Monthly Archives: February 2009

I saw a great love

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David and Betty Maxwell.

With each year that quickly passes, I find myself realizing the many years in age that separate me from the generation of youth who are now experiencing their first taste of love. They, just like I probably did at one time, think they are the first ones to ever fall in love. They most likely make an ugly face when they see an older couple holding hands or sharing a kiss.
Today’s column will address that youthful arrogance. You see, falling in love is not just for the younger generation. The greatest love of all is one that has survived the span of decades … CONTINUED


Airport FBO readies for active summer

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At the February meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (UCRA) Board, Eric Walker with Region Air, the fixed base operator or FBO, reported recent weather had an impact on activities, but plans for several events to be held at the airport throughout the summer should pick up business substantially.
“As everybody knows, we’ve had the worst weather we’ve had in a long time,” said Walker. “We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for the coming months. There’s a women’s air race coming through. That’s a very large event for the area.”
The all-women transcontinental Air Race Classic will be held June 23 through June 26. It will … CONTINUED


Warrior season ends at hands of archrivals

Posted on February 21, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

It's over. Warrior senior, Stewart Mitchell, walks sadly away from the court following the WCHS loss to Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.

    The White County High School Warriors stayed within striking distance of their archrivals the entire game, but could not ever get over the hump.
    The Warriors led the Cookeville Cavaliers early in the contest, but once the home team took the lead, they would never relinquish it on the way to the 58-48 win in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.
    The core was tied after one quarter, but the Cavs took the advantage in the second quarter and … CONTINUED


Warriorette season ends at Lebanon

Posted on February 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriorettes saw their season come to an end with a 65-56 loss at Lebanon Thursday night.

    Facing elimination, the Warriorettes of White County High School refused to go down without a fight, but in the end, a slow start at the beginning of the game proved to be the difference.
    A surging Lebanon team ended the Warriorettes’ season dealing them a 65-56 loss in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament on Thursday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
    The Warriorettes got off to a slow start and trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter.  Lebanon led by 14 at the half, but the Warriorettes … CONTINUED


Dovie Novella Gist

Posted on February 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dovie Novella Gist, 94, of Sparta, the last survivor of the nine children of John Henry and Mary Elizabeth Hollins Gist, of Gum Springs Mountain, passed away recently.
She was an active member of Kynett Methodist Church and a choir member until her health failed. She was known for her sense of humor and generous nature.
Gist is survived by her guardian and caregiver for the past 15 years, Ernest (Tooter) Gist; son, Cliffton D. (Bowser) Gist; niece, Barbara Hill; godson, Jeffrey Culley; and too many Gribble, Gist and Carrick grand-nieces and grand-nephews to list. She is also survived by her beloved friends, Georgia Officer and Aline Strode, … CONTINUED


Know when to duck and run

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Debris. This photo from The Expositor archives shows damage from the April 3, 1974, tornado that hit White and surrounding counties.

Damage. A November 2007 violent storm left many homes and buildings damaged in the Almyra community, of White County.

Education and safety are the key factors in a week set aside each year to ensure Tennesseans are aware of the dangers from severe weather situations.
One of the most dreaded and sometimes most deadly aspects of severe weather is a tornado. White County has been no stranger to the damage inflicted by these violent storms.
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the … CONTINUED


William (Bill) Frazier

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

William (Bill) Frazier, 59, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2009, at his residence.
Frazier was born Oct. 23, 1949.
He was an employee of Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and a member of Tennessee Army National Guard.
Frazier was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Lewis Frazier, of Sparta; daughter, Kim Jones and husband Rodney, of Sparta; son, Kyle Frazier and wife Kristy, of Sparta; grandchildren, Colbin and Emma Kate Jones, Karley Beth Frazier; mother, Geneva Frazier, of Sparta; sister, Linda Mason and husband Richard, of Sparta; one niece; and three nephews.
Funeral service … CONTINUED


Stanford (Shot Gun) Gibbs

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Stanford (Shot Gun) Gibbs, 60, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 18, 2009, at his residence.
Gibbs was born April 30, 1948.
He was a native of White County and a state park employee.
Gibbs was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. and Sally Young Gibbs; two brothers, Loyd and L.T. Gibbs; and special friend, Iva Louise Wagoner.
Survivors include one sister, Jenetta Brimer, of Doyle; one brother, Leonard A. Gibbs, of Doyle; and special friend, Jimmy Savage, of Doyle.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 20, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m., Feb. 19, … CONTINUED


Betty R. Kirby

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty R. Kirby, 66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Kirby was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, to E.S. and Bonnie Prichard Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, John Kirby, of Sparta; two sons, James Kirby and wife Anya, of Cookeville, Johnny Kirby and wife Clarissa, of Sparta; daughter, Shelly Yates and husband Robert, of Sparta; two brothers, Bill Roberts and wife Beverly, of Quebeck, Jack Roberts and wife Nonie, of Plant City, Fla.; two sisters, Gladys Jones and husband J.C., of Plant City, Fla., Linda Brown and husband Mavin, of Mayo, Fla.; … CONTINUED


White County School Board reviews federal programs

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Educational gift. White County School Board member Donna Jones presented Northfield Elementary Principal Kurt Dronebarger with a book called ‘Six Million Paperclips’ and a couple of DVDs entitled, ‘One Clip at a Time’.

Math wizards. These Northfield students were honored for excellent math scores during TCAP testing. Shown with Director Donny Haley, in no particular order: Cade Crosland, Jackson Dronebarger, Hannah Howard, Whitney Kirby, Cassondra Meadows, and Samantha Whitlock.

At its February meeting, the White County School Board heard a report from Karen Benningfield about White County’s participation in federally-funded school programs.
“Part of my responsibility is ensuring that we are in compliance with No Child Left Behind … CONTINUED


Rescued dogs near adoption phase

Posted on February 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Enormous effort. Workers with ASPCA and the American Humane Association care for each dog on an individual basis, giving food, treatments, and attention - and, then, move on down the line.

Lovable. This cute little dog shows his excitement to get a little human attention, of which he got plenty from the workers at the temporary shelter.

All dogs rescued by White County Sheriff Department, on Feb. 11, have been relocated to shelters across the eastern United States. By Monday, the 299 dogs were moved from the temporary shelter, including 14 puppies born at the fairgrounds location.
Security was tight at the temporary shelter because of the evidence … CONTINUED


Mitchell selected All District 7AAA First Team

Posted on February 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

District 7AAA First Team. Warrior senior guard, Stewart Mitchell, was named All District First team by the coaches of 7AAA. Mitchell led the Warriors in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this season.

Second team selection. Lacy Yslas, a senior post for the Warriorettes was named to the 7AAA second team. Yslas led the Warriorettes in scoring this season.

Tasha Delaney, Third team

Corey Johnson, third team

Heather Roberts, honorable mention

Ashley Page, honorable mention

   As the District 7AAA regular season came to an end, the coaches in the league gathered on Saturday to finalize plans for the tournament and select an All District regular season squad.
    The list … CONTINUED


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