Monthly Archives: December 2006

Charles David “Odie” Farnham

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles David “Odie” Farnham, 59, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at his residence.
Farnham was born Jan. 2, 1947, in Longview, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.
Farnham was preceded in death by his father, Harold Farnham.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Farnham, of Quebeck; one daughter, Sandra Farnham, of Florida; two sons, Toby Farnham and Kenny Farnham, both of Texas; his mother, Clara Anderson, of Texas; one stepson, Daniel Storms, of Texas; two sisters, Jeanne and husband Danny Sims and Brenda and husband Don Smith, all of Texas; six grandchildren; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Greg and Wanda Wallace, of Sparta, Mike Wallace, … CONTINUED


Artistic duo carving out their own unconventional style

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Deborah McClary and Hunt Clark have chosen to sacrifice material things in life that are so important to most so they can focus solely on the love of their lives – art.
McClary and Clark live in a small shack that is situated on 27 acres of beautiful wooded land on the Cumberland Plateau and overlooks the city of Sparta.
The natural setting is beautiful and has been a catalyst for their ideas and creativity.
The two are described at multimedia artists because they want the freedom to express their art in any form they choose, including painting, sculpture, video and instillation.
“It has been my … CONTINUED


New business in a familiar location

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
Touch of Class beauty Salon recently opened for business in a location that has always been known for taking care of the beauty needs of White County.
Gretta Dunn has always dreamed of having her own beauty shop, and that dream became a reality when she leased the former Scissor Shack building from owner Guylene Vinson.
“The kids are grown, and I needed something new in my life, more responsibility and a new experience,” said Dunn.
“I have always dreamed of having my own shop, and it all clicked when Terri White decided to sell her shop and Guylene needed to leave the business.”
Vinson opened … CONTINUED


Injection molding company to locate in Sparta

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An out-of-state injection molding manufacturing company is making plans to relocate to Sparta, according to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President Wallace Austin.
Austin appeared before Sparta Board of
Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday to present an incentive proposal for the company.
Austin said the proposal would give “financial breaks” if the company meets its obligations about the number of jobs and other specific guidelines. The incentive proposal must also be approved by White County Industrial Board and White County Board of Commissioners.
Austin said one of the principal owners of the company recently met with the owner of the old Mallory Timers building. According … CONTINUED


Planning    ahead for the holidays

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and will be gone as quickly as it came.
Organization can be the secret to a great holiday experience, so don’t get caught up in the whirlwind and let Christmas become overwhelming. Take control of the season and the way your family spends the short-lived, valuable holiday time.
(1) Plan in advance for any needed appointments, as well as any fun family activities such as plays, musicals, concerts or other special holiday events that could possibly sell out quickly. By planning ahead, family members can also look forward to the event a little longer.
(2) Plan holiday greeting cards. Get … CONTINUED


Fire and heavy smoke damage downtown house

Posted on December 12, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An older home at the corner of Gracey Street was heavily damaged by smoke and fire on Friday afternoon.
According to Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay, firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. to find dense clouds of smoke coming from the rooftop and windows,
Kay said the house belonged to Jeannie Simpson who was in the process of remodeling the structure. He also said he suspects the cause of the fire was an electrical appliance in the kitchen.
Agencies represented at the scene included Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and White County Chapter of American Red Cross.


Janie K. Walling

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

Janie K. Walling, 29, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 4, 2006, at her residence.
She had been a homemaker and attended the Baptist Church.
Walling was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Survivors include her father, Roy L. Walling, of Spencer; mother, Dorthy Miller, of Sparta; one daughter, Veronica Wilson, of Spencer; one son, Kyle Wilson, of Spencer; fiancee, Kenneth Wilson, of Spencer; and several cousins.
Graveside services were 1 p.m., Dec. 9, 2006, at Shockley Cemetery, in Spencer.
Bro. Freddie Harding officiated.
Spencer Funeral Home of Love-Cantrell-Cope was in charge of arrangements.


It’s official – Pearson Park is open

Posted on December 8, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The waiting game of secrecy has come to an end with the announcement on Wednesday the newly developed park adjacent to Sparta Civic Center will be named after former mayor Margaret Pearson.
Pearson was surprised with the news during the mid-week meeting of Sparta Rotary Club of which she is a member. Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, also a Rotarian, had requested the weekly meeting be moved to the civic center as a venue for City of Sparta to announce three special tributes. Not only did the attendees hear about the well-kept secret of Pearson Park, but they also shared in the unveiling of the new … CONTINUED


$4,700 in donations helps outfit deputies

Posted on December 8, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Christmas arrived a little early this year for White County deputies as they received the news their “wish list” to Santa had been granted with the Jolly Ole Elf bringing them big boxes filled with uniforms, coats and boots.
White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said he and the deputies want to say “thank you” not only to White County Board of Commissioners and the taxpayers, but also to several individuals who dug “deep into their pockets” to help the department.
Many longtime deputies are still wearing portions of uniforms that were purchased more than a decade ago. In addition, the officers have been purchasing their … CONTINUED


WCHS picks up split in district contests at Lebanon

Posted on December 8, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Under pressure.
Heather Roberts draws the attention of two Lebanon defenders as she looks to pass during the 70-69 double overtime loss in District 7AAA action.
The Warriorettes are now 5-2 on the season.


Silver Wishes brings holiday cheer to seniors

Posted on December 8, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
For many seniors in White County, the usual joyous holiday spirit is being overshadowed by the reality of financial constraints that make purchasing even the basic necessities almost an impossibility.
However, Silver Wishes is one program that helps those seniors obtain the items they need, but sometimes too proud to ask for.
The idea for Silver Wishes was born approximately four years ago when the staff at Generations, at White County Community Hospital, began to realize how many seniors in the community were in need of the basic necessities of life. For many seniors, living on a fixed income presents financial difficulties, especially when the … CONTINUED


Marjorie Ann Mullins

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

Marjorie Ann Mullins, 64, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mullins was born Nov. 10, 1942, in Livingston, to Rufus Dial and Reba Smith.
She had been a retired factory worker.
Mullins was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her mother; three daughters, Christie and husband Randy Parrella, of Romeo, Mich., Donna Blaylock, of Sparta and Rena Whaley, of Sparta; one son, Tommy Mullins and wife Sharon, of Sparta; one brother, James Dial and wife Gail, of Sparta; one sister, Margaret Turk, of Bowling Green, Ky.; companion, Roger Harris, of Sparta; eight grandchildren, Jimmylee Parrella, Colton Parrella, Jamie Hudgens, Keith … CONTINUED


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