Tennessee unemployment rate increases

Posted by | March 2, 2009 12:00 am

Tennessee is continuing to experience the results of a struggling economy as unemployment rates rose in January, with county-by-county figures to be released Thursday.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the overall state results last week. The unemployment rate for January 2009 was 8.6 percent, which was up 1 percent from the revised December 2008 rate of 7.6 percent. The unemployment rate in Tennessee for January 2008 was 5.3 percent.
The national unemployment rate for January 2009 was 7.6 percent, which was an increase of .04 percent from December 2008.
On a positive note, December-to-January job gains occurred in the professional, scientific and technical services, with … Read More

Edward (Tobe) M. Jernigan

Posted by | March 2, 2009 12:00 am

Edward (Tobe) M. Jernigan, 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2009, at Life Care Center of Columbia.
Jernigan was born Sept. 22, 1923, in White County, to Ed and Ester Martin Jernigan.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and member of Gum Springs Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon. He had also been a farmer.
Jernigan was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Virgil (Buck) Jernigan, Addis Mae Denton, Charles Leaton Jernigan, Dola Vean Cooper.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Johnnie McCoin Jernigan, of Sparta; two sons, Eddie Dean Jernigan and wife Jennifer, of Nashville; Johnny … Read More

Lloyd Bradley

Posted by | March 2, 2009 12:00 am

Lloyd Bradley, 75, of Sparta, passed away March 2, 2009, at Generations of Spencer.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Diamond Warriors feature solid senior class

Posted by | March 2, 2009 12:00 am

Providing the leadership. The Warrior baseball team returns seven seniors who logged a lot of playing time last season and should be the catalyst for the 2009 season. Seniors members of the team include (l to r): Bryan Holland, Dalton Bain, Zach Jolly, Roggie Haston, Seth McDonald, Joseph Johnson and Jordan Brown. WCHS opens the season at Upperman before returning home to host Livingston on March 10th.

    Back in the days of little league, the future members of the Class of 2009 put together some pretty impressive all star campaigns. 
    Warrior baseball coach, Brian Everett hopes that now that those players are heading into their senior season, the … Read More

Versatility could be key to Warrior soccer success

Posted by | March 2, 2009 12:00 am

The soccer veterans. The Warrior soccer team will finish up the preseason by hosting the Upperman Cumberland Classic this Saturday before opening the regular season at Lebanon next Monday. The senior members of the Warriors are (l to r): Joah Simmons, Robert McBride, Stephen Richardson, Jesse Lilligren, Matt Geer, Zack Saylors, Jonathan Fann and Cameron Young.

   Webster defines versatile as capable of doing many things.  Second year Warrior soccer coach, Ross Fann, hopes his teams versatility will help achieve a measure of success this season.
    With a strong senior class, a big sophomore class and a few quality juniors, the White County High School boys’ soccer team hopes … Read More

Betty Sapp Bohannon

Posted by | March 1, 2009 12:00 am

Betty Sapp Bohannon,  66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2009 at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Bohannon was born July 14, 1942, in White County, to Homer Floyd and Minnie Mitchell Sapp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen Aneva Sapp; and two brothers Casto Cummings and Floyd Mitchell Sapp.
She was a White County Commissioner and a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, William Clark Bohannon, of Sparta; son, Wesley Clark Bohannon, of Sparta; stepson, William Franklin Bohannon, of Sparta, three sisters, Josephine Knapp, of Birmingham, Ala., Evelyn Demps, of Sparta, Norma Jean Goff and husband Bob, … Read More

Edward (Tobe) M. Jernigan

Posted by | March 1, 2009 12:00 am

Edward (Tobe) M. Jernigan, 85, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 28, 2009, at Life Care Center of Columbia.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Find the Ultimate U through holistic healing

Posted by | February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Happy home. Linda and Pete Siggelko are happy transplants from Indiana, who are now living in the White County area. He restores old vehicles to their former glory and she restores vibrancy into appreciative customers’ lives.

CPR for babies. Linda Ann Siggelko, a nurse for many years, teaches how to perform CPR on a child, which is among the many other skills she’s developed.

Name of business:
Ultimate U
P.O. Box 426
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
Web site:
Name of owners:
Linda Ann Siggelko, R.N., M.S.S.
Hours of operation:
By Appointment
When did you open for business?
January 26, 2009
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Senior artists donate paintings to WCCH

Posted by | February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Beautiful art. White County Community Hospital Board Chairman Barbara Witzigman helps hospital Administrator Joel Taylor with one of the beautiful paintings created by one of the art students at the Sparta Senior Center.

Several original paintings by members of the art class at Sparta-White County Senior Center have been donated to White County Community Hospital and will be put on display in various patient rooms throughout the hospital.
“We’ve recently re-painted and re-done all of our patient rooms,” said Joel Taylor, WCCH administrator. “They’re good looking, and they add a lot to our patient rooms. We’ve had several compliments already.”
The White County artists, Sarah Farley, Donna Rutledge, … Read More

Mobile home burns to the ground

Posted by | February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Complete loss. This mobile home is reduced to rubble by a fire on Wednesday morning after movers left it overnight, near its previous location.

A mobile home, in the process of being moved, burned to the ground early Wednesday morning just off Crossville Highway.
According to E-911 records, firefighters with BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments were dispatched, at approximately 4:55 a.m., to the area near 11021 Crossville Highway. Within approximately 14 minutes of their arrival, the mobile home was “on the ground.”
A witness on the scene stated the mobile home was being moved, but was left overnight after it struck an electrical junction box near the … Read More

WCMS student earns unique opportunity

Posted by | February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Accomplished student. Crockett Sewell proudly displays a special coin and pin set awarded to him, commemorating his trip to witness the inauguration of President Barack in Washington, DC.

Crockett Sewell, son of Greg and Lisa Sewell, was among nearly 3,000 middle school students across the nation, and the only one from White County, whose academic achievements earned invitations to the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Sewell attended the event as a member of Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (JrPYIC), an organization sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC).
“Mainly, we learned how to be a better leader in our community and learn more about the world,” … Read More

911 fees opposed

Posted by | February 27, 2009 12:00 am

A resolution to support an increase in cell phone fees for E-911 failed to pass during the Monday night county commission meeting when members were divided about whether or not it was the right time to impose additional expenses on White County residents.
“This is a version of what Overton County passed,” said Commissioner Jerry Denton, who also serves as chairman of E-911 Board of Directors.
The resolution presented to commissioners would simply acknowledge support of possible legislation that would levy an additional 50 cents on the $1 monthly E-911 fee on cell phones. Residential landlines already pay $1.50, while business phones are charged $3. The resolution stated … Read More

Shooting victim’s parents ask for help

Posted by | February 26, 2009 12:00 am

Joe and Vauda Sullivan are just taking one day at time as they cope with the shooting death of their only son. Terry Sullivan, 50, is shown with his parents at a young age when he was full of fun and mischief.

Terry Sullivan and his sister Daphne were quite the pair when they were young. Not only did they share a family tie, but the two siblings also worked together every day.

Vauda Sullivan and her son Terry have always shared a special relationship, much like that of most mothers and sons. Vauda said he would call her every day just to tell her he loved her.

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Thomas Sevier Watkins

Posted by | February 26, 2009 12:00 am

Thomas Sevier Watkins, 65, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2009, at his residence.
Watkins was born Dec. 13, 1943, in White County, to Isaac Watkins and Annie Mae Shockley
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Survivors include his son, David Watkins, of Sparta; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Wood, of Smyrna, Misty Watkins Bingham, Christy Watkins, both of Murfreesboro; stepson, Jason Watkins, of Murfreesboro; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Feb. 28, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Lee Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Feb. 27, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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