Monthly Archives: June 2009

C.B. Noel Selby

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

C.B. Noel Selby, 84, of Monterey, passed away June 24, 2009, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center, in Monterey.
Mr. Selby was born Jan. 2, 1925, in White County, to Robert Franklin and Beulah Mae England Selby.
He was a retired coal miner, U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, member of United Mine Workers Association, active in local Little League more than 25 years, where he coached an umpired, lifetime member of VFW Post 6277, and member of Green Pond Masonic Lodge #703.
Mr. Selby was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cathryn Owens Selby; three … Read More


Where were you when…

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Okay, this column really has nothing to do with sports, but it is the biggest news all across the world right now, therefore, I am diverting from the sports scene for my column.
Thursday, June 25th, will long be one of those “where were you days?”
You know what I mean. One of those days where you always remember where you were. I wasn’t around for the JFK assassination, but those who were know where they were when they found out it happened. Prior to Thursday, I had lived through three of those “where were you days?” The day Elvis died, the day the space shuttle exploded and … Read More


Two Sparta men charged in Frazier homicide

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Timothy Shawn Rutherford, 27, (left) and Michael Kyle Whicher, 23, (right) both of Sparta, were apprehended June 30 for charges stemming from the June 23 death of Henry Malcolm Frazier.

Michael Kyle Whicher, 23, and Timothy Shawn Rutherford, 27, both of Sparta, were taken into custody, June 30, and charged with felony murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in connection with the death of Henry Malcolm Frazier.
Frazier’s body was found June 23 at a residence on Old Ridge Road in Crossville. Warrants allege that Henry Malcolm Frazier suffered multiple stab wounds during the attack.
According to a press release from Criminal Investigator Jeffrey L. Slayton with … Read More


Henry Malcolm Frazier

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Henry Malcolm Frazier, 63, of White County, passed away June 23, 2009.
Mr. Frazier was born March 4, 1946, in Cumberland County.
He was of the Baptist faith and had been an equipment operator.
Mr. Frazier was preceded in death by his parents, Roby Frazier and Tom Frazier, and brothers, Paul Frazier and Howard Frazier.
Survivors include one son, Henry Malcolm Parks; seven brothers, Woodroe Frazier, of Sparta, Morris Frazier, Edd Frazier, Monroe Frazier, Carol Frazier, Jack Frazier, Bill Frazier; and four sisters, Geraldine Walker, Priscilla Conley, Sally Agbill, and Bobby Holt.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., June 27, 2009, at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, with burial in … Read More


Driver hits rock wall on Highway 70

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUNE 29, 2009ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

A one-vehicle crash on Highway 70 East, at approximately 12:16 p.m., June 28, left a car with heavy damage, which was towed from the scene.
According to the report from White County Sheriff Department, Sally Lockwood, 63, of Sparta, was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre, traveling eastbound on Highway 70 East. The vehicle reportedly left the roadway on the right side and hit the ditch. The driver unsuccessfully attempted to maneuver the vehicle back onto the highway. The vehicle “rode the ditchline” and swiped a rock wall on the right side of the car, during which the vehicle was knocked back onto the roadway and came to rest … Read More


Voting machines will change again

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vote. The E-Slate voting machine (pictured here) is now in use in White County. However, the optical scan machine will soon replace the E-Slate.

Tennessee legislators were unable to delay a bill from last year’s session that would require counties to convert to optical scanners for voting machines.
House Bill 2045 stated after June 30, 2009, any voting system purchased or leased would be a system using precinct-based optical scanners. The purpose of this type machine is to provide paper ballots if a recount were required.
Legislators who supported the delay said it would cost 93 counties a total of $11.7 million to comply. Hamilton and Pickett counties … Read More


Laverne Billingsley Shaffield

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Laverne Billingsley Shaffield, 88, of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Shaffield was born July 26, 2009, in Birmingham, Ala., to Sydney and Mallie Horsley Billingsley.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Shaffield had worked as a bookkeeper in the family business many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, John W. Shaffield.
Survivors include three daughters, Judith Elaine Sewell and husband Ben, Linda Carol Cook and husband Dan, Marjorie Janice Shaffield, all of Sparta; two sons, Bill Shaffield and wife Susan, Gary Shaffield and wife Sue, all of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Doug Elam, Edward Elam, Brett … Read More

Mickey Jason Sewell

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mickey Jason Sewell, 36, of McMinnville, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 26, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Sewell was born Nov. 11, 1972. He was the son of Charles A. Sewell and Sharon Higgins Ferguson.
Mr. Sewell was preceded in death by his grandparents, Chester and Jessie Lorine Sewell.
Survivors include his wife, Dana Sewell, of McMinnville; two daughters, Alyssa Sewell, of Smithville, Meah Sewell, of McMinnville; father, Charles A. Sewell and wife Laurie, of Baxter; mother, Sharon Ferguson and husband Russell, of Sparta; brother, Cory Sewell and wife Sara, of Cookeville; sister, Jana Hilton and husband Otto, of Nashville; grandparents, Donald and Peggy Higgins, of McMinnville; … Read More


Donna Marie Rogers Madden

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donna Marie Rogers Madden, 51, of Rock Island, passed away June 27, 2009, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Madden was born May 28, 1958, in Sparta, to Clinton Lee Rogers and Alvilda Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Alan Madden, of Rock Island; son Brian Luna, of Rock Island; daughter, Heather Hendrien and husband Bob, of Spencer; three grandchildren, Sierra, Kodiak, Dakota; three stepdaughters, Darla Steele and husband Ed, Tina Madden, Kathy Madden, all of Indiana; seven step-grandchildren; mother, Alvilda Rogers Green, of Sparta; three sisters, Sandra Harris and husband Edward, Sharon Guy and husband Dale, Rita Johnson, all … Read More

9/10 All Stars edge Lebanon in last inning

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Getting the out. Logan Swoape underhand tosses the ball to first baseman, Tyler Randolph, after coming off the mound to make a play. Swoape was the winning pitcher.

Delivering a base hit. Pierce Whited makes contact delivering a bases loaded base hit driving in two insurance runs in the top of the sixth.

Celebrating the victory. Sparta’s 9/10 year old baseball All Stars celebrate their victory after getting the final out in the come-from-behind win over Lebanon. Sparta won the game 8-5 after trailing 5-3 at one point. They will take on Smith County tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Sparta’s 9/10 year old baseball All Stars opened their campaign … Read More


Dress for success and comfort at work

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Young woman holding several shirts on hangers in front of closet

Wondering what to wear at the office as the temperature climbs this summer? Fashion experts at The Art Institutes have some words to live by when dressing for success at your workplace.
“There are many ways to incorporate summer’s hottest trends into your office wardrobe without compromising your professional credibility,” says Marlise Vance, senior instructor in Fashion Merchandising at The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati. “Using color, accessories and patterns can bring a summer feel to your work ensembles, even if the pieces themselves are traditional office conservative. A bright tank or cami under a jacket, … Read More


New heat index policy goes into effect July 1st

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A good cold drink. Mandatory water breaks are one of the guidelines instituted by the TSSAA in their heat policy.

The dog days of summer are upon us and with sultry temperatures looming, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) and the White County School Board are doing something to try and protect student athletes.
Since 1995, at least 39 football players across all levels have died from heat-related causes. At least 42 states now have some sort of illness prevention guidelines, which are rules that are geared to help better acclimate all student athletes, no matter what the sport, to the heat. The state of Tennessee becomes … Read More


Building codes law ‘ineffective’ says state representative

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A law whose original version was watered down before it was finally passed by the legislature will give counties in Tennessee the right to opt out of building codes standards.
According to State Representative Charles Curtiss, of White County, the original intent of the bill would have provided across-the-board protection for every county in Tennessee.
Curtiss said sponsors of the bill reportedly did not believe they had enough votes to pass the bill as it was initially written. According to Curtiss, the bill was then changed to read that any county, by two-thirds of the county commission, could opt out of the legislation.
“I wasn’t necessarily against the … Read More


A Star-Spangled Celebration!

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

From left: Red, White and Blue Bark, America’s Star Cupcake, Black Forest BrownieWith Frozen Cherry Cream

From left: Cherry Salsa With Star Crisps, A Star of a Salad, Mixed Green Salad With Northwest Cherries, Almonds & Goat Cheese

Celebrate the Fourth! Dine outdoors and serve a fabulous make-ahead menu.
Star-Studded Starter
Start with a sassy salsa of in-season sweet, plump Northwest cherries paired with peppers, onion and cilantro! Serve cracker-like crisps – cut from pita breads using star-shaped cookie cutters – for dipping.
Salads Make the Meal
Toss orzo, chicken and sweet cherries with red wine vinaigrette and pack into a star-shaped pan. Chill and then turn out … Read More


State budget could be in trouble next year

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The $29.4 billion state budget has been passed for fiscal year 2009-2010 and contains $1.4 billion less in recurring state appropriations than originally budgeted in 2008-2009.
However, Tennessee is still not “out of the woods” financially, according to State Representative Charles Curtiss.
“Because of the revenue shortfalls and what we were faced with there were a lot of proposed cuts,” said Curtiss. “Of course, we’ve only postponed things until next year because if the economy doesn’t turn around, it’s going to get really ugly next year.”
An additional calculation indicates cuts in the budget total $750 million, with the use of reserves and revenue enhancements, including a $137 … Read More


Summer pet protection from heat and fireworks

Posted on June 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

With the summer season just beginning, warmer weather beckons everyone outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. When family and friends gather for backyard barbecues and outings in the park, it is natural to want to include the pets. It is wise, though, to consider the health and safety of pets before taking them out into the heat for prolonged periods.
Pets cannot tolerate heat the same way as people. One big reason is that dogs don’t sweat, thereby lacking a natural way to cool down.
Heat exhaustion is a dangerous condition in animals that occurs due to lack of protection from hot weather and humidity. A dog can overheat … Read More


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