Monthly Archives: April 2016

This Week in White County History

Posted on April 11, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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  • The White County Court approved a bid of $1,197,000 for construction of a new county high school to be finished in time for the 1967-68 school year. Sorrell Brothers Construction Company, of Sparta, was the low bidder.
  • Giving 211 pints of blood, along with 28 pints carried over from the previous visit, White County residents made it possible to reach the quota set for the Red Cross Bloodmobile at 230 pints of blood.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Wilson celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary at their daughter’s house at the ages of 90 (Mr. Wilson) and 87 (Mrs. Wilson). The two were married in 1904, at Findlay
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School board votes 6 to 1 in favor of Dronebarger for director of schools

Posted on April 11, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A longtime educator in White County has been chosen as the new director of schools after what board members described as a difficult decision that involved seven highly qualified candidates.

Kurt Dronebarger, principal at Northfield Elementary, was selected as the new White County director of schools during a special called meeting of White County Board of Education, on April 7, 2016. Dronebarger will officially take the helm from Sandra Hunter Crouch when she retires effective July 1, 2016.

Applicants for the position were Grant Swallows, principal at White County High School; Bryan Haley, vice principal at White County High School; Craig Lynn, principal at White County Middle School; … CONTINUED


City of Sparta approves pedestrian bridge at Carter Street Park

Posted on April 11, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen have voted to approve two items that aim to improve downtown Sparta, including a pedestrian bridge and applying for the Tennessee Downtowns program.

During the April 7, 2016, meeting, the first item discussed concerned the Tennessee Downtowns program, which assists communities in revitalizing their traditional downtown business districts by leveraging assets they already possess, whether that be historical, architectural or cultural resources.

The program would provide a $15,000 grant that requires no match by the city.

Mayor Jeff Young stated that Chamber of Commerce President Marvin Bullock has prepared the grant paperwork. The city would get a portion of the funds that … CONTINUED


Howell charged with sexual battery following gas station incident

Posted on April 11, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

A Sparta man has been arrested and charged with sexual battery following an incident that reportedly took place in the parking lot of a Bockman Way gas station, in which officers allege he assaulted a female.

According to an arrest warrant filed by Sparta Police Patrolman Will Whitson, at 1 p.m. on April 4, 2016, a female came into Sparta Police Department to make a complaint against Chance Tyler Howell, 22, of Sparta.

The warrant states the female told Whitson that at 11 a.m. that same day, she was at Harry’s Citgo gas station, located at 440 W. Bockman Way, and heard someone calling her name.

“She stated … CONTINUED


Estelle Billings

Posted on April 11, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Estelle Billings, 91, of Sparta, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Support Special Olympics

Posted on April 10, 2016 7:07 am by

Local and area volunteers and supporters of Special Olympics would like to invite you and your business to celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics this year. The theme is “It Starts with Us…Sports, Respect, Inclusion.”

During the month of April, they will be selling t-shirts with this theme. On April 29, all area businesses in the Upper Cumberland are encouraged to wear them. The mission is to raise awareness of Sports, Respect, and Inclusion in all aspects of Special Olympics. Please consider purchasing t-shirts for your employees or ask them to purchase one to wear to support Upper Cumberland Special Olympics. Shirts are $15.

Nancy Benningfield and Jill … CONTINUED


Carol Payne

Posted on April 10, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carol Payne, 71, of Sparta, passed away April 9, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Warrior soccer goes 0-1-1 Saturday

Posted on April 9, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warrior soccer team competed in the Rebel Classic on Saturday at Franklin County High School and split the two games.  However, one game was a tie and the other a loss.

WCHS tied Livingston Academy 1-1 and lost to the home team 2-0.  They will return to Winchester Sunday and begin with a PK shootout against the team with which they are tied for fourth.  That will determine their seeding for bracket play later that day.


Warrior baseball wins three of four in tournament

Posted on April 9, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School baseball team continues to pile up the wins.

In the Rebel Classic this weekend, the Warriors won three of their four games.  They defeated Ooltewah (6-0), McMinn County (9-8) and Coffee County (4-3), while dropping a 6-1 decision to Baylor.

WCHS is now 14-4 overall on the season and headed into a huge District 6AAA series with archrivals, Cookeville (13-8), Monday and Tuesday.  The Warriors and Cavaliers both sit tied atop the league standings at 5-1.  Monday’s game is in Cookeville and the series will shift to Sparta on Tuesday.  Both games are slated for 5:30 p.m. start times.

See Monday’s print edition … CONTINUED


Sparta Discount Liquor announces winner from grand opening event

Posted on April 8, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

David Pursel is the lucky winner of $251 from a drawing held at Sparta Discount Liquor during its grand opening, on April 7, 2016. The “extra dollar” of the winning amount is for good luck. L-R: Wendell Rust, representative of Discover Sparta; Visnu Patel; David Pursel; and Yogi Patel.


State parks to offer volunteer events on TN Promise Saturday

Posted on April 8, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours for TN Promise Saturday, on April 16.

There are nearly 60 projects already planned, which may include clearing brush, limbs and invasive plants; planting flowers; building trails; assisting with fun community events; or maintaining historic features such as 2,000 year old Native American mounds.

The Tennessee Promise, part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiatives to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-secondary credential to 55 percent by 2025, provides tuition-free community and technical college to recent high school graduates. All Tennessee Promise students utilizing … CONTINUED


Support Special Olympics

Posted on April 8, 2016 2:02 pm by

Local and area volunteers and supporters of Special Olympics would like to invite you and your business to celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics this year. The theme is “It Starts with Us…Sports, Respect, Inclusion.”

During the month of April, they will be selling t-shirts with this theme. On April 29, all area businesses in the Upper Cumberland are encouraged to wear them. The mission is to raise awareness of Sports, Respect, and Inclusion in all aspects of Special Olympics. Please consider purchasing t-shirts for your employees or ask them to purchase one to wear to support Upper Cumberland Special Olympics. Shirts are $15.

Nancy Benningfield and Jill … CONTINUED


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