Monthly Archives: December 2010

Warriors and Warriorettes defeated on final day

Posted on December 31, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Sonic Shootout wrapped up Thursday with eight games deciding the finishing place of each team in the tournament.
Upperman’s girls’ and Riverdale’s boys’ took home the titles from the 3rd edition of the event.
The homestanding White County Warriors led at every break except the most important one in the boy’s title game. WCHS held a six point halftime lead, but could not hold off former district foe, Riverdale, in the second half. Riverdale outscored WCHS 12-8 in the fourth quarter to take the title. Robbie Johnson led WCHS with 13 points. Devon Davidson was also in double figures with 11. T.J. Chesterfield led Riverdale with 13. … Read More


Johnie R. Petty Pitman

Posted on December 31, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mrs. Johnie R. Petty Pitman, 77, of Southgate, Mich., passed away Dec. 28, 2010, in Michigan.
Mrs. Pitman was born July 31, 1933,in White County, to Obe and Maggie Petty.
Survivors include her husband, Carlin Pitman, of Southgate, Mich.; children, Danny (Randa) Pitman, of Murray, Ky., Colette (Tony) Amato, of Southgate, Mich., Sherry (Jason) Senior, of Southgate, Mich.; grandchildren, Andrea Mijat, Nichole Traugh, Adam Pitman, Aaron Pitman, Anthony Amato, Jessica Senior; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carolyn Mabe, of Doyle, and Linda Robinson, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Jan. 3, 2011, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with burial in Saylors Cemetery. The family will receive friends … Read More


Clifford Lee

Posted on December 31, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clifford Lee, 78, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 30, 2010, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Lee was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Putnam County, to Charlie and Nettie Davis Lee.
Survivors include five brothers, Cheerful lee, Carmel Lee, Clayton Lee, all of Cookeville, Clyde Lee, of Baxter, Cordell Lee, of Rutledge, and special friend, Dorothy Brown.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 1, 2011, at Whitson Funeral Home, in Cookeville, with burial in Crest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 31, and 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 1, at the funeral home. Bro. David Lee England and Bro. Clayton Lee Jr. will … Read More


E-911 Board discusses cell phone problems

Posted on December 30, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

During the Dec. 21 meeting, members of White County Emergency Communications District Board of Directors discussed problems with cell phone reception in the county that could have serious repercussions for residents in emergency situations.
An apparent recent decline in coverage in various areas of the county prompted the Board to ask the Board attorney, Mike Kress to draft a letter to Verizon Wireless to formally inform them of the problem.
Director Wayne Sherrell told the Board of recent complaints from Verizon customers, as well as emergency responders, trying to reach emergency dispatchers but they were unable to make the calls or the signals were dropped during the emergency … Read More


Fire destroys unoccupied home

Posted on December 30, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Smoke and ash are all that remain of this residence on Billy Goat Circle, after an early morning fire, on Dec. 28. No injuries were reported in the incident, which kept firefighters busy more than three hours.

An unoccupied residence on Billy Goat Circle, in the southwestern portion of White County, was destroyed by fire, on Dec. 28, despite quick response by firefighters but a nearby residence was saved during the early morning blaze.
According to Matt McBride with Central View Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched, at approximately 3:20 a.m., and arrived in less than eight minutes to find the structure completely engulfed in flames.
McBride stated … Read More


Remembering the stories of 2010 that impacted the community

Posted on December 30, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

As 2010 approaches its final days, The Expositor takes a look at the stories that touched the hearts of readers. The top 10 stories were determined by figures generated on myspartanews.com
Number 1:
Body is identified as 40-year-old Richmond Boruff
A body that was found Aug. 18, 2010, in an out-building, at Boruff Creekside Farm on Charlie Hickey Road, has officially been identified as well known Sparta businessman Richmond Boruff, according to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.
Shoupe and Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons, as well as detectives with WCSD, were on the scene. Officials with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney General’s office were called as … Read More


Sales tax collections decline in November

Posted on December 30, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Although local and state sales tax collections declined from October 2010 to November 2010, White County’s overall outlook is better than one year ago.
According to statistics from Tennessee Department of Revenue, state sales tax collected in White County, for November 2010, totaled $1,001,183. Local sales tax collections were $277,816. These figures are lower in comparison to October 2010, when state sales tax collections totaled $1,069,990, with local sales tax collections at $291,893.
During a five-year look at White County’s collections, November 2006 listed $1,059,343, in state sales tax collections. November 2007 and 2008 showed increases, at $1,162,232 and $1,217,485, respectively. However, in November 2009, the state sales … Read More


Betty Jo Bechtel

Posted on December 29, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Jo Bechtel, 67 of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 23, 2010, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Mrs. Bechtel was born March 23, 1943, in Coal City, W.V., to Robert Lee and Sadie Jane Bolen Maxwell.
She was retired from NHC Healthcare of Sparta. Mrs. Bechtel was also a member of Praise Restoration Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Everett Maxwell.
Survivors include loving husband of 49 years Clifford K. (Cliff) Bechtel, of Quebeck; daughter, Kelly Curtis and husband Kevin, of Sparta; sons, Clifford Arthur Bechtel and wife Desire, of Smithville, Ronnie Lee Bechtel, of Quebeck; sisters, Ruth Lee, of Quebeck, Joy … Read More


Warriors out last Menifee on opening day

Posted on December 29, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Turning in a double-double. Devon Davidson turned in a double-double in the Warriors’ win over Menifee County, but it wasn’t the most traditional of double-doubles. The sophomore guard tallied 16 points and 10 steals. For good measure, he added six rebounds. The Warriors won that game and were scheduled to take on Upperman Wednesday night.

The Warriors trailed visiting Menifee County, Kentucky 27-23 at the half, but outscored the Wildcats 43-32 in the final two quarters to escape with the 66-59 win and advanced into the semifinals of the Sonic Shootout against Upperman.
With the Warriors (8-4) holding a slim one point lead with just over two minutes … Read More


Championship game match-ups set for Sonic Shootout

Posted on December 29, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriors will take on Riverdale at 7:30 p.m. in the Sonic Shootout championship game. The Warriorettes will play for third against Grundy County at 3 p.m.

Two days of the Sonic Shootout are in the books and the final day pairings are complete.
The Warriors will play in the boys’ title game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Riverdale. WCHS defeated Upperman 60-48 to earn the spot in the finals.
Riverdale defeated Gallatin 57-41 to earn the other spot in the boys’ championship game.
Gallatin and Upperman will meet at 4:30 in the third place game.
Clarkrange held off the White County Warriorettes 53-49 to earn one of … Read More


Morgan (Junior) Cravens Jr.

Posted on December 29, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Morgan (Junior) Cravens Jr., 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 25, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Cravens was born Nov. 10, 1924, in White County, to Morgan Cravens Sr. and Lillie West Cravens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Dennis Earl Cravens; brothers, Roy Lee Cravens, Casto Cravens; and sisters, Besty Cravens and Vernell Poston.
Survivors include loving wife of 66 years, Mo Cravens, of Sparta; sons, Jerry Morgan Cravens and wife Vicki, Robert Lee Cravens, all of Sparta; daughter, Barbara June Duke, of Sparta; brothers, John Cravens, of Florida, Ronnie Cravens, of Texas, Bill Cravens, of Ohio, Donnie Cravens, of Sparta; … Read More


Rose Lee Rice

Posted on December 29, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rose Lee Rice, 61, of Sparta, TN passed away on Dec. 24, 2010, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville.
She was born Oct. 29, 1949, in Michigan City, Ind.
She worked in Sparta at Wagner, Red Kap, Dixie Food Mart, and Lazy Days Food Mart. Upon retirement Rose spent her time with family and friends and volunteering at White County Community Hospital.
Rose was a member of Sparta First Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Gary Shaffield; niece and husband, Stephanie and Wally Irvin; nephew and wife, Jacob and Danielle Shaffield; great-nephew, Aaron; great-nieces, Madeline, Caroline and Hannah.
She … Read More


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