Monthly Archives: July 2007

Mackie named coordinator for Motlow

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Linda Bumbalough Mackie, a 30-year veteran of White County school system, will take the helm as coordinator at Motlow College in Sparta as she prepares to help develop a program for higher education alongside governmental and school officials who have worked tirelessly to see a dream come true.
The beginning of the Motlow dream began only few months ago. Now, through the funding of White County, City of Sparta and White County Department of Education, the doors will officially open in the community’s first institution of higher learning.
The final link in the chain of plans was to hire a coordinator to oversee the day-to-day … Read More


“The service makes the difference”

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
This business spotlight has been endeavoring to shine as bright of a light as possible upon new businesses locating and, in some instances, growing here in White County, and it will continue to do so. However, every so often we feel it’s also necessary to re-direct some of the focus toward businesses which have been mainstays in our community, and may sometimes be taken for granted because they have been around so long.
Edd Rogers Chevrolet is one of those businesses. If you have been a resident for very long you’ve either bought several cars from Rogers or, at the very least, you have to pass … Read More


They’re called “race horses of the sky”

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
The raising and training of racing (homers) pigeons has been going on for hundreds of years, and the most famous of these may be a bird known as “G.I.Joe.”
It is written G.I. Joe saved the lives of the inhabitants of the village of Calvi Vecchia, Italy, and of the British troops stationed there.
The village was scheduled to be bombarded by the Allied forces on 18 October 1943, but the message that the British had captured the village, delivered by G.I. Joe, arrived just in time to avoid the bombing. More than a thousand people were saved.
Actually, it’s been written messenger pigeons were used … Read More


Future Olympic hopeful working on her game in Doyle

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors have something to prove in 2007

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Three teens jailed for theft

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Three former employees at Wal-Mart were arrested Thursday and charged with theft after they were discovered taking items from the Supercenter without paying for them.
Kirk Selby, 19, of Sparta, Dustin Oakley Plemons, 18, of Spencer, and Devan Keith Taylor, 19, of Sparta, have all been charged with theft of property.
According to Investigator Harold Blankenship, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 1:45 p.m., July 16, 2007, officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart about a to theft.
“We spoke to the loss prevention manager, who had two of the boys there,” said Blankenship. “They stated they had been caught stealing merchandise.
“They were taking the items through … Read More


Kentucky woman in custody

Posted on July 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Detective Steve Rhitz, Rockwood Police Department, has arrested a Louisville, Ky., woman for performing a ‘confidence trick’ on cashiers at Wal-Mart stores across the state, including the Sparta Supercenter.
Lakeda Cain is in custody in Roane County Jail, and according to Investigator Harold Blankenship, she has a ‘hold’ placed on her from at least two other law enforcement agencies, including Sparta Police Department.
According to Blankenship, at approximately 3:47 p.m., July 24, 2007, Patrolman Tony Copeland responded to Wal-Mart about to a theft. Employees from the store’s loss prevention department advised Copeland three people had come to one of the registers on the 23rd, and while … Read More


Joe Edwin Thompson

Posted on July 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Edwin Thompson, 62, of Sparta, passed away July 25, 2007.
Thompson was born Nov. 16, 1944, in White County, to Edwin Gaines Thompson and Bertha Cox Thompson.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Edna Mae Thompson; and one son, Thomas Edwin ‘Eddie’ Thompson.
Survivors include three sons, Darrell Glyn Thompson, of Sparta, Freddie Thompson, of Cookeville, Jason Rochelle Thompson, of Sparta; one daughter, Debra Ann Dixon, of Cookeville; one sister, Janice Caruthers, of Crossville; eight grandchildren, Tanya Thompson, Maylee Rochelle, Hunter Rochelle, Kelton Rochelle, Amanda Dixon, Elisha Whitteaker, Taylor Dixon, Tiffany Dixon; one … Read More


Thelma Graham Day

Posted on July 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thelma Ruth “Tootie” Graham Day, 78, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2007.
Day was born Nov. 24, 1928, in White County, to Joe and Addie Mae Hensley Graham.
She had been a housewife and was formerly employed by Thomas Industries.
Day was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joe Kenneth Day; three brothers, Charles Robert ‘Pete’ Graham, Billy Gaddis Graham, Horace Gene ‘Sonny’ Graham; and one sister, Beatrice Graham.
Survivors include her husband, Laverne ‘Duck’ Day, of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Jane Day, of Sparta, Dean and Patty Day, of Mt. Juliet; one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Jeff Baker, of Texas; … Read More


Milton Riley Young

Posted on July 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Milton Riley Young, 93, of Sparta, passed away July 27, 2007.
Young was born April 20, 1914, in White County, to Martin and Minnie Parrish Young.
He had been a farmer and night watchman.
Young was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara Ester Kelsay Young; one son, Willie Martin Young; one grandson, Walter Young; two sisters, Lena Mae Baker, Emma Cunningham; and four brothers, Claude Young, Clarence Young, Lyman Young and Albert Young.
Survivors include three sons, Riley Young, of Nashville, Justin Young, Jimmy Young, both of Sparta; one daughter, Hilda Cantrell, of Sparta; three brothers, Luther Young, Spencer Young, both of Sparta, Lee Young, of … Read More


Man waiting extradition to Missouri

Posted on July 27, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Instead of receiving a speeding ticket and being charged with driving on a suspended license, a Cookeville man will soon be traveling back to Missouri, where he is wanted for a parole violation.
Joshua Thornton, 38, of Cookeville, was arrested Sunday night and booked into the White County Jail.
At approximately 7:45 p.m., July 22, 2007, with radar, Trooper Michael Jolley clocked a vehicle traveling 93 mph on Highway 111 in a 70 MPH zone.
The trooper conducted a traffic stop and as Jolley approached the vehicle he came into contact with three males. The driver, Thornton, quickly advised the trooper he did not have a … Read More


Court is full of surprises

Posted on July 27, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
Traffic court precedes the general sessions docket each Friday morning, and the numbers of violators will vary from week to week, but usually when it’s over, it’s over.
However, after last week’s session of traffic court, two men remained because they didn’t believe they deserved the tickets they had recently received.
In the first of the two traffic hearings, one man had been ticketed for speeding, although he said he had been traveling with his “cruise control” on when the alleged violation occurred. However, the Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who stopped him was a radar instructor and testified the man had been traveling about 20 miles … Read More


Meet the 2007 Warrior football coaching staff

Posted on July 27, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Youth football team invited to kickoff classic

Posted on July 27, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Crash sends several to hospital

Posted on July 27, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A Sparta woman was cited for failure to yield after she pulled into the path of pickup truck traveling north on Roberts-Mathews Highway, causing the truck and the trailer it was pulling to overturn.
Trooper David Roark issued the citation to Leeann Felton, 26, of Sparta. According to the officer, at approximately 11:30 a.m., July 23, 2007, Felton was test-driving a 1996 Ford Van, owned by Mike Brumfield, when she pulled from Hampton’s Crossroads, at Highway 111, into the path of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Toby Lovell, 25, of Sparta. Lovell was traveling northbound on Roberts-Matthews Highway.
After the vehicles collided, Lovell lost … Read More


Howard Andrew Pugh Sr.

Posted on July 26, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard Andrew Pugh Sr., 69, of Sparta, passed away July 25, 2007.
Pugh was born Aug. 30, 1937, to Andrew Arthur Pugh and Ethel Gore Pugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Pugh, of Crossville; one son, Howard Andrew Pugh Jr., of Ohio; one brother, Harold Pugh, of Pleasant Hill; three stepsons, Randy Rutherford, Anthony Rutherford, Mike Johnson, all of Sparta; three stepdaughters, Katy Miller, Regina Cope, Juone Rutherford, all of Sparta; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m., July 28, 2007, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pugh Cemetery … Read More


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