18-wheeler crash disrupts traffic for two hours

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Traffic on Crossville Highway, just west of Sunset Rock, was disrupted for more than two hours, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, after the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control and slammed into an embankment.


Weather conditions continue to affect drivers

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

According to TDOT, caution is the best preventative in avoiding accidents during the current ice storms crossing the state. They remind motorists that, when there’s ice and snow, take it slow – slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.
“You can’t do anything with ice,” said White County Highway Superintendent Robert Weaver Weaver. “Salt won’t work under 22 degrees. If you’ve got black ice, you’ve got problems.”
There are two types of melting agents used by highway departments – salt and brine. And the type used depends on several issues including the cost and the kind of weather in a particular area.
“We don’t use brine … Read More


Deputies respond to more than 500 false alarms

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

False burglar alarm calls have been steadily growing for White County Sheriff Department as reported negligence and lack of proper settings are causing deputies to respond to remote areas of the county when they could possibly be needed for a real emergency several miles away.
Many counties in Tennessee, as well as numerous municipalities, have implemented ordinances that set a fee for false alarm calls. Several of those researched for this story were set at $50 per false call.
Between May 2007 and January 2009, one White County industry, outside the city limits, had approximately 34 false alarms. If a fee of $50 per false alarm was instituted, … Read More


Mary Ann McCormick Cooper

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Ann McCormick Cooper, 96, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Cooper was born Jan. 7, 1913, in Algood, to John Calvin and Nellie Hudgens McCormick.
She was an active member of Central Church of Christ. Cooper was a retired teacher in the White County school system and had taught at BonDeCroft, Doyle and Findlay. She also served as a substitute teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Winstead Daniel Cooper whom she married in April 1936; brother, Frank McCormick; and sister, Christine McCormick Ferrell.
Survivors include her daughters, Margureite Ann Cooper Bennett and husband Bill, of Ooltewah, … Read More


Jesse Cole

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Jesse Cole, 66, of Livingston, formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2009, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Cole was born July 6, 1942, in White County, to Monroe and Pansy Lee Elrod Cole.
He had been a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Cole was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Joyce Young and Bessie Vinson.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Tindle Cole, of Cookeville; daughters, Lee George and husband Aldie, of Mt. Airy, N.C., Jessica Cole, of Livingston, Jennifer Cole, of Cookeville; stepchildren, Anthony Tindle, of Baxter, Angela Torres, of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jessica Renee George, of Raleigh, N.C., Justin George, of Mt. Airy, … Read More


Lisa R. Bumbalough

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Lisa R. Bumbalough, 36, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2009, at Baptist Hospital, in Nashville.
Bumbalough was born March 5, 1972, to Danny Stephen Price and Loretta Raines Worthington.
She had been a homemaker.
Bumbalough was preceded in death by her father, Charles Worthington.
Survivors include her husband, James Tony Bumbalough, of Sparta; nephew, Jordan Price; niece, Haley Price; mother, Loretta Worthington; father, Danny Stephen Price, of Sparta; brother, Stephen Dewayne Price, of Sparta; sister, Holly Sue Price, of Sparta; stepsisters, Anita Worthington, of Sparta, Donna Worthington, of Georgia, Tonya, Rita and Patty Worthington, all of Shelbyville; nephew, Jamal Worthington; nieces, Kate Archer, Amanda Oakwood; father and … Read More


Lena Mae Farris

Posted by | January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Lena Mae Farris, 83, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 27, 2009, at Master’s Healthcare Center.
Farris was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Putnam County, to Johnnie Estil and Gladys Fitzpatrick Wright.
She was a member of Northeast Church of Christ.
Together with her husband, children and daughter-in-law, Farris operated many restaurants at the Algood Stockyard and the Plateau Livestock Exchange, in Crossville, for many years.
Prior to establishing her own bookkeeping and tax preparation service, she managed the H&R Block office, in Sparta. She enjoyed farming, horseback riding, cooking, sewing and quilting.
Her greatest interest was genealogy, and she traced her ancestors and her husband’s ancestors back to … Read More


Mary Ann McCormick Cooper

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Ann McCormick Cooper, 96, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 29, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alice R. Jones

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Alice R. Jones, 70, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 28, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alice Rosita Ochoa Jones

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Alice Rosita Ochoa Jones, 70, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 28, 2009, at her residence.
Jones was born June 25, 1938, in Detroit, to Joseph and Nanny Rose Grubbs Ochoa.
She was a retired factory worker.
Survivors include her husband, The Rev. Harold T. Jones, of Spencer; children, Harold D. Jones, of Arizona, James Daniel Jones, of Dayton, The Rev. Joe David Jones, of Sparta, Rosalee Blaylock, of Phoenix, Ariz., Rene Young, of Sparta, Roy D. Jones, of Smithville, Teddy Donald Jones, of Lebanon, Wanda Jean Norris, of Spencer; brothers and sisters, Calvin Flemings, Juanita Bice, both of Chattanooga, Johnny Ochoa, of Missouri, Marty Strumpski, of Johnson City, … Read More


Mark Alan Smith

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Mark Alan Smith, 49, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 29, 2009, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 1, 2009, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lena Mae Farris

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Lena Mae Farris, 83, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 27, 2009, at Master’s Healthcare Center.
Farris was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Putnam County, to Johnnie Estil and Gladys Fitzpatrick Wright.
She was a member of Northeast Church of Christ.
Together with her husband, children and daughter-in-law, Farris operated many restaurants at the Algood Stockyard and the Plateau Livestock Exchange, in Crossville, for many years.
Prior to establishing her own bookkeeping and tax preparation service, she managed the H&R Block office, in Sparta. She enjoyed farming, horseback riding, cooking, sewing and quilting.
Her greatest interest was genealogy, and she traced her ancestors and her husband’s ancestors back to … Read More


Archrivals set to square off Friday in Sparta

Posted by | January 29, 2009 12:00 am

Stewart Mitchell and the rest of the WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes will play host to archrival Cookeville Friday night.




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