Gracemoor’s Valentine Gala will showcase local talent

Posted by | February 3, 2009 12:00 am

Special auction item. This official NFL football autographed by Peyton Manning is among the items that will be auctioned off at the Valentine Gala to benefit Gracemoor held at the White County Agricultural Complex.

A Valentine Gala will be held Feb. 14, beginning at 6 p.m., at the White County Agricultural Complex including a lovely dinner as well as a silent and live auction, and a special talent show featuring students from White County High School.
The event benefits Gracemoor Inc., a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from violent or abusive situations. They work to break the cycle of violence by providing services to those trying to escape … Read More

Susan Lowery Key

Posted by | February 3, 2009 12:00 am

Susan Lowery Key, 55, of White House, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2009, at Baptist Hospital, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Katherine Stewart Bower

Posted by | February 3, 2009 12:00 am

Katherine Stewart Bower, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Bower was born Sept. 29, 1920, in White County, to Virgil Reese and Zeta Baker Stewart.
She was a retired secretary.
Bower was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Leron Simpson, Ruby Grimmer; and brother, Randall Stewart.
Survivors include two brothers, Stancel E. Stewart and wife Clarice, of Sparta, Gordon S. Stewart and wife Bernice, of Nashville; three sisters, Marie McBride, of Ratcliff, Ky., Florine Watson, Elise Billings and husband Carl, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Feb. 4, 2009, at Hunter Funeral … Read More

Darryl Wayne (Toad) Brown

Posted by | February 3, 2009 12:00 am

Darryl Wayne (Toad) Brown, 37, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.

Brown was born Feb. 24, 1971, in Sparta, to Rodger Brown and Sandy Adams Brown.
Brown was preceded in death by his grandparents, S.D. Brown and Ellis and Johnnie Adams.
Survivors include his parents, Rodger and Sandy Brown, of Sparta; two daughters, Ashley Ryan, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gabby Murphy, of Sparta; brother, Andy Brown, of Sparta; grandmother, Willie Brown, of Sparta; granddaughter, Emma Ryan, of Cincinnati, Ohio; special friend, Jackie Murphy, of Sparta; two nieces; and many aunts, uncles and friends.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 6, 2009, … Read More

Tony Ray (Selbydog) Selby

Posted by | February 3, 2009 12:00 am

Tony Ray (Selbydog) Selby, 55, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 1, 2009, at his residence.

Selby was born July 7, 1953, in White County, to Helon Trusty Selby and Alfred S. Selby.
He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his mother, Helon Selby, of Sparta; daughter, Sherry Selby Young and husband Matt, of Sparta; brother, Bryan Selby, of Sparta; two grandsons, Bruce Young, Brandon Young; uncle, Glynn Trusty and wife Marie, of Sparta; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 3, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Plainview Cemetery, in Cassville. Nathan Hawkins will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in

Just who are “they?”

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

    I suppose I’m going to get on my soapbox again. So, if you don’t like preaching unless it comes from behind a pulpit, you had better stop reading right now.
    Here it is – STOP THE RUMORS!
    Now, I’ve said it! I’m feeling much better now!
    The rumors of which I speak are those surrounding the recent shooting death of one of Sparta’s residents.
    Those of you who are spreading the rumors should stop and think about what you are saying before it comes out of your mouths. Oh, sure, we all say things sometimes that would have been better left unsaid. But, innocent conversation in the privacy … Read More

A Romantic Picnic for Two

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

They say that France is one of the most romantic places in the world. For Valentine’s Day, bring a touch of France to your celebration with a romantic picnic featuring succulent specialty cheeses from France.
France produces a remarkable diversity of cheeses made from goat, sheep and cow’s milk. There are hundreds of French favorites to choose from, making it easy to find a special, mouth-watering selection for a romantic occasion.
Acclaimed cheese expert and James Beard winner Max McCalman, author of “The Cheese Plate,” and “Cheese, a Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best,” suggests a romantic plate for two that includes French favorites Camembert, ComtÈ and Roquefort. … Read More

Unemployment reaches 11.9 percent

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

White County’s unemployment rate is steadily rising and is almost double from the figure listed a year ago.

The newest statistics from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show White County’s December 2008 unemployment rate at 11.9 percent. In December 2007, the rate was 6.4 percent.
However, White County is still faring better than one of its neighbors. Warren County is sitting at 12.3 percent unemployment.
The other bordering counties’ unemployment rates are Putnam at 7.7 percent; Van Buren, 11.1 percent; DeKalb, 9.2 percent; and Cumberland, 10.1 percent.   
The rate for December 2008, in White County, is the fifth highest for any December since 1973. 
-December 1982: Read More

Sullivan case is “ongoing” investigation

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

A two-week-old investigation into the shooting death of 50-year-old Terry Sullivan still has officers working diligently to solve the case about who pulled the trigger on Jan. 16 at the Oakland Drive residence.
“We want to bring the right person to justice,” stated Guth. “We’re following all leads. The investigators, along with the TBI, are working every day on this case. It’s a time-consuming thing, and we want to do it right.”
Sullivan’s body was reportedly found at approximately 9 p.m., Jan. 16, at his home in Gillen Subdivision, which is located inside the city limits of Sparta.
Guth explained there are no new developments, and no leads … Read More

Firefighters battle more than flames

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta and White County firefighters responded to hundreds of false alarms during the past two years, with approximately 98 percent of those calls the result of human error or problems with the equipment.
“Aside from the economic cost of it, which we can’t afford, the real expense to me is the hardship it puts on our volunteers,” said Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay. “We’re primarily a volunteer fire service, and we rely on that heavily. When they’re continually responding to false alarms at their own expense, they tend to lose interest in being prompt in responding. And that’s just a natural human reaction.”
City of Sparta receives fire … Read More

WCHS teams come up short in comeback games

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

Keyed the WCHS comeback. Heather Roberts, shown above looking past Cookeville defender Sloan Barnes, keyed the Warriorette comeback in the game with 10 consecutive second half points. WCHS came up short though with the 55-50 loss to the Lady Cavaliers.

What happened? The Warrior coaches and players watch from the bench in the closing minutes of the game that saw a 28 point swing. The Warriors went from 18 points up to lose by 11 to their arch rivals. Next up for WCHS is a trip to Lebanon. See the photo gallery page for more pictures from the games.

    One fact can’t be avoided in high school basketball. … Read More

Eighth grade ready for CTC tourney openers

Posted by | February 2, 2009 12:00 am

Battling in the paint. Latha Wilson battles in the paint with Warren County players in eighth grade action Thursday night. Wilson scored what turned out to be the game winner in the 25-21 win by WCMS.

In a crowd. Andy Mathias puts the ball up after pulling an offensive rebound in the midst of a host of Warren County players.

Undefeated season. The White County Middle School seventh grade girls recently put the finishing touches on an perfect season. They won all 15 of their games. Members of the team (kneeling, l to r): Sydney Holeman, Kaydra Cash, Baylee Bain, Jerrica Swift and Ashton Mitchell. Back row: Coach

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Cookeville notches rivalry sweep

Posted by | January 31, 2009 12:00 am

    Two rivalry games.  Two large first half leads disappear.  One team holds on for the win while the second lets victory slip away.
    In the battle between two of District 7AAA’s oldest rivals, Cookeville was able to take wins in two different kinds of comeback games.
    The Lady Cavs led the Warriorettes by as many as 17 in the girls’ contest only to see the WCHS team make a furious comeback.  The Warriorettes got to within two in the fourth quarter, but Cookeville sealed the 55-50 win going five of six from the free throw line in the final minute of the contest. 
    Heather Roberts paced the Warriorettes … Read More

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