Monthly Archives: February 2017

Kennedy and Marcum receive doctoral degrees

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Tech’s December commencement services included White County High School alumni throughout a variety of departments.

In the midst of the graduates, Dr. Krystal Qualls Kennedy and Dr. Rebekah Webster Marcum celebrated the completion of their doctoral degrees in Exceptional Learning. From Stepping Stones Mother’s Day Out, to graduate school, both women agreed that every educator in their life played a role in where they are today.

Kennedy is a 2002 WCHS graduate and the daughter of Rick and Kathy Qualls from Cookeville. After high school graduation, she pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Special Education from TTU, which led to teaching special education, in Cumberland County.… Read More


Miktarian brings art to public to help raise funds

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Jennie Ivey, contributor

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Fragrant Mushroom is hosting a fundraiser , 1-3 p.m., Feb. 11, 2017, to benefit Sparta folk artist Paul Miktarian.

Organized by Cookeville artist Merritt Ireland, the art show and sale is entitled “Art from Paul’s Heart to Your Heart” and will feature originals and prints from Miktarian’s folk art houses, along with cards     featuring his work.

For many years, Miktarian participated in Pacesetters’ “Painting the Tale” art program, where his natural talent and love of art was evident. He began to pursue art as a vocation 15 years ago, when he was in his early 30s.

Miktarian has … Read More


Plaintiffs in Gentry lawsuit request $5.2 million judgment

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A second lawsuit has been filed against the owners of Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply in which two men have requested a total judgment of $5.2 million.

Scott A. Turney, of White County, and Mark Lindsey, a resident of Henderson, Nevada, filed the suit on Jan. 10, 2017, at the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, with Jeffery Lynn Gentry and Wendy Gentry named as the defendants,

The lawsuit alleges that “over the course of several years, the defendant, Jeffery Lynn Gentry, represented to the plaintiffs [Turney and Lindsey] that he had certain business dealings with the State of Tennessee and other states and entities which the plaintiffs could … Read More


Quick says public works projects are moving ahead

Posted on February 6, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

City of Sparta’s public works director provided a detailed report Thursday night at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting about several completed projects and those that are still in progress.

Dillard Quick, public works director, said crews have worked on repairs for breaks in five main water lines and had changed out five water meters. According to Quick, one of the two large meters that was ordered was installed on Feb. 1 but is not yet “tied in.” DeWhite Utility will “tie in” and then Sparta will follow.

“We’re going to replace the four-inch meter that’s on a 12-inch line, so it’s going to be a … Read More


Gary Harlen Brooks

Posted on February 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Gary Harlen Brooks, 73, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Brooks was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Garlen Harlen Brooks and Adele Christen Brooks.

He retired from Ward Paper Box Company, which is a part of Russell Stover’s Candy. He was an antique car enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Brooks; three sons, Gary Brooks Jr. and wife Viola, of Norway, Jason Stephenson and wife Jennifer, of Sparta, James Winnett and wife Jaime, of Sparta; four daughters, Tammi Brooks, of Minnesota, Margaret Adams, of Washington, Shelly Rae Cole, of Sparta, Kim Allen and husband Steve, of Cookeville; two … Read More


Laycee Elizabeth Bryant

Posted on February 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Laycee Elizabeth Bryant, 12, of Sparta, passed from this life, on Feb. 2, 2017, at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, in Nashville.

Laycee Elizabeth was born April 7, 2004, in Nashville. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta. Laycee always had a smile. She loved all of her friends and everyone around her. She especially loved her little dog, Maggie.

Laycee was preceded in death by her grandmother, Darlene Bryant.

Survivors include her parents, Joey and Cyndi Bryant, of Sparta; brother, Tanner Bryant, of Sparta; grandparents, Buddy and Janie Nash, of Sparta; uncle, Jason Nash and wife Ashley, of Sparta; special cousins, Kinley Nash, Aiden Nash, Ashlee … Read More


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Warriors trail at the half

Posted on February 3, 2017 8:08 pm by Andy Southard

Warriors trail Cookeville 35-32 at the Half. Pierce Whited leads the Warriors with 10 points.


Warriorettes lose a heartbreaker 

Posted on February 3, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

Warriorettes fall 63-58 to Cookeville. Deandra Luna led the Warriorettes with 25 points.


Deandra Luna hits 1000 points

Posted on February 3, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

At the 6:53 mark in the third quarter Deandra Luna scored her 1000th point. 


Warriorettes lead at the half

Posted on February 3, 2017 6:06 pm by Andy Southard

‪Warriorettes lead Cookeville at the half 29-28. Deandra Luna leads the Warriorettes with 12 points.‬


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