Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sixth grade takes pair from Pine Haven

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pulling down a rebound. Lauren Turner pulls down a rebound in the win over Pine Haven. Turner led the Warriorettes to the win with eight points.

Moving around the defender. Brady Lawson makes a move around a Pine Haven defender during the sixth grade game on Monday night. Lawson tossed in seven points in the win.

The White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams played host to Pine Haven from Fentress County Monday night and came away with a sweep of the night’s action.
The Warriorettes picked up the 18-9 victory while the Warriors ran away with the 48-17 win.
The girls got eight points from Lauren … Read More


Christmas for the Children event set for Nov. 30

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The meaning of Christmas may be lost on many children, but Dale and Pam Bennett, owners of Southern Treasures, hope to remind children of the true meaning of Christmas with their first annual Christmas for the Children event scheduled for Sat., Nov. 30.
Pam Bennett says that she grew up in a small town in Michigan, and every year, her hometown held a big event to welcome in the Christmas season. She recalls ice sculptures, activities for the children and live animals around a Christmas tree that was lit up bright while the community came together to watch.
In today’s material world, Bennett says many children don’t see … Read More


90 pounds of drugs are removed from the streets on Drug Take Back Day

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, along with an agent of the DEA Drug Diversion Division weigh boxes filled with unused or expired prescription medications that White County residents brought to be safely disposed of as part of National Drug Take Back Day. White County residents brought in a total of 78 pounds of drugs so they will not be misused or deposited into the water supplies by improper disposal.

Van Buren Sheriff Eddie Carter, Cpt. Derwin Adcock of the McMinnville Police Department, Brad Price Director of Drug Court 31st Judicial District, District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis came together for National Drug Take Back Day at the Van Buren County

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Vending machine thieves facing charges in three counties

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vending machines were vandalized in Van Buren County by use of the pictured tire iron. The stolen $178.00 was recovered in a vehicle found at the scene.

A routine patrol of businesses in Van Buren County has led to the arrest of one suspect for the alleged vandalism and theft of money from several vending machines, and charges pending against another in what Sheriff Eddie Carter describes as a “three-county crime spree.”
On Oct. 20, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Deputy Richard Bullard of the Van Buren County Sheriff Department was conducting security checks of local businesses while on patrol.
According Sheriff Carter, Dep. Bullard witnessed two suspects who … Read More


Tennessee Tech ROTC program discontinued by the U.S. Army

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

High school graduates who hope to become tomorrow’s commissioned officers will soon have to consider universities other than Tennessee Tech, as the school is one of three Tennessee universities slated to have its Army ROTC program discontinued over the next two years.
Earlier this month, the Army announced plans to cut 13 ROTC programs nationwide by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
In making their decision, the Army cited an effort to make more efficient use of available resources while maintaining a presence in every state, as well as consideration of total enrollment and number of officers commissioned annually.
Karl F. Schneider, acting assistant secretary of the … Read More


Rivalry game has playoff implications

Posted on October 31, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warriors versus Cavaliers. Warrior Stadium will be the place to be Friday night. The annual rivalry game between WCHS and Cookeville has much more at stake this season. Second place in the district and a home playoff game will be on the line when the two long-time rivals meet. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

The first game White County High School ever played on the football field was against a school from Putnam County and the team from Sparta won that game.
The White County High School Warriors are hoping the current edition of the team can duplicate that feat 104 years later.
One of the … Read More


Larry Allen Sullivan

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

Larry Allen Sullivan, 63, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 26, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Sullivan was born July 22, 1950, in Spencer, to Cora Guy Sullivan and Titus Page Sullivan.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 31, 2013, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Sodom Cemetery, in Van Buren County. Visitation will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 31, at the funeral home.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Cordell Weller

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

Charles “Chuck” Cordell Weller, 47, of Dayton, Ohio, whose family is formerly of Sparta, passed away Oct. 28, 2013, in Ohio.
Mr. Weller was born April 2, 1966, in Dayton, Ohio, to Samuel Lee and Thelma Christine Henry Weller.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Allen Weller.
Survivors include his wife Kelly Weller and daughters.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time.
Burial will be in the Copeland Chapel Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Deborah Sue Monroe

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

Deborah Sue Monroe, 62, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 28, 2013.
Mrs. Monroe was born Oct. 26, 1951, in Marion, Ohio, to James and Barbara Porterfield Fahey.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Monroe, of Flemington, Mo.; daughter, Tracy Pericht and husband, Christopher, of Sparta; grandchildren, Andrew and William Pericht, of Sparta; mother, Barbara Temple and stepfather, James “Pops,” of Marion, Ohio; stepmother, Elaine Fahey, of Worthington, Ohio; sisters, Michelle Stone, of Florida, Sheryl Baker and husband Russell, of Ohio, Carolyn Weston and husband Randy, of Ohio; and brother, Kevin Fahey and wife Tina, of Illinois.
The family will have a … Read More


Philip Hansel Franklin

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

Philip Hansel Franklin, 89, of Sparta, passed Oct. 25, 2013, NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mr. Franklin was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Marshall County, to William Floyd and Gladys Porter Franklin.
He was a retired meat salesman, avid golfer and longtime member of the Sparta Country Club.
Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of more than 69 years, Mary Todd Jackson Franklin/
Survivors include his two sons, Bill Franklin and wife Elaine, of Baxter, Jack Franklin and wife Susan, of Sparta; five grandchildren and spouses, Jack Kyle and Laura Franklin, Kristina and Mike Orsega, Lauren and Justin Roper, Philip-Todd and Rachelle Franklin, … Read More


Nannie Pearl Farley

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

Nannie Pearl Farley, 84, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 27, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Ms. Farley was born Feb. 6, 1929, in White County, to Joe and Ada Henry Farley.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews and cousins
Graveside service was 2 p.m., Oct. 29, 2013, at New Hope Cemetery. Bro. Freddie Copeland officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bessie Mae Bumbalough

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

Bessie Mae Bumbalough, 98, of Smyrna, formerly of Sparta, passed from this life Oct. 26, 2013, at Christian Care of Rutherford County.
Mrs. Bumbalough was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Putnam County, a daughter of the Seth and Biddie Daniels Bumbalough.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and worked many years as a nurse in the Sparta/Cookeville area.
Mrs. Bumbalough was preceded in death by a daughter, Billie Jean Clouse; three sons, Arnel “Bud” Walker, James Keith Walker, Clayton Jones, Jr.; and her husband, Dallas Bumbalough.
Survivors include her son, Prentice Walker, of Smyrna; two daughters, Linda Sue Hassell and husband Jay, of LaVergne; Judy … Read More


Tennessee Highway Patrol to increase patrols during Halloween

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

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott announced today that State Troopers will plan for increased patrols and conduct a variety of enforcement plans to help ensure a safe Halloween for citizens across the state.
Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween as any other day. NHTSA also noted that 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involve a drunk driver.
“We are urging motorists to … Read More


Crestella June Tate Slone

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

Crestella June Tate Slone, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 27, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Ms. Slone was born Jan. 8, 1948, in Pikeville, Ky.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 30, 2013, at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., Oct. 30, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


New face at State Farm in Sparta

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

Leah Cox

Leah Cox is settling into her new role as the new State Farm agent; filling in for Tommy Pedigo, who recently retired.
It’s been a little more than two weeks since Cox took the helm; but, she’s no stranger to the business.
“I’ve got a lot of years with State Farm,” she said.
She adds that she is excited to be a part of the Sparta community and have the opportunity to meet with existing and future clients.
“I’m hoping to provide insurance and financial services to all of White County and to the surrounding counties,” she said.
She is licensed in securities and can do … Read More


Possible TVA projects may be in the works

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

Chamber of Commerce business development consultant Lisa Norris

The Oct. 14 meeting of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce had a short agenda that highlighted a few possible new projects in the works with TVA and the introduction of the county’s new business development consultant.
According to Jody Sliger, marketing director for the Chamber, she is currently working on two grants for the purchase of 10 acres of property and finishing the road at the Upper Cumberland Regional Industrial Park.
She says TVA is offering a grant that would give a 70 percent match with the local government covering 30 percent.
Sliger also reports that she took representatives … Read More


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