Monthly Archives: December 2016

Shirley Humphrey Meade

Posted on December 5, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Shirley Humphrey Meade, of Mississippi, passed away Dec. 4, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Phillips

Posted on December 5, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Phillips, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 3, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rosemary Lee

Posted on December 5, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rosemary Lee, 44, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 2, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 9, 1971, in Sparta, the daughter of Will Baker and Alma Walling Baker.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 5, 2016, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 5, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Irene McCall

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The McCall family and extended families are celebrating the homegoing of our sweet mother, Irene Green McCall.

Early Saturday morning, on Dec. 3, 2016, Mrs. Irene “Nanny” passed away in her sleep at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville, at approximately 4:27 a.m.

Speaking for the whole family, we appreciated all of the kind words of love and sympathy that have been extended to us since she passed. We know that Mrs. Irene would have been tickled pink to know that her family and friends honored her life in such a gracious manner.

Our family appreciates the Christian love and compassion that has been given to us, as we mourn … Read More


Roger Williams

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Roger Williams, 80 of Sparta, passed away this morning at Uplands Village, in Pleasant Hill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Christmas brings out the best in us

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCutchen

The city lights have now become giant snowflakes. One by one, homes are adorned with lights and wreaths and mangers and the words, Merry Christmas. The sounds of Christmas are being heard loud and clear. Choirs are singing Joy to the World and Silent Night is heard in the background as shoppers walk through the stores to find that perfect gift for their loved ones. Jesus is now the topic of conversation. Jesus is now at the center for billions around the world. Jesus gets the attention and the praise he deserves. It is Christmas! It is Christmas!

Christmas is unlike any … Read More


Christian confusion starts with illusion

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

There once was a farming couple that had little imagination. When their children were born, they would name them after moments or things around their farm. A new school teacher was hired and began to take roll. He asked the kids to give their names. The front row was filled with these children from the farm with little imagination. The first stood up and said, “My name is Fence Post.” The second stood up and said “My name is Saddle Up …” then the teacher interrupted and scolded the first two and asked if they thought he was stupid? He then … Read More


Illegal aliens: When the federal government won’t enforce the law

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty, by Publius Huldah

Article IV, §4, U.S. Constitution, REQUIRES The United States to protect each of the States against Invasion. It says: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, AND SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION…” [emphasis added]

In Federalist No. 43 (3rd para under 6.), James Madison says of this provision:

“A protection against invasion is due from every society to the parts composing it…”

Article I, §8, clause 15 grants to Congress the power to provide for calling forth the Militia to, among other things, “repel Invasions”.

But the federal government has persistently … Read More


It takes time, desire and commitment to make changes

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

Change is difficult, even under the best of circumstances. I think we can all agree that changes come more from necessity than convenience. Death, ill health, changes in your job status or having to move – major changes force us to re-evaluate and adjust our lives and lifestyle. We face all kinds of changes, even on a daily basis: traffic is backed up, and we need to choose another route; you want to wear your favorite jeans only to find there is a big hole in an inappropriate place you forgot to fix; your dentist calls, and they have a cancellation, you can … Read More


Bon Air Market Snack Pack provides food for children

Posted on December 5, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

With the holiday season underway, Mike and Patti Crawford, owners of Bon Air Market, are encouraging the giving spirit of this time of year, by forming the “Snack Pack,” a project to raise funds for children who cannot afford a snack at school.

The “Pack” is comprised of Bon Air Market customers who donate their spare change in a bucket at the front counter of the market.

Each month, the Crawfords will donate the change to a different school in White County to provide snacks for children whose families cannot afford to provide them a snack or snack money.

Patti Crawford says the schools will circulate alphabetically each … Read More


Burglary suspects detained

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

A relative of the owner of a Peeled Chestnut Lane residence recently found two strangers on his family member’s property and reportedly held them at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

According to a warrant filed by Deputy Brandon Young, the incident occurred Nov. 23, 2016.

Young was dispatched to a reported burglary in progress on Peeled Chestnut Lane, and according to the warrant, he came in contact with a relative of the homeowner, who reportedly told Young that he found two individuals standing outside and the basement door open, when he arrived at the home.

The relative then reportedly held the two individuals at gunpoint while waiting for … Read More


Hospitality and new friends: McBride reflects on deployment to Pigeon Forge

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

The day after returning home from a deployment to Pigeon Forge to assist in fighting the nationally televised wildfires that have ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains, Sparta Fire Capt. Matt McBride is on shift at Station One.

He is laid back, like he hadn’t just returned from a literal inferno, burning thousands of acres of land and leaving only ashes behind, only 24 hours before.

The death toll in Sevier County continues to rise daily as the fires have finally been extinguished, allowing investigators to search for the missing.

At the height of wildfires, wind gusts up to 70 mph spread the fires into neighboring areas and reignited … Read More


East Everett Street to become two-way road

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

Sparta city leaders voted to change the traffic flow designation of East Everett Street from one-way to two-way, as well as to sell a parcel of land on North Spring Street, during their Dec. 1, 2016 meeting.

The decision to look into a change at East Everett Street was triggered by requests from citizens, according to City Administrator Chris Dorsey.

While the road has only allowed for one-way traffic for many years, dating back to school buses entering the site of the former high school, the road is reportedly more than wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic.

Police Chief Jeff Guth said the city would probably have to … Read More


Pet food drive

Posted on December 2, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The White County Farmer’s Co-op is teaming up with the Friends of White County Animals for their bi-annual pet food drive. The pet food drive is ongoing and concludes with the collection event 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 10, on-site at the White County Farmers Co-op, at 271 Mayberry St., in Sparta.

Please bring or purchase at the White County Farmers Co-op un-opened bags of dry pet food, canned pet food, or pet store gift cards. Many animals are taken to the shelter because their owners can no longer afford to feed them. You can help families in need and help them keep their pets in their loving homes.… Read More


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