Monthly Archives: August 2013

Orris ‘Rocky” Spivey

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

Orris ‘Rocky” Spivey, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Aug. 29, 2013.
Mr. Spivey was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Sparta, Tennessee, to John Hillard and Lovey Sliger Spivey.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired supervisor from Jostens Inc. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Spivey was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann Spivey, in 2012, and a brother, Charles Spivey.
Survivors include his son, Travis Spivey, of Shelbyville; a daughter, Claudia Spivey House, of Shelbyville; a grandson, Ryan Wilson House; a brother, Tony Spivey and wife Wanda, of Cookeville; and three sisters, Alma Kathy Stillion and … Read More


Marvin Elwin Crawford

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

Marvin Elwin Crawford, 71 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Crawford was born April 17, 1942, in Detroit, Mich. His parents were Marvin Gerald Crawford and Alberta Crawford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Cynthia Crawford.
Survivors include his sons, Timothy Brian Crawford, of Doyle, Gerald Stevens Crawford, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Katelyn Crawford-Sanders, Aydin Michael Crawford; one brother, James Crawford, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one sister, Debbie Mason, of New Mexico.
No services are being planned at this time.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Russell Stamps

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

James Russell Stamps, 82 of Doyle, passed away Aug. 28, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Stamps was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Sparta to James Willard Stamps and Callie Holman Stamps.
He was retired from the both the U.S. Navy and as a print shop manager. He was also a former White County school bus driver, member of Bear Cove Baptist Church, and he took great pride in his yard work.
Mr. Stamps was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marguerite Christine Speck Stamps; granddaughter, Teri Rhea; sisters, Bula Frasier, Eula Young; and brother, Willard Stamps.
Survivors include his daughters, June Rhea, … Read More


Robert Glenn Hodges

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

Robert Glenn Hodges, 61, of McMinnvile, passed away Aug. 27, 2013, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Mr. Hodges was born Aug. 4, 1952, in Sparta, to Bessie Cruise Hodges and Raymond Hodges.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 30, 2013, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. Visitation will be 8 a.m-2 p.m., Aug. 30, at the funeral home.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


TDOT releases construction areas for the upcoming week

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

IN OBSERVANCE OF THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY THERE WILL BE NO INTERSTATE LANE CLOSURES FROM NOON ON FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 2013 UNTIL 6:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, SR-462 new construction from U.S. 70 (SR-1) to U.S. 70N (SR-1), including grading, drainage and paving: Work continues on this project. Currently there are no lane closures that will result from this project. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles and equipment that may be entering or leaving the jobsite. Estimated project completion date is June 2014.
CUMBERLAND (SR- 24 and SR- 101) and-PUTNAM COUNTIES (SR 141) Safety Project: This project is complete and the contractor is … Read More


White County Fair 2013

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

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White County Fair 2013
August 30th-September 7th, 2013
Gate Admission Prices
Friday, August 30th…………………………………………….FREE NIGHT
Saturday, August 31st………………………………………..$10.00
Sunday, September 1st……………………………………… Food Drive
(Bring 1 can of food per person – FREE ENTRY • No Food – $2.00 per person)
Monday, September 2nd………………………………………$4.00
Tuesday, September 3rd………………………………………$4.00
Wednesday, September 4th………………………………….$4.00
Thursday, September 5th…………………………………….$4.00
Friday, September 6th………………………………………..$4.00
Saturday, September 7th……………………………………..$4.00
Buy Season Passes & Save On Gate Prices!
Season Passes Available – 6 Nights – $18.00 – Season Tickets Can Be Used Sept. 2-Sept. 7 only
Carnival Special Prices
FRIDAY 6 p.m. til close • $15 armband
SATURDAY 6 P.M. til close • $15 armband
SUNDAY 3 p.m. … Read More


Dorothy Elise Sparkman Davis

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

Dorothy Elise Sparkman Davis, 83, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 28, 2013, at her residence in Sparta.
Mrs. Davis was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Spencer, to Ivey Rennels Sparkman and Bessie Johnson Sparkman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Grant Davis; and brother Roy Sparkman.
Survivors include her children, Jackie DeJong, Darla Sims, Billy Davis, Betsy Blaylock and husband Larry, Mike Davis and wife Carol, Tonya Scott and husband Charlie; 12 grandchildren, Jocelyn Strickland (Keir), Jack DeJong (Maffy), Jennifer Anderson (Kevin), Melissa Eaton (Harold), Andrew Sims (Heather) Tyler Davis, Trenton Davis, Nicholas Blaylock (Megan), Nathan Blaylock, Sabrina Butturini (Russell), Bryan Scott and Emilee … Read More


School receives $1,500 literacy grant

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

Northfield Elementary School has recently been awarded a $1,500 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support youth literacy programs in the school.
According to Principal Kurt Dronebarger, Title I teacher Teresa Holman applied for the grant to aid students who are in need of reading intervention.
The funds will be used to purchase materials for reading intervention and computers for the children to take benchmark tests, to assess not only which children need help, but also to assign a remediation program based on the areas that need improvement.
Students who do need help take part in reading labs to focus on their specific needs.
“We’re really … Read More


Wild hogs trample White County farms

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

Wild hogs trampled many acres of this Lost Creek farm, destroying thousands of dollars in crops that cannot be recouped. Residents of the area feel they are out of options and are forced to tolerate the destruction of the hogs on their property.

Wild hogs roaming the fields and woodlands of White County is not a new problem, but it has become such a nuisance to some residents, that they are reporting crop losses of $500 per day because of the hogs trampling their harvest.
According to Lost Creek resident Dee Schroeder, the hogs have given Lost Creek residents trouble for a long time, but lately they have … Read More


WCHS fall sports update

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

Sending it back over the net. Warriorette senior volleyball player, Brooke McCulley, hits the ball back across the net during a recent WCHS match. The Warriorettes defeated Cumberland County Tuesday to even their 6AAA slate at 1-1. They host Warren County Thursday.

The following is a recap of various White County High School sports action.
The Warriorette volleyball team evened their District 6AAA slate at 1-1 with a 3-2 win over Cumberland County Tuesday in Crossville.
The match went to the decisive fifth game and the Warriorettes took the narrow 15-13 win in the rubber match.
WCHS opened the match with a 25-21 win in game one and … Read More


Fall Creek Falls State Park Announces 35th Mountaineer Folk Festival

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

 Fall Creek Falls State Park will host its 35th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival Sept. 6-8, offering a weekend of traditional music, country cooking, pioneer demonstrations and more than 100 craft booths.
“The Mountaineer Folk Festival highlights and celebrates the heritage of the Cumberland Plateau with great music, food and fun for the whole family,” Park Manager Jim Hall said. “This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best to date with exciting opportunities for all ages. We encourage everyone to come out and join in the good times.”
The three-day festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., with a dance presentation by the Rhythm Express … Read More


Van Buren budget discussion heats up

Posted on August 29, 2013 12:12 am by By Becky BrogdenVan Buren Co. correspondentbecky@myspartanews.com

Mike Martin, Van Buren County director of schools, addresses county commissioners about his concerns for the school system and the proposed budget.

Van Buren County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Aug. 20, 2013, with the main topic on the table being the proposed budget and budget resolutions for 2013-2014. The proposed budget raises land taxes from 1.67 percent to 1.92 percent. The estimated revenue rate with the property tax increase is $12,100,108. The budgeted estimated expenditures, $15,044,521. The estimated available funds, with the property tax increase, are $17,146,927. Property tax rate in 2008-2009-$2.17, 2009 thru 2011- $1.4304, 2011 thru 2013 – $1.6704.
The increase in property … Read More


WCMS drops season opener

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

Huddle up. The White County Middle School Warrior football team huddles around Coach Luke Dycus and the rest of the staff during Tuesday’s loss to South Middle School.

The White County Middle School Warrior football team opened their season by hosting Central Tennessee Conference foe, South Middle, Tuesday at Warrior Stadium.
The Warriors led 8-0 with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, but wound up losing the contest 22-8 as the Trojans scored 22 unanswered points in a 3:45 span stealing the victory from WCMS.
Early on, the contest was a defensive battle with the two teams trading scoreless possessions for most of the … Read More


Sheriff department seeks help locating burglary suspects

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

Two men suspected of committing a burglary in the Buck Loop area of White County are sought by the White County Sheriff Department and are believed to be armed and dangerous.
According to Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom, on the evening of Aug. 27, 2013, officers received a report of a burglary, and Deputy Ryan Melanson received warrants for Timothy Richard Lewis and James Thompson Walden, the two men suspected of the burglary.
Isom said the department had already been attempting to apprehend Lewis for a violation of probation warrant issued out of Cumberland County.
Det. Isom reports the department had knowledge the men frequented a residence … Read More


JV/Frosh Warriors get win

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

A hard hit. Jake Shockey makes a hard hit on a Stone Memorial runner during Monday’s junior varsity game, which the Warriors won 22-13.

The junior varsity/Freshman Warrior football team opened their season Monday at Stone Memorial and came away with the 22-13 victory.
For almost the entire first two quarters, the defenses controlled the game. The teams exchanged punts early and then each turned the ball over on downs. WCHS did force a fumble and Malik Murray recovered for the Warriors.
With 15 seconds left in the first half, the Panthers scored from a yard out on fourth down. They added the extra point and took a … Read More


WCHS hosts Livingston Academy for home opener

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

Will the Warriors go to 2-0? The Warrior football team has the chance to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1989 when Livingston Academy visits Warrior Stadium Friday night. To get to that point, the Warriors will have to snap a six-game losing skid to the Wildcats. Kick off for the game is slated for 7 p.m.

The White County High School football team, who is coming off their largest margin of victory in almost 50 years, will be trying to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1989 when they welcome Livingston Academy to Dee Harris Field Friday night for the home opener.
The … Read More


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