I saw a great love

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

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


Design Your Life

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

If you ask most women to write their ideal job description, consistent raises, more family time and more “me time” would be essential.
These three essentials are at the top of working women’s wish lists, according to the 2008 Ask A Working Woman Survey, an annual online survey conducted by Working America.
The 20,000 survey respondents echoed what so many more working women are feeling these days. They want more time with their families, but can’t afford it. They want some time to themselves, but can’t get it. In fact, 72 percent of the working mothers surveyed said they had less than an hour to themselves a day.… Read More


Airport FBO readies for active summer

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

At the February meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (UCRA) Board, Eric Walker with Region Air, the fixed base operator or FBO, reported recent weather had an impact on activities, but plans for several events to be held at the airport throughout the summer should pick up business substantially.
“As everybody knows, we’ve had the worst weather we’ve had in a long time,” said Walker. “We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for the coming months. There’s a women’s air race coming through. That’s a very large event for the area.”
The all-women transcontinental Air Race Classic will be held June 23 through June 26. It will … Read More


Sewer hook-up for apartments delayed, again

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

Questions. Alderman Robert Verble (left) asks about the manner in which the sewer construction project on Smithville Highway was handled, while Alderman Jeff Young said he wants more information about annexing that area.

For the third time in less than two months, a White County man’s construction project has been put on hold after city officials have still not given him a definitive answer about providing sewer service to his apartments.
During the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members voted to delay their decision until the city attorney could research the legalities of providing the service to property owned by Scott Davis, of Davis … Read More


Board votes to purchase out-of-town truck

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

City officials accepted a bid Thursday night for the purchase of a utility truck from an adjoining county that was one of seven submitted from both Sparta and out-of-town dealerships.
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen members were presented with bids, ranging from $37,275 to $41,635.
Vice Mayor Hoyt Jones made a motion to take the low bid, which was seconded by Alderwoman Debbie Sopha. However, it was pointed out to Jones the low bid of $37,275 (from Edd Rogers Valley Ford) was for a two-wheel drive vehicle instead of a four-wheel drive, which was what had been designated in the bid specifications.
The low bid for the … Read More


Elizabeth Diller

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

Elizabeth Diller, 78, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2009, at her residence.Diller was born Aug. 23, 2009, to Aden and Elizabeth Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Reuben and Owen; and step son-in-law, Nathan Martin.
Survivors include her husband Marlin Diller, with whom she was united in marriage Feb. 10, 1998; three brothers, Arthur, of Chambersburg, Pa., Theodore, of Denver, Pa, Kenneth, of Waynesboro, Pa.; 12 stepchildren, Rebecca Martin, of Smithsburg, Md., Rachel Moyer and husband Peter, of Sparta, Miriam Petre and husband John, of Manton, Mich., Wayne and wife Margaret, of Mt. Herman, Ky., Lee and wife Rebecca, of Sparta, Lynn … Read More


Roy R. Hodges

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

Roy R. Hodges, 74, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 22, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hodges was born July 1, 1934, in Jonesboro, to Gurne R. Hodges and Nell L. Hollars Hodges.
He had worked in tool and die for Genco Stamping.
Hodges was preceded in death by his father and two sons, David and Wayne Hodges.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hodges, of Sparta; two sons, Roger Hodges, of Cookeville, Phillip Hodges, of Indianapolis; mother, Nell L. Hodges, of Ooltewah; brother, Bill Hodges and wife Marlene, of Whiteburg; two sisters, Charlotte Sivleys, of Dayton; Irene Childers, of McMinnville; several grandchildren; and many friends.
A memorial service … Read More


Thomas E. (Bucky) Cantrell

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Thomas E. “Bucky” Cantrell, age 84, a resident of Fairfield Glade, passed way Feb. 21, 2009 at Life Care Center of Crossville.

Cantrell was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Etowah, to James and Juanita Cantrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Ruth Gist Cantrell; and brother, Mike Cantrell.
Cantrell served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from U.S. Plywood Corp. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he lettered in Tennis for three years and was the team captain his senior year. He was a leader in … Read More

Cavaliers hold Warriors at bay in second half

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

Blocking the path. Matt Mitchell goes up and blocks a shot attempt by Cookeville’s Taylor Hennigan in the first half of Friday’s opening round game. Cookeville took the lead at the start of the second quarter and despite a concerted effort by the Warriors, the Cavaliers held them off for the 58-48 win. The Warriors finished their season 11-17.

Driving to the hoop. Corey Johnson drives to the basket against Judah Akers for two of his game-high 17 points in Friday’s loss at Cookeville.

    Once again, the Warriors of White County High School hung with their archrivals for most of the game.
    But in the end, the Cavaliers … Read More


Warriorette comeback comes up short at Lebanon

Posted by | February 23, 2009 12:00 am

It’s a battle. The Warriorette game with Lebanon on Thursday was a physical contest. Lebanon came out on top of the Warriorette 65-56 advancing to the semifinals. The Warriorette season ended with a 20-9 record, but were short of a appearance in the region tournament.

The Warriorettes head toward center court to shake hands with Lebanon at the end of the final game of the 2008-09 season.

    A 17-point hole the Warriorettes found themselves in in the first half of Thursday’s District 7AAA opening game proved to be just a bit too much to overcome.
    The WCHS girls’ team fought their way back to a two-point deficit, but … Read More


Warrior season ends at hands of archrivals

Posted by | February 21, 2009 12:00 am

It's over. Warrior senior, Stewart Mitchell, walks sadly away from the court following the WCHS loss to Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.

    The White County High School Warriors stayed within striking distance of their archrivals the entire game, but could not ever get over the hump.
    The Warriors led the Cookeville Cavaliers early in the contest, but once the home team took the lead, they would never relinquish it on the way to the 58-48 win in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.
    The core was tied after one quarter, but the Cavs took the advantage in the second quarter and … Read More


Dovie Novella Gist

Posted by | February 20, 2009 12:00 am

Dovie Novella Gist, 94, of Sparta, the last survivor of the nine children of John Henry and Mary Elizabeth Hollins Gist, of Gum Springs Mountain, passed away recently.
She was an active member of Kynett Methodist Church and a choir member until her health failed. She was known for her sense of humor and generous nature.
Gist is survived by her guardian and caregiver for the past 15 years, Ernest (Tooter) Gist; son, Cliffton D. (Bowser) Gist; niece, Barbara Hill; godson, Jeffrey Culley; and too many Gribble, Gist and Carrick grand-nieces and grand-nephews to list. She is also survived by her beloved friends, Georgia Officer and Aline Strode, … Read More


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