Monthly Archives: December 2008

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


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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. … CONTINUED


Administrative assistants range $20k to $30k annually

Posted on December 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

[Editor’s note: See the Dec. 29, 2008, edition of The Expositor for another story about county salaries.]   
    White County government’s salaried employees who work mostly at the courthouse and the justice center are the next group of workers to be featured in The Expositor’s ongoing series.
According to the 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook, from Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of executive secretaries and administrative assistants were $37,240 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $30,240 and $46,160. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,740. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest … CONTINUED


Michael Dean Frazier

Posted on December 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael Dean Frazier, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2008, at the Cancer Center of America, in Tulsa, Okla.
Frazier was born Dec. 26, 1963, in Sparta, to Harold and Wanda Frazier.
Survivors include his wife, Betty G. Frazier, of Sparta; son, T.K. Frazier, of Sparta; three daughters, Brittney Frazier, Ashlee Frazier, Tabitha Gilreath, all of Sparta; parents, Harold and Wanda Frazier, of Sparta; two sisters, Annette Austin and husband Jimmy, of Sparta, Sheila Eller and husband Mark Evan, of Sparta; three nieces; and one nephew.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Dec. 27, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Howell Cemetery. The family will receive … CONTINUED


Dairl McCormick

Posted on December 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dairl McCormick, 61, of Rock Island, passed away Dec. 21, 2008, at Livingston Regional Hospital, in Overton County.
McCormick was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Van Buren County, to George McCormick and Daisy Yates McCormick.
He had worked at Powermatic 37 years and the last seven years at TLT, in Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice McCormick; parents; and sisters, Carolyn Young and Judy McCormick.
Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m., Dec. 23, 2008, at High Funeral Home, in McMinnville, with burial in Crain Hill Cemetery, in Van Buren County. Michael and Phillip Buck will officiate.
High Funeral Home, in McMinnville, is in charge


Fun times

Posted on December 22, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Well, we’re all just back from another basketball Christmas road trip. 
    The only difference this year was the trip took place before Christmas instead of after.  This is really the first time I went away for a trip right before the holiday instead of after.  I’m not sure how this is going to work out as far as getting all my shopping done, but I guess I’ll figure it out.  Anyway, it was another fun trip for me as far as hanging out with people.  I wish both teams could have won the tournament and I don’t think Coach Mitchell would agree with me about all the fun.  … CONTINUED


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