Monthly Archives: March 2010

Tennis team falls to Cumberland in opener

Posted on March 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School tennis team opened their season Tuesday at Cumberland County in a 6AAA match.
The Jets and Lady Jets took both ends of the match, but the girls’ contest came down to the final match-up to decide the outcome. The Warriorettes were narrowly defeated 5-4 overall for the match while the Warriors suffered an 8-1 loss.
In girls’ action, top seeded Megan James lost in an extremely close match that came down to the tiebreaker. Cumberland County’s Sydney Delvers took the 7-65 tiebreaker for the 8-7 victory.
Sophia Wohlfarth picked up the win for WCHS by a score of 8-5 over Caroline Graham in … CONTINUED


WCHS soccer ends opener in tie

Posted on March 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

That’s using his head. Chris Dodson heads a ball away from the net during the WCHS soccer game with Coffee County. The teams ended in a two-all tie.

The Warrior soccer team opened not only their season, but also their District 6AAA slate Monday by hosting Coffee County.
After 80 minutes of action, the teams ended the game where they began – tied. A pair of goals by Javier Gonzalez helped the Warriors to a two-all tie with the Red Raiders.
As is the case with most early spring games, the teams took the field on a cold March afternoon. The start of the game was delayed due … CONTINUED


Harper guides team to NCAA in first season

Posted on March 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

When Kellie Harper took over the reins of the North Carolina State women’s basketball team last spring, one of her goals was to get the team back in the NCAA tournament.
Little did anyone realize she would attain that goal in her first season at the helm. As has been the case for most of the years Harper has been involved in college basketball in some form or fashion, her team is making arrangements to travel this weekend when the tournament begins.
N.C. State earned an at-large berth in the tourney field. They will be a number nine seed that will take on eighth seed UCLA Sunday in … CONTINUED


Ruby Elizabeth McCoin Stafford

Posted on March 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruby Elizabeth McCoin Stafford, 94, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Stafford was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Gainesboro, Palo and Carrie Hix McCoin.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lando Garvis Stafford; son-in-Law: Richard Hutson; brother, Aaron McCoin; and two sisters, Elsie Jones and Ruth Poore.
Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Broyles and husband Jack, of Sparta, Janice Hutson, of Cookeville, Charlotte Tays and husband Clarence, of Cookeville; sons, Doug Stafford and wife Mary, of Sparta, Garvis Stafford and wife Helen, of McMinnville; Gary Stafford and wife Wanda, of Sparta; grandchildren, David Broyles and wife Vicky, Karen Zimmerlee … CONTINUED


Thelma Louise Yates Taylor

Posted on March 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thelma Louise Yates Taylor, 66, of Spencer, passed away March 15, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Taylor was born April 4, 1943, in Van Buren County, to Edward and Maybelle McGuire Yates.
She was a member of Clark’s Chapel Church of God. Her grandparents raised her after the death of her mother at childbirth.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas McArther Taylor; brother, Eddie Dean Yates and wife Charlene; niece, Charlotte Crain and husband Anthony Crain and their children, Jacob Crain and Kaytlin Crain; nephew, Wayne Yates and Beverly Neely, all of Spencer.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 18, 2010, at Clark’s Chapel of God, … CONTINUED


Nash murder case from 1990 closed

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.comOriginally published @ 7 a.m., Mon, March 15, 2010

Investigators and family members gather at the site where the charred body of 16-year-old Dana Nash was found in August 1990.

White County Sheriff Department has announced the findings of a cold case investigation into the 1990 murder of 16-year-old Dana Michelle Nash, in hopes of providing her family with answers to 20-year-old questions.
“We basically discovered, in our opinion, Mr. Jim Conley did, in fact, murder Dana Nash,” said Detective Chris Isom with WCSD. “And there’s no evidence to support that someone assisted in the murder or cover-up of the murder.”
According to news articles published in The Expositor, Nash’s charred remains were discovered around noon, on … CONTINUED


‘Standoff’ diffused by county authorities

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A potentially dangerous situation was diffused in the early morning hours of March 10, after a man kept a 12-gauge shotgun pointed at his head with his finger on the trigger, while White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe continued talking with him for nearly seven hours.
According to Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons, officers were dispatched to a residence in the northwest portion of White County about a man threatening suicide.
He stated deputies Chris Peters and James Elliott arrived and found the man had barricaded himself in a bedroom of the residence. Simmons and Shoupe arrived a short time later.
Simmons said Shoupe was able to engage the man … CONTINUED


WCHS spring sports officially underway today

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Swinging into action. The spring sports season at WCHS swings into action today highlighted by home games by both the Warrior baseball and soccer teams. The baseball team hosts Upperman while the soccer team opens district action against Coffee County. Both games start at 5 p.m.

The extra sunshine at the end of each day brought about by the change to daylight savings time hits at just the perfect time as spring sports season officially gets underway today for high school sports all across the state.
The White County High School spring teams are wasting little time jumping into action and keeping a busy first week of action.… CONTINUED


Tax collections continue to decline

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee’s sale tax collections for February are following the same pattern as those in the past 21 months by showing a negative growth since the reported downward spiral began in January 2008.
White County’s specific figures were not available as of press time, but will be provided as soon as the information is available.
According to Tennessee Department of Revenue, the revenue collections for February 2010 totaled $638.9 million, which is $47.1 million less than the amount budgeted by the state. This amount is also a decreases of $29,40,344 from the February 2009 collections.
Dave Goetz, finance and administration commission, stated sales tax comprises almost two-thirds of the … CONTINUED


Former officer ‘settles’ with city

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Details of the settlement between former Sparta police officer Dale Dodson and City of Sparta are still unknown.
Sparta City Administrator Marty Carmichael terminated Dodson, a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer, on Sept. 21, 2009, for official misconduct.
City Attorney Lynn Omohundro confirmed the settlement did not include Dodson returning to his position at the police department. But she said she could not comment, when asked, if it was a monetary settlement.
Omohundro stated it was Dodson who had requested the details of the settlement be kept confidential.
The Expositor contacted Dodson, but he declined to comment on the matter.
Dodson had filed a petition in Chancery Court … CONTINUED


Warriorette softball welcomes change in districts

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Winding up to deliver. Stephanie Guth, one of six seniors on the Warriorette softball team, will handle the majority of the pitching duties for WCHS this season after working in a split rotation for most of last season.

Softball seniors. The WCHS softball has six senior leaders this season. They are (l to r): Stephanie Guth, Mary Swearengin, Logan Sparkman, Tosha Stoglin, Chelsea Holland and Paige Scott. The softball team begins their season on the road today at York, but hosts Livingston Tuesday in their home opener.

Life begins anew for the White County High School softball team this season as they make the change from District 7AAA … CONTINUED


Lemon Cream Cake

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lemon Cream Cake

1 package lemon cake mix
1 cup hot water
1 cup cold water
2 (3 oz.) packages lemon flavored gelatin mix
1 cup milk
1 (3.4 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping
Bake cake according to directions on package in a 9-x13 inch baking dish. Cool 15 minutes. Poke holes all over the top of the cake. Combine one cup hot water and one cup cold water with one package of lemon gelatin. Stir until gelatin is dissolved, and pour mixture over cake. Chill in refrigerator until cool. In a large bowl stir together milk, vanilla pudding mix and … CONTINUED


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