Rock Island man charged with attempted first-degree murder

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

James P. Vernon, 38

A White County man is in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital and another man charged with attempted first-degree murder after an incident, July 7, on a houseboat in DeKalb County, near Horseshoe Bend Marina.
According to Detective Chris Isom with White County Sheriff Department, Sgt. Lewis Carrick, Deputy James Blankenship and personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services responded to an address on McMinnville Highway, at approximately 11 p.m., Tuesday, about an unresponsive 24-year-old male.
They reportedly found Joey Clark, of Sparta, with multiple neck and head injuries. He was taken to White County Community Hospital by ambulance.
Isom stated Clark’s condition became extremely … Read More


James Berton Kinnaird

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

James Berton Kinnaird, 58, of White County, passed away July 10, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Kinnaird was born Feb. 1, 1951, in Putnam County, to Carl Berton and Lyrea Ann Farley Kinnaird.
He had been a logger.
Survivors include his special friend, Pamela Vance, of Sparta; two sisters, Joann Adcock, Sue Kinnaird, both of Sparta; two brothers, Kenny Kinnaird and wife Brenda, of McMinnville, John Kinnaird and wife Joette, of Sparta; and special friend, Debbie Burgin.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., July 12, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Nash Cemetery. James Haynes officiated.  Pallbearers were Richey Shubert, Doyle Richardson Sr., Doyle Richardson … Read More


Martha Jean Thompson

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Martha Jean Thompson, 67, of Sparta, passed away July 12, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Thompson was born July 12, 2009, in Detroit, Mich., to Nunzio Cessante and Florence Romano Cessante.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Juliuis Cessante, Nunzio Cessante; and two sisters, Nancy House and Florence Cessante.
Survivors include her husband, William (Bill) Thompson, of Sparta; two sons, Patrick Thompson and wife Tracey, of Doyle, Joe Thompson, of Westland, Mich.; one daughter, Abby Sutton and husband Barry, of Temple, Ga.; brother, Vincente Cessante, of Canton, Mich.; three sisters, Rose Milavec, Celestine Cessante, both of Westland, Mich., Virginia Ardley, of Ontario, … Read More


John (Tommy) Thomas Shockley

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

John Thomas (Tommy) Shockley, 78, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2009, at the Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Shockley was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Sparta, to Eston and Blossom Shockley.
He served in the U.S. Air Force 1951-1955, during the Korean Conflict, and attained the rank of staff sergeant. Mr. Shockley was a member of Sparta First United Methodist Church for 69 years. He was also a member of White County Jaycees, Sparta Rotary Club and a retired bank manager with Commerce Union Bank, in Sparta.
Mr. Shockley was preceded in death by his parents and … Read More


Raymond Edward (R.E. or Red) Johnson

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Raymond Edward (R.E. or Red) Johnson, 63, of Sparta, passed away July 10, 2009, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.
Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 21, 1945, in White County, to James Mitchell and Abbie Christine Crawford Johnson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a truck driver.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, Albert and Josie Scott Crawford, Lucy Johnson Dye; three brothers Nathan, Bruce, Larry Johnson; and nephew, Robert (Tooter) Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Rill Johnson, of Sparta; mother, Abbie Christine Johnson, of Sparta; brother James F. Johnson and wife Gail, of Kentucky; sister, Vaunda Copeland (Roger Henry), … Read More


Ben E. Swindell

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Ben Ellis Swindell, 70, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Swindell was born May 11, 1939, in Sparta, to Robert Lee Swindell Sr. and Lassie Thomas Swindell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Glenda Ann Swindell Copeland.
Mr. Swindell was owner of Swindell’s Decorator Supply, in Sparta.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Zelda Swindell, of Sparta; Kellye Ellisa Swindell Boylan and husband Robert, of Milton; brother, Robert Lee Swindell Jr. and wife Betsy, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Meredith Ellise Boylan, Olivia Lee Boylan, Emma Caroline Boylan; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.  
Funeral … Read More


Mildred Anthanette (Snooks) Black

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Mildred Anthanette (Snooks) Black, 84, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2009, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.
Mrs. Black was born March 14, 1925, in Sparta, to Jeff Williams and Sibbie Jane Paul Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lula Scott, Cholra Mae Simmons, Sarah Emery, Mary Hardie; and brothers, Bob Williams and Earl Williams
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, A.R. Black, of Sparta; special nephew, Jim Scott and wife Brenda, of Sparta; three additional nephews; four nieces; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., July 11, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Smith Chapel Cemetery, … Read More


Both Sparta pitching machine all star teams advance to district

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Teamwork in the outfield. Hayden Farris throws the ball in from the outfield as teammate, J.J. Baksa, backs him up in pitching machine tournament action last week in Sparta. The district tournament starts tonight here with two Sparta teams playing. The first plays at 6 p.m. and then the second follows at 7:30.

Getting the out at first. Sparta pitching machine all star, Bradley Seibers, throws to first to get the out during the win over DeKalb County in Carthage on Thursday.

Sparta’s Little League field will play host to the district 10 and under pitching machine all star tournament this week and local fans will have plenty … Read More


9/10 year old All Stars headed to state

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Taking a cut. Tyler Randolph takes a cut at a pitch during Thursday’s 12-0 shut out win over Hartsville.

One of many runs. One of Sparta’s 9/10 year old all stars slides safely home for one of the 12 runs they scored in the shutout win over Hartsville. Sparta followed with an 11-4 extra inning victory over Gallatin to capture the district title and earn a berth in the state tournament. That will begin Saturday in Lebanon. The time and opponent had not been announced at press time.

Sparta’s 9/10 year old baseball all stars picked up two wins in the district tournament to capture the District 2 … Read More


11/12 all stars still in hunt for state berth

Posted by | July 13, 2009 12:00 am

In a pickle. The Sparta defense got a Smith County runner in a run down. Catcher, Tyler Brock, throws over the runner back to home plate for the out.

Hauling it in. Auston Glenn settles in under a fly ball to right field during the Sparta 12-year old all star team’s 11-6 win over Smith County Friday in Smithville. The 12’s will battle Lafayette tonight at 7 p.m. in the finals. Sparta will have to beat Lafayette twice to advance.

Sparta’s 11/12 year old baseball all stars opened district tournament play in Smithville with a loss, but have bounced back to fight their way out of the loser’s … Read More


Ben E. Swindell

Posted by | July 10, 2009 12:00 am

Ben E. Swindell, 70, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2009, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Anthanette (Snook) Black

Posted by | July 10, 2009 12:00 am

Mildred Anthanette (Snook) Black, 84, of Sparta, passed away July 9, 2009, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.
Survivors include her husband, A.R. Black, of Sparta; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 11, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Smith Chapel Cemetery, in Cumberland County. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time for the service, on July 11.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jean Hogenson Brockman

Posted by | July 10, 2009 12:00 am

Jean Hogenson Brockman, 83, of Florida, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 8, 2009, at Villages Regional Medical Center, in Florida.
Mrs. Brockman was employed several years with Gooch Pharmacy, in Sparta She served as church secretary 25 years for Sparta First United Methodist Church
A graveside service will be at a later date in Sparta.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Brockman, of Florida; one daughter, Mary Holt and husband Larry, of Corryton; two sons, Bill Brockman, of Sparta, John Brockman, of Palm Springs, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Philips fire shuts down plant

Posted by | July 9, 2009 12:00 am

A fire at Philips Luminaires on McMinnville Highway, at approximately 11:30 a.m, July 7, caused company officials to evacuate the plant and send employees home for the rest of the day. [VIDEO BY GREG ENGLAND]


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