Monthly Archives: June 2008

‘Eyesore’ needs to be cleaned up

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

One of Sparta’s aldermen who has been adamant about cleaning up the city has once again voiced his concerns during a Thursday board meeting.
Howard Griffin, longtime member of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, did not mince any words when he stated his opinion.
“The old Sonic is an eyesore – weeds are growing up around the building – it’s deteriorating and falling down,” said Griffin. “We don’t need to do favors – we need to hit them all the same way, regardless of who owns it.”
Griffin mostly recently remained persistent about cleaning up the property on the right side of the entrance to … CONTINUED


1-million-gallon water tank gets facelift

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

 
A job that is expected to cost more than a quarter-million dollars for the rehabilitation of one of Sparta’s water tanks was addressed during the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Neal Westerman, an engineer with James C. Hailey and Co., explained the steps leading toward the complete refurbishing and repainting of the water tank located at was known for decades as Baker Park. The 1-million-gallon tank sits of the property adjacent to the city’s animal control facility, which was once the site of Baker Park Swimming Pool.
 “We just had our sanitary survey on our water system,” said Ross Fann, director of … CONTINUED


High school teams working hard during their summer vacation

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

Hitting the weights. Sam Howard and Dustin Howell spot for Sam Gribble during football workouts.

Aaron Puckett goes up for two points.

Dillon Kay gets a spot from football coach, Josh Kerr.

Corey Johnson takes the ball to the basket for the Warriors during Tennessee Tech team camp.

    The vacation continues for the local high school athletes.  
    Yes, they are out of school for the summer and are able to hang out at the lake or pool.  However, the fun begins only after they get in their practices or workouts for their respective sports.
    Some football players are getting up at 5:30 a.m. and running while almost 50 … CONTINUED


Ruby Virginia Weaver

Posted on June 10, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruby Virginia Weaver, 80, passed away June 9, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Weaver was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Irving, Ky., to Senora Fike Dunaway.
She was a member of Knight’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was a Christian strong in her faith and wished to leave words of love and encouragement to her many friends at Masters Healthcare, whom she dearly loved and appreciated.
Weaver was a beloved wife, mother and “granny” and a retired seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Willie Clayton Weaver; one daughter, Lanora Katherine Weaver Nabors; and one granddaughter, Sharon Copeland.
Survivors include one son, … CONTINUED


Don’t treat my flag that way!

Posted on June 10, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m typing just as quickly as I can before my deadline so I can tell you about something that has angered me.
A friend of mine called a couple of hours ago to tell me about something he had seen that upset him a great deal. As he was traveling down one of our streets in town, he observed a tattered American flag being flown upside down! Now, for those of you who are familiar with flag etiquette, I have already said enough. For those of you who are not acquainted with the proper way to fly Old Glory, I will give you a … CONTINUED


Gerald Bryan Wallace

Posted on June 10, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor of former World War II prisoner of war Gerald Bryan Wallace - may your sacrifices never be forgotten.

In honor and remembrance of his service to his country.

U.S. Veteran Gerald Bryan Wallace, age 83, of Doyle, passed away June 9, 2008, at his residence.
Wallace was born Nov. 27, 1924, in White County, to David Smith Wallace and Montie Ree Davis Wallace.
He was a retired White County Court Clerk and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Wallace was preceded in death by three brothers, Powell, James and Bobby Wallace, and one sister, Pam Vaughn.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stacy Wallace, … CONTINUED


William “Bill” Dulaney1914-2008

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

William “Bill” Dulaney, 93, of Doyle, passed away June 6, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Dulaney was born Oct. 19, 1914, to John L. Dulaney and Betty Talley dulaney.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been employed at Sparta Spoke Factory.
Dulaney was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Pearl Young Lawson Dulaney and daughter, Valarie Dulaney.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Willie and Rhonda Dulaney, of Doyle, Donnie and Charlotte Lawson, of Woodbury, Eugene and Gail Lawson, of Doyle, Jeff  and Jwanna Green, of Sparta; five daughters and two … CONTINUED


William E. Cantrell Jr.

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William E. Cantrell Jr., 74, of Sparta, passed away June 9, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Reva Lueulla Rader

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Reva Lueulla Rader, 99, of Cookeville, passed away June 1, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Rader was born Aug. 26, 1908, in Fahrnam, Neb., to Marion Elzy and Essie Gross Miller.  
Her parents soon moved to Missouri, where she grew up.  She was the sixth of seven children.
Rader moved to Cookeville, in 1956, from McMinnville, when her husband, along with Frank Evans, of Nashville, and son-in-law, Forest C. Cantrell, founded Putnam Mfg. Co., which later became Red Kap, Blue Bell and finally, Vanity Fair.
She had been a member of Cookeville First Baptist Church, since 1956, and she was their oldest female member.  Rader was … CONTINUED


Evelyn Yonkers

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Evelyn Yonkers, 83, of Sparta, passed away June 7, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Yonkers was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Hacketstown, N.J., to Joseph and Madilene LaPlatt Tomanio.
She had enjoyed working as a realtor for many years.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Michael Sullivan, of Seattle, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, George and Felicia Divine, of Sparta; grandchildren, Greg Jamison and wife Heather and their seven children, all of Seattle, Wash., Kristian Davis and husband Bob and their three children, all of Seattle, Wash.; and loving in-laws, Charles and Edith Bradley, of Sparta.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Oak … CONTINUED


Gerald Bryan Wallace

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gerald Bryan Wallace, 83, of Doyle, passed away June 9, 2008, at his residence in Doyle.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lillian Kata Lawson

Posted on June 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lillian Kata Lawson, 55, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Lawson was born Aug. 9, 1952, in Brisbane, Australia, to Mike and Lili Smatlak.
She was a loving wife, sister and friend. Lawson had worked as a gearologist in the automobile industry.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth L. Lawson, of Sparta; two stepsons, Mack Lawson and Keenan Lawson; and three sisters-in-law, Margaret Palmer, of Chattanooga, June Gardner, of Blacksburg, Rita Smith, of Griffithsville, W.V.
No funeral service is planned.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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