Monthly Archives: August 2012

Warrior video from season opener

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Video footage from the Warriors’ season opener against Smith County. 


State responds to questions about tire purchases

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

After a recent controversy centered on the manner in which the mayor of Sparta is authorizing tire purchases, The Expositor contacted the Department of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury and posed several questions that were prompted by a recent letter sent to City Administrator Marty Carmichael.
The letter, which was sent via email, was presented during the Aug. 2, 2012, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and was signed by Chadwick W. Jackson, assistant general counsel, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Jackson was responding to Carmichael’s question about the purchase of tires at state contract prices from vendors other than those authorized under the state contract.… CONTINUED


Tempers flare during meeting

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

During a meeting that is ordinarily low-key, one of White County’s commissioners became visibly infuriated with the county executive when the topic was broached once again about appointing an ambulance service director, which has been a point of contention for the past several months.
Bruce Null, chairman of Steering Committee B, was calm at the onset of the meeting, but his demeanor changed when Commissioner Matt McBride said the community needs “some closure,” and commissioners need answers to provide to their constituents when they are presented with questions about this matter.
Selection of an ambulance director falls under the purview of the county executive’s authority, but the county … CONTINUED


Tena Zoe Seabolt Price

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tena Zoe Seabolt Price, 95, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2012, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Survivors include three sons, William Price and wife Diane, of Crossville, Douglas Price and wife Shirley, of Sparta, Glynn Price, of Sparta; daughter, June Eller and husband Vic, of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 20, 2012, at Thurman Funeral home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


County must pay $50,000 in court judgment

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Commissioners were given a piece of disconcerting news during the meeting of Steering Committee B when the county attorney explained the judgment in a recent lawsuit must be paid by the county instead of the insurance company.
The judgment stemmed from a lawsuit filed several years ago against a deputy who was employed under Sheriff James O’Conner. The charges were sexual related. The judgment was $55,000 in favor of the plaintiff. The insurance company paid only $5,000, which left the county owing $50,000.
Chairman Bruce Null said commissioners had assumed the “bonding” company would pay 90 percent of the judgment. However, Dodson said Tennessee Code Annotated 8-8-301 states, … CONTINUED


Cyclist dies after crash with truck

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A man riding his bicycle on August 12 was killed in a crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck allegedly crossed the centerline and struck the cyclist head on.
Alan P. David, 54, of Crossville, who was reportedly an avid cyclist, was riding his bike headed eastbound on Burgess Falls Road at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol states that Jeffery Maxwell, 55, of Baxter, who was driving a 1996 Ford F-150 truck, crossed the centerline, hitting David head-on.
The crash was investigated by Trooper David Hickey and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team. Trooper Hickey said that a … CONTINUED


Braxton Lynn Cope Sr.

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 Braxton Lynn Cope Sr., 51, of Sparta passed Aug. 17, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Cope was born Oct. 14, 1960, in Sparta, to Braxton Clark Cope and Evelyn Marie Meadows.
He was a journeyman plasterer. He served his country in the U.S. Army and National Guard and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mr. Cope was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Bryson Cope; and sister, Mae Marie Bumbalough.
Survivors include his wife, Paula Cope, of Sparta; children, Braxton Cope II, Mae Cope, both of Sparta, Reba Cope, of Kentucky, Chaz Cope, of Arizona, Nikki Moore and Phillip Martin, both of Illinois; 11 … CONTINUED


Jerry Lynn “Red Oak” Brock

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jerry Lynn “Red Oak” Brock, 60, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 16, 2012 at his residence.
Mr. Brock was born June 12, 2012, in Detroit, Mich., to Haskell Ray Brock and Rosell Dunn Brock.
Survivors include his sister, Wanda G. Gribble, of Doyle; two nieces, Chadra Daniels, of Doyle, Tiffany Jones and husband Billy, of Sparta; great-nephew, Chance Daniels, of Doyle; son, Gregory Brock, of Doyle; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral service was 3 p.m., Aug. 19, 2012, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Doyle Cemetery. Tracy Curtis and Jonathan Savage officiated.
Oak Lawn Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.


Farm Bureau Insurance joins ACS in fight againt breast cancer

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

L-R: Mary Judd, Mindy Stone, Janie Simmons and Cadie Clouse of White County Farm Bureau will be raising money for American Cancer Society by selling special-edition pink “Charlie hats,” by participating in Making Strides walk events and staging other fundraising activities.

Farm Bureau is a partner of the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program, committing resources throughout Tennessee to raise money and awareness. Farm Bureau Insurance offices will be raising money by selling special-edition pink “Charlie hats,” by participating in Making Strides walk events, and staging other fundraising activities.
“The people of Farm Bureau Insurance have long been known as leaders in their local communities, and now … CONTINUED


E-911 portal has been down 3 months

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At the Aug. 13 meeting of E-911 Board of Directors, members discussed moving forward with the narrowbanding project and grappled over how to fix the 911 portal, which has been down approximately three months. According to minutes from two special sessions held by the board last month to chose a bid for the narrowbanding project, Communications Evolutions, a company based in McMinnville, received the contract. All present board members voted for the company to be awarded the contract except Matt McBride. Robert McCormick was not present.
The bid price provided by Communications Evolutions was $254,907.59 and will include 166 portable radios and 109 mobile radios. Board member Jerry … CONTINUED


Warrant writer could lose position

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Judicial commissioner will answer to charge in court
A White County judicial commissioner who was recently charged by the sheriff department with carrying a weapon while having alcohol on his breath will soon find out his fate in court, as well as the future status of his job.
According to Commissioner Terry Alley, the judicial commissioner, Alan Marsh, is expected top appear in court within the next week. Alley also said although Marsh did have the smell of alcohol on his breath, he did not register above the legal limit.
“There’s a good chance that he will take a diversion, which the judge says if he does, he’s … CONTINUED


Award-winning bluegrass band conducts photo shoot in Sparta

Posted on August 20, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, an award wining bluegrass band from Virginia, visited Sparta on Aug. 15 for a photo shoot before heading to Nashville to perform a few songs at the International Bluegrass Music Awards nomination press conference, where they expected to receive some nominations.
Sparta was an obvious stop for the band, whose song “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl” (referring to Sparta bluegrass legend Lester Flatt and his partner, Earl Scruggs) spent nearly a year as the number one song on the bluegrass charts.
After spending an hour at Oldham Theater taking pictures with Anthony Ladd, a photographer from Chattanooga, the band headed to … CONTINUED


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