Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wheel tax failure – what it could mean to WCSD

Posted on May 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The proposed wheel tax has had the community talking, and emergency workers across the county have expressed concern over what the failure to pass the tax would mean for the services they provide, as cutting the portions of the county budget that finance these services has been discussed as one of the only options left for the county commission to fund the federally mandated Affordable Care Act.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe says he wants White County residents to understand that the failure of the wheel tax creates a perilous scenario for the community, and he refuses to cut his budget any more than he has, as he feels to … Read More

Area groups working to help tornado victims

Posted on May 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Numerous organizations and churches in the Sparta area are assisting with aid to the victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. Find out below how to help.

One week after a deadly EF-5 tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma, folks across the nation are finding ways to pitch in and help victims to get back on their feet. Local organizations are pitching in and doing what they can to aid storm victims.
Life Care Center of Sparta has announced its office will serve as a drop-off center and will be collecting bottled water and bottled sports drinks, personal hygiene items, and diapers until next Friday.
From there, the donated … Read More

Honor veterans, those now serving this Memorial Day

Posted on May 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Paul Steele recounts service in Army during Vietnam War.

Paul Steele was drafted, in 1968, to travel overseas to a foreign country to fight a battle that was taking the lives of American soldiers by the thousands. Steele, who served in Vietnam, came back home a changed man and thereafter dedicated his life to educating the children of White County.

At the age of 22, Paul Steele found himself in the jungles of Vietnam, serving his country in one of the bloodiest battles of America’s history.
Steele was in college when tensions in Vietnam escalated.
“The draft board would grant college students a deferment based upon successful completion … Read More

TBI releases Crime in Schools Report for 2012

Posted on May 25, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released an annual report on crime in Tennessee schools over the past three years, and has found that there has been a 16.5 percent decrease in crime over the span of the study.
The report, which compiled reports of crime in public and private school systems up to 12th grade, notes that there have been a total of 10,980 reported offenses in Tennessee schools during the 2012, a 16.5 percent decrease sicen 2010, which reported 13,151 offenses.
Simple assault was the most frequent offense, accounting for 36 percent of all offenses.
In fact, crimes against persons made up the largest majority of … Read More

Tennessee Highway Patrol to step up seat belt and DUI enforcement during Memorial Day weekend

Posted on May 24, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will step up seat belt and DUI enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The THP also encourages all motorists to drive safely during the 78-hour period. State troopers will conduct several seat belt and sobriety checkpoints and will be out in force patrolling statewide to help ensure safe roadways this holiday.
The 2013 Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 24 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27. Sixteen people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend. That was a decrease from 19 fatalities in 2011. Last year, alcohol was involved in six … Read More

Police seek tips in Dixie Food Mart burglary

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police are seeking tips from residents on the identity of the suspect(s) behind the burglary of Dixie Food Mart on Spring Street that they believe occurred sometime between 7 p.m. on May 19 and 4:59 a.m. on May 20.
According to a report by Sgt. Doug Goff, who responded to the scene at approximately 5 a.m. on May 20, an unknown suspect threw a concrete block through a side window of the store and took several cartons of cigarettes.
The total quantity of cartons stolen is still unknown at this time.
Security cameras at the store and nearby businesses were not able to capture an image of … Read More

WCHS Class of 2013 receives diplomas

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Upon instruction from class president, Rebekah Walters, the Class of 2013 turns their tassels, which symbolizes the change from student to graduate.

On a warm clear Monday night at Dee Harris Field, the 105th graduating class of White County High School moved from the ranks of student to alumni.
The Class of 2013, which is 236 strong, accepted their diplomas, turned their tassels and then broke into celebration, along with a few tears along the way.
The theme of this year’s graduation was “Celebrate the Present, Embrace the Past.” Following the processional of graduates to the age-old tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduation ceremony began in front … Read More

Wheel tax fails – what’s the next step?

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike McLatchy, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, asks county commissioners if the squad’s funding will be eliminated to help finance the Affordable Care Act.

A resolution to implement a wheel tax in White County has failed for lack of a majority vote by county commissioners.
During the May 20, 2013, meeting, the controversial wheel tax, which would have been a means for funding the mandated Affordable Care Act, was defeated for lack of a two-thirds majority vote by commissioners. This was the second of two required readings of the resolution. The resolution passed during the April meeting.
White County Board of Commissioners is comprised of 14 members. … Read More

Self Governance event coming to White County

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A group dedicated to helping Tennesseans “rediscover, own, and preserve their civic authority” will be hosting an event in Sparta next week.
The Tennessee Center for Self Governance, a 501C3 nonprofit organization, will make a presentation at the White County Courthouse, at 7 p.m., May 30.
There is no cost to attend the presentation. The educational benefits, according to president Mark Herr, are invaluable.
“We teach the average citizen how to exercise their civic authority,” Herr said. “We hope that [attendees] get a sense of hope that they can learn how to keep their republic.”
Following an educational presentation held last month, that centered around gun control and … Read More

Bill Boruff leading Little League standings

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

Stirring up dust at the plate. A Hunter Funeral Home base runner slides safely home as the ball gets away from the Red Turner’s players at the plate during action at the Smithville Highway fields on Tuesday night.

After last week’s action in the Sparta Little League 11-12 year old boys’ division, Bill Boruff had the league lead.
Boruff’s came in at 6-2 just one game up on Red Turner’s, who stood at 5-3. Hunter’s Funeral Home holds down third place and Sonic checks in at fourth place.
The following are recaps provided from last week’s Little League 11/12 baseball games. No other division recaps were available.
Offenses … Read More

Sheriff Department and TWRA to sponsor free youth fishing event

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

The White County Sheriff Department and TWRA is sponsoring a free fishing event at the Bridgestone Firestone Wildlife Management Area, and is offering a day of fun and prizes for children age 16 and younger.
The event, scheduled for Sat., June 8 from 4-8 p.m. provides an opportunity for children age 16 and younger to fish for free without a license if they are accompanied by a non-fishing adult.
Local businesses are donating prizes for participating children, and the department is seeking additional business sponsors to provide prizes.
Youths may register as they arrive.
The event will be held in the Bridgestone Firestone Wildlife Management Area through the … Read More

Three Warriorettes named Softball All District

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

First team all district. Baylee Bain, Kaitlyn Heath and Kelsey Roberts were named to the District 6AAA Softball first team.

After the Warriorette softball season came to an end, it was announced that three Warriorettes were named to the All District 6AAA team.
Even though the team struggled at times this season, the good news is that all three of those that received honors are just juniors and will be back next season. In fact, the Warriorettes will return all their starters and most of their top reserves. There was only one senior, Sidney Taylor, on the WCHS team.
The three players named All District were Baylee Bain, … Read More

Tennis 6AAA postseason honors announced

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

6AAA Sportsmanship Award. Ethan James received the District 6AAA Tennis Sportsmanship Award this season for the way he carried himself during matches.

First team #2 singles. Lacee Hitchcock was named first team in District 6AAA for her play at the #2 singles spot.

First team #4 singles. Sarah Ward was named first team for her play at the #4 singles spot.

White County High School’s tennis season officially came to a close last week with Lacee Hitchcock’s appearance in the region tournament.
For their performance this season, WCHS had three singles players honored with All District Awards and an additional three doubles team garnering recognition.
Ethan James received … Read More

State to create recovery courts to combat drug abuse and mental health issues

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

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have announced the forthcoming creation of nine recovery courts that will combine services provided by drug courts with those of mental health courts and veterans courts to maximize available resources to make the biggest impact on drug abuse.
According to a press release by TDMHSAS, $1.56 million has been designated in the state budget for the recovery courts, which will incorporate intensive judicial supervision, treatment services, sanctions and incentives to address the needs of addicted nonviolent offenders.
Combining similar issues of mental health, substance abuse and veterans affairs in one location, according to the department, will best utilize … Read More

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