Monthly Archives: March 2011

Walker killed in Florida plane crash

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.comOriginally Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 8:49 AM

William (Bill) E. Walker.

William (Bill) E. Walker, 58, Cookeville businessman and owner of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport’s Fixed Base Operator, Region Air, was killed, on Mar. 26, while performing maneuvers at the Wings over Flagler air show in Bunnell, Fla., located approximately 25 miles north of Daytona Beach.
Walker was performing as part of the Red Thunder Air Show team when the 1983 Aerostar YAK-52 Russian military trainer aircraft he was piloting failed to come out of a dive and crashed approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the air show’s first day.
Witnesses reported the plane just flew straight into the ground after coming out … Read More


Gilley Jr. faces child sex charges

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edward Ray Gilley Jr., 48, of White County

A video on a cell phone, which had been forfeited at a local pawnshop, led to the arrest of a 48-year-old White County man for his alleged involvement in the rape of a child less than 13 years of age.
According to Detective John Ford with White County Sheriff Department, Edward Ray Gilley Jr., 48, of White County, was arrested, at approximately 7 p.m., on Mar. 24, after a search led to his whereabouts at the ‘Park and Ride’ at the Baxter exit off Interstate 40.
Ford stated he received information from the pawnshop owner, who discovered explicit video while … Read More


Father and son severely injured in single-vehicle crash

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Team effort. Emergency responders with Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and White County Emergency Medical Services assist medical personnel with Erlanger’s Life Force Medical Services to carry Ralph Todd Cunningham to the waiting helicopter.

Severe damage. This Dodge truck was heavily damaged and its occupants seriously injured in a single vehicle crash on Charles Hennessee Road, on Mar. 29. Two medical helicopters were brought in to take a father and son to emergency care in Nashville.

Quick response. Personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services arrived quickly to the scene and used their training and experience to stabilize the two occupants of the truck

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Legislation proposes to suspend increase in county officials’ pay

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Another bill of interest is HB1968, which states, “Upon the effective date of this act any annual percentage increase to the minimum compensation for county officials is suspended for a period of five years.”
The Fiscal Review Committee provided the following explanation about the financial advantages for individual counties.
•County official minimum salaries are established pursuant to TCA 8-24-102 and are based on county populations.
•The rate by which county official salaries will increase is unknown but is estimated to be 5 percent each year.
•Minimum salaries owed to county officials totals $48,064,330 in Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Prohibiting an annual percentage increase for five years will result in … Read More


Donald Ray Thompson

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

(Donald) Ray Thompson, age 49, of Bridgeton, Mo., formerly of Sparta, died suddenly of a massive heart attack March 28, 2011.
He was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was pastor of Gateway Central Church of the Nazarene for nearly eight years and a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for more than 25 years.
The Rev. Thompson was pastor of the Sparta Church of the Nazarene from 1995-2000.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Thompson Noel, and grandparents, Charles and Carrie Adams Thompson and Estel and Ruth Colley.
He is survived by his wife, Tamberlyn Perkins Thompson; two … Read More


William Edward (Bill) Walker

Posted on March 31, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Edward (Bill) Walker, 1952-2011

Memorial services William Edward (Bill) Walker, 58 of Cookeville, will be 1 p.m., April 2, 2011, at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Max Mayo and Rev. Drew Shelley will officiate.
Mr. Walker died suddenly, on March 26, 2011, when his plane crashed while flying in the Wings over Flagler Air Show, in Flagler Beach, Fla.
He was born June 17, 1952, in Monterey, to James Edward (Jim) Walker, of Monterey, and Charlotte Allred Walker, of Cookeville.
Mr. Walker was a member of Cookeville First United Methodist Church. He was also a member and past chairman of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board.… Read More


Phyllis N. Mabry

Posted on March 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Phyllis N. Mabry, 81, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 18, 2011.
After raising her family she returned to school and finished her Bachelor of Education degree from Millikin University, in Decatur, Ill., and earned her Master of Education degree from Illinois State University, in Normal, Ill. She was head of the English department at Eisenhower High School District of Decatur, Ill., with 22 years of service.
She became a Christian at 18 and served the Lord through the Baptist Church. For several years she wrote an entertainment column for the Decatur Herald and Review and had several articles, including a short … Read More


Garnet Shelton (Jack) Sherrell

Posted on March 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Garnet Shelton (Jack) Sherrell, 71, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Sherrell was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Putnam County, to Garnet Shelton Sherrell Sr. and Joyce Carmack Sherrell.
He was a 1958 graduate of White County High School and a 1962 graduate of University of Tennessee. He was a funeral director and embalmer and was the owner/operator of ReRun Books in Pasadena, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia McClellan Sherrell, of Sparta; Shawn Jackson Sherrell and wife Tamsen, of Hudson, Mass.; daughter, Valerie Clemmer and husband Craig, of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Tristan Sherrell, Cameron Clemmer, Cassie Clemmer; two brothers, Dr. … Read More


Warriorette tennis nets first district win

Posted on March 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Undefeated in singles action. Crockett Sewell stayed undefeated in boys’ singles action, but the Warriors, as a team, were defeated by the Jets. The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Jets 7-2 for their first district win of the season. WCHS hosts Warren County Thursday.

The Warrior and Warriorette tennis teams played host to Cumberland County Tuesday in District 6AAA action and came away with a split of the day’s action.
The Warriorettes picked up their first district win of the season defeating the Lady Jets 7-2. The Warriors meanwhile suffered a narrow 5-4 loss to the Jets.
The WCHS girls actually opened the day with a 2-0 advantage as … Read More


Cavs sweep diamond series with Warriors

Posted on March 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Safely into second. Ethan Tollison slides safely into second base during the first game of the White County/Cookeville doubleheader. Tollison was a collective 4 for 8 in the two games. The Warriors, however, were defeated in both games. They lost a heartbreaker 5-4 in the first game and dropped the nightcap 12-0. WCHS hosts Livingston Friday at 5 p.m.

Mother Nature forced the Warriors and Cavaliers to play a doubleheader in Cookeville on Tuesday and the outcome definitely went in favor of the home team.
Cookeville swept the District 6AAA series from the Warriors with a pair of wins on a day that started out with decent weather … Read More


Warrior soccer gets first win of season

Posted on March 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Going for the save. Warrior goalkeeper, Aaron Webb, goes up for one of his saves in the first win of the season by the WCHS soccer team. The Warriors got goals from three different players on the way to the 3-1 win over Cumberland County.

The White County High School Warrior soccer team broke into the win column with a 3-1 defeat of the visiting Jets from Cumberland County on Monday.
Three different players scored unassisted goals for the Warriors and goalkeeper, Aaron Webb, backing the Warrior defense, allowed just one goal while recording nine saves.
WCHS got on the board first in the 17th minute of the … Read More


Tornado rips through White County

Posted on March 29, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Relatives of Benny and Geraldine Ancar survey what remains of the couple’s belongings after their trailer was ripped completely off the foundation during the March 23, 2011, tornado that affected several residents of White County. The Ancars live in the western portion of the county, on Will Thompson Road.

No injuries were reported when a tornado made its way across the western portion of White County, on Mar. 23, flattening one residence and causing damage to several other homes, structures and property.
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According to White County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Savage, the tornado affected a nine-mile stretch of the county from the White/DeKalb … Read More


Teachers receive ratings in state ‘Report Card’

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

Every county in Tennessee has received the final documentation about the educational status of their school teachers during the annual analysis of the “State Report Card.”
One of the several categories in the Report Card focuses on teachers and rates those who are “Highly Qualified.”
A “Highly Qualified” teacher is any public elementary or secondary school teacher who holds at least a Bachelor’s degree, is fully licensed in Tennessee and submits the required documents to demonstrate competency in the content area(s) being taught.
Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a … Read More


Walker killed in Florida plane crash

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

William (Bill) E. Walker, 58, Cookeville businessman and owner of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport’s Fixed Base Operator, Region Air, was killed, on Mar. 26, while performing maneuvers at the Wings over Flagler air show in Bunnell, Fla., located approximately 25 miles north of Daytona Beach.
Walker was performing as part of the Red Thunder Air Show team when the 1983 Aerostar YAK-52 Russian military trainer aircraft he was piloting failed to come out of a dive and crashed approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the air show’s first day.
Witnesses reported the plane just flew straight into the ground after coming out of a loop.
Walker … Read More


Reported tornado rips through western part of county

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.comOriginally published @ 6 a.m., March 24, 2011

No injuries were reported when a severe storm, which is believed to have spawned at least one tornado, made its way across White County, on Mar. 23, and destroyed at least one residence and damaged several other homes and structures.
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At approximately 6:55 p.m., a tornado warning was issued, putting all White County and Sparta emergency personnel on alert and setting off tornado sirens in Sparta’s city limits.
In less than 10 minutes, personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services advised local E-911 dispatchers a tornado was spotted on the ground near Highway 70 west, near the intersection of Highway 136, also known as O.T. Jones … Read More


Soccer defeats Cumberland County

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

Sailing in. Jordan Dukes, a sophomore on the Warrior soccer team, sails through after kicking the ball in the 3-0 loss to DeKalb County. The Warriors host Cumberland County today at 6 p.m.

The White County High School soccer team broke into the win column with a 3-1 victory over visiting Cumberland County Monday.  (Look for full details of that win in Thursday’s edition.) WCHS played host to the DeKalb County Tigers on a chilly Thursday spring evening and were defeated 3-0.
The Warriors and Tigers played to a scoreless tie for the first 37:30 of the contest. In fact, WCHS controlled the ball for much of those … Read More


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