Changing the World One Small Action at a Time

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

You can change the world. That’s what the people behind the movement “We Are What We Do” believe. People like you taking small actions that add up to big change.
It started with the question, “What would you ask one million people to do to change the world?” Thousands of ideas from around the world came in. The ideas weren’t sweeping policy changes – they were small and unexpected everyday actions that anyone can do:
-Keep a promise.
-Read a story to a child.
-Learn something new.
-Run an errand for an elderly neighbor or single parent.
Fifty of the best suggestions were published in the book “Change … Read More


Police chief warns of increasing frauds and thefts

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth urges city and county residents and businesses to take measures to protect themselves from becoming victims of theft and fraud.
“We just need to be more vigilante about our valuables,” stated Guth.
He suggests not leaving items in vehicles where they can be easily stolen. At the least, he suggests putting them out of sight.
“Don’t leave them in there overnight,” said Guth. “Medications are the same way. We have a lot of medications that are taken out of vehicles. Don’t leave your medications in the car.”
Guth explained if any items can be seen from outside a vehicle, thieves are tempted to … Read More


Landfill committee questions county executive’s authority

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Questions. County Commissioner Richard Lane, member of the Solid Waste Committee, reviews some documents provided by the chairman during Thursday’s meeting.

A two-hour Solid Waste Committee meeting Thursday night ended with members approving a motion to request the county executive’s presence at the next meeting with documentation that corroborates his reported statement that he is in charge of the landfill.
While other matters of business were addressed by the seven-member committee, discussion centered on White County Executive Herd Sullivan’s recent decision to allow DeKalb County to haul garbage to White County Landfill. According to a resolution approved in November 1997 by White County Board of Commissioners, all out-of-county … Read More


Merchandise recovered in international scam

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Stolen items. Merchandise fraudulently obtained with credit card numbers and recovered at a Sparta residence are valued at approximately $4,000 to $5,000.

On May 12, officers with White County Sheriff Department went to a White County residence and recovered approximately $4,000 to $5,000 worth of merchandise that had been purchased with fraudulently obtained credit card numbers.
According to Detective Ruben Hormilla with WCSD, a detective from Hartford, Conn., had contacted the department about a credit card processing center computer containing credit card numbers from Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express that had been hacked.
“He got some information through his investigation that the merchandise that was fraudulently … Read More


School Board considers stricter cell phone policy

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Math awards. These students pose with Director of School Donny Haley after receiving plaques for their excellence in math. Pictured (l-r): Kayla Oaf, Kendall Barker, Haden Welch, and Joseph Stockton. Not pictured was Gracie Geer.

At its May 14 meeting, White County School Board discussed changes to the cell phone and electronic device policy in light of nearly 2,000 violations in the past year.
“Cellular phones and electronic devices seem to be a major problem and an issue,” said Director of Schools Donny Haley. “Our principals at the middle school and high school tell us that they spend a large amount of their time with abuse of cell … Read More


Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker, 80, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Survivors include six children, Carolyn Stults and husband Arlin, of Sparta, Debbie Knowles and husband Bob, of St. Louis, Mo., Les Barker and wife Beverly, of Murfreesboro, Leesa Barker, Travis Barker, Tracey Barker and wife Sheila, all of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Robert Knowles, April Taylor, Brian Vincion, Ashley Lewis, Keri Seay, Brittney Barker, Bradley Barker, Kendall Barker, Eli Barker, Shelby Barker; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Lewis, Lindsey Vincion, Bryan Knowles, Lucy Knowles, Hannah Knowles, Braydyn Taylor, Carter Vincion; sisters, Martha Lee, Patty England, both of Sparta; beloved brothers-in-law, Reed Demps, Carl … Read More


Nola Lewis Broom

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Nola Lewis Broom, 95, of Sparta, passed away May 16, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Broom was born March 28, 1914, in White County, to Joseph Anderson Lewis and Mary Morgan Jones Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Shellie Broom; son, Ronald Broom; and brothers and sisters, Robert Lewis, Clyde Lewis, Bessie Johnson, Ray Lewis, Leslie Lewis, Nota Bennett, Jessie Rogers, Bennie Lewis, Lawrence (Jack) Lewis; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Clifty Cemetery, in Cumberland County. The family will receive friends … Read More


Christopher Scott Cantrell

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Christopher Scott Cantrell, 37, of Doyle, passed away May 16, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 17, 1972, in Dublin, Ga., to Deborah Aldridge and N.J. Cantrell Sr.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Pappas, of Arizona; father, N.J. Cantrell Sr., of Ashcamp, Ky.; mother, Deborah Cantrell, of Tampa, Fla.; and aunt, Nancy Aldridge, of Doyle.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Morrison. John Murphy will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Jo Fisher

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Betty Jo Fisher, 76 passed away May 16, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Ms. Fisher was born Feb. 26, 1933, in White County, John and Venia Sparkman Fisher.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Hoyte, Eldred and I.T. Fisher, and two sisters, Katie Hawkins and Edna Glenn.
Survivors include one sister, Shirley Johnson and husband Don, of Sparta; nieces and nephews, Rhonda Kirby and husband Brad, Mark Fisher, Greg Johnson, Kathy Brymer and husband James, Robert Glenn, J.L. Glenn, Brenda Young, Carolyn Vinson, and Mary Ellen Johnson, all of Sparta, Charles Glenn and Wayne Glenn, of Rock Island, Lucille Roberts, of Walling, Juanita … Read More


Little League baseball action in full swing

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Close at second. Red Turner’s runner, Tyler Qualls, barely gets safely into second before Bill Boruff’s shortstop, Garrett Turner, can make the diving tag in Little League baseball action.

Whenever Mother Nature allows, baseball action at the Little League complex is in full swing for the 2009 season.
Just like their older counterparts at the high school level, the Little League teams have had their share of rainouts, but they have been able to also get in plenty of action. The following results are those reported from the first two weeks of action.
The Little League (11/12 year old) teams opened their season on April 17th. In the … Read More


Warriors wrap up spring football practice

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Going head to head. After making a catch, Dylan Vance gets ready to square off against defensive back, Jordan Armstrong, during Friday’s final practice of the spring.

Lots of hitting. The Warriors got in plenty of hitting not only during the intrasquad scrimmage, but also during the entire 10 days of practice.

Looking for room. Warrior wide receiver, Robbie Johnson looks for room to run as teammate, Andrew Manus, blocks for him during Thursday’s practice. The Warriors just completed their ten days of spring practice. They will now spend the summer preparing for their season opener August 21st against Franklin County.

Ten days of getting acquainted.
That’s what … Read More


Action from softball leagues

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Senior girls’ action. Gatorade’s middle infielders get the out at second during their game with U.S. Bank in senior girls’ softball action at the Little League complex.

Just like the Little League baseball teams, the softball teams have also been fighting through weather conditions to play games.
Sparta Little League has three different softball leagues – pitching machine, Little League (11/12) and senior girls. The following are reports from the first two weeks of the season.
In pitching machine action on April 16th, Sonic defeated Express Graphics 14-5. Scoring runs for Sonic were Allison Stoglin, Jessica Greene, Laura Robbins, Sarah Sergio, Dalayna Winnett, Maggie Savage, Millie Simmons, Katherine … Read More


Betty Jo Fisher

Posted by | May 16, 2009 12:00 am




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Betty Jo Fisher, 76, passed away May 16, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Edna Ellen Cooper Swindell

Posted by | May 16, 2009 12:00 am

Edna Ellen Cooper Swindell, 95, passed away May 15, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Swindell was born Aug. 11, 1913, in Warrren County, to John Franklin and Lena May Arnold Cooper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herchell G. Swindell; one son, Gaines Swindell; daughter-in-law, Linda Lamb Swindell; two grandsons, Mark and Adam Swindell; and one great-grand-daughter, Lauren Vaughn.
Survivors include one daughter: Martha Jane Clark and husband Richard, of Sparta ; one brother, C.L. Cooper and wife Ann, of West Tennessee; three grandchildren, Lyn Vaughn and husband Mike, of Sparta, Jan Kerley and husband Lynn, of Sparta; Ann Jones and husband Ronald, of … Read More

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