Monthly Archives: December 2008

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

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Two juveniles facing charges after chase

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

Two juveniles were taken into custody on Dec. 16, after they led deputies on a short, high-speed chase in Doyle.
According to a report by Deputy Lanny Wheeler, at approximately 1:13 a.m., he responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Wallace Street, in Doyle. He reportedly came in contact with a maroon Volvo, which matched the description of the suspected vehicle in the break-in.
Wheeler stated as he was turning around to intercept the vehicle, the suspected vehicle reportedly almost hit the patrol car as it went past at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was immediately initiated, but the suspects fled.
At … Read More

The Three R’s of Holiday Entertaining

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

Tuscan Tuna Crostini

Tortellini Tuna Salad

Throwing a holiday party doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. When you know the three R’s of entertaining – how to get Ready, be Realistic and choose a Reliable menu – you’re on your way to a party everyone can enjoy.
Get Ready. When it comes to party planning, lists are your friend. With so many things to do, lists will help you think things through and keep track of what you still need to accomplish. (And it feels great to see to-do items checked off!)
In addition to the lists for guests and pre-party chores, make two grocery lists: one … Read More

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

Tennessee teachers’ salaries rank 32nd

Posted on December 22, 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.]
Teachers’ salaries are determined by the degree of education obtained and the number of years the individual has spent in that particular career.
Tennessee ranks 32nd out of the 50 states for the average for teachers, at $42,537. The highest average salary is California, at $59,825, and the lowest is South Dakota, at $34,709.
According White County Director of Schools Donny Haley, the entry level pay for teachers is as follows:
•Bachelor’s degree: $31,715
•Master’s degree: $33,990
•Master’s + 30/45: $36,115
•Education specialist: $37,535
•Doctorate: $40,665
Salaries are also increased according … Read More

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.  … Read More

WCHS teams get off to rough start in Fort Payne

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

Backing in. Tasha Delaney backs the ball in against one of the Gadsden City defenders in the opening game of the Wills Valley Shootout in Fort Payne, Alabama. The Warriorettes dropped their first game of the season falling by a score of 53-40. Delaney netted 20 points in the loss.

Shooting for two. Sam Gribble puts up a shot for two points in the game with Pearl River on Saturday.

The jumper. Stewart Mitchell puts up a jump shot during the Warriors’ opening game of the tournament. The Warriors were defeated 47-30 by Decatur, Alabama.

Ball fake. Lacy Yslas gives a ball fake to Gadsden City’s 6-3 post

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


Warriorettes bounce back from first loss

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

Hanging on. Star Simpson hangs on for a jump ball in the win over Lee High School from Alabama.

On fire. Keshia Daniels was on fire outside the arc in the 80-48 win over Pearl River on Saturday. Daniels was six of 10 on three point attempts finishing with 18 points.

    The Warriorettes found themselves in a situation they hadn’t been in during the first month of the 2008-09 season – trying to bounce back from a loss.
    The WCHS girls had won their first nine consecutive games to start the season before dropping the opening game of the tournament in Fort Payne, Alabama.  They bounced back in … Read More

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