Monthly Archives: October 2012

Warriors looking to end playoff drought

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Looking for that elusive playoff win. The Warriors will have to come out firing on all cylinders in all facets of the game Friday night if they are to get their first playoff win ever. Standing in the way are the Tullahoma Wildcats. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. in Tullahoma. Tickets for the game are on sale in the WCHS office.

The White County High School Warrior football team will be looking to end their playoff drought when they travel to Tullahoma Friday night to take on the Wildcats (6-4) in the opening round of the TSSAA state playoffs.
Tickets for the playoff game are … Read More


WCHS bowling season rolling right along

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

WCHS bowling team. The members of the 2012 WCHS bowling team are (l to r): Michael Shanks, Tyler Triplett, Eric Madden, Coach Bryan Steele, David Graves, Nicole Parker and Tanner Underwood. Not pictured are Blake Dodson & J.D. Prater.

The White County High School Bowling team is already well into their season.
Third year bowling coach, Bryan Steele, has eight bowlers on his team this season led by seniors, Michael Shanks and Tanner Underwood. Four juniors, three of who are returners from last season also give the team some experience. Those four juniors are Eric Madden, David Graves, Nicole Parker and Blake Dodson. Also on the team are … Read More


Cross country state titles on line Saturday

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Second straight trip to the state. The Warriorette cross country team will be making their second straight state meet appearance Saturday after finishing third in the region. It will be the fourth straight appearance for senior, Morgan Voyles (standing). Other team members (l to r): Hannah McCoy, Hannah Howard, Ali Justus, Nikole Pryor, Haven McCoy and Megan Holland.

For the second straight year and the second time ever, the White County High School Warriorette cross country team will be competing against the state’s best in the TSSAA state cross country meet.
WCHS, led by four-time state meet participant, Morgan Voyles, will be running against the Class AAA field … Read More


WCMS sixth grade teams sweep Avery Trace

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Driving the lane. Jack Humphrey drives the lane for two of his 12 points in the sixth grade Warriors’ win over Avery Trace Tuesday night. The Warriors are off to a 6-0 start and will host DeKalb Middle Thursday.

Handling the ball. Bethany Bohannon handles the ball against an Avery Trace defender in the WCMS sixth grade girls’ win Tuesday. The Warriorettes are currently 3-3.

The White County Middle School sixth grade teams played host to Cookeville’s Avery Trace Tuesday and came away with a sweep of the night’s games.
The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Raiders for the second time this season taking the 37-10 win and the … Read More


Inmate escapes WCJC, apprehended in crash

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A “disruptive” inmate escaped the White County Justice Center on the evening of Oct. 29, but was quickly apprehended after reportedly stealing a pickup truck and crashing into a sheriff department patrol car.
According to Detective Chris Isom, who is in charge of the investigation at White County Sheriff Department, Robert Joseph Schill, 21, of Sparta, was booked into the jail, on Oct. 25, 2012, by Sparta police Sgt. Chris Bennett on charges of aggravated burglary, domestic assault, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and two charges of violation of probation. Schill was reportedly awaiting trial on the charges.
Det. Isom said Schill was purportedly “disruptive” in the jail on … Read More


Basketball practice tips off today

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

Speaking to the media. Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley (left), and Warrior coach, Eric Mitchell, both spoke to the media during the District 6AAA media luncheon held at First National Bank last Monday.

After months of anxiously waiting, the White County High School basketball teams can hit the court Monday and officially begin preseason practice for the 2012-13 season.
The TSSAA rules dictate that preseason basketball practice can begin on the Monday of the week of November 1st. That Monday is October 29th and both teams are more than ready to get started.
The coaches of District 6AAA and the media that cover those schools got together last Monday, … Read More


Firefighters are “all fired up” about safety

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

Sparta Fire Department Captain Matt McBride demonstrated to the pre-school children at Stepping Stones Daycare that even though firefighters might look a little scary when they put on their safety equipment, they are still the same people underneath. McBride and Captain Richard Taylor demonstrated all the components of the safety gear, the inside of the truck, and all the equipment in the different compartments of the truck that firefighters use to fight fires. The stop at Stepping Stones on Oct. 25 was one of several that the department has made to schools across the county to demonstrate fire safety.


James Douglas Kerr

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Douglas Kerr, 60, of Ohlman, Ill., passed away Oct. 24, 2012, at Barnes Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Kerr was born Sept. 13, 1952, in Atlanta, Ga., to J.L and Evelyn Clark Kerr.
He had lived in Ohio, Florida and Tennessee before moving to the Pana, Ill., area in 1990.
Mr. Kerr retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after serving in the Iraq war, in 2004, where he received a Purple Heart.
He was a correctional officer at Decatur Correctional Center.
Mr. Kerr loved bowling, riding his motorcycles, putting together difficult jigsaw puzzles and was always lending a helping hadn.
He also gave the gift of … Read More


Cumberland County Highlights

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Video Highlights of the Warrior win over Cumberland County


WCMS participates in Child Health Week

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The students of White County Middle School took a very active role in the 2012 Child Health Week, exhibiting this year’s theme, “A Healthy Tennessee Begins with a Healthy Me!” through outdoor exercise and serving and eating a healthy lunch.
During the week of Oct. 1 through 7, the students spent time on the soccer field to work physical activity into their daily schedules.
They also participated in promoting and serving a healthy meal of white chicken chili to their peers. The students drew posters to inform the school about the healthy lunch. Students also learned to safely handle food and served it to their fellow students.
The … Read More


Warriorette cross country qualifies for state

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

State Bound. The Warriorette cross country team is headed to the state meet for the second straight year after a third place finish in the Region 3AAA meet. Pictured ( l to r): Megan Holland, Hannah Howard, Ali Justus, Morgan Voyles, Nikole Pryor, Haven McCoy and Hannah McCoy. Voyles and Pryor both finished in the top ten. (Photo submitted)

For the second time in as many seasons, the WCHS girls’ cross country team has earned a spot in the TSSAA state meet.
On a beautiful late October day at the Fort Bluff Camp in Dayton, the Warriorettes finished third as a team to earn the final team spot … Read More


Ruby Earlene Gentry Usrey

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruby Earlene Gentry Usrey, 81, of Sparta, departed this life surrounded by her family, on Oct. 27, 2012, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga, as the result of an automobile accident.
Mrs. Usrey was born June 2, 1931, in White County, to Clarence and Veda Henry Gentry.
She was a member of Plainview Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Eller and husband Thomas, of Sparta, Brenda Wilson and husband Guy, of Sparta; son, Gerald Usrey and wife Mary Etta, of Sparta; one sister, Louise Gentry Henry; five brothers, Erbie, Bob, Dick, Wayne, Donnie Gentry; five grandchildren, Kimberley Usrey Stafford, Tammy Usrey Thomas, Todd Eller, Jason Wilson, Justin … Read More


Sales tax collections increase for White Co.

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Revenue collections for White County have shown an uptick in the most recent figures released by Tennessee Department of Revenue.
September 2012 state sales tax collections for White County were $1,181,723. Local sales tax collections were $318,188. These numbers are up from the August 2012 figures when state sales tax collections for White County were $1,149,240, and local sales tax collections were listed at $317,015.
The September 2012 numbers also show an increase from 12 months ago. In September 2011, state sales tax collections in White County were $1,086,300. Local sales tax collections for the same time period were $303,148.
Statewide, sales tax collections continued to show marginal … Read More


White County listed at 11 percent unemployment rate for Sept. 2012

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Although the unemployment rate for White County has decreased since last month and is also less than one year ago, the jobless rate is still among the 10 highest in Tennessee.
According to statistics released by Tennessee Department of Labor, on Oct. 25, White County’s jobless numbers rank ninth in the state. First place is Scott County, at 16.1 percent; followed by Obion, at 13.2 percent; Weakly, 13.1 percent; Lauderdale, 12.5 percent; Perry, 11.4 percent; Gibson, 11.3 percent; Pickett, 11.3 percent; Dyer, 11.3 percent; then White County, with 11 percent; and Hardeman, at 10.9 percent.
White County’s unemployment rates have decreased each month since July, when 12.4 percent … Read More


Warriors down Jets 27-7

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pick six. With an escort from his teammates, Tommy Odom returns an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 27-7 win over Cumberland County on Friday. The Warriors travel to Tullahoma Friday for their first round playoff game.

After getting off to a bit of a slow start Friday night in Crossville, the Warrior football team finished the game with 27 unanswered points on the way to the 27-7 win over Cumberland County.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The victory gave the Warriors sole possession of second place in District 6AAA and sends them into the playoffs on a winning note. WCHS will travel … Read More


Ruby L. Luna

Posted on October 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruby L. Luna, 92, passed away Oct. 22, 2012, at Grace Healthcare of Franklin.
Mrs. Luna was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Sparta, to Cleve Farley and Pasco Saylor Farley.
She was formerly of Sparta and had been a resident of Brentwood and Madison.
Mrs. Luna was preceded in death by her parent and husband, Joseph D. Luna.
Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Field; son, Joe Luna and wife Paula O’Hara; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Luna and Jeffrey Luna.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Oct. 28, 2012, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Zion Cemetery.
The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 … Read More


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