Monthly Archives: September 2017

White County Middle School homecoming queen and court

Posted on September 25, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

White County Middle School homecoming will be Sept. 26. They will have the pinning of colors for 8th grade football players and cheerleaders, at 5:45 p.m. The WCMS game vs. Coffee County will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the crowning of queen and court will be at halftime of the football game. Front row, L-R: Shea Hawkins (8th grade attendant), Abby Grissom (Queen), Josie Perkins (8th grade attendant); back row, L-R: Brayden Taylor (6th grade attendant), Sydney Light (6th grade attendant), Nia Powers (7th grade attendant), Katelyn Young (7th grade attendant)


WCHS volleyball finishes their week going 1-1

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Volleyball team finished up their week going 1-1. The Warriorettes struggled, on Thursday, falling to district opponent Soddy-Daisy 3-0. On Friday night, the Warriorettes picked up a much need win vs. Van Buren County.

On Thursday night, the first game would stay close throughout most of the game. But Soddy-Daisy would take control and win 25-18. In the second game, both teams would trade points for most of the game, with neither team able to take control. Soddy-Daisy would win that set 25-16. In the final set, the Warriorettes would have the lead 16-14, but Soddy-Daisy wasn’t going to let the game go … Read More


White County High School soccer loses heartbreaker on Senior Night

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Before the game on Thursday night, the White County High School soccer coach and players honored the seniors on the team. Senior members on this team are (L-R) Hannah England, Dani Auberger, Maria Barker, Millie Simmons, Mason Mullins, Jessie Green, Hannah Dycus, and Emily Lemonds.

The White County High School soccer team and coaches honored their eight seniors before the start of Thursday’s home game.

During the match, the Warriorettes were looking to pick up their first victory over Warren County since 2009. It took 81 minutes to   decide what the outcome of the game would be. The Warriorettes would fall behind 3-0, with 20 minutes remaining in … Read More


Trip to state on the line Sept. 25 at Bear Trace

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Making a trip to the state tournament is a dream of athletes that compete at the high school level no matter what sport they play. Of course, the ultimate goal is to win a state title. But to achieve that goal, one must first get to that level. The White County High School golf teams will be looking for that trip to the state when they tee off in the Region 3 Large Division golf tournament Sept. 25, at Bear Trace Golf Course, in Crossville.

Both White County High School golf teams secured their spots in the tournament by finishing in the top three of the District 6 … Read More


Three athletes from White County will represent TN in Special Olympics USA National Games

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

This past week, there were three athletes from White County who were selected to attend Special Olympics USA National Games.

Mary Bailey, who is no stranger to Special Olympics, has   competed for over 10 years in various sports. She was selected to play Unified Bocce Ball. Bailey also loves snowboarding and has a few medals to her credit from the Tennessee Winter Games. She is a great help on local, state, and national events with her serving personality. Bailey is employed by White County High School as one of the beloved “lunch ladies.”

Her partner will be Lexie Wilhite. Wilhite has been involved with Special Olympics at the … Read More


Do you feel the hunger for God’s word?

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

The Word of God is so powerful that it functions in many different capacities. For instance, Jeremiah recorded, “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23:29). Thus, God’s Word can be warm, comforting, consuming, and purifying like a fire, and it can pound and break the hardest of hearts like a divine sledge hammer (Exo. 7:14; 12:31). Furthermore, God’s Word is pictured as a light that guides (Psa. 119:105), a mirror that reveals the true image of a man (James 1:22-24), a sharp two-edged … Read More


Who do you trust with your health care?

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the Senate is once again trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Since Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Republicans have promised to actually get rid of the Affordable Care Act, this time with Donald Trump’s blessing. Of course, he did promise Americans, repeatedly during his campaign, he would replace the ACA with something better and less expensive that would cover everyone. Shortly after his inauguration and discussions with Congressional leaders, on the subject of healthcare, Mr. Trump made a public statement regarding healthcare, “Who knew it was so complicated?” I laughed when I heard … Read More


Fall Carnival a great success at Woodland Park Elementary

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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(1) Everyone enjoyed the parade around the yard.

(2) Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools, took his turn as a target in the dunking booth.

(3) Thanks to Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department, kids enjoyed a ride around the neighborhood onboard a fire truck.

(4) Bounces houses provided plenty of entertainment for the kids during the Fall Carnival.

(5) A wide range of animals were on hand for the petting zoo.

(6) Thanks to the abundant amount of items available, the silent and live auction raised funds for Woodland Park Elementary.

(7) A face painting station was quite the hit among the children.

(8) Rides … Read More


WCMS students recognized

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Rex Lowery, Sara Kate Brogden, Turner Rice, Vishwa Shah, Connor Faircloth, and Savannah Kelley were recently recognized at the school board’s meeting hosted by the White County Middle School. (Photo courtesy of WCMS principal Farrah Griffith)


TN Anti-Drug Task Force gives presentation to school board

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A presentation was made during the most recent White County School Board meeting about prevention efforts of the Tennessee Anti-Drug Task Force.

During the board’s Sept. 14, 2017 meeting, Tennessee National Guard Capt. Kyle Farley with the Tennessee National Guard Anti-Drug Task Force, gave a summary to the board members about the mission of the task force, which is focused on preventing substance abuse.

The Tennessee National Guard Task Force has been involved with the prevention of substance abuse throughout the state in numerous capacities. The focus of the task force is prevention and not recovery.

Following Farley’s presentation, a request was made to the   school board to … Read More


Bockman Way sidewalk project continues to move forward

Posted on September 25, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

City officials were informed Thursday that the sidewalk project on Bockman Way is still moving forward despite recent rainy conditions that temporarily slowed down the crews.

Dillard Quick, public works director for City of Sparta, informed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the Sept. 21, 2017 meeting that Rogers Group is making definite progress.

Discussions were recently held with Rogers Group about construction site safety. The company has been requested by the city, along with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, to add additional barrels and to tighten up the gaps between the construction barrels.

Under the personnel portion of the city’s agenda, there were seven items for … Read More


Kenneth “Kenny” Allen Mays

Posted on September 23, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Kenneth “Kenny” Allen Mays, 45, of Sparta, passed from this life, on Sept. 20, 2017, at his home, in Sparta.

Mr. Mays was born Nov. 26, 1971, in Crossville. He was the son of Lucille Brown Mays Lucas and the late Dallas Eldon Mays.

He was an electronics tech in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Mays also taught kindergarten through second grade, in Virginia. In addition, he helped with Mighty Mites at Alive in the Spirit Church, in Jamestown for five years.

Mr. Mays was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandparents, Cora and Egbert Brown; and paternal grandparents, Mary and Emmett Mays.

Survivors include his mother and … Read More


Ida May Hawkins Stone

Posted on September 23, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ida May Hawkins Stone, 95, of Sparta, died peacefully, on July 9, 2017, in Largo, Florida, her home for 58 years.

Mrs. Stone was born April 5, 1922, in Sparta, to Ester D. Hawkins and Cora Lance Hawkins.

Mrs. Stone was a homemaker and talented seamstress, with a large and devoted clientele, including a few movie stars, over her long career. She always remained in close contact with her six siblings, and one of her favorite things was to join them and her extended family at the annual Hawkins family reunion every May, in Tennessee.

She was predeceased four years ago by her devoted husband of 73 years, … Read More


Joe Grant Griffin

Posted on September 23, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Joe Grant Griffin, 64, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Griffin was born Nov. 18, 1952, in White County, to Erbie Griffin and Bytha Jane Brymer Griffin.

He was a former employee of Moeller Marine and had been a longtime member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Janice Griffin; two sons: Bryan (Kim) Griffin, Kelly Griffin; daughter, Kayla Griffin; two stepchildren, Michelle Lago, Robert Lago; grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon Randolph, Keely and Alexis Griffin, Joshua Lago, Hailee Lago, Cara Lago; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Russell Ward, Airelle Rose Lago; sister, Virginia Ann Anderson; and brother, … Read More


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