Monthly Archives: December 2006

Watch out for holiday fires

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Holiday frivolity can quickly end if the Christmas season is ruined by a fire that could have otherwise been prevented by taking a few extra moments to check any possible hazards.
Ed Kay, Sparta fire chief, said everyone should be cautious about how they use their Christmas decoration. Kay said what might be pretty and festive to the eye of the beholder could end up causing unnecessary heartbreak.
“Be careful with overloading electrical circuits by plugging in too many things into one outlet or one extension cord,” said Kay. “If you use extension cords for outdoor lights, use large enough cords that will carry the … Read More


E-911 to receive additional $86,000 annual state funding

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County Emergency Communications District (E-911) will receive $86,169 annually from the state under a new operational funding program approved by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board recently.
Wayne Sherrell, interim E-911 director, and Jerry Denton, chairman of White County E-911 board of directors, both said they are thankful for the extra funding that will help with operational expenses. White County had previously qualified for a $30,000 annual rural dispatcher grant. However, this funding has been phased out, but the annual income of $86,169 from the state will still be an added bonus for the communications center.
“It’s to be put into our general fund here … Read More


Sending love from home

Posted on December 5, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
The turkey has been eaten and Christmas will soon be here, and it is time to make those plans for sending packages to loved ones serving their country overseas.
Sending packages to the those serving overseas in the military can be an ordeal, but proper planning and organization can help aid in making sure the gifts arrive on time.
White County Post Office window clerk Terry Speck said because many parcels sent to the military are stacked and housed in an outward post until the load is large enough to fill a truck, it is wise not to send perishable or breakable items. Regulations prohibit sending … Read More


Mary Lynne Allred

Posted on December 4, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Lynne Allred, 49, of Sparta, passed way Nov. 29, 2006, at her residence.
Allred was born June 7, 1957, in Norfolk, Va., to the late Arthur and Margaret Dewalt Neily.
She had been employed as a store manager at Hobby Lobby in Cookeville.
Survivors include two daughters, Natalie Allred, of Cookeville, and Nicole Tinsley, of Algood; two sisters, Judy Rohwer, of Colorado and Meg Kneed, of Utah; seven grandchildren, Samuel Lee Allred, Cody Pass, both of Cookeville, Tyler Michael, Amanda, Anna and Allison, all of Algood; five very special pets, Sabrina, Kujo, Rudy, Shaddow and Sadie.
Services were 2 p.m., Dec. 3, 2006, at Oak Lawn Funeral … Read More


Carlos Bumbalough

Posted on December 4, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carlos Bumbalough, 88, of Dayton, passed away Nov. 28, 2006, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
He had been employed at White Baking Company 17 years and had retired from Delco after 24 years.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, member of the American Legion Post 526, a longtime member of Turner Road Church of Christ and was an avid gardener.
Bumbalough was preceded in death by his parents, Cassie and Mertie Bumbalough; one sister, Opal Duncan; four brothers, Verd, Markum, Winley and Dewey; and one grandson, Chris Griffith.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ann Bumbalough; one daughter, Carleen and husband Charles Griffith, of Dayton; … Read More


Florine Merriman

Posted on December 4, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Florine Merriman, 79, of Chardon, Ohio, formerly of Spencer, passed away Nov. 29, 2006, at Alter Care of Menton, in Concord, Ohio.
She had been a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Merriman was preceded in death by her husband, Freddy Merriman; one son, Michael Merriman; one grandson, Tony Merriman; and one sister, Louise Stanhope.
Survivors include one daughter, Kaye Swor, of Chardon, Ohio; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were 10 a.m., Dec. 2, 2006, at Spencer Funeral Home of Love-Cantrell-Cope with burial in Town Cemetery.
Gene Brock officiated.
Spencer Funeral Home of Love-Cantrell-Cope was in charge of arrangements.


Winfred Alonzo “Lonnie” Swoape

Posted on December 4, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Winfred Alonzo “Lonnie” Swoape, 75, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2006, at White County Community Hospital.
Swoape was born Nov. 4, 1931, in White County, to Thomas Clifford and Sallie Mae McCormick Swoape.
He had enjoyed all types of sports, especially viewing them on ESPN. Swoape also loved square dancing he had been known to square dance on roller skates.
Swoape was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jackie Swoape; and one grandchild, Sarah Jefferson.
Survivors include his wife Erna Ethel Buck Swoape, of Sparta; one daughter, Peggy and husband Cliff Stevens, of Muncie, Ind.; one step-daughter, Carla Smith, of Elkhart, Ind.; one stepson, Shelby … Read More


Alene Davis Boyd

Posted on December 4, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alene Davis Boyd, 89, of Warren County, passed away Nov. 27, 2006, at Woodbury Nursing Home.
Boyd was born Feb. 27, 1917, in White County, to William Ephraim Anderson and Mary Attie Anderson.
She had been a homemaker and attended First United Methodist Church.
Boyd was preceded in death by her husband, J. Austin Boyd; two sisters, Mamie Davis and Flo Davis Roberts and four brothers, Jimmy, Frank, Edd and Leonard Davis.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Craig and wife Janice Boyd, of McMinnville, and James A. and wife Lanita Boyd, of McMinnville; one grandson, Michael Craig Boyd, of McMinnville; two step-grandchildren, Michelle Chisam and Matthew Lewis, both … Read More


Warriors completely dominate the Jets, 90-50

Posted on December 1, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


17-year-old dies in fall

Posted on December 1, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County High School student has been laid to rest after a fatal fall from the top of the county-owned rock quarry on Roberts-Matthews Highway.
According to Ron Bennett, director of White County Emergency Services, a call was received at 1:05 p.m., Nov. 25, 2006, about “someone falling in the rock quarry” at 1928 Roberts-Matthews Highway. The victim was Bret Michael Sherman, 17, of Sparta.
Bennett said emergency services personnel quickly arrived at the scene and had already requested Life Force medical helicopter by 1:35 p.m., with Sherman on-board at 1:50 p.m. en route to Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga. Bennett said Sherman was alive … Read More


Mock disaster drill teaches valuable lessons

Posted on December 1, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The mock scenario on Wednesday morning at White County Community Hospital could have actually been the “real thing” as far as medical personnel were concerned as they went into action with their emergency plan for dealing with a “proposed threat” of
anthrax.
A 15-county disaster drill began at 5 a.m., in Overton County, and was administered by the Highland Rim Regional District of Homeland Security, which also includes White County.
These drills are intended to assist medical and emergency services personnel in evaluating their responses to an emergency of massive proportions. Although only a few integral people with each entity involved in the disaster drill … Read More


Bowater land provides great opportunity for tourism

Posted on December 1, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The state has reached out and purchased 12,550 acres of Bowater Inc. land that encompasses White and five surrounding counties.
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced on Monday the $17.3 million purchase, which averaged $1,385 per acre. A portion of the land is located in White County, as well as Cumberland, Hamilton, Rhea and Van Buren counties.
“Most all the timber companies are disposing of their timber lands,” said Charles Curtiss, 43rd district state representative. “In some cases they’re still retaining the right to harvest the timber. But, basically what they’re doing is they’re getting cash to operate on, plus they’re divesting themselves of a liability.”
According … Read More


Warriorettes stay perfect with win over Lady Jets

Posted on December 1, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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