Monthly Archives: June 2008

Payless spearheads GPS drive

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Doug Dodson, of Dr. Mollie Dodson’s office, presents Sheriff Oddie Shoupe with a GPS.

Carmin Ratliff, of Jackson Kayak, makes her presentation to Sheriff Oddie Shoupe (left) and Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons

Steve Grissom, of Freedom Pawn, has always been an avid supporter of law enforcement and is proud to present a GPS unit to Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons and Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.

Alan Tatum, owner of Payless Family Pharmacy, spearheaded the drive to obtain the GPS units.

Payless Family Pharmacy is spearheading a drive to supply Garmin GPS units to every deputy’s squad car at White County Sheriff Department.
“We saw a need in the community and … Read More

Here’s your big chance

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Okay guys and girls, here’s your big chance to take a shot at me.  It’s just the chance that some, if not all of you, have been waiting for.
    What exactly am I talking about?  
    Well, I will be doing a stint in the dunking booth at the Big Fourth of July Celebration on the square.  I’m not sure yet exactly what time I will be in there, but as far as I know it will be sometime between one and three o’clock.  I will be doing my time in there for Project Graduation.
    This may be the craziest thing I’ve done – putting this in my column … Read More

Tornado sirens planned for city

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live


A plan to help protect residents in City of Sparta in the event of severe weather conditions may soon come to fruition after a presentation by Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay to city officials on Thursday.
Kay explained to members of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen about their options for ensuring city residents are forewarned of possible tornadoes.
Kay said he contacted some companies that provide this type equipment. One company provided a “rough proposal” that would cover the city and also outlined what would be needed to install the tornado sirens and implement their usage.
The national standard for a tornado siren, according to Kay, is … Read More

Little League All Star Tournaments hit town this weekend

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta's All Stars are getting ready for tourney action.

In addition to the team's getting ready, the fields are also getting fine tuned prior to the start of the three tournaments which will be played in Sparta.

    The Sparta Little League fields will be buzzing with action beginning this weekend, as the local league will play host to three different tournaments.
    The 11/12 baseball and softball, as well as 9/10 baseball area tournaments get underway Friday.  Sparta will also be host to the district tournament.  Volunteers have been doing renovations at the field this week in preparation for the event.  It also takes a lot of volunteers to … Read More

Crash blocks traffic on McMinnville Highway

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A crash this week on McMinnville Highway brought out Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, as well as White County Sheriff Department officers.
Details of the crash will be available later.

Gunshot victim comes home

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alicia O'Connor Garcia

A young woman whose condition was uncertain after she was shot several times by her estranged husband in now out of the hospital and staying with family members in Sparta.
Alicia O’Connor Garcia, 24, a 2001 graduate of White County High School and daughter of Ricky and Leah O’Connor, of Sparta, is a “living miracle,” according to one of her aunts.
Garcia was working at her job at Tip Top Hair Salon, in Old Hickory, when her estranged husband, 37-year-old Chris Garcia, reportedly walked in the salon on June 16 and shot Alicia five times. Chris then shot himself and later died from his self-inflicted … Read More

Patricia Ann Thelen

Posted on June 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia Ann Thelen, 52, of Crossville, passed away June 19, 2008, at her residence.
Thelen was born Dec. 22, 1955, in Ypsilanti, Mich.
She was of the Southern Baptist faith. Thelen had been owner and manager of Curves Fitness Center. She had enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, knitting and crocheting.
Thelen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mae and Clayton Massey, Frank and Margaret Ball, Edna Mae and Benedict N. Thelen; uncle, George Massey; and aunt, Francis Woodward.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Thelen, of Crossville; parents, Edwin and Mary Ball; sons, Michael Patrick Thelen and wife Laura, of Manchester, Eric Thelen, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; granddaughter, Mya Thelen, of … Read More

Kenneth Randall Hunter

Posted on June 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kenneth Randall Hunter, 65, of Cookeville, passed away June 23, 2008, at his residence.
Hunter was born June 27, 1943, in Putnam County.
He had been a member of First Christian Church, in Cookeville. Hunter had also worked at Caterpillar Tractor Inc., in Joliet Ill., 1965-1999.
Survivors include his wife, Evon Hunter, of Cookeville; son, Scott Hunter, of Baxter; daughter, Pamela R. Hunter, of Cookeville; and four sisters, Mary Jones, Ruby Mayberry, Peggy Hunter, all of Cookeville, Wilma Clouse, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be noon, June 26, 2008, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home, in Cookeville, with burial in Brown’s Mill Cemetery.  Bro. John Wright will … Read More

eCommunity development through “Connected Tennessee”

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County eCommunity Leadership Team, comprised of White County business and civic leaders, met June 17 to discuss the status and importance of broadband infrastructure to the development of the community.
Larry Raybon, Connected Tennessee’s eCS project manager in Middle Tennessee, led the meeting to identify certain benchmarks for broadband technology. Connected Tennessee’s goal is to accelerate the availability and use of technology toward creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improve healthcare, enhance education and more efficient government.
“A lot of companies coming into White County and Tennessee, if they’re not already using the Internet in their particular jobs, they expect … Read More

James Lincoln Holmes

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Lincoln Holmes, 61, of Crossville, passed away June 20, 2008, at his residence.
Holmes was born Dec. 12, 1946, to Abraham and Dollie Holmes.
He had been an automobile mechanic. Holmes loved collecting coins and knives, as well as hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Sue Holmes; brother, Odis Pippin; and sister, Rachel Holmes.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Holmes; sons, Scott Holmes, James Holmes Jr.; daughter, Dollie Brown; stepdaughter, Crissy Dunn; four grandchildren; brother, David Pippin, sisters, Faye Paris, Veda Scott,; host of nieces and nephews; and special friend, Wayne Selby.
Funeral service was 11 a.m., June 23, 2008, … Read More

Harriet Marie Mott Taffner

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Harriet Marie Mott Taffner, 73, of Sparta, passed away June 20, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Taffner was born May 11, 1935, in New York, to Arthur and Harriet Mott.
She had been a homemaker.
Taffner was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Andre Taffner.
Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Swindell, of Sparta, Wendy Taffner and Kim Woods, both of Florida; one son, Thomas Taffner, of Florida; and five grandchildren.
A private funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 24, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. John Hunter will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WCHS athletes get mandatory two-week break

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ashley Page drives around a defender in a Warriorette camp game at MTSU.

Corey Johnson puts up the game winner in the camp game against Cumberland County at Stone Memorial.

Robbie Johnson handles the ball at Stone Memorial's team camp.

    It’s no secret high school athletes spend a great deal of their summer working out, conditioning and practicing for their chosen sport/sports.  For the next two weeks, high school athletes across the state of Tennessee get a break from the summer rigors.
    The TSSAA-mandated dead period began on Sunday, June 22nd and runs through Saturday, July 5th.  The definition of the dead period according to the TSSAA handbook … Read More

All in the family

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

I just had the most amazing experience, and it was one I will not soon forget!
Woody and I ventured to McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas, to visit our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
June 15 was Jeremiah’s first birthday, and Meredith, our daughter, wanted us to be there for the celebration. Kat (or Kathryn, if you want to be proper) will be 16 in July. So, needless to say, there’s a big gap between the two offspring. Kat hovers over the rambunctious toddler as if he were own child.
Seeing the grandkids was great. Seeing Meredith was wonderful. And, as always, getting a great … Read More

Robert Joe Nash

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Joe Nash, 68, passed away June 21, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Nash was born May 8, 1940, in White County, to David Nash and Lennie Opal Davidson Nash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Ann Hutson Nash; two sons, Bobby Ray Nash and wife Sandra, Robert Allen Nash and wife Mary; three daughters, Jo Ann Standridge and husband David, of Sparta, Elaine Stewart and husband Wade, of Doyle, Audrey Mae Willis and husband Roger, of Brush Creek; sister, Lennie Phillips, of Cookeville; brothers-in-law, J.L. Phillips, Billy … Read More

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