White County man killed in one-vehicle accident

Posted by | October 7, 2008 12:00 am

A White County man, Michael Joseph McDonald, 33, was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Liberty Road. According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, McDonald was driving a red 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck on Liberty Road when he drove off the roadway and through a fence. The vehicle traveled approximately 150 feet into a gulley where it came to rest on its top. McDonald was reportedly not wearing a safety belt.

Cemetery walkway construction halted

Posted by | October 7, 2008 12:00 am

City of Sparta employees had begun working Friday on constructing a walkway that was set to run through the Old City Cemetery that sits directly behind the old jail, on South Church Street. However, city workers reportedly unearthed some unidentified stones that led Ross Fann, City of Sparta public works director, to immediately stop the project. Archaeological experts from University of Tennessee arrived Monday afternoon to evaluate the situation.
See the entire story in the Oct. 9, 2008, edition of The Expositor.

Wildcats defeat Warriors in “puntfest”

Posted by | October 7, 2008 12:00 am

Busy punters. Jordan Armstrong, the Warrior punter, and his counterpart on the Hixson team, were busy players in Friday’s Region 4-4A game between the Warriors and the Wildcats. The two teams combined to punt 16 times in the game. The combined punt yardage exceeded the total combined offensive yards.

Forcing the pitch. Jay Currin gets into the backfield and forces the Hixson quarterback to option the ball to his running back. Currin had 14 tackles in the game, two of which went for negative yards.

    The punters for both WCHS and Hixson were put to work in Friday’s high school football game, which the Wildcats won by a … Read More

Shame on you!

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

This week proves one thing to me, the world and I hope to you, that no one in Congress has enough common sense to be there. and we need to clean house. Our country is on the verge of financial failure, and all they want to do is haggle.
The plan-The best way to solve a problem, is to use the “KISS” principle (Keep It Simple Stupid.) Both Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Bernanke warned members of Congress they needed to get the ball rolling fast and fine-tune the rules after the fact. Some say this is giving the check to the fox before he or she … Read More

The Cupcake Girl

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Sweets. Lorie Wright now runs her own business from home and loves every minute of baking sweet delicacies for her customers.

The Cupcake Girl
485 Breeding Farm Rd.; Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 739-0209
Name of owner:
Lorie Wright
Hours of operation:
“Anyone can call anytime through the week to place an order except we request no calls before 6:30 am and after 9:30 at night as the kids are in bed!”
When did you open for business?
“I work from home so my hours vary with my “mom duties” schedule, but I can just about accommodate anyone’s request for a delivery if I have … Read More

Annual poker run Oct. 11

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

    The annual poker run to benefit Project Graduation will be held on Oct. 11.
    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the White County High School parking lot. At 10 a.m., the first bike is due to ride out. The last bike is scheduled to be back in the WCHS parking lot by 2:30 p.m. with “best hand” announced around 3 p.m.
    Although the details of the ride can’t be divulged, participants will take a beautiful, scenic ride that will, at some point, cross Center Hill Dam. The approximate 110-mile, round-trip run, will have several checkpoints.
Gift certificates have been donated by a great list of sponsors such as … Read More

Sidewalk blockage a problem

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Too cramped? City officials discussed allowing businesses to display their wares on the sidewalks as long as the items do not protrude farther than the depth of the benches. This bench measures 24 inches from the concrete curbing rounding portion of the seat.

    An ongoing debate about whether or not businesses should be allowed to display their wares on city sidewalks continued Thursday night as Sparta officials discussed how they should enforce the ordinance.
    Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo addressed the issue during Thursday’s board meeting about businesses placing items on the sidewalks that block pedestrian traffic. Police officers are enforcing the matter by informing business owners to remove … Read More

Cycling for the children

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

on the way. Riders leave Memphis on their way to Jackson, during the 2007 Adoption Tour.

    More than 50 cyclists will be riding across Tennessee to bring the message of adoption as a part of the annual Adoption Tour.
    The 2008 Adoption Tour will arrive in Sparta at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at White County Courthouse. This year’s theme, “A Journey Home,” will celebrate the children who are waiting to find a permanent home. The event will also focus on those who have already finalized their adoptions or are in foster care.
    This is the fourth year for the Adoption Tour. The trek begins at 8 a.m., Oct. … Read More

$7,500 requested for Doyle paving

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

    Town of Doyle has sent a bill to Sparta for a paving project that has officials asking questions about why the small town is requesting payment for a project that reportedly was supposed to be funded by Doyle.
    City of Sparta has received a letter from Town of Doyle that was signed by Doyle Mayor Robert Meeks, requesting Sparta remit $7,500 to Doyle for a paving project on Doyle Cemetery Road. Ross Fann, public works director for City of Sparta, addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its Thursday meeting about the original request he received from Doyle.
    City of Doyle officials reportedly informed Fann several months … Read More

Donald Ray Greene

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Donald Ray Greene, 75, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 28, 2008, at Spencer Generations.
Greene was born Sept. 1, 1933, in White County, To Eli Greene and Lula Mae Parrish Greene.
He served his country, in 1956, in the U.S. Navy.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nell Ruth Greene; brother, Gene Ed Green; and half-sister, Marie Panzer.
Survivors include his sisters, Gladys Guy, of Spencer, Diana Fay Wilson, of Sparta; brother, John Elbert Greene, of Florida; several nieces, nephews, friends; and several “adopted families.”
Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Oct. 1, 2008, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Bro. Leonard Simmons will officiate
Thurman Funeral

Earl Kay

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Earl E. Kay, 81, passed away at his home in Sparta on Sept. 30, 2008.
Kay was born May 18, 1927, in Shawnee, Okla., to Dorothy Mae Owen Kay and Emmett Earl Kay.
 He retired as a mechanic from Colorado Department of Highways, in 1988. Kay was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta and enjoyed mission work, church and family activities. Other favorite pastimes included camping and fishing, restoring old cars and making homemade ice cream.
Kay was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Erma Nell Sharp Kay, of Sparta; two … Read More

Dr. Ron Wilson

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Dr. Ron Wilson, 54, of Franklin, passed away Oct. 5, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Debbie Wilson; two daughters, Erin Lanigan and husband Mike, Jill Wilson; son, Kevin Wilson; parents, Robert and Reba Wilson, of Sparta; and grandchild, Regan Lanigan.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Oct. 8, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 9, 2008 at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, with burial in Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery. He will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m., Thursday, until time for the service.
Ron requested no flowers be sent, but instead make a donation … Read More

Bessie Marie Emerton Parks

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Bessie Marie Emerton Parks, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 4, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.    
Parks was born June 12, 1921, in Celina, to George and Bernettie Lynn Emerton.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, William Franklin (Will) Emerton and Charlie Edward Parks; two sons, Jimmy Emerton, John Thomas Parks; two granddaughters; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Crain and husband Nathaniel, of Spencer, Marie (Reedie) Brock and husband Ronnie, of Sparta; Helen Knowles, of Cookeville; seven sons, Earl Emerton, of Quebeck, Carl Emerton, William Emerton and wife Sue, Randell Parks, Micheal Parks, Marcus Parks and wife Beverly, Paul Parks, … Read More

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