John Harvey Roberts Sr.

Posted on August 21, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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John Harvey Roberts Sr. 87, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 19, 2019. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his children.

Mr. Roberts was born Aug. 22, 1931, in Sparta, to Homer Whitley Roberts and Bessie Mary Jane Baker Roberts.

Mr. Roberts was a much-beloved educator who influenced the careers of many students during his 34-plus years of teaching. He began his teaching career at Copper Basin High School (Copperhill, Tennessee), in 1958. He went to Troy State College (Troy, Alabama), in 1962, to be a principal and teacher. He began teaching eighth grade math, at White County Junior High School, in the fall of 1972, moving to … CONTINUED



White County Middle Warriors Host “Ultimate Warrior Night”

Posted on August 20, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warriors open conference play, on Aug. 20, against South Middle School. The theme for the night is Ultimate Warrior Night. This night is a special night for everyone who will celebrate and honor the late Coach Jake Morris.  Jake Morris loved football, his school, and this community.  Everyone is invited to come out and support the Warriors as well as honor Jake by wearing your favorite number 62 shirt or jersey.  Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m., at Warrior Stadium, on the campus of White County High School.


WCMS Warriors start season strong

Posted on August 20, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warrior football team started their season last week with a big win over the Walter J. Baird team from Lebanon.

The Warriors’ first drive of the season set the stage for the entire night as they drove the ball 45 yards to pay dirt with some big third down runs from Kaden Blaylock and quarterback Owen Adams.  The final pay of the drive saw Kaden Mitchell take the ball to the left and find his way into the end zone for the first score of the year.

Mitchell then took the handoff on the extra point try and slid into … CONTINUED


Extreme heat has been causing cancellations of competitions

Posted on August 15, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

On Aug. 13, schools across the state had to cancel activities because of the heat index.

The TSSAA has some mandates that each school must abide by to keep the scholar athletes safe during practice and in games.  These mandates use the heat index as a measurement.

The heat index is a measure of how hot the weather feels to the human body, taking into account both the temperature and the relative humidity level. When the relative humidity level is high, the temperature feels warmer to the human body. As a result, the body dehydrates more quickly. To calculate the heat index, a person needs … CONTINUED


WCHS Warrior coordinators comment on scrimmage

Posted on August 15, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Warrior defense is in action at the recent scrimmage vs. Monterey. (Photo by JULIA MORRIS)

By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School Warriors took part in a scrimmage Aug. 9 that involved three teams.

Warrior offensive coordinator Gregg Segraves commented on the scrimmage.

“I’m excited about the kids working hard and want to get better,” said Segraves. “We are improving each and every day, but it takes time. There were a lot of good things that we did in the scrimmage but also a lot of areas where we need to improve. We just have to keep working hard.”

On the defensive side of the ball, … CONTINUED


Warrior golfers take part in early bird tournament at Tennessee Tech

Posted on August 15, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School Warrior golf team competed with several schools in the Tennessee Tech Early Bird Golf Tournament. The Warriors placed third in a field of strong competition. Trey Crockett led the way, with a solid 78 for the round. Jarrett Glass shot a 79.  Tysen Welch shot an 80, and Jeremiah Gardenhire came in with a score of 83. On the ladies’ side, Morgan Quick shot a 90, and Addie Selby came in with a 99.


Dash for Dani 5k Water Run

Posted on August 12, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Dash for Dani is a 5k Water Run where runners and walkers are guaranteed to get soaked and have fun.

The race, which will be held August 17, will begin and end on Churchill Drive at the football field parking lot of White County High School. Along the route, which will take participants past the hospital, along Spring Street, in front of the high school and the YMCA and down Ben Lomand Drive before returning to Churchill Drive, volunteers will be “keeping participants cool” with water stations. Plans are underway to have a “big splash,” at the finish line, which will be sure to cool off anyone … CONTINUED


Cheerleaders preparing for season

Posted on August 12, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School cheerleaders have been hard at work this summer to prepare for the upcoming football season.  They attended a camp after the TSSAA dead period was over. The team consists of seniors: Madison Ryan, Selena Lee Hensley, Rosalyn Roberts, Danielle Duncan, Haven Burton, Corri Beth Howard; juniors: Madison Mclatchy, Madeline Pryor, Madison Mahan, Jerrika Brown, Jayde Stephenson; sophomores: Kyleigh Hoyle, Madi Wright, Bailee Fiste, Bailey Simpson, Rachel Turney, Alexis Hatmaker, Emma Kate Jones.  The cheerleaders are coached by Tracy Mason.


WCMS Warriors call for a Gray Out

Posted on August 12, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

The White County Middle School Warriors have called for all to break out the gray colors this Tuesday night as they open their season against Walter J. Baird from Lebanon.  Coach Jacob Sparkman has requested for everyone to wear gray from head to toe in support of the Warriors’ football team, the cheerleaders, and the band. Sparkman said these students have worked hard to get ready for the season.  He asks everyone to come out and support these young middle school Warriors in the season opener at Warrior Stadium, on Tuesday night.  Kickoff time is set for 6 p.m.


Warrior golf team defeats both Cumberland and Stone

Posted on August 12, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

Senior Tyson Welch led by example, on Thursday, when the Sparta Warrior golf team traveled up the mountain to take on both high schools in Cumberland County.

Welch had all phases of his game working as he led all scores with a season low 69. Not far behind was Jarrett Glass and Jeremiah Gardenhire who both scored a 71.  With the top four scores counting, Tanner Bumbalough came in with a 77 to help lead the Warriors to victory over the Panthers and the Jets.  The totals for the combined scores were counted, and Sparta took the win. The Warriors’ score was a solid 288.  … CONTINUED


This Week in Sports

Posted on August 12, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Jerry Lowery

Monday, Aug. 12
•White County High School golf at Cookeville in the Early Bird Golden Eagle Tournament, times TBA
•White County Middle School volleyball vs. South Middle in Franklin County at 5 p.m.
•White County Middle School junior varsity football at Avery Trace at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
•White County Middle School football vs. Walter J Baird at Warrior Stadium at 6 p.m. Theme is Gray Out Night – wear gray to game to support Warriors
•White County High School Soccer at Bledsoe County at 4:30 p.m. Central Time
•Van Buren High School golf at Willowbrook Golf, tee time is 3:30 p.m.

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