Monthly Archives: July 2009

City board addresses E-911 issue

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

Additional funding for E-911 from the county and the city is still undecided and has now entered the legal stage of negotiations after attorney Mike Kress sent a letter to officials from both respective entities.
During the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Tommy Pedigo acknowledged he had received a letter from Kress, but had not yet had chance to read its contents.
The E-911 Board of Directors have been attempting to obtain more funding from the county and the city. According to an interlocal agreement between the three entities – city, county, and E-911 – the city is required to provide 25 percent … Read More


National Guard 278th ACR mobilized

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

Anticipating. Members of Sparta’s National Guard unit are shown at Sparta Amphitheater, in June 2004, during a special ceremony in their honor before deploying to Iraq. No definite deployment orders have been issued as yet for the Sparta unit.

White County will once again be feeling the effects of the expected overseas deployment of National Guard soldiers, although it may not be the same magnitude as in 2004.
According to Tennessee Department of Military, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment has received its mobilization orders. While Sparta’s unit is no longer a member of the 278th, there are still several White County residents who are assigned to the units … Read More


Braddie Sullivan Jr.

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

Braddie Sullivan Jr., 78, of Spencer, passed away July 19, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


9/10 All Stars open state with thrilling win

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

Logan Swoape slides safely home for the game winning run as the 9/10 all stars defeated Clarksville 7-6 in the opening round of the Little League state tournament in Lebanon.

Cardiac Kids. Comeback Kids. Either of the previous two nicknames could be given to Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team.
They seem to always battle back from a deficit and keep their fans in the middle of heart stopping action. Sunday’s opening round game in the state tournament being played in Lebanon was no different.
Sparta found themselves facing a 6-2 deficit to Clarksville National going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Sparta plated … Read More


Sparta captures district pitching machine crown

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

District champions. Sparta’s A pitching machine all star team captured the District 2 championship Friday with a 15-13 win over Lebanon. Members of the team (in no particular order) are: Dalton Baker, Isaac Miller, J.J. Baska, C.J. Nichols, Blake Gongaware, Noah Kerley, Andrew Sparks, Hayden Farris, Justin Rittenberry, David Gentry, Kendall Barker, Jacob Sparks and T.J. Selby. The team was managed by Mike Sparks with assistant coaches, Darren Gongaware and Shane Rittenberry.

Into third. Noah Kerley slides into third during the championship game against Lebanon. Sparta A won the game 15-13.

Getting it in. Drew Young throws the ball in from the outfield for Sparta’s pitching machine B.

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Warrior football competes in passing camp at Maryville College

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

Trying to avoid the tag. Caleb Lowery tries to avoid a Sequatachie County defender after catching a pass in the East Tennessee Perimeter 7 on 7 passing camp held Saturday at Maryville College. WCHS was one of more than 30 teams that competed.

The Warrior football team traveled to Maryville College on Saturday and got in plenty of snaps in passing league action.
More than 30 high school teams were on hand for the East Tennessee Perimeter 7 on 7 Passing League. Each team played five games on the day. The games, involving only the skill position offensive players and linebackers and secondary on defense, were 50 minutes … Read More


Ruby Jane Frasier Davis

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

Ruby Jane Frasier Davis, 88, of Sparta, passed away July 17, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Davis was born Sept. 5, 1920, in White County, to Clinton and Etta Mae Kirby Frasier.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bransford Davis; parents, Clinton and Etta Mae Kirby Frasier; two sisters, Maggie Brock and husband Joe Brock; Juanita Daniel and husband Harold Daniel; two children, Anna Mae Davis, Larry Paul Davis; and two great-great-grandchildren, Preston Taylor and Anna Taylor.
Survivors include one son, James Thomas Davis and wife Marie, of Rome, Ga.; two daughters, Bema Jean Taylor, Carolyn Jones and husband Mike, all of Sparta; six grandchildren; 12 … Read More


Off the field

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

Those of you who were at the pitching machine all star game on Friday saw me be asked to leave the field.
Yes, that’s right. I was thrown off the field at a Little League pitching machine game. No, I wasn’t making a scene or getting upset about anything. I was actually doing what I always do at games. Standing off to the side making pictures. Now, I may have over exaggerated a little bit. I wasn’t actually “thrown out” of the game, but everyone who was there watching had a good time laughing about it and telling me that they had actually seen me thrown out of … Read More


Donald William (Bill) Lewis

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

Donald William (Bill) Lewis, 53, of Sparta, passed away July 18, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Lewis was born March 3, 1956, in California, to James T. and Phyllis Jean Westover Lewis.
He had been a roofer in White County and the surrounding area for many years.
Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Phyllis J. Lewis.
Survivors include one daughter, Misty Tyson and husband Marcus, of Whitehouse; one son, Dion Lewis and wife Misty, of Millersville; four grandchildren, Gabrielle and Kaitlynn Tyson, both of Whitehouse, Dion and Dyson Lewis, both of Millersville; three sisters, Tammy Hunter and husband Rocky, Jeanette … Read More


Ruby Davis

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

Ruby Davis, 88, of Sparta, passed away July 17, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George Sparks Jr.

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

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

George Sparks Jr., 83, better known as Junior Sparks, passed away July 17, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Sparks was born March 27, 1926, in White County, to George Sparks Sr. and Bessie England Sparks.
He was a retired TV technician and had served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Luna Sparks, of Sparta; one son, Gerald Sparks and wife Linda, of Jackson; two grandchildren, George Adam Sparks and wife Lenora, of High Point, N.C., Suzanne Marie Sparks, of Fairview; mother of his grandchildren, Amy Brewer Sparks, of Fairview; sister-in-law, Sue Sparks, of Ohio.Read More

Sparta’s pitching machine A undefeated in district play

Posted on July 17, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

He’s safe! T.J. Selby slides safely into second base during the win over Lebanon on Tuesday. Sparta picked up the 9-8 win avenging a loss last week in pitching machine all star action.

Flying off the bat. Blake Gongaware rips a base hit in pitching machine all star action. Sparta A is undefeated in the district tournament bracket and needs just one more win to take the title.

Sparta’s 10 and under pitching machine All Star team A finds themselves in the driver’s seat of the District 2 tournament being played in Sparta this week.
The Sparta team clad in maroon uniforms opened the tournament with a narrow … Read More


Sparta pitching machine B still alive in district action

Posted on July 17, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Watching the ball hit the bat. Macon Girdley, from Sparta pitching machine B, picks up a base hit in action on Tuesday at the Sparta Little League field. Girdley and his teammates will take on Lebanon tonight at 7 p.m.

Whatever it takes. K.J. Enlow makes a play from his knees during Monday’s pitching machine all star game.

When Sparta’s All Star pitching machine B team picks up a win, they do so in high fashion.
The Sparta team that wears gray jerseys in 10 and under action has won two games during their tournaments. Both of those have been mercy-rule victories. Despite dropping their opening game Monday … Read More


State Bound!

Posted on July 17, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team is all smiles after winning an extra inning thriller over Gallatin to capture the District 2 championship. The 9/10 year olds have gone undefeated on the way to the title and a berth in the state tournament in Lebanon. The Sparta team received a bye and will open tourney play Sunday at 3 p.m. Members of the team are (l to r): Pierce Whited, Zack Lynn, Jackson Dronebarger, Josh Grissom, David King, Tyler Randolph, Trenton Hodges, Matt McCulley, Logan Swoape, Brandon Tripp, Jacob Bray and Jonathan Johnson. Not pictured: Samuel Hillis. Pictured on the back row are Coach Tim … Read More


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