Monthly Archives: March 2009

‘Help is Here Express’ bus tour comes to Cookeville

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The “Help Is Here Express” bus tour will be in Cookeville 11 a.m.-1 p.m., March 30, stopping at the Goodwill Superstore, 575 S. Jefferson Ave., to help uninsured and financially struggling Tennesseans access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies – raising awareness of patient assistance programs among residents who face layoffs or a loss of health care benefits in a struggling economy. Additionally, patients who visit the bus can also learn about new medicines in development to fight … Read More

Governor outlines budget and stimulus

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee’s budget presented by Gov. Phil Bredesen for the upcoming fiscal year is a detailed outline of department cutbacks and belt-tightening that is expected to keep the state on an even keel until the economic outlook takes an upturn.
During his speech Monday, the governor provided an outline for the 2009-2010 budget. He also presented a plan for two additional fiscal years, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Bredesen stated he wanted to leave the state in “good shape” and provide his successor with a helping hand.
During a portion of his speech, the governor summarized Recovery Act funds for Tennessee. Federal legislation directs approximately $2.9 billion, which is approximately 58 … Read More

$3,500 in prizes to be given away at Women’s Show

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Place a big red circle on the calendar around April 25 and write down The Expositor’s Women’s Show 2009 because this year’s event will be another fun-filled day.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., White County Agriculture Complex will be the one and only location in the area to be providing a super-fantastic time that can be spent with a person’s mom, sister, daughter or even Dad or Hubby.
Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door and can be purchased at The Expositor or Atnip Chiropractic, in Cookeville.
Christy Hampton, Expositor promotions manager, is excited about the grand prize giveaways – and yes, it’s more … Read More

WCHS softball picks up first win of season

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Game winner. Kristen Howard slides safely home scoring the winning run in the WCHS softball’s 6-5 victory over Watertown on Tuesday. The win was the first victory of the season for the Warriorettes.

Reaching back. Miya Teeples stretches way back to haul in a fly ball in the win over Watertown on Tuesday.

The Warriorettes, after losing by two or less runs in three of their first four games, finally pulled off a win in one of those nail biters.
The Warriorettes played host to Watertown on a windy Tuesday afternoon. After holding the lead through four innings, the Warriorettes found themselves trailing by one after five innings. … Read More

Warrior baseball drops another district game

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High school baseball team dropped another District 7AAA contest Tuesday when they traveled to Lebanon and came up on the short end of the 10-2 final score.
The game was much closer then the final score depicts. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Warriors trailed only 4-2, but saw Lebanon put six runs on the board in that stanza.
The Warriors scored first in the contest. Roggie Haston led things off reaching safely when he was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Conor Sparkman joined him on base when he too was hit by a pitch. A two-out single by Noah … Read More

Peggy Sue Skillern

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Peggy Sue Skillern, 73, of Sparta, passed away Thursday morning at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.  
Ms. Skillern was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Nashville, to Jospeh Russell and Mable Lee Burke Hunter.
She was a receptionist and resident of Hunter Funeral Home more than 25 years.
Ms. Skillern was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Hunter.
Survivors include three children, Jan Hunter and husband John, of Sparta; Lori Davenport and husband Jim, Mike Skillern, all of Columbia ; three grandchildren, Amber Dicus and husband Ashley, of Sparta, Wesley Davenport, of Knoxville, Will Davenport, of Columbia; one great-grandson, Sam Dicus, of Sparta; brothers, Leon … Read More

Police search for suspects in thefts

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police are looking for the individual or individuals in two separate investigations of a stolen vehicle from the NHC Healthcare parking lot and a toolbox filled with tools taken from a van parked at Premier Apartments.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, Sgt. Jeff Hutson responded, on Tuesday, Mar. 24, to the report of a two-door white 1998 Ford Mustang GT stolen from the NHC parking lot.
Guth stated the department does have a suspect in the incident. And the vehicle has been entered as stolen into NCIC, the national crime database, with a tag number of 615-VJH.
The vehicle is valued at approximately $4,500.
On … Read More

Big Dance cut short for local hoopsters

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kellie Jolly Harper encourages her team to play defense during Western Carolina's first round game in the NCAA tournament.

The three WCHS graduates who were competing in the NCAA tournament saw their dances cut short with three first round exits.
Two coaches and one player represented Sparta and White County in the event.
Kellie Jolly Harper, a 1995 graduate of WCHS, guided her Western Carolina team to the Southern Conference championship earning a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take on SEC champs, Vanderbilt.
The two teams had to square off in the Pit, the University of New Mexico Arena, which is commonly known as one of the … Read More

WCHS well represented in TACA All Star game

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eric Mitchell is the head coach of the East team in the TACA basketball All Star game this weekend.

Stewart Mitchell is a member of the East All Star squad.

Warrior basketball head coach, Eric Mitchell, has one more game this season to coach.
Mitchell has been selected to coach the East in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) All Star game that will be played this Saturday at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Mitchell will not be the only maroon and gray representative in the game. Senior point guard, Stewart Mitchell, has been selected to play in the game.
Eric Mitchell served as an assistant last year … Read More

WCHS soccer nets second win

Posted on March 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warrior soccer team traveled to Cumberland County Tuesday and defeated the Jets 2-1 for the second WCHS victory of the season.
Though a meeting between two non-district foes this season, the two will be squaring off next season in the newly aligned district.
After being off for a week for spring break, the Warriors got off to a bit of a slow start. The Jets scored the game’s first goal with a high shot that found the net about midway through the first half of action. That would be the only goal of the half as Cumberland County held the slim 1-0 halftime advantage.
The Warriors evened … Read More

Catherine Ruth Hiller

Posted on March 25, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Catherine Ruth Hiller, 77, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hiller was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Detroit, to William and Ella Liebermann.
She had been a medical secretary.
Survivors include her husband, Norman A. Hiller, of Sparta, and one brother, Ralph Liebermann, of Las Vegas.
Burial will be at Bellevue Memorial Park, in Ontario, Calif., at a later date.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billie Roe Boldin

Posted on March 25, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billie Roe Boldin, 75, of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Boldin was born March 7, 1934, in White County, to William Harvey Bolin and Pattie Pittman Bolin.
He served his country in the U.S. Army, 1957-1963. Boldin was a retired ambulance driver with 20 years of service. He was also a lifetime farmer. Boldin had lots of family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Brenda Dodson Boldin; one son, Anthony Billy Boldin; two daughters, Patsy Knowles, Cynthia Palmer and husband Michiel, all of Sparta; one grandson, Christopher Foster; three granddaughters, Madison and Shealynn Foster, Raechele Hensley, all of Sparta; … Read More

Hubert Hudgens Jr.

Posted on March 24, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force retired) Hubert Hudgens Jr., 72, of Parker, Fla., passed away March 18, 2009. Hudgens was the son of Mary Frances and Hubert Hudgens who had lived in Sparta.
He was born in Nashville and lived in Sparta until entering the U.S. Air Force. He lived in Panama City, Fla., many years, retiring after 21 years of service in the military. After his retirement, he worked at Scotty’s Hardware. Hudgens was an avid University of Tennessee and Florida State University fan and enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He was a member of the VFW. Hudgens loved spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include … Read More

Steven Robert Underwood

Posted on March 24, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Steven Robert Underwood, 52, of Sparta, passed away March 19, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Underwood was born July 21, 1956, in Jersey City, N.J., to Robert A. and Harriet L. Shaw Underwood.
He had been employed as a housepainter.
Survivors include his parents, Robert A. and Harriet L. Shaw Underwood; brother, Robert A. Underwood and wife Virginia, of New Jersey; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., March 28, 2009, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Ray Alcorn will officiate.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home-Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.

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