Monthly Archives: October 2012

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


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


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


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


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


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.


Cumberland County Highlights

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

Video Highlights of the Warrior win over Cumberland County


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


Operation Christmas Child gears up at Gum Springs Baptist

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

Gum Springs Baptist Church is once again involved with Operation Christmas Child in an effort to provide gifts to needy children around the world, and is inviting the community to take part.
The collection center at the church, located at 5454 Franks Ferry Road, Walling, will be open this year the week of Nov. 12-19 to accept donations of toys and school supplies to fill shoeboxes to send to children.
The church will also be holding a shoebox wrapping party, a shoebox shopping spree and a shoebox packing party.
After all the shoeboxes are packed, the church travels to Atlanta to the processing center to prepare them for … Read More


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


Patrols increase by THP

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

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be beefing up their patrols statewide on Halloween in an effort to keep intoxicated drivers, who pose a risk for trick-or-treating children, off the road.
The increased amount of pedestrian traffic on Halloween can lead to a greater number of fatal pedestrian crashes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that on Halloween, the number of deaths among young pedestrians is four times higher than any other day of the year. A total of 48 percent of those incidents involved alcohol.
According to statistics provided by THP, no one was killed on Halloween last year. In 2010, one death was reported. In … 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


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


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