Monthly Archives: January 2017

Warriorettes cruise to a 26-point victory

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard


On Friday night, the WCHS Warriorettes played against Warren County High School at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Coming into the game Friday night, Hannah Leftwich needed only 7 points to reach the milestone that every high school basketball player shoots for. The 1,000-point mark is a unique accomplishment in every player’s career. Not every player who puts on a basketball uniform is able to reach this highpoint. So for the select few that can get there, it is a special memory for them.

On Friday night, with 2:40 left to go in the first quarter, Leftwich was able to reach the milestone and get … Read More

Warriors pull away from the Pioneers in second half

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

On Friday night, the White County High School Warriors took on the Warren County Pioneers inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriors and Pioneers went back and forth for much of the first, but at the end of the half, the Warriors held a 29-24 halftime lead. In the second half, the Warriors were able to outscore the Pioneers 43-25 and win by a final score of 72-49.

In the first quarter, the Pioneers were able to score the first 3 points of the game taking an early 3-0 lead. Malik Murray got the scoring started for the Warriors with a layup to make the score 3-2 in favor … Read More

VBHS Eagles and Eaglettes won three out four last week

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Mallory Christian watches as one of her 3’s goes through the hoop in a game earlier this season. 

The Van Buren High School Eagles and Eaglettes traveled to Jasper, on Tuesday night, to take on Marion County High School On Friday night, they played at home against South Pittsburg High School.

On Tuesday night, the Eagles and Eaglettes split with Marion County. The Eaglettes fell to Marion 68-36. The Eagles were able to come away with the 77-37 victory.

On Friday night, the Eagles and Eagles were able to get the sweep against South Pittsburg High School. The Eaglettes were able to defeat South Pittsburg 71-59. The Eagles … Read More

Wind causes struggle for firefighters in Mackie Road fire

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A mid-day residential structure fire at a Mackie Road home spread quickly, due to high winds that moved swiftly to demolish the brick structure.

The fire was reported on Jan. 23, 2017, at 972 Mackie Road, a single story brick structure.

According to North End Volunteer Fire Department Captain Houston Austin, the first firefighters on the scene reported heavy flames, with the structure partially collapsed. Only the garage was left standing.

A countywide page for assistance was made, with BonDeCroft, Cassville, Sparta, Central View, Hickory Valley and Eastland fire departments responding to assist North End with extinguishing the fire.

Approximately 15-17 firefighters responded from those departments.

Firefighters used … Read More

Worship friends help each other

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan – Gum Springs Baptist Church

We all have friendships based on things in common, usually at school, work, maybe a shared hobby or even at church. Having those friendships make our life path special. On social media you can have “friends” or followers that you communicate with weekly. During high school, one of my closest friends was Doug Hinshaw, now a fellow pastor. He and I have prayed, worshipped and ministered together for over 30 years through ups and downs in life. I have former staff and deacon friends from churches where I have served that mean the world to me and I consider worship … Read More

And the winner is – the American people

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

With that solemn oath spoken on Jan. 20, 2017, Donald John Trump became the 45th president of our country, thus, bringing to close eight of the darkest and most divisive years in American history, second only to the War Between The States.

The exceptional difference between these two periods was that President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, was trying to … Read More

Trump administration’s alternative facts vs. reality

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In the first few days of the Trump administration, we have seen and heard a variety of alternative facts from Donald Trump himself, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, among others. Mr. Trump wanted people to believe the crowds at his inauguration were HUGE, bigger than any other president before him.

He talked about the crowds and how God stopped the rain as Mr. Trump spoke of the “American carnage” he alone can fix on his way to making America great again, while standing in front of the Memorial Wall of fallen CIA agents. After listening to his inauguration speech, I wondered about … Read More

Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board members, new chairman

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The new year has brought big changes to the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with three members leaving, including chairman Ashley Dicus, and three new members coming on board.

Along with Dicus, who represented Hunter Funeral Home, Brent Tevebaugh, representing Sonic Drive In, and Tony Maggart, representing O’Connor Utility District reached the end of their terms, which began in January 2014.

Replacing them are Cody Wilhite, branch manager of Bank of White County, Ricky Hodge, store manager of Walmart, and Misty Allen of Narramore Signs.

In introducing themselves to the new members, board members who have been serving gave the new members an idea of … Read More

Commissioners reject “no distance rules” resolution for beer sales

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Updated Jan. 30, 2017

A resolution to adopt the Tennessee alcohol distance requirement laws and rules for local beer sales was rejected by White County commissioners during their monthly meeting, on Jan. 23, 2017.

With 13 of the 14 county commissioners present, the resolution failed to pass.

A previous resolution that was passed many years ago designated the distance rules for the sale of beer in the county. White County has since approved, by referendum, liquor by the drink and package store sales, which, according to the proposed resolution, are governed and controlled by the state and prohibit any distance rules.

The proposed resolution sought to standardize the … Read More

Needles reportedly found in child’s bedroom, three women are charged with child abuse

Posted on January 30, 2017 5:05 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta police officers recently responded to a Bronson Street residence in response to a reported physical domestic situation, to reportedly find needles and paraphernalia in a room with children’s toys.

According to warrants filed by Patrolman Mike Honaker, when he arrived at the residence, at approximately 7:54 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2017, he looked inside the front window of the house and … Read More

Cookeville man arrested on murder charge in death of Donna Roam

Posted on January 29, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Cookeville Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, has resulted in the indictment of a Cookeville man on a murder charge.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on December 18, 2016, TBI Special Agents began investigating the discovery of a body on a logging road off Deck Road in western Cumberland County. The victim was ultimately identified as Donna Roam (DOB 5/31/75), of Sparta. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that led them to a suspect and location in … Read More

WCMS 8th grade teams sweep CTC Tournament Championships

Posted on January 28, 2017 10:10 pm by Andy Southard

The WCMS 8th grade teams were able to sweep the Championship games in the CTC Tournament tonight. The Warriorettes beat Coffee County Middle School 42-36, and the Warriors were able to take care of business against North Middle School 50-34. 

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