Monthly Archives: December 2008

Warriorettes capture Sonic Shootout girls’ title

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Third place girls - Clinton

More boys All Tournament - Nick Ross, David L. Haskins and Bradley Britt.

The Warriors finished runner-up in the Sonic Shootout.

More girls All tournament - Lailah Farmer, Cynthia Woodward and Amber Taylor.

The Warriorettes captured the Sonic Shootout championship with a narrow 45-43 win over Loudon.

Loudon took home second place in the girls' side of the tournament.

All Tournament team members - Janell Menard, Mardessa Hampton, Lacey Small, Tasha Delaney, Keshia Daniels, Heather Roberts and Lacy Yslas.

All Tournament team members - Dustin Baxter, Carrin Nash, Ethan Christian, Kelsey Hamlet, Josh Turner, Corey Johnson and Stewart Mitchell.

Third place boys -

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Warriors shoot their way into title game

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Competing for the title. Corey Johnson puts up a shot in the first half of the Warriors’ win over Loudon Monday. The Warriors shot their way into the title game knocking down 10 threes.

To the hoop. Warrior sophomore, David Sorrell, lays the ball up for two points during the 57-32 win over Loudon in Monday’s semifinal game.

   The way the three pointers have been flying during the past two WCHS boys’ basketball games, one might think they were watching a game from a year ago. 
    That’s not the case.  It’s still the 2008-09 season and this edition of the Warriors has heated up from three point range.  … Read More

Warriorettes defeat Dekalb Co. in semifinals

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pushing it up the floor. Warriorette point guard, Heather Roberts, pushes the ball up the court during the second half of the semifinal win over DeKalb County.

Back in action. Lacy Yslas was back in action for the Warriorettes after missing the first game of the Sonic Shootout due to family holiday plans. Yslas tallied 11 off the bench to go along with 13 from Keshia Daniels to help WCHS to the 39-24 win over DeKalb County and a trip to the Sonic Shootout championship games.

    It may have not been the prettiest of victories, but the Warriorette basketball team found a way to win and is headed … Read More

NHC Christmas Parade 2008

Posted on December 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

NHC held a Christmas Parade complete with floats, presents and treats much to the delight of the residents who lined the “parade route”. Santa closed out the parade being pulled by a pair of the “strangest looking reindeer” (according to one resident) ever seen.

WCHS teams advance to Sonic Shootout championships

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes will be in the championship games of the Sonic Shootout on Tuesday.

The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes will both be vying for Sonic Shootout titles in the respective championship games on Tuesday night at Roy Sewell Gymnaisum.
The Warriorettes will take on Loudon at 6 p.m.  The WCHS girls advanced to the title game with a 39-24 victory over DeKalb County.  Keshia Daniels paced the Warriorettes with 13 points followed by Lacy Yslas with 11.
The Warriors made their way to the title game with a 57-32 victory over Loudon.  Stewart Mitchell stayed hot from long distance knocking down six … Read More

Pedestrian seriously injured

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tom Hodge, 86, of Sparta, suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle, on Tuesday, at approximately 9:30 a.m., as he walked across Maple Street, directly behind White County Courthouse.
According to Patrolman Brent Copeland, of Sparta Police Department, the driver of the vehicle, Sharon Pierce, of White County, was traveling east on Maple Street when she came into contact with Hodge, near South Main Street, where he was reportedly walking toward the courthouse. According to Copeland, Pierce was issued a citation for “failure to maintain lane.”
Hodge was transported to White County Community Hospital by ambulance and, then, flown by Life Force to Erlanger Hospital in … Read More

Virgil Ray Morgan

Posted on December 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgil Ray Morgan, 66, passed away Dec. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Morgan was born Dec. 7, 1942, in White County, to Lester Joseph Morgan and Lorene Vida Rackley Morgan Perks.
Survivors include his daughter, Skyler Dawn Abaligh Morgan, of Quebeck; son, J.C. Morgan and wife Sara, of Cuba, Mo.; mother Lorene Vida Perks, of Quebeck; brothers, Joe Morgan and wife Lisa of Quebeck, Leroy Morgan, of Washington, Mo.; and one grandchild.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 31, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Anderson Cemetery. Darrell Dodson will officiate. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 30, at the funeral … Read More

Don’t burn them out!

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Did anyone happen to watch the Heisman trophy presentation back a few weeks ago? 
    Well, I didn’t, but someone told me they thought it would be something I was interested in so with the help of, I went back and located it.  It indeed was something I found interesting.  In addition to that, I have another story that will kind of go hand in hand with it. 
    In case you missed it, I just happen to be about to impart to you what happened.  I know that if you are reading this in the sports section, you probably are a sports fan and already know that … Read More

Family Game Night

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Even with all of the worries about today’s economy, families can still enjoy fun, entertaining evenings together and stay on budget by playing board games. While board games can certainly be played and enjoyed at any time, a designated family game night provides an opportunity for families to share an economical night of staying in, having fun and creating new memories together.
In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Hasbro, nearly half (48 percent) of Americans believe that a family game night is the most enjoyable form of family bonding, ranking higher than watching movies (22 percent), cooking (19 percent) and playing sports together (9 percent). … Read More

Final segment on county salaries

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The last installment of a series about county wages provides a look into numerous areas of the governmental budget.
Wages for the school cafeteria system range from $6.50 to $12.62 per hour. School support employees include custodians, bus drivers/supervisors, vocational school employees, teachers’ assistants, board of education employees, etc. Pay scales differ according to the job and longevity.
Bus drivers are listed at $11,820 annually. The hourly wages for teachers’ assistants vary and can be verified by White County Finance Office.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of school bus drivers were $11.93, in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.99 and … Read More

Top 10 local sports stories of 2008

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gone too soon. The tragic news of the untimely passing of track star Markie Voyles in an automobile accident was the leading sports news of 2008 in White County.

Top Story No. 5. The Warrior baseball team stunned top seeded Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament back in May.

Top Story No. 2. The Warrior basketball team celebrates as the final seconds tick off the clock in the win over Oakland in the region semifinals in February. That win sent the Warriors to the substate for the second consecutive year.

    Often times big games, victories and winning streaks are the news items that garner … Read More

Top stories of 2008

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

October 2008. Markie Voyles, 17-year-old White County High School senior, was killed in a one-vehicle accident.

August 2008. Police tracking dogs assist in the search for three men who escaped capture after being spotted in a reported stolen vehicle and fleeing in another vehicle allegedly stolen from a resident in the Hampton’s Crossroads area.

The Expositor’s “Top 20” list for the most popular stories in 2008 brings a more accurate tally this year with the assistance of the revamped Web site that was launched in 2008.
With input from Expositor readers, as well as viewers of, the list was compiled according to the order of which … Read More

Warriorettes overcome slow start for 12th win

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On the move. Whitney Randolph puts the ball on the floor and drives around a McMinn County defender during the Warriorettes’ opening round game of the Sonic Shootout Saturday night. The Warriorettes won 50-25 to improve to 12-1 on the season. They take on DeKalb County at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the semifinals.

    The Warriorettes overcame a sluggish start, but a strong third quarter put the game away as they finished off the 50-25 victory over McMinn County (5-7) for their 12th win of the season against only one loss.  That equals their best start since 2002-03. 
    Jessica Wilson, who has had a few starts this season, stepped … Read More

James F. Templeton

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

James F. Templeton, 92, of Middletown, R.I., passed away Dec. 26, 2008, at home with his wife and daughter by his side.
Templeton was born Aug. 29, 1916, in Quebeck, Tenn., to Franklin Cheatam and Cora Ether Jernigan Templeton.
He was raised in Tennessee. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and served 28 years during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam.  He had been stationed in Boston Mass.; Norfolk, Va.; Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Newport; and Quonset. He retired as a master chief. Templeton had also worked at the Newport Naval Base 12 … Read More

Sonic Shootout works overtime on Saturday

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Checking out the defense. Josh Turner keeps an eye on the defense as he pushes the ball up the court in the win over McMinn County.

    The Sonic Shootout got underway at Roy Sewell Gymnasium Saturday with eight games hitting the hardwood.
    The bookends for the day were overtime games with a little bit of everything in between.  The tournament opened with an overtime win by the Loudon girls over Oakland and ended with an overtime win by the home standing Warriors over McMinn County.  In between, there was a little bit of everything.
    There were decisive wins, close wins, come-from-behind wins and teams that built big leads … Read More

Mary Elizabeth Randolph

Posted on December 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Elizabeth Randolph, 91, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2008, at NHC of Cookeville.
Randolph was born March 18, 1917, in Smithville.
Survivors include her sons, Frank A. Pedigo, of Ohio, Paul D. Pedigo, of Massachusetts; daughter, Betty Golden, of Ohio; stepdaughters, Pauline Gilliland, Clara Purivs, both of Arizona; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Dec. 30, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 29, at the funeral home.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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