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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Warriors blanked by the Blaze at home

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

Trying for two. The Warrior infielders attempt to turn two against the Blaze in the 8-0 district loss.

Caught stealing. Warrior senior catcher, Dalton Bain, throws down to second to pick off a Blackman runner attempting to steal in Wednesday's loss to the Blaze.

The Warrior baseball team found the going tough in their two-game District 7AAA series with the Blackman Blaze.
After a 16-1 loss in Murfreesboro Tuesday, the Warriors came home hoping for a better outcome on Wednesday. WCHS hung around a lot longer in this game, but in the end, it was the Blaze who put runs on the board as the Warriors were shut … Read More

Teen offers online hunting help

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

Capturing the moment. Mike Pick examines his camera to make sure it is ready to capture all the action during a hunt. He developed a Web site to help young people learn about a variety of outdoorsmen activities.

Mike Pick, a White County 16-year-old, has developed a Web site ( that offers information, contests, links and individual connections for young, beginning or novice hunters, fishermen and campers.
Pick, who started the enterprise July 4, 2008, says the site is a way to promote outdoor activities to young people and to share information and stories.
“We’re just trying to connect everyone and help them any way we can,” said … Read More

Herman Sidwell Ragland

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

Herman Sidwell Ragland, 78, of Sparta, passed away March 21, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Ragland was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Granville, to Carlos and Clara Ola Elrod Ragland.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Howe Military School.
Ragland was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ellen Ragland; daughter, Victoria Horn; and son, Steve Ragland.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Cavanary and husband Keith; three sisters, Carlene Ramson and husband Murray, Joyce Hale and husband Billy, Pattye Ragland; four brothers, Claude Ragland wife Joy, Davis Ragland, Jim Ragland and wife Cathy, Bob Ragland; two granddaughters, Natasha Horn, Brittany Cavanary; … Read More

Guenter (Whitey) Talmon-Gros

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

Guenter (Whitey) Talmon-Gros, 80, of Sparta, passed away March 21, 2009, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Talmon-Gros was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Germany, and came to the United States at the age of 24. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired senior engineer for Federal Mogul.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Hilde Talmon-Gros, of Sparta; two daughters, Diane Riggs and husband Galen, of Nolensville, Susan Chaffin and husband Johnny, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Matthew Riggs, Jordan Chaffin, Morgan Chaffin; one sister, of Germany; and one brother, of Germany.
Funeral service … Read More

Sheriff tells students to ‘Just Say No’

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

Happy group. These Woodland Park students are happy to pose in their new t-shirts with Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and Deputy Chadra Daniels after their discussion of illicit drugs.

Illicit materials. Deputy Chadra Daniels describes what certain illegal drugs look like so the children will know how to protect themselves from getting hooked.

On Feb. 23, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe brought a couple of deputies and the message ‘Just Say No’ as he addressed Woodland Park Elementary students about the dangers of drugs.
“We don’t want any more people getting hooked on drugs and ending up in jail,” said Shoupe. “It will mess up your whole life, if you let … Read More

Agnes (Billie) Jones Masters

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

Agnes (Billie) Jones Masters, 79, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Elvis Masters; daughter, Jeanne Bussell and husband Dalmas, of Sparta; brothers and sisters, Treva Rice and husband John, of Nashville, Jewell Jones and husband Fred, Charlene Farley and husband Roy, Frank Jones and wife Joan, Howard Jones and wife Wanda, Pearl Luna, Dewayne Jones, all of Sparta; brother-in-law, Jim Wilson; two grandchildren, Joshua Deaton Austin, Megan Danielle Bussell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 2 p .m., March 25, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Zion Cemetery. … Read More

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