Monthly Archives: July 2007

11 year olds make strong showing at state

Posted on July 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorette basketball wraps up summer practice

Posted on July 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Is ‘helping hand’ being ignored?

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
Just a few names into last week’s general sessions court docket found another young person’s pre-trial diversion agreement in peril.
At the time it didn’t look good for Stephen Farley, but a decision won’t be made in his case until at least July 27.
Farley appeared before Judge Sam Benningfield on the initial appearance portion of last week’s docket facing a possible termination of his pre-trial diversion agreement. The agreement was finalized March 2, 2007. But after only a few months, it appears Farley was having trouble living up to his end of the ‘deal.’
The accused first appeared before Benningfield on Feb. 2, 2007, charged … Read More


11’s win state tournament opener

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live


John Ashley Burg

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Ashley Burg, 39, passed away July 18, 2007.
Burg was born April 16, 1968, in White County, to Bob and Zdenka Lockwood Austin.
Survivors include one daughter, Caitlyn Burg, of Crossville; one son, Parker Burg, of Crossville; mother of children, Monica Burg; his parents, Bob and Zdenka Lockwood Austin, of Crossville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Rick Nail, of Crossville, Ashlara and Glenn Remsen, of Charleston, S.C.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Diane Austin, Mike and Wilma Austin, Allen and Darlene Austin, Danny and Mary Austin, all of Crossville; grandmother, Zkenda Lockwood, of Crossville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 1 p.m., July 21, … Read More


Joe Edward Ballew

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Edward Ballew, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 20, 2007.
Ballew was born Nov. 26, 1927, in White County, to Joe Washington Ballew and Effie Jane Carter Ballew.
He had been a sawmill worker for more than 52 years.
Graveside services were 11 a.m., July 21, 2007, at Highland Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Crowe Simpson

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Crowe Simpson, 95, of Winter Springs, Fla., passed away July 13, 2007.
Simpson was born March 17, 1912, to Marshal and Maude Crowe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jesse R. Simpson.
Survivors include one son, Joe Stewart and his wife, of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Mary Anne Carrick and her husband, of Winter Springs, Fla.; one sister, Peggy Gregory, of Grovetown, Ga.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
Services were 10 a.m., July 17, 2007, at Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Old Zion Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Couple airlifted after crash

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A Sparta woman continues to recover from injuries sustained when an 87-year-old struck the pickup truck her husband was driving.
According to Sgt. Dale Dodson, Sparta Police Department,
at approximately 12:16 p.m., July 15, 2007, Floyd Cooley, 87, of Sparta, pulled out of his driveway onto North Spring Street.
Cooley was driving a 1998 Chrysler Concord. When he entered the roadway, he struck a vehicle driven by J.V. Roberts, 73, of Sparta. Roberts was traveling north on North Spring Street.
Dodson said Cooley collided with the 2003 Ford Ranger, driven by Roberts, in the right door, causing the Ranger to spin right and then roll over … Read More


Deputy arrested in Cookeville

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A White County sheriff deputy has been relieved of his law enforcement duties and is on limited desk duty, pending the outcome of the investigation into his arrest in Cookeville.
According to Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Deputy Lanny R. Wheeler was ‘decommissioned’ after he was arrested July 9, 2007, for having too dark tint on his personal vehicle.
Cookeville Police Officer Darrin Stout pulled Wheeler over on Highway 111 for having “very dark window tint.” According to Stout’s report, after checking with a tint-measuring device, the tint on Wheeler’s window was not in compliance.
After Stout wrote Wheeler a citation, the White County deputy refused to sign … Read More


Blanche Jordan

Posted on July 23, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Blanche Jordan, of Bossier City, La., passed away July 18, 2007.
She was born July 22, 1915.
Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Elmore Jordan.
Survivors include one sister, Viola Jane Tift, of Bossier City, La; one brother-in-law, Donald Jordan and wife, Ellen, of Sparta; three sisters-in-law, Geraldine Tanner, Edith Henry, both of Sparta, Aileen Betchel, of Norton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 2 p.m., July 22, 2007, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.


Hayden Avert Brown Sr.

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hayden Avert Brown Sr., 82, of Cookeville, passed away July 15, 2007.
Brown was born May 14, 1925, in Bloomington Springs, to Edgar Charlie and Willie Mai Tayse Brown.
He retired as owner/operator of Brown Electric.
Brown was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Justin Brown; one sister, Juanita Gatlin; and one brother, Hugh Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jean Flatt Brown, of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Angela Brown, of Cookeville, Hayden Jr. and Helen Brown, of Fayetteville, Ark.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Flaveous McBride, of Sparta, Mena and Eugene Williams, of Baxter; three brothers, Charles Brown, Millis … Read More


Bobbie Lee Spears

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bobbie Lee Spears, 71, of Sparta, passed away July 15, 2007.
Spears was born June 20, 1936, in White County, to Jeff and Clara Sherrell Spears.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mae Sparks Spears, of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Ronnie Choate, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Kristen Choate, Kelly Choate, Ronnie Lee Choate, all of Cookeville; one great-grandson, Lexus Julian, of Cookeville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Deane and Harold Mills, Treva and Kenneth Cunningham, all of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were 11 a.m., July 18, 2007, at Pistole Baptist Church, with burial at Saylors Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


Mildred Pauline McBroom Brewer

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mildred Pauline McBroom Brewer, 79, of Spencer, passed away July 17, 2007.
Brewer was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, to Oliver and Maude Bolin McBroom.
She had been a factory worker.
Brewer was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, William R. Brewer, of Spencer; three sons and daughters-in-law, Martin Henry and Sylvia Brewer, of Portland, Michael Robert and Alma Brewer, of Austin, Texas, Oliver Vern and Joy Brewer, of Nashville; two daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara Ann and Mark Griffith, of Nashville, Polly Brewer, of Nashville; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m., July 20, 2007, at Hunter Funeral … Read More


Robert Lee Davis

Posted on July 19, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Lee Davis, 87, of Spencer, passed away July 16, 2007.
Davis was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Van Buren County, to William C. and Maggy L. Hastings Davis.
He had worked as a farmer.
Davis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Willine Davis, Lorine Davis; and one brother, Ray Davis.
Survivors include one son, Derick Davis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, W.C. and Alma Davis, and Earnest and Louise Davis, all of Spencer.
Services will be 2 p.m., July 19, 2007, at Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home Spencer Chapel with burial at Town Cemetery. Gene Brock will officiate.
Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home Spencer Funeral Home is in charge


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