Monthly Archives: May 2013

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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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.


Motlow College nursing graduates to participate in pinning ceremony May 10

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

Motlow College will host a pinning ceremony on May 10 for nursing students who have successfully completed the nursing program’s graduation requirements, said Amy Huff, director of nursing and allied health at the college. The pinning ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Nisbett Center on Motlow’s Moore County campus.
“The ritual of pinning a nurse is a long standing tradition held at the conclusion of a nursing student’s education,” Huff said. “The pin is designed to signify the school the nurse attended and is pinned onto the student’s uniform by a friend, relative, or mentor.”
The pinning ceremony itself also is steeped in tradition, according to Huff. … Read More


Arrest rate surpasses crime rate in Sparta

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Crime is has remained steady over the past two years in Sparta, but according to a new report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the number of crimes cleared through arrests and other means by the Sparta Police Department have increased past the crime rate, which Police Chief Jeff Guth credits to increasing community involvement and officers going above and beyond.
The report shows that in 2012, there were a total of 657 reported offenses in Sparta, compared to 651 in 2011.
Though the crime rate dipped slightly, the number of arrests have increased from 196 for 185 offenses to 257 arrests for 232 offenses. This is an … Read More


Four generations will celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Four generations plan to celebrate Mother’s Day. Pictured are Brandie Jones, Kate Cole, Allison and Bethany Jones, and Flora Sherrill.

Two young girls in their Sunday best cozy up to their great-grandmother, who steals hugs and kisses at every opportunity. The girls’ mother and grandmother smile lovingly and try to corral everyone together for a generational family photo.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Brandie Jones feels blessed to have the generations together.
Four generations — Jones, her two daughters, Allison and Bethany, her mother, Kate Cole, and grandmother Flora Sherrill are close. There’s no doubt about that.
Jones, an employee of NHC Healthcare of Sparta for … Read More


Nursing homes gear up for special celebration

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The staff at Life Care of Sparta is getting a jump on decorating for National Nursing Home Week. Pictured are: Jennifer Masters, speech language pathologist; Grace Parker and Mildred Wright, both assisted living facility residents; Cathy Howe, executive director; Irene Dycus, resident; and Karen Newpower, speech language pathologist.

It’s a time to celebrate and commemorate the staff, patients and families involved with nursing home care.
As a part of National Nursing Home Week, slated for May 13-17, local nursing homes are planning a week of fun-filled activities to bring everyone closer together and to celebrate all of those involved.
“Nursing home week is a time to celebrate — … Read More


Mary Addine Womack Swack Dow

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Addine Womack Swack Dow, 101, of Cookeville, passed away May 5, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. Dow as born Oct. 6, 1911, in White County, to William Norman and Daisy Denton Womack.
Mrs. Dow was a retired elementary school teacher and taught in both White County, Tenn., and Caddo Parrish, Louisiana. She was a graduate of White County High School and Tennessee Technological University and was a member of the Collegeside Church of Christ for many years where she taught Bible classes for pre-schoolers. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Family and Community Education Club (FCE) where she was a past … Read More


Linda Joyce Neely Walker

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linda Joyce Neely Walker, 64, of Sparta, passed away May 7, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Walker was born Sept. 30, 1948, in Crossville, to Fred Clayton and Stachie Maude Carmon Neely.
She was a department manager at Wal-Mart more than 24 years.
Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jo Simmons.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmy DeWayne Walker, of Sparta, Jeff E. Walker and wife Amanda, of Sparta, Jason Clayton Walker and wife Renee, of Smithville; grandchildren, Megan Walker, Molly Walker, Morgan Walker; sister, Shirley Davis of Crossville; brothers, Carl Neely and wife Anita, of Crossville, R.C. Neely and … Read More


Sammy Haston

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sammy Haston, 78, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Van Buren County, passed wawy May 1, 2013, ain 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.


Home school students may try out for sports

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A new law will go into effect on July 1st that will allow students who are home schooled to try out for sports offered by public schools in their Local Education Agency (LEA).
That means any students that live in White County and are home schooled by their parents will be allowed to try out for the schools in this county for which they are zoned.
The bill was approved in the Tennessee senate 31-0 and passed 69-24 in House. Tennessee governor, Bill Haslam, has already signed the bill into law and it will go into effect this summer.
The bill as it reads does not guarantee that … Read More


Officials working to keep teen drivers safe

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

As a teenager, getting behind the wheel for the first time as a licensed driver is one of the biggest milestones of young adulthood.
Being a teen driver, however, is a statistically dangerous time.
May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month. It’s also when most teen drivers are participating in end-of-school events such as prom and graduation. It can be a deadly time for teen drivers.
“That’s when a lot of young adults are going to be hitting the road and driving and doing their summer activities,” Capt. R.C. Christian, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said. “We try to address our efforts more towards areas they’re going to … Read More


Voyles qualifies for track sectionals

Posted on May 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Looking for a 8-peat. Morgan Voyles finished second in the 800m race in Tuesday’s subsectional track meet moving her one step closer to her eighth state tournament appearance.

Morgan Voyles kept her chances alive for a four-peat Tuesday in the sub sectional track meet in Rhea County.
Actually an eight-peat would be the more proper adjective. Voyles, a WCHS senior who has already signed with Trevecca Nazarene University, has qualified for the state cross country meet four times and three times for the state track meet. She is looking to finish off her career with her fourth trip to the state track meet.
She got one step closer … Read More


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