Monthly Archives: July 2018

One dead after woman crashes into White County ambulance

Posted on July 28, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A 63-year-old woman is facing numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, after a crash involving an ambulance occurred July 26.

According to information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, at approximately 4:45 p.m., on July 26, 2018, Carol Simpson, 63, was driving a 2014 Dodge Caravan and was crossing US 70S, in Warren County, when she struck the driver’s door of a White County ambulance. The ambulance spun out of control and struck a guardrail and then overturned on its top in the westbound lane. The Dodge Caravan came to a final rest near the point of impact.

John Hurd, 41, of White County Emergency Medical Service who was an … Read More

Spencer Elementary School has new captain at the helm this year

Posted on July 27, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

Donna Nell Grissom has dedicated her career for 24 years to developing young minds.

For a majority of those years, she was the Gateway teacher as Spencer Elementary kindergartners began their educational path through the Van Buren County school system.

This year brings a whole new set of adventures for Grissom. She will be leading the team of educators and support persons through the upcoming school year as the new principal.

“Now I get to watch all of the students develop and grow, where before I was just in my kindergarten world,” said Grissom.

As a 1974 graduate of Van Buren County High School, she … Read More

Early voting in progress

Posted on July 27, 2018 6:06 am by

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

White County ambulance involved in Warren County crash

Posted on July 26, 2018 7:07 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

According to information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a White County ambulance has been involved in a crash, in Warren County. Complete details are not yet available. SpartaLive will post the information and photos as soon as they are available.

Tennessee Tech University basketball team hands out free tickets at Wal-Mart in Sparta

Posted on July 26, 2018 7:07 pm by Rima Austin

Wilma McBride

Posted on July 26, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Wilma McBride, 79, of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sandi Renee Taylor

Posted on July 26, 2018 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sandi Renee Taylor, 47, of Smithville, passed away July 25, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 12, 1971, in Nashville.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Children and parents alike enjoy Water Fun Day at White County Library

Posted on July 26, 2018 2:02 pm by Rima Austin

Library staff L to R: Dana Gorter, Children’s Librarian; Michael C. Hale, White County Public Library Assistant Director; Cathy Farley, White County Public Library Director

Patrons stand in line for sno-cones from Mountain Sno

Kids have fun squirting each other with water guns

Even the parents got in on some of the fun

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit

Posted on July 26, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Barbara Lou Hill Pettit, 64, of Quebeck, passed away July 24, 2018, at her residence.

Ms. Pettit was a twin daughter born Feb. 13, 1954, in Putnam County, to Auman Claston Hill and Frona Louetta Hawkins Hill.

She was a caregiver for Retire at Home.

Ms. Pettit was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, brothers David Hill and Glenn Hill.

Survivors include her son, Matthew (Tiffany) Pettit; grandchildren, Serenity Pettit, Graclynn Pettit, Joe Dillon Pettit, Brison Parks; brother, George A. Hill; six sisters, Andrea Faye Horton, Joanna (Richard) Wood, Betty Carolyn Howell, twin sister Brenda Sue (Jim) Bryant, Connie Joy Beltz, Dorene (Bruce) Howard; and … Read More

Lynda Dean Webster Carr

Posted on July 26, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Lynda Dean Webster Carr, 78, passed from this life, on July 24, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Carr was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Sparta, to Clyde Wesley Webster and Mary Harriett Vinson Webster.

She was an LPN and worked many years for the late Dr. C.B. Roberts, White County Hospital, and NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years, Harold Carr; infant son Kyle Lee Carr; brothers Billy, Bobby and Lloyd Webster; sister-in-law Wanda Carr Gibson and brother-in-law Lendel Gibson.

Survivors include her daughter Cindi Winnett and husband Danny; grandson, Kyle … Read More

Young anglers honored

Posted on July 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Paul Sherrell recently presented Elijah Kelley and Hunter Slone with proclamations honoring the hard work, determination, and skills of these two young anglers. They recently competed in a state youth tournament of the Tennessee Bass Federation youth division and were victorious. The tournament was held on Tim’s Ford Lake where the team doubled the weight of their nearest competitors from Cleveland, Tennessee. The team will now move on to fish in the TBF national tournament, in Hot Springs, Arkanas, in August.

WCMS football team gets down to work in preparation for new season

Posted on July 26, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Owen Adams makes a pass in practice, on Tuesday afternoon. Adams got most of the Warriors’ reps at quarterback, on Tuesday.

The White County Middle School football team, just like their high school counterparts, got down to business this week. After practicing for a full week in helmets and shoulder pads, the Warriors strapped on full pads and got down to work. The Warriors have around 50-60 players who came out for the team this fall.

The Warriors will get their first taste of competition this Thursday night when they travel to Upperman Middle School. The Warriors and Upperman Middle School will scrimmage starting at 6 p.m.

The … Read More

WCHS golf tournament winners

Posted on July 26, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School golf team held its annual tournament, on July 7. The Warriors had a full field for the tournament that included 18 teams of four players. Each team played 18 holes, with the team coming out with the lowest score named the winner. The winner of the tournament was a team made up of Matt Greene, Chad Armstrong, Kenny Crockett, and Kirk Bumbalough. The winning team shot 19-under par.

Full contact football practice

Posted on July 26, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Caleb Charlson runs through a tackle in practice, on Monday afternoon.

For two weeks, the Warrior football team had been playing two-hand touch. On Monday, the hitting finally began.

Official practice for all fall sports teams began Monday. Football teams had the most noticeable change as the pads went on and they were allowed to hit for the first time since spring practice.

The Warriors hit the field at 8 a.m., on Monday, for the first practice. That practice lasted about three hours. The Warriors met again, on Tuesday, and would get in a lift before heading down to the practice field for about a two-and-a-half-hour practice.

The … Read More

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