Monthly Archives: June 2017

Chamber board discusses budget and progress during recent meeting

Posted on June 29, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held its monthly meeting for June and discussed a relatively light agenda that included reviewing the Chamber’s budget and discussing upcoming events.

Prior to the regular meeting, on June 27, 2017, the board held a work session to discuss the recent strategic planning session.

On June 20, 2017, the Chamber scheduled with the Tennessee Valley Authority to offer their professional services to facilitate a strategic planning session for the Chamber. The goal of these planning sessions is to help organizations develop their core goals, mission statements, and priorities for a three-to-five-year period.

During the work session, board members addressed several … Read More


Over 130 new laws effective July 1 in Tennessee, also some revisions

Posted on June 29, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly has officially adjourned its 2016-2017 session, however many of the newly passed laws, over 130 of them, in this past state legislative session will officially go into effect July 1, 2017.

Tennessee state lawmakers were busy during its most recent legislative session working on a wide range of issues that will impact every area of local and state government. Many of these new laws were passed without significant objection, but there were some that raised significant discussions and objections by lawmakers and residents alike.

One of those laws that brought about discussions was the IMPROVE Act. This new law increases the gas and … Read More


Possible electric outages

Posted on June 29, 2017 6:06 am by

From June 12 through July 30, customers of Sparta Electric System may experience temporary power outages. This will be necessary to perform sub-station repairs and pole replacements.

Sparta Electric System will strive to keep outages to a minimum and whenever possible schedule necessary outages for weekends or late nights to minimize customer interruptions.

Sparta Electric appreciates your understanding and patience while they strive to make necessary repairs to make the system more reliable.


Putnam County man killed by train

Posted on June 28, 2017 7:07 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


A Putnam County man has been killed this afternoon after being hit by a train according to law enforcement officials. 

Today, June 28, at approximately 12:30 pm, emergency responders were dispatched by the Putnam County E-911 Center regarding a possible accident involving a pedestrian and a train. 

The incident occurred on the rail tracks located near Woodcliff Road in Cookeville. 

Energency responders reportedly arrived at the scene of the incident and found a man who had been hit by a cargo train with life threatening injuries.

Initial reports stated the man was reportedly walking on the railroad tracks. 

According to a spokesperson with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department … Read More


William Bohannon honored by Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Paul Sherrell

Posted on June 28, 2017 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Today, State Senator Paul Bailey and State Representative Paul Sherrell met with life long White County resident William Bohannon and his family to commemorate his recent 95th birthday.

William Bohannon, who was born April 12, 1922, was honored by Senator Bailey and Representative Sherrell with a Tennessee General Assembly Resolution commemorating his 95th birthday, his military service and his commitment to agriculture.

As a World War II purple heart veteran, Bohannon recalled his military tours, which had him deployed to England, Germany, Belgium, France, and Russia.

While everyone was gathered to celebrate and to commemorate Mr. Bohannon, he quoted one of his favorite childhood quotes, “If love is … Read More


Margaret Grissom Haston

Posted on June 28, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Margaret Grissom Haston, 95, of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2017, in Nashville, following a stroke.

Mrs. Haston was born Sept. 15, 1921.

She worked at Commerce Union Bank for several years and as a dispatcher for the Sparta Police Department and White County Sheriff Department for a number of years.

Mrs. Haston was a member of the Hickory Valley Family Community and Education Club and the Sparta Woman’s Club. She enjoyed traveling and her many vacations with her three daughters. She spent the majority of her life in Hickory Valley, and her greatest joy was found in loving and caring for her family and her many friends.… Read More


Spencer/ Van Buren County – send us your posts for SpartaLive

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Posted on June 28, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Albert Austin Jones Jr.

Posted on June 28, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Albert Austin Jones Jr., 90, of Spencer, passed from this life, on June 24, 2017, at the home of his son.

Mr. Jones was born July 20, 1926, in Monteagle.

He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, and an Ed.S. from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Mr. Jones cared deeply for the children and residents of Van Buren County and was involved in many educational, civic, and community activities. He worked tirelessly in his efforts to provide the children of Van Buren County with the tools and knowledge to be successful in their life pursuits. He believed that every child … Read More


Leroy McCurry

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Leroy McCurry, 55, of Sparta, passed away June 26, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. McCurry was born Feb. 6, 1962, in White County, to Lloyd McCurry and Virta Evaline Lee McCurry.

He was a 25-year employee of Mallory Timers and went on to a career in transportation with the White County Board of Education and UCARTS.

Mr. McCurry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Phyllis Webb, Darlene McCurry; and brother, Charles McCurry.

Survivors include his fiancée, Vickie Young; stepson, William (Judy) Randolph; four grandchildren, Rayna Price-Randolph, Aubrey Price-Randolph, Deliaha Randolph, Logan Randolph; sisters, Frances Lee, Mildred Alexander; brothers, Lloyd “Bo” McCurry, Ricky McCurry, Danny (Tammy) McCurry; … Read More


Richard Lamont Roth

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Richard Lamont Roth, 92, of Smyrna, passed away June 24, 2017.

Mr. Roth was born March 29, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to John S. Roth and Georgia Dement Roth.

While in the U.S. Army, he served his country proudly during World War II. He was a member of Vine St. Christian Church and Stones River Baptist Church and owned Davis Neon Sign Servicer Company.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn Roth.

Surviving family members include his sons, Butch (Stephanie) Roth, Jeff (Pam) Roth, Jim Roth; grandchildren, Jason (Kasey) Roth, Justin (Stephanie) Roth, Adam (Amanda) Roth, Ashley Roth; and four great-grandchildren,… Read More


William James “Bill” Sullivan

Posted on June 28, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

William James “Bill” Sullivan, 64, a White County native, currently of Philadelphia, Tennessee, passed away June 25, 2017, at University of Tennessee Medical Center, in Knoxville.

Mr. Sullivan was born April 24, 1953, in Sparta, to Curtis Ward Sullivan and Herd Estell Sullivan Sr.

He was a graduate of White County High School and spent most of his life as a truck driver. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church for 55 years.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Moore Sullivan; mother, Curtis Ward Sullivan; stepdaughters, Shaynne Palmer, Shawn (Adam) Robbins; step-grandchildren, Spenser Palmer, Alan Robbins, Nicole (Matthew) Walters, Holly … Read More


Controlled burn on Roberts Matthews-Highway

Posted on June 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


Demolition and clean up crews are currently conducting a controlled burn at a property on Roberts-Matthews Highway.

The heavy smoke is visible by motorists on Highway 111. Crews are reportedly burning a brush pile.

This property was the former DCI Transportation terminal, as well as Potter Freight Line. The former building has been demolished, and the land is currently being cleared.


Church of the Nazarene picnic

Posted on June 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, July 2

Who: Sparta Church of the Nazarene

What: Community picnic (inflatables for children, water games, cornhole tournaments, and more)

When: Following a brief service that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 1787 Smithville Highway


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