Monthly Archives: April 2014

County questions fairness of city’s sewer contract

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

County and city officials are still debating a proposed sewer contract more than a year after the legal document was drafted that outlined the stipulations for providing service to the Airport Industrial Park.
During a recent joint meeting of the county’s Steering Committees, commissioner Al Klee, who serves as chairman of the Industrial Park Advisory Committee, led the discussion that lasted more than an hour, with several county officials very bluntly expressing their concerns about the contract.
Klee said Jeni Lind Brinkman, of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, had reviewed the contract and highlighted specific items that were required by TDEC.
“Anything that is not highlighted are … CONTINUED


Niko & Co. provides USDA approved poultry processing

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

The Malamatos family stands together outside their processing plant, where they provide quality, affordable poultry processing for farmers. From the left, Kelly Taylor, Steve Malamatos and Mary Malamatos

Niko & Company, a family owned business, in Walling, has recently opened its doors to provide USDA approved consistent, high-quality poultry slaughter and processing for small farms at an affordable price, in an effort to assist farmers so they can focus on marketing and selling their products.
The company, owned and operated by the Malamatos family, who moved to Tennessee six years ago, was created with the aim of aiding family farms and small poultry producers who would like to … CONTINUED


TWRA official releases name of kayaking fatality

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

embers of various emergency services departments responded to the scene of a kayaking accident, on April 23, 2014, on Calfkiller River. Rescuers had to access the two individuals through the back side of Gillen Subdivision, which borders the river.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has released information, including the names of the victim and survivor, about the April 23, 2014, kayaking accident on the Calfkiller River.
According to Dan Hicks of TWRA, Jedidiah Selby, 24, of Crossville, died when his kayak overturned and he was sucked into the draw at the base of the dam near the old water treatment plant.
Hicks states the spillway at the low head … CONTINUED


Help Our Heroes golf scramble a big success

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

A true local hero. Kevin Honaker was the celebrity guest at the Help Our Heroes Scramble played April 19th at the Sparta Country Club. The event raised more than $6,000 to be donated to Semper Fi/America’s Fund. The organization uses their funds to assist and support injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families. Honaker, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2011, played the par-3 fifth hole with each team in the scramble. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Gaynor)

Sparta Country Club played host to the Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble on Saturday, April 19th.
When it comes to the heroes mentioned in the title, … CONTINUED


Jessie Melba Conley

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

Jessie Melba Young Conley, 79, passed away April 25, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Conley was born April 30, 1934, in White County, the daughter of Vance Young and Nannie Marie Phillips.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J. C. Conley Sr.; sons, James Curtis Conley, J. C. Conley, Jr.; and sister, Pauline Jewell Simmons.
She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Elaine Conley, of Sparta; brother, Elmer Farr, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and one grandson, Jason Curtis Conley.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 29, 2014, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Clouse Cemetery. Bro. G. W. Scott will officiate. The family … CONTINUED


Warriorette tennis falls to Lady Cavs in 6AAA tourney

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

Making a play. Lacee Hitchcock, who was the lone Warriorette winner on the day, makes a play during the District 6AAA tennis tournament match against Cookeville on Thursday. The WCHS tennis players will now compete in the individual tournament beginning Wednesday at Stone Memorial.

After defeating their archrivals, the Lady Cavaliers, for the first time in at least 15 years in the regular season, the Warriorette tennis team could not follow suit in the opening round of the District 6AAA tournament.
The WCHS girls, the fourth seed, hosted Cookeville, the fifth seed, Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the tournament, which is a bit different format than the … CONTINUED


Grandel Lee Flatt

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

Grandel Lee Flatt, 78, of Spencer, passed away April 26, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mr. Flatt was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Knoxville, the son of Logan Flatt and Lora Hale Flatt.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 30, 2014, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-9 p.m., April 29, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30, at the funeral home.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Warriorette softball suffers two more 6AAA losses

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

Tagging the runner. Warriorette first baseman, Amber Hudgens, dives to make the tag on a Stone Memorial base runner trying to get back to the base. WCHS was defeated 4-0 by the Lady Panthers. The Warriorettes wrap up the regular season Monday at Rhea County.

After winning three of their first four District 6AAA games, the White County High School softball team has found the going tough lately having lost their last four league games.
Offensive woes continue to haunt the Warriorettes as they were shutout 4-0 by Stone Memorial on Wednesday at home and then were defeated 11-1 at Warren County on Thursday.
On senior night against … CONTINUED


Two are arrested after hit and run crashes

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

Sparta Police and White County Sheriff Department have arrested two White County residents after a reported string of hit-and-run crashes.
According to a report by Deputy Chris Clayburn, of White County Sheriff Department, at approximately 7:23 p.m. on April 17, 2014, he was dispatched to the scene of a hit and run accident at the Highway 84 Market.
A witness told Clayburn the vehicle struck a curb at the edge of the parking lot, then went over the curb, before striking a blue telephone booth and its support pole.
The vehicle then crossed over Ray Broyles Road and into a field across from the store. According to the … CONTINUED


Walton’s art featured at US Bank

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

Karen Bumbalough Walton stands beside one of her inspired works of art.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
A present tucked under the Christmas tree gave a little girl the tools she needed to become the artist she is today.
Karen Bumbalough Walton remembers opening her Christmas present to find a complete art set she could use to experiment with her natural talent.
“When I was about 10 years old, I got my first art set for Christmas,” she said. “I thought I had a treasure. I almost didn’t want to use it because I would just sit and look at it. It came with a little book that … CONTINUED


WCSD confirms identity of human remains

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

Detective Chris Isom of the White County Sheriff Department has confirmed the identity of human remains discovered recently in White County as those of John Howard Shoemaker III, 36, of Sparta.
The remains were uncovered in an undisclosed location in White County on the evening of Thurs., April 10, 2014, however, because of the nature of the investigation, the department was unable to release the identity of the deceased until now.
The department is continuing its investigation, and information about the location or suspected cause of death cannot be released at this time.
Along with WCSD, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the case.


Results from Tullahoma meet

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

A few members of the White County High School track and field team were in action Saturday at the Midstate Invitational in Tullahoma.
The junior/senior prom at WCHS diminished the number of local athletes competing, but several of the ones who were in action made good showings.
Coach David Bruce commented, “We had a good meet at Tullahoma even though several girls stayed home to get ready for the prom and several other boys and girls left early. The day seemed hot compared to the rest of our meets and that heat seemed to be a problem for our kids. Between, the heat, prom and battling some pulled … CONTINUED


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