Monthly Archives: July 2011

Redistricting Committee begins tedious task

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A reapportionment committee has been established in White County and includes the seven members of the county commission’s Steering Committee A, the White County administrator of elections, the county executive and a representative from the school system.
Boundaries of specific districts might be affected, which could possibly place county commissioners and school board members in districts other than the ones they were elected to represent.
Determining how to redistrict a specific area can be a time-consuming process. The population cannot deviate more than 5 percent from the existing size.
During a 10-year span, the population shifts within a county and may cause an unequal population among the various … Read More

TCAP scores released

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program achievement test scores indicate students have improved in specific areas, although the governor has said more work must be done to meet federal regulations.
According to the scores, which were released last week, Tennessee students scored higher in all subject areas in grades 3-8, in comparison to the 2009-2010 TCAP results. The tests are mandated for students in grades three through eight. The test is not mandated for grades K-2. However, school systems may elect to test students in K, 1 and/or 2.
The TCAP test is a timed, multiple-choice assessment that measures skills in reading, arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Stateside, math … Read More

Sales tax collections increase

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County has once again shown an increase in state and local sales tax collections with the recent release of the June 2011 figures from Tennessee Department of Revenue.
In June 2011, state sales tax collections for White County were $1,083,066. Local sales tax collections were $285,844.
State sales tax collections for May 2011were $993,550, with local sales tax collections at $276,000.
One year ago to-date, state sales tax collections for White County were $1,033,854. Local sales tax collections were $282,743.
Also, in White County the following are tax collections in various categories for June 2011.
•Motor vehicle: $98,538
•Realty, transfer and mortgage: $25,169
In May 2011, the … Read More

Elizabeth Back Jones

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Elizabeth Back Jones, 87, passed away July 14, 2011, at her daughter’s residence, in Walling
Mrs. Jones was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Frank and Elizabeth Christ Back.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Ensor, of Walling.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Guacamole & Margaritas

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Processing time: 20 seconds
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 medium tomato, halved
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
For a spicy guacamole, add 1/2 a jalapeno pepper during step one.
Using a blender, like the Vitamix, place all ingredients into the container in the order listed and secure lid. Blend for 15 to 20 seconds. You may need to stop the machine and run a spatula around the inside of the container to integrate ingredients. Don’t over mix – leave chunky. Serve with tortilla chips and … Read More

Gary Lee Lautzenheiser

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gary Lee Lautzenheiser, 66, of Sparta, lost his battle with cancer on July 8, 2011.
Mr. Lautzenheiser was born July 26, 1944, in Canton, Ohio, to Ralph E. and Betty McKeen Lautzenheiser.
He graduated from Louisville (Ohio) High School, in 1962, worked on the family dairy farm until 1964, and was then employed at the Ohio Power Company (AEP) Canton, Ohio, for the next 32 years as a lineman. He retired in 2000 and was employed part-time by Constitution Land Surveying of Louisville, Ohio. He resided in Louisville until 2008 and then moved to Sparta.
He enjoyed farming and hunting throughout the United States, plus several trips to … Read More

Start Early to Get Ahead

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 What does being ready for elementary school really mean? It used to mean starting the first day of school with all the supplies on the list, but now we know so much more about how young children’s brains develop. More and more parents are aware of the positive effects of a high quality early childhood education for their child’s success. This knowledge has also led to extra emphasis on acquiring academic skills. Experts suggest parents take a step back and look for programs with a balanced approach to school readiness.
“With young children, everything is connected: their minds, bodies and emotions; creativity, happiness, security and intellectual progress,” says … Read More

John Thomas Lee

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Thomas Lee, 83 of Sparta, passed away July 16, 2011, White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Lee was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Hanover County, Va., to Henry David Lee and Alma A. Stecher Lee.
He was a retired Virginia state trooper and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Bradley Lee, of Sparta; sister, Laura Lee, of Virginia; and brother, Harry Lee, of Virginia
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 18, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Big Springs Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Ross Price

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Ross Price, 71, of Sparta, passed away July 15, 2011, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Nashville.
Mr. Price was born June 16, 1940, in White County, to William Carl Price and Tena Seabolt Price.
He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, serving in the U.S. Army for nine years. Mr. Price was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Price was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Joann Price.
Survivors include his children, Tressa West and husband Steve, of Sparta; Phyllis Bennett, of Sparta, Billy Price and wife Melissa, of Sparta; mother, Tena Price, of Sparta; brothers and sisters, … Read More

Jerry Richard Rutledge Sr.

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jerry Richard Rutledge Sr., 587, of McMinnville, passed away July 12, 2011, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Mr. Rutledge was born March 29, 1953, in White County, to Eugene Rutledge and Iris Lucille McCormick Rutledge.
He attended Laurel Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Rutledge was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Armstrong.
Survivors include his son, Jerry Richard Rutledge Jr., of McMinnville; three grandchildren; three brothers, Eugene Rutledge Jr., Billy Rutledge, George Edward Rutledge, all of McMinnville; five sisters, Janice Rowland and husband Gerald, of McMinnville, Kathleen Randolph, of Sparta, Patricia Ticer and husband Fred, of McMinnville, Ruby and Harry Cole, of Walling, Linda … Read More

Warriors host first-ever Champions’ Night

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Face of determination. Ben Howard puts everything he has toward improving his max in the clean during Champions’ Night. Howard maxed out at 210 pounds in the clean.

The Warrior football team was ready to do a little showcasing of their improvements for their fans on Friday night at Warrior Stadium in the first-ever Champions’ Night.
The team gathered together and had their final timing workout in front of approximately 80 fans at the Donny Haley Fitness Complex and on the track.
The players were split into two groups, skill position and big skill players. While one group was doing running drills, the other group was lifting weights. … Read More

Warriors stay busy with 7-on-7

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hauling in the catch. Zach Hampshire goes up high to haul in a catch over a Heritage defender during the 7-on-7 passing camp at Maryville College Saturday.

One week into summer football practice, the Warriors have been a bunch of busy young men.
In addition to morning workouts and Champions’ Night, the skill position players have had a hectic week of 7-on-7 drills.
After traveling to Siegel last Tuesday, they played host to the Stars on Thursday. Then on Saturday, they made the trek to Maryville for the annual 7-on-7 passing day.
Thirty high school teams from across mostly east Tennessee descended on Maryville College for the day … Read More

Pitching machine All Stars finish second

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Got it covered. Cameron Carter, the third baseman for the 10 and under All Stars, stretches to make the play in front of shortstop, Grant Slatten.

The Sparta Little League 10 and under pitching machine All Star team finished second in their tournament.
The team wrapped up play Saturday having been swept in the two best of three series by Smith County Red.
After dropping the opening game of the series on Friday, Sparta was defeated 14-9 on Saturday in Carthage.
After the first inning, things looked good for Sparta. They held Smith scoreless in the top of the first and then put four on the board in … Read More

15’s open state tournament play with win

Posted on July 18, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Delivering a win. Dustin Cole, shown above during the Babe Ruth regular season, pitched a complete game win for the 15 year old All Stars in their opening game of the Babe Ruth state tournament.

Sparta’s 15 year old Babe Ruth team proved their trip to the state tournament was well deserved when they opened tourney play with a 7-2 win over Franklin County Friday.
The Sparta squad traveled to Fayetteville and got another sterling performance on the mound by their ace, Dustin Cole. He went the distance allowing two runs on five hits while walking four and fanning 10.
Sparta’s lead off man, Andy Baksa, led off … Read More

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