Puckett headed to Sewanee

Posted by | July 27, 2009 12:00 am

Sewanee bound. Aaron Puckett, a 2009 graduate of WCHS, will head to Sewanee at the end of August to continue his education and play basketball.

Playing sports in college was just kind of something that everyone thought Aaron Puckett would do from the time he was old enough to start dribbling a basketball.
For Puckett, a 2009 graduate of White County High School, it was just always in his genes. Both his parents, Tina Puckett and Tracy Curtis, continued their high school careers on to the collegiate level as did his aunt, Nena (Puckett) Daily. But it wasn’t until the younger Puckett had basketball taken away from him … Read More


QB Club BBQ and Auction on tap this Saturday

Posted by | July 27, 2009 12:00 am

Items galore. The senior members of the Warrior football team show off many items that will be auctioned off by Terry Whitson at Saturday night’s Quarterback Club BBQ and Auction that will be held in the WCHS cafeteria. Included in the items to be auctioned off is the maroon Dodge Caravan in the background donated by Federal Mogul. The BBQ dinner, sponsored by Citizen’s Bank, begins at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at approximately 6 p.m. Pictured with auctioneer, Terry Whitson, are seniors (l to r): Ethan Green, D.J. Cunningham, Logan Holeman, Andrew Manus, Tyler Ferree, Aaron Murray, Dylan Riddle, Seth Anderson, Caleb Lowery, Sean Will, Austin

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WCHS golf season begins today

Posted by | July 27, 2009 12:00 am

Teeing off. The 2009 WCHS golf season tees off today. Ashley Sherrell is the lone senior on the squad. The 11 remaining golfers on the team are in the freshman and sophomore class.

As the other high school fall sports begin official preseason practice today, the golf teams across the state can start their official 2009 campaigns.
Official team golf practice could begin on July 13th. Even though that was the official start for high school practice, several of the WCHS golfers have spent quite a bit of time on the links this summer either practicing or playing in various tournaments as individuals.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will … Read More


$44.6 million budget approved for county

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

White County commissioners have approved the new operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that was carefully scrutinized to maintain funding at a level similar to 2008/2009.
The final vote was 12-2 in passage of the multi-million-dollar financial plan with the following appropriations:
•General fund, $9,032,539
•Local purpose, $303,000
•Drug control, $60,513
•Highways/public works, $4,415,353
•General debt service, $2,281,355
•Solid waste disposal, $1,398,903
•General purpose school, $25,114,440
•Central cafeteria, $1,948,612
Total appropriations for fiscal year 2009/2010 are $44,554,715. Last year’s appropriations were $44,676,047.
The tax levy has been set at $1.99 per $100 of assessed property value. This is the same figure as last year. The county has … Read More


$200,000 deficit possible for E-911

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

Explanation. Mike Kress, attorney for White County E-911 Board of Directors, addresses county commissioners.

Legal counsel for White County E-911 Board of Directors spoke to the county legislative body Monday night with an appeal for restoring funding to the levels provided in 2001.
Mike Kress, attorney for E-911, urge commissioners to consider
Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the budget for 2009/2010. However, Kress said commissioners had an important issue to consider before casting their votes, which was the level of funding for E-911.
“Back in 2004, there was a meeting of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board,” said Kress. “And at that meeting, some issues were discussed about … Read More


One man seriously injured in head-on crash

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

A two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 70, near Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, July 20, at approximately 7:30 p.m., injured all three occupants of both vehicles, causing two juveniles to be sent to White County Community Hospital and an adult male to be transported by Life Force medical helicopter to Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.
According to Trooper Kevin Ballew with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jackie McGee, 40, of White County, was traveling west on Highway 70 and, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line, slamming head-on into a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 16-year-old male.
Members of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad extricated McGee from his vehicle. He was … Read More


Cookeville man dies after workout

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

Michael Hickey, 38, of Cookeville, died July 20, at White County Community Hospital after he quit breathing, at approximately 7 a.m., during a workout at the Sparta YMCA.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, Hickey was working out with a partner at the YMCA when he reportedly became ill and quit breathing.
Personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services performed CPR on Hickey and transported him to WCCH, where he later died.
Guth said foul play is not suspected in the incident, but they began an investigation because the two men were alone, practicing jujitsu, when Hickey became ill.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the … Read More


Warrior football schedule filled with area teams

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

The 2009 White County High School football schedule is somewhat of a blend of the present and the past for the Warrior football program.
The ten-game schedule that covers 11 late summer/fall weeks is as varied a schedule as the team has had in years. The realigning of districts left the Warriors with only four district games and six games to fill with non-district teams as opposed to the last few seasons where WCHS has had just three non-region dates.
Those three non-region dates from the past few seasons are now three of the four district contests on the Warrior slate. Cookeville, Cumberland County and Warren County will … Read More


Sparta 9/10’s open state with thrilling win

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

Taking a swing. Samuel Hillis takes a swing at a pitch during one of the state tournament games in Lebanon for the 9/10 Little League All Stars.

Cardiac Kids. Comeback Kids. Either of the previous two nicknames could be given to Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team.
They seem to always battle back from a deficit and keep their fans in the middle of heart stopping action. Sunday’s opening round game in the state tournament being played in Lebanon was no different.
Sparta found themselves facing a 6-2 deficit to Clarksville National going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Sparta plated four runs in … Read More


9/10 All Star run comes to an end

Posted by | July 23, 2009 12:00 am

Looking it over. Zack Lynn looks over a pitch during one of the state tournament games for the 9/10 year old baseball all stars.

Working the mound. Trenton Hodges appeared on the mound for at least one batter in each of the three state tournament games for the Sparta 9/10 All Stars. He picked up the lone win despite facing only one batter on Sunday.

Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team won their first six games including their opener in the state tournament, but all that success came to an end with a pair of losses eliminating them from competition.
A team that had been … Read More


Woman injured in dog attack

Posted by | July 22, 2009 12:00 am

Recuperating. Gretta DeMarco is back at her home in White County recuperating from injuries received in an attacked by a neighbor’s dog during her morning walk.

Multiple injuries. This photo shows the multitude of marks left on Gretta DeMarco’s left arm after a neighbor’s dog attacked her July 20.

A 79-year-old White County woman was attacked July 20 by two dogs belonging to her neighbor while she was taking her usual morning walk on Vandy Circle in the Rimrock Mesa subdivision.
According to a report by Deputy Lanny Wheeler with White County Sheriff Department, a neighbor heard the screams of Gretta DeMarco as the dogs were attacking her.… Read More


Agnes Bohannon Goff

Posted by | July 22, 2009 12:00 am

Agnes Bohannon Goff, 77, of Sparta, passed away July 21, 2009, at Alive Hospice, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Mrs. Goff was born May 27, 1932, in Sparta, to David and Cecil Elizabeth Bartlett Bohannon.
She was a retired employee of the White County Tax Assessor’s office and Register of Deeds’ office.
Mrs. Goff was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Goff, and a brother, Wesley Bohannon.
Survivors include her daughter, Gail Goff, of Sparta; son, David Goff and wife Joyce, of Sparta; grandsons, Joel Goff, of Crossville, Adam Goff and wife Laura, of Adairsville, Ga.; sister, Marie Officer, of Hermitage; and brothers, David Earl Bohannon, … Read More


Bessie Lee Miller DeLaney

Posted by | July 22, 2009 12:00 am

Bessie Lee Miller DeLaney, 94, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Nashville and Sparta, passed away July 21, 2009, in Roanoke.
Mrs. DeLeney was born Jan. 22, 1915, to Charles E. Miller and Nancy (Nanny) A. Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd D. DeLaney; brothers, Benton, Burle, Louis and Fred Miller; and sisters, Ruth, Louise and Lila.
Survivors include her son, Robert S. DeLaney and wife Diane; sister, Reba; grandchildren, Scott DeRocher, Dineen Miller and husband Kee; one great-grandchild, Emily Goria; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. DeLaney was especially grateful for the care provided by her niece, Linda Carden, and the Walker family … Read More


9/10’s eliminated from state tournament

Posted by | July 22, 2009 12:00 am

Trenton Hodges on the mound for the 9/10 year old Sparta all stars.

Sparta’s 9/10 year old baseball all stars saw their campaign come to an abrupt halt with an 18-2 loss to Lawrenceburg on Tuesday
Check Thursday’s edition for full details of state tournament action. 


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