Monthly Archives: February 2011

Wilsons receive 2010 Farmer of the Year award

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Cecil and Reba Wilson are surrounded by their family and friends, as well as members of White County Soil Conservation District, at the recent meeting where they were presented with the 2010 Farmer of the Year Award.

Robert Cecil and Reba Wilson, of R&R Farms, were recently presented with the White County Soil Conservation District’s 2010 Farmer of the Year award.
Robert Cecil and Reba were married in 1953. They reside on their 67-acre farm, on Big Bottom Road, in White County. They also farm Robert Cecil’s homeplace, which is 441 acres that he purchased in 1971.
He retired Jan. 1, 1979, after a 30-year career with … Read More


Telephone co-ops may soon face fiscal blow

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A telecommunications bill introduced in Tennessee House of Representatives could reportedly have a major financial impact on public utilities and telephone cooperatives, including those that serve White County.
Senate Bill 598/House Bill 574 requires parity between the rates and rate structures applied to an entity’s interstate and intrastate “switched access” services. Action on the bill has been deferred until March 1, 2011.
According to the legal wording of the legislation, the bill prohibits any public utility or telephone cooperative that provides switched-access service for intrastate toll telecommunications services from imposing intrastate switched-access charges that exceed the interstate switched-access charges imposed by the entity.
An access charge is a … Read More


Baseball gets first preseason action

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Stealing second. Warrior senior baseball player, Conor Sparkman, slides in well ahead of the ball during the scrimmage with Shelbyville on Saturday.

With two weeks of practice under their belts, the Warrior baseball team got their first preseason action against another team on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Former Warrior athlete, Brad Frasier, brought his Shelbyville Central baseball team to his hometown for an afternoon of baseball against his alma mater.
The Warriors and Eagles played 10 innings of varsity baseball and then the junior varsity teams square off for another five innings.
The varsity Warriors enjoyed a two-run lead in the late innings of the scrimmage, but saw … Read More


Voter photo ID bill delayed

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Action on a bill that would require a voter to present photographic identification before casting a ballot has been delayed in the House until March 2, 2011, although the Senate passed the proposed legislation Feb. 14.
State Senators voted 20 to 12 in favor of the legislation. Senator Charlotte Burks, who represents White County, cast a “no” vote.
Present law requires a voter to provide evidence of ID to compare the person’s signature on the voter’s ballot application. The ID must be a valid voter’s registration certificate, Tennessee driver license, Social Security card, credit card bearing the applicant’s signature or other document bearing the applicant’s signature.
However, the … Read More


Earl Steven Mayfield

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Earl Steven Mayfield, 38, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Mayfield was born Nov. 15, 1972, in Cookeville, to Catherine Wallace Mayfield Johnson and Earl Franklin Mayfield.
He was an employee of the City of Sparta Street Department.
Mr. Mayfield was preceded in death by father; grandparents Edwin Wallace, Lula and Everette Mayfield; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Kidwell; and a best friend who was like a brother to him, Keith Gay.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Lindsey, of Sparta; mother, Catherine Johnson, of Sparta; five children, Amanda Ashley Lindsey, Blake Lindsey, Casey Bumbalough, Stephanie Mayfield, Laura Mayfield, all of Sparta; three grandchildren, … Read More


Ronald Lawrentz

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ronald Lawrentz, 68, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


AA Region tourney comes to Sparta Monday

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Just because the White County High School basketball teams have had their season come to an end, that doesn’t mean that Roy Sewell Gymnasium will be without the round ball bouncing around.
There will be plenty of exciting basketball over the next four days on the campus of White County High School as Region 4AA returns to Sparta.
The girls’ semifinal games featuring three of the state’s top ten ranked Class AA teams will be played Monday night.
The 6 p.m. game pits Grundy County versus Cannon County, the state’s eighth ranked team. Grundy (21-7) advanced to the semifinals with a 57-34 win over Smith County. Cannon County … Read More


White Co. Teachers of the Year announced

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County’s top teachers are pictured (l-r): Al Carr, White County High School; Jackie Howard, Central View Elementary School; and Sabrina Hutson, Northfield Elementary. They will move on to the regional portion of the state sponsored program that seeks the best of the best Tennessee teachers in three grade levels — Pre K through Grade 4, Grades 5 through 8, and high school.

Three White County teachers were named system/district level Teachers of the Year in the 2011-2012 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation.
Jackie Howard, Pre K through Grade 4 winner from Central View Elementary; Sabrina … Read More


Cleveland ends Warriorette season for second straight year

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Drawing contact. Warriorette senior guard, Brittany Dodson, draws contact from a Cleveland defender during Thursday’s game. The Warriorettes were defeated 50-42 bringing their season to a close with a 16-12 record.

For the second time in as many seasons, the WCHS girls’ basketball season came to a close at the hands of the Cleveland Lady Raiders.
This year the loss came in the first round of the Region 3AAA tournament on the Lady Raiders’ home floor by a score of 50-42.
With a roster made up of exclusively freshman and sophomores, Cleveland used their athleticism to hold off the Warriorettes in the elimination game.
The Lady Raiders built … Read More


Sybil Lee Martin

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sybil Lee Martin, 56, of Rock Island, passed away Feb. 27, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Martin was born June 2, 1954, in Pikeville, to Verlon Simmons and Wilma Sullivan Argo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Elijah George; and her grandmother, Alma McGuire.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff Martin, of Rock Island; four daughters, Jennifer Scott, of Lynchburg, Heather Walling and husband Johnny, of Spencer, CaSondra Basham and husband Jason, of McMinnville, Heather Jones and husband Jeremy, of McMinnville; sister, Ann Womack and husband Gary, of Spencer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kelly and Jenila Martin, of Cleveland; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral service … Read More


Warriors ousted from tourney by Cleveland

Posted on February 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Buzzer beater. Josh Turner rises up to knock down a three as the horn sounds to end the third quarter during Friday’s Region 3-3A quarterfinal game. That shot wound up being the final points of Turner’s high school career. Cleveland defeated the Warriors 59-52 bringing the season to an end. WCHS finished with a 20-9 record.

The Warriors earned the right to host a region game with their finish in the District 6AAA tournament. Cleveland, however, spoiled the night by defeating the Warriors 59-52 ending their season on their home court.
The Raiders (18-8) were actually the regular season champions from District 5AAA, but their loss in the … Read More


Joe Harlan Broyles

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

Joe Harlan Broyles, 74, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2011, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.
Mr. Broyles was born Jan. 9, 1937, in Sparta, to Charlie Mark and Irene Rascoe Broyles.
He served as a deacon at West Sparta Church of Christ and worked as a building material salesman, in Sparta, for many years.
Mr. Broyles was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Rascoe Broyles and Edd Broyles.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wilson Broyles, of Sparta; son, David Broyles, of Sparta; granddaughter, Jessica Goodwin and husband Stephen, of Sparta; grandson, Bryant Nicholas Broyles, of Cookeville; three great-grandsons, Dylan Hunter Goodwin, Wyatt Lee … Read More


Warriors come up short against Cleveland

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

The Warriors came up short in the region tournament. Their season came to an end with a 59-52 loss to Cleveland.

The White County High School Warrior basketball team came up short against the Cleveland Raiders Friday night in the first round of the Region 3AAA tournament at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
The Raiders ended the Warriors season with a 59-52 loss. The two teams were knotted at 29 at the half, but Cleveland outscored WCHS 17-11 in the third quarter and held off the Warriors in the fourth to earn the spot in the semifinals.
Again free throw struggles proved detrimental to the Warriors as they finished nine … Read More


Helen Edith Morrison Watts

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

Helen Edith Morrison Watts, 91, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2011, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Watts was born Aug. 16, 1919, in Columbia, Ky., to Eugene and Eliza Ann Cundiff Morrison.
She was a retired dietician of Baker Elementary School. She was also an active member of Sparta First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and Home Demonstration Club.
Mrs. Watts was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Douglas “Bill” Watts; sister, Thelma Wise and her husband Vince; and brother, Connell Morrison and wife Emma.
Survivors include her daughter Patty Stults and Junior Carter, of Sparta; son, Doug Watts and JoAnn, of Sparta; Jeff … Read More


James Eugene Lack

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

James Eugene Lack, 52 of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Lack was born Sept. 25, 1958, in Sparta.
He retired as the maintenance director from Sparta Housing Authority after 21 years of service. He was also an artist and avid fisherman.
Survivors include his mother, Della Elizabeth Lack, of Sparta; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lack, of Cookeville; fiancée, Deeter Hyder, of Sparta; and best friend, Greg Snodgrass.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m., Feb. 27, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home. Robert Roberts will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 27, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in


Jerry Darryl Poteet

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

Jerry Darryl Poteet, 48, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2011.
Mr. Poteet was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Chicago.
He had been self-employed in the construction industry and various other fields in the Sparta area for many years.
No services are planned at this time.
Survivors include two sons, Kyle Poteet, Matthew Poteet, both of Sparta; parents, Celia and Richard Poteet, of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Hannah Poteet and Taylor Poteet, both of Sparta.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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