Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pitching Machine All Stars win another

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Swinging through. Kade Clark swings and makes contact during Monday’s game against DeKalb County during the 10 and under pitching machine All Star win. Sparta was to play again Wednesday night looking to secure one of the two spots that advance. Results were not available at press time.

Sparta’s 10 and under Pitching Machine All Star team bounced back from their first defeat with a sound 16-2 win over DeKalb County Monday night in Carthage.
DeKalb County managed both of their runs in the second inning. A single followed by a double put two runners on. A two-out single drove in the runs. Sparta’s defense came up with … Read More


Babe Ruth 15’s headed to state

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta’s 15 year old Babe Ruth All Star team finished second in the district team and, in the process, earned a spot in the state tournament.
The 10-team state tournament starts Thursday in Fayetteville. Sparta finished second behind Cookeville, who handed the local team both losses in the tournament played in Jamestown.
Sparta found their way back to the championship game Monday night against Cookeville needing to beat their archrivals twice to earn the title, but having already won a spot in the state. The local team gave the undefeated team all they wanted in the title game, but fell short by a score of 9-6.
Both teams … Read More


Warrior football opens summer drills

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Getting things moving. The Warrior football team wasted little time after the dead period getting things moving. Morning practices are the norm for the team and then the skill position players headed to Siegel Tuesday for the first of three 7-on-7 passing camps this week. The Warriors will host Siegel Thursday and then go to Maryville Saturday. Friday night, the team will host Champions Night at 6 p.m.

Coming off the TSSAA-mandated dead period, the Warrior football team has jumped into action this week.
The team has been working out and practicing each morning. Tuesday afternoon saw the skill position players head to Murfreesboro for a 7-on-7 scrimmage … Read More


Sligo Bridge project set in state budget

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Looking back. This photo was taken June 1, 1949, at the location of the “new” Sligo Bridge. Adjacent to the new construction is the old bridge that was demolished.

A recent photo of Sligo Bridge depicts the expanse of steel that that has been in place since 1948.

A view of the Sligo Boat Dock is show from a photo taken June 17, 1959.

A project that has been debated for approximately three years is finally one step closer to beginning the actual construction.
Sligo Bridge, which sits on US 70, Sparta Highway, has been included in the state budget as one of the many projects for Tennessee … Read More


Reward offered in church fire investigation

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Heavy damage. Damage can be seen at the side entrance to Hickory Valley Baptist Church after an arsonist set fire to the structure on an early Sunday morning in May.

Law enforcement officials announced a cash reward of up to $1,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of the May 29 fire that damaged Hickory Valley Baptist Church.
According to Detective Chris Isom with White County Sheriff Department, the reward is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson and the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Firefighters from Hickory Valley and Doyle volunteer fire departments were dispatched, at approximately 6:26 a.m., … Read More


Elevator funds approved

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Historic building upgrades. The building, which now houses White County’s American Legion, should soon be getting an elevator installed to assist disabled and aging veterans reach the upper floors of the 79-year-old facility.

During recent White County Commission action, commissioners approved a resolution that would provide the remaining funds needed for the installation of an elevator at the American Legion building.
Resolution #66-06-11 allows for the borrowing of approximately $80,000 with repayment to be split between the county and the American Legion, with each making $4,000 annual payments, for a total of $8,000 annual payments.
The elevator is estimated to cost approximately $130,000, and American Legion officials have … Read More


Holiday fatalities not alcohol-related

Posted on July 14, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The 78-hour July 4th holiday period will go down in Tennessee history books with the lowest number of fatalities since official records have been maintained for Department of Safety.
According to Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, seven deaths occurred during the 78-hour holiday period. Six counties were affected by the crashes, with two of the fatalities occurring in neighboring Warren County. Sullivan, Polk, Knox, Hardin and Hamilton counties were the locations of the remaining six fatalities.
Three of the six fatal crashes were single-vehicle crashes; three were multiple-vehicle crashes. None of the crashes were alcohol-related.
Five of the six crashes occurred during daylight hours: 11:30 a.m., … Read More


Terry Lee Hash

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Terry Lee Hash, 71, of Quebeck, passed away July 7, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Hash was born March 12, 1940, in White County, to Elmer (Speed) and Nannie Lou Terry Hash.
He retired after 48 years with Thomas Industries.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Billy, Robert; and sisters, Dene Holder and Virginia Walden.
Survivors include his wife Pearl Simmons Hash, of Quebeck;
Daughter, Patty Dodson and husband James, of Quebeck; granddaughter, Kayla Sims; grandson; Jordan Dodson; brother, Tommy Hash; and sisters, Margaret Golden and Judy Luna.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., July 10, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Jericho Cemetery. … Read More


Robert Reed Wright

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Reed Wright, 80, passed away July 6, 2011, at Woodbury Health Care Center, in Woodbury.
Mr. Wright born Aug. 8, 1930, in DeKalb County, to James Everett Wright and Effie Mae Henderson Wright.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thurman Wright, Clifton Wright, Othel Wright; and sisters, Claris Cope, Lois Vaughn, Mary O’Dell Clark, Beatrice Humphrey, and Ruth Geneva Wright.
He is survived by a loving sister, Opal Wright Wood, of Walling; two brothers, Larry McBride, of Rock Island, Garry McBride and wife Carolyn, of Smithville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., July 9, 2011, at Thurman Funeral Home, with … Read More


Vivian Tennie Parks Spivey

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vivian Tennie Parks Spivey, 73, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2011, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.
Ms. Spivey was born July 7, 1938, in White County, to Fred and Florence Williams Parks.
She was a factory worker and employed at NHC Healthcare of Sparta for 15 years.
Ms. Spivey was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jessie Vaughn, Dixie Cunningham; brother, Buster Parks; two children, Liddle Rose Marie Spivey, Vivian Darlene Spivey Steele; and two grandchildren, O.V. Spivey, Bradley Alan Spivey.
Survivors include daughter, Charlotte Spivey Young and husband Howard Wayne Young; four sons, Clyde Spivey Jr. and wife Brenda Young Spivey, Ray Spivey and … Read More


Barbara Gail Wagoner

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barbara Gail Wagoner, 55, of Sparta, passed away July 8, 2011, at White County Community Hospital
Miss Wagoner was born Nov. 13, 1955, in Houston, Texas, to Henry and Florence Hornberger Wagoner.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., July 11, 2011, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Eugene Lawson officiated.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Father Frederick John Schmit

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Father Frederick John Schmit was born on July 7, 1920, in Port Washington, Wis. He was one of six children born to Alfred and Anastasia (nee Paulus) Schmit.
After completing St. Mary’s Elementary School in his hometown, he attended Salvatorian Seminary, in St. Nazianz, where he became acquainted with the Society. After completing four years of high school and two years of college, he studied at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, in St. Louis, Mo., for one year of philosophy studies. In September of 1940, he returned to St. Nazianz and entered the Society’s Novitiate, where he made his profession of vows on Sept. 8, 1941. He then completed … Read More


Gary Lee Lautzenheiser

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gary Lee Lautzenheiser, 66, of Sparta, passed away July 8, 2011, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Lautzenheiser was born July 26, 1944, in Canton, Ohio, to Ralph E. and Betty Jean McKeen Lautzenheiser.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clara Odell Fowler Massa

Posted on July 13, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clara Odell Fowler Massa, 92, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2011 at the NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Massa was born Nov. 17, 1918, in White Co., to Everett D. and Cordelia Sherrell Fowler.
Sh was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman Lee Massa; two brothers, Cara Fowler, Leodus Fowler; two sisters, Pearl Kellye, Clio Massa; two sons, Ralph Massa, Jimmy Massa; and a great-grandchild, Joseph Cox.
Survivors include four daughters, Helen (Jesse) Taylor Pullum, of Sparta, Barbara White and husband J.D, of Sparta, Cleda Terry and husband Randall, of Sparta, Patty Daniels and husband Dale, of Sparta; sister, Charlene Fowler, of Cookeville; brother, Ovanlie … Read More


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