Monthly Archives: April 2014

Diane Berger visited Fort Michilimackinac

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

When Diane Berger visited Fort Michilimackinac, in Michigan, a seed was planted that would soon take her career in an entirely new direction.

“About three months later, I was sitting at work, and this dialogue starts coming into my head about an 18th century British soldier,” Berger said. “This drove me nuts for about two weeks, and finally I said to my husband, ‘Hon, if I tell you something, do you promise not to laugh?’ He said, ‘Yeah. What is it?’ I said, ‘I think I need to write a book,’”

In September 2009, Berger began her debut novel – The Lieutenant’s Wife. The novel follows a history … Read More


General Sessions Court for White County, on March 7, 2014

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The following cases were heard in the General Sessions Court for White County, on March 7, 2014

Initial appearance

•Steven Austin: simple poss/casual exchange

•Gary Ray Berry: Driving while license revoked, seat belt 18 and over, financial responsibility law

•Eric Jeffery Biles: DUI first offense, poss unlaw drug paraphernalia uses & activities, speeding

•Patrick Shawn Brewington: fugitive from justice misdemeanor

•David A. Colglazier: domestic assault

•William Gordon Cornett, Jr.: Public intoxication, resist stop/arrest/search, disorderly conduct

•Roger Keith Crenshaw: Leave scene of accident property damage X2, vehicle entering through highway or stop intersection X3

•Christopher A. Denney: Driving while license revoked

•Kimberly A. Dodd: Probation violation

•James R. Fisk: … Read More


This Week in White County History

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County Courthouse - 1898

1974
•Mary Lee, age 3, posed for a picture for The Expositor with a scarf she got from Elvis at his concert in Knoxville. During the show, Elvis knelt in front of her, sang “Love Me,” and then presented her with the white scarf he was wearing.
•Mike Ryan was named principal of Doyle Elementary School.
•The Sparta Unit of the Tennessee National Guard was active in riot training activities in different areas of town as part of a drill to quell mock riots.
1984
•The eastern wall of the Farmers Tobacco Warehouse collapsed in the face of gusty winds from severe thunderstorms.… Read More


Sparta author releases her first book

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Diane Berger publishes her first book, The Lieutenant’s Wife.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
When Diane Berger visited Fort Michilimackinac, in Michigan, a seed was planted that would soon take her career in an entirely new direction.
“About three months later, I was sitting at work, and this dialogue starts coming into my head about an 18th century British soldier,” Berger said. “This drove me nuts for about two weeks, and finally I said to my husband, ‘Hon, if I tell you something, do you promise not to laugh?’ He said, ‘Yeah. What is it?’ I said, ‘I think I need to write a book,’”
In September 2009, … Read More


Dockets for White County General Sessions Court

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

March 7, 2014
Initial appearance
•Steven Austin: simple poss/casual exchange
•Gary Ray Berry: Driving while license revoked, seat belt 18 and over, financial responsibility law
•Eric Jeffery Biles: DUI first offense, poss unlaw drug paraphernalia uses & activities, speeding
•Patrick Shawn Brewington: fugitive from justice misdemeanor
•David A. Colglazier: domestic assault
•William Gordon Cornett, Jr.: Public intoxication, resist stop/arrest/search, disorderly conduct
•Roger Keith Crenshaw: Leave scene of accident property damage X2, vehicle entering through highway or stop intersection X3
•Christopher A. Denney: Driving while license revoked
•Kimberly A. Dodd: Probation violation
•James R. Fisk: DUI first offense, reckless endangerment, DL to be carried & exhibited
•Debra Diane Gribble: … Read More


Life Care celebrates resident artist

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary “Mildred” Wright discovers her talent as a painter at Life Care.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
Mary “Mildred” Wright did not always know that she was an artist.
When Wright was young, the extent of her artistic endeavors involved drawing pictures for her children to color in lieu of buying them coloring books. Now Mildred is known as Life Care’s local artist.
When Wright came to Life Care she attended a painting class, but she could not concentrate with so much going on. For a little artistic solitude, she purchased her own supplies and began painting in her room.
Wright enjoys painting on canvases and objects – … Read More


Gladys Flatt, wife of bluegrass legend Lester Flatt, has passed away

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Pictured, in October 2002, in front of the monument in downtown Sparta that is dedicated to Lester Flatt is (l-r) Tammy Herren Brumfield, granddaughter of Gladys and Lester Flatt; Matthew Brumfield, Tammy's son; and Gladys Flatt.

A petite and beautiful dark-haired woman whose endearing stories of her late husband Lester Flatt kept everyone mesmerized as she recalled their lives together has now passed on to rejoin the man she always talked about with fondness.
Gladys Flatt, who was 98 when she passed away on March 31, 2014, has left an indelible mark on the Sparta community. She will forever be known as the wife of bluegrass legend Lester … Read More


White County resident killed in DeKalb crash

Posted on April 1, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The remains of a 1997 Honda Civic after a collision that took the life of Jeremy Vick sit at final rest in the westbound lanes of Highway 70, in DeKalb County. The three-vehicle crash occurred March 28 at approximately 11:30 p.m. (Photo by Dwayne Page, WJLE)

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 70 in DeKalb County has taken the life of a young Sparta resident.
According to a report by Sgt. Eric McCormick, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, on March 28, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 2005 Ford Mustang, driven by Joshua Smith, of Morrison, was traveling east on Highway 70.
As he slowed to make a left turn into … Read More


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