Monthly Archives: September 2008

Probation search reveals meth materials

Posted on September 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A routine probation search Sept. 26 at a residence on Bluebird Lane led to the arrest of two individuals after sheriff department officers uncovered a stash of what authorities called “mother jars” containing liquids believed to be meth-making materials.
“The liquid in the jars is also known as meth oil,” said Deputy Dale Bumbalough, of White County Sheriff Department.
According to Bumbalough, Jennifer Marie Puckett, age 30, of Sparta, and Jonathan Gerald Puckett, 30, of Sparta, were arrested.
Bumbalough said Department of Children’s Services was also called to the scene to take custody of three children who were living at the residence.
Jennifer Marie was charged with three … Read More


Homecoming week

Posted on September 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

WCHS and WCMS celebrated homecoming last week.  Check out the video showing some of the highlights. 


$60,000 of meth found

Posted on September 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Julie Ann Stinson

Charles Edward Rice

Joan Carol Officer

    White County Sheriff Department has made its second sizable drug bust in a week.
Through efforts by the TBI, the 13th Judicial Task Force, U.S. Marshals and the DEA, a substantial amount of illegal drugs was found at a residence in the western part of White County. 
Arrested were:
•Charles Edward Rice, 58, of Sparta, manufacturing, delivery selling (two counts); simple possession/casual exchange; $502,000
•Julie Ann Stinson, 42, of Sparta, charged with manufacturing , deliver, selling (two counts); simple possession/casual exchange; bond, $502,000
•Joan Carol Officer, 46, of Sparta, charged with simple possession/casual exchange, bond $2,500
    •Richard Lee Simms, … Read More


Donald Ray Greene

Posted on September 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donald Ray Greene, 75, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 28, 2008, at Spencer Generations.
Greene was born Sept. 1, 1933, in White County, To Eli Greene and Lula Mae Parrish Greene.
He served his country, in 1956, in the U.S. Navy.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nell Ruth Greene; brother, Gene Ed Green; and half-sister, Marie Panzer.
Survivors include his sisters, Gladys Guy, of Spencer, Diana Fay Wilson, of Sparta; brother, John Elbert Greene, of Florida; several nieces, nephews, friends; and several “adopted families.”
Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Oct. 1, 2008, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Bro. Leonard Simmons will officiate
Thurman Funeral


Earl Kay

Posted on September 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Earl E. Kay, 81, passed away at his home in Sparta on Sept. 30, 2008.
Kay was born May 18, 1927, in Shawnee, Okla., to Dorothy Mae Owen Kay and Emmett Earl Kay.
 He retired as a mechanic from Colorado Department of Highways, in 1988. Kay was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta and enjoyed mission work, church and family activities. Other favorite pastimes included camping and fishing, restoring old cars and making homemade ice cream.
Kay was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of … Read More


Liberty Square Celebration 2008

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Annual Liberty Square Celebration was held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in White County. Check out the video for highlights from the event.


Sparta Drive-In still in business

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Onward. Movies will live on at Sparta Drive-In under the direction of new operators Tommy and Judy Brown. L-R: Tommy Brown, daughter Katelyn Brown, Judy Brown, and Ross and Brenda Cardwell, owners of the drive-in property.

    White Countians can now wipe those looks of sadness from their faces with the announcement last week that Sparta Drive-In is remaining in business.
    Tommy Brown, manager of the business for five years, has officially taken over the operation of the facility. Brown and his wife Judy, along with their teenage daughter Katelyn, will be running the 50-plus-year-old landmark.
    The Browns will be leasing the property from longtime owners Ross and Brenda … Read More


Fire departments to hold open houses

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Brotherhood. Firefighters risk life and limb together to keep the residents in Sparta and White County safe from harm. Nothing is more befitting than taking a moment to say a prayer, not only for their safety, but also for those whose lives they have touched during the performance of their duties. The upcoming open house at each of the departments gives residents the chance to say thanks.

The public will get a chance to meet and greet Sparta and White County’s brave firefighters and rescue squad members during a countywide open house from 2-4 p.m., October 12.
    Every hour of each day, every day of the year, these … Read More


The old Sunday School room is gone

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    My dream of living in town came true almost a year ago. My, it’s funny how time passes so quickly!
As I cross the streets in downtown Sparta, I look around and recall many precious moments from my childhood – visiting  Gooch’s Drug Store for a cherry Coke, going into Hyder’s 5 & 10 for some sour apple candy…and the list goes on and on.
    However, this week brought a little sadness to my heart as I watched a piece of my childhood disappear from view. Oh, I realize time goes on and things cannot stay the same forever.  But, sometimes it is nice to dream about a … Read More


Fear itself

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Most Americans are familiar with what is probably one of the greatest lines from a speech in our country’s recent past. “…the only thing we have to fear is – fear itself…” are Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words from his 1933 inaugural address.
But what exactly do FDR’s words mean today?
Fear is an emotion that creates many actions and reactions. Fear comes from the potential results of risk. Stand too close to the edge of a cliff and you’ll feel it.
Seems to me that is what our economy is feeling. The real questions – are we that close to the edge, and what is the solution?
Expert … Read More


Constitution Month

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Constitution Month


Warriors stunned by Jets on homecoming

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Give him six! Conor Sparkman finds his way to the end zone late in the second quarter on a 10-yard run. That tied the score at seven at the half. However, Cumberland County broke a 14-all tie in the final minute of the game to take the 21-14 win.

The queen. Jessica Dukes, accompanied by her father, Steve Dukes, was crowned the 2008 WCHS homecoming queen during halftime of Friday night’s game.

Knocking it loose. Dalton Bain hits a Cumberland County ball carrier and knocks the ball loose during the first half of Friday’s game. Bain would also recover the fumble for the Warriors. WCHS, however, lost the

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Recycling on the go for cool weather games

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

From football games to Oktoberfest, there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had when the weather turns cooler. However, these events can generate substantial amounts of waste. Bottles, cans, and other materials from public events are often thrown away, but they present a great opportunity to help the environment through recycling.
Encouraging recycling at public events not only helps maintain a clean public space and protects the environment; it can also cut waste disposal costs and generate extra revenue. Americans are used to recycling at home and in the workplace: We currently recycle 32.5 percent of our waste, nearly double the rate of 15 years ago. More … Read More


New D.A. is White County graduate

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Randy York

    A man who graduated from White County High School 34 years ago is now at the helm of the 13th Judicial District as the chief prosecutor of the seven-county region.
    Randy York, of Cumberland County, has been named district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District. Gov. Phil Bredesen made the official announcement Sept. 24 about York’s appointment. Tony Craighead, a former assistant district attorney general, had filled the position two years as a temporary appointment. The seat had originally been vacated by Bill Gibson amid an investigation of alleged ethics violations. Gibson’s official resignation became effective July 2008.
    York will oversee White, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, … Read More


Decades

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Decades


Watch for fake payroll checks

Posted on September 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bogus checks. This is a copy of the actual check that was used to get groceries and cash.

    Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth is warning anyone who cashes payroll checks to be on the lookout for fake checks that have been passed off as the real thing at several establishments around town.
    On Sept. 19, two black females and one black male purchased groceries at Floyd’s Cash Saver Foods. One of the females presented what appeared to be a legitimate check. The cashier processed the payment. However, the check was later discovered to be fake.
Then, according to Guth, the other female and the male presented their own … Read More


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