Monthly Archives: July 2010

The time has come

Posted on July 20, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The time has come that each of us takes responsibility of our civic duties and go to the polls and vote. This year, the elections mean more to our future than ever before. Our country is in a huge financial debt, our state is facing the largest budget shortfall in history, and our county must finally decide how to move forward.
These decisions to correct these issues start with you and me. Our vote begins the domino effect that selects those decision makers that reflect the ideals that you possess and thus takes on these problems. It is important that you take the time to consider all the … Read More


$750,000 grant moves Airport Industrial Park forward

Posted on July 20, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Success. Members of Highlands Initiative, which includes White, Putnam and Overton counties, gather for a photo at the site of the Airport Industrial Park, in White County. Through persistent and continued efforts of the combined entities, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded a $750,000 FastTrack grant to White County to construct the infrastructure at the industrial park, which is adjacent to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.

From the office water cooler to the floor of the House and Senate, one of the hottest topics today for Americans is jobs. White County and in fact, the entire Highland Region has just moved another step forward toward the creation … Read More


Barbara Hall

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barbara Hall, 76, of Chatsworth Ga., passed away July 16, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hall; parents, Morris and Mary Dell Demps; and brother, Dennis Demps.
She retired from Red Stone Arsenal Hawk Missile Command after 30 years of service.
She is survived by Morris Clay and Deanna Hall of Decatur, Ala.; daughter, Pamela and Bill Napier of Chatsworth; brother, Floyd and Stacy Demps, of Sparta; sisters, Jackie Reed of Huntsville, Ala.; April and John Smith of Sparta; step-Mother, Evelyn Demps of Sparta; niece, Debbie and Pat Batson; nephew Dee and Donna Reed; great-nephews, Nathan and Daniel Reed; 9 grandchildren, Clay Hall, Billy … Read More


Vivian Jo Brock

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

1951-2010
Vivian Jo Brock, 58, of Valley View Drive in Sparta, passed away July 18, 2010, at her residence.
Jo was born in Memphis, on Dec. 10, 1951, the daughter of the late Edwin Joseph and Flora Bell Powers Ryan. She worked as a Sr. CSA for Fed Ex, in Cookeville.
A memorial service will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, at 7 p.m., on July 20, with John Murphy officiating. The family will receive friends at Oak Lawn from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Surviving family members include husband, Jerry Brock of Sparta; sister in law, Wanda Gribble of Doyle, two nieces Chadra Daniels of Doyle … Read More


Drive-in supporters get ‘straight talk’ from mayor

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Listening. Supporters of Sparta Drive-In listen as Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo addresses them during the July 15 meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo ended the Thursday night Board meeting with some direct statements made to supporters of the drive-in who had gathered in the audience to reportedly show their concerns about a lighting project on Highway 111.
The controversy began approximately two weeks ago when Tommy Brown, operator of Sparta Drive-In, said he first found out about the light that would be installed on Highway 111, at the North Spring Street entrance and exit ramps. The drive-in is adjacent to these ramps. … Read More


Freeman receives 17 years in prison

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Drew Freeman, age 57

During a July 8 hearing, Judge Leon Burns sentenced James Drew Freeman, 57, of White County, to serve 17 years in prison for the Aug. 2, 2008, death of his 81-year-old mother Zella Freeman.
Freeman was found guilty, on May 13, of second-degree murder by a jury of eight men and four women.
According to a press release from District Attorney General Randy York, a charge of second-degree murder typically carries a sentence of 15 to 25 years.
York stated his office filed for aggravating factors to be considered by the court, including the fact that the victim was practically vulnerable due to … Read More


$750,000 grant moves Airport Industrial Park forward

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Success. Members of Highlands Initiative, which includes White, Putnam and Overton counties, gather for a photo at the site of the Airport Industrial Park, in White County. Through persistent and continued efforts of the combined entities, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded a $750,000 FastTrack grant to White County to construct the infrastructure at the industrial park, which is adjacent to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.

Jobs. From the office water cooler to the floor of the House and Senate, one of the hottest topics today for Americans is jobs. White County and in fact, the entire Highland Region has just moved another step forward toward the … Read More


Vicki Ann Kirby Krumroy

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

1949-2010
Vicki Ann Kirby Krumroy, 61, of Sparta, passed away July 15, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Krumroy was born July 5, 1949, in Sparta, the daughter of Clara Opal Christine Richardson Kirby and the late James Horace Kirby.
She was a homemaker and had been employed at Walmart for five years. Vicki was a high school graduate, a certified nursing assistant and an accomplished master artist.
A memorial service will be held, at 2 p.m., on July 21, in the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home.
Survivors include her mother, Clara Opal Christine Kirby; 2 sons, James Knowles and wife, Melanie; Billy Joe Krumroy; daughter, Sherri Nelson … Read More


Home damaged by electrical fire

Posted on July 19, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fire damage. Firefighters clear the smoke and debris left from a fire that damaged a residence on Crawford Circle, on July 14.

A mobile home on Crawford Circle was damaged by fire, on July 14, and is believed to have been caused by a faulty pump in a fish tank.
According to Chief John Hurd with Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department, minimal damage was contained to one room of the residence.
Firefighters with Mt. Gilead, Doyle and Central View volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene, at approximately 3 p.m., and reportedly found smoke billowing from a window on one end of the residence.
They quickly extinguished … Read More


Helen Howell Grissom

Posted on July 16, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Helen Howell Grissom, 92, passed away July 15, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
She was a resident of Sparta and the widow of the late Horace Grissom.
Mrs. Grissom was born July 28, 1917, in White County, to Clarence and Helen McKay Howell.
Survivors include one sister, Jean Ann Howell, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Margaret Haston, of Sparta; niece, Sue Bandy; and two nephews, Jimmy Martin and Charles Martin.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 17, 2010, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1 p.m., July 17, until time for the service.
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Floyd (Mud Flap) Thomas Cunningham

Posted on July 16, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Floyd Thomas (Mud Flap) Cunningham, 56, passed away July 15, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cunningham was born Dec. 26, 1953, in White County, to Betty Reba Steele Cunningham and Lester Cunningham.
He was employed at White County Lumber and was a 20- year veteran of the National Guard.
Mr. Cunningham was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Sandra Sue Caldwell.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra Gale Young Cunningham; three daughters, Veronica Cunningham, Tracy Cunningham, Brittney Cunningham, all of Sparta; two sons, Casey Thomas Cunningham, Thomas Ryan Cunningham, both of Sparta; four grandchildren, Megan Leann Moore, Austin Tyler Cunningham, Shelby … Read More


Johnny Lindal Hulse

Posted on July 16, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Johnny Lindal Hulse, 84, passed away July 15, 2010, at Morningside Assisted Living Center, in Cookeville.
Mr. Hulse was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Wheeler, Ark., to John and Alice (Maggie) Skidmore Hulse.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Hulse was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ida Tollison Hulse; his parents; brothers, Wayne Hulse, Kenneth Hulse; and a sister, Wanda Jean Hale.
Survivors include his daughter, Alice Naegle, of Gresham, Ore.; son, Norman Hulse and wife Tammie, of Cookeville; six grandchildren, Susan Szymczak, … Read More


Babe Ruth All Star tournament here this weekend

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

The Babe Ruth All Star tournaments start Thursday for the two Sparta teams.
The 13-year-old tournament will be played at the Sparta Babe Ruth field located at the fairgrounds. The 15 year olds head to Livingston for their district tourney.
In addition to the Sparta 13 year old team, four other teams will be taking the field in Sparta this weekend. The tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday at 6 p.m. when Livingston and Cookeville square off. The second game on Thursday will pit Lebanon against Jamestown. Sparta, who received a bye as the host team, will meet the winner of the Cookeville/Livingston game Friday at 6 p.m.… Read More


Sports camps set for July

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

As the summer heads into the second half, some more local sports camps have been set for the month of July.
WCHS volleyball coach, Kirsty Young, will be directing the annual Warriorette volleyball camp in Roy Sewell Gymnasium on the campus of White County High School.
The camp will run July 21-23 from 9 -11:30 a.m. each day. The cost of the camps is $30 for early registration, which is Sunday, July 18th from 2-3 p.m. in the gym. Late registration is the first morning of camp at 8 a.m. Late registration fee is $35. Each additional sibling in the same family is $25.
White County Middle School … Read More


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