Monthly Archives: September 2017

Thanks for the warm welcome

Posted on September 4, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Dear SpartaLive,

It has been two weeks since we left Huntsville, Alabama, on Aug. 21, heading for Sparta, Tennessee, hoping to see the Great American Eclipse.

We arrived at Sparta’s Walmart around 8 a.m. thinking that perhaps we could find a hidden spot where we would not be asked to leave. About 20 RV’s, several canopy tents, and cars with accompanying folding chairs had all arrived before us. We noticed cars from Vermont, Michigan, Massachusetts, and all the southern states, plus we talked with people from foreign countries. Eventually most of the parking lot was filled. Many telescopes and cameras with long lenses were set up on their … Read More


We will be back

Posted on September 4, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Dear SpartaLive,

To everyone in Sparta, Tennessee – we chose Sparta to view the eclipse for many reasons, and we are so glad we did.

Everyone in Sparta was so outgoing and friendly. Even overworked, all the staff at The Mad Raven had smiles, thank yous, and a genuine positive attitude that made us just know they we’re glad we came. The ladies at the Chamber helped us by phone prior to our visit and the day of the eclipse, pointing out various places to view the eclipse. We wound up on the hill south of the farmers’ market parking lot, and it turned out to be a … Read More


What is the Democratic Party’s “Better Deal”?

Posted on September 4, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

A few weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee came out with a new and improved campaign for the upcoming election season. The Tennessee Democratic, and I am sure all the other state and territorial Democratic Parties, adopted this “Better Deal” platform. I am sharing the TNDP’s version of this platform in case anyone missed it:

“It used to be a given in America that if you worked hard, kept your head down and played by the rules, you could get ahead and achieve the American Dream. There is a real understanding among most Tennesseans that the economic and political systems are rigged … Read More


4-H members compete in Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery

Posted on September 4, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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(1) 2017 Outdoor Meat Cookery Team. L-R: Lillie Roberts, Mackenzie Stockton, Marissa Randolph, T.J. Warner, Kennedy Selby, Madelyn Wood, Caz Bilbrey, Evan James, Kegan Dodson, Nick Plunkett

(2) Outdoor Meat Cookery Junior High Team and Presentation. L-R: Lillie Roberts, T.J. Warner, Marissa Randolph, Mackenzie Stockton

(3) Outdoor Meat Cookery Senior High Team first place winners. L-R: Madelyn Wood, Kennedy Selby, Caz Bilbrey, Evan James

(4) Caz Bilbrey. First Place – Poultry

(5) Lighting up the coals

There were approximately 150 youth competing at the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery, on Aug. 25, 2017, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, in Wilson … Read More


Powell and Lawson are featured performers Sept. 15 at Green Market

Posted on September 4, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Two hometown professional musicians, Stacy Lawson and John Powell, will perform their unique brand of music, 4-7 p.m., Sept. 15, 2071, at Metcalf Park, near Liberty Square, with a full pavilion of vendors and entertainment for the kids.

“I am an Americana singer and songwriter who comes from the hills of the Cumberland Plateau, in White County, Tennessee,” said Lawson. “My background comes from bluegrass but has evolved into a style of folk, country, and gospel music, which has touched audiences from all walks of life.”

Songwriting and singing with his rich down-home vocals and guitar exhibits a true Americana flavor and realism, which has consistently demanded repeat … Read More


Woodland Park Elementary helping to “Pull Together” for brothers

Posted on September 4, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Dylan and Chase Lewis

One of White County’s schools is showing its unity and compassion as the students, parents, faculty, and staff unite to help families of children who are enduring a stay in the hospital.

Two brothers, 14-year-old Dylan Lewis, a ninth grader at White County High School who is receiving treatments for a recurring brain tumor, and 10-year-old Chase Lewis, who is in fifth grade at Woodland Park Elementary, have been working on collecting pull tabs from canned drinks to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. The goal is to collect the most tabs possible to help families who stay at the facility.

According to the … Read More


Rain from hurricane makes impact in White County

Posted on September 4, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County residents have most likely felt the impact of what was left of Hurricane Harvey by the increased amount of rainfall this past weekend.

Residents are also feeling the impact of the increase in gas prices because of the widespread flooding and damage in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association, many areas in Tennessee have not seen this significant of a jump in the price of gas locally since 2015.

With the high winds and the significant accumulation of rainfall, it was expected that Hurricane Harvey would impact the gas and oil industry across the United States, including White County. … Read More


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in Van Buren County, on Sept. 10

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 09-10-2017 on State Route 111 in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in White County, on Sept. 24

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 09-24-2017 on State Route 135 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in White County, on Sept. 17

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 09-17-2016 on State Route 111 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Linda Kay Smith

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Linda Kay Smith, 64, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 2, 1953, in Perryville, to William Moore and Opal Cordle Moore.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., Sept. 8, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Dean Haun will officiate.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wendy Michelle Donelson

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wendy Michelle Donelson, 47, passed away Sept. 1, 2017, at her residence.

Ms. Donelson was born March 4, 1970, in White County, to James “J.C” Donelson and Betty Jean Seabolt

Donelson.

She was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Services. She was employed as an FCS agent at the U.T.

Extension Office, in Sparta. She was born to be an extension agent. Raised on a farm, she gained extensive knowledge from her dad, mom, and the many

farmers and families she knew. In her teens, she was involved in many 4-H programs. With her warm smile and engaging personality, she … Read More


Melba Willene Roberts Gooch

Posted on September 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Melba Willene Roberts Gooch, 88 of Walling, passed away Sept. 3, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Gooch was born Dec. 22, 1928, in White County, to Irving and Lillie Roberts.

She was a former Thomas Industries employee and a homemaker.

Mrs. Gooch was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Hollis Gooch.

Survivors include her son, Kyle Gooch and wife Cheryl; granddaughter, Tonya Young and husband Glen; great-granddaughters, Jessica, Janice, and Sharon Young; great-great-granddaughter, Gracie Young; and special daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jack Hodge.

Funeral service will be conducted graveside, at 3 p.m., Sept. 4, 2017, at Old Philadelphia Cemetery. There will be

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Fatality at Chickamauga Reservoir

Posted on September 2, 2017 10:10 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

CROSSVILLE —According to a press release from Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, a 24-year-old man from Dayton lost his life while operating a jet ski after dark, on Saturday, Sept. 2. A 911 call came in to the Rhea County dispatch at 8:43 p.m. TWRA officers responded along with Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, Rhea County EMS, and Rhea County Rescue Squad, to Chickamauga Lake, near Double S Road, in Rhea County.

The deceased was traveling from a nearby area with another individual on a second jet ski when the incident occurred. It is illegal to operate a jet ski after dark. Jet skis are not equipped with proper lighting … Read More


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