Monthly Archives: March 2012

Custody disagreement leads to Amber Alert

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At approximately 11:18 a.m., on March15, 2012, an Amber Alert was issued by White County Sheriff Department for a young child who had been reported by the father as kidnapped.
Detective Jacob Groce and Deputy Shannon Jenkins responded to the scene of the alleged kidnapping and were reportedly told by the child’s father that the child’s mother did not have custody and took the child from the father’s residence.
According to Detective Chris Isom, Groce and Jenkins followed departmental procedure to issue an Amber Alert and began searching for the child while officers at the sheriff department proceeded with their own investigation into the custody agreement between the … CONTINUED


Multiple charges filed in crash

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    At approximately 12:45 a.m. on March 14, 2012, Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Monterey Highway, finding a vehicle down an embankment with no driver on the scene.
    According to Troop Seipner of the THP, the driver, Tucker Allen Hodge, 21, of Sparta, was traveling south on Monterey Highway at a very high rate of speed.
    Seipner said Hodge went off the right side of the road, hit a ditch and became airborne for approximately 65 feet. He then hit a guardrail and a telephone pole before landing in an embankment.
    According to Seipner, Hodge left the scene and began knocking on doors of nearby homes … CONTINUED


Director of schools job proposed to be an elected position

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County could soon have the opportunity to elect its director of schools if Tennessee legislators pass a proposed law.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-203, the existing law empowers the local board of education to employ a director of schools. However, House Bill 3382, if passed, would provide for re-establishment of the elected office of school superintendent for counties or cities upon two-thirds vote of the governing body.
Any such ordinance or resolution, once approved, would not be operative until approved in an election. If approved by the governing body, the county election commission would hold an election providing the options of “For” or “Against” the ordinance. … CONTINUED


‘The Blue Building’ has been remodeled and is ready to go

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

BLUE NO MORE. The Blue Building, recently purchased by Mitch and Sanda Ayers, may not be blue any longer, but it is still open for dances, parties and private events for a very small rental fee. The building has undergone a major renovation since it was purchased by Mitch and Sanda Ayers.

The Blue Building, which has been a White County landmark for over 40 years, has new owners and has undergone a major remodel to get prepared for hosting dinner theaters, dances, and private events.
The Blue Building, once the union hall for Thomas Industries, had been used by the community for private events, such as family … CONTINUED


From the Family Farm to the Family Table

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Garlicky Beef Kabobs

Orange Grilled Pork with Honey-Mustard Dip

Mama Jeanne's Stuffed Peppers

 Over the last few years, there’s been a growing awareness that it really matters how food gets from the farm to the table. But not everyone knows much about the process.
The most recent Consumer Trust Research by the Center for Food Integrity found that:
-American consumers rank safe, affordable and nutritious food as their top priorities.
-Only 23 percent of Americans strongly agree that they have access to all of the information they want about where food comes from, how it is produced and its safety.
Farmers like Shana Beattie and Marie Bolt want … CONTINUED


John L. Hutson

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John L. Hutson, 56, of Williamsburg, Ky., passed away March 17, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ky.
Mr. Hutson was born Aug. 26, 1955, in Toledo, Ohio, to James C. Hutson and Verdena Holland Hutson.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, James R. Hutson.
Survivors include his mother Verdena Hutson, of Sparta; daughter, Brittany Hutson, of Toledo, Ohio; stepdaughter, Tiffany Wright, of Alabama; stepson Charlie Wright, of Alabama; one brother, Jerry Thomas Hutson and wife Rebecca, of Swanton, Ohio; one sister, Gloria Ann Hankins and husband Gene, of Toledo, Ohio; one step-grandchild, Bently Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service … CONTINUED


Warrior baseball goes 2-1 in tourney

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

First career starts. Both Blake Lynn (left) and Ethan M. Roberts (right) got their first career high school starts during Friday’s games in the South Pitt Invitational. Lynn led the Warriors to the 3-1 win over Marion County recording 10 strikeouts. Roberts, a freshman, got the 5-2 win over Stone Memorial. He had 11 k’s. The Warriors travel to Bledsoe County Tuesday.

Safe at home. Kane Young slides home scoring a run in the win over Marion County Saturday morning. The Warriors won two of three in the weekend tournament.

It took three tries before the Warrior baseball team ever got to get on the field in the … CONTINUED


Hope and Healing for Her

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The simplest things in life are memorable treasures when given by a child.

 It’s just a few drinks with dinner, or some wine to unwind at the end of the day – that’s not a problem, right? For some women, it’s not. But it’s estimated that 5.3 million women in the U.S. drink in a way that threatens their health, safety and general well-being. It’s a significant women’s health issue that more people need to be made aware of.
Women and Alcohol
When it comes to how the body responds to alcohol, men and women are decidedly different. Women are at greater risk for developing alcohol-related problems, and … CONTINUED


Inaugural WCHS Alumni Football game set

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County High School has announced plans to host their first-ever Alumni Football game.
The event, which will be an 8-on-8 flag football game, will be played Friday, May 18th at 5:30 p.m. It will precede the Maroon and Gray spring game which will mark the end of spring practice.
The game will be open to all former WCHS football players who completed their high school careers as members of the football team.
First year Warrior head coach, Matthan Houser, discussed what brought about the idea for an alumni game.
“We want to get the community involved with our program, especially our Warrior alums. We have a wonderful … CONTINUED


Ivah W. Johnson Hayes

Posted on March 19, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ivah W. Johnson Hayes, 91 passed from this life to the next on March 15, 2012, at her home in Baxter.
Mrs. Hayes was born March 7, 1921, to Oscar and Daisy Cole Johnson, in the Johnson Chapel community, of DeKalb County.
She was a member of Faith Fellowship, in Cookeville, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 152, and the Red Hat Society in Baxter. She loved going to church and to gospel singings, traveling, Baxter Senior Citizens and playing rook. She worked part-time at Elmore’s Grocery Store, in Baxter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thurman Hayes, whom she was married to for 51 … CONTINUED


Mrs. Billie Jean Rogers

Posted on March 17, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billie Jean Rogers, 81, of Sparta, passed from this life March 15, 2012, at her residence.
Mrs. Rogers was born May 30, 1930, in Sparta, to William F. and Daisy Haston Rogers.
She was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Gladys Trimble and Gertrude Schwartz.
Survivors include her husband, Edd Rogers of Sparta; two sons, Eddie Rogers and wife Elaine, of Sparta, Ronnie Rogers and wife Beverly, of Sparta; sister, Mable Gassaway, of Seaford, Del.; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Lollar and husband Bill of Ooltewah,
Barbara Frasier and husband Harry, of Lenoir City; three grandchildren, … CONTINUED


James Edward Keathley

Posted on March 17, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Edward Keathley, 81, of Fayetteville, and a former resident of White County, passed away March 14, 2012.
Mr. Keathley was born Oct. 21, 1930, in the Peeled Chestnut community of White County, to James and Verta Hutchings Keathley.
After graduation from White County High School, Mr. Keathley moved to Detroit and worked for General Motors. After retiring, he moved closer to family in Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Jessie Lotte and Joyce Winn; daughter, Sharon Bryant; and brother, Charles Keathley.
Survivors include three daughters, Michelle Burkey and husband Mikel, of Eagleville, Karen Burak, of Spring Hill, Debbie Carrillo and husband Greg, of Fayetteville; … CONTINUED


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