Monthly Archives: December 2008

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.

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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.

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

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

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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