Monthly Archives: June 2008

Alleged killer captured

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

According to a Nashville news source, the suspected gunman in the shooting death of Grundy County Sheriff Deputy Shane Tate has been captured after  a police standoff where he shot himself in the head and later died  at a Chattanooga hospital.
TBI agents reportedly found Bryson near his girlfriend’s house. The officers reportedly negotiated with the suspect about 20 minutes before he shot himself in the head.
See the related story on this Web site.

 


Manhunt on for killer of Grundy County officer

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

As of 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5, this man, Kermit Bryson, is the alleged gunman who shot and killed a Grundy County law enforcement officer. A BOLO (Be On Look Out) has been issued in White and surrounding counties.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) has been issued in White County and the surrounding counties as of 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5,  for the suspect believed to have shot and killed a law enforcement officer in Hamilton County.
Information obtained from White County E-911, Kermit Bryson is believed to be the man who the officer to death and injured another officer.
Reportedly, two Grundy County deputies and a … Read More


Kids Count Report released for White County

Posted on June 5, 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


Burglars target city garage

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

One or more unknown individuals broke into the Sparta City Garage overnight May 28 and stole several items and damaged at least one vehicle. Officer Brent Copeland, of Sparta Police Department, responded to a call from the city garage where it had been discovered someone had broken into the facility.
The thief or thieves took gasoline and diesel fuel, along with a couple of gas cans and a weedeater.The perpetrators are believed to have parked a vehicle just outside the fence. They reportedly jumped the fence and loaded a trailer with the stolen itemsThey used the trailer to move the stolen goods out to the fence where they … Read More


‘Tuke for Tennessee’ campaign comes to Sparta

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


A former Tennessee Democratic Party chairman and attorney who is also a Vietnam veteran displayed his U.S. Marine stamina, on Friday, as he walked from Spencer to Sparta during the 80-plus-degree weather as part of his campaign for U.S. Senate.Bob Tuke, a partner in the law firm of Trauger and Tuke in Nashville, was greeted at White County Middle School at approximately 5 p.m. as he arrived dressed in typical military attire.
uke, who was born and raised in Upstate New York, said he Tennessee is really his home since he has been in this area more than three decades.
The former chairman for the Tennessee Democratic … Read More


Benefield dies in Grundy County crash

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

 

A 41-year-old White County man was killed Friday when his vehicle crashed into a tree near Altamont.
According to a report from the Chattanooga district of Tennessee Highway Patrol, James Benefield was traveling north on Highway 108, near Altamont, around 8:30 a.m., May 30, 2008, when his 2002 Ford went off the right side of the road. Benefield reportedly overcorrected, crossed the highway and struck a tree.  When the vehicle struck the tree, Benefield was ejected. According to Trooper Tim Garner’s report, Benefield was not wearing a seat belt.
Also traveling with Benefield was a 23-month-old child who was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash,


Manhunt on for killer of Grundy County officer

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

As of 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5, this man, Kermit Bryson, is the alleged gunman who shot and killed a Grundy County law enforcement officer. A BOLO (Be On Look Out) has been issued in White and surrounding counties.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) has been issued in White County and the surrounding counties as of 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5,  for the suspect believed to have shot and killed a law enforcement officer in Hamilton County.
Information obtained from White County E-911, Kermit Bryson is believed to be the man who the officer to death and injured another officer.
Reportedly, two Grundy County deputies and a … Read More


Thomas Richard Roberts

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

Thomas Richard Roberts, 64, of White County, passed away June 5, 2008, at his residence in Quebeck.
Roberts was born Feb. 2, 1944, in White County, to Thomas Clemons Roberts and Mary Ethel Atnip Roberts.
He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and was a retired employee of Mallory Controls, in Sparta, where he worked 36 years.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Ann Hembree Roberts, of Quebeck; son, Mike Roberts and wife Regina, of Sparta; daughter, Michelle Christian and husband R.C., of Quebeck; five grandchildren, Matt and Ethan Roberts, of Sparta, Shelby, Hannah, Mallory Christian, of Quebeck; three brothers, Luther C. Roberts and … Read More


Crooks steal copper from Sparta Electric

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

On May 24, at approximately 5:36 p.m., Sergeant Dale Dodson was dispatched to Sparta Electric where it had been discovered thieves had broken in and stolen a wire caddy and several thousand feet of copper wire, as well as possibly taking some small tools.
At the scene, Officer Dodson met with Glenn Zamata, an electrician who is finishing work on the addition to Sparta Electric. Zamata stated his “gang box” in which he keeps supplies and small tools that had been broken into by prying the hinges off.
Zamata had left work around 5 p.m., on May 23, and arrived back around 8 a.m., on May 24. But … Read More


Little League season heading down stretch

Posted on June 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gracie Villard makes a catch back over her head in pitching machine softball action.

Pitching machine baseball action

Senior girls' softball action

    The Sparta Little League season is heading down the stretch and building toward the season-ending city tournament.
    In recent pitching machine boys’ action, Edd Rogers defeated Tristate Distribution 15-2 on May 27th.  Trent Grissom led the winners with three hits while Hunter Copeland and Payton Howell added a pair of hits each.  Cody Keen led Tristate with two hits.  
    The second game saw Jeff’s Body Shop defeat Bank of White County 12-2.  Cole Crosland, Caden Mills and Clay Howard picked up two hits each to lead … Read More


Dycus taking over WCMS football program

Posted on June 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Luke Dycus, watching over jamboree action last year, is the new football coach at White County Middle School.

    Luke Dycus wore the maroon and gray as a three-sport athlete during his teenage years and now, he is adding another title to his maroon and gray coaching resume.
    Dycus, who has been an assistant for the White County Middle School football program since returning to White County a few years ago, has been promoted to head coach at the school taking over for Chris Mullins, who is stepping down from coaching football.  Dycus will take on those duties in addition to being the seventh grade boys’ basketball coach.  
    Dycus, … Read More


A different kind of florist

Posted on June 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Unique Designs Florist is the new name for Unique Designs Flowers and Gifts.
New owners, Teresa and Chip Hall, have been operating the long-lived flower and gift shop since August 2007 after purchasing it from Carol Geer.
Teresa is a familiar face as she has worked there for the past 10 years. And she’s not the only person that people will recognize.
“Mary, that works for me – she’s been in it about 30 years,” said Teresa.
They’ve added a few things since taking over. They have a new line of candles and several other items.
But Unique Designs continues to offer tuxedo rentals. In fact, they are … Read More


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