Special Olympics rewarding in numerous ways

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Unified teams on the podium. Three of the Sparta unified teams were on the podium. They were (first from left) Chris Carrick and Corey Johnson, (third from left) Leah Benningfield and Wayne Presley and far right ( Jordan Armstrong and Michael Martin).

Special Olympics summer games. The White County High School Special Olympics team, along with their coaches and Unified Partners, pose outside Vanderbilt’s Gymnasium.

Bocce. Wayne Presley takes his turn in bocce as his unified partner, Leah Benningfield, looks on as well as Corey Johnson and his teammate, Chris Carrick.

Being involved in athletic competitions is nothing new for Corey Johnson, Leah Benningfield, Jordan Armstrong and Caroline … Read More


Semi-pro football comes to Upper Cumberland

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

This summer, football fans who can’t wait for the fall version of football season can get an early start with the Tennessee Central Xpress semi-professional football team, who will be playing their home games across the Upper Cumberland.
The team, based out of Monterey, is owned by Ken Hall and is a member of the United South Football League. The USFL is made up of 21 different teams across the southeast with four being based in Tennessee. The head coach of the team is Ron Rench.
The inaugural Central Xpress team has a definite Sparta flavor. Six players reside in White County with four being former WCHS football … Read More



Lillian D. Allen

Posted by | May 27, 2009 12:00 am

Lillian D. Allen, 72, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2009, at her residence.
Ms. Allen was born March 9, 1937, in Jackson County, to William Thomas Edison and Mary Flemming (Beulah) Bean.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Edgar Allen; son, Stanley Clayton Allen; and grandson, Roy Lee Allen.
Survivors include her special boyfriend of 33 years, O.J. Loftis, of Monterey; two sons, Billy Allen and wife Annette, of Sparta, Mike Allen and wife Michelle, of Baxter; two daughters, Linda Heady and husband Gary, Anita Brown and husband Jerry, all of Sparta; one daughter-in-law, Jody Mullins, of Sparta; four brothers, Dewey Bean, Harold … Read More


Curtiss wins money for charity

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Money. State Representative Charles Curtiss receives a check from Harold Walker, of Kindred Health Care, at the Tennessee Health Care Association’s annual charity giveaway.

Fifty-six legislators won donations for charities in their communities during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s (THCA) annual “Partnering For Charity” event, including Rep. Charles Curtiss, who won $200 for Gracemoor.
The lawmakers spun a prize wheel to earn $8,450 in contributions to charities of their choice throughout the state. Among those charities receiving donations this year were Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Cancer Society and United Way. Local senior centers, libraries, schools, churches, and other organizations were also chosen for donations.
Each year, … Read More


Strawberry Cheese Salad

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

3 ounce package strawberry banana gelatin
1 cup boiling wate
1 lb. sliced strawberries
1 banana, mashed
8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
One-half cup chopped pecans
Combine strawberry banana gelatin and 1 cup boiling water. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Add strawberries and stir. Add the drained crushed pineapple, and the mashed banana. Mix until blended. Spoon half of the gelatin mixture into an 8-inch square casserole dish. Chill until set. Set the other half aside at room temperature. Combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream and the pecans. Mix until well blended. Spread evenly over the set gelatin. … Read More


Lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

During a typical day, your blood pressure goes up and down, and that’s healthy. For about 65 million Americans, however, blood pressure remains high over time. Are you one of them?
When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work too hard. That can lead to heart disease and stroke. You’re also at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, one recent study suggests that you’re three times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you have high blood pressure.
Here’s the problem — it can be hard to tell that you have high blood pressure. Why? There may be no symptoms, even if … Read More


Burger season is back

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Americans love hamburgers … that’s a fact. An estimated 1.5 billion pounds of ground beef become those favored burgers cooked at home each year. Whether it’s gas versus charcoal, with cheese or without, every burger fan has a different opinion about what makes the perfect patty.
But there’s one thing most burger enthusiasts agree on. According to a national consumer survey from The Beef Checkoff, 90 percent of people enjoy their burger cooked to medium (160 F) doneness or higher. However, some home chefs and grillmasters are using unsafe methods for checking when a burger is done, like cutting into them with a knife, squishing them with a … Read More


Ollie the Otter visits Cassville Elementary

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Seatbelt safety. Students at Cassville Elementary excitedly learned about seatbelt safety from Ollie the otter. Ollie was assisted by law enforcement officers from White County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol in showing the children how to properly buckle up, as well as who should be wearing seatbelts and who should be in booster seats.


Largest WCHS graduating class ever turns tassels

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Chelsea Alspaugh, valedictorian, (left) delivers her valedictory address at the commencement exercises. Micah Eller (right) was the salutatorian of the Class of 2009.

Attending. A capacity crowd was on hand to see the largest class in WCHS history receive their diplomas. Two hundred and seventy-seven students graduated in the Class of 2009.

Making it official. The members of the Class of 2009 made it official by turning their tassels at the end of the commencement exercises.

Time to celebrate. The Class of 2009 begins the celebration at the completion of the commencement exercises at WCHS for the largest graduating class in school history.

The Class of 2009 took … Read More


9 indictments unsealed in criminal court

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

White County Criminal Court handed down several indictments during its May 2009 term with charges ranging from rape of a child to theft.
Selby Seals faces 15 counts rape of a child, 70 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 40 counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Five individuals were indicted on various drug-related charges.
Bobby Hughes was charged with possession of schedule III for delivery, possession of schedule IV for delivery, possession of schedule II for delivery and two counts of delivery of schedule IV. According to the indictment, the drugs involved were phendimetrazine, alprazolam, oxycodone and lorazepam.
Jacob O’Neal Samford, Leonard Cass and Felicia Rittenberry … Read More


Cemetery walking path has new direction

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Lighting the way. One of the many lampposts that line the Sparta City Cemetery walking trail is waiting for the day when its glow will brighten the hillside overlooking Bockman Way.

A project started in October 2008 that would have placed a walking trail through Sparta City Cemetery has been revamped to circle the outside perimeter of the historical burial ground.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo said, on Friday, the concrete walking path, which is lined with lampposts reminiscent of those seen in the 1800’s, should be completed within the next couple of weeks.
The walkway had originally been under construction in October 2008, with a path cut through … Read More


South Young Market robbed at gunpoint

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

No injuries were reported in the incident.

South Young Market was robbed at gunpoint on the morning of May 26.

Police are looking for this man.

A man, armed with a gun, robbed the South Young Market in Sparta, at approximately 9:08 a.m., this morning, May 26, according to Sparta Police.
The white male reportedly took an undisclosed amount of money and left the store on foot. No one was reportedly injured in the robbery.
Police say the man is believed to be in his mid to late 20s, five feet eight inches tall, and weighs approximately 150 to 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray … Read More


Roberta Martin Hall

Posted by | May 26, 2009 12:00 am

Robert Martin Hall, 85, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Hall was born June 15, 1923, in White County, to George and Polly Selby Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thaddeus L. Hall Sr.; son, Thaddeus Hall Jr.; two sisters and their spouses, Kathryn and J.D. Randolph, Pauline and Ray Hyder; three brothers, Benny Martin, George Martin Jr., Gene Martin; and one brother-in-law, John Abell.
Survivors include her daughter, Selisa Haston and husband Richard, of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hall, of Rickman; four grandchildren, Thaddeus Hall III and wife Teresa, Kendra Saunders and husband Jim, Amy Austin … Read More


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