Monthly Archives: March 2014

World-class juggler

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

North Sparta Church of God presents a special children’s service with world-class juggler Nathan Dorrell (aka The Crazy Tie Man) at 11 a.m., March 30, at the church, 335 N. Spring St., in Sparta. Lunch will follow the service. For more information call (931) 265-1777.

This Week in White County History

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Downtown Sparta, in 1909, looking east

•Central Church of Christ burned the note on their last indebtedness after making their last payment.
•The Department of Housing and Urban Development approved Sparta as a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program.
•Sherry Qualls and Glen Jared were named DECA students of the year for the sixth district.
•J. Michael Mullis, who had been hired as an industrial consultant, compiled a book of data prospective industries usually seek and arranged it in a quick reference guide to Sparta and White County.
•Dr. Harold Andrews announced that after 40 years, he would be retiring his medical practice.
•The United … Read More

Billy Royce Johnson

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Royce Johnson, 79, of Sparta, passed March 23, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mr. Johnson was born April 25, 1934, in Sparta, to Alex and Nodi Winstead Johnson.
He was a retired truck driver for the White County Highway Department.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rave Nell Hutchings Johnson; son, Kendell Johnson; brother Fred Leslie Johnson; and sister, Jo Nell Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Joy Johnson; children, David Mayfield, Duane Mayfield, Caron Mayfield; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 26, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial … Read More

Abbie Christine Crawford Johnson

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Abbie Christine Crawford Johnson, 91 of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2014, at the NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Johnson was born Dec. 4, 192,2 in the Todd Town community of Cumberland County, to Albert B. and Josie R. Scott Crawford.
She worked at the old Sparta Shirt Factory for 36 years, Sutton’s for 10 years and also delivered newspapers for The Expositor for 15 years until her retirement.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Johnson; four sons, Raymond Edward, Larry Rawleigh, William Nathan, Bruce Dewayne; grandson, Robert M. “Tooter” Johnson; sister, Billie Ruth McBride; and daughter-in-law, Claudette Johnson.… Read More

Valerie Jessup Wiist

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Valerie Jessup Wiist, 64, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Wiist was born Aug. 30, 1949, in Winchester, Ind., to Max E. and Nadine B. Blansett Jessup.
She was a former nursing home cafeteria worker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Wiist, and a sister, Patricia Piercey.
Survivors include her daughter, Becky Shockley and husband Ski; son Shawn Wiist; daughter, Dee Williams and husband Tracy;
daughter-in-law: Kristi Bridges; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 25, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Ray … Read More

Margaret Alberta Wilhite Gardner

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Margaret Alberta Wilhite Gardner, 79, passed away quietly March 25, 2014, at NHC Healthcare Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Gardner was born Feb. 8, 1935, the daughter of Bill Wilhite and Ollie Belle Tallent Wilhite, of White County.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Sam Kirk Gardner; and brother, Joe Wilhite.
She was survived by her loving husband, Sam B. Gardner, of Sparta; brothers, Bobby Wilhite, J.B. Wilhite; daughter in law, Sharon Gardner, of Salem, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Sarah Rachel Gardner, and Samuel Nathan Gardner of Salem, Ill.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 29, 201, at Athens Church of Christ, with burial in … Read More

Rosa Nell Carter

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosa Nell Carter, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 22, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mrs. Carter was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Sparta, the daughter of Hershel Jenkins and Notie Jane Rose.
Survivors include her son, Robert D. Lamb and wife Debbie, of Sparta; son, Kenneth Dale Lamb, of Sparta; granddaughter, Becky Sims and husband Brandon, of Sparta; brothers, Wallace Jenkins, of Sparta, Arthur Jenkins and wife Mildred, of Sparta, John Thomas Jenkins and wife Irene, of Milwaukee, Wis.; sisters, Geneva Keathley, of Hendersonville, Notie Jo Robinson and husband of Jimmy, of Sparta; great-grandson, Mitchell Lamb, of Sparta; great-granddaughters, Haily Lam, Alayna Sims, both of … Read More

Baseball team falls to arch rival Cookeville 9-5

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County Baseball team fell to arch rival Cookeville 9-5 Thursday night in Cumberland County.
“We have got to stop letting things that we can’t control dictate the game,” head coach Shaun Floyd said. “We’ve got to sure some things up, we’ve got to learn that we can win. We can win, we just have to believe.”
The Cavaliers led the Warriors led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. WCHS was forced to take out starter Darin Cole due to injury after only two and one-thirds inning.
Cole gave up two runs on four hits and striking out one. One of the hits given up … Read More

Van Buren leaders are planning to sell 157 acres

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
Van Buren County Commission addressed a relief program, Van Buren County Ambulance Service write-offs, equal distribution of local option sales tax, land sales, and new business during the March 18 meeting.
The commission addressed a resolution to encourage the Tennessee General Assembly to fully fund the state tax relief program for the disabled and elderly property owners of Tennessee. The resolution would affect disabled and elderly citizens who meet a certain base income level. Through this resolution, many individuals in the past have been able to remain homeowners. The resolution passed.
The Van Buren Ambulance Service addressed the commission about $35,471.11 from 2006 … Read More

WCHS softball team loses to Livingston Academy

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Baylee Bain gets ready to lay down a bunt during a recent Warriorette softball game.

White County High School softball team took a 7-1 loss this past Friday when they traveled to Livingston to take on Livingston Academy.
The Warriorettes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
“We had an early lead backed by consistent pitching,” head coach Erin Replogle said. “They scored a few runs on a few errors. We just have to cut down on errors, and stay away from allowing big innings.”
Baylee Bain reached on an error by Livingston shortstop, Jamie Wilson. Bain scored after a two-out single … Read More

Relay For Life fish fry

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

“Wenda’s Warriors” will be hosting a fish fry beginning at 11 a.m., March 29, and continuing until all the fish is gone. The event will be at 278 Oakwood Street. The fish plate will include fish, white or pinto beans, cornbread, cole slaw, dessert and a drink, all for $10. Other items are a fish sandwich will be $5; bowl of beans and cornbread, $3; barbecue sandwich, $5; and all drinks $1. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in White County.

Firefighters encouraging community fitness with workout program

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Men, women, boys and girls are all participating in the fitness classes.

On a recent Thursday night, the Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department parking lot was completely packed with cars, but there was no fire or emergency call.
The volunteer firefighters were simply leading one of their workout classes held three times weekly at the department.
Tammy Kay Gongaware, who serves as the class instructor, begins the workout by reminding everyone to breathe, and encouraging them with the message of the day: You can’t be upset about what you didn’t achieve with the work you didn’t do.
Gongaware, who points out that she is not a personal trainer, … Read More

5th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race set for April 19 in Sparta

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bikers get ready to begin their travels across the beautiful White County countryside.

A bike race that has been dedicated to the memory of a man whose goal in life was to help Sparta once again become a thriving community is set for April 19 with the starting point for all races in the downtown area.
The 5th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race will be April 19, 2014. The race starts on North Main Street, at 9 a.m., with bikers traveling out Highway 84 to the Cherry Creek community. The race will end around 12:30 p.m.
Shafer, who owned a business in Sparta and had been an … Read More

Officials release information on stabbing death

Posted on March 24, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Authorities have released information on the stabbing of a Putnam County couple, a case that has made national headlines and has White County ties.
In a media briefing, Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews stated that Courtney Cash, her boyfriend William Austin Johnson and Wayne Masciarella, who Andrews describes as a friend of the couple, had been out together. Andrews says the three returned to the couple’s Baxter home, on Rice Road, near the northern White County line, sometime between 3 and 4 a.m.
A struggle reportedly took place, which ended in the stabbing of Cash and Johnson.
Andrews states that White County Sheriff Department received a 911 call … Read More

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