Jolly family going dancing

Posted by | March 12, 2009 12:00 am

Cutting down nets again. Kellie Jolly Harper has become pretty efficient at cutting down nets dating back to her playing days at UT. She has now twice coached teams to the NCAA tournament. (Photo courtesy of Mark Haskett - Western Carolina University)

    Most only dream of getting a chance to play in the NCAA basketball tournament.  Making it to the “Big Dance” is an elusive thing for most.
    However, one Sparta family will be doing plenty of dancing when the tournament starts.  Jolly is a name that goes hand and hand with basketball in Sparta.  Kenneth and Peggy Jolly have two children who coach at the college level.  … Read More


WCHS soccer comes up short at Lebanon

Posted by | March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    The White County High School soccer team opened their season Tuesday with a District 7AAA contest.
    The Warriors came up just short in a battle at Lebanon falling by a score of 2-1. 
    The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half.  The teams remained tied until about halfway through the second period.
    Lebanon broke the tie with a goal from 20 yards out.  The score remained at 1-0 until approximately 10 minutes were left in the game.  The Blue Devils increased their lead to 2-0 on a direct kick that was headed in.
    The Warriors scored in the 80th minute of the contest on … Read More


WCHS softball opens with pair of narrow losses

Posted by | March 12, 2009 12:00 am

An emotional moment. The Warriorette softball team honored Markie Voyles’ family after Monday’s opening game.

Holding the runner at third. Warriorette catcher, Brittney Gragg, fields the throw in from the outfield and holds the Oakland runner at third during Tuesday’s game. The Warriorettes were defeated 2-1 by Oakland and 2-0 by Cookeville on Monday.

    The White County High School softball team opened their season with back to back district games and came up just short in each contest.
    The Warriorettes were defeated 2-0 by Cookeville Monday and lost a narrow 2-1 decision to Oakland on Tuesday.  Both games were played in near perfect weather conditions for this time … Read More


Tennis opens season at Oakland

Posted by | March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    The White County High School tennis team began their season against District 7AAA foe, Oakland, in Murfreesboro.
    The Warriors and Warriorettes were both defeated, but the Warriors picked up a few big confidence boosting wins.
    In singles action, the Warriors picked up wins over the Patriots in the top two seeded games.  Justin Turney, the WCHS top seed, won his match 8-5.  Second seed, Kevin Honaker, followed with a win by the same score in his match. 
    Tyler Brady was defeated 8-4.  Tyler Rash fell in his match 8-2 and Conlon Cash was defeated 8-5.  J.T. Randolph wrapped up singles play with a tiebreaker.
    The Warriors were defeated … Read More


Track opens season with meet at Coffee County

Posted by | March 12, 2009 12:00 am

   The White County High school track and field team opened their season Tuesday with a meet in Coffee County. 
    In the second year of the resurrection of the program, WCHS took 44 students to the meet and was able to field a competitor in almost every event in a drastic change from last season.  WCHS had many solid competitors in the first outing and also established several school records.
    With all the excitement and lots of new competitors, still the WCHS track team was without its star runner.  Markie Voyles, a two-time state champion was the leader for the track team and a big reason these runners were … Read More


Roberts pleads guilty to bank robbery

Posted by | March 11, 2009 12:00 am

Caught red-handed. Tim C. Roberts is shown being taken into custody after he and an accomplice led authorities on a four-mile chase, following the 2008 Citizens Bank robbery.

Guilty pleas. Both suspects in the Citizens Bank robbery in 2008 pled guilty to charges stemming from the incident. Tim C. Brown (left) pled guilty to bank robbery; while Jennie C. Grantham (right) pled guilty to accessory after the fact.

Evidence recovery. Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth is shown carrying a bag full of money that had just been robbed from Citizens Bank in 2008 as Investigator Allen Selby continues the check of the vehicle.

Tense moments. This still from

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Windell R. Farley

Posted by | March 11, 2009 12:00 am

Windell R. Farley, 77, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Farley was born Sept. 29, 1931, in White County, to Hack and Margie Taylor Farley.
Survivors include his brother, Ralph Farley, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 14, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Howard Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. until time for the funeral on March 14.  Bro. David Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Myron Diller

Posted by | March 11, 2009 12:00 am

Myron Diller, 44, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at his residence.
Diller was born March 10, 1965, in Waynesboro, Penn., to Marlin Diller and Edna Diller.
He was preceded in death by his mother; son, Caleb Diller; sister, Mary Ann Diller; and stepmother, Elizabeth Diller.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Mast Diller; two sons, Lucas, Jason, of Sparta; father, Marlin Diller, of Sparta; seven brothers and their spouses, Wayne and Margaret Diller, of Mt. Hermon, Ky., Lee and Rebecca Diller, of Sparta, Lynn and Dorene Diller, of Boswell, Penn., Charles and Dorcas Diller, of Bradford, Donald and Rosanna Diller, of Hollsopple, Penn., Glen and Marie Diller, … Read More


Wilma Ruth Clouse

Posted by | March 10, 2009 12:00 am

Wilma Ruth Clouse, 79, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Survivors include her children, Robert Clouse, of Doyle, Bruce Clouse and wife Kathy, of Gaston, Ind., Steve Clouse, Leon Clouse and wife Anna, Wanda Wallace and husband Greg, all of Doyle, Gwen Wilson and husband Kermit, of Sparta, Martha Hayden and husband Jim, of Muncie, Ind.; sister, Jewel Tindell and husband Roy, of Doyle; 20 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 14, 2009, at Quebeck Baptist Church, with burial in Preston Heights Cemetery, in Quebeck. The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m., March 13, and noon-1 p.m., … Read More


Ernest Green

Posted by | March 10, 2009 12:00 am

Ernest Green, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Green was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Van Buren County, to Emery and Maggie Yates Green.
He had been a farmer and had worked for White County Board of Education as a custodian.
Survivors include his children, Nina Faye Youngs, Joyce Green, Roger Green, Tommy Glenn Green, all of Sparta, Sandra Zile, of Walling; sisters, Verna Blanton, Mamie Ballew, both of Sparta, Oma Miller, of Doyle; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., March 12, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive … Read More


Charles Edward Cox

Posted by | March 10, 2009 12:00 am

Charles Edward Cox, 59, of Sparta, passed away March 9, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Myron Diller

Posted by | March 10, 2009 12:00 am

Myron Diller, 45, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2009, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Get out of debt and avoid bankruptcy

Posted by | March 9, 2009 12:00 am

Facing the most difficult economic conditions in decades, many Americans are sobering up to the fact that they’re deeply in debt.
For many American households, extraneous spending and poor money management combined with an unforeseen event, such as a job layoff, a health crisis, divorce or a death in the family, has resulted in the perfect cocktail for financial disaster. In fact, a recent survey by FindLaw.com, the world’s leading online source for free legal information, 10 percent of Americans have considered filing for personal bankruptcy at some point in their lives.
There are several danger signs that you’re headed for financial trouble. One of the most … Read More


Budget-friendly bathroom updates

Posted by | March 9, 2009 12:00 am

Does your bathroom resemble the bathroom of your childhood? Does it have the same unappealing colors, cold tile floors and dated decor as the day you bought the house?
If your bathroom is stuck in the ‘60s, ‘70s and even ‘80s, then it’s time to upgrade. But don’t worry, you can transform it into a modern day showplace on a budget. Here are some tips to get you started:
Apply a fresh coat of paint.
Nothing cleans up damaged and dingy walls better than a new color. Because the bathroom is a high-humidity area that is also enclosed, look for paints that are mildew-resistant but don’t contain harsh … Read More


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