Monthly Archives: November 2006

WCHS completes first week of hoops practice

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Send her to the line.
Joni Simpson gets fouled during the Warriorettes’ scrimmage with Livingston Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Warriorettes in the opening scrimmage this preseason.
They will host York Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


Milkin’ it for all it’s worth

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Augusta Felton may appear to be an average teenage girl, but follow her home from school and a person will find there is more to this energetic freshman than meets the eye.
In her free time, Felton raises and shows Hereford cows, and she recently won first place in the Tennessee Jr. Livestock Expo, earning the coveted title of Grand Champion in the Horned Hereford Heifer division. The competition consisted of entrants from more than 40 counties, and 1,399 head of cattle were judged.
Felton began showing cows eight years ago when she was in the first grade, and she still enjoys the excitement of training … Read More


Voyles finishes seventh at cross country state

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sewer system problems caused by grease

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
City leaders have unanimously approved implementing a program that will help protect the operational capabilities of the sewer system by preventing a serious problem that recently caused a two-day shutdown at one of the pumping stations.
According to D.C. Bussell, Sparta Wastewater Plant operator, grease that has been dumped into the drainage system has created major problems at several of the pumping stations in the city. During the Thursday night meeting, Bussell showed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen a PowerPoint presentation that included several photos of the grease-clogged areas.
“On Oct. 24th, we found the pumping station on Highway 111 had failed,” said D.C. … Read More


Police department implements action plan

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A plan that has a mission statement behind its purpose is now in effect with Sparta Police Department as law enforcement officials begin implementation of better patrolling efforts to help reduce crime and vehicle crashes.
Jeff Guth, Sparta police chief, addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a Thursday night meeting about the new “action plan” for the police department.
Guth said he met with Tommy Pedigo, City of Sparta mayor, and Marty Carmichael, City of Sparta administrator, several months ago about initiating the plan.
“One of the things that came out of that meeting was we needed a new direction in order to … Read More


Drug dealers busted in sting

Posted on November 7, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
County, state, and city officers combined forces on Friday to initiate a major drug bust that will eventually lead to the arrest of possibly more than 25 suspects.
During a briefing session at approximately 2 p.m., Friday, members of White County Sheriff Department were joined by officers from Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sparta Police Department to begin a countywide sweep to arrest individuals for charges ranging from manufacturing meth to possession of marijuana.
“The first thing I want you to do is be awfully careful,” said Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, as he spoke to officers during the briefing.
“These people here are no pleasant people to … Read More


Anne Trigg Sims

Posted on November 6, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anne Trigg Sims, 79, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 1, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Sims was born July 7, 1927, in Sparta, to Barnett K. and Mary Fancher Mitchell.
She had been a homemaker.
Sims was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Harold (Mose) Sims; three sisters, Mary Barnett Huddleston, Jane Sidney Sims and Bess Mitchell Loring.
Survivors include her daughter, Gillian Sims, of Stolwijk, Netherlands; two sons, Jeff Sims and wife Michell, of Sisters, Ore. and Polk Sims, of Arlington, Va.; two grandchildren, K. Sims and Rachel Sims, of Sisters, Ore.; two nieces, Mary Lee Raulerson, of Gallatin and Jane Trigg Morris, of … Read More


Sarah Chrystell Mullins Crouch

Posted on November 6, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Chrystell Mullins Crouch, 86, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 2, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Crouch was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Pickett County, to James Bedford and Edna Mae Shipley Mullins.
She had been a homemaker and a member of Hamptons Crossroads Baptist Church.
Crouch was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace Crouch; son-in-law, Larry Copeland.
Survivors include her son Harold Crouch and wife Joyce, of Cookeville; daughter, Ann Copeland, of Sparta; sister, Joyce Flatt, of Cookeville; five grandchildren, Michelle, Ken, Sonja Crouch, Bruce Copeland and wife Marci and Leigh Copeland; five great-grandchildren, Dylon, Dalton, Brandi, Haylee and Chadleigh.
Services were at 2 … Read More


Roundball practice is officially underway

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Action under the basket.
The Warriorette basketball team also began practice Monday.
They will host Livingston and Loretto Saturday at 9 a.m. for their first scrimmages.


Sixth grade Warriors keep record perfect

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


They call him ‘Tenderfoot’

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A World War II veteran who has faced adversity and overcome the obstacles in his path now shares his story as the day quickly approaches when Americans honor the men and women who have served in the military.
James Robert Leftwich is his official name, but this happy-go-lucky man is better known to his friends and family as “Tenderfoot.” However, the name was soon shortened to “Foot” by those who best know the lovable character who has found a place in their hearts.
Leftwich was born April 18, 1921, in Sparta, to Wilma Leftwich.
“I grew up on the back street next to the river,” … Read More


Finding strength through Christ

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The ninth annual Happening will take place Saturday night and will bring hundreds of teenagers together to experience the love of Christ.
The Happening was the dream of the late Sandra Sparkman.
She had a heart for God and a heart for White County’s teens.
The impact she made through her determination and will to reach teens for Christ was immeasurable. Sparkman’s legacy continues to live through the memories of her testimony. According to her longtime friend, Jan Mitchell, Sparkman’s message will never fade.
Mitchell has now picked up the torch and is continuing the work that was started.
Mitchell was encouraged and inspired by Sparkman’s … Read More


Santa for all Seasons spreads Christmas cheer

Posted on November 3, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Although Halloween has just passed and most are gearing up for Thanksgiving, the Department of Children’s Services is working to raise money to provide families with money to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children.
Case managers and support staff at White County Department of Children’s Services are contacting friends and encouraging the community to help support White County’s foster children through donations. Foster families are reimbursed for room and board, but there are no funds available to supply Christmas gifts. Many of these children are living in group homes, shelters and institutions because of a lack of foster homes. The lives of many of these children … Read More


Eva Edith Wilson Denton

Posted on November 2, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Edith Wilson Denton, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2006, at NHC of Sparta.
Denton was born May 12, 1921, in White County, to William Petway Wilson and Hattie Leota Stockwell Wilson.
She had been a factory worker.
Denton was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Melvin Denton; two brothers, Carl Wilson and Sidney Wilson; and two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Maggie Brown.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Edith Luna, Lois Leota Johnson, both of Sparta, and Shirley Ann Hensley, of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sons, Lewis Melvin Denton, Leroy Denton and Jerry Wayne Denton, all of Sparta; one brother, Bro. Fate Wilson, of Sparta; … Read More


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