Monthly Archives: October 2016

WCMS sweeps Tullahoma East in openers

Posted on October 31, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams opened their seasons Monday night at home against Tullahoma East.

The Sparta teams dominated the four games for the sweep of the night’s action.

The 7th grade girls started things with a 38-3 win and the seventh boys added a 38-8 victory.

The 8th grade teams kept things going.  The Warriorettes scored the first 27 points of the game on the way to the 56-10 win.  The eighth grade Warriors wrapped up the night with a 55-24 victory.

The 6th and 7th grade teams travel to DeKalb County Tuesday.  The 7th and 8th grade teams make the trip … Read More


Basketball practice gets underway

Posted on October 31, 2016 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

High school basketball practice across the state of Tennessee got underway Monday.

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes hit the court for their first official practices of the season.  The Warriors have their first scrimmage Thursday when they host Macon County.  The Warriorettes travel to Murfreesboro Saturday for a play day.

The teams officially open the season November 15th at home against Smith County.  Season tickets got on sale Tuesday, November 1st.


Copeland Chapel revival

Posted on October 31, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Mon.-Fri., Nov. 7-11

Who: Copeland Chapel Church

What: Revival (Evangelist is Bro. Mike McCoy)

When: 7 p.m., nightly

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 738-5513


The White County Clerk’s office is in the Halloween spirit

Posted on October 31, 2016 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

They are at it again! The White County Clerk’s office is notorious for their Halloween costumes. This year, they are dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland, with Lisa Hickey as the Mad Hatter, Sasha Gray as the Queen of Hearts and Laura Bane as the White Rabbit.


WCHS Band selling smoked turkey breasts in time for Thanksgiving

Posted on October 31, 2016 11:11 am by

White County High School Band members will be taking orders for smoked turkey breasts just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Orders will be taken Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 10. The turkey breasts will range is size between 4 pounds and 7 pounds. Price is $30 each. Order pickup will be 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at the band room back entrance at WCHS.


Lisa Rosita Vance Seibers

Posted on October 31, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lisa Rosita Vance Seibers, 40, passed away Oct. 27, 2016, at Summit Regional Hospital, in Hermitage.

She was born Aug. 14, 1976, in Crossville, to Ronald “Ronnie” David Vance and Rosalee Jones Blaylock.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alice Rosita Jones, Brenice Irene Mitchell and Clyde Benerd Vance.

Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Ann Davis, Lindsay Lashay Walker, Johnathan Blake Seibers; sisters, Kimberly Irene Vance Thomas, Kellie Ray Blaylock Smith; brothers, Ronald David Vance, Rodney Dillon Vance, Johnny Lee Blaylock; parents, Ronald “Ronnie” David Vance, Rosalee Blaylock and husband Johnny; and grandfather Herald Tean Jones.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Vance, David Vance, Payton Griffin, Dillon … Read More


B.K. Luna

Posted on October 31, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

B.K. Luna 74, owner of Luna & Son Tires, passed away Oct. 28, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Luna was born May 11, 1942, in White County, to William Ernest Luna and Lucille Turner Luna.

He was an active member of the community. Mr. Luna started the Pee Wee Football League, was a past president of Sparta Little League and a 24-year White County commissioner. He was well known statewide for his racing career that began in 1956, with the #56. He went on to be a track owner with Sparta Speedway and Tennessee Motor Speedway.

Mr. Luna had a successful business career with … Read More


Jerry Wayne Wilson

Posted on October 31, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jerry Wayne Wilson, 67, of Sparta, formerly of Cedar Lake, Indiana, passed away Oct. 29, 2016, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.

Mr. Wilson was born June 1, 1949, in Fackler, Alabama, to George Roy Wilson and Mary Francis Jernigan Wilson.

He was a retired crane operator for Apex Steel and Supply and a member of the Apostolic Life United Pentecostal Church.

Mr. Wilson loved spending time with family and friends, watching John Wayne westerns and playing cards, but mostly he enjoyed swinging in his porch swing or tinkering in his workshop. He never met a stranger and will be forever truly loved and missed by all who knew … Read More


Paul Richard Gilreath

Posted on October 31, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Obituary flagPaul Richard Gilreath, 77, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 27, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gilreath was born Feb. 11, 1939, in Ten Mile, Tennessee, to William Gilreath and Evelyn Carter Gilreath.

He was a retired administrative foreman at Kingston Timers, in Smithville. Mr. Gilreath was a disabled U.S. veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Gilreath was preceded in death by his parents; his wife’s parents, the Rev. Tomie Vaughn and Verna Vaughn; four sisters, Mary Jones, Beatrice Grisby, Thelma White, Rosia Ward; and five brothers, Porter Gilreath, Raymond Gilreath, Charles Gilrath, Troy Gilreath and Cullum Gilreath.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, … Read More


God can turn your weakness to strength

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Weakness by definition is the state or condition of lacking strength. The origin of weakness can be traced all the way back to its Proto-Indo-European root of weik, “to bend.” What is your weakness Christian? What causes you hurt, doubt, bitterness, anger or commit an action that is wrong toward another or God? Your condition of weakness can cause you to avoid praying to God or associating with God’s people.

Be encouraged Christian, the help from Heaven rests inside of you. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we … Read More


The one church with many members

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta church of Christ

Upon examining the human race, one can see that every person has been created in the same likeness. God created Adam and Eve in His own image (spiritual) (Gen. 1:26,27) and man then began the process of procreation in the dual flesh/spiritual image (Gen. 5:3). In other words, God created man to reproduce after his kind. That means human beings would be born with one body, one head, two eyes, two ears, one mouth, one nose, etc. This is the natural image that God created; thus, anything else (i.e. two heads or 10 bodies) is deemed unnatural. The same is … Read More


Are voters being hypocritical with their support for candidates?

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, By Debra Wines

In my opinion, the answer would be “yes.” I am guilty of that at times. Most people can get so focused on party affiliation that we get swept up into accepting policies that may run against, or at the very least, compromise some of our own beliefs and principles. It usually happens when there is an election and the candidate you really wanted to win, let’s say in a primary run, has to drop out because they didn’t get enough votes. You may find yourself contemplating the option of not voting in the general election or holding your nose and voting for your … Read More


Liberty hangs in balance with Supreme Court appointments

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty, Charles Lewis, South Carolina CSG student

Over the course of the last six decades, only one Supreme Court appointee of a president representing the party of the American Left has veered ever so slightly from the progressive party line on any case of significance. That individual, Byron “Whizzer” White, was named to the Court by John F. Kennedy back in 1962. Among those few cases where White departed from his voting pattern, there is not a single instance where his deviation involved a deciding vote.

On the other hand, the list of “Republican” Supreme Court appointees over the same period, constituting a majority on the … Read More


White County High School seniors making plans for the future

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

College App Week at White County High School

College App Week took place at White County High School, Oct. 3-6, 2016. During this time, school counselors, the Academic/Career Coach, Senior Capstone teachers, and representatives from Motlow State Community College assisted the seniors as they completed the TN Promise Scholarship application and an application for admission to a post-secondary institution. As a result of this effort, of the 274 seniors, 95 percent successfully completed the TN Promise application, and 89 percent completed an application to a post-secondary institution. School representatives also anticipate future commitments, as some students were undecided on their choice of school, and others are considering the … Read More


Unemployment rates remain steady for third month

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Jobs3      Unemployment remains steady in White County, with a new report released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showing a slight dip in September when compared to the month before and improvement over the same time last year.

The report shows a slight decrease, from 5.4 percent in August to 5.3 percent in September, with the number of unemployed residents decreasing from 630 in both July and August, to 620 in September.

The rate for July was also 5.3 percent.

The report also shows an increase in the labor force, from 11,620 in August to 16,630 in September, with the number of employed residents also increasing … Read More


Weir arrested on burglary, assault charges related to Bon Air break-in

Posted on October 31, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

James Roy Weir

James Roy Weir

The White County Grand Jury has issued pickup indictments for two individuals, who investigators allege committed an aggravated burglary and assault at a White County residence, in November 2015.

One of the individuals who allegedly committed the offenses has recently been arrested on the charges.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, the incident occurred on Nov. 7, 2015.

Investigators allege that at approximately 8:39 p.m. they were dispatched to a break-in in progress in the Bon Air Mountain area.

MacLeod stated that a witness reported to have seen the alleged burglary, as well as the suspect removing items from the house, and confronted … Read More


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