Monthly Archives: March 2019

Last inning walk-off hit gives Avery Trace the win on Friday

Posted on March 25, 2019 8:08 am by Jerry Lowery

A walk-off single left White County Middle School Warriors on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat to Avery Trace, on March 22. The game was tied at four, with Avery Trace batting in the bottom of the fifth when Lammos singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Avery Trace got things started in the first inning when Monettes singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.  White County tallied three runs in the third inning.   Seth Greene, Blake Steele, and Colten Locke each had RBIs in the frame.  Fife toed the rubber for Avery Trace. He lasted one inning, allowing zero hits and zero runs, while … CONTINUED


Legislative wrap-up with State Representative Paul Sherrell

Posted on March 25, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sergeant Baker Bill Passes In The House

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 22, 2019 – Recently, House Republicans approved House Bill 258, known as the Sergeant Baker Act.

This initiative removes the intermediate appeal to the court of criminal appeals in death penalty cases and provides for automatic direct review by the Tennessee Supreme Court for convictions for which a death sentence is imposed.

Additionally, House Bill 258 rmoves the direct appeal from the trial court to the court of criminal appeals and provides that when the judgment has become final in trial court, the conviction and death sentence will be automatically reviewed by the Supreme Court.

As referenced by … CONTINUED


Capitol Hill Week

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 22, 2019 –  State senators approved several key education bills this week, including three proposals to increase school safety and a measure enhancing agricultural education.  Senate committees also conducted hearings on the proposed budgets of 14 departments and agencies of state government, as lawmakers continue a thorough review of Gov. Bill Lee’s spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  This includes a presentation of the proposed budget for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development in our Commerce and Labor Committee, which I chair.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides employment and training resources and the services provided by them are very … CONTINUED


Saturday night dinner and a show

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

The final week begins, not in Jerusalem but about two miles outside, in Bethany. He had poured himself out on a few carefully chosen people. This was the plan all along. The father, perfect. The son, perfect. Their plan, flawless. The week that lay ahead, horrendous.

Over the next few weeks, I invite you to take a journey with Jesus as he faces his last week on earth. The last week he’ll spend in the flesh, preparing salvation for you and me.

Let’s visit a home in Bethany belonging to a man with a title attached to his name. Not just Simon, … CONTINUED


United we stand, divided we fall and fail

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Almost 250 years ago, our country was formed. Since then, Americans have been striving to make this Democratic republic a successful experiment.  America has faced trials and tribulations, wars, natural disasters, several economic depressions, and recessions. However, our longest and continuing internal battle has been for equality for everyone who lives in this country.  We have a long list of successes and an equally long list of failures and continuing struggles.  It is my belief and hope that the majority of Americans, no matter our country of origin, who have made America home, feel this struggle is not in vain.  I also … CONTINUED


Ronnie Stegall to compete at National Academic Bowl in April

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Ronnie Stegall (second from left), a senior at White County High School, is shown competing during the WCTE Academic Bowl.

By Rachel Auberger

Ronnie Stegall, a senior at White County High School, has earned a spot in the invitation-only National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held, in Chicago, next month.

Stegall was chosen based on his ACT scores and his performance in previous team competitions over the past year. As captain of White County’s academic team, he led the team to a fifth-place finish at York last November and a third-place finish at Tennessee Tech earlier this month.

“We always place at the top of the group among … CONTINUED


Wellness Warriors want to promote a healthy lifestyle to the community

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Rachel Auberger

White County Wellness Warriors, a Healthier TN Community, is working to provide healthy lifestyle education and promote wellness to not only school children but also to members of the community as well.

According to Marcie Kinnard, coordinated health supervisor for White County schools, Healthier TN Community is a grant opportunity available to all counties throughout the state and is part of former Gov. Bill Haslam’s Foundation for Health. During the 2017-2018 school year, the White County Wellness Warriors were awarded their first grant in the amount of $5,000.

Water bottle refill stations have been purchased with grant money and installed at White County High School

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White County Veterans Museum grand re-opening set for March 29

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

A collection of uniforms, along with war memorabilia donated by veterans and their families, are part of the exhibits at White County Veterans Museum.

By Rachel Auberger

Committee members of the White County Veterans Museum have been working hard on renovating their hall, and they will be ready to open it to the public March 29.

The museum, which was once housed in one small room at the American Legion Building, has had a facelift that includes new LED lighting, fresh paint, and new flooring, all of which provide visitors with a serene experience as they travel through time visiting past wars through the eyes of White County … CONTINUED


Fighting cancer is a family affair

Posted on March 25, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Susie Striggo is shown with her daughter, Tamara, and her granddaughter, Madison, at the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

By Rachel Auberger

Editor’s note: This story is one of several that will be featured leading up to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which will be May 11, 2019, at Metcalf Park, in downtown Sparta. For more information, call Roxanna Hitchcock, (931) 808-2852.

The Striggo family has made fighting cancer a family affair as both husband and wife have had to fight their own personal battles with the disease more than once.In 2004, Bob Striggo had a strange spot appear on his chest. A trip … CONTINUED


Adopt a Shelter Dog

Posted on March 24, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Tech to host Baja international competition April 11-14

Posted on March 23, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Baja teams from all around the world will converge on Tennessee Tech for the Society of Automotive Engineers International to be held April 11-14 at Tech’s Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.

One hundred teams have signed up representing the United States, India, Mexico, Egypt and Canada, and 60 more are on a waiting list, hoping to get into the intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

This is the eighth time Tech has hosted the event, most recently in 2016.

“It’s really exciting to have these schools from all over the world come to Tennessee Tech and be on campus,” said mechanical engineer professor Dale Wilson, who … CONTINUED


Ronald Lee Hampton Sr.

Posted on March 22, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ronald Lee Hampton Sr., 57, of Cookeville, passed away March 12, 2019, at his home

Mr. Hampton was born April 27, 1961, in Mariemont, Ohio, the son of Donald Hampton and Betty Ellen Francis.

The family has chosen cremation. No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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