Monthly Archives: January 2007

Lucy Fannie Lee Swoape Swack

Posted on January 11, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lucy Fannie Lee Swoape Swack, 92, passed away Jan. 7, 2007, at Raintree Manor in McMinnville.
Swack was born June 12, 1914, in Coffee County, to Jessie Gilley Swoape and Hessie Stacey Swoape.
She had been a member of the Doyle Church of Christ.
Swack was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Finley Andrew Swack; and five siblings.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Andrew Swack, of El Paso, Texas, Phil Harris Swack, of McMinnville; one brother, Yancey Swoape, of Indiana; four grandchildren, Mike and his wife Tammy Swack, Dale and his wife Renee Swack, both of Lubbock, Texas, Phil Jr. and his wife Elaine Swack, of … CONTINUED


Billy Gene Helton

Posted on January 11, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Gene Helton, 70, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 6, 2007, at White County Hospital.
Helton was born July 19, 1936, to Frank Moore Helton and Georgia Price Helton.
He had worked in the railroad industry and served in the National Guard.
Helton was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Dalton Helton; three sons, Billy Gene Helton Jr., of Florida, Charles Helton, of Spencer, Robert Helton and his wife Sherry, of Spencer; one daughter, Carlena Moore and her husband Jack, of Louisville, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Heather G. Helton and Jesse C. Helton, both of California.
Services were 11 a.m., Jan. 8, 2007, … CONTINUED


Lloyd Young Watts

Posted on January 11, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lloyd Young Watts, 53, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Jan. 2, 2007.
Watts’ body was donated to medical science to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Christine Watts, and one brother, Melvin Watts.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Griffin Watts; one daughter, Jennifer Rebecca Watts; four sisters, Linda Marsh, Jean Robbins and Faye Wilson of Lebanon, and Myra Kirkham of Corydon, Ind.; six
nephews; five nieces; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Curtis and Nina Griffin, formerly of Sparta.


Dillard Flatt

Posted on January 11, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dillard Flatt, 58, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 8, 2007.
Flatt was a member of Full Gospel Church and a musician. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Flatt also attended Van Buren County High School where he graduated in 1966.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Survivors include his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Dortha Flatt, of Spencer; sisters, Carolyn King, of Nashville, Wanda and husband David Hill, of Nashville, Any Taylor, of Spencer, and Eunice Sparkman, of McMinnville; nieces and nephews, Heather and Brian Ullig, of Nashville, and Rhonda Sparkman, of McMinnville; and uncle, Lee Flatt and wife Mary, of Spencer.… CONTINUED


Boruff verbally commits to the Air Force Academy

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


How to build a home gym

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Each year it seems a greater number of people are joining gyms. While that’s great news for a society fighting an obesity epidemic, chances are increased membership at gyms across the country is resulting in longer wait times for machine use. For the many time-strapped people out there, that fact can make daily trips to the gym far too time consuming.
One way to get around that is to build a home gym. While gym membership is valuable for a number of reasons, many people simply don’t have the time. With a home gym, your gym’s schedule is your schedule. In addition, many people feel self-conscious … CONTINUED


$1.8 million involved in broker’s alleged scheme

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A Smithville insurance broker who served clients in White County has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on 15 counts of wire fraud.
B. Don James, whose client list covered White and surrounding counties, was indicted Dec. 27, 2006, on 15 counts of wire fraud. The case first came to light when several creditors of B. Don James attempted to force him into involuntary bankruptcy after he had allegedly lost several thousand dollars of their money through an investment deal.
According to area news sources, a petition was filed Jan. 13, 2005, by a Nashville attorney who represented the creditors. More than 70 … CONTINUED


Bain pleads guilty to attempted murder charge

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A 28-year-old woman charged in the Jan. 6, 2006, shooting death of Sparta resident David Anthony Welch has pled guilty in DeKalb Criminal Court proceedings to attempted first degree murder.
Tina Rose Bain, of Smithville, along with Michael E. Johnson, 33, of Sparta, was charged with Welch’s death that occurred one year ago in Smithville. Heather Trapp, 23, of Smithville, was also shot during the incident and survived. Trapp was shot in a back room of the DeKalb County residence, while Welch was shot in bed.
Bain and Johnson were arrested in White County the same day as the shooting.
Johnson received a life sentence … CONTINUED


$64,000 from Microsoft settlement goes to White County

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County, as well as all counties in Tennessee, will be receiving software vouchers because of a settlement in a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation.
According to Tennessee Department of Education, the class action suit alleged Microsoft used unlawful trade practices to maintain a monopoly and overcharge Tennessee consumers.
In a press release issued by the department, Lana Seivers, education commissioner, said the outcome would allow Tennessee school systems to upgrade technology for the benefit of their students and allow additional resources to be directed toward improving teaching and learning.
Each school district will receive approximately $16.40 per student according to the district’s average daily membership … CONTINUED


WCHS teams ambush Pioneers and Lady Pioneers

Posted on January 9, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Pouring in 19.
Ashley Page, a Warriorette sophomore, came off the bench to lead the Warriorettes with 19 points in their 89-28 rout of Warren County Friday night in District 7AAA action.


Correction officer thwarts drug delivery

Posted on January 8, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The sounds of a speeding vehicle in the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday alerted one of White County’s correction officers to the possibility of illegal activity.
Joshua Farley, an Army Reservist who has only been on the job three months as a correction officer, found several items of contraband at approximately 2:15 a.m., on Jan. 2, in a trash can under the front canopy at White County Justice Center.
“I was taking our intake workers up front to clean the courtroom,” said Farley, “and I saw a car speeding through the parking lot real fast. So, I went out to check it out.”
The unidentified vehicle … CONTINUED


New laws highlight beginning of 2007

Posted on January 8, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Tennesseans have only 10 new laws taking effect his month opposed to the usual annual list that contains several pages of legislation.
The new laws, which took effect Jan. 1, 2007, cover everything from taxes to insurance to elections.
The lengthiest law is labeled the Cemetery Act of 2006.
The provisions of this chapter apply to all cemeteries, community and public mausoleums, whether operated for profit or not for profit, within the state of Tennessee. However, some cemeteries are exempt.
The 39-page document details the requirements for such things as the upkeep of cemeteries, information about stockholders and what is legally required of the owners.… CONTINUED


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