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


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


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


Blaze burn Warriors in 7AAA baseball opener

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

Fielding the ball. Warrior first baseman, Seth McDonald, fields the ball during a recent game. The Warriors will play in a tournament in Franklin County this weekend.

    Mother Nature forced the Warrior baseball team to miss four straight games. 
    The lay-off from action took its toll in their first outing in a week.  WCHS traveled to Murfreesboro to take on Blackman.  The Blaze bats were on fire in the game as they rolled to the 16-1 victory.
    Blackman scored their 16 runs on 14 hits.  Four Warrior errors contributed to the Blackman surge.  Blackman exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning taking away all … Read More


Dancing across the land in NCAA

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

    White County has representatives of its basketball tradition dancing this week all across the country.
    Making the NCAA tournament is a tough thing to do, but the small town of Sparta has three people carrying that maroon and gray pride into the Big Dance.
    Molly McFadden, a 2006 graduate of WCHS and a former Warriorette, will be traveling to East Lansing, Michigan with the Middle Tennessee State University Lady Raiders.  McFadden is a freshman reserve for the Lady Raiders. 
    MTSU (28-5) garnered an eight seed, but has the tough task of taking on nine seed, Michigan State, on their home court.  That game is slated to tip off … Read More


Football supporters meet the coach

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

    New Warrior head coach, Tracy Malone, was in town Monday night and spoke to players and supporters of WCHS football gathered in the school’s cafeteria. 
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
    On hand were several current Warrior football players and their parents as well as future Warriors.  There were players from the middle school age down through the youth league on hand to meet the new coach.  Also attending were WCMS coach, Luke Dycus, as well as several Spartan youth coaches. 
    Taking the podium first was Quarterback Club president, Steve Howell.  He spoke a bit about the organization and plans for expanding to help with football at all levels … Read More


WCHS soccer nets first win of season

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

Getting after the ball. Matt Geer races to gain control of the ball during recent action. The Warriors defeated Sequatchie County 5-2 for their first win of the season.

    The White County High School Warrior soccer team picked up their first win of the season Tuesday when they defeated Sequatchie County 5-2.
    After rain forced cancellation of last Thursday’s game, the Warriors hit the field for only the second time this season when they traveled to Dunlap for a non district contest. 
    The Warriors struck first and would never trail in the contest when Joshua Fann scored from about 20 yards out 10 minutes into the match.  Five … Read More


Explosives found in search

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

James Fredrick Willard, 35

James Fredrick Willard, 35, of White County, was arrested Mar. 13 after two explosive devices were found at a residence on Whittaker Road in the northeastern portion of White County.
According to officers with White County Sheriff Department, a concerned resident reported possible drug activity involving Willard. Officers went to the residence and conducted a “knock and talk”, which resulted in consent to search the premises.
Officers reportedly found schedule VI drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as the two pipe-type bombs.
Willard has been charged with two counts of possession of prohibited weapon, three counts of reckless endangerment, simple possession of schedule VI … Read More


WCHS softball shut out by Blackman

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

Making a play. Warriorette shortstop, Paige Scott, throws to first during the loss to Blackman Tuesday. The Warriorettes gave up four unearned runs in the 4-0 loss. They will host Lebanon Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The Warriorette softball team finally returned to action after rain had forced cancellation of their scheduled games over the weekend.
    WCHS fell victim to visiting Blackman dropping a 4-0 decision to the Lady Blaze.  The Warriorettes managed only two hits in the game.  Miya Teeples pitched for WCHS and scattered 10 Blackman hits, but all four runs were unearned.  The Warriorettes committed five errors in the game. 
    Blackman plated what turned out to … Read More


Honda of Cookeville provides support for meals

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

support. Honda employees gather for the presentation of the company’s contribution of $3,300 to the UCHRA Senior Meals Program. Front row, L-R: Steve Cooper, general manager of Cookeville Honda; Kay Walker, UCHRA Putnam County Advisory Board member; Phyllis Bennett, executive director of UCHRA; and Linda Tramel, Field Services and Elderly Nutrition Director of UCHRA.

Contributions made by the employees of Cookeville Honda and Jeff Cappo with Victory Automotive Group translate into more meals being provided by the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agencies Nutrition Program for the Elderly and Other Adults with Disabilities.
“When the Cookeville Honda staff discussed a charitable organization to help, the Upper Cumberland Human Resource … Read More


Steven Robert Underwood

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

Steven Robert Underwood, 52, of Sparta, passed away March 19, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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


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