Monthly Archives: December 2011

Warriors win Sonic Shootout

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

A.J. Wilkerson guided the Warriors to the Sonic Shootout title with a 26-point performance in the 49-47 win over the Blue Devils of Lebanon.

The White County High School Warriors won their first ever Sonic Shootout title when they held on to defeat 49-47 in the fourth edition of the event.
A 26-point performance by Warrior junior, A.J. Wilkerson, keyed the Warriors to the victory. It was the third appearance by the Warriors in the Sonic Shootout finals, but their first title.
The Warriorettes finished fourth in the Shootout falling 57-34 in the consolation game. Kelsey Roberts led the way with 11 points.
Blackman won the girls’ title … Read More


Results from Day 2 of Sonic Shootout

Posted on December 30, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A.J. Wilkerson is fouled by an East Limestone player during semifinal action at the Sonic Shootout.

The second day of action at the Sonic Shootout is in the books and the brackets are set for championship day on Friday.
The Warriors of White County High School battled their way into the title game for the second straight year with a 66-60 win over East Limestone, Alabama. The junior trio of A.J. Wilkerson (17), Devon Davidson (16) and Kane Young (15) combined for 48 of the WCHS points in the contest.
Their opponent in the title game, which will be played at 6 p.m. Friday, is Lebanon. The Blue … Read More


Armed robber attacks Clock Shop owner

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

Investigators are on the hunt for an unidentified white male who robbed and assaulted Kenneth Pippin at his business, The Clock Shop, at 7 Cook Street, on Christmas Eve.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, the unidentified man came through the front door armed with a rifle. He allegedly demanded that Pippin give him his wallet and money. When Pippin told the man he did not have any money, the man moved toward the front door. Pippin reportedly followed the man, who then struck him in the head with the butt of the rifle. The man then fled the scene.
Pippin walked to nearby Floyd’s Cash Saver, … Read More


17 new Tennessee laws effective January 1

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

White Countians, as well as all other Tennesseans, will have more than a dozen new laws that will legally enter the realms of enforcement on Jan. 1, 2012.
According to information obtained from Tennessee General Assembly, State Representative Charles Curtiss, of White County, and State Senator Charlotte Burks, of Putnam County, voted in favor of all 17 laws. Curtiss and Burks represent White County.
SB861: Bail, Bail Bonds – As enacted, specifies that defendant released before trial will continue on release during trial or release pending trial under same terms and conditions as were previously imposed, unless the court determines that other terms and conditions or termination of … Read More


Results from Sonic Shootout Day 1

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

The Sonic Shootout got underway Wednesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium with eight games.
Both the Warriors and Warriorettes earned spots in the semifinals with opening round wins.
The Warriors defeated David Crockett High School 60-27 behind a 22 point performance by Kane Young. That win advances the WCHS boys into the semifinals against East Limestone, Alabama, a 64-58 opening round winner over Gallatin. The Warriors take on the out-of-state visitors Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The Warriorettes advanced to the semifinals with a 69-40 win over Fairhope, Alabama. Kelsey Roberts led the way with 20 points followed by Allyson Quillen with 16 and Loren Foster with 14. The WCHS … Read More


Fire levels Barbara’s Cedar House

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

Barbara’s Cedar House restaurant, which is located in far eastern DeKalb County, but with a Sparta address, erupted into flames Tuesday morning.
Firefighters from both DeKalb County Fire Department and Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, in White County, fought for hours in the rain and sleet to contain the blaze, which burned the structure to the ground.
DeKalb County Fire Department was notified, at 9:05 a.m., that the restaurant, at 645 Johnson’s Chapel Road, appeared to be on fire. Three stations in DeKalb County responded, as well as Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, because the Sligo Bridge was unable to sustain the weight of the DeKalb County trucks and equipment, … Read More


Sonic Shootout starts Wednesday

Posted on December 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The fourth annual Sonic Shootout tipped off Wednesday with eight games, four girls’ and four boys’ contests.
The field consists of teams from different areas of the state and also two from across the Alabama line.
Coach Eric Mitchell commented on the field for the tournament.
“It is a great boys’ field this year. It should make for a great tournament.”
Coach Bryan Haley got a little more in-depth about the girls’ field.
“The shootout has a very good field again this year. Fairhope is 6-3 the last I saw. Dobbins-Bennett is very athletic and has good size. McMinn County was in the sub-state last year and has … Read More


Warriorettes drop final two games at Sevier Co.

Posted on December 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Solid production line. Amber Hudgens goes up to contest a lay-up by an Oak Ridge player in the consolation game. Hudgens tallied nine points, eight rebounds and five blocks in the 42-40 loss to Oak Ridge.

After winning the opening game of the Winterfest Shootout played at Sevier County High School, the Warriorette basketball team dropped the final two games, but finished fourth overall in the eight-team field.
The host team, Sevier County (11-6), who would go on to win the tournament dropped the Warriorettes (3-10) into the loser’s bracket with a 53-26 loss on Thursday. Then on Friday, the Warriorettes lost a 42-40 thriller to Oak Ridge … Read More


Warriors win two of three at Winterfest Shootout

Posted on December 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Double-double. Travis Howard gets a pair of Sevier County players off their feet during the 48-35 win over the host team. Howard recorded a double-double in the win finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

After dropping their opener of the Winterfest Shootout, the White County High School Warriors (5-8) finished up with two wins and wound up collecting fifth in the tourney held at Sevier County High School the week prior to Christmas.
The final seeding of the tournament is all about when a team loses their first game. The Warriors went 2-1 in the Shootout, but could only finish as high as fifth because their loss … Read More


Keeping Resolutions While on the Go

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roasted Fig and Blue Cheese Salad

Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Spicy Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad

Year after year, saving money and eating healthier rank high on the list of New Year’s resolutions, but as many know all too well, busy schedules can make it hard to keep these resolutions up.
“Pretty Delicious” author and “Top Chef” alum Candice Kumai has partnered with The Glad Products Company to create delicious recipes that help bring healthy food out of the kitchen, and in turn, help to save you both the cost and calories associated with eating lunch out.
Chef Kumai’s recipes are inspired by Glad To … Read More


Sheriff urges community to get involved

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

As crime rates continue to rise in White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe wants the community to remember, “The community is only as strong as its police force.”
The sheriff’s department has been facing several challenges lately. While all law enforcement agencies struggle to stay ahead of the latest criminal methods and technologies, White County Sheriffs Department’s struggles are compounded even further by high turnover rates.
Sheriff Shoupe feels that the lack of benefits offered by the department to deputies is a major reason for the high turnover rates. White County Sheriff’s deputies work long hours in situations that can be quite dangerous, but receive no insurance and low … Read More


THP continues holiday campaign

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sgt. Mark Dial, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, is serious about protecting those who travel the roadways of Tennessee. Dial and other troopers are part of the national holiday law enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing their participation in the national holiday law enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Local law enforcement will partner with the THP to remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year holiday seasons to prevent alcohol related crashes.
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year on roadways nationwide because of an increase in impaired … Read More


Don’t forget finances when making resolutions

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

When the time comes to make New Year’s resolutions, the conventional wisdom is to focus on weight. Such wisdom is understandable, as many people spend the holiday season indulging in big meals and all the treats synonymous with having fun.
While it’s acceptable to make healthy resolutions, a slimmer waist and a healthier diet should not be the only goals for the year ahead. In light of the last several years, it’s important for men and women to make financial resolutions for the year ahead, too. No one can say with certainty when, or if, the economy will rebound, and men and women should look at the New … Read More


Masked gunman robs Video Max

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A man wearing a ski mask and armed with rifle robbed Video Max. There were no suspects as of press time.

A man wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle entered Video Max, on Wednesday, and demanded the clerk place all money on the premises inside a bag.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, at approximately 8:17 p.m., Dec. 21, 2011, law enforcement officers received a call about an armed robbery at Video Max, 381W. Bockman Way.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, the store clerk described the subject as a white male, having a stocky build and approximately 6 feet tall. He was reportedly … Read More


Houser selected as the new Warrior head coach

Posted on December 26, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A little over two months from the time the job came open, White County High School has filled the open coaching spot vacated when Tracy Malone resigned.
The announcement came Thursday that Matthan Houser would become the 10th head coach of the Warrior football program in the past 22 years.
Houser, an Ivy League scholar with an extensive football background, will assume the reins of the WCHS program immediately when school starts back in January.
WCHS principal, Grant Swallows, commented on the recent hire, “I am thrilled to have someone the caliber of Coach Houser to come into the WCHS family first as an educator and secondly as … Read More


WCHS teams finish up play in Winterfest Shootout

Posted on December 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriors and Warriorettes of White County High School wrapped up play in the Winterfest Shootout Friday and will take a break before hosting the Sonic Shootout next week.
The Warriorettes finished fourth overall in the tourney falling to Oak Ridge 42-40 in the consolation game. Sevier County, who dropped WCHS into the loser’s bracket on Thursday, went on to win the tournament championship.
The Warriors finished fifth defeating Sevier County 48-35 on Friday. WCHS also held off Meigs County on Thursday posting a 2-1 mark for the tournament.
Check a future edition for more details of the tournament.
The Sonic Shootout begins Wednesday.  The Warriorettes take on … Read More


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