Monthly Archives: November 2008

Gladys Ray Hash

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gladys Ray Hash, 91, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 3, 2008, at River Park Hospital.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 5, at Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home, in McMinnville.
Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jaycee Dawn Wilhite

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jaycee Dawn Wilhite, infant, passed away Nov. 1, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Jaycee Dawn was the daughter of Crystal Coffman and Steven Wilhite.
Survivors include her parents, both of Sparta; sister, Haylee Wilhite; brother, Camron Wilhite; grandparents, Danny and Melinda Wilhite, Barbara Coffman, all of Sparta, the late Roger Dale Coffman; and great-grandparents, Mary Alice Smith, of Cookeville, and Rascoe and Ann Cooper, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be graveside at 3 p.m., Nov. 4, 2008, at Highland Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Just what I needed!

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Saturday night was just what the doctor ordered for me.
    As most of you who are reading this right now know, I lost someone very dear to me last week in an automobile accident.  I have really had a hard time focusing on anything but that.  I think the sadness to go along with all the anger I have been trying my best to avoid has been wearing me down.
    As luck or fate would have it, the alumni basketball game was Saturday night and it helped me get the accident and Markie out of mind for a few hours for the first time all week. 
    The alumni … Read More


The Building Blocks of Boomer Health

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you’re one of nearly 78 million Baby Boomers. Many Boomers are investing more time to learn about healthier food options as well as what they can do to improve overall health and wellness. So what can you do to improve your health and possibly even slow the aging process?
Mind, Body, Spirit
When it comes to a healthier lifestyle, mental and emotional attitudes can be just as important as diet and exercise. Activities that bring true satisfaction and help keep people energized and engaged are vital. Volunteering, continuing education and creative expression are some of the ways to stay active … Read More


State officials tour Philips

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Informational tour. State officials toured Sparta’s Philips plant to gain more information about the many changes recently made by the company, as well as future plans.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley and State Representative Charles Curtiss visited Sparta’s Philips plant Thursday for a tour to see the improvements made, both in the plant and in management style.
The tour conducted by Plant Manager David Uhrik Sr. left the distinguished guests very impressed with the creative solutions undertaken at the plant.
“The most impressive thing I’ve seen here is the difference in this facility from three years ago when we were here,” said Curtiss. … Read More


5,000-plus choose early voting

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Voters in White County have set a precedent that was matched almost everywhere else in the nation as Sparta residents flocked to the courthouse to cast the ballots for the next president of the United States.
According to White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey, the “unofficial” total for early voting as of Friday was 5,169. This figure is 31.94 percent of registered voters and exceeds early voting numbers for any presidential election. White County has a total of 16,183 registered voters.
The 2008 early voting totals in White County have already surpassed those of the three previous presidential elections.
In November 2004, White County had 4,149 early … Read More


Flu vaccination important for high-risk individuals

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

According to Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year with flu complications and about 36,000 people die because of the flu.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper, who is a registered nurse, said October or November is the best time to get the flu vaccine to be protected throughout the entire flu season.
Immunization against influenza can be administered in the form of an injection or nasal spray. Health providers can explain guidelines for each type of vaccine. Supplies of flu vaccine are available at county health departments, health care providers’ offices, pharmacies and grocery stores.
High risk people, those … Read More


$500,000 sewer grant received

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

City of Sparta is the recipient of a half-million-dollar grant from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development that will be used for sewer rehab.
According to Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, this money can be applied for every other year. City of Sparta signed a “commissioner’s order” a few years ago that committed the city to spend its CDBG money for the next 10 years on refurbishing its sewer system.
During a December 2007 meeting, Public Works Director Ross Fan reported on the “Basin 5” sewer rehab project, which included South Oak Street, Highland Drive, Dale’s Place, Cooper Street, Windsor Drive and the Camp Heights area.
The “Basin … Read More


Alumni teams entertain at WCHS

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Still running his team. After more than thirty years, Rick Powell can still run the offense especially in the gym where he played many high school games. Powell was on hand for the alumni game as was his teammate, Timmy Brock, and maroon team member, Jordan Swindell.

Still competitive. No matter how long it’s been, when former WCHS players hit the floor, it will be a competitive game as was evidenced in Saturday’s alumni games. Mary Lee Nash tries to avoid the trap of Kristy Richardson Adams and Lindsey Foster Lowery as Melissa Dunham Hill moves to get open.

1,000 point club. On hand for the alumni game

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Warriors end 2008 season with 31-7 loss

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Looking for an opening. Aaron Murray, a Warrior junior, looks for a hole to carry the ball through in Friday’s season finale. The Warriors were defeated 31-7 by region champ, Rhea County. The Warriors finished 2-8 on the season.

Clogging up the middle. The Warrior defense clogs up the middle on the above play, but Rhea County amassed 275 yards on the ground in the contest.

    The White County Warrior football team saw the curtain come down on the 2008 season with a Halloween night loss to Rhea County in Dayton by a score of 31-7.
    Rhea County, who claimed the Region 4-4A title after their win coupled … Read More


Loyd Wilson

Posted on November 2, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 Loyd Wilson, 78, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 31, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

 Wilson was born Sept. 3, 1930, in White County, to Arthur Ray Wilson and Bessie Elizabeth Hale Wilson.
He was a member of Haston Chapel Church of God and a firefighter with Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Bobbie Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Vance and husband Gayle, Jewel Guy; three nieces, Julie Wenger, Altia Vance, Jennifer Hight; one nephew, Alex Vance; three great-nieces, Amanda Roberts, Amber Wright, Logan Wenger; and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., Nov. 2, 2008, … Read More

Herbert Eston Simmons

Posted on November 1, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Herbert Eston Simmons II, 55 passed away Oct. 31, 2008, at his residence on West Ravenscroft Road, in White County.

Simmons was born Jan. 12, 1953, in Sparta, to Herbert Eston Simmons and Virgie Mae Simmons. 
He was a machinist and served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife Cynthia Kay Simmons, of Sparta; two sons, Herbert Eston Simmons III, of Birmingham, Ala., Stephen Eric Simmons, of Johnson City; daughter, Ashley Marie Simmons, of Johnson City; stepdaughter, Amberly Kalyn Evans, of Cookeville; three brothers, Jesse Simmons, of Sanford, Fla., Hershell and Malcolm Simmons, both of Sparta; grandson, Michael … Read More

Warriors fall in season finale

Posted on November 1, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Season finale. Aaron Murray looks for a hole in the line as teammate Marshall Milton blocks. The Warriors were defeated 31-7.

The Warrior football team wrapped up their 2008 season on the road on Halloween night against the Rhea County Golden Eagles.  WCHS was defeated 31-7 by the Eagles, who learn at the end of the contest that their win coupled with a Walker Valley victory over Cleveland, gave them the region title.
The Warriors finished the season at 2-8.  See full details in Monday’s edition.


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