Monthly Archives: November 2008

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.
    The … Read More


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


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


WCHS opens season with Hall of Fame wins

Posted on November 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Drawing attention. Aaron Puckett draws quite a bit of attention from Stone Memorial defenders during Tuesday's Hall of Fame game. Puckett poured in 28 to lead the Warriors to the 60-52 win.

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

    The White County High School basketball teams opened the 2008-09 season with a pair of Hall of Fame victories on Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. 
    The Warriorettes defeated Baylor from Chattanooga 53-43 behind the 13 points of Lacy Yslas.  Jessica Wilson came off the bench to add 10.
    The Warriors got a 28-point performance from senior … Read More


High-speed chase ends on Hwy 70

Posted on November 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    A two-county, high-speed chase on Highway 70, in White County, ended just before 5 p.m., on Wednesday, after officers with White County Sheriff Department used spike strips to shred the tires of a black GMC pickup truck that was being pursued by troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
    THP initiated a stop of the truck in Smithville. The truck fled east on Highway 70 where officers with Dekalb County Sheriff Department joined the pursuit and continued into White County.
    White County Sheriff Department Deputy Chadra Daniels intercepted the truck and deployed spike strips. More White County deputies joined the pursuit and, as they neared Sparta, the truck slowed … Read More


Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Holiday Gift Guide


Robert (Bob) Logan Lee Jr.

Posted on November 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Robert (Bob) Loban Lee Jr., 90, passed away on Nov. 15, 2008.  
A longtime resident of the David Lipscomb area of sNashville, Lee was a member of Creive Hall Church of Christ and past member and special friend of Granny White Church of Christ. 
He was born in Carroll County and moved to Nashville after spending time in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  In 1939, he enrolled in Nashville’s Watkins Institute and later began working in the traffic department of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway.  His devotion to duty was legendary. During the blizzard of 1951, he walked … Read More


Jimmy Eugene Parks

Posted on November 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jimmy Eugene Parks, 72, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at his residence.
Parks was born Sept. 4, 1936, in White County, to Bob and Easter Emerton Parks.
He retired from Thomas Industries where he had worked as a mechanic.
Parks was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Johnny Edward Parks, Bobby Lee Parks and Clyde McKinley Parks.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Blaylock Parks, of Sparta; daughter, Donna Sue Kirby and husband Daniel Ray, of Sparta; two sons, Jimmy Eugene Parks Jr., James Lloyd Parks and wife Lisa, all of Sparta; five grandchildren, Hillary Leeann Parks, Danny Gene Kirby, Jonathan Michael Kirby, Rachel … Read More


Old Railroad Grade Road now re-open to traffic

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dangerous drop-off. This area of Old Railroad Grade Road is a big concern of area residents because of the danger for anyone to drive off the road and plunge nearly 60 feet into a creek.

Old Railroad Grade Road in the eastern portion of White County in now back open for traffic after work was completed on bridge construction, leaving a potentially dangerous situation for travelers.
In one section of the road, drivers face a dangerous drop-off that does not have a guardrail. On one side is a rock bluff and on the other is a creek approximately 50 to 60 feet below the roadway.
“We’re aware of … Read More


Small Plates Are Big

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Small plates are transforming the way we eat. Across the country, from restaurants to homes, exciting menus of diverse small plates are being served instead of old-school one plate entrees.
Perfect for parties where conversation is key, small plates make the usual cocktail party into something festive and a delightful treat of many tastes. More than appetizers but less than a full-on buffet, small plate food is the sizzling hot new food trend you can try without busting the budget.
Think tapas, American style – Burgers go mini to become stylish sliders. Salad wedges and shots of soup transform favorite fall classics into snazzy utensil-free finger foods. Add … Read More


Royce Kirby Henry

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Royce Kirby Henry, 74, of Sparta passed away Nov. 14, 2008, at the Life Care of Sparta.
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Henry was born Aug. 27, 1934, in White County, to William Floyd and Vallie Void Judd Kirby.
She was a beautician and a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.
Henry was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.L. Henry; and one son, Grant Henry.
Survivor include two sons, Steve Henry and wife Gail, of Bowling Green, Ky., Rick Henry and wife Susan, of Sparta; grandchildren, Jason Henry, Sabrina McDowell, both of Sparta, Heather Buchanan, of Sugar Hill, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Landon Frazier, Addison Frazier, Mollie … Read More


James Louis Wurm

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Louis Wurm, 58, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at his residence.
Mr. Wurm was born Aug. 13, 1950, in Traverse City, Mich., to Ambrose and Emma Seegmiller Wurm.
He was proud to be a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Wurm, of Sparta; son, Jonathan Wurm, of Cookeville; daughter, Leah Neal and husband Josh, of Sparta; two brothers, Cleo Wurm and wife Veda, of Traverse City, Mich., Larry Wurm and wife Rosemary, of Grand Haven, Mich.; sister, Connie Meade and husband Larry, of Kingsley, Mich.; grandson, Alexander Neal, of Sparta; uncle, Ben Wurm, of Traverse City, Mich.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, … Read More


WCHS basketball season tips off Tuesday

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Basketball preview. The Warriors and Warriorettes open their season Tuesday in Hall of Fame games. Check out the online edition of the basketball season preview.

    The White County High School basketball teams open their season Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium when they host Hall of Fame games.
    The Warriorettes tip things off at 6:30 p.m. against Baylor and the Warriors will follow against Stone Memorial. Season tickets will be honord at the games, but all seats are general admission for Hall of Fame games. 
    Little is known about the Warriorettes’ opening night opponent.  The private school from Chattanooga will be making their first ever trip to Sparta.  A … Read More


Dorothy May Rowland Johnson

Posted on November 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dorothy May Rowland Johnson, 85, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Johnson was born March 21, 1923, in New Castle, Pa., to Clifford and Lela Rhodabaugh Rowland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe B. Johnson.    
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Smith and husband Thomas, of Sparta, Judy Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, both of Texas; three sons, Roy Johnson and wife Sandy, of Florida, Ronnie Johnson and Janet, of North Carolina, Ray Johnson, of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Holly Brown and husband Hoss, Rhonda Simmons and husband Harlan, Jonathan Smith and wife Erika, and … Read More


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