Monthly Archives: December 2008

Jeffrey Lynn Kinnaird

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

Jeffrey Lynn Kinnaird, 54, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Kinnaird was born June 24, 1954, in Sparta, to Elmer Lee and Sally Troubaugh Kinnaird.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary, Arnold, David Kinnaird; sister, Connie Kinnaird; and stepfather, Lillard Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Parks Kinnaird, of Cookeville; two daughters, Hannah Kinnaird, of Cookeville, Melissa Kinnaird and fiancé Kyle Barefield, of Cookeville; son, Travis Kinnaird, of Cookeville; grandson, Kaleb Allen Barefield, of Cookeville; sister, Judy Prater Berry and husband Leroy, of Jackson County; brother, Eddie Kinnaird and wife Margaret, of Lavergne; sisters-in-law, Darlene … 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 youtube.com, 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


Warriors hold on for overtime win

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

New record. Stewart Mitchell shown here laying the ball in for two of his 24 points in the contest, did most of his damage beyond the arc. The senior guard hit seven threes in the contest which is a new boys’ record at WCHS. The Warriors won 88-85 in overtime over McMinn County and will now face Loudon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday.

    The White County High School Warriors ran the myriad of situations in their first round game of the Sonic Shootout before finishing with the 88-85 win over McMinn County. 
    WCHS led by as many as 18 in the second half, trailed by one … Read More


Nellie Lou Howell Redmon

Posted on December 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nellie Lou Howell Redmon, 71, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 29, 2008, at Master’s Healthcare Center, in Algood.

Survivors include two brothers, Benjamin F. Howell, of Sparta, James C. Howell, of Cookeville, and sisters, Carlena Nabors and Barbara Mathis, both of Cookeville.
Funeral service will be graveside at 1 p.m., Dec. 28, 2008, at Rice Cemetery, at Burgess Falls.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Evelyn Emogene Cody

Posted on December 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Evelyn Emogene Cody, of Sparta, passed away Dec, 26, 2008, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville,

Cody was born June 23, 1925.
She was a retired employee of Mallory Timers.
Cody was preceded in death by her parents, Frasier and Mallie Billlingsly Vaughn; son Michael E. Cody; and one sister, Helen Norden.   
Survivors include her husband, Gene Cody, of Sparta; three daughters, Patsy Selby and husband Jerry, of Cumberland County, Sandy Bittinger and husband Hal, Susan Sherrell and husband Johnny, all of Sparta; one son, Johnny (Jack) Cody, of Sparta; four sisters, Dot Hamrick, Jonelda Jones, Shirley Crabtree, Linda Barker, all of Cookeville; three brothers, Grant Vaughn of … Read More

Hobert J. Crain

Posted on December 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Hobert J. Crain, 84, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 27, 2008,  at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Crain was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Van Buren County, to Homer and Thelia Passons Crain.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces and served as the trustee for Van Buren County.
Crain was preceded in death by his wife, Gilbett D. Crain; his parents; two sisters, Sophia Hale, Ellen Frances Crain; and one brother, Homer Crain Jr.
Survivors include four sons, Johnny Crain and wife Sherry, Terry and wife Sheri, Randy Crain, all of Spencer, Bruce Crain and wife … Read More

Checking in on locals involved in college hoops

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

    Though not as many in years past, some former White County High School players are currently involved in collegiate basketball. 
There are actually four former Warriors and Warriorettes who are either coaching or playing college basketball at various levels.
Brittany Cash is a freshman at Cumberland University and is making an impact for the Lady Bulldogs.  Cash has played in all 11 games Cumberland has played this season starting in five of them.  She is averaging 9.82 points per game for the 4-7 Lady Bulldogs.  She is also averaging 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game.  She is averaging 27 minutes per contest.  Her best outing … Read More


Gribble and McDonald named All Region 4-4A

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

All Region. Sam Gribble (left) and Seth McDonald were named to the All Region 4-4A football team for the second consecutive season. They are pictured with former Warrior head coach, Josh Kerr. Gribble led the Warriors in rushing this season while McDonald was the team leader in tackles and also scored the most touchdowns. Both McDonald and Gribble are seniors.

    Senior Warrior football players, Sam Gribble and Seth McDonald, were named to the All Region 4-4A football squad for the second consecutive year.
    The duo, along with outgoing Warrior football coach, Josh Kerr, attended the banquet back in November when the region squad was honored at Finley Stadium … Read More


True Gifts!

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

    As you are reading this, I hope you are getting ready or are in the middle of a wonderful Christmas holiday. 
    I know this is a rough time now as far as the economy goes, but I hope Santa Claus has found some way to bring everyone something on his or her wish list.  Lest we forget, Christmas is about so much more than any gift we receive under the tree. 
    The best presents are often those on which not one penny was spent.  The gift of a wonderful family and good friends surpass anything money can buy.  It’s easy to get caught up in the things that … Read More


Sonic Shootout tips off Saturday

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

    Sixteen high school basketball teams will converge on Sparta’s Roy Sewell Gymnasium on the campus of White County High School this weekend for the Sonic Shootout.
    The tournament field consists of eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams representing 11 different high schools.  The teams will all be vying to be named the first-ever Sonic Shootout champion in a tournament that runs from Saturday through Tuesday.  Teams will take a day off on Sunday. 
    Despite the fact this is not the first-ever Sonic Shootout, it will be the first year the tournament will be played in a win and advance format.  In prior years, the event was a classic … Read More


Glen E. (Red) Cole

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

Glen E. (Red) Cole, 75, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 25, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Cole was born July 15, 1933, in Van Buren County. He was the son of Reta Cole Martin.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his wife Clara Bethene Cole.
Survivors include his daughter, Glenece Cole, of Spencer; two sons, Jeff Cole and wife Cheryl, of Spencer, Dale Cole, of Spencer; two sisters, Gaye Hillis and husband Kelly, of McMinnville, Judy Marston and husband Tony, of Pikeville; one brother, Gerry Martin and wife Barbara, of Spencer; two grandchildren, Cody Cole, Carly Cole, both of Spencer; and two nieces.
Funeral … Read More


Winnie Milse Butler

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

Winnie Milse Butler, 74, of Boma, passed away Dec. 24, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Butler was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Jackson County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Butler; parents, Garrett and Hatha Burgess Vinson; three brothers, Garrett Vinson Jr., Harold Vinson, Charles Vinson; and one sister, Catherine Vinson.
Survivors include two daughters, Joan Burgess and husband Doug, of Boma; Deb Daniels, of Baxter; two sons, Charles W. Butler, of Boma, James Butler and wife Sand, of Rickman; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Danny and Tammy Tucker, of Boma, Chris and Kelly Tucker, of Knoxville, Jennifer Burgess, of Brent and T.C. … Read More


Kenneth Ray Patrick

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Kenneth Ray Patrick, 68, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2008, at his residence.
Patrick was born Nov. 28, 1940, in Hardy, Ky., to Charles and Grethel Mounts Patrick.
He had served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Diane Horton Patrick, of Sparta; six children, Kenneth Patrick and wife Libby, Tommy Patrick, Luke Patrick, all of Florida, Tammy Cebula and husband Roger, of Maryland, Leigh Ann Siders and husband Kenny, of Ohio; two sisters, Garnet McNeal, of Ohio, Nina Palk and husband Gary, of Cookeville; two brothers, Ronald Patrick and wife Charlotte, Danny Patrick and wife … Read More


Lydia Beatrice (Bee) Brewington

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

Lydia Beatrice (Bee) Brewington, 82, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Brewington was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Van Buren County, to Clay and Dessie Shockley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Argo Harden Brewington; grandson, Troy Young; son, Billy Joe Brewington; brothers, Tom, Raymond Shockley; and sisters, Lucille Brewington, Goldie Lusk, Willie Rhea Cummings and Lena Mae Cummings.
Survivors include her daughter Hattie Young and husband Willie, of Sparta; son, Robert (Tank) Brewington, of Sparta; grandchildren, Kirk Young and wife Doris, of Sparta, Brent Young, of Murfreesboro, Robert Lynn Brewington, Chris Brewington and wife Monica, Shane Heath and … Read More


Retails sales lagging

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

Recent figures released from Upper Cumberland Development District indicate White County is at the top of the list in the area for a decrease in state sales tax.
According to the information from UCDD, which is derived from Tennessee Department of Revenue, White County was lagging at a minus 12.5 percent, with Putnam County falling directly behind with a minus 11.1 percent. Jackson County, with a much smaller population than either White of Putnam counties, was the area’s highest-rated increase, at 6.5 percent.
With a look back at the retail sales figures for White County in 2007 and through June 2008, the itemized categories indicated where sales are … Read More


Family struggles with son’s illness

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

Dusty Elkins (pictured with his mom, Rhonda) is going through a rough time during his treatments for leukemia, and his family is struggling to make ends meet, while they focus their efforts on their 16 year-old son.

Howard and Rhonda Elkins, from White County, are experiencing a very difficult time with the illness of Dusty, their 16 year-old son who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
“Dusty’s never been sick a day in his life,” said Rhonda. “If he gets a cold or something, he’s always been able to go on and not be sick. This right here got him down.”
What started with stomach flu symptoms, turned out … Read More


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