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



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.


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