Monthly Archives: March 2009

Morgan Furniture helps with restful sleep

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Owner. Don Blalock and his wife Carol enjoy living and working in Sparta. They provide an extensive line of furniture that appeals to any discriminating taste.

Morgan Furniture Center
570 N. Spring Street
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 836-3111
Name of owners:
Don and Carol Blalock, Dave McCulley
Hours of operation:
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday thru Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday
Closed on Sunday
When did you open for business?
1965 originally – May 1999 (current owners)
What products or services do you offer?
“Since November 2008, we have been the Upper Cumberland’s only Broyhill Furniture Gallery.”
Furniture and mattresses… Read More

Bank of White County food drive March 1-31

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

helping. Bank of White County will hold its annual food drive March 1-31. All items collected will be distributed back into White County through the Help Center Agency. L-R: Bank of White County staff members Jennifer Wheeler, Lisa West, Cara Wilhite and Bonnie Marcom.

Passin Time Outdoors created in Sparta

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Trophy. Larry Daniels (left) and Derrick Dale show off one of the bucks they killed during one of the many hunts in which they participated.

Win. Derrick Dale (second from left) and Larry Daniels (third from left) accepts their winnings from the Campbell Outdoor Challenge.

Two White County businessmen are capitalizing on their hunting exploits to produce a hunting and fishing show called Passin’ Time Outdoors that can be seen on Ben Lomand’s Channel 6 TV.
Derrick Dale and Larry Daniels can usually be found during the week at their barbershop on North Spring Street. But the rest of the time, they are in the woods, on the … Read More

Four-vehicle crash sends one to hospital

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tangled. Two of the vehicles involved in this Friday crash sit idle as officers investigate the incident.

More. Sgt. Dale Dodson, of Sparta Police Department, is evaluating two of the four vehicles damaged during a Friday crash.

One man was taken to White County Community Hospital after a crash on North Spring Street, Friday, at approximately 12:43 p.m., involving four vehicles.
According to a report by Officer Tony Copeland with Sparta Police, Roy Lee Rice, 58, of Sparta, was driving north on North Spring Street in a red 1984 Mazda B-200 when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a boulder in front of … Read More

Burglars hit four businesses

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Watchful. Police officers are investigating four burglaries in the same shopping complex.

At least two suspects are being sought by Sparta Police for the burglaries early Sunday morning of four Sparta businesses on Mose Drive.
According to Investigator Allen Selby, Save A Lot grocery store, Dollar General, H & R Block and Checks To Cash were all burglarized on the same night.
Officers J.T. King and Chris Bennett were dispatched Sunday, at approximately 8:05 a.m., and found that one or more burglars had gained entry at Save A Lot through a back door. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the office.
As a result of that … Read More

Sullivan homicide update

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Terry Sullivan

According to Kristin Helm, TBI public information officer, agents are continuing to work diligently on the Terry Sullivan homicide case. Helm said, “They are working on some good leads.”
Sullivan, 50, was found shot to death Jan. 16, 2009, at his home on Oakland Drive, in Sparta.
No suspects have yet been arrested.

Willie Layron (W.L.) Johnson

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Willie Layron (W.L.) Johnson, 84, of McMinnville, passed away March 4, 2009, at River Park Hospital.
Johnson was born June 2, 1924, in White County, to Willie Mansfield and Clearah Ann Wright Johnson.
He served his country in World War II with the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
Throughout his years in McMinnville, Johnson had been involved in many community organizations, including the Lions Club and the Mental Health Alliance. He was active in the Democratic Party, in Warren County. In recognition of his efforts to promote mental health care in Warren County, … Read More

Shirley Odell Hodge

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shirley Odell Hodge, 57, of Sparta, passed away March 3, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Hodge was born Dec. 11, 1951, in White County, to Frank and Eddie Brock Odell
Survivors include her two sons, Jackie Lynn Hodge and wife Jennifer, Jimmy Dewayne Hodge, all of Sparta; four grandchildren, Terri Hodge, Anna Ealey, Sean Markus, Brandon Markus; one great-grandson, Trey Jaylen Croft; father of her children, Jackie Hodge, of Sparta; four brothers, Kenneth Odell, of Sparta, Terry Odell, of Cullum, Ala., Harold Odell, of Sparta; three sisters, Robert Wilson, Elisa Luna, Dean Masters, all of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., … Read More

Daniel Thomas (Dan) Richards

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daniel Thomas (Dan) Richards, 61, of Texas, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 22, 2009, in Texas.
Richards was born Jan. 23, 1948, in White County.
He graduated from White County High School, in 1966. He relocated to Austin, Texas, while attending the University of Texas as a member of the U.S. Navy ROTC program. He joined the Austin Police Department, in 1969, after graduating from the police academy. He was assigned to the patrol division as a beat officer and later promoted to the rank of sergeant. During this time he attended college at Southwest Texas State University, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in … Read More

John Bryant

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Bryant, 89, of Bone Cave, passed away March 4, 2009, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Bryant was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Van Buren County, to Emmitt Alexander Bryant and Lou Ella Stroud Bryant.
He attended First Assembly of God Church. Bryant was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II. He had also been a farmer.
Bryant was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond, Arlis, Creed Bryant; and sisters, Cecile Hillis and Rita Bryant.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Hitchcock Bryant, of McMinnville; four children and their spouses, John Windell Bryant and wife Teresa, of Rock Hill, S.C., Darlene Bright and … Read More


Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live


WCHS Warriors have a new football coach

Posted on March 5, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

New Warrior coach. Tracy Malone, pictured above with his family in the media guide picture from last year at Ardmore High School, has been named the new WCHS football coach. He along with his wife, Kim, and sons Reed and Tate, will be making Sparta their home.

   After almost a three-month process, White County High School has its ninth head coach in a 20-year span. 
    The search and interview committee made the offer for the position on Monday and Tracy Malone accepted.  Malone replaces Josh Kerr who resigned his position in early December after two seasons at the helm of the WCHS football program. 
    WCHS athletic director, Terry … Read More

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