Monthly Archives: April 2016

Doyle Board approves several town improvements

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

At the April 5, 2016 meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the board approved moving forward with several small improvement projects within the town.

The first project proposed is the repainting of the Doyle Fire Hall. Doyle Fire Department Assistant Chief Corey Guy said the department received two bids, with Nathan Hawkins being the lowest.

The bid reportedly includes power washing, and painting it in a new color scheme, rather than the solid white the building is currently painted.

Once the painting is completed, the building will be gray, with white trim and red bay doors.

Mayor Ray Spivey said the building was last painted … Read More


Two women arrested on drug charges at Budget Inn

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

Two women who were reportedly living in a Sparta hotel room were arrested on numerous drug charges after a call to 911 stated someone in the room had a gun.

According to arrest reports by Sparta Police Patrolman Nick Dunn, at approximately 6:45 p.m., on March 19, Dunn and Patrolman Will Whitson responded to a room at the Budget Inn, on Mayberry Street, after a female called 911, reportedly stating there was someone in the room with a gun.

Upon arrival, the officers made contact with Kimberly Ann Miller, 31, of Sparta, and Stacy Michelle Spivey, 35, of Sparta.

According to Dunn, “I asked Ms. Spivey for consent … Read More


Young charged with theft and meth

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

A man who had reportedly been loitering around Walmart for several hours was arrested on theft and drug charges, after officers reportedly located items believed to have been stolen from the store in his possession.

According to an arrest warrant filed by Sgt. J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 11:30 a.m. April 5, 2016, officers were approached in the Walmart parking lot by an employee, who reportedly told them a suspicious male, who was later identified as Dustin Lee Young, 29, of Sparta, had been loitering in the store since 6 a.m.

The report states that as King approached Young, he located several bags in a … Read More


Sparta Discount Liquor grand opening and ribbon cutting

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

Come to the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Sparta Discount Liquor, 439 W. Bockman Way. The event is noon, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Several doors prizes will be given away. One of those prizes is exclusive to those who attend the ribbon cutting. Total cash prizes are $251, and several other great prizes will be drawn that evening. You must be 21 or older to register for prizes. Refreshments will be served. Please help Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce welcome Sparta’s first retail package liquor store. Regular store hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday.


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on April 7, 2016 7:07 am by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 278 Oakwood St. You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Luminarias are also available. Relay For Life is 5-10 p.m., Saturday, May 13, on Liberty Square, in downtown Sparta. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


Phyllis Annette O’Dell Wood

Posted on April 7, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Phyllis Annette O’Dell Wood, 51, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away, April 5, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 24,1964, in Sparta, to Charles Wayne O’Dell and Louise Golden O’Dell.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Wayne O’Dell, and brother, Edward Wayne O’Dell.

Survivors include her children, Paul “P.J.” Wood Jr., Tosha Wood; stepson, Joey Weill and wife, Kyla; mother, Louise Golden O’Dell; sister, Missy Selby and husband Ryan; grandchildren, Ava and Bo Weill; and a niece, Kourtney Kinnaird.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., April 8, 2016, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Brad … Read More


Eric Dolberry Sr.

Posted on April 7, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Eric Dolberry Sr., 42, of McMinnville, passed away April 4, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Dolberry was born Feb. 8, 1974, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Vivian Dolberry.

He was the husband of Monica Connell.

The family has chosen cremation. No other services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tamera Gean Reams

Posted on April 7, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tamera Gean Reams, 53, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville.

She was born Feb. 17, 1963, in Crossville, the daughter of James Kirby and Clara Richardson.

A memorial gathering will be 1-3 p.m., April 9, 2016, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Willie Ray Brown

Posted on April 7, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willie Ray Brown, 81, of North Camp Heights Street, in Sparta, passed away this morning, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Log truck on fire

Posted on April 6, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

South Group Fire personnel have been dispatched to a log truck on fire on Memorial Highway near Paul Ruby Road. Memorial Highway is currently shut down as firefighters respond to the fire.


Sandra Jean Randolph Rowland

Posted on April 6, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sandra Jean Randolph Rowland, 61, of Doyle, passed away April 5, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Rowland was born May 26, 1954, in White County, to James Randolph and Ruby Holman Randolph.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Rowland was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jamie Rowland Pylant; and a brother, Wayne “Maul Head” Randolph.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Roger Rowland; daughter, Vickie Merriman and husband Earl; granddaughter, Harley Merriman; two brothers, Lee Randolph, Richard Randolph; and three sisters, Pam (James) Barnes, Pat Combs, Tammy Randolph and Nicki Rutledge.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., April 8, 2016, at Hunter Funeral Home, with … Read More


Martin Nelson Denton

Posted on April 6, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Martin Nelson Denton, 85, of Quebeck, formerly of Lebanon, passed away April 6, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Denton was born Dec. 7, 1930, in White County, to Richard Denton and Docia Sanders Denton.

He retired from TRW after 42 years as a tool and die maker. He was a member of the Oasis Church and enjoyed bluegrass music and playing the guitar.

Mr. Denton was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Loyd Denton; and a sister, Clata Hall.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Anderson Denton, of Quebeck; two sons, Marty Denton and wife Sherry of Lebanon, Tracey Denton and wife Sonya of … Read More


Wenda’s Warriors fish fry

Posted on April 6, 2016 12:12 pm by

Wenda’s Warriors will be hosting a Relay For Life fish fry, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 278 Oakwood St. You have the choice of either a fish plate or a fish sandwich. Luminarias are also available. Relay For Life is 5-10 p.m., Saturday, May 13, on Liberty Square, in downtown Sparta. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


Wallace Phillip Thacker

Posted on April 6, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wallace Phillip Thacker, 73, of Sparta, passed away April 5, 2016, at Overton County Health & Rehab Center.

Mr. Thacker was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Nashville, to Melvin Thacker and Francis Nichols Thacker.

He was a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam and had a decorated military career being the recipient of the Bronze Medal for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Pentagon Badge and Master Parachute Badge. Mr. Thacker was a member of Doyle Methodist Church and had been a self-employed electrician for the last 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Thacker.

Survivors … Read More


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