Monthly Archives: January 2011

Weather implications discussed by school board

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Members of the White County School Board pay close attention to a presentation by Findlay Elementary School Principal Gary Alspaugh about the school’s Web site. Alspaugh credited teacher Beth Fitzsimmons, seen seated behind Alspaugh, for creating and continuing to improve the useful tool for the students, parents, and school.

With inclement weather having been the focus across White County as well as the nation for the past week, members of the White County School Board discussed options available if weather patterns continue to affect the education of students.
The Board had planned for the possibility of the system being closed a total of 12 days because of weather … Read More


Affordable design solutions to freshen up any home

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

As the colors, smells and textures begin to turn from one season to the next, many women begin to think about freshening up the inside of their homes. One easy way to update any home is to add a fresh scent that matches the room’s dÈcor. Get inspired by the variety of vibrant colors and aromas that each season brings and create an at-home scent experience with Glade Sense & Spray Automatic Freshener. Matching fragrance to the look and style of the room, whether with colorful new throw pillows or a faux flower arrangement, makes updating a room easy and cost-effective.
Interior designer, home trend expert and frequent … Read More


Chocolate Rocky Road Clusters

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Chocolate Rocky Road Clusters

16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 and one-half cups corn flakes
1 and one-half cups mini marshmallows
One-half cup dry roasted peanuts
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Melt chocolate and peanut butter in the top of a double boiler over medium heat. Combine corn flakes, marshmallows, and peanuts in a large bowl. Add the melted chocolate. Mix gently but throughly with a spatula. Using an ice cream scoop, make clusters about 1-2 inches apart. Refrigerate until firm.


$126,100 grant awarded to Sparta Fire Dept.

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Firefighters depend on breathing apparatus when entering a structure that is filled with flames and smoke.

Firefighters in City of Sparta will now have some new equipment thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Capt. Jason Sparks, of Sparta Fire Department, announced on Jan. 14 the official notification had been received from Elizabeth M. Harman, assistant administrator, Grant Programs Directorate.
Approximately nine months ago, Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay received permission from Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen to apply for an ‘Assistance to Firefighters Grant’ through FEMA. In addition, the board approved the matching funds in the amount of $6,305.
During a Jan. … Read More


White County Sheriff Department receives donated AED

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe holds a portable AED device, during a presentation of the lifesaving apparatus to the sheriff’s department by the Cookeville Chapter of Mended Hearts. Also pictured are (l-r): Major Jim Baker; Bob Foltz with Quality Correctional Health Care, the contracted medical provider at WCJC; Blanche Smither and Pharoah Smithers, with Mended Hearts; Shoupe; and Tom Little and Bob Hibbs, also with Mended Hearts.

Members of Cookeville Chapter 127 of Mended Hearts recently donated to the White County Sheriff Department a portable Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which is a portable lifesaving device used to automatically diagnose and treat a potential life-threatening heart condition that could … Read More


Jail security cameras still an issue

Posted on January 17, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

After three years of requests and appeals from the sheriff to county commissioners, bids will soon be accepted for repairing and/or installation of security cameras and a recording system at White County Justice Center.
During the Jan. 10, 2011, meeting of Steering Committee B, of White County Board of Commissioners, Mark Farley, White County finance director, said he met with the maintenance supervisor at the justice center who provided Farley with a list of the locations of all security cameras on the premises.
According to Farley, 60 cameras are operable, with approximately 16 that are inoperable.
Farley said the male correction officers pointed out a few areas in … Read More


WCHS teams struggle at Lebanon Saturday

Posted on January 16, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Trying to surround. Three Warrior players, Josh Turner, Kane Young and Zach Hampshire, try to surround Lebanon big man, Cameron High, in the first half of Saturday’s game. High’s 26 points helped the Blue Devils to a 68-50 over the Warriors. WCHS travels to Cumberland County Tuesday for a District 6AAA doubleheader.

Going back up with it. Warriorette freshman, Amber Hudgens, goes back up with the ball in the second half of the 63-37 loss to Lebanon Saturday night. WCHS will be looking to even their district mark when they travel to Cumberland County Tuesday.

After being idle for more than a week, the White County High School … Read More


Mary Alice Smith Lawson

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Alice Smith Lawson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 11, 2011, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.
Mrs. Lawson was born April 24, 1922, in White County, to Everett Jones Smith and Josephine Burgess Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Scott William Lawson; children, infant Troy Lawson, Richard Lawson, Kay Bolin, Ann Allen; sister Lou Hazel Smith; and brothers, Thurman Smith and Henry Smith.
Survivors include loving children, Euless Lawson and wife Betty, of Ohio, Jo O’Neal and husband Ellis, Ronald Lawson and wife Vicky, Marie Underwood and husband Lyle, Scotty (Foxie) Lawson and wife Brenda, all of Sparta, Debbie … Read More


Sarah Jean Rice

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Jean Rice, 50, of Sparta, passed Jan. 6, 2011, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.
Ms. Rice was born Sept. 1, 1960, in White County, to Charles Ades Rice and Mamie Ruth Shockley Rice.
She was a clerk at Dixie Food Mart #2, in Sparta.
Survivors include her parents, Ades and Mamie (Boots) Rice, of Sparta; son, Dwayne Simons and Patricia Bain, of Sparta; daughter, Kendra Simons and Johnny Lee, of Spencer; brothrs, Tony Rice, James Rice, both of Sparta; sisters, Rita Parks and husband Terry, of Sparta, Sherry Bouldin and husband Bino, of Rock Island; several nieces and nephews; and very special best friend, Vicki Young.… Read More


Mack Howard Seibers

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mack Howard Seibers, 68, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Seibers was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Clay County, to Hiram and Pauline Boles Seibers.
He was a local business owner.
Mr. Seibers was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Ann Felton Seibers; grandson, Thomas H. Keane III; brothers, Sylvester, Ernest, Billy, Paul; and sisters Georgia Colledge and Suzie Rigsby.
Survivors include his three daughters, Sharon Seibers Keane and husband Thomas H. Keane II, of Trussville, Ala.; Cissy Farley, of Cookeville, Dana Dildine and husband Rick, of Sparta;
grandchildren, Annabelle Keane, Christopher Caldwell, Rebekah Farley, Kyle Ray Farley, Erick Dildine, Staci Kay … Read More


Patricia Giles Phipott

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia Giles Philpott, 60, of Morrison, passed away Jan. 9, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Ms. Philpott was the daughter of Edward and Kathleen Lawson Giles. She was born in Jasper, Tenn.
There were no survivors.
Graveside service was 10 a.m., Jan. 14, 2011, at Highland Cemetery.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


William E (Jack) Carr

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William E. (Jack) Carr, 85, of Plant City, Fla., passed away Jan. 9, 2011.
Mr. Carr was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the World War II. He was also a deacon more than 50 years at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.
He loved bluegrass gospel and played fiddle in many bands, including Neverfade.
Mr. Carr was preceded in death by his son, James (J.C.) Carr.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mattie Car; sons, William E. (Bill) Carr Jr. and wife Debbie, Cecil Carr and wife Janice, Jesse L. Carr and wife Brenda; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Hazel Brakefield; and many … Read More


Quill Franklin Briggs

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Quill Franklin Briggs, 79, of McMinnville, passed away Jan. 6, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Briggs was born April 23, 1931, in Sparta.
He was a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, serving 42 years. Mr. Briggs was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of First United Methodist Church, where he formerly served as an adult Sunday School teacher and served on various church committees.
Mr. Briggs was preceded in death by parents, James Claude and Monnie Hitchcock Briggs; sisters, Viola Horton, Alene Rozzell; and brothers James and Johnny Briggs.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Webb Briggs; son, … Read More


Rickey Eugene Hutchings

Posted on January 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rickey Eugene Hutchings, 53, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 20, 2011, at his residence.
A memorial graveside service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 16, 2011, at Old Zion Cemetery, in White County.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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