Monthly Archives: March 2014

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


Governor Haslam proclaims Vietnam Veterans Day

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

An unidentified soldier helps a White County resident search for the name of Thurman Shockley Jr. on the “The Moving Wall” that contains the names of those who died in the Vietnam War. The “Wall” was on display during White County’s Bicentennial and was a time of remembrance for those who had lost loved ones while serving their country overseas. Shockley was the first casualty from White County in the Vietnam War.
(Photo by Kim Swindell Wood)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced March 29, 2014 as Vietnam Veterans Day to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men … Read More


Two-vehicle crash lands Sparta man behind bars

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

A late night two-vehicle crash has sent two to the hospital with injuries and has one Sparta man charged with DUI and vehicular assault.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on March 21, at midnight, Patrolman Mike Honaker was dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at Highway 111 and Roosevelt Drive.
Honaker’s report states he made contact with Ryan Charles Lancaster, 25, of Sparta.
According to Honaker’s report, Lancaster appeared to be under the influence. Honaker described Lancaster as having “red eyes and unsteady on his feet.” He also states Lancaster reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person.
Honaker requested that Lancaster submit … Read More


County’s first female director of schools makes a difference

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

Sandra Crouch, White County’s first female director of schools, still loves to see the smiles on students’ faces when they learn something new.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 1,984 of the 13,728 superintendents/directors of school in the nation are women, despite the fact that women make up 72 percent of all K-12 educators.
When Sandra Crouch became the director of schools in White County, she made history as the first female director of schools in White County history.
“Although it was a ‘first’ for White County, nine of the 19 directors in the Upper Cumberland are female,” Crouch said. “On … Read More


Donald Lee Woody Sr.

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

Donald Lee Woody Sr., 64, of Sparta, passed away March 26, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mr. Woody was born Nov. 13, 1949, in Sparta, to Hazel Ruth Woody Bryant.
He was preceded in death by the parents that raised him after his mother’s death, Rettie and Floyd Woody Sr.
Survivors include his two daughters, Reba Lorene Parrish and husband Jeff, of Walling, Jeanie Marie Williams, of Spencer; Donald Lee Woody Jr., of Sparta; and five grandchildren, Zackary Peterman, Kayla Woody, Tyler Woody, Shaynah Woody and Gracie Williams
A gathering of friends will be 6-8 p.m., March 29, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will … Read More


Comptroller’s office says Putnam County property assessor took public funds for personal benefit

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

Travis Roberts reportedly spent county funds totaling $754 to purchase at least 31 premium ink pens and mechanical pencils, averaging more than $24 each.

State officials have released the audit that details the allegations against Putnam County Assessor of Property Travis Roberts who was once employed at the White County Courthouse.
Roberts, who was still serving his first term, had worked at White County’s assessor of property office during the period of time he was campaigning for the office of Putnam County assessor.
During a recent audit of the Putnam County office, comptroller investigators reviewed selected records. According to a news release issued March 27, 2014, from Justin … Read More


TWRA, White County K-9 unit find drug activity at Big Bottom

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

A search on a recreational vehicle near the Big Bottom area of White County by a sheriff department K-9 team has detected drug activity and led to a continuing investigation.
According to Detective Craig Capps, at 2 p.m. on March 21, he received a call from Sgt. Jon Ryan, of Tennessee Wildlife Resources, about reported drug activity.
A camper RV was reportedly parked on private property in the Big Bottom area, and the property owner believed drug activity was being conducted in the RV, which the property owner wanted removed from the property.
Det. Capps states the property owner gave him permission to come on to the property … Read More


Baptist executive brings “Salvation Bell” to White County Courthouse on April 7

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

Randy C. Davis will be traveling to all 95 Tennessee counties during the next 12 months to lead prayer rallies in or on the steps of courthouses in every county seat town.

Since his election as executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010, Randy C. Davis has crisscrossed the state hundreds of times.
2014 will be no different, except he will be traveling to all 95 Tennessee counties during the next 12 months to lead prayer rallies in or on the steps of courthouses in every county seat town. Among the first of these rallies will be at White County Courthouse, in Sparta, at 11 a.m., … Read More


Sarah Louise Strong

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

Sarah Louise Strong, 79, of Sparta, formerly of Clarion County, Pa., passed away March 21, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Strong was born Aug. 6, 1934 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
She was the daughter of the late Harold Webb and the late Thelma Hahn and the wife of Thomas Strong. Mrs. Strong was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparta.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ralph Webb.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, William Miller and wife Rebecca, of Payson, Ariz., Jeffery Miller and wife Joyce, of Sparta, Daniel Miller, of San Diego, … Read More


Mary Ellen Simmons Crump

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

Mary Ellen Simmons Crump, 80, of Quebeck, passed away March 25, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Crump was born Nov. 28, 1933, in White County, to George and Ora Green Simmons.
She was a former RCA Thompson Employee, in Marion, Ind., and retired from the Cookeville Golden Corral. She attended Doyle Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Crump; son, William Ernest Roberts; sister, Elizabeth Bradley; and brothers, Charles Simmons, Arliss Simmons and Jackie M. Simmons.
Survivors include her son, Jeff Roberts and wife Sandy of Fowlerton, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Deborah Roberts, of McMinnville; grandchildren, Donovan Roberts, Terence Roberts … Read More


17th annual Easter Egg Hunt set for April 12

Posted on March 26, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
On April 12, 2014, the 17th annual Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration for the children of White County will be at Doyle Elementary School
Activities will be available for all children up to 11 years of age, or fifth grade. Everything at the event is free; the event is based upon the premise that every child will have access to every portion of the event, regardless of money.
This year, the event will offer free food, bounce house, a live performance by Just Sayin’, face-painting, balloon animals, as well as an Easter egg hunt. Each year, approximately 4,000 eggs are hidden.
The … Read More


Sparks hired as instructor/coordinator for state fire academy

Posted on March 26, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jason Sparks

It’s been 20 years since Jason Sparks began his fire service career with Sparta Fire Department, but growing up with his father Carl Sparks, chief of Hickory Valley Fire Department, there’s not a time he doesn’t remember being around a fire department.
All those years of service are now paying off, as he has been chosen for a prestigious position with the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy.
Sparks began his career as an explorer with Sparta Fire Department exactly 20 years ago, in March 1994, at the age of 16. It was a natural progression for him after growing up at Hickory Valley Volunteer … Read More


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