Monthly Archives: August 2008

Bank robbery suspects apprehended

Posted on August 24, 2008 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff 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

Bank robbery

Posted on August 22, 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.

One suspect apprehended, two still at-large

Posted on August 22, 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.
Reports later verified … Read More

Vehicle pursuit ends in crash

Posted on August 22, 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

WCHS golf drops home match to Cookeville

Posted on August 21, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Concentrating. J.T. Randolph, a senior member of the Warrior golf team concentrates on a putt. He led the Warriors with a 38 against Cookeville on Tuesday.

Looking for the hole. Warriorette freshman golfer, Allison Geer, watches as her ball heads toward the hole during a recent match. Geer and senior, Katelyn Kirby, each tallied 40’s for WCHS on Tuesday when they hosted Cookeville, who took the victory in both girls’ and boys’ action. WCHS is scheduled to travel to Cumberland County Monday, but that match is still tentative due to the school situation in that county.

    The White County High School golf teams played host to neighboring Cookeville … Read More

Manhunt in progress

Posted on August 21, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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.


Posted on August 21, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Okay in my wandering around the Internet, I came across some interesting comments about the Olympics and the coverage thereof by NBC.  It was some of these things that made me want to climb up on my soapbox, but I’m sure those people who are writing them don’t want to hear from me so if you are unlucky to be reading this, I guess I’ll just vent to you.
    I think when Usain Bolt from Jamaica won the 100-meter race; it got a lot of people started on this topic I am about to discuss.  Now first let me say, I think Usain Bolt is incredible as far … Read More

Highlights of WCMS game with Avery Trace

Posted on August 20, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County Middle School football team opened their season with a thrilling 24-20 win over arch rival, Avery Trace. 

Sparta defeats Cookeville!

Posted on August 20, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Quarterback Cole Bohannon get the Warrior offense moving.

Gang tackle. A whole host of Warriors team up to make a tackle during the win over Avery Trace.

Give him six (twice)! WCMS running back, Kayne Tollison scored two touchdowns in the thrilling win over Avery Trace Tuesday. The second came with less than a minute to play after the visitors from Cookeville had surged ahead of the Warriors. That 52 yard run turned out to be the game winner.

Time to celebrate. The middle school football team and coaches erupt in celebration as the final horn sounds on the 24-20 thrilling win over Avery Trace. The win was

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Lola Dean Moore

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

Lola Dean Moore, 72, passed away Aug. 18, 2008,a t her residence surrounded by her family.
Moore was born May 12, 1936, in Fentress County, to Claude Ashburn and Artie Jane Neely Ashburn.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Moore; son, Michael Moore; daughter, Sandra Gayle Moore Mace; and sister, Golda Wilson.
Survivors include her son, Steve Moore and wife Marla, of Sparta; brothers, Nolan Ashburn, Olen Ashburn, Bobby Ashburn; sister, Mamie Turner; two grandchildren, Gregory Moore, Eli Price; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Aug. 20, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Bon Air … Read More

Judy Layne

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

Judy Layne, 62, passed away Aug. 17, 2008, at University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital, in Knoxville.
Layne was born March 8, 1946, in White County, to O.L. Harden and Mable Pearl Kerr Harden.
She was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Nina Harden.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Wilbert Layne, of Sparta; sons, Troy Layne, Todd Layne and Crissy Dunn; mother, Mable Harden; brothers, Jerry Harden and wife Sandy, John Harden and wife Loretta; sister, Jennie McCoy and husband Larry; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diane and Jimmy Anderson; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 21, 2008, … Read More

Dr. Maurice Moore

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

Dr. Maurice Moore, 77, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 18, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Moore was born June 7, 1931, in Whiteville, to Newton S. Moore and Ruby Newsom Moore.
He had lived in and served the White County community 53 years with his work as an optometrist. Moore was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Warren Moore.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Wilma Lee Aaron Moore; son Reece Moore, of Anniston, Ala.; daughter, Amy Johnson and husband Tim, of Sparta; brother, Dr. Newell S. Moore, of Murfreesboro; … Read More

Vehicle pursuit ends in crash

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

As of 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, a female subject remains at large after evading White County Sheriff Department officers during a high-speed chase.
A foot chase ensued after the suspect reportedly wrecked her two-door vehicle next to the Hillcrest Restaurant, in DeKalb County, and ran into a nearby wooded area. Officers from White County Sheriff Department, Putnam County Sheriff Department, DeKalb County Sheriff  Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol were involved in the searched.
Details will be available online as soon as they are available.

Squealin’ Bob’s is back!

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

Check out the great BBQ, as well as other items on the menu, at Squealin’ Bob’s, located at the site formerly known as 2nd Act Deli. Bobby Price, owner, became well known in the area as a teenage entrepreneur who marketed and sold his special brand of barbecue and catered numerous events in the White County area. Stop by and visit with Price and the rest of the staff. Squealin’ Bob’s officially opens Aug. 20.

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