Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sparta unemployment office to close Aug. 3

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Career Center at Sparta, where unemployed White County residents have access to resources to help them find employment, will be shutting its doors on August 3 and White County residents will have to drive to neighboring towns to have access to these resources.
Jeff Hentschel, Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce and Development, confirmed to the Expositor that the career center will be closing Aug. 3 Hentschel stated, “It is unfortunate, but we have had to make cuts to insure the sustainability and effectiveness of our career center system. Residents in Sparta will have access to both the Cookeville and McMinnville offices that … Read More

Warrior football gets in 3 days of camp work

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Working on schemes. The Warrior football team spent three days getting their schemes and formations right before the pads go on today. The team spent 60 hours at their team camp working on offense, defense and special teams, did a little team bonding and had media day. Now the real fun begins when full contact practice starts.

Warrior football coach, Matthan Houser, wanted to be able to hit the ground running and hitting Monday when the pads go one for the first time, so he spent three days getting a lot of the teaching of formations and plays out of the way with his first Warrior team camp.… Read More

TCAP scores show improvement in nearly all subjects

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The 2011-2012 TCAP test results have been released this week and White County showed improvement in every single subject except one, and in elementary grades, students improved in every single subject.
While nearly all areas saw some proficiency increase, math scores in White County saw the greatest improvement. Elementary grade math scores improved by 17.9 points. High school algebra scores improved as well, with Algebra I improving by 17.7 points and Algebra II scores improving by 13.8 points.
Students in White County are most proficient in the areas of U.S. History and Social Studies, with 90.2 percent of students being proficient or advanced in Social Studies (grades three … Read More

Asbestos removal required before old jail is demolished

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The old jail that sits atop a small hill on South Church Street and is more than 40 years old may soon be demolished but not before city officials obtain services of a company certified in asbestos abatement.
City of Sparta purchased the property several years ago after the building had been vacated for the new White County Justice Center.
According to the website for Tennessee Property Data, the property, which is at 107 S. Church St., was first placed on the tax rolls in September 1971. The same record also states the property was purchased Feb. 19, 2003, for $43,000. The 2012 assessment lists the total market … Read More

Lawrence and Rosalie Beck celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lawrence and Rosalie enjoying the Christmas festivities with their family in 2004.

Rosalie Beck says that her wedding to husband Lawrence Beck was “on a shoestring budget.” The couple married on Aug. 16, 1942.

By Pamela Claytor
Staff Writer


Lawrence and Rosalie Beck, residents of Sparta since 1983, were teenagers when they met 72 years ago, but they can still recall the date they met, Sept. 15, 1940, and the moment they laid eyes on each other.
“Mother was in the choir at Locklin Baptist Church, and Rosie was sitting next to her, and I said ‘Mother, I sure would like to meet that little girl next … Read More

QB Club BBQ & Auction set for Saturday night

Posted on July 30, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jersey to be auctioned off. This Eli Manning Super Bowl MVP Captain’s jersey is just one of the items to be auctioned off Saturday night at the annual Quarterback Club Barbecue and Auction. This item was donated by Roy Whited, who will serve as the auctioneer for the auction. The barbecue dinner begins at 5 p.m. with the auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Warrior football team will wrap up the first week of official practice with the annual Quarterback Club Barbecue and Auction Saturday night in the WCHS cafeteria.
The barbecue, which is from 5 – 6:30 p.m., is being sponsored by Citizen’s Bank. The cost of … Read More

Time for Warrior Midnight Madness

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warrior run. The Warriors were up and running early on Wednesday morning for their final timed runs before the start of official practice on Monday. Beginning today (Thursday), they will be hard at work in a three day team camp. They will open practice officially Monday morning at 12:01 a.m. when the hitting can begin. That Midnight Madness practice will be open to the public. All fans are welcome to come out and watch the Warriors as they kick off official practice just after midnight.

When Monday, July 30th rolls around, the TSSAA allows high school football teams across the state of Tennessee to put on the pads … Read More

Property can be disposed of after 90 days

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill, effective July 1, that states any unclaimed property that is in a sheriff’s custody can be disposed of after 90 days, which is a decrease from six months, as the law previously allowed.
Under the law, unclaimed property includes confiscated, abandoned, stolen, and recovered property.
The sheriff department says if a person wants to reclaim property that was used as evidence, he/she must speak with Lt. Janice Hale. The person must have a receipt or proof of ownership.
If the property has been seized, there is a court proceeding that must take place before the property can be returned. A person … Read More

Early voting turnout is low

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 Karen Hyder Lafever (seated) helps Joyce Carroll with the voting procedures. According to Dorcas Marcum, White County administrator of elections, 776 had taken advantage of early voting as of Wednesday afternoon. According to Marcum, this a lower-than-normal turnout. Early voting extends through July 28, at the election commission office, in the courthouse. Voting precincts will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., on Election Day, Aug. 2.

Dodson becomes new 4-H UT Extension Agent

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roseanne Dodson, of Walling, becomes a new 4-H UT Extension Agent for White County. Dodson is a 21-year Army veteran and a former teacher’s assistant.

After growing up in Guam and a career in the Army, White County seems an unlikely place for Roseanne Dodson and her family to settle. The lure of a simple life after deployments and traveling with the military, however, was just what the Dodson family needed, and four years ago the family bought a farm in Walling.
Dodson grew up in Guam in a family of nine. She joined the army after high school and retired after a career of 21 years.
She … Read More

Babe Ruth All Stars finish 2nd in state

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pregame preparation. The Sparta Babe Ruth All Stars huddle up prior to one of their games. They fell just short of a state title and a trip to Florida for the regionals losing in the state championship game. Sparta’s team posted a 7-2 mark during tournament play.

    The Sparta Babe Ruth 15-year old star team’s bid for a state title fell two games short.
    Sparta played six games in three days and just ran out of gas in the end as they fell in the championship game to Lawrenceburg Monday night in Lebanon.  Lawrenceburg, whom Sparta would had to have beaten twice for the title, took the 12-1 … Read More

WCHS falls to Cookeville in golf opener

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Measuring things up. A.J. Wilkerson and Jesse Villard, the two seniors on the Warrior golf team, measure up putts during Monday’s golf match against Cookeville at Riverwatch. Wilkerson finished with the low score for the day, but Cookeville won both the boys’ and girls’ team matches. The golf team will be idle until August 6th when they host Cumberland County.

The 2012 golf season officially got underway at White County High School Monday when the Warriors and Warriorettes took on Cookeville for an 18-hole match at Riverwatch Golf Club.
The Warriors came up just seven strokes short falling to the Cavaliers. The Warriorettes were also defeated by the … Read More

Mayor says sales tax referendum is vital to city – county growth and future development

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sidewalks such as these in downtown Sparta would be replaced if the sales tax referendum passes.

Sparta Mayor Jeff Young is encouraging all voters to cast their ballots in favor of the referendum to raise the local sales tax.
Young said he understands that residents of Sparta-White County do not want any additional taxes, but he stressed the importance of voting in favor of this referendum.
During the April 5, 2012, meeting, Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed an ordinance that would allow City of Sparta to raise the local sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, which is the ultimate amount by state law. However, … Read More

DUI offenders face harsher sentence if minors are passengers

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A new state law became effective this month that increases the penalty for persons driving under the influence if a child under the age of 18 is a passenger in the vehicle.
Under the new law, a minimum 30-day sentence will be imposed on DUI offenders with a minor in the vehicle to be served consecutively to any other sentence they receive for charges related to driving under the influence, such as DUI, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide.
Before the law became effective, a first DUI conviction garnered a fine of $350 to $1,500, a suspended license for one year, 24 hours of jail time … Read More

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