Monthly Archives: March 2009

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


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


State unemployment at 9.1 percent

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

Tennessee’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent for February 2009 is the highest since 1986, which registered 10 percent.
February 2009’s rate is the fifth highest rate for the month of February since 1973. According to Commissioner James Neeley, of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, February 2009 set a record for the “number” of unemployed individuals since 1973. However, the exact figure was not available. According to TDLWD archive records, the highest number to-date for the month of February is 301,160, which was February 1983.
Job losses from January 2009 to February 2009 totaled 7,000. Declines were listed in the fields of trade, transportation and utilities, down … 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 (youngsportsman.com) 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


What a day!

Posted on March 22, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Pit looking from above

Kellie Harper coaching from the sidelines

Another look at the Pit




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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


Steven Robert Underwood

Posted on March 21, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Steven Robert Underwood, 52, of Sparta, passed away March 19, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
A celebration of life will be at a later date.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jackie (Jack) Reed O’Connor

Posted on March 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jackie (Jack) Reed O’Connor, 67, of Baxter, passed away March 19, 2009, at his residence.
O’Connor was born March 26, 1941, in White County, to Joseph and Ocia Caldwell O’Connor.
He had worked for the State of Tennessee Highway Department.
O’Connor was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth O’Connor, of Baxter; three sons, Forrest Brown, of Utah, Jackie Ray O’Connor, of Sparta, Jason O’Connor, of Baxter; one daughter, Beth Nash, of Cookeville; one sister, Ollie Ray and husband James, of Sparta; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., March 22, 2009, at Whitson Funeral … Read More


Sparta seeks public works director

Posted on March 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

City officials are looking for a qualified individual to fill the vacancy that will be created when the public works director leaves his position May 1.
Ross Fann, who began as a G.I.S. coordinator for the city, eventually moved into the slot of public works director. In his letter of resignation submitted to Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, Fann said he would be returning to private practice where he would again be using his engineering and contractor licenses to do survey, civil design, utilities and land development work. Fann praised the city for its leadership in addressing problems with the water and sewer systems.
During the Tuesday meeting of … Read More


Herren fills vacant seat

Posted on March 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Official. Milton Herren is officially sworn in as county commissioner for District 4. Herren will be filling the vacancy created by the death of Betty Sapp Bohannon.

A man who already has experience in governmental leadership has filled one of the county commission seats for District 4 that was left vacant with the death of Betty Sapp Bohannon.
Milton Herren, 65, was selected by White County commissioners Monday night to serve on the 14-member board. The retired truck driver garnered seven votes to secure the position. Herren served as county commissioner during the 1990’s representing the Doyle area. He now resides on Old Bon Air Road.
The remaining … Read More


Vendors still signing on for 2009 Women’s Show

Posted on March 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for the annual Expositor’s Women’s Show set for April 25, at White County Agriculture Complex.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., women (and even some men) will be perusing the hundreds of items at the event-of-a-lifetime. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door and can be purchased at either The Expositor or Atnip Chiropractic, in Cookeville.
Christy Hampton, Expositor promotions director, is keeping the grand prize a secret until all details are finalized. The Expositor will provide that exciting information just a soon as possible.
Just in case anyone is wondering what can be found at the Women’s Show, here is a … Read More


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