Monthly Archives: November 2006

J&J Antiques: a rare find

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
J&J Antiques has had a slow year because of the construction on South Young Street where the business is located, but owner Gwen Johnson is optimistic for the future since the renovations are now complete with “business as usual” for the antique connoisseur.
Johnson has bought and sold antiques most of her life, and it is something she and her husband have always enjoyed
J&J Antiques is packed full of furniture, dishes, crystal, china, collectable, toys and jewelry. Johnson loves to buy antiques to fill her store, and she offers a very wide variety of unique treasures and gift ideas.
“My husband likes to shop for … Read More


WCHS nets two wins over Kingston in openers

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Eyes on the mark.
Joni Simpson concentrates on the basket as she prepares to put the ball up for two of her 22 points in the Warriorettes’ season opening 53-40 win over Kingston Saturday.


Updating all the latest WCMS hardwood action

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Looking to pass.
Zack Hampshire, a sixth grade Warrior, looks for someone to pass to during their win over Prescott Middle School on Thursday.


Playstation 3 has arrived

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jarrod Conner
It was worth the wait. At least that’s what the 12 people in line awaiting the release of the Playstation 3 at Sparta Wal-mart said.
The first customers arrived at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 2006, – 33.5 hours before the release date of midnight Nov. 17, 2006. Wal-Mart officials allowed them to stay in the layaway department. Sleeping bags and camping chairs were the furniture of choice.
With only two consoles available for purchase, the remaining 10 customers were issued “rain checks” to be the first to purchase a system when more shipments arrive at the store.
When asked how many of these customers were actually … Read More


Beating victim in critical condition

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County man is in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital after he was severely beaten at his home on Nov. 14.
According to Jeff Guth, Sparta police chief, David Sexton, 27, of Crosslin Street, was the victim of what law enforcement officials are referring to as a burglary.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, at Sexton’s residence on Crosslin Street. Guth said Sexton, along with Amy Barger, 24, were both attacked. The two victims were transported to White County Community Hospital by White County Emergency Medical Services.
Barger was treated at the emergency room and later released. However, Sexton’s injuries were more … Read More


I am thankful for…

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Blake Buckner: I am thankful for school because it helps you learn. I am thankful for my dad because he plays Battlefront II Star Wars with me.
I am thankful for my mom because she plays games with me.
I am thankful for my brother because he watches movies with me.
Alex Davis: I am thankful for Jesus because he loves us, and he made me.
I am thankful for my mom because she gives me my allowance.
I am thankful for my dad because he plays with me.
I am thankful for Amber Bryant because she is nice.
Maverick Jennings: I am thankful for books … Read More


Where is the third one?

Posted on November 21, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
County commissioners have questioned why a third position for judicial commissioner was never filled and why the funding appropriated for that position is being split between to the two who are presently employed in that capacity.
B.K. Luna, member of Steering Committee B of White County Board of Commissioners, asked these questions and more during a Nov. 13, 2006, meeting. Luna directed his inquiries to fellow commissioner Terry Alley, who serves on the selection committee for judicial commissioners.
Alley was addressing the steering committee about extending the appointed term of judicial commissioners from two years to four years. However, Luna wanted to know what happened … Read More


Mary Lou Hayes

Posted on November 20, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Lou Hayes, 92, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 16, 2006, at River Park Hospital.
She had been a homemaker and member of Centertown Church of Christ.
Hayes was preceded in death by her parents Will and Minerva Cantrell Lawrence; husband, Oliver Jack Hayes; four sons, Morgan C. Hayes, Norman Jr. Hayes, Paul Hayes and infant son.
Survivors include two daughters, Gracie Passons, of McMinnville, and Louise and husband Danny Wannamaker, of Grundy County; one sister, Lucille Elkins, of Sparta; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Nov. 18, 2006, at Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home, with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Nester … Read More


John Howard Mitchell

Posted on November 20, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Howard Mitchell, 85, of Oak Ridge, passed away Nov. 15, 2006, at his residence.
Mitchell was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Livingston, to Charles Denton Mitchell and Grace Howard Mitchell.
He was an intelligent, loving man.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math and music from Tennessee Technological University, at which time he was commissioned an officer and entered the U.S. Navy.
He served as a gunnery officer on board an LST and served in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters during World War II.
Upon an honorable discharge from the Navy, he taught math and music at White County High School.
As band director, his … Read More


Sparta man loses life in I-40 crash

Posted on November 20, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A 28-year-old White County man died in a head-on collision on Nov. 10 as he was traveling the wrong way on I-40.
Asa Lee Castelli, of Doyle, was killed Nov. 10 when the truck he was driving collided head-on with a second pickup on Interstate 40, in Putnam County, near exit 286.
According to officials at the Tennessee Highway Patrol office, Castelli was the lone occupant on his vehicle, driving a 1985 Ford F250 pickup truck. Reports indicated the crash occurred at approximately 4:25 a.m. Castelli had entered I-40 and was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane. Castelli’s vehicle struck a 2001 Chevrolet SK1 pickup head-on, … Read More


Walgreens is coming

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

Kim Swindell Wood
After several months of speculation and rumors, confirmation has finally been given that Walgreens will be building a 14,740 square foot building in Sparta.
The structure on the corner of Mayberry Street and U.S. 70, which was home to Knowles Market for several decades and more recently housed Wholesale Merchandise, will be torn down to make way for the new business.
Speculation had spread throughout the community about whether or not the major drugstore chain would actually be locating in Sparta. However, Dennis Clark, City of Sparta codes enforcement officer, verified J.E. Crain and Son Inc. purchased a building permit on Nov. 6, taking the … Read More


Young boy seriously injured in house fire

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

Kim Swindell Wood
A student at Woodland Park Elementary School was severely burned during a house fire Tuesday that totaled the home of his grandparents, Arnold and Sherry Conley.
Eric Taylor, 8, was seriously injured during the blaze that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m., Nov. 7, on Lucille Street, in the Cassville community. Tracey Dover, fire chief at Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire started in a bedroom at the back of the house. Dover said the state fire marshal would be investigating the blaze. According to Nama Conley, Eric’s aunt, the 8-year-old, as well as his mother and two siblings, reside at the house with Arnold … Read More


Asa Lee Mariah Chord Castelli

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

Asa Lee Mariah Chord Castelli, 28, of Doyle, passed away Nov. 10, 2006.
Castelli was born March 25, 1978, in Putnam County, to Russell and Sharon Gray Castelli.
He had been a professional asphalt application specialist, having graduated from White County High School in 1996.
He began plying his trade in his fathers business at the tender age of twelve.
Asa demonstrated a tremendous work ethic from an early age and quickly mastered all aspects of the trade.
Castelli’s enthusiastic, outgoing personality enabled him to make friends quickly and he never seemed to meet a stranger.
He cherished his family and friends above all things and leaves a … Read More


James R. Griffin

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

James R. Griffin, 49, of Smithville, passed away Nov. 10, 2006, at DeKalb Community Hospital.
Griffin was born to Martin Ross Griffin and Izena Young Griffin.
He had been a construction worker.
Griffin was preceded in death by his father, Martin Ross Griffin; and his grandparents, Edith and Monroe Young; and Isiah and Edna Griffin.
Survivors include his mother, Izene Young Griffin, of Smithville; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Steve Merriman, of Smithville; and two nephews, Steve and Jake Merriman, both of Smithville.
Services were 1 p.m., Nov. 12, 2006, at Love-Cantrell Chapel, with burial in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery.
Bro. Donnie Kelly and Bro. John Wilson officiated.… Read More


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