Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cole hurls no-hitter for WCHS baseball

Posted on April 7, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

No-hitter. Dustin Cole pitched a no-hitter Friday night at Jackson County. Cole struck out 13 batters as the Warriors picked up the 9-0 victory. Cole faced just two more than the minimum batters. (Photo submitted)

The Warrior baseball team bounced back from their district losses to Warren County in high fashion on Friday in Gainesboro.
Junior hurler Dustin Cole pitched a no-hitter and the Warriors rolled to the 9-0 win over the Blue Devils of Jackson County High School.
Cole worked seven innings facing 23 batters, just two over the minimum for a seven-inning game. He was just three walks away from a perfect game. Cole fanned 13 … Read More


Spring practice starts Monday

Posted on April 7, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Maxing out. Zac Wright joined the 1100 pound club during the winter workout period for the Warrior football team.

Even though it’s been winter and football season was a long way off, the Warrior football team has not been idle.
The team has been hitting the weights hard in preparation for the 2013 season and the difference shows. Anyone who hasn’t seen the players in a while will notice an immediate change in the players after their off season workouts. The difference also shows in the max that the players have achieved.
The Warriors spent the last week in the weight room getting their maxes as they head … Read More


WCHS soccer adds two more wins

Posted on April 7, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Over and under. WCHS soccer player, Rex Frame, goes high to avoid contact with the Warren County goalkeeper during Thursday’s District 6AAA win over the Pioneers for the Warriors. WCHS took the 5-2 win over Warren County and then defeated Livingston 2-0 on Friday to improve to 6-0 on the season.

The Warrior soccer team stepped up their level of competition at the end of the week, but the result was still the same – two more wins.
WCHS opened District 6AAA play Thursday with a 5-2 win over visiting Warren County and then held off Livingston Friday night for the 2-0 victory. The two wins improved the … Read More


Softball loses heartbreaker to Franklin County

Posted on April 7, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lone WCHS hit of the game. Mattie Dalton beats the throw to first base for the lone Warriorette hit of the game in the 1-0 loss to Franklin County on Friday.

The Warriorette softball team was trying to snap a six-game losing streak Friday when they played host to visiting Franklin County.
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie through six innings of play, but the Lady Rebels broke through for the winning run in the top of the seventh inning on an unearned run. They held WCHS scoreless again in the bottom of the seventh and left Sparta with the 1-0 victory.
Kelsey Roberts was … Read More


Penalties may be increased for specific crimes against emergency services personnel

Posted on April 5, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee lawmakers are reviewing a bill this week that would increase the penalties for assault, aggravated assault and second degree murder when the victim is a law enforcement officer, emergency medical or rescue worker, emergency medical technician, paramedic or firefighter who the person knows or has reason to know is engaged in the performance of official duties.
(1) The classification for assault is increased from a Class A or B misdemeanor accompanied by an enhanced fine of up to $2,500, which only applies to assaults against law enforcem ent officers under present law, to a Class E felony;
(2) The classification for aggravated assault based on intentional or … Read More


Spencer council members discuss grants, revenues

Posted on April 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A short prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag has become the traditional beginning to each Spencer City Council meeting, which is held the last Thursday of each month. The March 28th meeting was no exception.
With the full body present, as well as George Burkes, municipal judge, Edward Boring, county attorney, Eddie Carter, police chief, and Zeda Hillis, city recorder, the business of the City of Spencer was discussed.
In the court case of Gary Hankins vs. the City of Spencer about rights to property, Hankins and the city had made a settlement. The city agreed to purchase a small area of property where the … Read More


Pregnancy shelter coming to Sparta

Posted on April 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Work begins on the Life Worth Living shelter, a shelter for homeless, struggling new moms. The shelter is expected to open within the coming year.

Life Worth Living, a pro-life Christian shelter for homeless, soon-to-be mothers, is coming to Sparta.
Ann Eckman, CEO of the center, says the idea for the center came about in 2009.
“It was at a church service and the representative from Plateau Pregnancy (Services) in Crossville came and gave a presentation on how greatly a pregnancy shelter was needed in the area to shelter homeless pregnant women and their children,” she recalled.
Teamed with other volunteers, Eckman began searching for a location for … Read More


Sheriff, deputy and county named in lawsuit

Posted on April 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County has been named in another lawsuit that also includes Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and one of his deputies in which a 30-year-old female alleges she was wrongfully incarcerated more than a week after she was arrested on charges filed against another woman with the same name.
Jo Ann Luna, of Sparta, filed the lawsuit March 8, 2013, through her attorney, Richard Brooks, of Carthage.
Luna alleges Deputy Steve Page, of White County Sheriff Department, came to her place of employment, on March 9, 2012, and advised her he had a warrant for her arrest. According to the lawsuit, Luna told Page she was not aware of any … Read More


Teachers could soon be allowed to carry guns at school

Posted on April 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A bill proposed by one Democrat and four Republican state representatives that would allow teachers, principals and school personnel to possess a firearm on school property was placed on the Civil Justice Committee, on April 3, to be reviewed by Tennessee legislators.
If passed, this law would go into effect July 1, 2013, and apply to the 2013-2014 school year and each subsequent school year. The proposed law states the individual must possess a handgun carry permit, be authorized by the school superintendent and have had 40 hours of basic school policing training. The gun must also use frangible bullets.
A frangible bullet is one that is designed … Read More


County, school leaders take stand against underage drinking

Posted on April 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Officials representing White County and White County Schools came together to sign a proclamation recognizing April 21 as PowerTalk 21 Day a day to encourage parents and caregivers to talk to teens about underage drinking. On hand for the proclamation signing are, in front, from left: Sandra Crouch, Director of White County Schools and Herd Sullivan, White County Executive. In back, from left: Gary Sparkman, chairman of the White County school board, and Andy Alley, White County commissioner and coach at White County Middle School.

County Executive Herd Sullivan and Sandra Crouch, director of White County Schools, were on hand at a recent proclamation signing in which Sullivan … Read More


Melinda Sue McCormick

Posted on April 3, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Melinda Sue McCormick, 33, of Spencer, passed away March 31, 2013, at her home in Pensacola, Fla.
Mrs. McCormick was born July 14, 1979, in Livingston, to James Edward McCormick and Sally Marie Frady McCormick.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Justin McCormick.
Survivors include her parents, James and Sally McCormick, of Sparta; brothers, Michael McCormick and wife Wendy, of Sparta, Ben McCormick, of Sparta; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral service will be 1p.m., April 5, 2013, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Frasier Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., April 4, at the funeral home.
Thurman Funeral


Ella Edith Davis Palmer

Posted on April 3, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ella Edith Davis Palmer, 91, of Sparta, passed away April 2, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Chattanooga.
Mrs. Palmer was born Dec. 20, 1921, in Tunnel Hill, Ga.
She was retired from Thomas Industries and went on to volunteer at White County Hospital more than 30 years and was active with the Boy Scouts. She was a long-time member of Sparta First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her father, Sam Davis; mother, Annie Ledford Napier; husband, Jack Trail Palmer; sons, Wayne Palmer, Dennis Palmer; grandson, Dennis Palmer; sister, Ruth Hilburn; and brother, Frank Davis.
Survivors include her daughter, Patty Palmer Hodgson, of Hixson; sons … Read More


Baseball swept by Pioneers in 6AAA series

Posted on April 3, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Avoiding the tag. Dustin Cole dives back into first base avoiding the tag of the Pioneer player. Warren County defeated the Warriors 6-5 on Monday and then took the 6-2 win in Sparta on Tuesday.

The Warrior baseball was not able to use the momentum from the first part of their season as they went into their opening District 6AAA series against Warren County.
Stringing together hits was a problem in the series as the Pioneers swept the Warriors and jumped in front of them in the district race. The Warriors are now 10-5 overall and are 2-4 in the district. Warren County improved to 3-3 in the … Read More


WCHS soccer improves to 4-0 with 8-0 win

Posted on April 3, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Another hat trick. For the third time this season, the Warrior soccer team has had a player net a hat trick. During Tuesday’s 8-0 win over Bledsoe County, Jordan Dukes scored three goals to lead WCHS to their fourth win of the season. They will host Warren County Thursday in their 6AAA opener at 6 p.m.

After having been idle for 11 days, the Warrior soccer team showed no ill effects from the layoff for spring break as they picked up where they left off with an 8-0 win over Bledsoe County in Pikeville on Tuesday night.
For the third time in four outings this season, the Warriors … Read More


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