Monthly Archives: January 2014

THP plans sobriety checkpoint

Posted on January 31, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in White County on Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoint is highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills ore than 16,000 people and injures over 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and take corrective action for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


Donald Lee Trusty

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donald Lee Trusty, age 51, of Walling, passed away Jan. 22, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Trusty was born May 6, 1962, in Sparta, a son of Marie Felton Trusty and Glyn Trusty.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Trusty was preceded in death by his father; a nephew, Timothy Trusty; grandparents, Haskel and Lerah Belle Trusty and J.W. and Cleatis Felton; and one stepson, Lee Slatten.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Renee Trusty, of Walling; son, Anthony David McArdle, U.S. Air Force, of Italy; Nicholas Trusty and wife Chelsea, of Cookeville; stepdaughter, Jessica Harden, of Sparta; five other stepdaughters; brother, Alan … Read More


Brittany Ann Farley Johnson

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Brittany Ann Farley Johnson, 29, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 26, 2014.
Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 18, 1984, in Cookeville, the daughter of Dale Farley and Karen Foster Farley.
She was a kindergarten teacher at Findlay Elementary. She played basketball and tennis at White County High School and basketball at Roane State Community College where she graduated with an associate degree, and later she graduated from TTU with a bachelor’s degree.
She was a member of the church of Christ at Cumberland Heights.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her grandparents, Barbara Clee Davis Foster and Haskell Farley and Bessie Williams Farley.
Survivors include her parents, … Read More


TVA clarifies energy conservation requests

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Recent bitterly cold weather that has taken a toll on Sparta and White County, as well as surrounding cities and states, has precipitated the issuance of a statement by Tennessee Valley Authority to clarify when and how officials will ask for the public to conserve electricity.
According to Jim Hopson, who handles TVA’s public relations, Tennessee Valley Authority has experienced three rounds of extreme cold during the month of January, including the cold snap that was experienced the past few days.
According to Hopson, each of these events significantly increased electricity demand and placed a strain of TVA’s power distribution system, which supports about 9 million people throughout … Read More


Man indicted for theft of money from fundraiser

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeffery Todd Burke

A man who had been indicted in Smith County for allegedly stealing $11,000 in fundraising collections from a youth football league last fall has now been indicted in White County on similar allegations.
According to the case’s lead investigator, Detective Chris Isom of the White County Sheriff Department, in August 2013, Jeffery Todd Burke, of Cookeville, who served as a middleman between the Warrior Football League and a fundraiser company, took a large sum of money, reportedly more than $16,000, from the league that was supposed to be turned over to the fundraiser company for cookie dough the football players sold to raise money for … Read More


Crash closes Highway 111 during 12-degree weather

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hwy 111 crash. At approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 28, while bundled up in heavy coats and hats to keep warm in the 12-degree weather, Sparta Police, Sparta Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Services and Sparta-White County Rescue Squad responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 111 at Walker Cove Road. The Rescue Squad performed a minor extrication. The southbound lanes of Highway 111 were blocked as rescue workers aided the victims and cleared the scene of debris. Details of the crash were not available at press time and will be in the Feb. 3 edition of The Expositor.


17 days with an angel

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David Simmons holds his son, Sawyer.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
As Becky Simmons slept sitting upright in bed, she cradled baby Sawyer in her arms. Although Sawyer was only days old, he began experiencing episodes in which he would cease breathing and his eyes would roll back in his head. Becky held him close, hoping that if she were holding him during an episode, it would wake her.
That night as she held him, she dreamt of her grandfather, who had been a monumental part of her life.
“My Papa came into my dream and said, ‘I’m holding his soul. I’m holding his soul,’” Becky said.
When … Read More


Ray William Boyd

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ray William “Billy Ray” Boyd, 82, of Smyrna, formerly of Spencer, passed away Jan. 25, 2014, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Mr. Boyd was born March 30, 1932, in Radford, Va., a son of Troy Jefferson and Nannie Plotner Boyd.
He was a faithful member of the church of Christ, serving as a minister more than 40 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by a son, Troy W. Boyd; a brother, Lorne Boyd; and two sisters, Joyce and Madeline.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Boyd, of Smyrna; daughter, Charlene Wilson and husband David, of … Read More


Deborah “Debbie” Ann Goodwin Davis

Posted on January 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Goodwin Davis, 60, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 26, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after a long illness with cancer.
Ms. Davis was born July 17, 1953, in Cookeville, to Robert Arvil Goodwin and Treva Lafever Goodwin.
She was employed at Fleet Guard, in Cookeville.
Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Dawn Davis, of Cookeville; her three grandchildren, Navada Davis, Destiny Streit, Diesel Powers, of Cookeville; brother David Goodwin and wife Henrietta, of Sparta; aunts, Alice Lorene Alison, Cleo Sliger Goodwin, both of Sparta; uncle, Kenneth LaFever, of Richmond, Ind.; two stepsons, Ben Ruffalo, of Virginia, Tony Ruffalo, of Des Moines, Iowa; … Read More


WCHS dominates the other WCHS

Posted on January 29, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

2014 Homecoming. White County High School is celebrating basketball homecoming this week culminating with Friday night’s game against Stone Memorial at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. Prior to the girls’ game (at approximately 5:45 p.m.), the homecoming court will be presented highlighted by Mr. and Miss Basketball, Dalton Nash and Loren Foster (center, holding the basketballs). Other members of the court are (l to r): sophomore attendants - Mitchell Lamb and Logan Quillen; senior attendants - Christian Nash and Kelsey Roberts; Nash and Foster; junior attendants - Cole Vaughn and Bella Taylor; and freshman attendants - Cole Crosland and Deandra Luna.

Driving by. Cade Crosland drives by a Warren County

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WCMS girls advance to CTC semis

Posted on January 29, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County Middle School eighth grade Warriorettes earned a spot in the Central Tennessee Conference semifinals with their opening round win over host, Coffee County.
The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Raiders 40-37 on Monday. The Warriors were scheduled to play Tuesday, but that game was postponed until Wednesday due to the weather. The results from that were not available at press time.
A 17-point second quarter keyed the victory for the Warriorettes against Coffee County.
The inside game of the Warriorettes paced the win as Hannah Leftwich and Megan Sparkman tossed in 10 each. Cassie Randolph added seven Paige Parker netted five and Tia Leftwich chipped in … Read More


TVA asks consumers for voluntary reduction in power use

Posted on January 28, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The extreme cold weather has caused an unexpected demand of power. TVA has issued a “Step 20” Power Alert and is asking all electric power consumers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible through the duration of the extreme cold temperatures
The voluntary reduction is needed to help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout the region and avoid interruptions in service. TVA is using all available resources, and along with Caney Fork Electric Cooperative and Sparta Electric System, is working around the clock to make power available to consumers. Both local utilities are cutting back on power use in their facilities … Read More


Billy Dale Wallace

Posted on January 27, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Dale Wallace, 76, of Spencer, passed away at his residence on Jan. 23, 2014.
Mr. Wallace was born Oct. 20, 1937, in White County.
He was a retired contractor and farmer and a member of the Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Martin Wallace and his mother, Ollie Belle Wallace.
Survivors include his wife, Laura A. Evans Wallace, of Spencer; stepson, Daniel R. Perkins, of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Lynn Wallace, of Brentwood; mother-in-law, Ginny Evans; brother-in-law, Robert Evans and wife Barbara; sister-in-law Virginia Evans, of Nashville; niece, Sherri Wallace Cash and husband Scott, of Brentwood; niece, Stacie Wallace McMahan and husband … Read More


Classmates reconnect after 61 years

Posted on January 27, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anita and David Spainhower

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
When New Yorker Anita Spainhower sought retirement, she looked to Tennessee for a new home. She visited a few towns, but none seemed to be the right fit—Sparta was a different story.
“We were impressed with Sparta as we came through,” Anita said. “We did a little house shopping and made a deal to buy a house that same day.”
To remain active in her high school class reunions, Anita created a MyLife page to get in touch with old classmates. David Spainhower recognized Anita from high school on her profile, and the two began emailing and calling. The … Read More


Reba Nell Pullum

Posted on January 27, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Reba Nell Pullum, 88, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2014, at her home.
Mrs. Pullum was born May 13, 1925, the daughter of Ada and Lonzo Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesse Albert Pullum; son, Michael Albert Pullum; and brothers and sisters, Vestal, Willie, Pauline, Raymond, Hollis, Clayton, Bessie and David (Dee) Williams.
She is survived by one sister, Wilma Judd, of Cookeville; her children; Carolyn Farris and husband Royce, Rick Pullum and wife Pam; daughter-in-law, Judy Pullum; six grandchildren, Bryce Pullum, Wayne Farris, Cameron Farris, Katie Roberts, Jerry Pullum and wife Laura, Jacoby Farris and Lisa Manus; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse Pullum, … Read More


J.C. Cantrell

Posted on January 27, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J.C. Cantrell, 72, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2014, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 16, 1941, in Sparta, to William Norman and Emma Kirby Cantrell.
He owned and operated Cantrell’s Service Station in Sparta for more than 32 years.
Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dude William Cantrell; and four sisters, Ellen, Bertha, Willietta and Bernice.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Faye Jones Cantrell, of Sparta; daughters, Kim Cantrell Eller, of Sparta, Sherry Cantrell Wilkerson and husband Randy, of Sparta; and grandsons, Alex Eller and A.J. Wilkerson.
Funeral service was 3 p.m., Jan. 26, … Read More


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