Monthly Archives: February 2011

Warriors drop overtime heartbreaker to Cavaliers

Posted on February 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Josh Turner drives toward the basket against Cookeville's Mat Case during Tuesday's championship game.

The White County Warriors dropped a disappointing 53-50 overtime contest to archrival, Cookeville, in the District 6AAA championship game Tuesday night in Manchester.
The Warriors led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and held a 38-28 advantage with just over seven minutes to play in regulation. The Cavaliers refused to give up though and, behind a 29 point performance from sophomore guard, Patrick Roper, came roaring back and outlasted the Warriors in overtime.
Two big statistics stand out in the outcome for WCHS. They went 11 of 23 from the … Read More


Luther Charles Roberts

Posted on February 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Luther Charles Roberts, 77, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2011, at the NHC Healthcare of Smithville.
Mr. Roberts was born May 26, 1933, in White County, to Thomas Clarence and Mary Smallwood Roberts.
He was also preceded in death his parents; wife, Betty Jean Bare Roberts; stepmother, Edith Roberts; brother, Richard Roberts; and an infant son.
Survivors include his children, Tammy Slatten and husband Max, of McMinnville, Teddy Roberts, of Crossville, Kenneth Roberts and wife Janet, of Doyle; stepchildren, Jeana Hill and husband Dwight, of Sparta, Arlene Sliger and husband Bruce, of Georgia, Joe Frasier and wife Cheryl, of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter Roberts … Read More


Warriors come up short in overtime to the Cavaliers

Posted on February 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

District 6AAA runner-up. The Warriors saw a 13-point second half lead disappear to Cookeville. The Cavaliers outlasted the Warriors 53-50 in overtime capturing the district tournament title. WCHS will host Cleveland Friday at 7 p.m. in the Region 3AAA tournament. All seats are general admission and no regular season passes will be honored.

Intense contest. Two arch rivals, a district championship game and overtime. Things don’t get much more intense. Above, Jordan Armstrong attempts to drive to the basket against Cookeville’s Trey Henderson and Phillip Roper.

When two rivals meet, no one can ever predict the outcome.
That has definitely been the case for the Warriors and Cavaliers … Read More


Bonnie Louise Lee Young

Posted on February 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bonnie Louise Lee Young, 91, of Sparta passed away Feb. 21, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Young was born Dec. 15, 1919, in Putnam County, to William Carroll and Ova Elizabeth Bray Lee.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Luther Ray Young, son, Harold Young; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Lehigh and husband Mack, of Chattanooga; two sons, Tony Young and wife Linda, Dewey Young and wife Mary, all of Sparta; six grandchildren, all of Sparta; six great-grandchildren, all of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Pamela Sapp Young, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral … Read More


Luther Charles Roberts

Posted on February 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Luther Charles Roberts, 77, of Sparta, assed away Feb. 18, 2011, at the NHC Healthcare of Smithville.
Mr. Roberts was born May 26, 1933, in White County, to Thomas Clarence and Mary Smallwood Roberts.
He was also preceded in death his parents; wife, Betty Jean Bare Roberts; stepmother, Edith Roberts; brother, Richard Roberts; and an infant son.
Survivors include his children, Tammy Slatten and husband Max, of McMinnville, Teddy Roberts, of Crossville, Kenneth Roberts and wife Janet, of Doyle; stepchildren, Jeana Hill and husband Dwight, of Sparta, Arlene Sliger and husband Bruce, of Georgia, Joe Frasier and wife Cheryl, of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter Roberts … Read More


Dovie Della Ray Simmons

Posted on February 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dovie Della Ray Simmons, 93, of Spencer, passed away Feb. 18, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Simmons was born May 31, 1917, in Van Buren County, to Revedy and Martha Goldie Prater Manus.
She was a retired shirt factory worker, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her later years her time was filled with sewing, quilting, embroidering and making things for all of her family and friends.
Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her husband, Arzie Gordon Simmons; son, Malcolm Simmons; son-in law, Willie O. Nunley Jr.; two sisters, Annie Simmons, Roberta Dodson Jernagon; and three brothers, Jack Manus, Joe Leonard Manus, and Andrew … Read More


Karen R. Parsley

Posted on February 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Karen R. Parsley, 53, of Walling, passed away Feb. 18, 2011, at her home.
Ms. Parsley was born Dec. 1, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was employed by Federal Mogul, in Smithville.
Ms. Parsley was preceded in death by her sister, Marijene Blair; stepfather, Stanley Sissom
Survivors include her daughters, Danielle Dewey, of Walling, Felicia Davis, of Morrison, Melissa Nelson and husband Dewey, Laura Frisbee, McMinnville; mother, Earlene Sissom; father, Alvin Schoenmann and wife Barbara; sisters, Patricia Barks and husband Matt, Betty Bouldin, Annie May Schoenmann; brothers, Glenn and wife Pam, David and wife Sheila, Walter and wife Helen, Jimmy and wife Darla, and Danny Schoenmann; nine grandchildren; … Read More


Retha Lorell Howard Pirtle

Posted on February 22, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Retha Lorell Howard Pirtle, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Pirtle was born Dec. 12, 1928, in White County, to Pat and Essie Norris Howard.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Ernest Pirtle; sister, Jean Cope; and four brothers, Jackie Howard, Henry Thomas Howard, Joe Howard and Elmer Ray Howard.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise Cole and husband Ed, of Sparta, Gail Dabbs and husband Darrel, of Sparta; son, Keith Pirtle and wife Brenda, of Sparta; sister, Barbara Neal, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Jean Howard, of Sparta; brother-in-law, Harold Cope, of Sparta; grandchildren, Eddy Ray Cole and wife … Read More


Keepin’ up with your little mover

Posted on February 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Keeping up with that active baby can take lots of energy and perseverance.

Between the sleepless nights, spit-up and countless diaper changes, new parents quickly realize that chasing after their little speedsters is no easy feat.
“When our first son was born, my husband and I focused on baby-proofing the house to meet our little guy’s needs. Before we knew it, his energy had surpassed ours and we needed to not only adapt our home but ourselves,” says Laila Ali, professional athlete and mother to toddler son and soon-to-be-born baby number two.
Huggies(r) teamed up with Laila to help parents conquer the chaos of parenthood by offering exclusive … Read More


Warriorettes defeat Lady Cavs in consolation game

Posted on February 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kristin Jones goes up for two of her 26 points in the consolation win over Cookeville Monday night in Manchester.

Behind a 26-point performance by senior forward, Kirstin Jones, the Warriorettes defeated Cookeville 45-38 in the consolation game of the District 6AAA tournament on Monday in Manchester.
WCHS took the lead for good on the first basket of the fourth quarter and was able to hold off the Lady Cavaliers for the win.
Cookeville, playing their fifth straight game without District 6AAA Player of the Year, Hannah Goolsby, was led by Sydney Robinson with 16 points, fourteen of which came in the first half.
The win sends the … Read More


New fire chief hired

Posted on February 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kirk Young, a 26-year veteran of Sparta Fire Department, has been hired as the new fire chief.

City of Sparta has a new fire chief effective Feb. 17, 2011, after an unanticipated motion by Alderwoman Debbie Sopha led to a 6 to 1 vote to hire Capt. Kirk Young to fill the position that had been held almost quarter-century by Ed Kay who recently retired.
Young has been employed with Sparta Fire Department 26 years.
During a Feb. 1, 2011, work session for Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, officials reviewed all applicants with the assistance of Gary West, fire management consultant with Municipal Technical Advisory Service. City … Read More


Broussard found guilty

Posted on February 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

TBI Agent Mike A. Turbeville holds the claw hammer used by Broussard to beat Stuart R. Butler several times in the back and top of his head. Turbeville, who is also a DNA expert, gave testimony that blood found on the hammer matched the victim’s blood.

Mack Broussard Jr., 34, of Biloxi Miss., who was accused of the 2009 killing of Stuart R. Butler at Butler’s residence on North Oak Street, in Sparta, was found guilty by a White County jury, and sentenced by Judge David Patterson to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Broussard had reportedly been an acquaintance of Butler’s son.
According to an … Read More


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