Monthly Archives: September 2008

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


WCHS vs. Cumberland County Football Highlights

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

The Warriors were surprised by the Cumberland County Jets 21-14 on homecoming night. 


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


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


Jets stun Warriors on homecoming

Posted on September 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Touchdown Warriors! Conor Sparkman crosses the goal line for the first Warrior touchdown of the night.

WCHS homecoming queen. Jessica Dukes, pictured with her dad, Steve Dukes, was crowned WCHS homecoming queen Friday night.

    On a night when WCHS was celebrating homecoming, it was Cumberland County who finished out the night celebrating as the visitors stunned the Warriors with the 21-14 victory. 
    The Jets snapped a 24-game losing streak when they surprised WCHS.  With the game tied at 14 and the Warriors driving the ball for what they hoped to be the game winner, the Jets turned the page quickly.  They intercepted a pass and returned it 70 … Read More


Dortha M. Teeple

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

Dortha Marie Teeple, 78, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Teeple was born April 15, 1930, to Leon Dee and Naomi Yates Daniels.
Teeple served many years as a Volunteer Patient Advocate, in White County, helping hundreds of people obtain various health benefits. She was honored as The Expositor’s Volunteer of the Year for her generous service to the community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl (Cotton) Teeple; her parents; stepmother, Ida Rose Daniels; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Shaffield.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Shaffield and husband Gary, Rose Rice, all of Sparta; five brothers, Lonnie Daniels, of … Read More


House demolished at corner of Church and College

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

A vacant lot is all that remains on the corner of North Church and West College streets after a house that has graced the property for several decades is demolished Wednesday. The property, which served as the parsonage for Sparta First Baptist Church more than 40 years ago when the church was located next door, is now the property of Central Church of Christ and will be transformed into a parking lot.


WCMS shut out by Livingston on homecoming

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

Middle School royalty. Gabriella Farley was crowned WCMS homecoming queen at halftime of Thursday's game. Warrior captains assisting with the crowning were Kayne Tollison, Trey Selby and Tyler Stoglin.

Gang tackle. Several Warriors gang up to make a tackle during the middle school homecoming game with Livingston.

    The White County Middle School football team hosted Livingston Thursday night at Warrior Stadium for homecoming.  The Warriors failed to get into the end zone in the game as the Wildcats spoiled homecoming with the 16-0 win. 
    At halftime of the game, Gabriella Farley was crowned the 2008 middle school homecoming queen. 
    See full details of the game in Monday’s edition. 


O’Connor Utility topic of work session

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

    One city official wants a solution to the unresolved situation between City of Sparta and O’Connor Utility District about a water contract that has not yet been solidified.
    During a Monday night work session for Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, board member Jeff Young took a stance about the O’Connor issue, which initially began two years ago when the district secured a water contract with Cookeville while still under a contractual obligation to Sparta.
    O’Connor had been purchasing approximately 18 million gallons water per month from City of Sparta. The result for City of Sparta was a reported loss of approximately $115,000.
    Marty Carmichael, City of Sparta … Read More


Industrial land has first prospect

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

    Prime acreage near the airport that became the center of controversy when commissioners wrangled over whether or not to purchase the land will soon be the site for the first industrial prospect to locate in the north end of the county.
In February 2008, county commissioners voted to purchase approximately 61 acres near Upper Cumberland Regional Airport to be used for industrial land.
According to Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce and county commissioner, he has obtained a letter of intent from “a solid prospect.”
In August 2008, commissioners approved a resolution to apply for a FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program grant on behalf of Streamline … Read More


$60,000 of meth found

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

Julie Ann Stinson

Charles Edward Rice

Joan Carol Officer

Richard Lee Simms

    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… Read More


Child safety event sponsored by White County Sheriff Department

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

The White County Sheriff Department sponsorred a free child safety event on Monday, September 22, at the Sparta Wal-Mart. Child Identification cards were provided, free of charge, and child safety seats were inspected for the safety and security of children on White County roads.


Hospital upgrades enhance community

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

White County Community Hospital welcomed their new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine on Wednesday, September 24.
A crane was called in to lift the 13,000 pound machine and place it in the hospital. Hospital officials expect it to be in operation in two to three weeks.
The $800,000 piece of equipment will replace the existing mobile unit that was being used a couple of days per week. This purchase enables operation five days a week.


Young says city has been ‘robbed’

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

    Lifetime Sparta resident and businessman Jeff Young who serves as a city alderman strongly stated to other board members Monday night he is tired of paying money to an outside source for engineering purposes.
    Young stated his concerns during a work session scheduled at city hall for Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman. He was adamant about his displeasure with the amount of money that has been spent to pay Alton Hethcoat, environmental engineer of Hethcoat & Davis Inc., in Brentwood.
    “I’d like to see this city use a stronger arm in what we do and in what we say we’re going to do,” said Jeff Young. “I’m … Read More


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