Monthly Archives: March 2009

Steven Robert Underwood

Posted on March 23, 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. Linn Lynch will officiate.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home-Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.

What a day!

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

The Pit looking from above

Kellie Harper coaching from the sidelines

Another look at the Pit

Greetings from Albuquerque, New Mexico!
What a day I had for my first segment of the trip! I know the true length of a day is 24 hours but not my day.
My day actually began when I woke up about noon on Friday. (Yes, I am a late sleeper and I should have slept longer because I knew it would be a while before I would get to sleep again, but the men’s tournament games were on and I really wanted to watch Tennessee. You see how that one went.)
Anyway, … Read More

Last day in New Mexico

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

As I sit here writing this, I have just finished packing for my flight back home on Tuesday.
After spending almost all day Sunday resting, we got out on Monday and spent the day in the Old Town of Albuquerque. Most of the town is shops and restaurants now even though there is still a church there that was built I think in the late 1700’s. The church is still in use.
The buildings in old town have, of course, been renovated somewhat, but I pictured myself walking down the streets that were trodden by such people as Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Kit Carson and maybe even … Read More

FCS employee celebrates 50 years of service

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

Dependability and stability are traits that many financial institutions like to claim, but Farm Credit Services of Mid-America demonstrates them through employees such as Meirl Williams.  Meirl began working for Farm Credit in on March 1, 1959, when she was just 17 years old.  In the 50 years since, Meirl has seen a lot of changes, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the positive, close relationship FCS maintains with its customers. 
Meirl currently works as a Customer Service Representative with the Farm Credit offices in Cookeville and Crossville, Tennessee.  When she started, the only electric office machines were typewriters.  “The receipts were written manually and the … Read More

Simple steps toward a more natural home

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

Mother and daughter (4-6) filling recycling box, smiling

Whether it’s out of concern for the environment or for a desire to live a more natural lifestyle, more people are making green decisions for their homes. In Gallup’s annual Environmental Poll (2008), 28 percent of Americans said they’ve made major changes to their lives to protect the environment, while 55 percent said they have made minor changes. The most common changes involve recycling, conserving fuel, using less electricity and making homes more energy efficient.
Another step people are taking is to buy eco-friendly or more natural products for their homes. A recent Yahoo green living survey found that 57 … Read More

From Plant to Plate, Veggies Are Great!

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

Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Confetti Soba Noodle Salad

Getting kids to eat their vegetables isn’t always an easy task. In fact, helping parents find a solution for this common dinner table dilemma is one of the reasons Chef Art Smith joined the Love Your Veggies campaign and the efforts to provide parents with tools to help their children develop a life-long love of vegetables. Like the makers of Hidden Valley Salad Dressings, who created the Love Your Veggies campaign, Chef Smith believes that getting kids to eat vegetables goes hand in hand with involving them in the garden, in the kitchen and at the dinner table.
With cooking trends … 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

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

Home Style

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

Home Style

James Frank Parham Jr.

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

James Frank Parham Jr., 90, of Cookeville, passed away March 20, 2009, at his residence.
Parham was April 20, 1918, in Nashville, to James Frank Parham and Bertha Staley Parham Marsh.
He was of the Baptist faith and served as chaplain at White County Community Hospital for many years. Parham was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired machinist with the Addressograph / Multigraph Co., in Euclid, Ohio.
Parham was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Craig Wieland.
His family includes his wife of more than 62 years, Margie Randolph, whom … 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

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

WCHS softball loses another close one

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

Recording the out. Warriorette pitcher, Stephanie Guth, throws over to first to Miya Teeples to record an out in the narrow loss to Lebanon.

The White County High School Warriorette softball team has played three games this season; all of them District 7AAA contests and all have been nail biters.
Despite the 0-3 mark, the Warriorettes have been in each and every one of those games at the end. In fact, they have lost the three games by a combined total of four runs, the last being a narrow 3-2 loss to Lebanon on a cool Thursday evening.
Lebanon scored their three runs over the first three innings. … 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

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