WCHS teams have rough night at Siegel

Posted by | January 24, 2009 12:00 am

    Siegel celebrated homecoming in high fashion Friday night with a sweep of the WCHS basketball teams.
    The Warriorettes fell into a tie for third place in the district with the 52-36 loss to the Lady Stars.  Lacy Yslas and Tasha Delaney both posted double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Siegel duo of Shanice Cason (21) and Caralisa Connell (16).  The Warriorettes’ second consecutive loss drops them to 18-4 overall and 5-3 in the district.  After getting off to a 14-1 start in the 2008 portion of the season, the Warriorettes are 4-3 in 2009. 
    The high flying Siegel … Read More

Owner of apartments requests city sewer

Posted by | January 23, 2009 12:00 am

A man who is converting an existing building outside the city limits into four apartments and has plans to construct eight more appeared before Sparta leaders last week to request sewer service for those dwellings.
Scott Davis, of Davis Rental Properties, said the building that will contain the four apartments is located at 2368 Smithville Highway, which is within the area where City of Sparta recently completed one of its sewer upgrade projects. Davis stated sewer taps have already been installed on the portion of the highway adjacent to the apartments. Davis said the property is designated as “commercial” on the county tax records. He also indicated he … Read More

Katherine Alline Simmons Strickland

Posted by | January 23, 2009 12:00 am

Katherine Alline Simmons Strickland, 74, of Quebeck, passed away Jan. 22, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Strickland was born April 23, 1934, in White County, to Nasby and Edna Raper Simmons.
She was retired from State of Tennessee Correction Department and was the first female police officer in Winter Haven, Fla. Strickland was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church, as well as a longtime Sunday School teacher.
Strickland was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, James William Simmons, Byrle Edward Simmons and Charles Lee McKinley.
Survivors include her husband, Doug Strickland, of Quebeck; sons, Danny Strickland and wife Kathy, of Nashville, Steve Strickland and … Read More

Mary Ellen Farley

Posted by | January 23, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Ellen Farley, 88, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Complete obituary information may be found at myspartanews.com.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ellen Bennett Lull

Posted by | January 23, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Ellen Bennett Lull, 88, of Crossville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 22, 2009, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Lull was born in White County to Robert Payne and Mary Jane Little Bennett.
She had been a homemaker.
Lull was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert Smith Lull; brothers, Dewey, Kenneth, Buster Bennett; and sisters, Pauline Hale, Belle Weaver, Willie Miller and Pearl Johnson.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Lawson, Nelta McCord, both of Sparta, Sharon Battles and husband Larry, of Knoxville; sister, Alyce Crowell, of Donelson; granddaughters, Lisa Larson and husband T.J., of Knoxville, Bennetta Johnson, of Cookeville, Melissa Norris, of Smithville, Suzetta Brimer and … Read More

It‘s not as big as you might imagine

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

Two weeks ago, the Expositor headlines read “Water and Sewer bills to go up 52%. It is amazing that a $4.50 increase a month in residential rates would raise such uproar. Now I will be first to say I hate anything that increases my expenses, whether it is here at the paper or at home. Nevertheless, I did not want you to think that Sparta was any different that other cities across the United States. This article was sent to me, and I thought I should share it with you. I think it will help explain why such increases are necessary and who/what actually controls rates.
Rates increase Read More

WCHS basketball at Blackman

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

The Warrior and Warriorette basketball teams split a pair of District 7AAA games at Blackman on Tuesday, January 20th. 

YMCA of Middle Tn wants to take over Sparta’s facility

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

Advocate. Julie Cheek Anderson addresses Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman about YMCA of Middle Tennessee possibly taking over the facility on Moore Street.

Workout. Bobby Farris works out in the weight room at the YMCA in preparation for attending the law enforcement training academy.

Negotiations may soon begin between YMCA of Middle Tennessee representatives and City of Sparta officials about the possibility of the larger organization assuming the daily operation of the facility on Moore Street.
A private consulting firm recently conducted in-depth telephone interviews with households in the immediate area. Based on the findings of the study, the following key points were found.
•The study reveals … Read More

Warriorettes burned by Lady Blaze on the road

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

It’s mine! Aubrey Sims, a junior guard for the Warriorettes, battles it out over a loose ball with a Blackman player during Tuesday’s game. The Warriorettes were defeated by the Lady Blaze in a game between two teams tied for second in the district. The WCHS teams travel to Siegel Friday. Look for more game photos in the photo gallery.

Looking for an open teammate. Tasha Delaney holds the ball at the top of the key looking for an open teammate as the Warriorettes run through the offense.

    In a battle between two teams tied for second place going into the final game of the first half of … Read More

Warriors extinguish Blaze on their home court

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

Wrestling it away. Matt Mitchell actually wrestled the ball away from the Blackman defender and scored two of his 13 points on the above possession. WCHS improved to 9-11 overall with the 66-43 road win. The victory was the first-ever by the Warriors at Blackman. Look for more game photos in the photo gallery.

    The WCHS Warriors and the Blackman Blaze have been squaring off on the basketball court since the Murfreesboro school opened at the start of the 2001-02 school year. 
    The 2008-09 Warriors accomplished something none of their predecessors had been able to accomplish in those seven years.  In what will … Read More

McDonald in All Star Action

Posted by | January 22, 2009 12:00 am

Seth McDonald started at linebacker in the Border Bowl All Star game.

All Star game action
WCHS senior football player, Seth McDonald, represented Sparta and White County in the 2009 National Guard Border Battle on January 17th.  The game pitted some of East Tennessee’s top high school seniors against seniors from Eastern Kentucky.  The teams gathered last Wednesday and spent two days preparing for the game in the bitter cold.  The game was also played on a very cold Saturday afternoon at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  Despite the frigid temperatures, approximately 4,000 people attended the game which was won by Kentucky 26-20.  McDonald (#16) … Read More


Posted by | January 21, 2009 12:00 am

Questions still remain
A Friday night shooting that left a 50-year-old Sparta man dead is still under investigation, according to District Attorney General Randy York.
Terry Sullivan, of Oakland Drive, was found shot to death in his residence around 9 p.m., Jan. 16.
The Expositor spoke with York, on Monday morning. York stated officers are following up on various leads. He said Sparta Police Department and the T.B.I. are “working tirelessly” on the investigation.

Sullivan shooting addressed by police

Posted by | January 21, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and Investigator Allen Selby spoke with The Expositor about the Friday night shooting death of 50-year-old Terry Sullivan.
Guth stated there was no sign of forced entry, and it appeared not to be burglary or robbery.
Sullivan’s body was reportedly discovered around 9 p.m., Jan. 16, at his residence on Oakland Drive, in Gillen Subdivision. Law enforcement officials remained on the scene until 5 a.m., Saturday.
Guth explained the community should understand the investigation is ongoing, and various leads are being followed by the rules of law under which they work.
“There are some things that we can talk about, and there are … Read More

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