Monthly Archives: July 2011

Caldwell brothers granted new trial

Posted on July 5, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Randall William Caldwell (left) and Stephen Wilson Caldwell.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the decisions of two lower courts and granted a re-trial for brothers Randall William Caldwell and Stephen Wilson Caldwell, who were convicted in August 1995 for the first-degree felony murder of 74-year-old Luther Gist, aggravated arson and conspiracy to commit arson.
Gist’s body was found, on Dec. 8, 1994, inside his home after emergency personnel responded to a structure fire in the Gum Spring community. He had died from smoke inhalation as the residence burned to the ground.
The White County Sheriff Department, the Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s Office … Read More


Happy 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The 4th of July. The holiday that signifies the midway point of summer vacation for the kids, but most importantly the most proud of American holidays.
While we are out doing all the celebrating, how many truly think about what happened on this day in history? I mean we all know it is, of course, the good ole USA’s Independence Day!
However, July 4th was just the beginning of the independence and actually some say July 2nd was the true start. The legal separation of the 13 Colonies from Great Britain actually occurred on July 2, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of … Read More


Voyles overall female winner of Fiddler 5k

Posted on July 4, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fiddler’s 5k. Morgan Voyles (first from left) was the female winner of the Fiddler 5k in Smithville on Saturday. Two of her high school teammates, Hunter McCoy (second from right) and Hannah McCoy (right), also ran in the event finishing third in their division. Ji Chong, a Voyles family friend from California, won his division. Another Sparta runner, Lora Simpson (not pictured) was the female winner of the Master’s Division (40+).

Even though it’s the dead period and a perfect chance to take some time off from running, Morgan Voyles and a couple of her high school teammates were having none of that.
The trio made the decision … Read More


9/10’s split final two pool play games

Posted on July 4, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Combining for the win. Dyson Reece (above) and Jacob Guy combined to pitch Sparta’s 9/10 All Stars to a shut out win over Lebanon. Reece picked up the win striking out seven and allowing just three hits in three innings. The 9/10’s, however, saw their season end with two losses in pool play.

Sparta Little League’s 9/10 year old live arm All Stars split their final two games in pool play at the area tournament played in Carthage.
After dropping their opener, Sparta bounced back with a dominating 12-0 win over Lebanon Thursday. Sparta then wrapped up pool play with an 11-7 loss to Carthage Friday.
In Thursday’s … Read More


Two injured in mid-day crash

Posted on July 1, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Two White County women were injured in a two-vehicle crash, on June 29, at approximately 11:40 a.m., at the intersection of Highway 111 and Walker Cove Road.


Roadside checkpoint to be held July 1 in White County

Posted on July 1, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a driver license roadside safety checkpoint, at 6 p.m., tonight, July 1, in White County.
In recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers, who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found that drivers license roadblocks are an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


Floella Marie Burden McDole

Posted on July 1, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Floella Marie Burden McDole passed away, on June 28, 2011, at Riverpark Hospital in McMinnville.
She was born on August 17,1926, to Henry and Bertha Sapp Burden in White County.
Mrs. McDole was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a retired health care giver and enjoyed her gardening and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Paul Kopecky; four brothers Ray, Melvin, Jesse and Carl Burden; three sisters Carrie Burden, Notie Herd and Lorene Dennison.
She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and church family, as well as special friends Steve and Jill Stubblefield.
Family will receive friends, on July … Read More


Nannie Sara Elizabeth Whiteaker

Posted on July 1, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nannie Sara Elizabeth Whiteaker passed away, on June 30, 2011, at the Bethesda Health Care Center, in Cookeville.
Mrs. Whiteaker was born, on Dec. 26, 1923, to George Thomas and Sally Cox Whiteaker, in Putnam County.
She attended the Big Springs Church of Christ. She lived with her loving family until her illness and enjoyed working on the family farm and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Alfred Whiteaker.
She is survived by a loving sister, Bessie Whiteaker, of Sparta, and her church family.
Graveside service will be, on July 1, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Highland Cemetery with internment to … Read More


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