Monthly Archives: May 2009

Ollie the Otter visits Cassville Elementary

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

Seatbelt safety. Students at Cassville Elementary excitedly learned about seatbelt safety from Ollie the otter. Ollie was assisted by law enforcement officers from White County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol in showing the children how to properly buckle up, as well as who should be wearing seatbelts and who should be in booster seats.

Cemetery walking path has new direction

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

Lighting the way. One of the many lampposts that line the Sparta City Cemetery walking trail is waiting for the day when its glow will brighten the hillside overlooking Bockman Way.

A project started in October 2008 that would have placed a walking trail through Sparta City Cemetery has been revamped to circle the outside perimeter of the historical burial ground.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo said, on Friday, the concrete walking path, which is lined with lampposts reminiscent of those seen in the 1800’s, should be completed within the next couple of weeks.
The walkway had originally been under construction in October 2008, with a path cut through … Read More

South Young Market robbed at gunpoint

Posted on May 26, 2009 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.comOriginally Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 12:11 PM CDT

No injuries were reported in the incident.

South Young Market was robbed at gunpoint on the morning of May 26.

Police are looking for this man.

A man, armed with a gun, robbed the South Young Market in Sparta, at approximately 9:08 a.m., this morning, May 26, according to Sparta Police.
The white male reportedly took an undisclosed amount of money and left the store on foot. No one was reportedly injured in the robbery.
Police say the man is believed to be in his mid to late 20s, five feet eight inches tall, and weighs approximately 150 to 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray … Read More

Roberta Martin Hall

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

Robert Martin Hall, 85, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Hall was born June 15, 1923, in White County, to George and Polly Selby Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thaddeus L. Hall Sr.; son, Thaddeus Hall Jr.; two sisters and their spouses, Kathryn and J.D. Randolph, Pauline and Ray Hyder; three brothers, Benny Martin, George Martin Jr., Gene Martin; and one brother-in-law, John Abell.
Survivors include her daughter, Selisa Haston and husband Richard, of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hall, of Rickman; four grandchildren, Thaddeus Hall III and wife Teresa, Kendra Saunders and husband Jim, Amy Austin … Read More

9 indictments unsealed in criminal court

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

White County Criminal Court handed down several indictments during its May 2009 term with charges ranging from rape of a child to theft.
Selby Seals faces 15 counts rape of a child, 70 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 40 counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Five individuals were indicted on various drug-related charges.
Bobby Hughes was charged with possession of schedule III for delivery, possession of schedule IV for delivery, possession of schedule II for delivery and two counts of delivery of schedule IV. According to the indictment, the drugs involved were phendimetrazine, alprazolam, oxycodone and lorazepam.
Jacob O’Neal Samford, Leonard Cass and Felicia Rittenberry … Read More

Roy E. Mason

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Roy E. Mason, 62, of Doyle, passed away May 24, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mason was born April 5, 1947, in White County, to Denton and Mary Iva Savage Mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde Mason; and one niece, Rhonda Mason.
He had served in the U.S. Army and was employed at Caney Fork Electric, in McMinnville.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Elaine Swindell Mason, of Doyle; three daughters, Stacy Michelle Satterfield and husband Doyle, of Maryville, Tina Nicole Brown and husband Richard, of Cookeville, Dierdre Elaine Porter, of Monterey; one … Read More

Curtiss wins money for charity

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

Money. State Representative Charles Curtiss receives a check from Harold Walker, of Kindred Health Care, at the Tennessee Health Care Association’s annual charity giveaway.

Fifty-six legislators won donations for charities in their communities during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s (THCA) annual “Partnering For Charity” event, including Rep. Charles Curtiss, who won $200 for Gracemoor.
The lawmakers spun a prize wheel to earn $8,450 in contributions to charities of their choice throughout the state. Among those charities receiving donations this year were Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Cancer Society and United Way. Local senior centers, libraries, schools, churches, and other organizations were also chosen for donations.
Each year, … Read More

Burger season is back

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

Americans love hamburgers … that’s a fact. An estimated 1.5 billion pounds of ground beef become those favored burgers cooked at home each year. Whether it’s gas versus charcoal, with cheese or without, every burger fan has a different opinion about what makes the perfect patty.
But there’s one thing most burger enthusiasts agree on. According to a national consumer survey from The Beef Checkoff, 90 percent of people enjoy their burger cooked to medium (160 F) doneness or higher. However, some home chefs and grillmasters are using unsafe methods for checking when a burger is done, like cutting into them with a knife, squishing them with a … Read More

Strawberry Cheese Salad

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

3 ounce package strawberry banana gelatin
1 cup boiling wate
1 lb. sliced strawberries
1 banana, mashed
8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
One-half cup chopped pecans
Combine strawberry banana gelatin and 1 cup boiling water. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Add strawberries and stir. Add the drained crushed pineapple, and the mashed banana. Mix until blended. Spoon half of the gelatin mixture into an 8-inch square casserole dish. Chill until set. Set the other half aside at room temperature. Combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream and the pecans. Mix until well blended. Spread evenly over the set gelatin. … Read More

Edwina Gamble

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

Edwina Gamble, 77, White Bluff, passed away May 22, 2009, at Horizon Medical Center, in Dickson

Mrs. Gamble was born Feb. 24, 1932.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m., May 26, 2009, at Highland Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease

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

During a typical day, your blood pressure goes up and down, and that’s healthy. For about 65 million Americans, however, blood pressure remains high over time. Are you one of them?
When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work too hard. That can lead to heart disease and stroke. You’re also at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, one recent study suggests that you’re three times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you have high blood pressure.
Here’s the problem — it can be hard to tell that you have high blood pressure. Why? There may be no symptoms, even if … Read More

Largest WCHS graduating class ever turns tassels

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

Chelsea Alspaugh, valedictorian, (left) delivers her valedictory address at the commencement exercises. Micah Eller (right) was the salutatorian of the Class of 2009.

Attending. A capacity crowd was on hand to see the largest class in WCHS history receive their diplomas. Two hundred and seventy-seven students graduated in the Class of 2009.

Making it official. The members of the Class of 2009 made it official by turning their tassels at the end of the commencement exercises.

Time to celebrate. The Class of 2009 begins the celebration at the completion of the commencement exercises at WCHS for the largest graduating class in school history.

The Class of 2009 took … Read More

Youth sports camps dot the summer schedule

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

The young athletes of White County may be getting a break from reading, writing and arithmetic during the summer, but there will be plenty to keep them busy as most of the high school teams will be conducting youth sports camps at various times during the summer.
TSSAA guidelines actually help to dictate when teams can conduct their youth camps. The coaches may be open to work with the youth at any time during the summer as long as they won’t be playing for them next season, but dead period rules only allow student athletes to help with those camps at certain times.
For that reason, basketball camps … Read More

Yslas finishes fifth in the state in discus

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

Preparing to throw. Lacy Yslas gets ready to throw the discus during Thursday’s state track and field meet. Yslas captured fifth place in the Class AAA discus throw at the state meet in Murfreesboro. Yslas bettered her personal record by four feet finishing fifth with a throw of 113 feet one inch.

Back to back trips to state. Casey Bales made his second straight trip to the state track meet qualifying in the 800-meter. He finished seventh in his heat.

For Lacy Yslas, Thursday was one of those days that she will never forget.
The WCHS senior began her whirlwind day with a trip to Murfreesboro to compete … Read More

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