Monthly Archives: April 2017

Barbara Anne Austin

Posted on April 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Barbara Anne Austin, 83, passed away April 3, 2017, at her daughter’s home, in Smithville.

Mrs. Austin was born March 1, 1934, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles Anderson and Mary Greene Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elanze Austin Jr.; son, Elanze Austin III; and daughter, Mariann Spivey.

Survivors include her sons, Billie Austin, Richard Austin, both of Sparta; daughters, June Jennings and Richard, of Smithville, Peggy Austin, of Crossville, Teresa Austin, of Sparta; sisters, Mary Delores Boone, of Greenfield, Betty Roberts, of Oregon; brother, Michael Miller, of Louisiana; 17 grandchildren, Stacey Austin, William Austin, Kathleen Austin, Barbara Lynn Austin, Alana Austin, Sharree … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes get swept by North Franklin on March 28

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

The White County Middle School Warriorettes’ softball team took on North Franklin in a doubleheader on March 28. The Warriorettes   were scheduled to travel to North Franklin, on March 27, but because of the rain, their game was pushed to March 28, where they played a double-header.

In the first game of the evening, the Warriorettes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on to the lead as they fell to North Franklin 6-1. In the second game of the night, the Warriorettes held a 2-1 lead going into the final inning of play but fell on a walk-off double by North Franklin 3-2.

In … Read More


Warriorettes’ bats fall cold as they drop two games last week

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriorettes’ softball team couldn’t get anything going on March 28 or March 30 when they took on Warren County, on March 28, and then on March 30 when they took on Cumberland County.

On March 28, the Warriorettes traveled to McMinnville to take on the Warren County Lady Pioneers. The Warriorettes were only able to muster two hits in the contest and lost 5-0 to the Lady Pioneers.

On March 30, the Warriorettes took on the Cumberland County Lady Jets. The Warriorettes got one run in the fourth inning but fell to the Lady Jets by a final score of 6-1.

On March … Read More


Warriors sweep District 6AAA Stone Memorial in two-game series

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors’ Baseball team had little trouble disposing of Stone Memorial Panthers on March 28 and March 29, as the Warriors jumped out to early leads on the Panthers to secure a 12-2 victory at home, on March 28, and a 16-3 win on the road, March 29.

The Warriors got a pair of solid outings on the mound and got the run support to go with the pitching to cruise to the two district victories.

In the bottom of the first inning on March 28, the Warriors got things going when Chris Mills singles on a ground ball. Matt McCulley would single to … Read More


WCMS Warriors drop two games against North Franklin on March 28

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Andy Southard

The White County Middle School Warriors’ baseball team took on North Franklin in a doubleheader on March 28. The Warriors set to travel to North Franklin, on March 27, but because of the rain that came through their game was pushed to March 28, where they played a double header.

In the first game of the evening, the Warriors jumped out   to an early 3-2 lead, but couldn’t hold on to the lead as they fell to North Franklin 9-4. In the second game of the night, the Warriors held a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but North Franklin would score five runs … Read More


Jerry Neal Clark

Posted on April 3, 2017 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jerry Neal Clark, 75, of Cookeville, passed away April 1, 2017, at Heritage Pointe Senior Living, in Cookeville.

Mr. Clark was born Dec. 31, 1941, in White County, to Hermon Clark and Eliza Winnett Clark.

He graduated from White County High School Class, in 1959.

Mr. Clark was a 10-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He served two tours Vietnam as a parachute rigger and safety equipment supervisor in squadrons HMM 365 and HMM 161. He served as a door gunner on CH-34 and CH-46 helicopters during supply and med-evac missions. He was awarded the Naval Commendation with the Combat V, 9 Air Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service … Read More


Elizabeth Katherine “Kathy” Cole

Posted on April 3, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Elizabeth Katherine “Kathy” Cole, 62, passed away April 1, 2017, at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Cole was born July 4, 1954, in Sparta, to Dewey Dude Cunningham and Maggie Lou Brown Cunningham.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and sisters, Kenneth Cunningham, Wanda Lucille Cunningham, Janis Sims and Jo Marie Ward.

Survivors include her daughter, Brandy Allen and James; son, Michael Ward and Michelle; fiancé, Robert Austin; sister, Joyce England; grandchildren, Josh, Destany, Dillon, Maggie, Brittany Lynn; great-grandchildren, Adaline Kevina, Benson Michael; special friends, Joyce and Mike Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 5, … Read More


John L. Edmonds

Posted on April 3, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

John L. Edmonds, 81, of the Cassville community, passed away April 1, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Edmonds was born April 21, 1935, in White County, to William Mack Edmonds and Vina Steele Edmonds.

He worked in garment factories, in Tennessee, and automobile factories, in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to owning Edmonds Skateland, Mr. Edmonds also founded and retired from Edmonds Wrecker Service, Muffler Shop and Auto Sales.

He was a member of Corinth Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing, camping and playing pinochle. However, his true joy was being a grandpa.

Mr. Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents. He was also one of 12 children, … Read More


Two keys to a successful marriage

Posted on April 3, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Marriage was God’s idea we find in Genesis 2:18 “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” The American Phycological Association tells us that over 90 percent of all people marry before the age of 50. They also share that nearly 50 percent will end in divorce. Fox News did a survey that supported this finding of half of American marriages end in divorce. Then CBN News did a deeper study finding that only 20 percent to 25 percent of first-time marriages end in divorce. … Read More


Are you asking yourself, “What the heck is going on?”

Posted on April 3, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been numerous reports regarding Russian ties to several members of Mr. Trump’s family, advisors and associates. Press Secretary Sean Spicer vehemently denies there is nothing “there” and does his best to deflect any questions concerning ongoing government investigations of the suspected Russian influence in our last election or any connections to Mr. Trump. Deflect and avoidance has become the standard operating procedure from the Trump White House.

These accusations and the connection of the dots along the way should be a concern for every American, no matter what your political affiliation may be. I … Read More


Federal term limits and a constitutional convention

Posted on April 3, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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

I am briefly stepping off of the battlefield and out of the fog of political warfare that currently consumes Washington D.C., to address an issue the warring political parties would join hands and work together to defeat. Yes, there is such an issue. That issue is the need for “term limits” on all members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. The problem is how to get current members of Congress to, in effect, vote themselves out of office. Imposing needed term limits on members of the Supreme Court via a constitutional … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted on April 3, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Senator Paul Bailey

The Senate State and Local Government Committee approved two bills this week aiding the families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty. Senate Bill 1059 calls for a $250,000 death benefit from the State of Tennessee for any firefighter, volunteer rescue worker, or law enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty. The Helping Emergency Response Officials (HERO) Act would significantly increase the current lump sum of $25,000 paid at the time of death to a $250,000 annuity with the first responder’s estate receiving annual installments of $50,000 per year.

The second bill authorizes the State Insurance … Read More


Three candidates vying for position of airport manager

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The completion of the process of interviewing candidates for the new airport manager and the ongoing discussion on lawn care for Upper Cumberland Regional Airport were the top two items board members addressed during a March 29 meeting.

Prior to the UCRA Board of Directors’ meeting, members had the opportunity to conduct interviews with three potential candidates for the position of airport manager.

As previously reported, Jim Kmet was appointed as interim airport manager to allow the board enough time to consider the hiring of a new manager. Jason Baker, who was the previous airport manager, announced his resignation to the board in January.

According to Randy Porter, … Read More


Man and woman receive 11 charges after officers are dispatched about domestic incident at apartments

Posted on April 3, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Joshua Slone

Tosha Nicole Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officers with the Sparta Police Department have arrested two subjects on numerous charges, including drugs, evading arrest and tampering with evidence, after responding to a domestic call.

On March 23, 2017, at approximately 4:36 p.m., White County E-911 dispatched Sparta police to Knollcrest Apartments about a potential domestic dispute.

According to an affidavit, Patrolman David Grissom arrived at the scene and witnessed a male subject running away. That male suspect was Joshua Ray Slone, of Sparta, and was identified by Grissom as being on the no-trespass list at Knollcrest.

Grissom pursued Slone on foot and was … Read More


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