Warrior football competes in passing camp at Maryville College

Posted by | July 20, 2009 12:00 am

Trying to avoid the tag. Caleb Lowery tries to avoid a Sequatachie County defender after catching a pass in the East Tennessee Perimeter 7 on 7 passing camp held Saturday at Maryville College. WCHS was one of more than 30 teams that competed.

The Warrior football team traveled to Maryville College on Saturday and got in plenty of snaps in passing league action.
More than 30 high school teams were on hand for the East Tennessee Perimeter 7 on 7 Passing League. Each team played five games on the day. The games, involving only the skill position offensive players and linebackers and secondary on defense, were 50 minutes … Read More

Sparta captures district pitching machine crown

Posted by | July 20, 2009 12:00 am

District champions. Sparta’s A pitching machine all star team captured the District 2 championship Friday with a 15-13 win over Lebanon. Members of the team (in no particular order) are: Dalton Baker, Isaac Miller, J.J. Baska, C.J. Nichols, Blake Gongaware, Noah Kerley, Andrew Sparks, Hayden Farris, Justin Rittenberry, David Gentry, Kendall Barker, Jacob Sparks and T.J. Selby. The team was managed by Mike Sparks with assistant coaches, Darren Gongaware and Shane Rittenberry.

Into third. Noah Kerley slides into third during the championship game against Lebanon. Sparta A won the game 15-13.

Getting it in. Drew Young throws the ball in from the outfield for Sparta’s pitching machine B.

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9/10 All Stars open state with thrilling win

Posted by | July 20, 2009 12:00 am

Logan Swoape slides safely home for the game winning run as the 9/10 all stars defeated Clarksville 7-6 in the opening round of the Little League state tournament in Lebanon.

Cardiac Kids. Comeback Kids. Either of the previous two nicknames could be given to Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team.
They seem to always battle back from a deficit and keep their fans in the middle of heart stopping action. Sunday’s opening round game in the state tournament being played in Lebanon was no different.
Sparta found themselves facing a 6-2 deficit to Clarksville National going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Sparta plated … Read More

George Sparks Jr.

Posted by | July 19, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

George Sparks Jr., 83, better known as Junior Sparks, passed away July 17, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Sparks was born March 27, 1926, in White County, to George Sparks Sr. and Bessie England Sparks.
He was a retired TV technician and had served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Luna Sparks, of Sparta; one son, Gerald Sparks and wife Linda, of Jackson; two grandchildren, George Adam Sparks and wife Lenora, of High Point, N.C., Suzanne Marie Sparks, of Fairview; mother of his grandchildren, Amy Brewer Sparks, of Fairview; sister-in-law, Sue Sparks, of Ohio.Read More

Ruby Davis

Posted by | July 19, 2009 12:00 am

Ruby Davis, 88, of Sparta, passed away July 17, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Top 10

Posted by | July 17, 2009 12:00 am

I read a sports journalist column the other day who listed the Top 25 athletes he would pay to see perform.
You see that is one of the perks of being a sports photo/journalist is you get into games free. So in that line of thinking, I came up with some Top 10 lists of my own.
First of all, the following is my Top 10 list of athletes (non-local) that I would have liked to have seen compete in person. Some that aren’t on this list are not there because I did get to see them live and in person
Here goes: 1. Dr. J. 2. Walter … Read More

State Bound!

Posted by | July 17, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team is all smiles after winning an extra inning thriller over Gallatin to capture the District 2 championship. The 9/10 year olds have gone undefeated on the way to the title and a berth in the state tournament in Lebanon. The Sparta team received a bye and will open tourney play Sunday at 3 p.m. Members of the team are (l to r): Pierce Whited, Zack Lynn, Jackson Dronebarger, Josh Grissom, David King, Tyler Randolph, Trenton Hodges, Matt McCulley, Logan Swoape, Brandon Tripp, Jacob Bray and Jonathan Johnson. Not pictured: Samuel Hillis. Pictured on the back row are Coach Tim … Read More

Sparta’s pitching machine A undefeated in district play

Posted by | July 17, 2009 12:00 am

He’s safe! T.J. Selby slides safely into second base during the win over Lebanon on Tuesday. Sparta picked up the 9-8 win avenging a loss last week in pitching machine all star action.

Flying off the bat. Blake Gongaware rips a base hit in pitching machine all star action. Sparta A is undefeated in the district tournament bracket and needs just one more win to take the title.

Sparta’s 10 and under pitching machine All Star team A finds themselves in the driver’s seat of the District 2 tournament being played in Sparta this week.
The Sparta team clad in maroon uniforms opened the tournament with a narrow … Read More

Sparta pitching machine B still alive in district action

Posted by | July 17, 2009 12:00 am

Watching the ball hit the bat. Macon Girdley, from Sparta pitching machine B, picks up a base hit in action on Tuesday at the Sparta Little League field. Girdley and his teammates will take on Lebanon tonight at 7 p.m.

Whatever it takes. K.J. Enlow makes a play from his knees during Monday’s pitching machine all star game.

When Sparta’s All Star pitching machine B team picks up a win, they do so in high fashion.
The Sparta team that wears gray jerseys in 10 and under action has won two games during their tournaments. Both of those have been mercy-rule victories. Despite dropping their opening game Monday … Read More

40 years of good deals

Posted by | July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Lester West

Deals on wheels. Lester West is ready to show off some of the great deals he has on his lot. He has served several generations of customers in his 40 years in the car business.

L and L Auto Sales
238 North Spring Street
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 836-8195
Name of owners:
Lester West
Hours of operation:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday:
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When did you open for business?
“Lester started in 1969 as East End Auto Sales then moved in 1974 as L and L Auto Sales for a total of 40 years.”… Read More

Farewell Father Fred

Posted by | July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Father Fred is honored at a recent retirement dinner at DelMonaco’s, in Baxter.

Father Fred stands on the front steps of the church after conducting his final Mass.

As one of his final acts, Father Fred assists church members with an official groundbreaking ceremony for a new addition at St. Andrew Catholic Church.

Saying goodbye is never easy, and for Father Fred J. Schmit, of St. Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta, the occasion was especially bittersweet. Although he is embarking on a new adventure in his life, which is known as “retirement,” Father Fred will be far away from the congregation that has become an important part of … Read More

Historic building brings new life to downtown Sparta

Posted by | July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Products. Rows and rows of pottery and handmade candles line the shelves at the new Fragrant Mushroom.

Memories. Thor McNeil’s foot indicates one of the several handmade tiles that comprise the entrance to his back door. The tiles were created by some of his students.

Configuration. Thor McNeil, of Fragrant Mushroom, shows the tiles in his “puzzle” doorway.

The skilled hands of a Sparta artist have transformed a piece of downtown history into a unique business while preserving the architectural integrity of a structure that holds a treasure-trove of memories for White County residents.
The structure that was known to most White Countians as Gooch Drugstore, at 12 … Read More

‘Legalities’ may require reconsideration of MTL proposal

Posted by | July 16, 2009 12:00 am

The issue about possibly moving Doyle Convenience Center that was discussed in a recent Solid Waste Committee meeting was also talked about during the Monday meeting of Steering Committee A when Gary Dodson, attorney for White County, answered a question about the legalities of the proposal by Middle Tennessee Limestone.
Dewayne Howard, chairman of Steering Committee A of White County Board Commissioners, approached the topic and opened the floor for comments.
“Is it legal to do what we proposed?” asked Hank Clark, who also serves on the Solid Waste Committee.
Middle Tennessee Limestone owners had requested the relocation of Doyle Convenience Center because the center sits directly in … Read More

County ban on ‘pit bulls’?

Posted by | July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Danger. White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe has asked county commissioners to pass a resolution banning ‘pit bull’ type dogs.

Incidents ranging from a deputy being bitten in the thigh to other officers being confronted by canines tied up at the entrances of residences belonging to alleged law violators has prompted Sheriff Oddie Shoupe to ask for a ban on ‘pit bull’ dogs in the county.
Shoupe addressed members of Steering Committee B, of White County Board of Commissioners, during a Monday night meeting. Shoupe said the breed of dogs commonly referred to as pit bulls are presenting safety issues not only for his officers, but also for the … Read More

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