Monthly Archives: December 2009

John Melvin Hillis

Posted on December 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Melvin Hillis, 84, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 12, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Hillis was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Van Buren County.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Erbie Gene Hutchings

Posted on December 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Erbie Gene Hutchings, 78, of Baxter, passed away Dec. 10, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Hutchings was born July 7, 1931, in White County, to Ammon and Ruby Clark Hutchings.
He was a member of Baxter United Methodist Church. All who knew him understood the pleasure he took in providing a thoughtful act of service or gift. Mr. Hutchings was a graduate of White County High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Ashtabula, during the Korean Conflict, 1952-1956.
After his military service, Mr. Hutchings was a residential and commercial masonry … CONTINUED

Reflecting on 2009

Posted on December 15, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Christmas Season is here and while it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, it is also a time of reflection. It would be easy to say that 2009 has been a year of turmoil for our country. I choose to look at it in a different light. As a Conservative Republican, I see it as the year of the American awakening. People young, old, black, white, and everything in between began to wake up and realize that what they were sold as “Change” was nothing more than a lie. The voices that normally stay silent and only appear on Election Day were silent no … CONTINUED

Bobbie Nicklene Bryant

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bobbie Nicklene Bryant, 85, of Walling, passed away Dec. 6, 2009.
Mrs. Bryant was born March 13, 1924, in Van Buren County, to Samuel Hitchcock and Lula Esta Johnson Hitchcock.
She attended First Assembly of God Church.
Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Bryant; and brothers and sisters, Morris Hitchcock, Harge Hitchcock, Marline Hitchcock, Alma Chambers, Relly Hitchcock, Louise Lyttle, Raymond Hitchcock, Cleo Delong, Coffman Hitchcock, Alton Hitchcock, Haskel Hitchcock, Dema Hitchcock, Willis Dillon, Katherine Baldwin, and Johnson Dillon.
Survivors include four children and their spouses, John Windell and Teresa Bryant, of Rock Hill, S.C., Garry and Janice Bryant, of Bone Cave, … CONTINUED

Prune Cake

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

3 eggs
1 and one-half cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
One-half teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup cooked prunes, chopped (9 oz. box)
1 cup chopped nuts
Cover prunes with water and cook for seven or eight minutes. Drain, then chop and set aside. Beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla together until fluffy. Mix dry ingredients and add alternately with buttermilk. Beat well. Stir in the prunes and nuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 and one-half inch by 11 inch cake pan. … CONTINUED

School Board prepares for new director

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County School System will soon have a new director of schools.
Prior to the 1990’s, directors were called superintendents and had been elected, including the first term of current Director of Schools Donny Haley.
In the early 1990s, a state law was passed mandating school boards appoint their directors. Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A. 49-2-203) states, in part, “the school board is the sole authority in appointing a director of schools.”
School Board Chairman Gary Sparkman sat down with The Expositor to explain the process by which the director will be chosen.
Sparkman said the first and last question the Board had determined should be considered in this … CONTINUED

Sheriff Department receives GHSO award

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons, and Deputy Chadra Daniels show off the plaque recently present to the White County Sheriff Department for their outstanding work in child passenger safety.

White County Sheriff Department was recently awarded a plaque by Governor’s Highway Safety Office recognizing its “outstanding work in child passenger safety.”
In the past year, the department has conducted four child seat safety checkpoints, checking more than 300 seats and replacing approximately 100 seats free of charge, all to help residents ensure the safety of their most precious passengers.
The department ‘s goal is to “keep children safe” if they are involved in a motor vehicle … CONTINUED

Decking the halls: Holiday ambiance is more than just decorations

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The holly boughs on the front porch railing and the evergreen wreath on the door may be visible signs of the holidays, but to really savor the spirit of the season, you need to engage all your senses.
Just like a romantic dinner where all your senses are involved – soft music, gentle candlelight, enticing aromas, mouth-watering flavors and the soft touch of holding your sweetheart’s hand – celebrating the holidays also can be a feast for the senses ‚Ķ all season long.
Each sense you engage adds a layer of appeal to your home environment, creating a complete and satisfying holiday ambiance. Follow these helpful hints to … CONTINUED

$30 million grants awarded to Tennessee

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Tennessee has been awarded more than $30 million Homeland Security grants for fiscal year 2010.
The grants will be distributed to Tennessee’s 11 Homeland Security Districts and include:
•State Homeland Security Programs: $11 million to build capabilities at the state and local levels and to implement the goals and objectives included in Tennessee Homeland Security strategy
•Urban Areas Security Initiative: $7 million to focus on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas.
•Metropolitan Medical Response Systems Grant: $1.3 million to support the integration of emergency management, health and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents
•Citizen Corps Program: $245,000 to … CONTINUED

David C. Sparks

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David C. Sparks, 72, passed away Dec. 5, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Sparks was born Jan. 27, 1937, in White County, to James Haskell and Harriett E. Henry Sparks.
He had worked many years as a supervisor in the automotive industry.
Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie and John Sparks; and sisters Elizabeth Bennett, Vernie Prater and Birdle Frasier.
His family includes Patricia Segari, of Sparta, David Sparks, of Bremen Ga., Donley Sparks, of Bremen, Ga., Nancy Gobbell, of Cleveland, N.C., Loretta Maloney, of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers, Frank Sparks, of Sparta, and Alvin Sparks, of Cookeville; three sisters, Mary Rohelier, of … CONTINUED

Miscues and frigid shooting slow Warriors

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Knocking it down. Josh Turner puts up a shot in the second half of the loss to the Dragons Saturday. Turner tallied 17 points, but the Warriors lost 57-52.

Thirteen second half turnovers, along with frigid shooting from the field and the free throw line were the downfall of the Warriors in their battle with York Institute Saturday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
The Dragons handed the Warriors their fourth loss of the season by a score of 57-52 dropping WCHS to 2-4 overall. The Dragons improved to 3-4.
WCHS led by seven early in the second quarter, but could not hold onto that lead. They committed 19 turnovers … CONTINUED

WCHS frosh split with Stone Memorial

Posted on December 14, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Protecting the ball. Latha Wilson works to protect the ball during the win over Stone Memorial Thursday.

On the move. Kane Young, who hit five threes in the loss to Stone Memorial, pushes the ball down the court in Thursday’s game.

The first time the WCHS freshman boys’ and freshman/sophomore girls’ basketball teams squared off with Stone Memorial, the games ended in a split.
The two met again Thursday and again it was a split, but this time around, the opposite teams picked up the victory.
The Warriorettes suffered their first loss of the season at Stone Memorial, but bounced back and picked up the 47-33 win at … CONTINUED

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