Monthly Archives: May 2008

BlueCross Spring Fling

Posted on May 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Two White County High School athletes competed at the state track meet.


The latest action from the Little League fields

Posted on May 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Making contact with the softball.

Heading to second

Matt Howard taking a cut at a pitch in Little League baseball action.

    Action continues to swing along at the local Little League fields.
    In pitching machine girls’ action on May 19th, Express Graphics defeated KFC 21-11.  Express was led by Sarah Wilson with four hits.  Skyann Wilson added three.  Kristen Brown, Olivia Kirby and Victoria Sullivan added two hits each.  KFC got a pair of hits from each of the following:  Madison Dockery, Katie Jenkins, Gracie Villard and Brooke Parrish.
    Also on the 19th, Tristate Distribution defeated Sonic 11-1 behind a pair of hits each from Brittany Jones and … Read More


Warrior basketball gets new assistant coach

Posted on May 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warrior head coach, Eric Mitchell, sits with former player and new assistant coach, Nathan Aaron during a recent open gym.

    When Eric Mitchell took over the Warrior basketball program at the start of the 2004-05 season, Terry Crain became his assistant coach.  
After working four seasons as Mitchell’s assistant and three prior to that as the ninth grade coach, Crain stepped down to focus on his newly appointed athletic director responsibilities, leaving Mitchell with a vacancy on his staff.  The search for the new assistant has been completed and though the face may be a new one to White County, it’s someone that Mitchell is very familiar with … Read More


What a reunion!

Posted on May 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    I’m still trying to recover from my high school reunion.  
    Now before you let your imagination get the best of you.  No, I’m not hung over or anything like that.  Getting ready for it and then all the fun I had absolutely wore me out.  After it was all over, a few of us just sat and talked until after three o’clock that morning and then I had to come and finish up the newspaper.  So, basically since then I have been trying to catch up on sleep, but in my mind it was well worth it.
    I have to say I had a blast.  Actually, all parts … Read More


Good clean fun at Project Graduation 2008!

Posted on May 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The WCHS Class of 2008 enjoyed an alcohol and drug-free celebration when they participated in Project Graduation following their commencement exercises.  (Click the sound bar on the video player to hear audio.)


Voters prepare for Election Day changes

Posted on May 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Just a few years ago federal mandates required all elections to be conducted with electronic machines. Now, another change may be in the near future with legislators looking at the added requirement of producing a “paper trail” for all electronic voting machines.

While only approximately 32 percent of White County voters cast ballots in the February Presidential Preference Primary, more than half of potential county wide voters will be affected by changes in precinct locations starting with the August election day.
After ironing out the details, all White County schools will close on election day, and several precincts will be moving their polling places into the temporarily uninhabited … Read More


O’Dell now serving with U.S. Marshal service

Posted on May 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sgt. Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department, assumed his new duties last week after taking his oath as a member of the U.S. Marshall team.

In a special swearing-in ceremony, Sgt. Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department, officially became a member of the U.S. Marshals earlier this month.
O’Dell has more than seven years experience with White County Sheriff Department and had most recently been leading the Warrant Division at White County Justice Center.
Tennessee’s U.S. Marshall Denny King had placed a request with Sheriff Oddie Shoupe for someone from the department to work as a U.S. Marshall in the area, with others recruited from eight … Read More


Pawnshop business increases during economic decline

Posted on May 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Jellinick, general manager of Freedom Pawn, shows a potential customer one of the many electronic devices for sale. According to owner Steve Grissom, customers are “buying smart” during the economic slowdown.

Many business owners are feeling the pangs of stress from the economic slowdown while one segment of entrepreneurs are actually seeing an increase in revenue.
Pawnshops owners are among the few who are optimistic about the economic outlook. Although statistical predictors indicate a steady decline in the economy until 2009, Steve Grissom, owner of Freedom Pawn, said he has seen some different trends his business since the first of 2008.
“People that were just getting by, … Read More


Construction jobs up despite other declines

Posted on May 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Construction is seeing a boom despite the slowdown in other areas of the economy.

Although many Tennessee industries are cutting back on numbers of employees and shutting down at least one shift, the construction industry is showing more than 2,500 new jobs in the Volunteer State.
According to Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook, published in spring 2008 by University of Tennessee, the construction category is weak, but positive growth is expected for the year. Construction is expected to avoid a wholesale collapse through the ongoing strength of nonresidential construction. Data for March showed 2,500 new jobs in this sector.
However, the state saw job growth of only 0.5 … Read More


Sonic Cruise In 2008 “rocks and rolls”

Posted on May 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Downtown Sparta was the scene of the annual Sonic Cruise-In, on May 24. “Youngsters” of all ages danced to the sounds of Four on the Floor, the self-proclaimed “oldest rock and roll band in Tennessee.” (Click video player sound bar to hear audio.)

 


Owen Wilburn Williams

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Owen Wilburn Williams, 73, of Manchester, passed away May 27, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charlie Clay “Dandy” Ward

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charlie Clay “Dandy” Ward, 83, of Spencer, passed away May 27, 2008.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter Ward, and two sisters, Velma Carter and Ella Ward.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Edwin Caten, of McMinnville; one grandson, Joshua Caten; companion, Verna; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 1 p.m., May 29, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Blankenship Cemetery. Bro. Bruce Atnip will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Voyles takes fifth in state

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Markie Voyles finished fifth in the state in the 800 and 1600-meter races.

Casey Bales qualified for the state in the 800-meter.

    When Markie Voyles and Casey Bales finished their races at this year’s state track meet, it put the finishing touches on the 2007-08 White County High School sports season.  
    Voyles, a WCHS junior, ended her season with a pair of fifth place finishes in the state track meet held on the campus of MTSU.  The finishes were not as high as Voyles would have liked, but it is hard to argue with finishing in the top five in the state in two different events.  
    Voyles, who … Read More


Progress made – Games taking place at new ballparks

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jake Young takes a cut at a pitch during the weekend tournament.

Devon Davidson takes third base with ease during the tournament.

The baseball complex on the Smithville Highway was a busy place over the weekend.

    Anyone who happened to drive down the Smithville Highway over the weekend might have noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming into and out of the baseball complex on the Smithville Highway.  
    The reason for the added traffic was the park for the first time under the direction of new director, Mark Lovrekovic, hosted its first tournament.  The new ballparks have been a point of contention in this community for a while.  … Read More


Kids Count Report released for White County

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County did not fare as well as some of the other Tennessee counties in the varied categories listed in the KIDS COUNT State of the Child Report released Thursday.
The report, which is called “Opportunity for all Children in Tennessee,” includes statistical information about all 95 counties and identifies the public structures essential for Tennessee’s children to be born health and have opportunities for success in school and in life.
For the number of teens who gave birth, White County ranked 46th out of 95 counties, with a total of 16.
For the number of substantiated child abuse cases, the ranking goes from Number … Read More


Norman Lee Brown

Posted on May 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Norman Lee Brown, 84, of Pikeville, passed away May 25, 2008.
Brown was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Howie in the Hills, Fla., to Robert and Orvella Brown.
Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, received a Bronze Star, and was a business owner. He was well known for historical storytelling and attended the Pikeville Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Brown and Orvella Brown; three brothers, Harvey Brown, Clinton Brown, and Claude Brown; and one sister, Mattie Thurman.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Thelma L. Brown; two daughters, Brenda Burgess and husband Clarence, Barbara Young … Read More


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