Monthly Archives: June 2016

Mari-Ellen McCabe Underwood

Posted on June 4, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mari-Ellen McCabe Underwood, 70, of Sparta, passed away June 3, 2016, at Bethesda Health Care Center, in Cookeville.

Mrs. Underwood was born May 13, 1946, in New York City, New York, to Walter McCabe and Eva Mueller McCabe. She worked many years as an Enrolled Agent with H & R Block.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years Marshall “Bill” Underwood, of Sparta; brothers, Charles McCabe, of Richmond, Virginia, Richard McCabe, of North Carolina, Neal McCabe, of Bayonne, New Jersey, William McCabe, of Massachusetts; brother-in-law, Harold Underwood and wife Vicki, of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth (Ronald) Savage, of Lakeland; stepchildren, Robert Lee (Sharon) Underwood, of … CONTINUED


Evelyn Louise Frey

Posted on June 4, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Evelyn Louise Frey, 102, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Car fire on Bon Air Mountain

Posted on June 4, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A SpartaLive viewer sent this photo of a car fire she passed this morning on Bon Air Mountain.


Bass named to spring 2016 honor roll at Vol State

Posted on June 3, 2016 8:08 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Christian Bass, of Sparta, has been named to the spring 2016 honor roll for Volunteer State Community College. The honor roll recognition is awarded to students who have completed a minimum of eighteen collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.75 grade point average during the awarding term.


TWRA says black bear illegally killed in DeKalb County

Posted on June 3, 2016 8:08 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

A press release issued this afternoon by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Agency states that TWRA Officer Tony Cross was off duty when he responded to a call about shots fired in an area where a transient, male black bear had been spotted earlier.  Wildlife officer Cross quickly found the bear and shooter near Old Snow Hill Road, in Smithville.

Wildlife officer Cross stated, “This is isn’t the kind of day I like.”

Cross, a 24-year veteran with TWRA, believed the man had no intent of killing a bear when he left his house.

“I think he just shot before he thought of another solution,” shared Cross.

However, … CONTINUED


Laura Annie Officer Webb

Posted on June 3, 2016 8:08 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Laura Annie Officer Webb, 82, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Ms. Webb was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Sparta, to Beecher Officer and Dorothy Gardenhire Officer.

She attended Wallace Smith School, in Sparta, from the first through the eighth grades and Darwin High School, in Cookeville, from the ninth through the 12th grades.

Ms. Webb was a member of Kynett United Methodist Church and attended until her health made it difficult for her to do so.

She loved to talk to everybody. She never met a stranger and enjoyed sitting on her porch and striking up conversations with passersby. … CONTINUED


Danny C. Johnson

Posted on June 3, 2016 8:08 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Danny C. Johnson, 69, passed away May 16, 2016, at Kobacker House, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Johnson worked at National Sign System and Columbus Jack Corp.

He loved his family, friends, his multiple projects and fast cars.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Dennie and Donna Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and James Ledford; and brothers, Ronnie Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; children, Steve (Kim) Johnson, Misty (Chris) Chace, Michael Johnson, Mathew Johnson; grandchildren, Caroline and Grant Chace; sisters, Donna (Ken) Geer, Robin (Jeff) Rigsby; sister-in-law, Frances Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., June 10, 2016, at … CONTINUED


Rotary Golf Tournament

Posted on June 3, 2016 1:01 pm by


Rachel Rice among 57 Motlow State nursing graduates

Posted on June 3, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Motlow State Community College graduated 57 nursing students during commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016. The evening before graduation, nurses took part in the annual nurse pinning ceremony inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus. Pictured is White County nurse Rachel Rice.


American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls’ State 2016

Posted on June 3, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

This week, four White County High School students are attending the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls’ State. L-R: Addie Hickey, Laney Oakes, Victory Murray and Megan Wilson. This year the American Legion Auxiliary Post #99 sponsored three of the girls, and Sparta Rotary Club sponsored the fourth delegate.


“Cultivating the Crossroads with TLC” will be a school based community garden project

Posted on June 3, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Practical nursing students from Tennessee College of Applied Technology, along with their instructors, Greg Sherrill and Rhonda Potter, have recognized “the need to provide fresh vegetables to local children of our elementary schools and nursing homes.”

Nursing students from TCAT will teach nutrition projects to local elementary and high school students. Food grown will be donated to local schools to help students whose family cannot provide nutritious meals. A portion of the garden will be utilized as a Therapy Garden. According to Mr. Sherrill “We are hoping we can partner with local cancer support groups and the Wounded Warrior Project to develop a model for providing a therapeutic … CONTINUED


White County Co-op announces winner and supports FFA chapter

Posted on June 3, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On June 1, 2016, White County Farmers Co-Op announced that Grady O’Hara was the winner of the Big Green Egg grill. The Green Egg is a ceramic grill with a wide range of easily adjusted temperatures, a stainless steel cooking grid, and is permanently glazed green to preserve the color.

Shown presenting a monetary gift to the White County FFA from proceeds derived from donations toward the Big Green Egg are Co-op employee Zach Jolly, presenting the check to Jenessa Bolin, treasurer of White County FFA, and Charles R. Cooper, agricultural instructor and FFA advisor at White County High School. The Tennessee Farmer’s Co-op is a long- time … CONTINUED


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