Monthly Archives: January 2011

Payless Pharmacy prepares for new facilities

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Progress. The new Payless Family Pharmacy is under construction and has seemingly not been impeded by the inclement weather.

New look. This artist’s rendering of Payless Family Pharmacy gives customers an idea of how the new facility will look after completion.

Alan and Joyce Tatum, owners and operators of Payless Pharmacy, are preparing to move into their new facility currently under construction on West Turntable Road, which is expected to be completed by April 2011.
The new facility will still house all the familiar services that Payless customers are used to; but it will also include new services and features, such as a portico to protect customers as … Read More


Officials working to save Philips

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shutdown. The Philips Luminaires plant in Sparta has been slated for closure within the next 15 months. County and city officials are working to keep the plant open.

One White County commissioner is reaching out to sources beyond the boundaries of Sparta to seek help in saving the Philips Luminaires Plant from closure.
Paul Bailey, of CB Trucking, has joined forces with White County Executive Herd Sullivan and City of Sparta Mayor Jeff Young, as well as other elected officials, in a campaign to urge Philips officials to retain production at the Sparta plant. Bailey spoke with county commissioners about the latest developments during a meeting of the … Read More


TN House and Senate considering end of teachers’ unions

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Two bills, recently introduced in both the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives, would abolish teachers’ unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional services with local boards of education.
On Jan. 18, 2011, Rep. Debra Maggart and Rep. Glen Casada introduced House Bill 0130; while Senate Bill 0113, co-sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, Sen. Delores R. Gresham, Sen. Jim Summerville, and Sen. Brian Kelsey, was introduced on Jan. 24, 2011.
Both bills would amend Tennessee Code Annotated 5-23-107 and Title 49, also known as the Education Professional Negotiations Act.
The Education Professional Negotiations Act, which was enacted in 1978, gives any person employed by a local … Read More


Fire threatens BASF facility

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Damage. One of the dock doors at BASF shows signs of fire damage after a trailer docked at the plant caught fire.

The BASF factory, on Iris Drive, in Sparta, was damaged by fire, on Jan. 21, when materials contained in a trailer docked at the plant reportedly caught fire and spread to the building.
According to Capt. Jason Sparks with Sparta Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched, at approximately 7:30 p.m., and found the trailer engulfed in flames.
Sparks said fire entered the building, which set off a sprinkler located directly over the bay, suppressing the fire until firefighters arrived.
Emergency personnel from across White County were called … Read More


Freshman teams split with Warren on Monday

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Contact in the paint. Blake Lynn draws contact from two different Pioneers as he tries to get to the basket in the loss to Warren County.

Taking it up in a crowd. Kelsey Roberts takes the ball up in the paint for two points in the freshman win over Warren County Monday.

The White County High School ninth grade teams played host to Warren County Monday night at Roy Sewell Gymnasium and came away with a split of the night’s action.
The Warriorettes, playing for the first time in two weeks, picked up the 44-23 win. The Warriors, who led for most of the game, saw the Pioneers … Read More


Defense keys Warriorette win over Lady Pioneers

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Going up strong. Warriorette senior post play, Kristin Jones, goes up strong for two points in the first half of the Warriorettes’ win over Warren County Tuesday night. The Warriorettes will be looking to move into a tie for first place in the district when they travel to Cookeville Friday.

The Warriorette basketball team kept within a game of league-leading Cookeville with a 38-25 win over the Warren County Lady Pioneers in McMinnville.
Tuesday’s win improved the Warriorettes to 11-8 overall and 3-1 in District 6AAA. That sets up a huge encounter with the Lady Cavaliers Friday in Cookeville. The Lady Cavs sit atop the standings at 4-0 … Read More


New Dollar General store to celebrate grand opening

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County’s newest Dollar General store, located at 8231 Crossville Highway, will host a grand opening celebration, beginning at 8 a.m., on Jan. 29.
At the grand opening event, customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes.
The first 50 shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
The new store features a fresh layout, designed to make shopping simple for customers.
Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, and departments are easily recognizable with visible signage, while coolers are conveniently located at the front of … Read More


State approves water and sewer projects

Posted on January 27, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Development of Airport Industrial Park is one step closer to completion with the recent announcement the state has approved the plans for both the water and the sewer lines.
Ronnie Reece, engineer for the project, recently addressed the Industrial Park Advisory Committee about the progress. Reece said there are several review stages for a project, once the design is completed.
“We have cleared all those,” he said.
Two separate divisions within Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation approve the water project and the sewer project. The funding agency, which is Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, has also reviewed and approved the design.
“As you know, in … Read More


Shannon Lynn McCormick

Posted on January 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shannon Lynn McCormick, 41, of Walling, passed away Jan. 24, 2011.
Ms. McCormick was born Jan. 12, 1970, to Gordon and Brenda Sue McCormick.
She was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.
Ms. McCormick was preceded in death by her grandparents, Beecher and Cora McCormick and Jess and Ruby Hale, and a cousin, Mike McCormick.
Survivors include her son, Zachary Lane McCormick, of Wallilng; parents, Gordon and Sue McCormick, of Walling; sister, Ashley McCormick, of Walling; uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Jonna McCormick, of Sparta; and cousin, Kenny McCormick, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Jan. 28, 2011, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with … Read More


Naoma Mosley Shelton Farris

Posted on January 25, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Naoma Mosley Shelton Farris, 101, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Farris was born April 26, 1909, in White County, to Alvin and Mollie Mosley.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Shelton and Jeff Farris; seven children, Patricia Shelton, Raynell Shelton, Virginia Lorene Prater, Lloyd Shelton, Gerald Shelton, Azilkie Gilliam, Sanford Lee Shelton; three sisters, Ruth, Pearl, Sally; and a brother, Charlie Mosley.
Survivors include two sons, Willie Shelton, of Sweetwater, Robert Shelton, of Michigan; three daughters, Linda Reed and husband George, of Sparta, Mildred Beal, of Ohio, Wanda Lackey, of Manchester; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral … Read More


Charles Edward Brown

Posted on January 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles Edward Brown, 67, of Waterford, Mich., passed Jan. 18, 2011 in Michigan.
Mr. Brown was born June 15, 1943, in Sparta, to Beecher and Louella Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Brown; children, Robin Coe and husband Russ, Jodi Pridmore and husband Todd, Megan Brown; grandchildren, Emily, Audrey, Chelsea, Bethany; four sisters; and one brother.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Jan. 23, 2011, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Corinth Cemetery. Tom McCulley officiated.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


E-911 board appointment questioned

Posted on January 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Debbie Sopha told fellow aldermen during a Jan. 20 meeting she had two “main concerns,” one of which was why Mayor Jeff Young made an appointment to E-911 Board of Directors without the final approval of the city board members.
Sopha said she had written a letter to City Administrator Marty Carmichael about the reported action, and Carmichael immediately contacted her about the matter. Sopha also read a letter she had received from Ron Darden, consultant with Municipal Technical Advisory Service.
“You cannot appoint no one to the 911 Board without the Board’s approval,” said Sopha, as she addressed the mayor.
Young had apparently reappointed Jerry Denton to … Read More


Beatrice (Bea) Margeson Marcum

Posted on January 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beatrice (Bea) Margeson Marcum, 84 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 21, 2011, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Mrs. Marcum was born June 9, 1926, in Van Buren County, to Lewis David Margeson and Emma Louise Wheeler Margeson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, John Ray Marcum; sisters, Alma D. Armstrong, Mary Tinney Vance, Kathlene Margeson; and brothers, Herbert Margeson, Lewis Margeson Jr., Roy Thomas (Bud) Margeson and Donald Margeson.
Survivors include brothers, David Margeson and wife Gail, Willie J. Margeson, all of Walling; sister-in-law, Monnie Margeson, of Sparta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 11 a.m., Jan. … Read More


Banquet set for Feb. 4

Posted on January 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Food, fun, fellowship and fundraising are set as the main events at the Annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet, hosted by the White County Limbstrutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NTWF), beginning at 5 p.m., on Feb. 4, at the White County Agricultural Complex.
The fundraising event provides much-needed funds for special hunts, including the organization’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt that re-introduces the beauty and excitement of the outdoors to disabled people confined to wheelchairs, as well as their efforts to conserve wild turkey populations and preserve America’s hunting heritage.
According to Limbstrutters Chapter President Kyler Moore, the event’s admission that includes a complete turkey dinner is … Read More


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