Monthly Archives: August 2009

THP in full force for Labor Day

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee Highway Patrol state troopers will join Sparta and White County law enforcement during the Labor Day holiday as they take part in the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” crackdown on impaired driving.
The official Labor Day holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Sept. 4, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sept. 7. Many White Countians will choose to take advantage of the long weekend as it typically signifies the last holiday of the summer season. Others will stay closer to home and enjoy the annual White County Fair, which has historically taken place during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Over the 2008 Labor Day holiday, 12 … Read More


Claudia Swift McCarthy, USAF Colonel Ret.

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and memory of service to her country.

Claudia Swift McCarthy, 70, of Morrison, passed away Aug. 30, 2009

She was a retired colonel with the U.S. Air Force and a registered nurse.
Ms. McCarthy was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Flossye Higgenbotham Swift.
Survivors include her son, William Claude McCarthy, of South Dakota, and one sister, Barbara Swift Winchester, of Cataula, Ga.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Sept. 5, 2009, at Gardens of Memory. The Rev. Ralph Hoover will officiate. Military grave rites will be administered by American Legion Post #173 and VFW Post #5064. The family will receive friends 3-8 p.m., Read More

Hit the Road!

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Although many families are watching their finances this year, it doesn’t mean vacations, special occasions or family gatherings have to be out of reach. For example, road trips can be a great way to reach your destination while staying within your budget. Also, with some proper planning, your family can enjoy not just the destination, but also the journey.
“Make the planning process fun by getting your entire family involved with decisions from where you stop along the way to keeping track of the budget,” says Kim Danger, family financial expert, founder of Mommysavers.com and Shell spokesperson. “By following these simple planning tips before you hit the road, … Read More


Freshman football opens with win

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Four touchdowns. Freshman running back, Devon Davidson, scored four touchdowns in the 9th grade Thursday. He actually finished the week with five touchdowns adding one in the varsity game on Friday.

Taking him down. Zach Hampshire and Ben Howard team up to bring down the Stone Memorial fullback in the freshman win over the Panthers Thursday.

The Warrior freshman football team opened their season with a 32-20 win over Stone Memorial Thursday at Warrior Stadium.
Devon Davidson, playing in his first-ever full football game at any level, paced the Warriors to the victory with four touchdowns and 127 yards rushing on 14 carries. Helping Davidson provide the 1-2 … Read More


5 tips to keep your home safe in an emergency

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Over the years, Americans have endured many different types of tragedies and crises — from Hurricane Katrina and Sept. 11 to countless tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. During these hardships, we have learned to expect the unexpected and to be ready for anything.
With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declared September National Preparedness Month in an effort to educate people about natural and national disaster preparedness and to motivate families to plan ahead. In support of this year’s “Ready Campaign,” First Alert and The Lehigh Group, makers of home safety and security products, offer some simple tips for preparing your home and … Read More


Dorothy G. Patterson

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dorothy G. Patterson, 69, of Walling, passed away Aug. 31, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

UCARTS expanding and offering more services

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Independence and self-reliance are just two of the key elements encouraged by Upper Cumberland Area Regional Transit Systems as the program that has been in existence for several decades continues to expand its services.
UCARTS, which is a division of Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, has been providing a means of transportation for countless individuals during its long history, and anyone can ride.
Rebecca Harris, transportation director for Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, recently addressed members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce about UCARTS.
“Tennessee is unique in that it is only one of six states that has public transportation offered in every county,” said Harris.
Harris said … Read More


Cross Country team runs well in meet

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warming up. The Warrior cross country runners warm up prior to their meet at the Macon County Invitational. The Warriors finished ninth out of 13 teams.

Ready to run. The members of the girls’ cross country team take a moment to pose with Coach Naaktgeboren prior to the start of the Macon County Invitational. Despite a very inexperienced team, the girls finished seventh out of 10 teams.

In the past few seasons, most cross country meets White County High School was involved in, the runners basically competed as individuals due to not enough runners for team points.
That was not the case Saturday at the Macon County Invitational.… Read More


Peach Cobbler

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

1-29 ounce can sliced peaches, juice included
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
One-half cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
In an 8 inch x 11 and one-half inch casserole, melt the margarine. Mix together the flour, sugar milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour the flour mixture over the margarine. Pour the sliced peaches over the top including the juice. Bake at 400 until golden brown. 30 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.


Officials reach stalemate in E-911 funding debate

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Officials with the City of Sparta and E-911 met for a second time in less than three weeks to discuss emergency services funding issues that have led E-911 Board of Directors to approve litigation against the city and White County.
Several county commissioners were also in attendance at the meeting where Mayor Tommy Pedigo opened the forum by stating the purpose was to gain information about funding the operations of dispatching services. However, he first addressed another issue.
“There have been two or three comments in the paper about 911 Board people that says that the City Board and County Commission are more concerned about money than they … Read More


Unemployment figure lower for July

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Recent unemployment figures are indicating some positive numbers for 78 counties in Tennessee.
White County is among those counties that showed a lesser rate for unemployment, at 14.9 percent, which was down from 15.7 percent in June. This year started out with 13.7 percent in unemployment and steadily increased through June. July is the first month of 2009 in which White County has seen a decline.
Although the rate decreased in 82 percent of the counties, high unemployment figures still plague the remaining 18 percent. Scott County is ranked at the highest, at 19.6 percent, followed by Lauderdale County, 19.5 percent; Perry County, 19.3 percent; Marshall Counmty, 19.2 … Read More


Favorite Foods With a Twist

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers

Spicy Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Mexican Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Smoky Mac 'n Cheese

It’s the perfect time of year to add a little pizzazz and sophistication to favorite dishes. The secret? Start with Muir Glen organic fire roasted tomatoes. Roasted with a blend of natural hardwoods in a special open-flame searing and smoking process, these tomatoes have a subtle smoky flavor that’s like no other.
Fire roasted tomatoes introduce a new twist to braised chicken, pulled-pork sandwiches, mac ‘n cheese, and Mexican pizza. With these easy recipes, you’ll turn everyday comfort foods into delicious main dishes that are sure to impress!
Visit … Read More


Turnovers prove costly for Warriors

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Room to run. Seth Anderson looks for room to run after catching a pass.

Faking them out. Ethan Tollison races to the end zone for a touchdown after catching a pass from Travis Howard on a fake punt. The Warriors, however, were defeated 42-12 by Campbell County. WCHS hosts Cookeville this Friday at 7 p.m.

The home field is supposed to be a friendly environment for the team that calls the stadium home.
That wasn’t the case for the Warriors Friday night when Campbell County visited Dee Harris Field. Seven Warrior miscues that the Cougars turned into 28 points played a large role in the downfall of WCHS … Read More


Volleyball has busy weekend

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Action at the net. The Warriorettes do battle at the net with Mt. Juliet during the White County Invitational Tournament. This year’s champion was Ravenwood. WCHS travels to Coffee County Tuesday for a district match.

The Warriorette volleyball team had a very busy three-day stretch.
On Thursday, the team traveled to Cookeville to take on the Lady Cavaliers, a team most have picked to be the favorite for the crown in the newly realigned District 6-AAA.
The Warriorettes found out why as Cookeville made quick work winning the match in three straight games. The Lady Cavs won game one 25-14 and followed that up with 25-16 and 25-13 … Read More


Golf team splits with DeKalb

Posted on August 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warrior and Warriorette golf teams traveled to the Smithville Golf Club to take on DeKalb County Thursday.
The Warriorettes took the victory on the day while the Tigers defeated the Warriors by eight strokes.
WCHS, led by Allison Geer’s 39, defeated DeKalb 99-105 in girls’ action. To go with Geer’s low score, Andrea Sergio added a 60 for the team total of 99. Ginger McGinnis also played shooting a 62.
The Warriors lost by eight strokes to a team that features Payne Denman, an Auburn commitment and the 2008 Class A/AA individual state medalist. Denman shot a 35. Numerous carts followed the lead group around on that … Read More


Death of child causes parents to speak out

Posted on August 29, 2009 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comOriginally Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:23 AM CDT

Markie Voyles:
1991-2008

Mark and Merritt Voyles said they have been living in a nightmare for the past 10 months since their 17-year-old daughter was killed in a crash, with their grief compounded by what they feel is a light jail sentence for the driver who was charged in the high school track star’s death.
On Oct. 25, 2008, Markie Voyles, 17, died in a one-vehicle crash, on Bunker Hill Road, in White County. The driver of the pick-up truck, Travis Young, who was 18 at the time of the crash, was eventually charged with five separate counts, three of which were specifically alcohol-related.
On July 15, 2009, … Read More


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