Monthly Archives: February 2016

Eldridge honored on birthday

Posted on February 29, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Anita Eldridge, a lifetime resident of Sparta who once served as a county commissioner, was honored Saturday on her “21st” birthday. (She was a leap year baby.) Friends and family gathered at Miss Marenda’s Tea Room, in downtown Sparta, to say happy birthday to a woman who has remained active in her community for many years, serving on various committees. State Representative Kevin Dunlap presented Eldridge with a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, as well as a Tennessee flag and a flag of the United States of America, both of which have flown over the state capitol.

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Kimberly Gale Hawkins

Posted on February 29, 2016 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Kimberly Gale Hawkins, 44 of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2016.

Born July 6, 1971, in South Bend , Indiana, she was the daughter of Dennis Basham and Virginia Bradford Basham.

Mrs. Hawkins truly enjoyed her large family at the Kingdom Hall.

Survivors include her sons, Rick Hawkins, of Wisconsin, Lonnie Hawkins, of Sparta; parents, Dennis and Virginia Basham, of Sparta; brothers, Steve Basham (Carla), of Indiana, Jeff Basham (Lisa) Spencer; two sisters, Dennise Miller, of Indiana, Lorrie Smith (David), of Indiana; and several nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., March 1, 2016, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2221 Crossville … Read More


Driver reportedly flees after Hickory Valley Road crash

Posted on February 29, 2016 11:11 am by Pamela Claytor

A driver reportedly fled after crashing on Hickory Valley Road this morning, according to calls to E-911. Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene to assist with cleanup and traffic control, as Sgt. John Meadows and Deputy Lindell Smith, of White County Sheriff Department, searched the vehicle, which was sitting in the middle of the roadway.

 


Van Buren County – early voting totals

Posted on February 29, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


White County – early voting totals

Posted on February 29, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Join White County Relay For Life

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Sarah and Olivia Merritt featured on Nashville Public Television

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

“The Art of the Love Song,” by the Annie Moses Band, premiers on WNPT Nashville Public Television, at 7 p.m., March 10. Four young Sparta/Cookeville area musicians are performing with the Youth Orchestra: Vivian and Emma Ledbetter and Sarah and Olivia Merritt. This show was filmed as part of the Fine Arts Summer Academy last summer at the Grand Ole Opry House, in Nashville.


Brown Bag Concert Series

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Clifford Earl Hennessee

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Clifford Earl Hennessee, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Hennessee was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Van Buren County, to A.C. Hennessee and Lillie Hillis Hennessee.

He was a member of Doyle Church of Christ.

Mr. Hennessee was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thurman, Rayburn, R.J., Cherful, Waymon Hennessee; and sisters, Florence Hillis, Paulene Boyd, Avo Pelham, Louvea McBride, Agnes Wilson and Lila Roberts.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Eller Hennessee; son Clifford Wayne Hennessee and wife Helen; daughter, Deborah Ann Hennessee; sister, Hassie Wright; and several nieces, nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March … Read More


Louise Officer

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Louise Officer, 90, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at Signature Healthcare, in Algood.

Funeral arrangement are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wanda Gail Williams

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wanda Gail Williams, 57, passed away Feb. 26, 2016, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Taste of Home set for March 8

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

America’s top live cooking show is coming back to Sparta, on Tuesday, March 8, and what a great way to enjoy a night out with family and friends by participating in an event that brings hundreds of people from far and wide.

Several companies have already signed on to participate, such as Moeller Marine Products, this year’s corporate sponsor, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Vicky Broyles: BeautiControl, Poteet Jewelry Designs, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, becca Anne Barn Sale, Calfkiller Brewing Company, The House of Frosting, Cookies from the Heart, Check Into Cash, Daniel Woods, Jessica Keen (Plunder Jewelry and Monat Hair), Sheila Hammock (Ames Oils), Chef 4 Night, … Read More


Super Tuesday: The time to vote our conscience

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By David Barton, Guest Columnist

The Presidential Primary is upon us. For voters of faith, now is the time to vote our conscience. We must not wait until November when it will be time to choose from two Presidential candidates.

Many Christians neglect voting in the Primary. As a result, the Presidential choices left for people of faith can be so disappointing, that millions decide to stay home in November. But shirking our duty to vote when we have been blessed with liberty is never an option for people of faith.

In the Presidential election of November 2012, over 90 million eligible voters did not vote. It is … Read More


Insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

I am pretty sure we’ve all heard the definition of insanity, and yet so many of us continue certain behaviors and actually expect the outcome to be different. Is it because some of us are inherently optimistic or into self-delusional behavior?   Is some of this insane behavior just bad habit or is it “tradition?” ”My parents and my parents’ parents did this, so it must be right.”

Over the years things have changed. Technology, alone, has changed just about every aspect of our lives. There are some “traditions” that can be good to continue, like family dinners after church on Sunday. Even those “traditions” can be difficult to … Read More


Wanted person arrested at Findlay Elementary School, on Feb. 23

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A man who had several warrants issued for his arrest was recognized at Findlay School and is now, along with his passenger, facing additional drug charges.

According to an arrest warrant prepared by Patrolman Charlie Sims, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 8:59 a.m., on Feb. 23, 2016, he and Sgt. Brent Copeland were dispatched to Findlay Elementary School because a wanted person, Steven B. Austin, 30, of Sparta, was reportedly at the school.

Sims states he immediately placed Austin under arrest for seven outstanding warrants. Sims then conducted a search and reports he found 15.5 grams of methamphetamine and approximately two grams of marijuana and resale baggies … Read More


Heart for Haiti Mission Team

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