Monthly Archives: December 2016

Girls are headed to the Championship Game!

Posted on December 29, 2016 4:04 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes took care of business against Alma Bryant High School winning 76-43. Hannah Leftwich led all scorers with 16 points. Deandra Luna added a double-double 12 points and 12 assist. 

The girls team will play the winner of the Pleasant Grove vs. North Paulding game tomorrow at 6 p.m. 

Warriorettes lead at half

Posted on December 29, 2016 3:03 pm by Andy Southard

Warriorettes lead Alma Bryant High School out of Alabama 50-24 at the half. Hannah Leftwich leads the Warriorettes with 12 points. Deandra Luna and Brooke Stoglin each have 10 points a piece.

Leonard Howell

Posted on December 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Leonard Howell, 56, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 28, 2016, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Top 10 sports stories for 2016

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Andy Southard

As I was trying to decide what I was going to write about this Thursday, I thought I would make a Top 10 list of the best sports stories that happened in 2016.

(1) The loss of a legendary sports icon and friend

On November 29th, we lost one of the biggest sports icons and mentors this town has ever known. Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite, was a great friend, mentor, and teacher to so many people in White County. Pistol taught me more about sports and life than I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was a mentor to me and so many other people in this … Read More

We live in a world filled with surprises

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Playl’s Ponderings, by Steve Playl, former minister – First Baptist Church

My freshman year in high school was divided by the end of one calendar year and the beginning of a new one, as are most academic years in this country. That year, New Year’s Eve was marked by a big surprise; so was the first night of the New Year.

On New Year’s Eve, some friends joined me for an impromptu fireworks display at the Playl farm, in a cow pasture. The cows loved it. I didn’t. At one point, I was accidentally holding a lit sky-rocket, when it blasted out of my hand. SURPRISE! Also, pain!… Read More

Unwrapping God’s gifts of blessings

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute, by Brian McCutchen

Gift wrapping paper that was once beautifully colored with reds, greens and imprints of the Christmas season has now become a ball of worthless trash. What was once the desire of those trying to figure out what is inside the nicely wrapped box has now become a distant memory. The package that was once the lure of the eye due to its beauty of glitzy wrapping paper topped with an elegant bow has now become useless and will be thrown away and never again be eyed with a desire to know what’s inside.

According to research from Hallmark, Americans spend approximately $3.2 … Read More

GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club members attend Book Tree Building

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Three members of the GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club recently attended the Book Tree Building at the Governor’s Mansion, in Nashville: Mary Masters, Kaye Barlow and Sherry Hickey. All five clubs in the Highland Rim District were represented at the mansion – (1) GFWC Centennial Tullahoma; (2) GFWC Cookeville Jr. Woman’s Club; (3) GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club had three members who attended the book tree building at the Renaissance Woman’s Club; (4) GFWC Tullahoma Woman’s Club; and (5) GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club. Sherry Hickey represented as president of GFWC Sparta and as district president of The Highland Rim.

January 1 laws make handgun carry permits more attainable

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Senator Paul Bailey

Three new laws enacted by the Tennessee Legislature aim to make the process of obtaining a handgun carry permit less restrictive for some, by lowering lifetime carry permit fees and lowering the age requirement for those who have served in the military.

Senate Bill 1665 imposes a reduced fee for a lifetime handgun carry permit for certain retired federal, state and local law enforcement officers.

The reduced fee is $100, and applicants must have served for at least 10 years prior to retirement. Applicants must be POST-certified or have equivalent training and be a resident of Tennessee at retirement.

State Senator Paul Bailey, who was … Read More

The stories that touched White County most in 2016

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The stories that generated the most interest in 2016 were marked by loss of life, whether life seemingly taken too soon, or by force of murder.

The controversy surrounding a law enforcement officer’s arrest, and the privatization of a beloved local state park also enflamed readers, who have shared the stories across social media.

The top 10 stories this year are:

(10) June 9: Alley hires attorney to handle issues with Calfkiller Brewing Company

Andy Alley, former county commissioner and a resident of the Blue Springs community who passed away a few months ago, appeared at a meeting of the White County Beer Board with his attorney to … Read More

Public Safety Act of 2016 aims to reduce violent crime, improve safety

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway

The Public Safety Act of 2016, Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to reduce violent crime and improve public safety in Tennessee, becomes law on Jan. 1.

The act is the result of a report compiled by a Task Force of Sentencing and Recidivism, which detailed recommendations to reduce crime and address the growth of the prison and jail population.

Many of these recommendations were included in the governor’s multi-year public safety action plan, developed by the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet.

According to the governor’s website, the subcabinet identified key areas that are driving Tennessee’s violent crime rate, and this legislation would establish mandatory minimum … Read More

New livestock feed rule Jan. 1

Posted on December 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

With the new year just days away, livestock producers will have new federal rules to follow when feeding their animals.Beginning Jan. 1, a licensed veterinarian must approve and supervise use of certain medications in livestock feed.

“Antibiotics are vitally important for fighting illness and maintaining livestock health,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “However, we must make sure that drugs don’t develop resistance. These new rules will move us toward the elimination of antibiotic use for production purposes, while still allowing producers to use prescribed antibiotics to treat and control disease.”

The Food and Drug Administration will require producers to have a veterinary feed directive (VFD) in order … Read More

Austin Pete Sullivan Sr.

Posted on December 28, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Austin Pete Sullivan Sr., 89, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 26, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highland Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Sullivan was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Spencer, to Jim Parker Sullivan and Victory Lee Yates Sullivan.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Dec. 30, 2016, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Sodom Cemetery, in Spencer. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Dec. 29, and 9-11 a.m., Dec. 30, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Darlene Qualls

Posted on December 28, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Wanda Darlene Qualls, 68, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2018 at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Qualls was born March 4, 1948, in Sparta, to Joe Carter and Willie Gribble Carter.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Dec. 27, 2016, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriorettes win first game of the Marlin Christmas Classic

Posted on December 28, 2016 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes defeat Mosley High School out of Florida in the first game of the Marlin Christmas Classic. The Warriorettes were led in scoring by Hannah Leftwich with 18. Leftwich also added 11 rebounds. Deandra Luna also chipped in 17 points and 8 assist. 

The girls will play again tomorrow at 3 p.m against Alma Bryant High School out of Alabama. The boys will the winner of today’s 1:45 game tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. If you want to watch tomorrow’s game you can watch them at

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