Worth the trip to Sparta when searching for Antiques

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

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Treasure are waiting to be rediscovered, restored, refinished and revived with new life from yard sales, antique shops, and flea markets in White and the surrounding counties.
Sparta offers easy access from all across the state, with Highway 111 and Highway 70 weaving right through, it is the perfect location for antique dealers to display their wares, and a great location for residents to search for mementoes of the past. There are at least nine locations of antique and collectible shops with several within just blocks of downtown Sparta.
Plan an outing with friends and enjoy a day scouting antiques and visiting one of the wonderful spots for … Read More


Get wet at Center Hill Lake

Posted on April 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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There are ‘recreational and relax-ational’ options galore for visitors to Center Hill Lake.
The lake extends its shores along DeKalb, Putnam, Warren, and White counties, consisting of more than 400 miles of shoreline, and 18,200 acres of deep, crystal clear water. Center Hill Lake is a 64-mile long reservoir, home to many species of fish and a variety of wildlife.  Center Hill Dam is on the Caney Fork River.
The areas temperate climate, with the extended recreational season, allows visitors to enjoy a variety of activities including hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, water-skiing, canoeing, hiking and much more. If less activity is on your to-do list, easily … Read More


Cumberland Caverns; a different world

Posted on April 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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With amazing formations and huge rooms, Cumberland Caverns offers a trip into a different world. Deep inside the earth, where the temperature is a constant 56 degrees, the Cumberland Cavern cave system offers an impressive ballroom complete with a glimmering chandelier that seats 500.
As you journey through the tunnels from one spectacular view to another, past an historic saltpeter mine, shimmering pools and waterfalls, it is as if you have stepped into a different life – nothing like the ‘outside world.’
Cumberland Caverns is not just one cave but several caves, as the name suggests. An early surveyor who actually got lost while exploring when his light … Read More


Burritt College

Posted on April 9, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Burritt College, the first coeducational institution with classical curriculum, was founded in 1848 at Spencer, Van Buren County, as a preparatory school and junior college. Named after a prominent member in the peace movement, Elihu Burritt, of Massachusetts, the school was located in Spencer in an effort to remove students from exposure to the ‘vice and corruption of city life.’
Early college presidents include Isaac Newton Jones, a graduate of Irving College, in Warren County, and William Davis Carnes. In 1857, Carnes left Burritt and accepted the presidency of East Tennessee University (now the University of Tennessee) and was succeeded by John Powell.
During the Civil War, the … Read More


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