Monthly Archives: June 2013

8 & under All Star team competing in Lebanon

Posted on June 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Another homerun celebration. The members of the 8 and under Sparta All Star tam jubilantly meet Garrett Johnson at home plate after the first of his two homeruns during Friday’s games at the tournament in Algood. The team is playing in Lebanon this week.

Sparta’s 8 and under All Star coach’s pitch team has been very busy of late.
After finishing up play this past week in a tournament in Algood where they finished third, they are now beginning play in their official Little League All Star tournament in Lebanon.
Pool play got underway Saturday night. The opening game was an offensive slugfest, but Sparta came up on … Read More


Brewers win Babe Ruth City Tournament

Posted on June 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Taking a big cut. The Brewers came out swinging and took the Babe Ruth Tournament title last week with an 8-7 win over the Braves in the title game.

The 2013 season for Sparta Babe Ruth wrapped up last week with the conclusion of their season ending tournament.
The Brewers defeated the Braves 8-7 in the tournament championship game after the Braves were the regular season champs.
Now that the regular season is in the books, two all star teams will represent Sparta in postseason play. There will be a 15 and under team as well as a 13 and under squad. Both will start their tournaments July … Read More


Smith headed back to Senior Nationals

Posted on June 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Headed for the Nationals. The Tennessee Shooting Stars 70+ women’s three on three basketball team is headed back to the Senior National Games. The games will be held in Cleveland, Ohio this year. Doyle’s Sylvia Smith is one of the team members. The team is pictured above after winning a tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The team is (l to r): Coach pat Murphy, Mary Kelley, Sylvia Smith, Helen Armstrong, Peggy Ballard, Carolyn Landreth, Glenda Cantrell, Madge Susong, and Coach Glenn Ballard.

Since she began playing in the senior games, Sylvia Smith has started a collection of medals and that collection is starting to grow.
During July, Smith … Read More


Rodney Stephen Sayles

Posted on June 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rodney Stephen Sayles, 55, of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center in Sparta.
Mr. Sayles was born Feb. 7, 1958, in Norfolk, Va., the son of Frank E. Sayles, Sr. and Carolyn Simpkins.
Survivors include his wife, Vonda Sullivan Sayles, of Sparta; daughter, Samantha Sandovel, of Lady Lake, Fla.; son, Timothy Sayles, of Lady Lake, Fla.; stepdaughter, Machelle (Crain ) Hugg and husband Tommy, of Spandway, Wash.; stepson, James F. Lance Jr. and wife Debbie, of Sparta; mother, Carolyn Simpkins and stepfather, Marvin Simpkins Sr., of Sparta; father, Frank E. Sayles Sr., of Virginia Beach, Va.; aunt, Frances Flint, of Sparta; step-grandfather, Sam Marcum, … Read More


Charlene Bryant

Posted on June 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charlene Bryant, 76, of Crossville, passed away June 28, 2013.
Ms. Bryant was born April 2, 2013, in White County, the daughter of Byrd and Ida Mae Howard) Bryant.
She was a member of the DeRossett Church of Christ.
Ms. Bryant was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sisters; two brothers, Robert Haskell Bryant, Charles Doode Bryant; and one sister, Verna Mae Woods.
Survivors include: four sisters, Pearl Brock (Harold), of Sparta, Marie Rollins (Glenn), of Sparta, Linda Roberts (Jerry), of Sparta, Brenda Brock (Donnie), of Sparta; three brothers, John Bryant (Sally), of Sparta, Eli Bryant (Betty), of Sparta, Bill Bryant (Glenda), of Sparta; two sisters-in-law, … Read More


Frances Geraldine Dorris

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frances Geraldine Dorris, 50, of Cookeville, passed away June 24, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center .
Mrs. Dorris was born May 10, 1963, in Hammond, Ind., to Thomas Richard Dorris Sr. and Willie Jean Adair Dorris.
She was preceded in her death by her parents and a brother, Ronald Eugene Adair.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Buford (Stacy) Dorris, of Sparta; daughter, Jessica Jean McMillen, of Cookeville; four brothers, Wallace Curtis (Tina) Dial, of Griffith, Ind., Wayne (Mary) Maddle, of Cedar Hill, Thomas Richard Dorris II, of Sparta, Richard Thomas Dorris, of Springfield; four sisters, Anita Daphne (Greg) Morgan, of Avondale, W.V., Wanda Lee Dorris, of Sparta, … Read More


Dwight Phillips

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dwight Phillips, 68, of Cookeville passed away June 26, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Phillips was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Overton County, to Dallas and Christine Looper Phillips.
Mr. Phillips was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.
He owned and operated Precision Molding Co., in Sparta, 1987-1998. He was a loving husband and a caring father and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman and a fixer of all things.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Patsy McCloud Phillips, of Cookeville; two sons, Daryl Phillips and wife Myra, of Sparta, Mike Phillips and wife Lisa, of Cookeville; brother, Douglas Phillips, of Crossville; four sisters, … Read More


Robert Earl Paris

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Earl Paris, 70, of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mr. Paris was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Oscar and Essie Dunn Paris.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Faye Holmes Paris; daughter, Melody Paris and partner Cynthia Siska; son, Nicholas Paris; brother, John Paris, of Warsaw, Ill.; four grandchildren, Traci Holmes, Jared Holmes, Leigh Ann Henry, Andrea Siska; and three great-grandchildren, Payton Henry, Drew Cresswell and Lillie Kirby.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Summer Heat wrestling event coming to Sparta

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wrestling superstars Kevin Nash, Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), and Superstar Bill Dundee are just a sampling of big-name wrestling stars coming to the White County Fairgrounds this summer.
On Aug. 3, beginning at 7:15, the White County Agricultural Complex will host the area’s inaugural Summer Heat wrestling event.
Mark Houchin and Kenneth England are behind bringing the event to Sparta.
“We want to bring this to small towns — to make it affordable for everybody to meet and be around some of the biggest names in wrestling and Hollywood,” Houchin said.
“This is the first time anything this large has came to Sparta and White County,” he added. … Read More


Wilma Sue Oaks

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wilma Sue Oaks, 81, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 28, 2013, in Knoxville.
She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman Pleas Oaks and Nina Lee Frazier Oaks.
Survivors include survived by brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Emma Lou Oake, of Steger, Ill.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kyle and Carmie Hull, of Tullahoma, Albert and Nina Owen, of Knoxville; nieces: Cammy Kromer, Sherry Micallef; nephews, Tyson Owen, Mike Hull, Jeff Hull, Jackie Oakes; and companion of 37 years, Ronnie Young, of Sparta.
The family will receive friends12:30-1:30 p.m. (EST) June 30, 2013, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, in Knoxville, with funeral … Read More


Mary Rachel Weaver

Posted on June 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Rachel Weaver, 89 of Madison Heights, Mich., passed away June 24, 2013, in Warren, Mich.
Mrs. Weaver was born May 13, 1924, in Sparta.
She was the beloved wife of the late Lewis Clifford Weaver, and sister of the late Quill Briggs, James Briggs, Johnny Briggs, Ailene Rozzelle and Viola Horton.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Blake and husband William T.; grandchild, Eia Blake; sister, Elizabeth Briggs; and brothers, Walter Briggs and Charles Briggs.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m., June 28, 2013, at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., June 28, at the funeral home.


‘Our Walk Across America’ comes to White Co. Heritage Museum

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

Bill Hurteau, co-director of the White County Heritage Museum, explains the route taken by Levi and Shikira Stiles — a young couple that walked across America and who stopped briefly in White County. An exhibit chronicling their cross-country adventure will be featured at the museum for the next two months.

Battling heat, hunger, and wilderness were just a part of their adventure. Now, items from Levi and Shikira (Severson) Stiles’ walk across America are on display in the White County Heritage Museum.
The display has been referred to by museum volunteers as “The Impossible Dream.”
The California-natives’ walk across the country serves as a reminder that nothing is … Read More


Rice and TN Sweethearts finish second in state

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

Runner-up in the state. The Tennessee Sweethearts, of which Amy Rice (far left) was a member, finished second in the Sr. Olympic volleyball state tournament. (Photo submitted)

Not one or even two back surgeries could keep Amy Rice from playing a sport she has always loved.
Earlier this week, just a couple of months after turning 50, Rice played with the Tennessee Sweethearts in the Tennessee Sr. Olympics volleyball state tournament and finished runner-up.
Rice, a 1981 graduate of WCHS, was a multisport athlete during her playing days in high school playing volleyball along with basketball and tennis. She also played softball even though the high school team … Read More


Riley recognized for 30 years with THP

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

recognition. Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Kendall Riley, of White County, recently received his 30-year plaque at the THP office in Cookeville.  Riley currently resides in Sparta and is the Administrative Lt. for the Cookeville District.  He is responsible for the daily operations of the district office and the administrative functions necessary to perform them.  Captain R.C. Christian, also of White County, states, “Kendall serves in an exemplary manner.  I am fortunate to have a man of his caliber in the office.” 


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