Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bryant-Howard reunion

Posted on September 12, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Oct. 1

Who: Bryant-Howard reunion

What: Reunion

When: Noon-until

Where: David Bryant’s shop, on Eastland Road


Class of 1970

Posted on September 12, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Oct. 1

Who: White County High School Class of 1970

What: Get-together (bring finger foods)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way

Contact: (931) 261-5661 or (931) 738-5696


Exactly what is wrong with us, America?

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty, by By Robert Schilt – Washington CSG Graduate     

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power.” –Thomas Jefferson

What is wrong with us, America? The answer to that question is, “I am”. We are all what’s wrong with America.

As citizens of the United States we are all responsible for what takes place in our … Read More


Can we ever become a UNITED States of America?

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

OK, deep breath, let it out slowly, do this a couple more times before you read the rest of this column.

Ready? OK, when our country was founded, there were 13 colonies that became the original 13 states. If we remember our history, trying to get representatives of those 13 colonies to agree with everything being proposed was not just a tricky task, it was difficult, at best, and required true diplomacy on the part of all participants. Agreements were not easily achieved. At the time our government was being formed, there were a few things common in all the colonies. The one … Read More


Don’t let the old serpent bite you

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta Church of Christ

We are charged by the apostle Paul with this command, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). That may sound simple enough, but it is often more difficult than we think.

Many years ago, a strong young Indian decided to climb to the summit of a nearby, snow-capped peak. He donned his buffalo-hide shirt, wrapped his blanket around himself, and set off. When he at last reached the summit and gazed over the endless panorama below, feeling the cold against him, he … Read More


Fumbles will affect everyone

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Some people are crazy, committed football fans. I read about a man surprised to see an empty seat at the Super Bowl stadium. This diehard fan remarked about it to a man sitting nearby.

“It was my wife’s seat,” the man explained, “But she died.”

“I’m very sorry,” said the fan. “Yet I’m really surprised that another relative, or friend, didn’t jump at the chance to take the seat reserved for her.”

“Beats me,” he said. “They all insisted on going to the funeral today.”

Just a preacher’s joke, but some people are addicted to the game of football.

Take the … Read More


Sparta Green Market is Sept. 16

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Green MarketThe fifth Sparta Green Market of 2016 will be 4-7 p.m., Sept. 16, at Metcalf Park, in the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, in downtown Sparta. The Green Market in Sparta is the only downtown evening market event with produce, meat, fruit, flowers and entertainment.

“The Sparta Green Market features fresh produce, pumpkins, and bluegrass entertainment,” says Margaret Petre, event organizer. “The Market has the best blend of local farm products and free entertainment in a unique evening venue on the square in Sparta. The Green Market is every third Friday, May through October.”

The Green Market thanks its sponsor, Sheer Delights and Marvin Bullock, president of Sparta-White County Chamber … Read More


House burns after deputies deploy OC gas into suspect’s residence

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

White County Sheriff Department deputies responded to a report of a domestic assault that ended with the suspect’s home catching on fire and is reportedly a total loss.

The incident began at approximately 7:14 p.m., on Sept. 8, 2016, according to a report from White County E-911.

A caller reportedly told dispatchers she had been assaulted by Conrad Gagle, 66, of Sparta, who had weapons inside the house. The caller stated she was in her vehicle in the driveway, according to the report.

The victim reportedly told dispatchers she did not need to be treated or transported by Emergency Medical Services.

In a warrant for Gagle’s arrest, Deputy … Read More


County files motion requesting dismissal of lawsuit filed by sheriff

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Attorneys for White County have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Sheriff Oddie Shoupe that requested additional revenue to fund more deputies and other staff.

The motion to dismiss was filed Sept. 9, 2016, at 3:57 p.m., at the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, with the signatures of attorneys John M. Meadows and Randal A. Boston, who are presenting the county in this matter.

The document states, “In support of their motion, respondent would show to the court that the complaint was not verified by being duly sworn pursuant to Tenn. Code An. 8-20-101 (a)(1) and T.C.A. 8-20-101 (a)(2) causing a defect that the matter … Read More


Wanted Indiana man located in reported stolen car

Posted on September 12, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

An Indiana man, who was reportedly wanted in another state, was arrested by White County deputies after they located him driving a car that had allegedly been stolen.

According to a warrant that was filed by Deputy Lindell Smith, at approximately 12:15 p.m., on Sept. 7, 2016, he was notified that an off-duty officer reportedly located a stolen black Ford Focus, being driven by a man matching the description of a suspect officers had been looking for.

Smith reports that he began following the vehicle into the Lazy Days gas station, at 645 McMinnville Highway, and observed the driver, Michael Joe Meeks, 38, of Albion, Indiana, enter the … Read More


Carpenter sentenced to 10 years on weapon charge

Posted on September 12, 2016 5:05 am by Pamela Claytor

A Sparta man arrested on a list of charges, in March 2016, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge, on Sept. 7, 2016, that was related to the event.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, Vincent Tredeau Carpenter, 43, had been arrested, on March 28, 2016, after Deputy Brandon Young responded to a report of a domestic assault and reportedly found that Carpenter had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and pointed a shotgun at her.

According to a warrant filed by Young, he found that the victim had injuries to her chin and lip, as well as a bruise and knot on her forearm and a bruise on … Read More


AAA: Gas prices decline 11 consecutive days

Posted on September 12, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gas prices declined for the 11th consecutive day Sunday, Sept. 11, falling 4 cents in Florida, 6 cents in Georgia, and 5 cents in Tennessee.

Motorists are currently saving an average of $18 for a full tank of gas compared to what they paid this time two years ago, when pump prices exceeded $3 a gallon. The current average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Florida is $2.19. That price is 3 cents less than a week ago and 4 cents less than this time last year, but $1.16 less than two years ago. The state average price in Georgia of $2.10 is 4 cents less … Read More


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