Monthly Archives: October 2008

Spencer wastewater battle ends in peace

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

Spencer now has constructed infiltration ponds near Red Bud Lane, in Van Buren County

43rd district State Rep. Charles Curtiss and TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke.

A controversy that lasted several years about the dumping of Spencer’s wastewater into the Caney Fork River, in White County, has finally come to an amiable end with the dedication Wednesday of the new treatment system.
In 2003, complaints began when residents who live near the Hodges Bridge area of White County discovered Spencer officials had planned to route a wastewater disposal site into the Caney Fork River near their homes. Residents said the current in that portion of the river was not … Read More

How to Have the Halloween of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)

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

Just how big is Halloween? It comes every year on Oct. 31, but retailers start decorat≠ing and selling costumes as early as August in preparation of the thrills and chills the holiday brings.
Why so early? Well, according to the National Retail Federation, Halloween has become a $5 billion business, and one that is growing rapidly in popularity among adults. No longer a kids-only holiday, more than 85 percent of people ages 18 to 24 years old took part in the festivi≠ties last year.
The fascination with Halloween has created multiple opportunities for children of all ages to celebrate in a wide variety of ways. From host≠ing a … Read More

James H. Brock

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

James H. Brock, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Retha Brock; sons, William Brock and wife Joyce, Noah Brock and wife Debbie, Dean Usrey and wife Jennifer; brother, Hubert Brock; grandchildren, Brian Watson, Tiffany Watson, Cody Fields, Jordan Hollis, Austin Fields, Tequilla Winnett, Nicholmma Usrey, Carrie Usrey, Jedditia Usrey, Zacharria Usrey, Clyde Bow; great-grandchildren, Dylan Rogers, Kaitlyn Usrey, Joshua Usrey; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 29, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Philadelphia Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Oct. 28, at the … Read More

Weltha J. Steele

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

Weltha J. Steele, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Oct. 26, 2008, in Indianapolis.
Steele was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Clay County, to Dewey and Versa Cherry Birdwell.
She had been a housewife.
Steele was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edna Hatcher; and two brothers, Allen Birdwell and Bernice Birdwell.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph A. (Joe) Steele, of Indianapolis; two sons, Jerry Steele and wife Rhonda, of Bargersville, Ind., Douglas A. Steele and wife Teresa of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Veda Bear and husband Douglas, of Indianapolis; one brother, Clovis Birdwell and wife Wilma, of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Joseph Steele and wife Angie, Greenwood … Read More

Markie Voyles

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

Markie Voyles, 17, passed away Oct. 26, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her parents, Mark and Merritt Voyles, of Sparta; one sister, Morgan Voyles, of Sparta; grandparents, Fredricka Voyles, Glennon Lee Voyles, Nancee Ann Connett, William Everett, Rachel Connett; great-grandfather, Lee Voyles; aunts and uncles, Michael Lee and Denise Voyles, Stacy Marie and Thomas Parisi, Erin Lea Hanson, Lynn and Jay Stone; and a host of cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a scholarship fund in memory of Markie at Bank of America, in Sparta. Contact Vickie Brady.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Oct. 30, 2008, at Central … Read More

IRS has unclaimed checks for White Countians

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

Good news came yesterday for many Sparta individuals who have checks waiting for them at the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS is looking for taxpayers who are missing out on $263 million in stimulus checks and refunds.
According to the IRS, 279,000 economic stimulus checks, totaling $163 million, and 104,000 regular refund checks, totaling $103 million, were returned by the U.S. Post Office because of mailing address errors.
The undeliverable economic stimulus checks average $583. The regular refund checks that were returned to the IRS average $988.
Taxpayers must update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28, 2008. The law requires economic stimulus checks must be sent … Read More


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

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A 17-year-old White County High School senior whose name has been consistently listed in the sports pages of The Expositor and other area newspapers for her superb talents on the track died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night on Bunker Hill Road.
According to a report by Trooper David Hickey, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Travis B. Young, 18, of Sullivan Knowles Road, in Sparta, was the driver of the 1995 Nissan pick-up in which Markie Voyles, 17, was the only passenger.
The report indicated the vehicle was traveling west on Bunker Hill Road, in White County, and veered off the … Read More

Red Bank spoils Warrior senior night

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

Senior captains. The Warrior seniors served as captains of Friday night’s contest in their final game at Warrior Stadium. Red Bank spoiled the night by defeating WCHS 41-13.

    White County High School honored their senior football players, managers, cheerleaders and band members on a damp Friday night at Warrior Stadium.
    Red Bank’s football team didn’t do their part to help with the celebration. 
    The Lions scored on four of their first five possessions and cruised to a 41-13 victory over the Warriors in Region 4-4A action. 
    Red Bank did not allow a Warrior first down until the final five minutes of the first half.  Red Bank led 35-0 … Read More

Tragic accident takes WCHS athlete’s life

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

Gone too soon. Markie Voyles was a standout athlete at WCHS. She was the three-time region cross country champion, an all district softball performer and headed for a future in track and cross country at the collegiate level. All that came to an end when the WCHS senior’s life came to a tragic end in an automobile accident.

Markie Voyles continued her domination of Region 4AAA girls’ cross country Thursday when she breezed across the finish line almost a minute faster than her closest competition. 
Little did anyone who was in attendance realize they were watching the White County High School runner compete in her final race.
Just … Read More

Warriors fall to Red Bank on senior night

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

Seth McDonald, one of the Warrior seniors playing his final game at Warrior Stadium, scores the first touchdown of the game for WCHS in the second half. Red Bank took the 41-13 victory.

    Red Bank High School visited Dee Harris Field Friday night and spoiler Senior Night.  The Lions Jumped to a 35-0 lead in the first half and coasted away with the 41-13 win dropping the Warriors to 2-7 on the season.  WCHS has one game remaining in the 2008 season.  They will travel to Rhea County to take on the Golden Eagles Halloween night. 

Joseph (Joe) William Zusin

Posted on October 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joseph (Joe) William Zusin, 63, passed away Oct. 23, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Zusin was born March 1, 1945, in Lowell, Mass., to William  and Jospehine Olejarz Zusin.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a U.S. Postal carrier.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Zusin, of Sparta; daughters, Michele Tackett and husband Danny, of Sparta; Angela Olivers and husband Randy, of New Hampshire; brother, Bill Zusin and wife Carol, of Massachusetts; sister, Joyce Kane, of Massachusetts; uncle, Andy Olejarz, of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 27, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, with … Read More

Firefighters avert major wildfire

Posted on October 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A fire on Thursday near Smith and Ora Long roads was contained by a well-coordinated, multi-departmental effort, which saved several homes and kept the fire from spreading into a wilderness area around, and including, Scott’s Gulf.
According to Assistant Chief Shannon Smith, of BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department, the fire, which eventually consumed an estimated 150 acres, took a concerted effort from members of BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments and Cumberland County Fire Department, as well as specialists with Tennessee Forestry Division.
Strong winds were a major factor in the firefight. Officials believe the blaze began at a location on Ora Long Road. Dry conditions, coupled with the … Read More

Margaret Peggy Fowler

Posted on October 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Margaret Peggy Fowler, 75, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2008, at Masters Healthcare, in Algood.
Fowler was born Feb.12, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio, to Hugh and Edith Long.
She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta, and served as a dedicated American Red Cross volunteer for many years.
Fowler was preceded in death by her son, Charles Long.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Parrish, of Cookeville; brother, Jim Long and wife Jo Ann, of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Janet Friend, of Dayton, Ohio, Barb Naselroad and husband Jack, of Mobile, Ala.; two granddaughters, Michelle Clark and husband Johnny, Melissa Laylock and husband Jeremy, all … Read More

Pat Daniel Smith

Posted on October 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pat Daniel Smith, 34, passed away Oct. 22, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Smith was born Aug. 10, 1974, in Overton County, to P.D. and Emma Cantrell Smith.
He was a family practitioner at Cumberland Family Care, in Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Ruby Smith, Albert and Florence Cantrell, and four uncles, Barney Collins Smith, Varney Smith, Jack Smith, Dillard Cantrell.
Survivors include his parents, P.D. and Emma Smith, of Allred; brother, Doug Smith, of Allred; sister, Becky Cravens and husband Jeff, of Cookeville; and numbers aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be noon, Oct. 25, 2008, at Cookeville … Read More

Early voting keeping election officials busy

Posted on October 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Early voters are reportedly turning out in record numbers with White County already seeing more than 2,200 taking advantage of the 14-day chance to cast ballots for the candidates of their choices.
As of Wednesday afternoon, White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey said she has seen a steady line of voters since the early voting began Oct. 15.
Voting hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Bailey has averaged about 350 on the weekdays. On Saturday, 153 cast their votes. The largest turnout thus far was Oct. 20, when 411 took the opportunity to vote early. For an eight-hour day that number averages 51 … Read More

Cheyanne Marie Adkins

Posted on October 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Cheyanne Marie Adkins, infant child of Tasha Evans and Phillip Adkins, passed away Oct. 22, 2008, at Stone Crest Medical Center, in Smyrna.
Survivors include her parents, Tasha Evans and Phillip Adkins, both of Murfreesboro; brother, Ethan Adkins, of Murfreesboro; and grandparents, Nelda Black Adkins, of Murfreesboro, Clifton, Adkins, of Michigan, Denna Evans, of Murfreesboro, and Micky Evans, of Illinois.
Funeral service will be graveside at 2 p.m., Oct. 24, 2008, at Anderson Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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