Monthly Archives: March 2010

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 … Read More


Earn our vote

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

Since the weather still hasn’t recovered completely from the cold temperatures we’ve seen this year, I think the spring flowers may have been replaced this year with election signs. In virtually 10 days, I think the number of signs has doubled to where if the spring flowers do come up, we couldn’t see them anyway.
This year is a very important year for us locally. We have some major races that can impact not only our back pocket, but also our way of life here within the community. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again; the winners of these elections will have the most difficult tenure … Read More


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 … Read More


Foster’s walk-off homerun gives WCMS win

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

The White County Middle School baseball team played Cornerstone Thursday and, on the strength of a walk-off homerun by Jalon Foster, captured the 6-3 victory.
Cornerstone overcame a three-run deficit in the top of the fifth to tie the game at three. Five errors by WCMS helped the Yellow Jackets make the comeback.
In the bottom of the frame, Dustin Cole led the inning off with a single to right and then stole second. Jake Young reached on a base on balls bringing Foster to the plate. His three-run shot ended the five-inning game.
The four-bagger was the second of the night for Foster. His two-run shot in … Read More


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.… Read More


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 … Read More


‘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 … Read More


Dillard Eugene Choate

Posted on March 13, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Dillard Eugene Choate, 75, of Smithville, passed away March 11, 2010, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Mr. Choate was born July 28, 1934, in Cookeville, to Alphus and Maggie Haney Choate.
He was a member of the Church of Christ and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Vivian Choate.
Survivors include his wife, Dimple Choate, of Smithville; two sons, Johnny Choate and wife Patricia, of Croswell, Mich., Matthew Choate and wife Linda, of Smithville; daughter, Betty Jean Blanchfield and husband Danny, of Detroit, Mich.; … Read More


Lillian Adell Walker Whitson

Posted on March 13, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lillian Adell Walker Whitson, 92, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2010, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Whitson was born April 17, 1917, in White County, to Bill and Maggie Belle Weaver Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Estle Whitson; a son, Charles Whitson; and a daughter, Gail Whitson.
Survivor include her daughter, Kathleen Robinson, of Sparta; grandchildren, Melanie Marshall and husband L.D., of Sparta, Mike Whitson and wife Paula, of Sparta, Randy Young and wife Brenda, of Cookeville; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; half-sister, Billie Jean Clouse, of Sparta; two half-brothers, Arnold Walker, Prentice Walker, both of Sparta; and special nieces, Ann Slatten … Read More


Everett Clifford Mahl

Posted on March 13, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Everett Clifford Mahl, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Mahl was born Nov. 12, 1947, in Rome, N.Y., to Everett Mahl and Susan Mahl.
He served in the U.S. Army and had been a machinist operator.
Mr. Mahl was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Gordon Mahl, of Sparta; one daughter, Tina Mahl, of New York; four sons, Scott Mahl, of South Carolina, Everett Mahl II, Eric Mahl and Eustin Mahl, all of Sparta; mother, Susan Mahl, of New York; three grandchildren; five brothers, Roger, Bob, … Read More


Dillard Choate

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

Dillard Choate, of Smithville, passed away March 11, 2010, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Complete obituary information may be found on myspartanews.com when it becomes available.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Everett Clifford Mabe

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

Everett Clifford Mabe, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2010, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Complete obituary information may be found on myspartanews.com when it becomes available.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Judith Marie Johnson

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

Judith Marie Johnson, of McMinnville, passed away March 11, 2010, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Complete obituary information may be found on myspartanews.com when it becomes available.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tennis team under direction of new coach

Posted on March 11, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Working on the return. Cassie Marshall, one of the seniors on the girls’ tennis team, returns a volley during practice. The Warriorette tennis team has four seniors. In addition to Marshall, they are Sophia Wohlforth, Jenifer Gesing and Megan James.

Practicing his serve. Though just a sophomore, Jonathan Griffin will start the 2010 tennis season as the number one seed on the boys’ team. First year coach, Nicole Delaney, has no seniors on her boys team with most of the players being freshman or sophomores.






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