Monthly Archives: September 2016

Deputies deploy OC gas after suspect allegedly threatened law enforcement

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Pamela Claytor

Officers responded to a report of an alleged assault that ended with the use of oleoresin capsicum gas to remove the suspect, who had reportedly threatened to kill law enforcement, from his home.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:35 p.m., on Aug. 25, 2016.

According to a warrant filed by White County Sheriff Department Deputy Chris Arkon, officers responded to a Hickory Valley Road residence after a complainant reported having an argument with a family member that escalated to the family member, James V. Phillips, 74, of Sparta, pulling a handgun and threatening to shoot the complainant and the complainant’s friend.

According to the warrant, when the complainant … Read More


White County could be affected by loss of federal highway funds

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A bill that was passed by an overwhelming margin during the 2016 session of Tennessee General Assembly that regulates the blood alcohol level for “underage driving while impaired” may cause the state to lose $60 million in federal highway funds effective Oct. 1.

“I just want the voters and citizens of White County and throughout the 43rd District to know I opposed the legislation because it loosened liquor blood alcohol levels for underage drinking,” said State Representative Kevin Dunlap.

Out of the 93 votes cast, Dunlap, who represents White and Grundy counties and part of Warren County, and State Representative John Mark Windle, who represents Morgan, Jackson and … Read More


Mary Magdeline Dickey

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Magdeline Dickey, 89, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 5, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Cookeville, the daughter of John Keith and Amanda Dunn Keith.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m., Sept. 7, 2016, at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Arlie Eugene Young Sr.

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Arlie Eugene Young Sr., 73, of Quebeck, passed away Sept. 2, 2016, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Young was born Nov. 6, 1942, in White County, to Foster Young and Thelma England Young.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Timmy Wayne Young; three brothers, Charles Edward Young, James Ray England, Thomas Howard Young; and four sisters, Minnie Lee Kerley, Glinda Sue Young, Rachel Young Oliver and Earnestine Young Cope.

He is survived by his three daughters, Sherry Hutchings, of Sparta, Sue Tucker, of Sparta, Crystal Hester, of Rome, Georgia; son, Arlie Eugene Young Jr., of Baxter; three brothers,

Douglas Young, Quentin … Read More


Robert “Bob” Cummings Oakes Sr.

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Robert “Bob” Cummings Oakes Sr., 78, of Rockwood, passed away Sept. 5, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Oakes was of the Methodist faith. He retired from the Knox County School System where he was a music teacher for 20-plus years. He had a bachelor’s degree in education and was an entertainer and musician in the Knoxville area where he was with the group known as the Bob Oakes Trio.

Mr. Oakes was preceded in death by his parents, Powell and Florine Oakes.

Survivors include his wife, Janice D. Oakes of Rockwood; son, Robert Oakes Jr. of Gastonia, North Carolina; daughters, Linda Ford, of Gastonia, North Carolina; Lisa Smith, … Read More


Harold Gene “Shorty” Leonard

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Harold Gene “Shorty” Leonard, 83, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 5, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leonard was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Putnam County, to Clarence Hoyte “Pap” Leonard and Luna Ann Pitman Leonard.

He was retired from National Cash Register and went on to drive a school bus for the White County School system for more than 20 years. He was a farmer and a well-known fisherman. Mr. Leonard served his country in Korea as a member of the U.S. Army and was a long time member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Norma Jean Anderson Leonard; two … Read More


Retha Jane Hodge Green

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Retha Jane Hodge Green, 69, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2016, at her residence.

Ms. Green was born Aug. 27, 1947, in White County, to Clifford D. Hodge and Mary Jones Hodge.

She worked many years at McDonald’s as the biscuit maker and also coached several years in the Sparta Junior Pro Basketball program.

Survivors include her three daughters Angie Lankford and husband Tim, of Cookeville, Emily Norris and husband Jamie, of Sparta, Kelly Pack, of Sparta; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Bobby Hodge, of Sparta.

Funeral service will be 6 p.m., Sept. 7, 2016, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 3-6 … Read More


Miss Willie Reba Pippin

Posted on September 7, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willie Reba Pippin, 83, passed away Sept. 4, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Miss Pippin was born May 21, 1933, in White County, to Hobert H. Pippin and Alice Flatt Pippin.

She enjoyed farm life with small animals and continued to love the specials throughout her life. Walking as directed by her doctor was a daily activity with smiles and saying hello, along with her friend.

Admiration for music was a special part of her life. Gospel songs on Sunday morning were never neglected.

Miss Pippin was employed by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Baker for several years. Upon the death of her mother, she lived alone and … Read More


Tuesday’s sports action

Posted on September 6, 2016 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

A few of the local teams were in action on Tuesday.

The WCHS golfers competed in the Keith Maxwell Invitational hosted by Warren County.  The Warriorettes finished third in the six-team field.  Makenzie Morton led the way with an 82, which gave her a third place finish individually.

The Warriors finished fourth overall.  Blake Gongaware finished tied for fourth as he fired a 76.

The Warriorette soccer team was defeated 3-0 at Warren County.

The White County Middle School football team was defeated 28-8 by Tullahoma on homecoming.


WCMS crowns homecoming queen

Posted on September 6, 2016 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

White County Middle School celebrated homecoming Tuesday night at Warrior Stadium against Tullahoma.

The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 28-8, but at halftime Ellie Savage was crowned the homecoming queen by WCMS football captains, Tucker Nash, Kade Clark and Jayden Hicks.

See  Thursday’s paper for pictures of the entire homecoming court and complete details of the game.


Highlights from WCHS vs. Rhea County football game

Posted on September 6, 2016 1:01 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriors had a rough go of it in their Region 4-5A opener falling to Rhea County.  Check out some of the highlights of the game here.


Hamilton County deputy once charged in White County facing child sex charges again

Posted on September 5, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy, who was once charged in White County, is now facing child sex charges once again, this time in Hamilton County.

John Bruce Spaulding, 49, had been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child in White County, in 2010.

That case had been investigated by former Detective Ruben Hormilla, of the White County Sheriff Department.

Spaulding was picked up Jan. 6, 2010, in Hamilton County and transported to White County after a joint investigation with the Department of Children Services and the District Attorney General’s office.

Spaulding was a deputy at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at that time, as … Read More


Col. Gordon Lee Stone

Posted on September 3, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Obituary flagCol. Gordon Lee Stone, 85, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 28, 2016, in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Col. Stone was born on Aug. 19, 1931, in Sparta, the son of Ridley Roscoe Stone and Fannie Lou Stone.
Col. Stone began his Army career, in 1949, with the Tennessee Army National Guard, being promoted to first sergeant.   In 1956, he was commissioned a second lieutenant as an armor officer assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.  From there he was transferred to Germany as a cavalry scout platoon leader.  He was promoted to captain and assumed command of a tank company.  Col. Stone was then transferred to Air Cavalry and became … Read More


Van Buren resident named Region II Fisheries Biologist of the Year

Posted on September 3, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region III has named Brandon Ragland of Van Buren County, the Region III fisheries biologist of the year. An individual receiving this award has excelled in their field and is recognized for their yearly accomplishments, work ethic, leadership and overall improvement to their field.

Brandon Ragland has been with TWRA, working for wildlife for 15 years. He is strong in his knowledge of wildlife and his passion for his work is obvious. Ragland stated, “Fisheries work doesn’t just include fish. We also deal with habitat and people. Fish need good, unpolluted habitat to be successful and fishing regulations are necessary to protect resources for … Read More


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