHS winter and spring athletes honored with banquet

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

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS football wraps up spring with scrimmage

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

Tammy Wilhite


Sparta Trailer World keeps the wheels rolling

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

Missy Jones
Dennis Kay has sold trailers in Sparta for six years, but has recently ventured out and opened his own business.
Kay opened Sparta Trailer World five weeks ago after Bill Boruff decided to close his trailer sales operation. Kayy worked for Boruff six years and felt he could make a go of it on his own.
“For the past five years, I have been one of the top 10 Homestead dealers in the country,” said Kay, “and I was fourth in the nation for two of those years.”
Sparta Trailer World sells work trailers, and Kay was granted the dealerships from every one of Bill Boruff’s … CONTINUED


In their own words: WCHS Top Ten

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

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the class of 2006. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the class of 2006, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.. .
Megan Raye Farris
Co-Valedictorian
My name is Megan Raye Farris, and I was born in August of 1988. I am the daughter of John and Laura Farris; I have one older sister Kara and a new brother-in-law, Nathan Johnson. My grandparents are Bruce and Martha Vaughn, and Louise and the … CONTINUED


Clyde William “Bill” Wair Jr.

Posted on May 15, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clyde William “Bill” Wair Jr., 66, of Sparta, passed away May 11, 2006.
Wair was born June 10, 1939, to Clyde William Wair and Fannie Louise Taylor Wair Isbell.
He served in the U.S. Army and had been a radio announcer.
Wair was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include four sisters, Brenda Wair Stewart and Linda Wair Hailey, both of Murfreesboro, Patricia Wair Mosely, of Sparta, and Peggy Wair Curtiss and husband Charles Curtiss, of Sparta; three brothers, Virgil L. Wair and Wesley Wair, both of Sparta and James E. Wair and wife Darlene, of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were at Plainview … CONTINUED


Clyde Smith

Posted on May 15, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clyde Smith, 86, of Sparta, passed away May 11, 2006, at White County Community Hospital.
Smith was born April 2, 1920, in White County, to Bill and Elzie England Smith.
He had been a logger.
Smith was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence Smith one sister, Bernice Wallace; and three brothers, Thurman Smith, Horace Smith and Finley Smith.
Survivors include one son, Kenny Smith, of Washington; four sisters, Loren Henry and Barbara McCombs, both of Sparta, and Christine Mlsna and Jean Smith, both of Akron, Ohio; and five brothers, J.C. Smith and Willie Smith, both of Sparta, L.D. Smith and Wayne Smith, both of Akron, Ohio, … CONTINUED


Vietnam Wall will help bring closure to soldiers and families

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

Kim Swindell Wood
More than 40 years have passed since the first White County soldier lost his life in the Vietnam Conflict, and now Thurman Shockley Jr., along with the other soldiers from White County who lost their lives during this tumultuous era in history, will be honored as The Wall That Heals comes to Sparta.
Mother and fathers, along with spouses and children, said goodbye to their soldiers who left White County to serve in a foreign land filled with strife and poverty. Although many tears were shed as the men boarded the buses and planes, the hard cold reality hit home with the first death of … CONTINUED


August elections heating up

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

Kim Swindell Wood
With the May Democratic Primary only a couple of weeks in the past, candidates for the August General Election have already begun full-blown campaigns for the numerous offices on the ballot.
The most hotly contested races will be those for White County Board of Commissioners.
With two commissioners elected from each of the seven districts, 27 candidates will vie for the 14 seats.
The most surprising turn of events came when only one candidate qualified for commissioner from district one. Wallace Austin, who serves as chairman of the county commission, has put his hat in the ring for reelection. David Copeland, who has also served … CONTINUED


Drug Court helps put juveniles on the right track

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Juvenile drug offenders in White County, as well as several other counties in Tennessee, have the opportunity to be a part of a program that will hopefully keep them on a straight and narrow path.
State custody has been the only option for most juvenile offenders when they are sentenced for illegal possession of drugs. However, many juveniles are receiving help through federal funding of a Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.
According to Tammy Holmes, Drug Court coordinator, the program began in December 2002. Drug Courts are also available as an alternative sentencing for adults, but anyone participting in the program must meet certain criteria.
“We … CONTINUED


WCHS softball season ends with pair of losses in District 7AAA tournament

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

Tammy Wilhite


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