Monthly Archives: July 2011

$43.8 million county budget approved by commissioners

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

Property owners can breathe a sigh of relief since the official county budget was passed during a June 18 meeting with no additional financial burden placed on the taxpayers.
County commissioners unanimously approved the $43.8 million budget without any discussions or debates. The property tax rate will remain the same as last year’s, which is $1.85 on each $100 of assessed property. The breakdown of the $1.85 is as follows: 99 cents goes to the General Fund; 78 cents for General Purpose Fund; and 8 cents for General Debt Service.
Some of the highlights of the budget include:
Appropriations for non-profit charitable organization:
•$130,000: Fire departments
•$9,000: Sparta-White … CONTINUED

Grant available to help fund Local Planning Office

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

Counties that were affected by the restructuring of Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development may now have a means of helping fund at least one of the services that was affected by the cutbacks implemented by the governor.
ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently announced applications for transition funding are being accepted from the 212 communities that were formerly provided with Local Planning Office services from the department. Gov. Bill Haslam has included $1 million in the state’s 2011-2012 budget to be divided n equal amounts among the entities that apply for assistance. Grant applications are due by Sept. 1, 2011.
Local Planning Offices assist in the preparation and … CONTINUED

Pilot lands on Memorial Hwy

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

Close call. An unidentified pilot seemingly “took it all in stride” after an emergency landing on Memorial Highway, in White County. Sgt. Chadra Daniels, of White County Sheriff Department, is assisting the pilot with securing additional fuel. According to the pilot, he had left Memphis with 2-1/2 hours of fuel and had only flown about 2 hours before his gauge began indicating the tank was empty. He searched for a safe place to land, which he achieved. His apparent expertise allowed him to scope out a highway with the least amount of traffic. He successfully landed his plane and pulled into the median crossover, therefore avoiding any hindrance … CONTINUED

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. … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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.

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 … CONTINUED

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, … CONTINUED

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.

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 … CONTINUED

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 … CONTINUED

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