Monthly Archives: April 2015

This Week in White County History-1995 and 2005

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•Pamela Boggs was chosen as employee of the year at White County Community Hospital.
•Middle Tennessee Natural gas completed pipelining construction that greatly improved service to local customers.
•Commissioners began discussing funding for the new middle school.
•The 2005 Women’s show was a great success.
•Roger Scott, former White County teacher, did a book signing at Pat’s Book and Card to promote his book of poetry, “A Natural Bent.”

This Week in White County History-1975 and 1985

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•A Nashville engineering firm submitted the low bid for the new TVA City of Sparta dam on the Calfkiller River.
•The public square was renamed “Liberty Square.”
•City Recorder Marty Carmichael swears in new Sparta Mayor, Bob Breeding.
•Judge John Maddux was a guest speaker at a North End Community Crime watch meeting.

Sparta First Free Will Baptist revival

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church is having a spring revival. Bro. Richard Harris will speak at 7 p.m., April 20 and 21. Bro. Dennis Dewessee will be preaching at 7 p.m., April 22. Special singing at each service. Everyone is invited to come.

Lurla Mae Ledford Cole

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lurla Mae Ledford Cole, 93, of Sparta, passed away April 17 2015, at the NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Cole was born May 26,1921, in White County, to Lige Ledford and Verdi Lee Presley Ledford.

She was a retired factory worker from Mallory and was a former shirt factory worker.

Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Henry Cole; children, Mary Wilson, Jeanette Humphrey, James Thomas Cole; brother, John D. Ledford; and sisters, Dora Clemons, Betty Prater and Bonnie Cunningham.

Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands Joyce and Bob Vinson, Rendy and Dennis Howard all of Sparta;

13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and … Read More

Civil Air Patrol wraps up relief work in White, other counties

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Civil Air Patrol’s Tennessee Wing announced April 17 it has wrapped up its relief work as part of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s response to the severe ice storms that struck the state. The U.S. Air Force’s volunteer civilian auxiliary’s involvement in Operation Valentine Freeze, the name TEMA assigned to the multi-agency response to the severe weather, included 1,000 volunteer hours during the equivalent of more than 150 volunteer days. Crews removed debris in White, Cumberland, Overton, Morgan, Putnam and Fentress counties. Members also transported critical supplies during hazardous conditions and flew reconnaissance flights over affected areas.

Softball and baseball suffer one-run losses

Posted on April 19, 2015 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

It was a tough Saturday for both the Warriorette softball and Warrior baseball teams of White County High School.

The Warriorettes hosted Warren County in a District 6AAA contest and were defeated 6-5.

The Warriors were defeated 5-4 in Mt. Juliet by the Bears.

The Warriors have a two-game series with District 6AAA foe, Rhea County to start the week.  The Warriors travel there on Monday and the Eagles come to Sparta Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.  The Warriorette softball team hosts Cookeville Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Norwood Ashley

Posted on April 18, 2015 7:07 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Norwood Ashley, 85, passed away April 13, 2015, at Day Spring Health Care Center, in Fairborn, Ohio.

Survivors include children, Cynthia Miller, of Sidney, Illinois, Jeffery and Louise Ashley, of Minooka, Illinois, Tim and Catherine Bussen, of Eron, Ohio, Jack and Nannette Phanepohn, of Bozeman, Montana; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four stepchildren from the Sparta area, Leroy Guy, Patricia Luna, Johnny Guy and Teresa Billings.

A private memorial service will be at a later date.

Charles E. Redmond

Posted on April 18, 2015 7:07 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles E. Redmond, 86, of Cookeville, passed away April 17, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Redmond was born April 17, 1929, in Rome, Georgia, to Hattie Mae Reynolds Redmond and James Evan Redmond.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 20, 2015, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home, in Cookeville, with burial in Double Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., April 19, at the funeral home.

Crest Lawn Funeral Home, in Cookeville, is in charge of arrangements.

Lenora Clark Green

Posted on April 18, 2015 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Lenora Clark Green, 84, passed away April 17, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born May 2, 1930, in Doyle, Tennessee, and then as a young girl moved to Gum Springs Mountain with her family.

Mrs. Green was the daughter of Herman Clark and Eliza Winnett Clark.

She worked in garment factories locally, including the Sparta Shirt Factory, Doyle Shirt Factory and Red Kap before retiring. She also served as a Sunday School teacher for 49 years at North Sparta Church of God, with about 45 of those years teaching the young children’s class.

Mrs. Green also made cakes for many people helping them to celebrate … Read More

Taking it to the next level

Posted on April 17, 2015 4:04 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Friday was a big day for three White County High School senior student-athletes.

The athletes, along with family members, coaches and teammates, gathered for ceremonies for each to announce and finalize their commitment to play college sports.

Warriorette senior point guard, Bella Taylor, and Warrior football offensive and defensive lineman, Jo Jo Matlock, have both committed to continue their college educations and play their respective sports for Sewanee:  The University of the South.

Warrior basketball senior, Kordell Henderson, signed his letter of intent to play for King University in Bristol.

Look for the full stories on each of these student athletes and their future plans in an upcoming … Read More

Alfred Marlyn Horsley

Posted on April 17, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Alfred Marlyn Horsley, 76, of the Hickory Valley community of White County, passed away April 16, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jam session at Robinson Chapel

Posted on April 17, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a jam session at Robinson Chapel Church, 1295 Heady Road in the Cherry Creek community of White County, at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, voice or just yourself, and come on out for a good time. There will be food as well, so bring the whole family and help make a joyful noise!

Storyfest in the Park

Posted on April 17, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cookeville History Museum will be presenting the second annual “Storyfest in the Park,”  9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, under the big tent in Dogwood Park, Head-lining will be internationally known story-teller Donald Davis, along with other well-known story-tellers from all over the state of Tennessee. In conjunction, the Putnam County Library’s storyteller, Marcia Donovan, will be sharing stories for children at the library next door to the museum.

TCAT-Crossville students compete in SkillsUSA competitions

Posted on April 17, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The future workforce of Tennessee will be on display at the SkillsUSA Tennessee championship competitions to be held in Chattanooga April 20-22. More than 1,200 career and technical education students from high schools and colleges across the state will compete in over 90 contests demonstrating their skills in career areas including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services.  The winners will go on to compete in the National Championships this June in Louisville, Kentucky. A complete conference schedule is available online at For more information about SkillsUSA, please visit or

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