Monthly Archives: November 2016

Trying to remain positive about the new president-elect

Posted on November 21, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

I watched president-elect Donald Trump and his family on “60 Minutes,” and I came away with some mixed feelings. There were times during the interview Mr. Trump sounded reasonable and thoughtful when he talked about keeping certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the reality of building “The Wall.” He spoke about how he wanted to do great things for our country and all Americans, which made him actually sound “presidential.” Lesley Stahl asked him about the people he was bringing in to advise him to be part of his transition team and his cabinet. She reminded Mr. Trump of his promise … CONTINUED

Prayer with thankfulness removes anxiousness

Posted on November 21, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Churches were once more open than they are today for prayer. During World War II, many churches were kept open 24 hours a day so people could come and pray. A prayer leader in one church noticed a young boy who came in every day for about 10 minutes after school before he went to work. Weeks went by, and he came asking for prayer for his father. One day the boy came in and stayed on his knees for an hour weeping. The concerned prayer leader asked if he had heard news of his father in battle? The boy replied, … CONTINUED

Bryant receives 12-year sentence

Posted on November 21, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The recent arrest of a White County woman on a list of drug charges has been resolved with a 12-year sentence, combining a suspended sentence from a previous case, which she will now have to serve incarcerated, with a 10-year sentence for her most recent arrest.

The sentence was handed down on Nov. 18, 2016, by Judge Gary McKenzie.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, Phyllis Bryant, 60, of Walling, had been convicted of attempted promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and had received a sentence of two years suspended to probation.

According to a warrant filed by White County Sheriff Department Detective James Blankenship, on … CONTINUED

City says water supply is “stable,” board also approves wine in grocery stores ordinance

Posted on November 21, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

city-of-sparta-clock-and-building The concern about whether the severe drought has caused a drop in the city water supply and reworking a city ordinance to accommodate the passage of the wine in grocery stores referendum in the Nov. 8 election were discussed by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its Nov. 17, 2016 meeting.

Dillard Quick, public works director, stated that he had received calls with questions about the city’s water supply, as residents have reported they don’t see water going over the dam on the Calfkiller River from the Highway 111 overpass.

Quick explained that the dam to be cautious of is the dam on Highway 84, which … CONTINUED

White County audits positive

Posted on November 21, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The 2016 audits of White County and White County E-911 have been released, with positive outlooks for both the county and the emergency communications district.

White County’s audit has continued to have one finding carried over every year, which concerns a deficit in the solid waste disposal fund.

According to White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, that deficit has to do with the cost of monitoring the county’s landfill for 30 years following its closure.

According to the audit, the cost of carrying out the next 30 years of monitoring should be reflected in the financial statements.

This is the fourth consecutive year this was the White County … CONTINUED

Doyle and Woodland Park sweep titles

Posted on November 19, 2016 3:03 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The elementary basketball season came to a close with the annual championship Saturday at the White County Middle School.

Woodland Park and Doyle took home all four titles.

In the small division girls’ title game, Doyle defeated BonDeCroft 23-8.  Doyle also took the boys’ title with a 34-27 win over Cassville, who made things interesting with a second half run.

Woodland’s girls defeated Spencer 39-12 in the large division girls’ championship game.  Woodland made it a large division sweep wtih the 23 -12 win over Northfield.

See Thursday’s print edition for full details.

Missing 8-month-old from DeKalb County is found in Michigan

Posted on November 19, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

An endangered 8-month-old child who was recently reported missing from DeKalb County, Tennessee, has been found in Michigan, according to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, who contacted SpartaLive at approximately 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Shoupe said his department assisted in the investigation. Complete details of the incident can be found on by clicking here.

Sparta boy to receive service dog

Posted on November 19, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

An early Thanksgiving delivery will be made to Ben Brandes of Sparta, Tennessee, as he receives his Autism Response Dog from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.  On Sunday, Nov. 20, Ben will be meeting his new service dog, a Golden Retriever named “Leo.”

Read the complete story courtesy of Satellite PR News by clicking here.

Warriors romp past Clinton

Posted on November 18, 2016 8:08 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriors improved to 2-0 with a 79-43 over Clinton behind 33 points from Pierce Whited.

Warriorettes roll past Clinton

Posted on November 18, 2016 6:06 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriorettes bounced back from their season-opening loss with a 91-44 over Clinton Friday night at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Freshman Kendra Reeves came off the bench to score 23 points.

WCHS hosts East Hamilton Tuesday.

Early tip off for tonight’s WCHS game

Posted on November 18, 2016 12:12 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School basketball teams will be back in action tonight (Friday) at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, but please note that tip off is earlier than usual.

The Warriors and Warriorettes will take on Clinton, which is located in Anderson County in the eastern time zone.  The Warriorettes will tip things off at 5:30 p.m.

The Warriorettes will be looking for their first win after an overtime loss to Smith County.  The Warriors are looking to improve to 2-0.

Willard “Andy” Alley

Posted on November 18, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willard “Andy” Alley, 74, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 17, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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