Monthly Archives: August 2011

Joe Finley Jr.

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

Joe Lynwood Finley Jr., 64, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2011, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Finley was born Feb. 21, 1947, in White County, to Willene Sanders Finley and Joe L. Finley Sr.
He was an attorney
Mr. Finley was preceded in death by his father and a son, “Joel” Lynwood Finley III.
Survivors include his son, Robert Finley, of Anchorage, Alaska; mother, Willene Finley, of Sparta; brother, Chris Finley, of Nashville; stepdaughter, Tamara Brown Gaedtke, of Evergreen, Colo.; and stepson, Brandon Brown, of Anchorage, Alaska
Funeral service was 10 a.m., Aug. 29, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery
Hunter Funeral

Thelma Lee Payne Powell

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

Thelma Lee Payne Powell, 89, passed away Aug. 30, 2011, at White County Community Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert Paul Powell, of Sparta.
Mrs. Powell was born Nov. 26, 1921, to Sam and Lizzie Payne of the Bon Air Community of White County.
She was retired from Thomas Industries.
Survivors include her only son, Robert A. (Tony) Powell and his wife Wanda, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Sean Powell, of Columbus, Ga., Josh Powell, of LaVergne, Lauren Powell, of Cookeville; two brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral service will be graveside at 2 p.m., Sept. 2, 2011, at Old Bon Air Cemetery. Bro. Doug Goff will … Read More

Roy Douglas Farley

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

Roy Douglas Farley, 72, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 30, 2011, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Farley was born May 17, 1939, in White County, to Claude Paul and Ethel Nash Farley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lyera Ann Kinnard, Mildred Wheeler; and brothers, Willous Farley and Carl Farley.
Survivors include his wife, Charline Jones Farley, of Sparta; son, Mitch Farley and wife Glynda, of Sparta; daughter, Tish Riddick and husband Alan, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Storm Farley, Justus Farley, Reece Riddick; two sisters, Mary Allen, of Antioch, Helen Dodson and husband Terry, of Sparta; and two brothers, Joe Farley and wife Virginia, … Read More

James Arthur Hacker

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

James Arthur Hacker, 28, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2011, in Gypsum, Colorado.
He was the son of David and Kathy Hacker, of Sparta, and the brother of Hannah Hacker.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Sept. 3, 2011, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Hacker Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Sept. 2, at the funeral home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christine (Chris) Sparkman Oliphant

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

Martha Christine (Chris) Sparkman Oliphant, 86, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, on Aug. 27, 2011.
Mrs. Oliphant was born in Doyle to Martha Jane Earles and Lansford Sparkman. She was the fifth of seven children.
She graduated from White County High School, Class of 1942, and was one of the beauties of Sparta. She attended business school, in Nashville, and was employed at Third National Bank.
In 1943, when she learned about Oak Ridge, she went there to work at the Y-12 nuclear facility. She was one of the early employees in the “Secret City.” She attended the celebration in Jackson Square when World War … Read More

Jeffrey Leonte Wooden

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

Jeffrey Leonte Wooden, 36, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Sunday at his residence.
Funeral service will be graveside at 12:15 p.m., Sept. 2, 2011, at Davis Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until departure for the cemetery, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Survivors include his grandmother, Rebecca Wooden, of Mt. Juliet, formerly of Sparta, as well as several other family members.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geer commits to TTU golf team

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

Headed to TTU. Allison Geer, shown watching their opponents with teammate, Shelby Johnson, during a recent match, has committed to play collegiate golf at Tennessee Tech next year.

Allison Geer has always dreamed of one day playing for the Tennessee Tech golf team.
Last week, Geer got one step closer to that dream when she accepted a scholarship offer and committed to play for the Golden Eagles next season.
The WCHS senior now can focus on making a repeat trip to the state tournament and enjoy her final season of high school golf without that decision looming.
She will join new TTU coach Polk Brown’s squad next season. … Read More

Sparta firefighters help prepare for memorial unveiling in Bell Buckle

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

Front, L-R: Firefighters Ed Hensley and Justin Remillard; back row, L-R: Firefighter Terry Sims, Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young and Capt. Richard Taylor.

Five Sparta firefighters recently participated in an event that will lead to the unveiling of a special memorial dedicated to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting the residents of the communities.
Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young, Capt. Richard Taylor and firefighters Terry Sims, Ed Hensley and Justin Remillard helped with landscaping surrounding the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial that will be unveiled Sept. 10, 2011, at Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, in Bell Buckle.… Read More

One killed,one injured in Friday night crash

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

Emergency services personnel watch over the site were a 24-year-old White County woman died in a single-vehicle crash, on Aug. 26. Emogene M. Green, of Sparta, was the passenger in a pickup truck driven by John T. Knowles, also of Sparta.

Authorities continue to investigate a single-vehicle crash on Swamp Road that killed one and injured another, on Aug. 26.
According to Public Information Officer Dalya Qualls with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Emogene M. Green, 24, of Fanchers Mill Road, was killed in the crash that occurred, at approximately 11:43 p.m.
Qualls stated Green was a passenger in a black 1983 GMC S-10 pickup truck, being driven by John … Read More

Warriors hold off Eagles for first victory

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

Whatever it takes. Blake Lynn jumps over a would-be tackler on the way for one of the three touchdowns he scored in the contest. Lynn had 263 all purpose yards and added an interception on defense to help WCHS to the 48-38 win over Seymour. The Warriors play host to archrival, Cookeville, Friday night at 7 p.m.

Returning the pick. Michael Sain returns the ball after picking off a Seymour pass late in the game that preserved the win for WCHS. The Warrior defense had a total of six interceptions in the game by six different players.

It didn’t come without some drama and excitement, but the Warriors … Read More

Cross country opens at Nestle Invite

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

Opening day of action. The Warrior and Warriorette cross country team opened their season at the Nestle Invite on Saturday. The Warriorettes finished fifth overall and the Warriors came in 14th.

The White County High School cross country team got their season officially started Saturday at the Nestle Invite hosted by Macon County.
The Warriorettes, as a team, finished fifth out of 12 teams while the Warriors were 14th out of 18.
Morgan Voyles was the top finisher for WCHS finishing fourth in the girls’ field of 95 runners. She ran the race in 21:01.30. The winner of the race was Briana Simms from Station Camp, whose time … Read More

Fight between students at WCHS raises concerns

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

A fight between two students on a bus at White County High School, on Aug. 19, has raised concerns of students and parents of violence affecting the ability of students to feel safe and receive the education they require.
At approximately 3:10 p.m., Student Resource Officer Wade Pike, who is also a sergeant with White County Sheriff Department, stated he became aware the fight had broken out between two students, according to his incident report.
Basketball Head Coach Eric Mitchell reportedly entered the bus, followed by Assistant Principal Jerry Lowery and Pike, and found a 13-year-old female student ‘vaulting over Coach Mitchell’s right side’ and ‘immediately started landing … Read More

Another split on the links

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

Teeing it up. A.J. Wilkerson tees off during a recent WCHS golf match. The Warriors were defeated at Willowbrook Thursday, but the Warriorettes were victorious. The teams will be in action today at Warren County.

The White County High School golf team was in action Thursday for a three-way match at Willowbrook in Manchester.
WCHS took on both district foe, Coffee County, and non-league foe, Lincoln County. The Warriorettes cruised to comfortable wins against both. The Warriors split on the afternoon taking a win over Lincoln County, but falling to the Raiders of Coffee County.
The Warriorettes improved to 10-1 on the season with the win as they … Read More

Jakes Day Outdoor Event set for Sept. 17

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

The White County Limbstrutters are making plans for this year’s Jakes Day Outdoor Event, which is set to take place Sept. 17, 2011, at Bridgestone Wildlife Management Area.
Jakes Day is an annual event designed to expose the White County and surrounding area youth to the outdoors.
“Each year we do this, we hope to make things a little better,“ said Chapter President Kyler Moore. “We have added a lot of new ideas that we hope will appeal to all ages.”
This year’s Jakes Day will begin, at 7 a.m., at the Bridgestone Barn. Every child interested in participating in the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo Competition will need to … Read More

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