Eighth grade splits contests with Harris Middle School

Posted by | November 20, 2008 12:00 am

On the break. A.J. Wilkerson leads the fast break during the eighth grade Warriors romp over Harris Middle school from Shelbyville on Monday. Wilkerson led the way with 12 points.

Battling it out. Just like a battle for the rebound, the eighth grade Warriorettes battled it out with Harris Middle for the win. The Warriorettes led at the half, but turnovers in the third quarter allowed the visitors to escape with the win.

    The White County Middle School eighth grade teams played host to Harris Middle School from Shelbyville Monday in front of the WCMS student body.  The day resulted in a split of the two contests.
    The … Read More

Voyles posthumously honored by MSCCA

Posted by | November 20, 2008 12:00 am

Accepting for her sister. Morgan Voyles, (second from the right) accepted the MSCCA award for her sister, Markie, for finishing second in the Runner of the Year standings. The cross country organization is honoring Markie in several ways to ensure she will never be forgotten.

    Since moving to Tennessee, Markie Voyles was a prominent part of the Midstate Cross Country Association (MSCCA), whether it was winning races or taking home awards.  The coaches of the association are ensuring that will never change.
    At their annual banquet held at Brentwood Academy on Tuesday, November 11th, Voyles was posthumously awarded the 2008 runner-up for MSCCA Runner of the Year.  Voyles’ … Read More

High-speed chase ends on Hwy 70

Posted by | November 19, 2008 12:00 am

    A two-county, high-speed chase on Highway 70, in White County, ended just before 5 p.m., on Wednesday, after officers with White County Sheriff Department used spike strips to shred the tires of a black GMC pickup truck that was being pursued by troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
    THP initiated a stop of the truck in Smithville. The truck fled east on Highway 70 where officers with Dekalb County Sheriff Department joined the pursuit and continued into White County.
    White County Sheriff Department Deputy Chadra Daniels intercepted the truck and deployed spike strips. More White County deputies joined the pursuit and, as they neared Sparta, the truck slowed … Read More

WCHS opens season with Hall of Fame wins

Posted by | November 19, 2008 12:00 am

Drawing attention. Aaron Puckett draws quite a bit of attention from Stone Memorial defenders during Tuesday's Hall of Fame game. Puckett poured in 28 to lead the Warriors to the 60-52 win.

Leading the way. Lacy Yslas led the Warriorettes with 13 points in the 53-43 Hall of Fame win over Baylor.

    The White County High School basketball teams opened the 2008-09 season with a pair of Hall of Fame victories on Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. 
    The Warriorettes defeated Baylor from Chattanooga 53-43 behind the 13 points of Lacy Yslas.  Jessica Wilson came off the bench to add 10.
    The Warriors got a 28-point performance from senior … Read More

Jimmy Eugene Parks

Posted by | November 18, 2008 12:00 am

Jimmy Eugene Parks, 72, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at his residence.
Parks was born Sept. 4, 1936, in White County, to Bob and Easter Emerton Parks.
He retired from Thomas Industries where he had worked as a mechanic.
Parks was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Johnny Edward Parks, Bobby Lee Parks and Clyde McKinley Parks.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Blaylock Parks, of Sparta; daughter, Donna Sue Kirby and husband Daniel Ray, of Sparta; two sons, Jimmy Eugene Parks Jr., James Lloyd Parks and wife Lisa, all of Sparta; five grandchildren, Hillary Leeann Parks, Danny Gene Kirby, Jonathan Michael Kirby, Rachel … Read More

Robert (Bob) Logan Lee Jr.

Posted by | November 18, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Robert (Bob) Loban Lee Jr., 90, passed away on Nov. 15, 2008.  
A longtime resident of the David Lipscomb area of sNashville, Lee was a member of Creive Hall Church of Christ and past member and special friend of Granny White Church of Christ. 
He was born in Carroll County and moved to Nashville after spending time in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  In 1939, he enrolled in Nashville’s Watkins Institute and later began working in the traffic department of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway.  His devotion to duty was legendary. During the blizzard of 1951, he walked … Read More


Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

    If one thing is life is constant, it is that things are always going to change. 
    I am sitting here three weeks almost from the exact minute that I got that terrible phone call telling me about Markie.  I was sitting at my computer doing just like I do every Saturday night/Sunday morning working on Monday’s paper.  Sadly, that was one of those phone calls that I will remember the exact words for the rest of my life.  I have had several of those and it never gets any easier.  I remember the exact words from phone calls about Markie, as well as Jeff Griffin and Lindsay Floyd.  … Read More

Capturing life’s important moments

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Convenient. Visual Image Photography is conveniently located at 100 East Bockman Way, right next to Sparta Café.

owners. Donald and Paul Holman can affordably capture the perfect picture for every need.

Name of business:
Visual Image Photography
100 East Bockman Way
Phone number:
(931) 836-2800
Name of owners:
Donald and Paul J. Holman
Hours of operation:
By appointment
When did you open for business?
What products of services do you offer?
“We primarily do our photography work for childcare centers, dance schools, beauty contests, fire departments, wherever we can photograph large numbers of people. Our concept is to keep low prices and do lots of … Read More

Small Plates Are Big

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Small plates are transforming the way we eat. Across the country, from restaurants to homes, exciting menus of diverse small plates are being served instead of old-school one plate entrees.
Perfect for parties where conversation is key, small plates make the usual cocktail party into something festive and a delightful treat of many tastes. More than appetizers but less than a full-on buffet, small plate food is the sizzling hot new food trend you can try without busting the budget.
Think tapas, American style – Burgers go mini to become stylish sliders. Salad wedges and shots of soup transform favorite fall classics into snazzy utensil-free finger foods. Add … Read More

Old Railroad Grade Road now re-open to traffic

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Dangerous drop-off. This area of Old Railroad Grade Road is a big concern of area residents because of the danger for anyone to drive off the road and plunge nearly 60 feet into a creek.

Old Railroad Grade Road in the eastern portion of White County in now back open for traffic after work was completed on bridge construction, leaving a potentially dangerous situation for travelers.
In one section of the road, drivers face a dangerous drop-off that does not have a guardrail. On one side is a rock bluff and on the other is a creek approximately 50 to 60 feet below the roadway.
“We’re aware of … Read More

Salaries revealed for City of Sparta

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

City of Sparta recently passed its budget for the new fiscal year with the payroll totaling $2.9 million.
According to Sparta Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 2, “In order to assure the recruitment and retention of personnel necessary to maintain a continued high level of public service, it is the policy of the city that the level of compensation of municipal employees should favorably compare with prevailing rates in private industry and other governmental agencies in the competitive area. In carrying out this policy, consideration shall be given to the duties and responsibilities of the various types of positions, rates paid for comparable services in public and private … Read More

John Bill Evins

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

John Bill Evins, 85, of Smithville, passed away Nov. 10, 2008.
Evins was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and retired business owner of Smithville Builders Supply. He was a World War II veteran and was a navigator on a transport aircraft.
He had formerly served as county trustee, a member of  the city board of aldermen, city mayor, WJLE Board of Directors, board member of First National Bank and deacon at Smithville Presbyterian Church. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was board member of Smithville Electric System.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Veta Evins; parents, William Sellors and Virgil Roosevelt Tramel Evins; grandson, John … Read More

Dorothy May Rowland Johnson

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Dorothy May Rowland Johnson, 85, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Johnson was born March 21, 1923, in New Castle, Pa., to Clifford and Lela Rhodabaugh Rowland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe B. Johnson.    
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Smith and husband Thomas, of Sparta, Judy Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, both of Texas; three sons, Roy Johnson and wife Sandy, of Florida, Ronnie Johnson and Janet, of North Carolina, Ray Johnson, of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Holly Brown and husband Hoss, Rhonda Simmons and husband Harlan, Jonathan Smith and wife Erika, and … Read More

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