Monthly Archives: December 2008

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


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


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


Retails sales lagging

Posted on December 29, 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


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


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

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.
 

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


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


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


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


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


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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