Monthly Archives: November 2009

Sparta investigators help convict counterfeit ring

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

This photo shows the mounds of evidence Sparta Police are now able to share with The Expositor after the conviction of McWhorter, including counterfeit payroll checks and IRS check, as well as fake driver licenses.

United States Attorney for the Middle Tennessee District of Tennessee, Edward M. Yarbrough, announced Nov. 20 that a federal jury convicted James Christopher McWhorter, 30, of Antioch, Tennessee on a five count indictment, stemming from a multi-jurisdictional investigation including Sparta Police into a counterfeit check-cashing ring.
“Back in 2006, we started getting a lot of reports of payroll checks being bad – various places,” said Investigator Allen Selby with Sparta Police. “We had … Read More


Shelton Baker

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

Shelton Baker, 7 months, passed away Nov. 28, 2009, at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Caramel Apple Salad

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

3 cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
1 can crushed pineapple (not drained)
1 box sugar-free butterscotch pudding (instant)
1-12 oz. Cool Whip topping
Mix throughly the pudding and crushed pineapple. Add apples, folding until all coated. Fold topping into mixture until coated. Place in serving dish and refrigerate until serving.
–Submitted by Mary Cloyd


Simple tips for elegant holiday hosting

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

Holiday entertaining can be elegant and fun with a few simple tips.

‘Tis the season to spend quality time gathered with family and friends at festive celebrations and holiday parties. However, don’t let the stress of hosting a holiday party overwhelm you – it’s easier than you think to plan an elegant celebration that is sure to impress friends, family and coworkers. Try the following tips to host a fabulous party this holiday season with minimal time, money and effort:
Choose delightful, easy-to-prepare dishes
Every party organizer knows how difficult it is to be involved in the party when the food preparation becomes the main focus. Instead of … Read More


Dorothy J. Miller

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

Dorothy J. Miller, 64, passed away Nov. 28, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Warriors and Warriorettes split games on Saturday

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

After taking wins over both opponents on Friday in the King of the Mountain Classic, the WCHS basketball teams split their final games of the weekend.
Behind the 17 points of Jessica Wilson, the Warriorettes improved to 4-1 on the season with a 45-33 win over Monterey on Saturday.  The Warriorettes led only 26-22 at the half and 33-28 going into the fourth, but pulled away for the double-digit victory in the fourth quarter.
In the final game of the Classic, the Warriors ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Stone Memorial.  WCHs fell behind 26-17 at the first break and trailed 59-31 at the half.  By … Read More


Foster children to benefit from donations

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

Members of Confederate Sons Association and volunteers are accepting donations for Christmas gifts for foster children.

The Confederate Sons Association is asking for White Countians to join in their efforts for “Gathering of the Gifts.”
White County members of the organization are gathering gifts for a specific segment of children who are in foster care. There are approximately 20 children in this group. Many of these children will not otherwise receive gifts.
The children age range is birth through 17 years old. The birth through 14-year-olds is a mixture of boys and girls. The 15-17-year-olds are girls.
Please leave gifts unwrapped. However, label them according to the age … Read More


‘Christmas in our Town’ ready for big day

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

Sparta’s merchants are gearing up for their Christmas extravaganza that will provide shoppers with an opportunity for some bargains prices, along with a chance to win great prizes and be entertained by some of White County’s talented residents.
“Christmas in our Town” was the brainchild of several White County business owners who wanted to revive the spirit that was once associated with the old-fashioned holiday atmosphere of a small community. The merchant’s portion of the event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 5, 2009. However, other activities will be taking place prior to 10 a.m.
At 8:30 a.m., members of C-VEST will be sponsoring a one-mile walk/race. C-VEST is … Read More


Craft Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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

Handmade holiday items bring a unique and personal touch to the season, making the giver and receiver feel special. This year, millions of families will be spending more time together creating low or no-cost crafts such as gifts, cards and decorations. In fact, the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) estimates that in almost 43 million U.S. households people will create handcrafted holiday gifts and decorations this year.
“Crafting provides an opportunity to spend time with friends and family while creating unique, one- of-a-kind gifts that don’t need to cost a lot of money,” said CHA President and CEO Steve Berger.
To inspire you, here are a few ideas … Read More


Carl Cummings Wallace

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

Carl Cummings Wallace, 91, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Christmas parade Dec. 12

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

These young parade participants were having a great time during last year’s Sparta Rotary Christmas Parade. This year’s event will begin at 4 p.m., Dec. 12.

Sparta Rotary Club is preparing for its annual Christmas parade that is the premier holiday event marking the first official visit of the season for Santa Claus.
On Dec. 12, 2009, St. Nick will be bringing up the rear of the procession to give children (and their parents) the opportunity to view all the beautifully decorated entries in the parade.
The parade starts at 4 p.m., at White County High School. Line-up begins at 3 p.m. Participants should enter at the Breeding … Read More


Ohio man injured in hit and run

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

Although the seatbelts and airbags worked as designed, the driver of this vehicle suffered cuts to his face and upper body when windows of the van were shattered after being struck by a semi, which left the scene.

An Ohio man, traveling with his family for the holidays, was injured on Crossville Highway, Nov. 24, after the vehicle he was driving was struck by a yellow-colored tractor-trailer, which left the scene.
According to Sgt. Jimmy Jones with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Thomas L. Tanner, 75, of Waynesville, Ohio, was traveling westbound on Crossville Highway with two passengers, Choon Brewer, 75, and her 14 year-old grandson, in a gold 2003 … Read More


Matthew (Matt) Lee Crawford

Posted on November 28, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Matthew (Matt) Lee Crawford, 22, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 25, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Crawford was born Feb. 6, 1987, in Cumberland County, to Hoss and Cheryl Jean Crawford.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John T. Crawford.
Survivors include his mother, Cheryl Jean Crawford, of Sparta; father, Hoss Crawford, of Crossville; brother, Sam Crawford, of Crossville; sister, Katie LeeAnn Crawford, of Crossville; grandparents, Effie Crawford, of Crossville, Heidi McCullough, of Sparta, Ernie McCullough, of Crossville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be 8 p.m., Dec. 1, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home. Bro. Bill Stebbins will officiate. The family will … Read More


Hayden Bumbalough

Posted on November 28, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hayden Bumbalough, 1931-2009

Hayden Bumbalough, 78, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 25, 209, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Mr. Bumbalough was born July 3, 1931, in White County, to Perry Bumbalough and Leoria Robinson Bumbalough.
He was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed his carpenter work, friends and family.
Mr. Bumbalough was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hazel Lack, Jo Marie Lollar, Louetta Burton; and brother, Dewey Bumbalough.
Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Bernice Duncan Bumbalough, of Sparta; brother, Leonard Bumbalough and wife Sherry, of Sparta; sister, Jewell Kelsey, of Sparta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral … Read More


WCHS teams both pick up wins on Friday

Posted on November 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County HIgh School basketball teams picked up a pair of wins Friday in the King of the Mountain Classic at Stone Memorial.
The Warriorettes outscored Science Hill in only one quarter of the contest, but it was enough for the 53-51 victory.
WCHS trailed 23-20 at the half, but outscored the Hill Toppers 13-5 in the third period. Science Hill won the fourth quarter 23-20, but the Warriorettes were able to hold them off for the win.
Jessica Wilson led a trio of Warriorettes in double figures with 13 points. Kristin Jones added 12 and Tasha Delaney chipped in with 10.
The Warriors picked up their … Read More


Time for thanks

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

Before I start my annual Thanksgiving column, let me explain the contents of the next two sports sections.
Due to the holidays and so our press department can enjoy the holidays, the deadlines are different for the next two papers. What you are reading in today’s paper was printed during the day Tuesday. That is why Tuesday night’s basketball games are not included in today’s paper. They will be in Monday’s paper, but the games from the weekend won’t be included. Monday’s deadline for me was moved from Sunday morning to Wednesday morning. That means all the games from the weekend will not be in the paper until … Read More


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