Monthly Archives: January 2008

Smithville burglary brings officers to Sparta

Posted on January 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
An incident involving a male juvenile, a Smithville business owner, a Rutherford County deputy, Sparta Police Department and White County Sheriff Department is still under investigation and no charges have been filed as of press time.
“We got a call from Smithville about a burglary at a business there and the possibility that the alleged suspect lived in White County,” said Detective Chris Isom, WCSD. “Apparently, the victim had offered some sort of reward and had gotten information about who the suspect was, so we got a call from the victim.”
Isom said he called and requested a copy of the report from DeKalb County Sheriff … CONTINUED


Warriorettes fall in overtime at Lebanon

Posted on January 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Revenue and sales tax reports improving

Posted on January 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
White County tax collections, according to Tennessee Department of Revenue, are steadily increasing each year with a promising outlook still on the horizon.
In a report from TDR, White County produced $286,668.60 in local sales tax and $1,162,232.33 in state sales tax, in November 2007, which are the latest figures compiled.
The number were up from November 2006, when local sales tax generated $278,572, with state sales tax listed at $998,512.74
Between November 2004 and November 2005, White County saw a noticeable difference in the state numbers. In November 2004, state sales tax figures were listed at
$1,046,549.97, with November 2005 listed at $998,512.74. However, local … CONTINUED


Garden superstars for spring 2008

Posted on January 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Being trapped inside is not a bad thing, when armed with a sketch pad and a seed catalog. It is the perfect time to make plans for this year’s garden to be the best ever – with blooms to make all the neighbors green with envy. And isn’t everyone going ‘green’ this year?
From earth-friendly fertilizers to show-stopping roses, Spring 2008 promises to be an exciting year for garden lovers.
“Gardening this year will be easier than ever before, and a lot more fun, thanks to exciting new plants and smart new garden products scheduled for release this spring,” says Susan McCoy, owner of the Garden … CONTINUED


Porn found in MP3

Posted on January 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
On Christmas morning, the sparkle in Daryl Hill’s 10-year-old daughter’s eye was dimmed when she opened the special MP3 player left under the tree and discovered a world of pornographic material loaded onto her present.
“It’s not about the money,” said the devastated father. “I want to know how they let it happen.”
According to Hill, a resident of Cookeville, his wife and mother-in-law had attempted to locate the item at the Cookeville and the Algood locations, without luck. Then, around 4 a.m., two days before Christmas, three MP3’s were reported to be for sale at the Sparta Wal-Mart.
“We just needed two,” said Hill. “We … CONTINUED


Vanessa Simmons Edmonds

Posted on January 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vanessa Simmons Edmonds, 24, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2008.
Edmonds was born Aug. 4, 1983, in White County, to Mike and Georgia Brown.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Derrick Brown; grandparents, Dib and Daisy Young; and her mother-in-law, Robin Matthews.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan Edmonds, of Sparta; two daughters, Karlee Marie Edmonds, Ally Maleigha Edmonds; her parents, Mike and Georgia Brown, of Sparta; two sisters, LaToya Cunningham, of Sparta, Chasity Brown Keltner, of Cookeville; grandparents, Leonard and Geneva Simmons, of Sparta; and father and mother-in-law, James and Rhonda Edmonds, of Sparta.
Services were 1 p.m., Jan. 5, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home … CONTINUED


Kathy Brock Bain Long

Posted on January 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kathy Brock Bain Long, 54, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 2, 2008.
Long was born May 23, 1953, in White County, to Riley Edward Brock and Sarah Louannie Miller Brock.
She had been employed at Jeld-Wen.
Long was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Roy Kenneth Bain; and one sister, Lois Brock.
Survivors include her husband, James Stanley Long, of Doyle; one daughter, Dana Tindle, of Spencer; two sons and daughters-in-law, J.K. and Christal Bain, Kenneth Scott Bain, all of Doyle; three brothers, Lefferrell Brock, Lloyd Dwayne Brock, Lonnie Ray Brock; four sisters, Ianthisa Brimer, Melithia Greene, Rita Brock, Connie Campbell; and seven grandchildren.
Services were … CONTINUED


Ina Christine Margeson

Posted on January 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ina Christine Margeson, 71, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 2, 2008.
Margeson was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Van Buren County, to Ollie and Linnie Sullivan.
She had been a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Margeson was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dibrell L. Margeson; one son, Randell Margeson; one brother, C. B. Sullivan; and two sisters, Sue Myers and Nottie Vance.
Survivors include one son, Timothy Wayne Margeson, of Spencer; one daughter, Margaret A. Margeson, of Spencer; and one sister, Mildred Bumbalough, of Sparta.
Services were 1 p.m., Jan. 4, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home of Love-Cantrell-Cope, with burial at … CONTINUED


Stanton Lewis Greene

Posted on January 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Stanton Lewis Greene, 63, of Sewanee, passed away Jan. 2, 2008.
Greene was born Aug. 31, 1944, to Alonzo Greene and Elizabeth Feltner Greene.
Greene retired as an engineer from TVA.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Fults Greene, of Sewanee; four sons, Gregory Greene, of Madison, Bruce Greene, of Ringgold, Ga., Rocky, currently serving in Iraq, Jared Greene, of Johnson City; two grandchildren, Katelynn Greene, Austin Greene; two brothers, Charles Greene, of Sparta, Billy Greene, of Chattanooga; and one sister, Sue Myers, of Chattanooga.
Services were 2 p.m., Jan. 6, 2008, at Foster and Lay Funeral Home in Tracy City with burial at Plainview Cemetery.
Foster and Lay


Unemployment rates declining

Posted on January 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County appears to be back on the upswing with smaller numbers listed for its unemployment rates.
According to the November 2007 statistics, White County was listed at 6 percent unemployment, which is the same figure listed for November 2004 before the effect of several industries shutting down had taken a toll on the economy.
“When Emerson closed and Roaring and Cumberland closed – and they both closed during the same year – that really affected the local unemployment rate,” said Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce.
Emerson Controls, which had been originally known as Mallory Timers, had seen a 35-year run … CONTINUED


Police investigate rear end crash

Posted on January 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Cold winds cut through emergency personnel Wednesday who responded to a call about a crash with injuries on Highway 111.
According to Sgt. Chris Bennett, of Sparta Police Department, the crash occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m., Jan. 2, 2008, in the northbound lanes of Highway 111, at the intersection of Taft Church Road.
Bennett said a blue 2007 Honda Accord, driven by Anita Jewel Myers, 34, of Doyle, was stopped at the red light in the northbound lane of Highway 111. Three passengers, all juveniles, accompanied Myers.
Howard Franklin Fann, 64, of Murfreesboro, was also traveling in the outside northbound lane, in a 2007 Ford F-150 … CONTINUED


Caney Fork welcomes new manager

Posted on January 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
William S. “Bill” Rogers formally took over as the general manager for Caney Fork Electric Cooperative Inc., on Jan. 1, 2008, after serving in the interim capacity since October 2007.
Caney Fork Electric Cooperative Inc., (CFEC) serves DeKalb, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties, and was formed in July 1940 in the White County courthouse. The headquarters is located in McMinnville.
The CFEC lines were first energized in 1942 to the then approximately 900 members and today, serves more than 30,000 members with nearly 3,600 miles of line.
Rogers has been employed at CFEC since 1985, when he was hired as Director of Engineering. He added … CONTINUED


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