Tax revenues increasing for White County

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Tax revenues collected by White County for April 2009 showed definite gains in all categories while Tennessee overall did not experience the same windfall.
Income tax collections increased from $32,497 in March 2009 to $108,694 in April 2009.
Inheritance, gift and estate revenue increased from $0 to $164,956.
Motor vehicle tax collections show an impressive gain from $89,329 in March 2009 to $97,431 in April 2009.
State sales tax also increased from $918,799 in March 2009 to $1,024,308 in April 2009.
Local sales tax showed gains from $257,315 in March 2009 to $293,623 in April 2009.
According to information received from Sara Jo Houghland, communications officer for Tennessee … Read More

Robert Benton Underwood

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Robert Benton Underwood, 78, of Sparta, passed away May 13, 209 at Masters Healthcare.
Mr. Underwood was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Putnam County, to William Cramp and Delia Jackson Underwood.
He was a member of Eaton Church of Christ and a machinist at Dacco Inc.
Mr. Underwood was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, June Pippin Underwood; brothers, Carlie and Everett Underwood; infant brothers, Carson and Ben Underwood; sisters, Myrtie Anderson and Bonnie Anderson; and infant sister, Magdaline Underwood.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Louella Underwood, of Sparta; two sons, Ben Underwood and wife Anta, of Bloomington Sprigs, James Underwood, of Sparta; three daughters, Marilyn … Read More

Warriorette basketball camp set for May 27-29

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Coach Bryan Haley has announced the dates for his annual Warriorette basketball camp.
The camp will be held May 27-29 at Roy Sewell Gymnasium on the campus of White County High School. Registration for the camp is Sunday, May 24th from 2-3 p.m. at the high school. Late registration is available 30 minutes prior to each camp session.
Coach Haley, his assistant coaches, Katy Pinion and Rebecca Beaty, along with members of the Warriorette team, will be instructors for the camp, which is open to girls who will be in the third through eighth grade.
Campers will be separated by age. Both of the high school gyms will … Read More

Yslas and Bales headed to state

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas qualifed for the state in the discus throw.

Chelsea Baca narrowly missed qualifying for the state in the 300-meter hurdles.

Casey Bales came in fourth in the 800-meter qualifying him for the state.

The ultimate goal of any high school student athlete or team is to make it to the state. Two WCHS athletes achieved that goal Tuesday and a third narrowly missed.
Lacy Yslas and Casey Bales will be representing Sparta and White County at next week’s Spring Fling, the championship events for all spring sports. Chelsea Baca missed out by less than a second on making it three maroon … Read More

Football spring practice underway

Posted by | May 13, 2009 12:00 am

The Warriors huddle up during a water break at practice.

Bill Harris will be working with both the offensive and defensive linemen.

New Warrior assistant coach, Chris Leak, talks to the players during practice. Leak will be the team's defensive coordinator.

Aaron Murray finds some running room during practice while players do their jobs in the trenches.

Teaching the game. Warrior head football coach, Tracey Malone, gives instructions during Wednesday’s spring practice session. The Warriors will practice this week completing their 10 days of allotted spring practice.

The Tracy Malone era of Warrior football officially got underway Monday when spring practice began.
The Warriors were scheduled to hit … Read More

Two qualify for state

Posted by | May 13, 2009 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas (top, left) and Casey Bales (bottom) both will be competing in next week's state meet. Chelsea Baca (top, right) narrowly missed on a trip to the state.

Three WCHS student-athletes competed at the sectional track and field meet Tuesday at Riverdale.
Two of those qualified for the state meet next week.  Lacy Yslas qualified in the discus throw with a third place finish.  Casey Bales will join her at the state after his fourth place finish in the 800-meter.  Chelsea Baca narrowly missed on a trip to the state as a freshman with her sixth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.
Look for the complete story … Read More

Seals arrested on 125 counts

Posted by | May 12, 2009 12:00 am

Selby Seals

A 53-year-old Doyle man was arrested May 7 on 125 counts of sexual-related charges.
Selby Seals, of 221 Gooseneck Rd., was booked into White County Jail, on Thursday morning. According to Detective Chris Isom, of White County Sheriff Department, Seals has been charged with 15 counts rape of a child, 70 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, and 40 counts of aggravated sexual battery. The bond for Seals was set at $2.4 million.
Isom said the investigation had been in progress for several months and was conducted by White County Sheriff Department and the office of the district attorney general of the 13th Judicial … Read More

Luther Ray Young

Posted by | May 12, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Luther Ray Young, 90, of Sparta, passed away May 11, 2009, at Masters Healthcare Center, in Algood.
Mr. Young was born Feb. 16, 1919, in White County, to Martin and Minnie Parrish Young.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a carpenter and a farmer.
Mr. Young was preceded in death by two sisters, Lena Mae Baker and Emma Cunningham, and six brothers, Claude, Clarence, Lyman, Albert, Grady and Milton Young.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Louise Lee Young; sons and their spouses, Tony and Linda Young, Harold and Pam Young, Dewey and Mary Young, all … Read More

A Healthy Kitchen Makeover

Posted by | May 11, 2009 12:00 am

Tackling spring cleaning tasks? Cleaning out the attic or reorganizing your bedroom might top your list. But don’t neglect your kitchen – give it a makeover by stocking it with great-tasting, healthy choices.
First, take a peek inside your refrigerator and pantry. Look at the expiration or “best used by” dates on food packages. Foods kept past their expiration dates can degrade in quality, and items such as butter and oils can go bad.
What to Stock Up On
Diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Whole Grains. Whole grains … Read More

Two fire departments temporarily merged

Posted by | May 11, 2009 12:00 am

Doyle/Mt. Gilead Fire Chief Paul McCormick addresses the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen about the various concerns at the Doyle Volunteer Fire Department.

At its May meeting, the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the temporary merger of the Doyle Volunteer Fire Department with the Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to maintain adequate protection in the Doyle district’s fire and first responder services.
Previously, in normal mutual aid functions, the Mt. Gilead department had been dispatched to Doyle district emergencies to cover for the lack of available firefighters and first responders.
When not enough Doyle responders answered the dispatched calls, the shortage of … Read More

City questions E-911 funding request

Posted by | May 11, 2009 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
City of Sparta officials were presented with a memorandum from their attorney Thursday that chronologically detailed eight years of statistics about funding for E-911 to attempt to determine whether or not the city is actually required to provide more than the $25,000 they have been contributing for the past several years.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo was adamant that the city could not afford to pay $69,954, which is the amount of the invoice the city recently received from E-911. This figure was the original amount the city contributed in 2001-2002.
During a 2004 meeting of Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, an order was issued … Read More

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