Monthly Archives: March 2013

Watoto choir to perform in Sparta

Posted on March 22, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Drums, dancing, soulful voices and powerful messages of perseverance and hope will soon fill the North Sparta Church of God.
The Watoto Choir is coming to town to share their personal stories with the local community as they travel across the Southern U.S. to instill hope and bring awareness about the crisis in Uganda.
The choir will be performing their free Beautiful Africa program at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at the North Sparta Church of God.
The choir, which features 22 Ugandan children, ranging in age from 6 to 15, presents Watoto Child Care Ministries’ vision and mission through stories, music and dance.
Their mission?
To … Read More

New law would provide for election of school superintendents

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A bill circulating in the Tennessee General Assembly aims to revert the decision of choosing a school system’s superintendent to the city or county government, with approval of the voters, if the governing bodies so choose.
While existing law states the local boards of education have the responsibility for appointing superintendents, the proposed law would allow counties or cities to choose to elect their superintendents through a two-thirds vote of the city or county governing body with an approval by the voters in an election.
The proposed law would also create a mechanism for systems that have re-established the office of elected superintendent to abolish such office and … Read More

Rockslide clean-up in progress on Monterey Highway in Putnam Co.

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A rockslide on Highway 84 just outside of Monterey on March 18 has left a portion of the road closed while TDOT crews clean up the large boulder that fell onto the roadway.
According to a report by TDOT, in addition to some trees and mud, a boulder that is 40 feet long, 20 feet high and 15-20 feet wide slid onto the road.
TDOT has contracted a company to break up the boulder so that TDOT crews can remove it from the road. While the crews work, Highway 84, also known as Monterey Highway, will be closed to thru traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m in … Read More

Michael E. Morris

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael E. Morris, 56, of Cookeville, passed away March 20, 2013, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Nashville.
Mr. Morris was born Dec. 29, 1956, in Washington, to Bob and Helen Morris.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Matthews Morris, of Cookeville; parents, Bob and Helen Morris, of Sparta; two daughters, Sonya Michelle Barnhill and husband William, of McMinnville, Sherry Lynn Morris, of McMinnville; two sons, David Morris, of McMinnville, Eric Ray Morris and wife Sara, of McMinnville; brothers, Roger Morris and wife Peggy, of Sparta, Clyde Morris and wife Terresa, of Sparta; grandchildren, Logan, Blake and Shelby Barnhill, Madison and Allison Shinnabery, … Read More

Sydney W. Finer

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sydney W. Finer, of Sparta, formerly of Parrish, Fla., passed away March 10, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
“Wes,” as he was lovingly known, was born June 14, 1930, in Clinton, Conn.
He was a graduate of Yale, class of 1952. He was an active and vital member of The Ivy League Club, in Sarasota, serving as a long-standing member of the nominating committee and Board of Governors. He was a founding member of The 1957 Society, generously supporting and promoting The Ivy League Scholarship Fund. He also served as club president, in 2000. He worked for the CIA until his retirement, in 1977. He enjoyed golfing … Read More

Softball takes extra inning 6-5 victory

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Squaring up to bunt. Shana Simmons squares around to bunt during a recent Warriorette softball game. They will play in a tournament this weekend at Cane Creek Park in Cookeville.

The Warriorette softball team evened their season record at 2-2 with a 6-5 victory at Jackson County on Tuesday, but it took extra innings to get the win.
The Warriorettes saw a 5-0 lead slip away, but plated a run in the top of the ninth to hold on for the win. Freshman Sarah Wilson recorded the pitching win.
In the ninth, Erica Smiley reached on a one-out single and scored on a two-out double by Kaitlin Heath. … Read More

Baseball gets 10-inning win at Grundy Co.

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Freshman hurler. Joseph Stockton picked up his first high school win when he came in and pitched the ninth and tenth innings in the 6-5 victory over Grundy County. The Warriors will play in a District 6AAA round robin this weekend in McMinnville.

It took 10 innings, but the White County High School Warriors improved to 5-1 on the season with a 6-5 win at Grundy County on Tuesday.
Warrior coach, Shaun Floyd, used six different pitchers in the game and, in the end, it was freshman hurler, Joseph Stockton, who recorded his first varsity win after pitching the ninth and tenth innings.
After having Monday’s home opener … Read More

WCSD offers reward for alleged drug dealer

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Danita Jean Sigler, 39

White County Sheriff Department is seeking the help of the public to locate a reported drug dealer.
According to Detective Joey Williams, Danita Jean Sigler, age 39, is wanted on six counts of selling schedule II drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine and pills. She also faces four counts of selling drugs in a school zone.
Sigler is one of the 67 individuals the department sought to apprehend in the recent Operation Hawk Bill drug roundup.
Det. Williams says that Sigler was last seen in the Knollcrest apartment complex, and wanted posters with her picture on them have been hung on every door of … Read More

Tennis nets District 6AAA win over Jets

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The return. Crockett Sewell returns the volley of his Cumberland County opponent during Tuesday’s home tennis match. The Warriors and Warriorettes both picked up wins over the Jets and Lady Jets.

The White County High School tennis team played host to District 6AAA foe, Cumberland County, on a chilly Tuesday afternoon and came away with a pair of wins.
The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Jets 7-2 while the Warriors captured the narrow 5-4 win.
It came right down to the end for the Warriors in their match against the Jets.
The doubles teams took the court first and the Warriors held a 2-1 lead after those contests were … Read More

Proposed law would allow motorcyclists to forego helmets

Posted on March 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A proposed law, dubbed the Motorcyclist Liberty Restoration Act, seeks to end the enforcement of helmet use on seasoned motorcyclists, despite opposition to the bill by several safety groups.
The bill, which was recommended for passage by the Transportation and Safety Committee, would permit, if passed, motorcyclists who are at least 21-years old that carry at least $100,000 in liability insurance and $200,000 in medical insurance, have completed a safety education course and have legally operated a motorcycle for at least two years prior, to, upon renewal of their motorcycle registration, purchase for $50 a sticker that permits riders to operate their motorcycle without a helmet.
Proof of … Read More

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program one of numerous organizations to receive new grant

Posted on March 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced more than $14 million in funding to support organizations and nonprofits across the country. The organizations will leverage the experience and talents of RSVP Senior Corps volunteers in schools, conservation projects, disaster response, veterans’ services, and other priorities.
LBJ&C Development Corporation, whose central office is in Cookeville, was pleased to announce its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was one of 205 organizations to receive a new grant. The program has been in this area since 1972 and serves Cumberland, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties.
Nearly 80,000 new senior volunteers will have the opportunity to serve through 205 organizations … Read More

White County High School seniors attend conference

Posted on March 19, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

L-R: Terri Newton, teacher, Greg Butcher, Hunter McCoy and Kerrie Null West, teacher.

White County High School Seniors Greg Butcher and Hunter McCoy have learned first hand what the White County School Board is faced with every month as they meet to discuss important issues that affect the education of every student.
Butcher and McCoy were chosen to attend the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where they met with students from across the entire state to provide their insight concerning public education issues.
The students participated in mock school board sessions, led by school … Read More

Leta Faye Fisher

Posted on March 19, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

“A friend loves at all times” – this describes Leta Fisher. Her biggest joy in life was serving God, her family and friends.
Leta was born on July 24, 1943, to Charlie and Vera Moore Fisher, and died on Saturday, March 16, 2013, following a tragic car accident.
Leta is a 1961 graduate of White County High School and graduated from Draughn’s Business College, in Nashville. Leta retired from Thomas Industries and was currently employed as receptionist at Citizens Bank. She was an avid sports fan and was a supporter of the Sparta Warriors and the UT Vols. You could see her “cheering” for the football and basketball … Read More

More Flavorful and Healthful Home Cooking

Posted on March 18, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tuscan Pasta

One of the chief benefits of cooking at home is the ability to nurture healthier habits in your family. This is the mindset that’s driving “Generation Fresh,” a movement of home cooks committed to cooking more at home because they believe it is inherently healthier and delicious. You have the option to choose exactly what goes into your meals and create flavorful, fresh food that encourages sustainable, positive changes to the way you eat.
“When trying to eat better, it’s essential that the food we make at home is really enjoyable,” says Chef Mark Garcia from the McCormick Kitchens. “Luckily, it’s easy. By adding more herbs … Read More

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