Monthly Archives: August 2013

James Edward Brock

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Edward “Jim” Brock, 87, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 20, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Brock was born May 17, 1926, in Spencer, to William Releford Brock and Maggie Lee Mills Brock.
He retired after 40 years of skilled labor with Firestone. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church.
Mr. Brock was preceded in death by his parents; brother, J.R.
Brock; son-in-law, Donald Slater; and brother-in-law, Virgil Wilson.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lois Lenore Megenhardt Brock; two sons, Donald (Susan) Brock, Allen Brock; three daughters Diana Slater, Catherine Everly, Carol … CONTINUED


Cross country season off and running at WCHS

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

WCHS cross country team. Cross country season is underway for WCHS. Members of this year’s team are (front row, l to r): Addie Hickey, Ashton Mitchell, Nikole Pryor, Tamera Webb and Megan Holland. Back row: Josiah Fox, Rhett Watts, Jimmy Wallace and Coach Mark Voyles.

The 2013 cross country season is already underway for the White County High School runners.
Early last week they competed in the Cookeville Jamboree, which was not a points event, but then the season officially began on Saturday at the Macon County Invite.
WCHS has eight runners competing this season for the maroon and gray. There are five girls and three boys on … CONTINUED


Warriors dominate Dragons in season opener

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Putting the pressure on. The Warrior defense spent a lot of time in the Dragon backfield Friday night in the season opener. Above, Seth Davis and Jo Jo Matlock take down a York ball carrier in the 46-0 win. Seven different players scored touchdowns for WCHS.

First touchdown of the season. Jake Young plunges in for the first touchdown of the Warrior season with the help of his linemen. The Warriors rolled to the 46-0 win over York and will host Livingston Academy Friday.

The 2013 edition of the Warriors did something no other White County High School football team has been able to do in the past … CONTINUED


Narramore gives old signs new life

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tommy Narramore holds up a photo of the signs before he began repainting them. The photos were enhanced to help him make out details on the signs so he could get the re-creation as close to the original as possible.

Tommy Narramore, veteran sign painter of 50 years, has been hired to bring life back to two signs that were painted on the side of a building on North Main Street. The task has been daunting, as some of the details are just too faded to make out, even with the aid of digitally enhanced photos.

Life-long Sparta resident Tommy Narramore has painted many signs over the past … CONTINUED


Patricia Ann Ritter

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia Ann Ritter, 71, of Sparta, formerly of Bronx, N.Y., passed away Aug. 21, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Ritter was born Feb. 25, 1942, in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Anthony Olivet and Josephine Heim Olivet.
She was a retired supervisor for the New York Department of Social Services, after 25 years of service.
Mrs. Ritter was preceded in death by her parents; several brothers and sisters; and longtime companion, Sophus Tetens.
Surviving family members include her children, Donna Irwin and husband Ronnie, Richard Ritter Jr. and wife Sandy, Toni Dempsey and husband Wayne; Krystal and Richie Ritter, Shane and Brady Dempsey; great-granddaughter, Miya … CONTINUED


Warrior opening night highlights

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Highlights from the Warrior football team’s 46-0 win over York Institute on opening night of the 2013 season. 


E-911 board hears from company that director blamed for turning down wattage at tower

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Communications Evolutions came before the E-911 board during a special-called meeting on Aug. 22 to address concerns the board had voiced during its regular meeting on Aug. 12 and said they were “shocked” about statements they read in The Expositor that had been made during that meeting.
Richard Myers, of Communications Evolutions, stated to the board he became aware of the concerns after reading the Aug. 15 edition of The Expositor. Myers said he wanted to assure the board that Communications Evolutions would address those issues.
“To say that we were shocked concerning Mr. [Director Greg] England’s comments concerning our actions would be an understatement,” Myers said. “We … CONTINUED


Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers participate in a previous exercise drill.

In the event of a public health emergency, the Medical Reserve Corps is there, dispensing vaccines or immunizations and helping citizens.
Currently, White County has 72 MRC volunteers. Dawn Hickey, MRC Coordinator for the Upper Cumberland region, hopes to see that number at least double.
The Medical Reserve Corps unit is a group of volunteers with all types of skills and/or credentials and is housed in the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office.
During a public health emergency, a network of medical and non-medical volunteers works to support the public health workforce.
“Those volunteers have agreed to help out … CONTINUED


GED class schedules released for White, Van Buren counties

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Adults interested in obtaining their GED are now able to view class schedules and sign up for classes.
Available classes for White and Van Buren Counties include:
•White Location:
American Legion Bldg., Sparta Orientation and Testing, BI-WEEKLY 9/4, 5, 6 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 9/18, 19, 20 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 1p.m.
Classes, American Legion Bldg. GED prep are for students waiting to take the GED test. This is for skill brush up only. 8/28 GED prep, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 9/11 GED prep, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 9/25 GED prep, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Math and language classes, … CONTINUED


Sisters, best friends say faith and love kept them close

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

These three sisters are also best friends. Pictured, from left, are Opal Oliver, Willie Mae Sparkman, and Jonelda Hutson.

L-R: Willie Mae Sparks Sparkman, parents Laurine Sparks and J.T. Sparks, Opal Sparks Oliver, Jonelda Sparks Hutson.

Jonelda Hutson, Opal Oliver, and Willie Mae Sparkman share a special bond. They are sisters, ranging in age from 78 to 86.
They are also best friends, claiming they’ve never had a fight, aside from some sisterly teasing every now and again.
The Sparks sisters were born in the Springhill community of White County to J.T. and Laurine Sparks. They are also descendants of White County founder John White.
The Sparks were … CONTINUED


Dr. Andrew P. Nelson

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dr. Andrew P. Nelson, age 85,of South Fulton, Tenn., passed away Aug. 21, 2013 at his residence.
Dr. Nelson was a member of Smith Street Church of Christ and the Fulton Country Club. He was a graduate of the
University of Tennessee Medical College, in Memphis, and he practiced medicine in Fulton, Ky., and was a former chief of staff at Parkway Regional Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Adcock Nelson;
one brother, Martin Young Nelson; and his parents Evelyn Young Nelson and Charles Tate Nelson.
Survivors include one son Andrew P. Nelson Jr. and wife Cindy, of North Augusta, S.C; one daughter Eve … CONTINUED


Fair Book 2013

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

White County Fair Book 2013


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