Monthly Archives: May 2013

Voyles advances to state meet again!

Posted on May 16, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Make it eight. Morgan Voyles shows off her medal for finishing second in the sectional, but that finish will make it a eight state tournament appearances during her high school career. Voyles will run the 800 meter race in next week’s TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling at MTSU. (Photo submitted)

If this headline seems redundant, it probably is, but there’s a good reason.
WCHS senior runner, Morgan Voyles, finished second in the 800-meter at the Section 2AAA track meet earning a spot in the state meet. That will be the eighth time that Voyles has advanced to the state during her high school sports career, a record for any … CONTINUED


Spring Fling berths on the line this week

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Morgan Voyles (left) and Lacee Hitchcock will be competing this week for berths in the state. Voyles will run the 800m race in the sectional track meet while Hitchcock is playing in the Region 3AAA tennis tournament.

Even though most of the White County High School athletes have already saw their 2012-13 seasons come to a close and some even their high school careers, WCHS still has two that will be in action this week.
Morgan Voyles and Lacee Hitchcock will both compete in their respective sports Tuesday looking to advance to the next level.
For Morgan Voyles, the action will be in the TSSAA Section 2 Track … CONTINUED


Aaron moves over to Warriorette coaching staff

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Now a Warriorette coach. Nathan Aaron watches over spring practice for the Warriorettes. Aaron, who has just completed his fifth season with the Warriors, has decided to move from coaching boys to girls’ basketball.

The off season has brought some changes in the White County High School basketball coaching staffs.
Actually, one change has affected both the Warriors and Warriorettes. Nathan Aaron has decided to move from being an assistant to Coach Eric Mitchell and joins the staff of Coach Bryan Haley. Aaron was with the Warriorettes as they began spring practice last week.
After last season ended, assistant coach, Rebecca Ryan, informed Haley that she had decided … CONTINUED


Prevention is key in fighting diseases

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dr. Kalyani Kumar, of White County Women’s Healthcare, stresses the importance of preventative care as an effective way to stay healthy.

A passion for prevention — That’s how Dr. Kalyani Kumar, of White County Women’s Healthcare, describes her work.
Originally from India, Dr. Kumar graduated from medical school there. She then completed her Ob/Gyn residency in New York before moving to Richmond, VA. There, she held her own private practice. She then moved to Sparta in 2009.
“I’ve been all over the world,” she said. “We like this area. It’s nice and quiet.
“I also saw there was a lot of need for (promoting prevention in) this area … CONTINUED


Quilt Guild members attend retreat

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Stitch, Show & Share Quilt Guild recently enjoyed a three-day quilters retreat at The Lodge, located on Douglas Lake in, Sevierville.
The SSS Quilt Guild was formed in 1980 by six ladies as a way to share their quilts and quilt making with each other. They began to host an annual quilt show soon thereafter so they could share their quilts with the general public.
In 1992, the Guild decided to host its quilt show every other year so as to have a more varied selection of quilts to show, and they chose to do that in the even years. For many years the Show was housed … CONTINUED


Adult education students reaching a milestone

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

For many students, graduation ceremonies can be an emotional time. The same is especially true for those graduating from the White County adult education program.
More than 60 adult education students will receive their GED during graduation ceremonies slated for Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at White County Middle School.
“It’s for anyone that has received their GED since May of last year,” Kay Maples, adult education supervisor, said.
Maples says she expects about half of those graduating students to participate in the commencement ceremony.
On average, about 20-30 students participate in the ceremony.
“I never know until a few days before exactly how many will be … CONTINUED


State veterans cemetery planned for U.C.

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs says that Upper Cumberland veterans and their families are traveling too far to receive services, and they have announced that they have formed a committee to change that.
In a press release yesterday, The Department states that they have submitted a pre-application grant to the National Cemetery Administration for federal funding for the architectural design, engineer support and construction costs, though acquiring the land must be funding through donations, as well as city, county and state funding.
Two community members from each of the 14 counties served by the cemetery have volunteered to participate in the efforts of the committee, except Clay … CONTINUED


$800,000 in county services may be cut

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Editor
kim@myspartanews.com
White County residents could soon be faced with an abrupt dose of reality if the wheel tax proposed by commissioners is stopped through a referendum.
According to Bruce Null, chairman of White County budget committee, members are working on two budgets – one if the wheel tax passes and one if it doesn’t.
The “doesn’t” option is what budget committee members are preparing for if the wheel tax is opposed by White County voters. Money generated from the wheel tax would fund insurance for county employees, which is mandated through the federal Affordable Care Act and is effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Here is … CONTINUED


WCHS baseball season ends in district semis

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Leaving the field a final time. The six Warrior seniors walk away from the high school field after the season ending loss to Cookeville last Wednesday. The Cavaliers completed the season sweep of the Warriors with the 7-2 win. The loss ended the Warrior season at 19-14.

After advancing to the semifinals of the District 6AAA baseball tournament with a play-in game win, the Warriors of White County High School could not overcome top seeded Cookeville in the best-of-three series.
The Cavaliers completed the series sweep and the season sweep of the Warriors Wednesday afternoon in Sparta. Cookeville put five runs on the board in the top of … CONTINUED


Wilson to lay off 20 employees

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released a notice that Wilson Sporting Goods, located on Roberts Matthews Highway in Sparta, will soon be laying off 20 employees.
According to the Department, the layoff is effective June 28, and the employees are not represented by a collective bargaining agreement.
The Sparta facility is responsible for manufacturing uniforms.
Calls to the company’s headquarters and the Sparta office for comment were not returned by press time.


Hill Wayne Southard

Posted on May 10, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hill Wayne Southard, 88, of Sparta, passed away May 9, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Southard was born at Baker’s Crossroads, in White County, on March 31, 1925, to Wayne and Ella Floyd Southard.
He was retired from the State of Tennessee Forestry Division after minding the fire tower on Golden Mountain. After retirement he worked as a jailer for the White County Jail for several years. He was an avid foxhunter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe Southard, John Southard; sister Fronnie Waller; and son Danny Phillips.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Southard, of Sparta; sister, Helen Lowery, of Sparta; daughters, Shirley Rollins … CONTINUED


Sammy Haston

Posted on May 10, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sammy Haston, 78, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Van Buren County, passed away May 1, 2013, in Orlando.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m., May 9, 2013, at Concord St. Church of Christ, in Orlando, with burial in Haston Cemetery, in Van Buren County, at a later date.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


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