Monthly Archives: June 2008

Adoption of the heart

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

The Dawson family proudly poses with the newest addition to their family. L-R: Tom Dawson, Macey Dawson, Zechariah Dawson, Rhonda Dawson and Megan Dawson.

Why would any couple who has already raised two daughters, seen them graduate from high school and watched them enter college even consider starting all over again by bringing a preschooler, who cannot speak English, into their home?
The answer to the aforementioned question is one simple word – love.
Tom and Rhonda Dawson were not looking to become parents for a third time, but God had a different plan for the family that is known for their unconditional love. Daughters Megan and Macy … Read More

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

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

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.

Gunshots critically wound WCHS graduate

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A 24-year-old woman who was raised in Sparta and graduated from White County High School in 2001 was the victim of several gunshot wounds Monday that were reportedly inflicted by her estranged husband.
Alicia O’Connor Garcia, daughter of Ricky and Leah O’Connor, of White County, 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 at approximately 11:30 a.m., June 16, and shot Alicia five times. Chris then reportedly shot himself. Both Alicia and Chris were transported to Vanderbilt Hospital.
According to area news sources, Chris later died from his wounds. On Wednesday … Read More

Commissioners extend current budget

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Every third Monday of the month, the elected county commissioners meet at 7 p.m., on the third floor of White County Courthouse to make decisions about all facets of running the county government. The public is encouraged to attend these open meetings.

Several items were discussed in preparation for the submission of the 2008-2009 White County budget for approval. Jerry Denton, county commission chairman, presides over the meetings.

White County will continue to fund day-to-day government operations based on figures from the 2007-2008 budget until the new one can be finalized and approved.
Twelve commissioners were present at the Monday night full court meeting of the board, with
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Upsets abound in Little League City Tourney finals

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Little League boys' title game

Senior girls' championship game

   Monday’s championship games of the Little League City Tournament were dominated by the underdog as four of the six tourney titles were captured by teams that didn’t win the regular season title.
    Only two teams took home both the regular season and tournament titles and one of those were by forfeit.  The Little League girls 11/12 year old division didn’t get a chance to see an upset in the final game as undefeated First National Bank won the title by virtue of a forfeit by Citizen’s Bank.
    The only other league that saw one team take home both plaques … Read More

Ruth M. Long Swack

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth M. Long Swack, 86, of Raleigh Township, Mich., passed away April 22, 2008.
Swack was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Ray Swack.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Jenkins and husband Robert; two sons, Gerald Long and wife Sue, Thomas R. Long; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be graveside at 11 a.m., June 21, 2008, at Doyle Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Strong will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Donald “Don” Howard

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles Donald “Don” Howard, 61, of Walling, passed away June 18, 2008, at his residence.
Howard was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Walling, to Charles and Julier Polllard.
He was a dedicated Christian, serving as a pastor more than 30 years and currently serving at Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Howard had been a radio broadcaster in Sparta for many years, serving as the voice of White County.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Humphrey Howard, of Walling; two sons, Jeffery Howard and wife Martha, of Sparta, Bryan Howard and wife, Karen, of Cookeville; one daughter, Nicole Farley and husband Jason, of Sparta; … Read More

Firefighters open doors to community

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County firefighters are preparing for simultaneous open houses in each of the districts.

Ever wondered about the people riding in the big red fire trucks? Ever thought about joining them?
Find out the answers to these and many other questions at the first joint Open House at each and every fire department throughout the county, including the City of Sparta and the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.
The events will take place simultaneously across White County at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2008.
 Across the county, residents can visit with the firefighters and volunteers, tour the facility, and check out the equipment, as well as learn the basic
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Charlotte Jean Sopha

Posted on June 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charlotte Jean Sopha, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Sopha was born March 5, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to Homer Walter and Vila Elnora Knowles Sopha.
She had been an accountant with Buddy Lee Agency, Hoosier Tires and several other country music agencies.
Sopha was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Michael Sopha, Kenneth Sopha; one sister, Pauline Sopha; one nephew, Christopher Sopha; and one great-niece, La Shea Angelle Howard.
Survivors include her family; Doug and Becky Sopha, of Townsend, Joan and Billy Williams, of Sparta, Debbie Sopha, of Sparta, Tammy and Steve Howard, of Sparta, Angelle Howard, … Read More

See ya

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

this is my last Monday here

It has truly been a privilege

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

While my name may be absent from the staff box of the newspaper very soon, working here has been a wonderful, very educational experience.
After nearly six years of taking photos, chasing police cars and sticking my nose into other business around the county and then having the information printed in the newspaper, I am stepping into another opportunity and challenge at the Chamber of Commerce.
It has truly been a blessing and a fun experience to entertain and educate the readers of The Expositor. I have met so many wonderful people around the county and appreciate everyone’s help during the course of my reporting career.
Because a … Read More

Storm brings down huge wall at Philips

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On Friday, June 13, 2008, a severe storm swept through the southern part of White County and caused extreme damage to Philips Professional Luminaires of North America (formerly Genlyte Thomas).
“We were blessed that we didn’t have any injuries or fatalities,” said Kent Frisbee, employee relations at Philips. “The second shift was already in the building when it hit. We have a different schedule on Fridays and, if it had been another day of the week, it could have been much worse.”
At approximately 3 p.m., just after the Friday afternoon shift change, high winds caused trees to “double over” and blew open some doors in the building. … Read More

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