Monthly Archives: February 2011

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


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


Crash in Cherry Creek injures one

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

Life Force medical helicopter transports a White County woman who was injured in a Feb. 18, 2011, crash on Cherry Creek Road.

A 49-year-old White County woman was transported Friday to Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga, by Life Force medical helicopter after she was involved in a one-vehicle crash.
According to Trooper David Hickey, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sharon Denise Roberson, 49, of Sparta, was injured Feb. 18, 2011, when her 1991 Ford Ranger pick-up left the roadway and rolled approximately three times. Roberson was reportedly ejected from the vehicle. Hickey said it appeared Roberson failed to negotiate a curve. The initial call was received at 6:42 a.m. about … 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


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


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


E-911 Board votes for officers at Feb. 15 meeting

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

At its Feb. 15 meeting, the White County Emergency Communications Board unanimously elected Jerry Denton to serve as chairman, Jerry Fowler as vice chairman and Jerry Cole as secretary/treasurer.
Denton and Cole would continue to serve in the positions they currently hold, while Fowler, who is new to the Board, would be a first-time officer.
Denton reported Phase One of the major upgrades to the district’s communication equipment was complete and Phase Two would soon begin.
The major upgrades included in Phase One involved new system equipment at the dispatching center on Crossville Highway, including dispatching computers, consoles and routing equipment, as well as training for dispatchers.
Phase … 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


Warriors earn spot in District 6AAA title game

Posted on February 20, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Laying it up over the defense. A.J. Wilkerson prepares to lay the ball up over a Coffee County defender during Saturday’s semifinal game. The Warriors will take on Cookeville Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game.

It took the full 32 minutes, but the Warriors held off Coffee County 45-41 Saturday night in the District 6AAA semifinals earning a spot in the title game on Tuesday.
Sitting opposite White County’s boys in the other championship game spot is a familiar foe. The 6AAA title game pits two of the state’s oldest rivals against each other for the championship. The contest will be the fourth edition this season … Read More


WCMS teams both finish second in CTC

Posted on February 20, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Both White County Middle School eighth grade basketball teams advanced to the championship game of the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament, but both came up short.
The Warriorettes were defeated 29-22 by Coffee County in their title game on Monday, February 14th. Only three players scored for WCMS led by the 12 points of Emilee Howard. Lindsey Phillips added seven and Sarah Anderson three.
The Warriors were defeated 38-34 by Harris Middle School, the regular season champ.
WCMS led 11-3 early and held a 20-17 advantage at the half. The Warriors were still on top 31-25 going into the fourth quarter, but were held to only three points in … Read More


Warriorettes fall into consolation game

Posted on February 20, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Drawing attention in the paint. Latha Wilson draws attention from the Coffee County defense during the semifinal loss to the Lady Raiders. The Warriorettes will take on Cookeville in the consolation game Monday at 6 p.m.

It has been said many times that it is hard to beat a team three times in a season, especially when the two previous meetings have been close.
The Warriorettes found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon in Manchester when the host team, Coffee County (16-10), earned the spot in the District 6AAA title game with a 42-35 win over WCHS (15-11).
Defense dominated the contest as the two teams scored … Read More


Championship games set in 8AA

Posted on February 20, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The championship nights are set for the District 8AA tournament being played at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
The girls’ title game set for 7:30 p.m. Monday night pits two of the state’s top ten ranked Class AA teams against each other. Livingston Academy (26-4) was ranked number four in last week’s Class AA Associated Press poll. They will take on #8 ranked, Cannon County (25-6). Livingston swept the Lunettes in the regular season.
The boys’ title game is set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and will be a battle between the third and fourth seeded teams. Fourth seeded DeKalb County (20-7) upset number one seed, Livingston 64-54, on Saturday … Read More


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