Monthly Archives: August 2008

Second manhunt suspect captured

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

The second of three men who led White County and area law enforcement officers on a chase Thursday has been captured. (SEE RELATED STORIES ON THIS WEB SITE.)
According to a Nashville news source, Kirk Douglas Fincher, 39, was captured about 2:30 p.m., Sunday, when he came out of a wooded are to ask some residents for food and water. The residents reportedly recognized Fincher and held him at gunpoint until law enforcement officials could arrive. Nicklas Hickson is still at-large. A 17-year-old male, who is reportedly Fincher’s son, was captured Thursday night and is in custody in a Cookeville juvenile detention center.
The trio eluded officers after … Read More


Two men arrested during motel raid

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

In custody. Officers secure Daniel Shawn Moore, who tried to flee from police after a raid at a local motel on Monday, August 25.

A raid on a room at Royal Inn ended with the arrest of two wanted men, one of whom tried to elude capture, but was taken into custody after a brief chase.


Ruby Jean Exum Phillips

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

Ruby Jean Exum Phillips, 72, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Phillips was the daughter of Luther Exum  and Ova Lennie Dobbs Exum,
She had been employed at Wagner Electric.
Phillips was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Oakley, Jim, James Exum; and one sister, Mearldene Exum.
Survivors include husband, Eugene Phillips, of Sparta; one son, Billy Gene Philips and wife Susan, of Sparta; one sister, Gearldene Blaylock and husband Bill, of Sparta; two brothers, Royce Exum and wife Evelyn, of Sparta, Luther Ray Exum and wife Sherry, of Sparta; one grandson, Jeremy Phillips and wife Kathy, of Sparta; two … Read More


WCHS fall sports get down to business

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Four more days. The Warrior football team spent the last week of practice working on their game plan for the season. This week, the agenda switches to a team located just 16 miles up Highway 111. The Warriors have four days of practice this week to prepare for their season opener against Cookeville. The game will kick off Friday at Warrior Stadium at 7 p.m.

Ready to go. The WCHS soccer team hosted Sequatchie County Tuesday as a tune-up to their season. Chelsea Sims, a Warriorette senior, tallied four goals in the scrimmage which WCHS won 7-0. They open their season Thursday when they host Cookeville.

    The preseason … Read More


Bank robbery suspects pursued

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Law enforcement officers have been in pursuit of alleged suspects who reportedly robbed one of the banks in Sparta. The chase took officers across Highway 111, onto Fred Hill Road toward Jeff’s Body Shop, with officers ending their pursuit as the car wrecked near White County Lumber Company.
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MANHUNT IN PROGRESS

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:46 AM CDT

A manhunt was underway as of 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21. Law enforcement officers from Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Sheriff Department and other agencies are in the area of Hampton’s Crossroads.
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Reportedly, a black extended cab Ford pickup with Missouri plates, occupied by as many as three males, fled after THP initiated a stop. The vehicle pursuit ended when the truck ran into the side of the building at Herron’s Auto Sales. The occupants then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
A resident in the neighboring area reported her daughter’s car stolen, presumably by one or more of the fugitives.
Several agencies were … Read More


Bank robbery suspects apprehended

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.com ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUG. 22, 2008

Two people have been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred at the East Bockman Way branch of Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon.
Tim C. Roberts, 50, and Jennie Sue Langford, 45, were arrested by law enforcement officers after a chase that ended when the alleged suspects’ vehicle crashed on Sullivan Knowles Road, near White County Lumber Company.
According to Investigator Allen Selby, of Sparta Police, emergency personnel at E-911 dispatched officers to the bank after a report of a male subject wearing a mask, as well as a panic alarm received from the bank’s alarm company.
Patrolman J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, was the first Read More

College sports ready for action, too

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ready to start. Todd Holman, shown above chasing TTU quarterback Lee Sweeney, in last year’s season opener for Cumberland University, is ready to start in more ways than one. The Bulldogs open the season this weekend and Holman is slated to start at the weak linebacker spot.

Kicking off. Just as high school season starts this week, several former WCHS students begin their college seasons this week. One of those is Josh Lowery, shown above playing quarterback. Lowery is the back-up quarterback for the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech, who host Gardner Webb Thursday night.

    As high school student athletes are preparing to get their seasons underway this … Read More


Geneva Freels Davis

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Geneva Freels Davis, 87, of Quebeck, passed away Aug. 21, 200 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Davis was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Morgan County, to late Earl and Nell Langley Freels.  She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church more than 60 years.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cos Hobert Davis, Sr.; her parents; son, Carl Lee Davis; and three brothers Earl, Lloyd and Russell Freels.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Davis and wife Jennie, of Quebeck, Cos Davis, Jr. and wife Cecilia, of Franklin; daughter, Linda Cooke and husband R.P., of Sparta; seven grandchildren, Sharon Hale, Eric … Read More


One suspect apprehended, two still at-large

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell Wood and Greg EnglandOriginally published: Aug. 21, 2008 9:46 AM

Kirk Douglas Fincher

A manhunt continues as of 9:45 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, for two of three suspects who were reportedly involved in a vehicle pursuit with Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday.
The incident began when Trooper Michael Loftis attempted to pull over a black extended cab 2002 Ford F-150 pickup for following another vehicle too closely near mile marker 287 on I-40. The pursuit continued down I-40 and ended at Hampton’s Crossroads, in White County, when the truck ran into the side of the building at Herron’s Auto Sales. Authorities found ammunition for various weapons in the wrecked pickup, but no guns were recovered.
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Second manhunt suspect captured

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The second of three men who led White County and area law enforcement officers on a chase Thursday has been captured. (SEE RELATED STORIES ON THIS WEB SITE.)
According to a Nashville news source, Kirk Douglas Fincher, 39, was captured about 2:30 p.m., Sunday, when he came out of a wooded are to ask some residents for food and water. The residents reportedly recognized Fincher and held him at gunpoint until law enforcement officials could arrive. Nicklas Hickson is still at-large. A 17-year-old male, who is reportedly Fincher’s son, was captured Thursday night and is in custody in a Cookeville juvenile detention center.
The trio eluded officers after … Read More


Vehicle pursuit ends in crash

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Law enforcement officers are still looking for the alleged suspect who led them on a high-speed vehicle pursuit Tuesday afternoon that, at times, exceeded 90-plus miles per hour ending in DeKalb County, followed by a foot chase.

 According to Deputy Chadra Daniels, of White County Sheriff Department, Audria Lee Ann Estes was being sought for two active warrants. Daniels spotted Estes at the intersection of West Bockman Way and Mayberry Street. Daniels attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Estes reportedly headed west, on Highway 70, at a high rate of speed.
Estes crashed her purple, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier next to Hillcrest Restaurant and took off on foot … Read More

It’s over!

Posted on August 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

   I’m a little sad because the Olympics are over.  
    I guess if you have read the paper for the last two weeks, you have found out that I love the Olympics and I just can’t help writing or talking about it.  
    It would be crazy for me to ask what am I going to do with my spare time now that the Olympics are over.  I have watched live or recorded a great deal of the Olympics.  That’s the good thing about DVR.  You can record and watch what you want when you want and I have done a great deal of that.  There’s also a television at … Read More


Bank robbery suspects apprehended

Posted on August 24, 2008 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.com ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUG. 22, 2008

Two people have been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred at the East Bockman Way branch of Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon.

Tim C. Roberts, 50, and Jennie Sue Langford, 45, were arrested by law enforcement officers after a chase that ended when the alleged suspects’ vehicle crashed on Sullivan Knowles Road, near White County Lumber Company.
According to Investigator Allen Selby, of Sparta Police, emergency personnel at E-911 dispatched officers to the bank after a report of a male subject wearing a mask, as well as a panic alarm received from the bank’s alarm company.
Patrolman J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, was the first Read More

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