Monthly Archives: December 2009

‘Blue Moon’ rings in 2010

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

Partygoers will have one extra event to celebrate Dec. 31 when the rare lunar occurrence of a blue moon appears in the sky.
No, the moon will not change colors. The phrase dates back to the 1940s when the term “blue moon” was the reference for the second full moon in any month. According to the Farmers Almanac, the reference to the color “blue” in the expression reportedly came from times when ash from large forest fires or major volcanic eruptions propelled into the Earth’s atmosphere, thus causing the moon to take on a bluish tint.
Two definitions exist for blue month. The most recent version, which says … Read More


Warriorettes advance to Shootout title game

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

Drawing the foul. Jessica Wilson draws a foul from a Sevier County defender in the second half of the semifinal win on Tuesday. Wilson led the Warriorettes into the finals with 21 points.

The Warriorettes picked up two wins in their opening round games of the Sonic Shootout in similar fashion.
In both their win over Daniel Boone on opening day and Sevier County in the semifinals, WCHS got off to a slow start, bounced back to build a commanding lead in the third quarter, but had to stave off late comebacks to hold on for the victories.
In their first round game against Daniel Boone (4-4) on … Read More


Bobby Dewaine Lowery

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

Bobby Dewaine Lowery, 53, of Ashland City, Dec. 30, 2009, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Mr. Lowery was born Dec. 2, 1956, in White County.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Lowery; grandson, Andrew Bennett Lowery; and his grandparents, John and Effie Lowery and Theo and Laura Clouse.
Mr. Lowery was an avid outdoorsman and photographer. He was operations manager for Western Express, in Nashville.
He is survived by his daughter, Deonna Marie Lowery, of Nashville; son, Jeremey Dewaine Lowery, of Brentwood; grandchildren, Alena Marie Johns and Elijah Kaine Johns; mother, June Ann Clouse Lowery, of Sparta; sister, Sherry Pack, of Sparta; two brothers, … Read More


Warriors split first two games of Sonic Shootout

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

Leading the break. Jordan Armstrong, who finished with 15 points in the win over Franklin County, leads the Warrior fast break.

The White County High School Warrior basketball team bounced back from their opening round loss in the Sonic Shootout to Daniel Boone on Monday defeating Franklin County on Tuesday.
The opening round loss prevented the Warriors from being able to finish any higher than fifth place. They were scheduled to take on Gallatin (4-7) Wednesday at 3 p.m. for fifth place. The results of that were not available at press time.
The Warriors earned their first win in almost a month when they defeated Franklin County (7-9) … Read More


Doyle woman injured in crash

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

Emergency workers survey the damage left after the driver of this 1995 Mercury veered off Highway 111, knocking down the speed limit sign in the foreground before coming to a stop on the northbound on-ramp at Mayberry Street.

A Doyle woman was sent to the hospital Dec. 23 after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 111.
According to a report by Sgt. J.T. King with Sparta Police, Deborah Rogowski, 53, of Doyle, was traveling northbound on Highway 111, at approximately 11:50 a.m., driving a maroon 1995 Mercury
As she crossed the Mayberry Street Bridge, her vehicle reportedly veered off the right side of the road and struck a speed … Read More


Other results from Sonic Shootout

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

Action from the Gallatin-Sevier County boys' game on the opening day of the Sonic Shootout.

Roy Sewell Gymnasium was the site of 16 basketball games during the course of Monday and Tuesday.
Four of those games involved the WCHS teams and are profiled in detail elsewhere in this sports section. The following is a short rundown of the other 14 games.
On Monday, the Cannon County boys’ opened the tournament with a 65-60 win over Franklin County. Jared Nave led the Lions with 17 points followed by Justin Davenport with 16. Brandon Lester poured in 24 to lead the Rebels in a losing effort.
In the second game, … Read More


18 new laws effective Jan. 1

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

Members of Tennessee General Assembly are preparing for their return to Nashville, on Jan. 12, to begin the usual annual process of negotiations and debates that will culminate in a final draft of new legislation.
On Jan. 1 and July 1 of each year, new laws go into effect. The following is a list of the new laws effective Jan. 1, 2010.
HB 0151: Controlled Substances – As enacted, requires each practice site where a controlled substance is dispensed to provide for electronic access to the controlled substance database at all times when the dispenser provides health care services to a human patient potentially receiving a controlled substance; … Read More


Seventh grade Warriorettes win tournament

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

First place. The seventh grade Warriorettes captured the championship trophy of the 8th annual Masonic Lodge tournament in McMinnville taking three straight wins. Pictured are (front row, l to r): Emilee Howard, Sarah Anderson, Bella Taylor and Holly Hunnicutt. Back row: Coach Linda Alley, Shea Harris, Alex Lewis, Lindsey Phillips, Hannah Howard, manager, Sarah Ward, Hannah Prichard, Shelby Johnson, Bailey Odom and Coach Andy Alley. (Photo submitted)

The White County High School teams have not been alone hitting the hardwood over the holidays.
The White County Middle School seventh grade Warriorettes ran through the field at the eighth annual Masonic Lodge middle school tournament played in McMinnville bringing … Read More


Tennie Geneva Hutson Simmons

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

Tennie Geneva Hutson Simmons, 67, passed away Dec. 30, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville.
Mrs. Simmons was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Sparta, to Marvin and Lular Mabe Hutson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth Hutson and Edward Hutson.
Survivors include her son, Ronnie Lynn, of Nashville; Teresa Walls and husband Darrell, of McMinnville, Shondra Williams and husband Timmy, of Sparta; five grandchildren, Thomas Walls, Brandon Walls, Jamie Williams, Ashton Williams, Lexie Williams; one great-granddaughter, Caydance Walls; two sisters, Lou Jones and husband Roy, of Sparta, and Mary Joines and husband Bobby, of Dowelltown.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Jan. … Read More


Fire destroys Franks Ferry Road home

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

No one was home at this home on Franks Ferry Road, which was completely destroyed by fire Dec. 26.

Fire destroyed a home on Franks Ferry Road, in the southwestern portion of White County, on Dec. 26.
According to E-911 records, emergency personnel with Cassville and Central View volunteer fire departments, White County Emergency Medical Services and White County Sheriff Department were dispatched to the scene after a call was received from DeKalb County E-911, informing White County E-911 dispatchers of the fire.
Firefighters arrived on scene, at approximately 11 a.m., and found the structure fully involved in flames.
The owner of the home was reportedly in Florida … Read More


Cannon Co. and Sevier Co. capture Sonic Shootout titles

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

Sonic Shootout girls' champs- The Cannon County Lionettes

The 2009 Sonic Shootout girls' runner-up - WCHS Warriorettes

2009 Boys' Sonic Shootout champions - The Sevier County Smoky Bears

2009 Boys' runner-up Sonic Shootout - Daniel Boone Trailblazers

The Cannon County girls' (shown in the photo) and the Sevier County boys' were crowned the 2009 Sonic Shootout champions on Wednesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Two champions were crowned on the final day of the 2nd annual Sonic Shootout played in Roy Sewell Gymnasium on the campus of White County High School.
The Cannon County girls’ and Sevier County boys’ took home the top spots in the 2009 edition of … Read More


Isibella Louise Cummins

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

Isibella Louise Cummins, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Cummins was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Hickory Grove, S.C., to Robert Lester Bell and Addie Miller Bell.
She attended Faith Harvest Church of God, in Cookeville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.
Mrs. Cummins was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Fred Cummins; one daughter, Marie Cardwell; one granddaughter, Missy Sockwell; and two sisters, Ruth Wright and Hazel Walker.
Survivors include three daughters, Freida Davis and husband Russian, of Sparta; Cindy Gaffney and husband Andy, of New Jersey, Ann Byrd and husband Mickey, of North … Read More


Sonic Shootout final day match-ups set

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

The Warriorettes will take on undefeated Cannon County in the girls' championship game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The match-ups for the final day of the 2009 Sonic Shootout are finalized.
The Warriorettes advanced to the championship game with a 58-44 win over Sevier County Tuesday night at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. The senior duo of Jessica Wilson and Aubrey Sims combined for 38 points to lead WCHS to the victory.
Their opponent in the girls’ title game, which will be played at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, is Cannon County, a 58-53 winner over Franklin County.
Franklin County and Sevier County will square off at 1:30 p.m. … Read More


Sonic Shootout opening day results

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

The Warriors fell into the consolation bracket with a 71-57 loss to Daniel Boone. The WCHS boys' take on Franklin County at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Aubrey Sims and the Warriorettes advanced into the semifinals with a 49-43 win over Daniel Boone. They will take on Sevier County Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Sonic Shootout got underway Monday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium with eight teams (four girls’ and four boys’ teams) advancing into the semifinals while eight others fell into the consolation bracket.
The Warriorettes advanced to the semifinals with a 49-43 win over Daniel Boone. Tasha Delaney and Jessica Wilson combined for 30 points in the win. … Read More


Sara Josephine (Jo) Overall

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

Sara Josephine (Jo) Overall, 78, of Camden, passed away Dec. 26, 2009, at the home of her daughter, in Murfreesboro.
Mrs. Overall was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Sparta, to John T. Lee and Frances Pearson Lee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Hubert Overall Jr.; and brother John Lee.
Survivors include her daughters, Sara Juanita Terry and husband Bill, of Murfreesboro, Lee Ann Shanks and husband Ron, of Cary, N.C.; son John Hubert Overall III, of Camden; sister, Carolyn Jernigan and husband Bill, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Donna Lee, of Sparta; brother, Charlie Lee and wife Kay, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Brittany … Read More


Sixth grade teams capture conference titles

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

Tournament champs. In the finals, the Warriors defeated Harris Middle School from Shelbyville, while the Warriorettes took the title win over Warren County.

Tournament champs. Both the White County Middle School sixth grade teams captured the championships of their conference tournaments played in McMinnville a week ago. The pictures of the team are actually from earlier in the season.

Both the White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams recently put the finishing touches on outstanding seasons by capturing the titles in the season ending conference tournament.
The youngest of all the Warrior teams finished with an unblemished 20-0 record defeating Harris Middle School in their championship game. … Read More


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