Monthly Archives: March 2014

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Announces April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on March 31, 2014 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness and Enforcement Month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. This risky activity can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving, while endangering the safety of the driver, passengers, and bystanders.

In 2012, there were 3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in crashes involving distracted driving. In 2013, there were 18,761 traffic crashes including 54 fatalities as a result of distracted driving in Tennessee.

“When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. That puts lives in danger, and no one … Read More


Animal abuse registry would track offenders

Posted on March 31, 2014 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act is being considered in an effort to end the vicious cycle of animal abuse.

By establishing registration, verification and tracking requirements for animal abusers, it would be far more difficult for animal abusers to obtain animals. As it is now, animal abusers can easily continue obtaining animals and abusing them, even if they have a past of abusing animals. This bill would require animal abusers to register on an animal abuse registry, much like sex offenders. The term “animal abuser” would refer to any person who commits aggravated cruelty to animals, felony animal fighting, or bestiality.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation would maintain … Read More


Illegally using drugs during pregnancy could lead to jail time for mothers

Posted on March 31, 2014 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State legislators have discussed a bill this week that would have pregnant women who illegally use narcotic drugs during pregnancy that results in harm to the unborn child prosecuted for assault or criminal homicide.

Under present law, a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation may be considered a victim of assault or criminal homicide, however this present law does not apply for any act by a pregnant woman.

Under this bill, a woman can be prosecuted if she illegally uses narcotic drugs while pregnant if the use of these drugs harms the victim, or results in the victim becoming dependent or addicted to the drug … Read More


Illegally using drugs during pregnancy could lead to jail time for mothers

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

State legislators have discussed a bill this week that would have pregnant women who illegally use narcotic drugs during pregnancy that results in harm to the unborn child prosecuted for assault or criminal homicide.
Under present law, a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation may be considered a victim of assault or criminal homicide, however this present law does not apply for any act by a pregnant woman.
Under this bill, a woman can be prosecuted if she illegally uses narcotic drugs while pregnant if the use of these drugs harms the victim, or results in the victim becoming dependent or addicted to the drug … Read More


Life Care Center of Sparta hosts health fair for community

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

On March 28, 2014, numerous individuals attended Life Care Center of Sparta’s Community Health Fair to learn about all the resources Sparta has to offer. Numerous health care professionals presented their services to those in attendance. Henrietta Goodwin, NHC Homecare director, explains a few of these services to a couple of interested
individuals. Life Care Centers of America’s mission states they believe in being good corporate residents of the communities they serve, maintaining communications with the public and participating actively in community affairs, particularly those related to health care.


Softball picks up two more wins

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

Squaring up to bunt. Madison Gray squares around to bunt during a Warriorette softball game. WCHS is now 6-6 on the season. After traveling to Jackson County Monday, they will return home to host Cumberland County Tuesday.

Though rain cut the tournament short, the White County High School softball team was able to add two more wins to their worksheet on Friday in the Warren County Invitational held at Cane Creek Park in Cookeville.
With rain predicted for Saturday, the Warriorettes went ahead and played all three of their pool play games Friday night posting a 2-1 mark. As was forecast, rain prohibited the teams for returning for … Read More


Animal abuse registry would track offenders

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

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
The Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act is being considered in an effort to end the vicious cycle of animal abuse.
By establishing registration, verification and tracking requirements for animal abusers, it would be far more difficult for animal abusers to obtain animals. As it is now, animal abusers can easily continue obtaining animals and abusing them, even if they have a past of abusing animals. This bill would require animal abusers to register on an animal abuse registry, much like sex offenders. The term “animal abuser” would refer to any person who commits aggravated cruelty to animals, felony animal fighting, or bestiality.
Tennessee … Read More


One woman’s life was an inspiration to her family

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

Shirley England Ward and her husband Tom Ward were side by side for many years and shared a strong bond of friendship.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
When Shirley Ward passed away on Jan. 7, 2014, she left behind hearts full of warm memories of her caring spirit, her open arms and her solid faith.
JoAnn Vaughn was 11 years old when a new little sister came into her life. Her mother and father allowed JoAnn and her sister, Joyce, to name the new baby. JoAnn and Joyce named her Shirley Lou, after Shirley Temple and their beloved Aunt Lucille, and they spoiled her completely.
“Shirley was a … Read More


WCHS track team begins season at King of the Mtn.

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

The White County High School girls and boys competed in their first spring track meet on a cold Thursday night on the mountain in Crossville.
Stone Memorial hosted the first of three events, which will comprise the King of the Mountain triple crown. Each of the three events will give away medals for the top three places, gold, silver and bronze.
WCHS earned seven medals, including two for the boys and five for the girls.
Frederique Demers was the top point winner for the WCHS girls with seven points. She placed second for a silver medal in the 3200-meter, fourth place in the 800-meter and seventh in the … Read More


WCHS soccer picks up 6AAA shut-out win

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

Making a save. WCHS goalkeeper, Tommy Odom, goes up high in the front of the net to record a save and keep the shutout intact as the Warriors defeated Rhea County 5-0 in the District 6AAA opener.

The White County High School soccer team opened District 6AAA play in Sparta on Thursday against league newcomer, Rhea County.
The Warriors (2-0-1) got off to a 1-0 start in 6AAA play with the 5-0 victory over the visiting Golden Eagles.
Just five minutes into the game, WCHS took the lead and would never relinquish it. C.D. Hindenberger scored the first of his three goals in the fifth minute of the … Read More


WCHS baseball edges Upperman 2-1

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

The Warrior baseball team completed the regular season sweep of Upperman with a 2-1 win Thursday in Baxter.
All three runs scored in the contest were on solo blasts over the fence. The Warriors got the advantage with two home runs, one each from Jake Young and Ethan M. Roberts.
Upperman had one more hit in the game (8) than WCHS (7), but the Warriors had one more in the important category, runs scored. Both teams had trouble pushing runs across the plate during the game. Each team left seven runners stranded on base during the course of the contest.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when … Read More


Tennis splits with Rhea Co.

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

Returning a volley. Warrior top seed, Cole Crosland, overcame an early deficit in his match for a singles win which helped keep the WCHS boys’ tennis team perfect on the season.

The White County High School tennis team traveled to Rhea County for their first action in two weeks and came home with a split against the District 6AAA newcomer.
The Warriors eked out the 5-4 win while the Warriorettes suffered a 9-0 loss.
The win kept the WCHS boys perfect in the district and on the season.
After falling behind 4-0 in his singles match, Cole Crosland fought back and picked up the 9-7 win getting off … Read More


Johnson gets life

Posted on March 28, 2014 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

Justin Jermaine Johnson was sentenced Thursday afternoon to spend the rest of his life in prison after jurors found him guilty of shooting and killing his 9-month-old son Jayden and the boy’s 59-year-old grandmother, Maxine Caraway, on April 6, 2011.

Johnson, 24, was given three natural life sentences for two counts of murder and a charge of first degree burglary. Third Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Young also levied a consecutive 30-year sentence for a kidnapping charge in connection with Johnson forcefully removing Kaisha Caraway — his ex-girlfriend and the boy’s mother — from Maxine Caraway’s Carissa Lane home. A 5-year sentence on a weapons charge will run concurrent, … Read More


Boys’ State sponsors and candidates are announced

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

 Standing, from the left:  David Miller of Citizens Bank, James Bryant, Pete Portera, James Ray of American Legion, Alan Marsh, John Downs, Bill Loos of Sparta Rotary Club; seated, from the left: Jonathon Bohannon, Clint Cannon, Cole Vaughn, Hyle Robbins, Josh Hitchcock, and Josiah Fox; not pictured: Isiah Gardenhire and Daniel Bray; sponsors not pictured: Leah Cox of State Farm, Robert Verble of First National Bank,  Vaughn Walker of Farm Bureau Insurance


Floretta Myers Webb Grove

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

Floretta Myers Webb Grove, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2014, at her residence.
Ms. Grove was born Aug. 15, 1951, in White County, to Bill and Loriene Johnson Myers.
She was a 1969 graduate of White County High School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Will Ed Baker; and sisters, Mary Katherine Myers, Ruth Myers Tittsworth and her husband Tolley Wayne Tittsworth.
Survivors include her daughters, Christy Webb, Misty Simmons and husband Roger, all of Cookeville; son, Billy Joe Webb and wife Tina, of Sparta; grandchildren, Austin Simmons, Katie Simmons, Brayden Reece, Ethan Reece, Tristan Webb, Ellie Simmons; brothers, … Read More


Explore weather at TTU Oakley STEM Center April 12

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

Student Jack Riggsbee participates in a past STEM Safari Saturday event will be at TTU’s Millard Oakley STEM Center, in Cookeville, on April 12. Young children and their families will be able to explore the science of weather through a variety of hands-on activities.

Young learners are invited to learn about weather in a new way at Tennessee Tech University’s Millard Oakley STEM Center during the next STEM Safari Saturday April 12.
The day’s program, April Showers Bring May Flowers, will include a variety of small experiments to teach the science behind weather and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and math in young children. Exploration stations … Read More


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