Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sparta Electric power outage

Posted on June 30, 2014 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Electric System customers will experience a power outage 2-4 a.m., Sunday, July 13. According to L.R. West, director of Sparta Electric System, the outage is for servicing a transformer. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be affected by this outage.

Lester Leon Cook

Posted on June 30, 2014 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Lester Leon Cook, 83, of Sparta, passed away June 28, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Cook was born April 15, 1931, in Bristol, Tennessee, the son of the John Cook and Mattie Fauver Cook.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kermit Cook; and a sister, Clara Craig.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Geiger and husband Dan, Susie Hagy, all of Bristol, Tennessee, Chevie Warren, of Sparta; son, John Lester Cook, of Cocoa, Florida; sisters, Christine Lory and husband Chuck, of McEwen, Dorcas Rosenbalm and husband Stanley, of … Read More

Sparta Verizon Wireless gets a new sign and a new team

Posted on June 30, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

Verizon Wireless’s Sparta location has a new sign as well as some new team members. According to a Verizon Wireless associate, the Sparta and Algood Verizon Wireless locations have merged, bringing the Algood team to Sparta.

Tennessee Secretary of State speaks in White County

Posted on June 30, 2014 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett spoke at the Davey Crockett Republican Dinner on June 28.

O’dell, Hall named law enforcement officers of the year

Posted on June 30, 2014 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

At the annual Davey Crockett Republican Dinner, Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth named recently retired Lieutenant Robert Hall officer of the year and White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe named Sgt. Scott O’dell deputy of the year.

Mary Lou Phifer Duke

Posted on June 30, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Lou Phifer Duke, 70, of Doyle, passed away June 28, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center.

Mrs. Duke was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, Clarence Lee Phifer and Wilda Helen Owens Phifer.

She dedicated her life to her husband, family and faith. She was a member of Quebeck Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Owen Lee Phifer; and a sister Carol Authenreth.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Joe M. Duke, of Doyle; children and their spouses, Lyndell and Sonya Duke, of Doyle, Cindy and Billy Thomas, of Walling, Billy and Talonna Duke, of Doyle, … Read More

Minnie Maurine Martin Marcus

Posted on June 30, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Minnie Maurine Martin Marcus age 78 of Sparta passed away Saturday morning June 28, 2014 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Marcus was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Putnam County, to Collie Omage Martin and Bertie Elrod Martin.

She was a photographer.

Ms. Marcus was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Nathan Golden; stepmother Odell Martin; and brothers, Albert Omage Martin and Vernon Martin.

Survivors include her children, Richard Golden, of Sparta, Sabra Bussell and husband Greg, of Smithville, Dewayne Marcus, of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jonathan Golden, Shane Hembree, Jeffrey Hembree, Anthony Marcus, Alex Marcus; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Edwin Martin and wife Connie, of Murfreesboro; sister, Irene … Read More

Meth found at THP mobile truck inspection

Posted on June 30, 2014 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

On June 26 Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers brought their state-of-the-art mobile truck inspection station back to White County to ensure commercial vehicles were traveling safely on White County roads.
A report by Sgt. Kent Norris said a total of 32 inspections were conducted. In one tractor-trailer, he stated, troopers discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The individual operating this truck, Verlon Keith Bobbitt, of Smithville, was arrested and transported to White County Justice Center.
A total of four drivers and nine trucks were found to be out of service. One truck was reportedly overweight and was issued an overweight tax assessment. Six citations were issued.
This is the third … Read More

The land of the free and the brave who keep it that way

Posted on June 30, 2014 7:07 am by Raela Gore

For SSG Chris Denham and countless men and women of service in this country, the Fourth of July means more than fireworks and cookouts.
SSG Denham is the Recruiting and Retention NCO for White County and has been in the military for nearly 15 years.  SSG Denham served one year in Iraq and comes from an eight-generation legacy of service.
“It’s a big holiday for us,” he said. “Not for the festivities, but for the pride of serving this nation.  To me, I’m doing what needs to be done to take care of this community and to take care of our country.
“It does make me feel good, … Read More

182 new laws are effective July 1

Posted on June 30, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennesseans will see almost 200 new laws on the books beginning July 1, 2014, that range from the enforcement of drugs to enacting additional legislation about education.
Some of the new laws that may be of general interest to the public are:
HB1370: Arrests – As enacted, revises provisions governing issuance of arrest warrant and summons in lieu of arrest warrant. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 6.
HB1759: DUI Offenses – As enacted, enacts “Amelia’s Law”, which clarifies that a transdermal monitoring device or other alternative alcohol or drug monitoring device may be ordered as a condition of pretrial diversion, parole, probation, judicial diversion or DUI probation … Read More

This Week in White County History

Posted on June 30, 2014 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

•More than 1,000 people filled the Sparta Amphitheater to cheer on the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment to wish them a safe journey as they prepared for deployment to Iraq. The streets were lined with crowds as the soldiers made their way to the amphitheater.
•Greg Sims was awarded Deputy of the Year at the Davey Crockett Dinner by Sheriff James O’Conner. Eric McCormick was named Trooper of the Year, and Jeffrey Lee Glass was named Sparta Police Officer of the Year.
•Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo was appointed to the Tennessee Municipal League.
•The Class of 1943 held its 50th class reunion and remembered those who left … Read More

Williams returns from Afghanistan

Posted on June 30, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A young girl was recently surprised by their dad’s return from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Jason Williams, a member of the National Guard, was scheduled to return home after a 10-month deployment. However, his trip was delayed because of the Smyrna Air Show. His daughter, Cheyanne, 11, left for 4-H Camp, on a Monday. Williams’ wife and other daughter, Sierra, 9, picked him up on the following Tuesday. Since the campers have to contact with the “outside world” unless an emergency arises, Cheyanne was unaware if he had made it home. The campers finally returned home and were picked up at White County Middle School. Excited … Read More

Notice to all veterans

Posted on June 30, 2014 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

If you are a veteran who gave a portion of his/her life in the nation’s Armed Forces and you were honorably discharged, now is your opportunity to come together with other veterans, being equally united in helping and supporting fellow veterans in need, helping to enhance the quality of life for all those veterans living in White County and to take an active part in the betterment of the local community for everyone. If you are a veteran who would like to be included, please consider attending the first United American Veterans of White County meeting, at 5:30 p.m., June 30, at White County Courthouse, in the second … Read More

Sr. Girls’ All Stars take District title

Posted on June 30, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Scoring early and often. The X-Treme Impact, Sparta’s senior girls’ All Star team, scored plenty of runs against Portland in the district tournament on Saturday. Above, Kylie Evans comes home to score one of the 21 runs in game one as they captured the 21-5 win. Sparta followed with a 19-0 win in game two. Next up is the state tournament.

The Sparta Senior Girls’ softball All Star team (aka X-Treme Impact) had little trouble dispatching of visiting Portland Saturday at the sports complex located on the Smithville Highway.
The Impact won two straight to capture the district title and a berth in the Little League Senior Girls … Read More

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