Monthly Archives: April 2014

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 … CONTINUED


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, … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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., … CONTINUED


Robert Fredrick Loitz

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

Robert Fredrick Loitz, 1934-2014

Robert Fredrick Loitz, 79 of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2014, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, in Algood.
Mr. Loitz was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Crystal Lake, Ill., the son of Raymond Loitz and Edna Vicek Loitz.
He was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and he loved to travel. He was also a master craftsman.
In addition to his parents, he as preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Frey.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Loitz, of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer McAnally and husband John, … CONTINUED


Gaspare Edgar Taormina

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

Gaspare Edgar Taormina, 1939-2014

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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Coroner responds to kayaking accident, one dead

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

Rescue workers from TWRA, along with Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Sparta Fire Department, and investigators with Sparta Police responded to a report of two kayakers who had gone underwater. Rescuers were staged on Oakland Drive and had to drive through farmland and wooded areas to get to the scene. Rescuers were also staged on North Main Street. White County medical examiner Dr. Tara LeMaire arrives at the Oakland Drive staging area where she is driven to the scene by Fire Chief Kirk Young. Also pictured is Kevin Jolly, Sparta Fire Department, who directs Dr. LeMaire to the scene. One kayaker has died and the other has been transported … CONTINUED


Rhea County sweeps series from Warrior baseball

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

Back into the bag. Auston Glenn, who went a perfect 3-3 at the plate against Rhea County on Tuesday, stretches to get back into first base ahead of the pick off attempt.

When the White County and Rhea County baseball teams got together for their home and away District 6AAA series, it was the pitchers who dominated the match-ups.
In two games, the four pitchers combined to allow a grand total of eight runs combined, 23 hits and struck out 33 batters. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they came up on the short side of the score in each game.
Rhea County picked up their third and fourth wins … CONTINUED


Sparta Rotary Club donates to Head Start centers

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

The Rotary Club of Sparta recently donated playground equipment to the Head Start Centers in Sparta and BonDeCroft. The equipment was selected by Head Start teachers to help develop gross motor skills in young students. From the left, Rotary board member Bill Loos; Head Start teacher Nancy Downs; Rotary Club president Charles Bell and Head Start teachers Dawn Jones and Mary Rector.


Presbyterian churches sponsoring mobile food pantry

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

The Presbyterian churches of White County are hosting a Mobil Food Pantry from Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. The first food pantry will be at White County Ag Complex, on Hale Street, adjacent to the fairgrounds, beginning at 10 a.m., April 30.
There is no charge for the food. Individuals are asked to bring a bag or box to put their food in. Other food pantries will be 10 a.m., May 9, in the White County Middle School parking lot; 11 a.m., May 24, in the White County Middle School parking lot; and 10 a.m., June 6, in the White County High School parking lot.


Federal Mogul donates to Relay For Life

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

On April 5th the Sparta Federal Mogul Facility had a yard/bake sale to support the local Relay for Life in White County. Shown with a check for $466 are Federal Mogul employees; Rita Johnson, Cindy Mullins, Cynthia Parker, American Cancer Society representatives Marlene Delong and Donna McBride, and Federal Mogul Employee Jean Ann Weaver. (Not pictured are Federal Mogul employees Anna Randolph and Peggy Goodwin)


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