Siegel ends WCHS volleyball season

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Net action. Warriorette senior volleyball player, Katelyn Meadows, puts the ball in play against Siegel in the first round of the District 7AAA tournament at Cookeville. The Warriorettes’ season came to a close with a 3-0 loss to the Lady Stars.

    For the third straight year, the Warriorette volleyball team had their season come to an end in the first round of the District 7AAA tournament.
    This year, it was Siegel who ousted the Warriorettes Tuesday in three straight games, albeit hard fought, at Cookeville High School.  Siegel took 25-14, 25-15 and 25-21 victories to earn a spot in the semifinals along with top seeded Cookeville, Blackman and … Read More


Ernestine Underhill Smartt

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Ernestine Underhill Smartt, 81, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 11, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville
Smartt was born Oct. 15, 2008, in DeKalb County, to Frank and Lula Page Underhill.
She was retired from Rockford Textiles and had been a member of the Church of God.
Smartt was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Harris Smartt; daughter, Charlene Griffin; and granddaughter, Marie Hollandsworth.
Survivors include four daughters, Diane Crouch and husband Willis Crouch Jr., Nancy Lance and husband Jeff, all of McMinnville; Debbie West and husband Ralph, of Sparta, Judy Griffin and husband Phil, of Fort Myers, Fla.; one son, Johnny Ezra Smartt, of … Read More


Frances Marie Lawson Green Brown

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Frances M. Brown, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Brown was born April 5, 1943, in White County, to Marvin Roosevelt Lawson and Edna Pearl Young Lawson Dulaney.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Maddie Lawson, Vallery Dulaney; stepfather, Bill Dulaney; grandchild, Brandon Lee Hankins; great-grandchildren, C.W. Winnett, Jonathan O’Neal Stanford; and brother-in-law, Gary Hutton.
Survivors include four sons, Jeff Green and wife Juwana, Randall Green, Wayne Green, all of Sparta, Everett Brown Jr., of Baxter; two daughters, Becky Winnett and husband Charles, of Sparta, Louise Brown, of Cookeville; three brothers, Eugene Lawson and wife Gail, of Sparta, … Read More


Riley R. Young

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Riley R. Young, 69, of Nashville, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at Skyline Medical Center, in Nashville.
Young retired from Metro Nashville Fire Department after 32 years of service. After retirement, he spent a lot of time helping Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club with many of their projects, including their annual car show. He also helped Old Hickory Chamber of Commerce and Shrine Temple and many AACA car shows. He was very proud of his service to each of these, attaining the status of master judge and certified team captain with AACA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Clara Kelsey Young, and one brother, Willie Martin … Read More


Timothy Mason

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Timothy Mason, 41, of Quebeck, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Mason was born Dec. 3, 1966, to Davina Ann Savage Mason and Allen Lee Mason.
He was a mechanic for Federal Mogul.
Survivors include his mother, Davina Mason, of Quebeck; his fiancée, Paula Eller and her daughter, Danita Valentine, both of Sparta; brothers, Gary Mason and wife Jennifer, of Quebeck, Brad Mason and special friend, Lori Panter, of Quebeck; nephews, Cody Mason, of Quebeck, Dustin Mason, of Murfreesboro; niece, Jaden Brymer, of Quebeck; grandmother, Opal Savage, of Doyle; uncle; two aunts; and several cousins.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 18, 2008, … Read More


Warriors vs. Brainerd

Posted by | October 14, 2008 12:00 am

The Warrior football team dropped another heartbreaker, this time falling 24-20 to Brainerd.


Helen Geneva Cantrell Collins

Posted by | October 14, 2008 12:00 am

Helen Geneva Cantrell Collins, 75, of Monterey, formerly of Sparta, passed away Oct. 13, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Collins was born March 24, 1933, to Otis and Lula Belle Qualls Cantrell.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Eugene Cantrell, of North Carolina, Randy Cantrell, of Cookeville; three sisters, Judy Stoglin, Essie Lebenhart, Betty York, all of Sparta; one brother, Horace Dennis, of Sparta; granddaughter, Brandy Cantrell, of Sparta; and two great-grandchildren, Simon, Andrew Judd.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 16, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Elrod Cemetery. Bro. Doug Benningfield will officiate. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m., Oct. 15, … Read More


Frances M. Brown

Posted by | October 14, 2008 12:00 am

Frances M. Brown, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


One Small Change for a Safer Home

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

Canada, British Columbia, Delta, exterior of house with lawn in foreground, front view

Every fall we’re reminded to turn back our clocks for daylight saving time. And most people remember to do it. We’re also reminded to change the batteries in household smoke detectors – but how many make that change? Forgetting the clock means you could be an hour late. Forgetting the smoke detector could put the whole family at risk.
Did You Know?
-Approximately every three hours a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation.
-Children ages five and under are twice as likely as the population as a whole to die in home fires.… Read More


Four arrested in meth lab bust

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

Racheal Renee Cravens

Willard Junior Norris

Blair Marie Caruthers

Guns and drugs. Items found at the residence on Crossville Hwy included a pistol with ammunition and several types of drugs.

Dangerous concoction. Deputy Dale Bumbalough tests items found during a meth raid to confirm what the substances are and log the information for the courts.

Dane Lee Duckett

    A tip from a concerned resident led officers with White County Sheriff Department to raid a meth lab in the early morning hours Thursday at a residence on Crossville Highway and arrest four individuals on drug and weapon charges.
    According to Deputy Dale Bumbalough, Blair Marie Caruthers, 26; Racheal Renee … Read More


Benefit for Cody Simmons Oct. 18 at Ag Complex

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

Cool kid. Cody Simmons and his family are in the process of fighting a battle to save his life. This benefit will help them with the mounting bills already coming in and those that will certainly be in their mailbox for the next few years.

    A benefit will be held for 11-year old leukemia patient, Cody Simmons, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Agriculture Complex at White County fairgrounds.
    Cody was officially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on June 18, 2008. His symptoms started about a week before it was diagnosed.
    “He just started complaining and not feeling well,” said Cody’s father, Harlen … Read More


60% water rate increase expected

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

    City officials were hit with bad news Thursday night when they were informed it would take a 60 percent hike in water and sewer rates to generate enough revenue to keep the governmental entity’s cash flow from taking a nosedive within the next three years.
Utility                               Water bill
Sparta (current)                $14.73
Sparta (proposed 60%)    $23.60
Cookeville                         $14.15
Crossville                          $18.45
Livingston                         $28.48
Utility                               Sewer bill
Sparta (current)                $19.14
Sparta (proposed 60%)    $31.86
Cookeville                         $20.75
Crossville                          $22.50
Livingston                         $18.30
    Consultants with Municipal Technical Assistance Service presented their findings to Sparta’s mayor and aldermen during a work session on Thursday. Ralph Cross and Sharon Rollins laid out a five-year projection as … Read More


Shootings injure two men Friday

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

Two men are listed in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital after a Friday afternoon argument at a residence on Papermill Road reportedly led to both men shooting each other.
According to Detective Chris Isom, of White County Sheriff Department, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Oct. 10, deputies Jacob Groce and Darin Gongaware responded to a shooting call from William C. Brymer, of Doyle.
Brymer reportedly told Groce that John Greene, of White County, entered Brymer’s residence. An altercation ensued between the two men, which escalated into a physical struggle.
Greene then reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brymer in the mouth. Brymer reportedly took the gun away from Greene … Read More


Bessie Tollison

Posted by | October 13, 2008 12:00 am

Bessie Tollison, 102, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 12, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville.
Tollison was born April 2, 1906, in White County, to Garrett Goodwin and Ollie Lollar Goodwin.
She was a lifelong resident of Baker’s Crossroads community and a member of Almyra Methodist Church. She will be remembered for her good cooking, gardening, quilting and helping others.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 36 years, J.W. (Will) Tollison; three sons, Carson, Stacy, Kyle Tollison; infant daughters, Caroline, Genetta, Evelyn Tollison; and two brothers, Plennie and Charlie Goodwin.
Survivors include one son, Jim Tollison and wife Mary, of Morrison; daughters-in-law, Arah Tollison, … Read More


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