Monthly Archives: February 2009

What you can do to save money – and more

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

With the volatile economy Americans are looking for ways to lower energy bills and extend natural resources now more than ever. Because petroleum is ingrained in our everyday lives – from transportation and tires to computers and every day goods such as diapers – many Americans are interested in options that will help reduce dependence on foreign oil as well.
Here are a few helpful tips to lower energy bills and increase energy efficiency both at home and at the pump.
Don’t Warm Up Your Car
The best way to warm your vehicle is to drive it. Idling gets you zero miles to the gallon. More than 30 … Read More


WCHS vs. Blackman on senior night

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School basketball teams split a pair of games with Blackman on senior night.


Top Ten Seniors

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County High School honored their top ten seniors during basketball’s senior night.


WCHS Cheerleaders perform

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School cheerleaders entertained the crowd at halftime of Friday’s girls game with a dance.


Three vehicles damaged in separate crashes

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Two separate crashes caused extreme damage to the vehicles, but left the drivers uninjured.


Warriorettes suffer disappointing senior night loss

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Driving to the hoop. Tasha Delaney drives to the basket for the first Warriorette field goal of the game. Blackman jumped to a 10-0 lead in the game and WCHS never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

Following the game, Coach Bryan Haley presented Lacy Yslas with a baksetball commemorating her 1,000th career point.

#1000. Lacy Yslas hit the 1,000 point mark with this basket in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to Blackman. The Warriorettes, who were defeated 57-40, will travel to Lebanon Thursday for their opening game of the District 7AAA tournament.




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23-0 run pushes Warriors to senior night win

Posted on February 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pushing the ball up the court. Conor Sparkman pushes the ball up the court during the win over Blakcman on Friday the 13th.

Doubling up. Warrior senior, Matt Mitchell, works against two Blackman defenders during the first half of Friday’s 67-53 senior night win. Next up for the Warriors is a first round District 7AAA tournament game Friday at Cookeville.




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District 7AAA first round games set

Posted on February 15, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    The White County High School basketball teams found out their fates for the first round of the District 7AAA tournament when the coaches met on Saturday.
    The Warriorettes wound up in fifth place and will have to travel to Lebanon.  That game is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.
    The Warriors will also be on the road for their first round contest.  They will travel to Cookeville to take on their archrivals Friday at 7 p.m.
    The semifinals are set for Saturday at Siegel. 
    Complete tournament details will be in Thursday’s edition. 


Attempted robbery suspect arrested

Posted on February 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A White County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted bank robbery Feb. 12 of First National Bank in Sparta.

According to Investigator Travis Barker, of Sparta Police Department, Justin Robb, 24, “turned himself in” and now faces charges of theft over $500 and aggravated robbery.
At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, Robb, along with his father, reportedly agreed to meet with FBI agents on Highway 56, in Smithville. He was transported to Sparta and released into Barker’s custody.
Barker stated he had gathered information about the suspected robber, who tellers described as a short, heavy-set male in his mid-to-late 20’s.
 “He came into the … Read More

Rescued dogs being treated

Posted on February 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The dogs confiscated by White County Sheriff Department on Feb. 11, numbering more than 250, are still being evaluated and treated by medical personnel from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at a temporary shelter at White County Fairgrounds.
According to Diane Robinson, with ASPCA, each animal has to be assessed for the specific issues it is facing. Additionally, the number of dogs needing care is a daunting task for the all-volunteer group.
Robinson stated their first priority is the health and wellbeing of the animals. And, although the dogs were inspected at the residence, which is owned by Gary and Heidi Holland, it … Read More


Property tax freeze still debated by commissioners

Posted on February 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

County commissioners said they want to know more about a Tennessee law passed in July 2007 that allows them to determine if qualifying taxpayers who are more than 65 years of age can have their property taxes frozen at a specific rate.
Members of Steering Committee B discussed the matter during a Monday night meeting, with at least three of them stating they need details about their options.
On July 1, 2007, the “Property Tax Freeze Act” went into effect after being passed by Tennessee General Assembly in June of the same year.
This act allows the legislative body of any county or municipality to adopt by resolution … Read More


WCHS splits Friday the 13th doubleheader with Blackman

Posted on February 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Lots of superstitions surround the mystique of Friday the 13th.
    At Roy Sewell Gymnasium, the WCHS teams ended the night in a draw on whether the always talked about date had any superstitious meanings.  The WCHS teams split the night’s contest with the Blackman High School teams on senior night.
    The Warriors ended a four-game skid picking up the 67-53 win over the Blaze.  The Warriors trailed by seven, 43-36, going into the fourth quarter, but cranked it up a notch in the final frame.  A 22-0 run helped the Warriors pull away and secure the 67-53 win behind 28 points from senior Stewart Mitchell.  The win leaves … Read More


Mattie Jane McPeak Cruise

Posted on February 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mattie Jane McPeak Cruise, 89, passed away Feb. 12, 2009, at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab Center.
Cruise was born March 29, 1919, in White County, to John Christopher McPeak and Stella Elizabeth Davis McPeak.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Wallace Cruise; daughter, Debra Jane Cruise; sister, Clata Dell McPeak Horton; and brother, J.B. McPeak.
Survivors include her son, Ron Cruise and wife Beverly, of Pigeon Forge; two sisters, Laurine McPeak and Ernestine Boyd, both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Chris and Donna Cruise, Ronda and Darrell Manis, Curt and Crystal Cruise, Craig and Geanine Cruise, Casey and Stacy Cruise; eight great-grandchildren, Patrick, George, … Read More


Noelie Francis Crosslin

Posted on February 13, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Noelie Francis Crosslin, 75, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 12, 2009.
Crosslin graduated from St. Joseph Academy, in Bay St. Louise, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Narcisse Mark and Virgile Fucich Dick; son, James Crosslin; and sister, Rosemary Holmes.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Thomas (Tom) Eugene Crosslin, of Sparta; son, Thomas (Tommy) Eugene Crosslin and wife Karen, of Sparta; daughter Karen Coriell and husband Gavin, of Anderson, S.C.; grandchildren, Thomas Eugene Crosslin II and wife Ursula, of Columbus Ohio, Laura Annmarie Joyce and husband Michael, of Brentwood, Adam Breland Crosslin and wife Lauren, of Sparta, Jason Collin Floyd, of Lebanon, Allison … Read More


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