I saw a great love

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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David and Betty Maxwell.

With each year that quickly passes, I find myself realizing the many years in age that separate me from the generation of youth who are now experiencing their first taste of love. They, just like I probably did at one time, think they are the first ones to ever fall in love. They most likely make an ugly face when they see an older couple holding hands or sharing a kiss.
Today’s column will address that youthful arrogance. You see, falling in love is not just for the younger generation. The greatest love of all is one that has survived the span of decades … Read More


Surviving tough economic times

Posted on October 20, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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    My subject for today is one many of you may not want to hear. You probably feel as if the news carries enough doom and gloom, and you’re not ready for any more negatives comments. Well, I truly understand, but please just bear with me for a few moments.
    There are days when I, just like everyone else, worry about how I’m going to pay for gas and buy groceries. The costs are continually rising, and financial relief seems to be in the distant future. However, I never give up hope. I suppose that’s my stubborn streak and the faith I have that those matters are in the … Read More


All in the family

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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I just had the most amazing experience, and it was one I will not soon forget!
Woody and I ventured to McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas, to visit our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
June 15 was Jeremiah’s first birthday, and Meredith, our daughter, wanted us to be there for the celebration. Kat (or Kathryn, if you want to be proper) will be 16 in July. So, needless to say, there’s a big gap between the two offspring. Kat hovers over the rambunctious toddler as if he were own child.
Seeing the grandkids was great. Seeing Meredith was wonderful. And, as always, getting a great … Read More


Don’t treat my flag that way!

Posted on June 10, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m typing just as quickly as I can before my deadline so I can tell you about something that has angered me.
A friend of mine called a couple of hours ago to tell me about something he had seen that upset him a great deal. As he was traveling down one of our streets in town, he observed a tattered American flag being flown upside down! Now, for those of you who are familiar with flag etiquette, I have already said enough. For those of you who are not acquainted with the proper way to fly Old Glory, I will give you a … Read More


Please…don’t run over me!

Posted on June 2, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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This will be one of my “preachy” columns, as my son is so fond of calling my words of irritation.
I am so tired of seeing red traffic lights consistently ignored! Listen, folks, this is a scary situation. I’m not talking just to hear my head rattle! I’m talking about a serious issue that has seemingly increased over the past couple of years – maybe longer.
At first, I probably blamed this reckless behavior on the use of cell phones, but I soon discovered this was not necessarily the problem. In fact, one day I was almost hit during three separate incidents by drivers who simply “blew off” … Read More


Don’t get above your raising

Posted on May 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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How many times have you heard the title of my column said to you?
For those who are my age and older, it is almost a sure thing you have heard it many, many times. However, those who are much younger than the 50-plus-crowd probably do not even know what that phrase means. And, that is sad, because there is a lesson to be learned from those few words.
Parenting does not come with a set of instructions. We can read all the books from all the experts, but those are soon thrown out the window (literally) when we realize each of our children is cut from a … Read More


Doing business the old-fashioned way

Posted on May 5, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Whatever happened to shopping at home? Have we forgotten the one basic rule of supporting our community?
I suppose this has been a topic of great concern to me for quite a long time. What possesses a White Countian to go outside this community and purchase the very same items he or she could find within the boundaries of Sparta?
One of the first answers I would probably get from one of these individuals would be, “Well, it’s cheaper.” Cheaper? Just how much cheaper is it? Are we talking about hundreds of dollars, or are we talking about just a couple of bucks?
The Internet has also become … Read More


Where were you Thursday night?

Posted on April 12, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Did the title to my column get your attention? Well, if it did, then let me ask that same question again. Where were you Thursday night?
Is child abuse something you would rather not talk about or even think about? I’m sure those young innocent lives that are being affected by this horrendous crime would also prefer not to think or talk about their abuse, but they have no choice. They are the victims. They are helpless. They depend on us to protect them. Again, where were you Thursday night?
A Blue Ribbon ceremony was held at Sparta Amphitheater, beginning at 5 p.m., on Thursday. Now, I know … Read More


They’re held to a higher standard

Posted on March 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The recent case surrounding Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley has, I’m sure, had many Tennesseeans closely looking at their own law enforcement officers with a much more scrutinizing eye.
Headley’s addiction to pain-killers was not the main issue. The issue was about how he allegedly obtained those drugs.
Law enforcement officers must be held to a higher standard than the general public. They have sworn to uphold the laws set forth in their states and communities. Therefore, this requires them to stop and think about every movement and action in their lives. Sure, they are human and will make errors in judgment. However, when they swear under oath … Read More


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