Monthly Archives: May 2014

Howard Cemetery decoration

Posted on May 29, 2014 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Who: Howard Cemetery, in Putnam County

What: Decoration and services, singing, visitation,

When: Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m.

Where: Cemetery, Burgess Mills Road, in Cookeville

Contact: (931) 265-1777


“In God We Trust” now hangs on the White County Courthouse

Posted on May 29, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

If you’ve noticed something different when passing by the White County Courthouse, your eyes are not deceiving you. “In God We Trust” is now spelled out in large letters across the northern side of the courthouse. County commissioners approved a resolution during their April meeting that would allow “In God We Trust” to be displayed on the White County Courthouse. Gary McBride, a White County businessman, approached the commission about securing private donations to cover the costs. The resolution passed with one dissenting vote. The lettering will soon be hung on all four sides of the courthouse.


Class of 1964 reunion

Posted on May 29, 2014 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County High School Class of 1964 will be having its 50th reunion, at 4 p.m., June 28, at Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St. The cost is $20 per person. For more information and to secure your reservations, call Tina Meeks Fults by June 10, (931) 224-1370.

John Henry Nash

Posted on May 29, 2014 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

John Henry Nash, 91, of Cookeville, went home to be with the Lord, on May 27, 2014, while residing at Bethesda Health Care.

Mr. Nash was born Jan. 11, 1923, in White County, to Henry Laramore Nash and Jennie Lee “Cannie” Sliger Nash.

He served in the battle of Iwo Jima, in the U.S. Army, during World War II.

He owned and operated Spring and Maple Exxon Station, in Cookeville, for many years. He was also known for selling fruit and vegetables around Cookeville for many years out of the back of his truck. He loved the Lord, his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Mr. Nash attended … CONTINUED


Former White County EMS employee indicted on sex charges

Posted on May 29, 2014 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

 

The District Attorney General’s office has released information concerning the May 9 arrest of former White County Emergency Medical Services employee Billy Gene Ray, age 40 of Sparta on child sex charges.

According to the press release, Ray was indicted on May 7 for two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, following an investigation by Terry Hembree and Kendall Hargis, investigators for the Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

Tennessee Code Annotated defines the offense of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor as knowing promoting, employing, using, assisting, transporting or permitting a minor to participate in the performance of or in the production … CONTINUED


Power outages

Posted on May 29, 2014 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Electric customers have experienced two power outages within 24 hours. On May 28, according to L.R. West, director of Sparta Electric System, a wire burned apart on North Spring Street, which caused the outage during the early afternoon hours. Then, during the pre-dawn hours of May 29, a wire burned apart near White County Public Library, on North Church Street.

 


Girl rescued after 50-foot cliff fall

Posted on May 29, 2014 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the southwestern border of White County on the evening of May 24 to rescue a minor girl who had fallen off a 50-foot cliff.
According to Rescue Squad Chief Mike McLatchy, the rescue squad was dispatched to a location approximately a mile off Joppa Road, in Walling at approximately 8:46 p.m.
There was reportedly no cell phone or radio service, and the area was so thickly wooded there was no skylight.
The lack of service and pitch black conditions “complicated things,” McLatchy stated, as rescuers had to hike the mile into the woods to determine what supplies and tools were required, … CONTINUED


Slatten is facing drug fraud charges

Posted on May 29, 2014 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

As the federal government handed down a first-degree murder charge against Sparta resident Nicholas Slatten for the Blackwater Iraqi incident on May 8, Slatten was arrested on the same day for allegedly attempting to pass a forged prescription.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on April 22, 2014, at approximately 1:14 p.m., Officer Brent Copeland was dispatched to the Walk-In Clinic of Sparta on Spring Street concerning a reported altered prescription.
Allegedly, Slatten, 30, had brought in a prescription that the clinic believed to have been forged after attempting, and failing, to pass the prescription at Fred’s and Payless pharmacies.
Copeland went before the grand jury and … CONTINUED


Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off in White County

Posted on May 29, 2014 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is once again partnering with local law enforcement agencies to spread the word about seatbelt safety, and White County Sheriff Department has joined in the effort to educate residents.
According to the GHSO, every hour, at least one person in the United States dies because he or she was not properly restrained. Failure to use a seat belt reportedly contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior.
More than 60 percent of vehicle occupants in Tennessee crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
GHSO statistics state unrestrained children are at much higher risk of death or serious injuries than restrained … CONTINUED


Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash

Posted on May 29, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Evelyn Aileen Prater Nash, 81, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2014, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Nash was born Nov. 14, 1932, in White County, to James Edward and Magdalene Blaylock Prater.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Terry Glenn Nash; and a brother, Edward Wayne Prater.

Survivors include her husband, J.C. Nash, of Sparta; two sons, Jerry Lynn Nash, of Atlanta, Georgia, James Michael Fox, of Cookeville; two grandchildren, Chrissy White, of Sparta, J.J. Fox, of Sparta; two great-grandchildren, Aaron White, Ryan White; and two sisters, Geneva Scott, of Manchester, and Glenda Faye Griffith, of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Funeral service … CONTINUED


Class of 1964 reunion

Posted on May 29, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County High School Class of 1964 will be having its 50th reunion, at 4 p.m., June 28, at Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St. The cost is $20 per person. For more information and to secure your reservations, call Tina Meeks Fults by June 10, (931) 224-1370.
Class of 1964 reunion


TDOT releases road construction for May 29-June 4

Posted on May 29, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

These are the locations of relevance to this area.
CANNON / WARREN COUNTY, U.S. 70S (SR-1) grading, drainage, and construction of a concrete I beam bridge from near SR-281 in Cannon County to near SR-287 in Warren County: The majority of the work has been completed on this project. However, all motorists should continue to use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is June 2014.
CANNON / WARREN COUNTY, U.S. 70S (SR-1) paving from near SR-281 in Cannon County to Spring Valley Road in McMinnville, Warren County: Work continues on this project. All motorists should use caution … CONTINUED


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