Monthly Archives: April 2014

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


Susan Hunter

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

Susan Hunter, 64, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2014, in Chicago, Ill.
Ms. Hunter was born March 5, 1950, in Sparta, to John Beecher Hunter Sr. and Nancy Jo Lee Hunter.
She was a retired horse trainer and was very active in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association.
She is survived by her brothers, Bob Hunter and wife Tina, of Rockford, John and Jan Hunter, of Sparta, Lee and Linda Hunter, of Cookeville; special friend, Lenny Siegel, of Chicago; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service will be 1 p.m., May 10, 2014, at Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May … CONTINUED


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. … CONTINUED


James Thurman Rittenberry

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

James Thurman Rittenberry, 85, of Sparta, passed away April 23, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mr. Rittenberry was born Oct. 7, 1928, in White County, to James Alvin Rittenberry and Fannie Ann Brown Davis Rittenberry.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Rittenberry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian Leona Savage Rittenberry; and a brother, Roy Gene Rittenberry.
Survivors include his son, Keith Rittenberry, of Boise, Idaho; brother, Carl Rittenberry, of Sparta; sister, Ruby Johnson, of Walling; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 11 a.m., April 26, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial … CONTINUED


Barbara Mae Sparks

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

Barbara Mae Sparks, 66, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Sparks was born April 28, 1947, in Sparta, the daughter of Hubert Lee and Daisy McCloud Lee.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her parents; brother and his wife, Bobby Gene Lee and Linda Dennis Lee; sisters, Emogene Brady, Charlene Dennis; two brothers-in-law, Millard Young, Kenneth Sparks; and special friend, Bonnell Murdock.
Survivors include her husband, Benny Sparks, of Sparta; sons, James Richard Sparks, of Sparta, Mike Sparks and wife Angie, of Sparta, Kenny Sparks and wife Lauren, of Sparta; sister, Ruth Lee Young, … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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.


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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