Monthly Archives: March 2008

Snow dance must have worked

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

The white stuff is still falling and the beauty of White County is only enhanced by the blanket of snow.
I have been taking a few pictures but would love to see what you are doing with the fluffy cold precipitation. Does the snowman have a red scarf or Warrior marron? Or is the peaceful red barn sitting quiet on the white blanket, with a few cows hanging out around the hay bale?
Send me your pictures and we will create a slide show for everyone to enjoy, make sure to include names of those pictured (if you want to) and after snapping a few, warm up with … Read More


Warm up with a bowl of fresh chili

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

Waking up to a snow-blanketed world presents a perfect opportunity to make a big pot of chili. Put it on the stove and let it simmer while the family enjoys the winter wonderland.
Heat ‘em up chili
 
2 pounds ground turkey
1 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4-6 garlic cloves, pressed
2 medium cans of tomato sauce
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 tsp grill seasoning
salt
ground black pepper
chili powder
ground cumin
 
Brown ground meat, with onions, grill seasonings, and garlic in a large saucepan and then drain well. Add remaining ingredients, and season to taste. Simmer for at least one hour. The … Read More

Erbie Michael England

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

Erbie Micheal England, 52, of Walling, passed away Friday, at Bedford County Nursing Home, in Shelbyville.
England was preceded in death by his father, Erbie England, and grandparents, William and Fannie England and Charlie and Ellen Kirby.
Survivors include his mother,Donzetta Kirby England, of Walling; six sisters, Synthia Kay Watkins, of Walling,  Billie Rikard and husband Freeman, of Danville, Ala., Mary Owens, of Walling, Gloria West and husband Wallace, of Sparta, Michele Davis and husband Jody, of Walling, Heather Cope and husband Travis, of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m.,  March 10, 2008, at Spring Hill The Baptist Church of Christ with … Read More


Snow memories and fun

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

Kim Swindell Wood
            Wow! It’s Friday morning, and I just heard the weather forecast for tonight! And…it ain’t good! (Please forgive my grammar.)
             However, I am honestly looking forward to seeing that white stuff fall from the sky. I don’t want to drive in the fluffy, nasty mess, but I do love to see the pretty flakes as they hit the ground.
            Snows these days are not at all like the ones in my childhood. Maybe it has something to do with El Nino or some other weather situation I don’t fully understand, but the good old-fashioned snowman-making precipitation has not frequented White County in a long, long … Read More


Wrapping it up

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

    As the 2008 WCHS basketball season came to a close, I watched as seniors left the games for the final time wearing maroon and gray, both in the Warriorettes final game and the Warriors.  
    This is a scene I have watched over and over in just about every sport we play.  True some are sadder than others and sometimes you run across some who it just really doesn’t seem to faze, but I have found out one thing.  If the player really loves the game and has enjoyed the experience at White County High School, the sadness is there no matter when the season ends.  It doesn’t hurt … Read More


Sunday tabbed second team All Atlantic Sun

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

As Brooke Sunday’s senior season at Belmont University is nearing a close, she received recognition from the coaches of the Atlantic Sun Conference. 


On Patrol: Law enforcement investigates

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

•Feb. 21, 2008 – An 18-year-old Sparta man was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary by Investigator Travis Barker. The burglary reportedly occurred on Feb. 7. On West Bronson Street. Several stolen items, including a television set, a set of car speakers and a remote control were recovered. A .22 cal Ruger semi-automatic pistol and other items are still unaccounted for.
•Feb. 21, 2008 – Sgt. Robert Pike, White County Sheriff Department, filed a report from a homeowner on O’Dell Road about a theft. Taken from the residence were two Marlin .22 cal lever action rifles, two Marlin 30-30 cal lever action rifles, one 12-gauge Mossberg pump shotgun, … Read More


Lions shoot down Warriors’ state hopes

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

Three Warriors seniors watch seconds tick away on careers

Kyle Delaney drives against Red Bank

Josh Brown

Tyler Greene

Trenton Davis

Kyle Delaney

Josh Brown and Kyle Delaney see careers come to an end

Tyler Greene sits alone as his career ends

    The White County High School Warriors run and gunned their way to 30 wins this season, but that 31st win that would have sent them to the TSSAA state tournament didn’t happen because they ran into a team that beat them at their own game. 

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    The Warriors pushed the ball up and down the floor all year long and made their … Read More


Question for Florida and Michigan voters

Posted on March 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Okay, Florida voters. When you went to the polls last month, were you aware that if you voted on the Democratic Primary, that no matter who you voted for basically did not matter because no delegates would be seated at the Dem’s National Convention?
I was just wondering.
If you did know, then I am glad you went and cast your ballot anyway. But now what?
If you didn’t know, as so many have said, now what?
Michigan voters – same question.
And when I hear the National Democratic Party and the two states party leaders are at a crossroads – undetermined about what to do – no … Read More


Burgess Falls State Park springs into action

Posted on March 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beauty. A variety of gorgeous scenes wait around every curve and climb of the hike.

Pavilion. A great pavilion is open for reservations and a great place for the next family gathering.

Butterflies. A special butterfly garden is a continuing project at the fall entrance with trails.

Cascading. Burgess Falls State Park offers a moderately hike to the large falls.

Middle Falls. Majestic and vibrant, the Middle Falls stretch wide over the land.

Just playing around. Let the children have fun on the extensive playground set.

Worth the trip. The breathtaking scene is waiting for those who make the complete hike to the top.

On the eastern edge … Read More


On patrol

Posted on March 5, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Feb. 10, 2008 – A homeowner on Hutchings College Road reported several items stolen from his parked 1994 Honda Civic.  According to the report filed by Deputy Angel Patterson, White County Sheriff Department, taken from the unlocked vehicle were a knife, two CD players and one cassette player.

Feb. 12, 2008
– An ATV trailer, valued at nearly $1,000, was reported stolen from an address on Charles Hennessee Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. Detective Chris Isom, White County Sheriff Department filed the report.
Feb. 14, 2008 – According to a report filed by Sgt. Robert Pike, White County Sheriff Department, a vehicle tag was stolen from a 1991 … Read More


Little League addresses ballpark controversy

Posted on March 5, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    The ongoing debate about whether or not Little League will play at the Smithville Highway ballfields was answered by the president of the organization as he responded to the most recent development about allowing an area representative with “travel ball” to take over the operation of the complex.
    Allen Selby, the recently name president of Sparta Little League, wanted to set the record straight about some of the rumors surrounding the controversial ballpark issue.
    “As of today, Little League is not going down there,” said Selby, “and the reason is because the fields are not completed.”
    Selby said a seven-member board of directors controls Little League. This statement … Read More


Sparta radio stations are selling, again

Posted on March 5, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    White County’s premier radio station that began broadcasting more than 50 years ago has once again been sold.
    According to Radio Ink, Peg Broadcasting, of Crossville, will purchase WSMT-AM, which hit the airwaves in White County more than a half-century ago. WRKK-FM (formerly WSMT-FM) and WTZX-AM, both in Sparta, are also listed as stations reported being purchased by Peg Broadcasting. Clear Channel Communications now holds the licenses for these three broadcasting facilities.
    Peg Broadcasting already owns four radio stations in Crossville, which reportedly will give them control of the majority of radio stations in the immediate Upper Cumberland area. Clear Channel still maintains ownership of WGSQ-FM, The Country … Read More


Dispatcher resigns THP post

Posted on March 5, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    A 31-year-old White County resident and former E-911 dispatcher resigned her job with Tennessee Highway Patrol communications center after being cited for possible drug use and possession.  
    According to a press release issued by the State of Tennessee Department of Safety, “Former communications operator Regina A. Sims has resigned in lieu of termination, effective March 4, 2008, following a citation on charges of two counts of simple possession and one count of unlawful drug paraphernalia, on Monday, in Putnam County.”
    The investigation was initiated by THP Cookeville District in conjunction with the Office of Professional Responsibility.
    According to Wayne Sherrell, director of White County E-911, Sims had worked … Read More


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