Monthly Archives: April 2014

Jimmie Clark Scott

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

Jimmie Clark Scott, 73, of Quebeck, passed away April 24, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Scott was born Sept. 27, 1940, in White County, to Ambroce Dudley and Jenny Lee Ledford Scott.
He was a retired riverboat engineer.
Survivors include his brother, Gordon R. Scott, of Quebeck; sister, Brenda J. Cantrell, of McMinnville; nephew, David R. Scott, and many more; and niece, Denine Scott, and many more.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 27, 2014, at Doyle Nazarene Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m., April 26, at the funeral home, and 1-2 p.m., April 27, at the church. Bro. … Read More


White County High School hosts “First Senior Meeting” for the Class of 2015

Posted on April 25, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

April 4, 2014, was a very exciting time for White County High School upcoming seniors and their parents.
WCHS hosted its first ever “First Senior Meeting.” The meeting consisted of a wealth of information to help aid the students in making early plans for their upcoming senior year and post-secondary opportunities. The event ran concurrent with the White County High School Parent-Teacher Conference to better accommodate parents and other family members.
The meeting was held 5-7 p.m. and consisted of a general sessions meeting the first hour and then two additional breakout sessions 6-7 p.m. The general sessions meeting featured several different speakers addressing such topics as: upcoming … Read More


Whitson joins police department

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

 City officials welcome Sparta’s newest police officer during an oath of office ceremony at the April 17, 2014, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. From the left are aldermen Jim Floyd, Dr. Chad Griffin, Hoyt Jones, Mayor Jeff Young, Patrolman Will Whitson, alderwoman Judy Payne, and alderman Bobby Officer.


Cassville breakfast is April 26

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

Cassville Volunteer Fire Department will have a ham breakfast 6-10 a.m., April 26, at the fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane. The meal will include biscuits and gravy, ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, fried potatoes orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. They deliver orders of five or more. Call (931) 761-2476.


Town Hill Bicycle Shop to recruit area cyclists

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

Danny and Chris Green keep bicycles in tip-top shape.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
raela@myspartanews.com
According to a 2011 article by John Pucher et al. concerning a North American bicycling renaissance in the United States and Canada, western states have the highest rates, while southern states have extremely low rates of bicycling.
Despite this, Danny and Chris Green, who have been cyclists since the 1980s, believe that states like Tennessee have a landscape perfect for biking.
“The roads here are beautiful,” Danny said. “They’re smooth, and the countryside and mountains are awesome. You’ve got climbers and flat roads. It’s great.”
Danny and Chris opened the doors of Town Hill … Read More


Lunch time crash sends one to Highlands

Posted on April 24, 2014 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

White County EMS, Sparta Police and Sparta Fire Department respond to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 111 at the intersection of Roosevelt Drive at approximately 12 p.m. where one vehicle’s occupant was transported to Highlands Medical Center. More information will be released when it becomes available.


White County resident issued written warning for bike race protest

Posted on April 24, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

The Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race brings hundreds of cyclists to Sparta each year. Although many businesses appreciate the boost their businesses experience, one business owner was issued a written warning during an attempt to protest the race.

According to the warning issued by Tennessee Highway Patrol, Harvie Johnson, who owns U Need It Archery, was issued a written warning by THP for violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-123, driving on roadways zoned for traffic, when he reportedly drove his tractor with a large disc on the back on the roadway on which the cyclists were racing in a reported attempt to disrupt the race by blocking … Read More


Kayaker reportedly drowns in Calfkiller River

Posted on April 24, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

A kayaker has reportedly died in the Calfkiller River after an accident, on April 23, 2014, near the old water plant.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. when emergency workers were dispatched to the scene to rescue two kayakers who had reportedly gone under water.

Rescue workers from Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Sparta Fire Department, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and investigators with Sparta Police Department responded to staging areas set up on Oakland Drive and North Main Street.

As members of the rescue squad traversed the rugged terrain behind Oakland Drive to reach the river, response was canceled as the two victims were pulled from the water and … Read More


Two county chase ends in arrest of Sparta man

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

A Sparta man has been arrested after he allegedly endangered the life of his pregnant passenger by reportedly leading officers on a two-county pursuit.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Groce, On April 16 at approximately 11:15 p.m., while traveling on Cotton Road, he passed a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the roadway.
Trp. Groce reports that he turned around and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The vehicle did not stop, according to Groce, and led Groce on a pursuit on Hodges Bridge Road into Van Buren County.
After traveling approximately 1.5 miles on Bald Knob Mountain … Read More


Woman arrested for attempting to pass a forged prescription

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

Sparta police have arrested a Sparta woman who they allege has attempted to fill a prescription for a greater amount of pills than her dentist had prescribed to her.
According to a report by Officer Brent Copeland, on April 14, at approximately 4:14 p.m., he was dispatched to Walgreens in response to a reported altered prescription.
Upon his arrival, the pharmacist reportedly told Officer Copeland that Tracy Woodward, of Sparta, had brought in a prescription to be filled for 45 Percocet pills from Hayes Dentistry of Cookeville.
The pharmacist reportedly believed Woodward had changed the prescription, and a phone call to the dentist allegedly confirmed the suspicions of … Read More


White County resident issued written warning for bike race protest

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

The 5th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race was held April 19, with several hundred participants converging on downtown Sparta. Within a short time after beginning the race, bikers were met with some obstacles on their scenic route.

The Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race brings hundreds of cyclists to Sparta each year. Although many businesses appreciate the boost their businesses experience, one business owner was issued a written warning during an attempt to protest the race.
According to the warning issued by Tennessee Highway Patrol, Harvie Johnson, who owns U Need It Archery, was issued a written warning by THP for violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-123, … Read More


Gaspare Edgar Taormina

Posted on April 23, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gaspare Edgar Taormina, 75 of Sparta, formerly of Detroit, Mich., passed away April 19, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Taormina was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Detroit, the son of Lawrence Taormina and Edna Crowley Taormina.

He was the husband of Faye Anderson Taormina.

Mr. Taormina was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Taormina; brother, Samuel Taormina; and sister, Joyce Lamberti.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Edward Taormina, of Michigan; brother, Gary Taormina, of North Carolina; two special nephews, Mike Taormina, Chris Taormina; special aunts, Marie Panos, Billie Larsen; and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Funeral service was 1 p.m., … Read More


Soccer dominates Bledsoe

Posted on April 23, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Up in the air. Josh Rowan, who goes up in the air above to control the ball, was one of eight Warrior soccer players to score in their 8-0 win over Bledsoe County on Tuesday.

Going into Thursday’s important District 6AAA contest at Cookeville, the Warrior soccer team cruised to an 8-0 win over visiting Bledsoe County Tuesday.
Eight different players scored goals for WCHS in the dominating win. The Warriors controlled both ends of the field from start to finish.
WCHS broke the scoreless tie in the fourth minute of the contest on a goal by Jacob Winton. Eight minutes later, Rhett Watts assisted Luke Cantrell on … Read More


Gardenhire pitches no hitter against Monterey

Posted on April 23, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Hurling a no-no. Madison Gardenhire not only picked up the win, but pitched a no-hitter in the 10-0 WCHS softball team victory over Monterey on Monday. WCHS travels to Warren County Thursday. Results were not available at press time for Wednesday’s game against Stone Memorial.

The Warriorette softball team snapped a 3-game losing streak Monday when Madison Gardenhire pitched a no-hitter in the 10-0 win at Monterey.
Gardenhire struck out nine of the 19 batters she faced in the game. Monterey had a grand total of four base runners in the five-inning game. One reached on an error, two took walks and one reached on a fielder’s choice … Read More


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