Monthly Archives: November 2008

Police and fire officials report to aldermen

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

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen listened with interest Thursday night as representatives from two of the city’s departments addressed members and presented them with a synopsis of each entity.
As part of a newly implemented program, City of Sparta department heads will be speaking to the board during the two meetings each month. On Thursday, Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay and Lt. Robert Hall, of the police department, provided an in-depth look at the functions of each division and reported about the newest developments
Kay addressed the matter of emergency warning sirens for City of Sparta, which was initially a project begun in spring of 2008.
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WCHS splits with Lenoir City

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

Tasha Delaney led the Warriorettes with 14 points in the Hall of Fame win over Lenoir City on Friday.

Sam Gribble drives to the basket during the loss at Lenoir City.

    The White County High School basketball teams made the journey eastward on Interstate 40 to take on Lenoir City Friday in their second Hall of Fame games of the season. 
    The WCHS teams came home with the split of the night’s action.  The Warriorettes held on for the 49-46 win after watching a 20 point third quarter lead vanish.  Lenoir City actually came back to lead in the fourth quarter, but the Warriorettes stepped up their defense … Read More

Is it not time to look at change?

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

With the recent landslide election by the Democrats in Washington, a sense of change has swept this country. Even here on a local level, this change has started coming forth. Our surrounding counties are also starting to view their own well being as more important than previous moral or ethical views and standards.
During the recent election, Baxter, Tenn., voted to sell alcoholic beverage by the drink, and it passed overwhelmingly as it did in Crossville. Baxter probably did so to help stop the out-flow of tax dollars to Cookeville and Gainesboro. Now White County is practically surrounded and tax dollars are once again going to our neighbor’s … Read More

Log truck overturns on sharp curve

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

Traffic on Old Kentucky Road was disrupted for several hours Nov. 18 by a log truck that overturned just south of Hawkins Road.
According to Trooper David Hickey, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver, Randy Ellis, of Alexandria, was traveling south and reportedly tried to negotiate “S” curves when the load shifted and he lost control, at approximately 2 p.m., on the heavily traveled road.
The 18-wheeler, owned by Melton Logging, of Auburntown, came to a stop, with the passenger side resting on the west shoulder of the road.
Many of the logs tumbled down an embankment and into a barbed wire fence.
In addition to Hickey, firefighters … Read More

Home completely destroyed by late night fire

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

Nothing left. Firefighters were unable to save a house on Carrick Road in the early morning hours of Nov. 14 after battling two fires at the home within just a few hours.

In the early hours of Friday morning, a home on Carrick Road burned to the ground, despite the efforts of firefighters to save the structure.
According to Chief James Bumbalough with Central View Volunteer Fire Department, they responded to a call, at approximately 12:30 p.m., and found one room on fire, which they were able to put out. The damage was limited to the one room, and the living room was partially charred.
At approximately 2:30 … Read More

WCHS gets pair of wins in Hall of Fame openers

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

Double double start. Aaron Puckett, shown above drawing a lot of attention from Stone Memorial defenders helped the Warriors to a win in their opener posting a double-double. He poured in 28 points, including 16 in the third quarter, and also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Getting the start. Robbie Johnson, a sophomore, got the first start of his high school career when the season tipped off Tuesday. The Warriors defeated Stone Memorial.

Leading the way. Lacy Yslas led the Warriorettes with 13 points in the 53-43 Hall of Fame win over Baylor.

Performing off the bench. Jessica Wilson came off the bench to post a double-double in the

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WCHS basketball season openers

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

The Warriors and Warriorettes opened their season with Hall of Fame games against Baylor and Stone Memorial.


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


Voyles posthumously honored by MSCCA

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

Accepting for her sister. Morgan Voyles, (second from the right) accepted the MSCCA award for her sister, Markie, for finishing second in the Runner of the Year standings. The cross country organization is honoring Markie in several ways to ensure she will never be forgotten.

    Since moving to Tennessee, Markie Voyles was a prominent part of the Midstate Cross Country Association (MSCCA), whether it was winning races or taking home awards.  The coaches of the association are ensuring that will never change.
    At their annual banquet held at Brentwood Academy on Tuesday, November 11th, Voyles was posthumously awarded the 2008 runner-up for MSCCA Runner of the Year.  Voyles’ … Read More

Eighth grade splits contests with Harris Middle School

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

On the break. A.J. Wilkerson leads the fast break during the eighth grade Warriors romp over Harris Middle school from Shelbyville on Monday. Wilkerson led the way with 12 points.

Battling it out. Just like a battle for the rebound, the eighth grade Warriorettes battled it out with Harris Middle for the win. The Warriorettes led at the half, but turnovers in the third quarter allowed the visitors to escape with the win.

    The White County Middle School eighth grade teams played host to Harris Middle School from Shelbyville Monday in front of the WCMS student body.  The day resulted in a split of the two contests.
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Economy downturn expected another 18 months

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

An expert in the field of economics who has served as a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank has reportedly predicted Tennessee will see at least another year-and-a-half of financial hardships.
Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, recently told board members about attending a presentation by Dr. Bill Fox, professor with Department of Economics with University of Tennessee. Fox spoke at the recent Tennessee County Commissioners Association meeting about the state’s economic outlook. Fox reportedly stated he predicts Tennessee’s economy will be “extremely low” in all sectors for the next 18 months. Austin said officials were concerned their counties might not receive local shared … Read More

Car overturns on Sullivan Knowles Road

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

Lucky driver. Marks on the road and shoulder show the path of the vehicle as it careened off the road and into the ditch.

Close call. This 2002 Pontiac Sunfire landed on its top after it was reportedly forced off the road by a passing vehicle.

A 17-year-old female escaped serious injuries, on Nov. 12, when her white 2002 Pontiac Sunfire ended up on its top in a ditch on Sullivan Knowles Road.
According to Trooper David Slatton with Tennessee Highway Patrol, the female was driving north on Sullivan Knowles Road when a southbound vehicle allegedly ran her off the road, causing her to lose control, run into … Read More

Elbert Franklin (Frank) Phifer Jr.

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Elbert Franklin (Frank) Phifer Jr., 60, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2008, at Veterans Hospital, in Nashville.
Phifer was born Dec. 21, 1947, to Elbert Franklin Phifer Sr. and Aline C. Crowell Phifer.He had served in the U.S. Army and Tennessee National Guard.
Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Gracie Sparkman Phifer; sons, Jeremiah Phifer, Jason Sparkman; daughters, Mary Ann Hyden, Dana Proctor; sister, Kathy Mason and husband Kenny; five grandchildren, Dakota Sparkman, Tyler Sparkman, Brandon Stafford, Nolan Stafford, Kawana Roberts; mother-in-law, Mary Sparkman; and other family and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. … Read More

Minnie Bell Brymer Mabe

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

Minnie Bell Brymer Mabe, 61, passed away Nov. 19, 2008, at her residence on Cedar Creek Road, in Sparta.
Mabe was born May 8, 1947, in White County, to Lewis and Verna Mae Youngblood Brymer.  
She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, William Henry Mabe, of Sparta; two daughters, Tina Marie Gonzalez, Sherry Ann Mabe, both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Samantha Garcia, Steven Conley, Kimberly, Brittany, Candice Clark; four great-grandchildren; brother, Willie Clay Brymer, of Sparta; and sisters, Dimple Miller. of Sparta, Christine Madrid, of Mississippi
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 21, 2008, in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Taylor’s Providence … Read More

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