Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Eagles!

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    I was lucky enough to get to see the Eagles in concert last week and it was great.
    Many of you might not know this, but I love to listen to music.  I have an extensive music collection and have been to a whole lot of concerts, not as many in the past few years as back during the 80’s and 90’s. 
    I have probably seen over 100 concerts in my time and a wide variety to say the least. The first concert I ever saw was back in 1976.  For my birthday, I was thrilled to get to go see the Osmonds.  That’s right, the Osmonds.  I … Read More


Information needed to solve multiple crimes

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County Sheriff Department needs information to help solve several recent thefts.
    On August 28, Deputy Chadra Daniels filed a report about a 16-foot lightweight farm gate taken from a farm on Garrett Road. The fence is valued at approximately $91.
On Sept.1, Daniels also investigated the theft of a silver and maroon 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck that was taken from a residence on Jefferson Avenue. The truck is valued at approximately $1,000.
On Sept. 8, Deputy Robert Pike filed a report about the theft of a 1985 Massey-Ferguson round hay baler. The baler was stolen some time between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 from a barn on … Read More


It’s homecoming week in Sparta

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Football fans across White County will get a double dose of homecoming this week as both White County High School and White County Middle School will be celebrating homecoming. 
    The details of this week’s festivities for the middle school, which will take on Livingston Thursday, were in last Thursday’s paper along with an introduction to the WCMS homecoming court.  The WCHS homecoming court will be featured in this Thursday’s paper. 
    WCHS has a long week of activities planned for the entire student body culminating with the football game Friday night against Cumberland County.  The homecoming court will be introduced during that game. 
    In honor of the recently completed … Read More


Don’t leave the dryer on

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Well, I just asked my son what I should write about in my column. His quick response was, “Don’t leave your dryer on.”
    For those of you who are wondering why we chose this as the theme for my column, I will now elaborate.
    #1 – Woody called me Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m., and said our dryer was “smoking”
    #2 – I ran across the street to our apartment.
    #3 – I saw the doors were open, with smoke boiling out of my apartment and the smoke alarms making their ear-piercing sounds
    #4 – I ran to the top of the stairs to find my husband standing … Read More


Volleyball defeated by Cookeville

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Action at the net. Jessica Wilson goes up to make a play at the net during the Warriorette volleyball team’s game at Cookeville Thursday. The Warriorettes lost to Cookeville but went 4-1 in their games at Jackson County over the weekend.

    The Warriorette volleyball team started the second half of their district slate at Cookeville Thursday and then played in a tournament over the weekend at Jackson County. 
The Warriorettes took on archrival Cookeville Thursday in district 7AAA action. The two teams had already met once this season with the Cavaliers coming out on top 3-0.
The Warriorettes started the match off on the wrong foot allowing Cookeville … Read More


Alderman questions short meetings

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

getting a packet 48 hours before coming in here is probably not serving the citizens of Sparta like we need to.”
—Robert Verble, alderman”]

    His decade of experience as a county commissioner exhibited itself Thursday night as one of Sparta’s newly elected aldermen addressed two matters of business.
Robert Verble, who also served as county commission chairman during his tenure, said City of Sparta’s charter states the mayor is supposed to appoint committees at the first or second meeting after each election, with three aldermen on each committee.
    “Where are they?” asked Verble. “I feel like we probably need that, because coming up here and staying 15 minutes … Read More


Voyles finishes seventh at Tennessee Classic

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Several members of the WCHS cross country team were in action at the prestigious Tennessee Classic on Saturday at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
    The 33rd edition of the Classic featured 160 teams and more than 1,500 participants. 
    Sparta senior, Markie Voyles, finished seventh overall in the 272 runner field in the girls’ gold race.  Voyles ran the 5k course in 19:44.89.  The winner of the race was Kathy Kroeger of Independence High School.  Kroeger was the 2006 National Champion and last year’s runner-up.  Second place went to Allie Scalf from Science Hill with a time of 18:40.  Voyles finished just over a second behind Jacqueline Pitcock from … Read More


White County High School Marching band

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School marching band performs at each of the Warrior football games.


Winterizing your home?

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

As the weather cools, homeowners see fall as the year’s last chance to do home maintenance to lower heating bills. Of course, you will not save money if you spend more on home improvement than you will save in reduced energy costs.
Always do the math to make sure you will recapture money quickly. For example, buying tools for a specific home improvement job may mean that job is not cost-effective. For many homeowners with realistic home improvement budgets, renting tools is the answer.
Here are some cost-effective winterizing tasks for the interior of your home:
Insulate your home and wallet. Too little insulation is the most significant … Read More


Betty Rose Murphy

Posted on September 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Rose Murphy, 81, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 21, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Murphy was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Logansport, Ind., to Carl and Sarah Conklin Smith.
She was retired from Best Daycare, in Logansport.
Murphy was preceded in death by an infant child, David Overpeck; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Murphy, of Sparta; three sons, Thomas Overpeck Jr., of Lucerne, Ind., Richard Overpeck and wife Terri, of Royal Centre, Ind., Scott J. Overpeck and wife Cynthia, of Grass Creek, Ind.; three daughters, Kathy Kuhn and husband Mick, of Eureka Springs, Ark., Petty Mattson, of Sparta, Anita Spencer … Read More


Joseph Izeah Dodd

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Joseph Izeah Dodd, 84, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19. 2008, at Alive Hospice Residence, in Nashville.

Dodd was born Feb. 7, 1924, in McMinnville, to Horace and Louise Gamble Dodd.
He resided in McMinnville, Chattanooga, Nashville and finally Sparta.
Dodd served honorably with the 1st Division, 18th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II throughout Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and three Bronze Stars, as well as the Presidential Unit Citation for heroic action performed on D-Day at Normandy (Omaha Beach).
On Oct. 11, 1943, he married Willodeen
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Sadie Lucille Maynard

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

Sadie Lucille Maynard, 95, of Baxter passed away Sept. 13, 2008,at Bethesda Healthcare Center, in Cookeville.
Maynard was born April 16, 1913, in Smith County, to James (Jim) Edward and Kizzie Jane Starnes Williams.
She was a homemaker and grew in the Lancaster community of Smith County. Maynard lived many years in White County and attended Liberty Baptist Church. She moved to Baxter in 1988. She loved gardening and working in her flowers until her health declined.
Maynard was preceded in death by her husband, Alfice Maynard; brother, Charlie Williams; and sisters, Clara Holman, Willie Mae Williams, Grace Neal, Lois Alcorn.
Survivors include a sister, Deane Killebrew and … Read More


John L. Osborn

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

John L. Osborn, 70, passed away Sept. 13, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Osborn was born Feb. 3, 1938, to Steve and Thelma Smith Osborn.
He was a servant of God and served the Lord 35 years preaching His word. Osborn frequented his daughter’s restaurant, Thelma’s Place, in Cookeville, where he would visit and witness to the customers about the Lord.
Osborn was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife or 45 years, Margaret Brundridge Osborn, of Cookeville; four sons, Steve Osborn and wife Debbie, of Sparta, Roy Osborn and wife Maryann, of Gainesboro; John Osborn, of Arizona, Fred Harden, of Georgia; seven daughters, … Read More


Joseph I. Dodd

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

Joseph Dodd, 84, of Lester Flatt Rd.,  in Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2008, at  Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was the husband of Willodeen Dodd.

Funeral arrangements will be completed by noon Sept. 20, 2008.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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