Beth McKee Waggoner

Posted by | May 19, 2009 12:00 am

Beth McKee Waggoner, 52, of Sparta, passed away May 18, 2009.
Ms. Waggoner was born Jan. 1, 1957, in Florence, Ala., and moved to Sparta at the age of 11. She was a graduate of White County High School and attended Tennessee Technological University, and while attending college, became ill and has fought a long hard battle for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McKee; two uncles, Don Estes, Bass Estes; and one aunt, Sylvia Estes Redmon.
Survivors include her son, Kris Waggoner, of Sparta; mother, Linda Estes Strasburg and husband Pete, of Sparta; father, … Read More


Christopher Scott Cantrell

Posted by | May 19, 2009 12:00 am

Christopher Scott Cantrell, 37, of Doyle, passed away May 16, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 17, 1972, in Dublin, Ga., to Deborah Aldridge and N.J. Cantrell Sr.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Pappas, of Arizona; father, N.J. Cantrell Sr., of Ashcamp, Ky.; mother, Deborah Cantrell, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Shannon Witherington, of Clarksville; and aunt, Nancy Aldridge, of Doyle.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Morrison. John Murphy will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Warriors wrap up spring football practice

Posted by | May 19, 2009 12:00 am

Going head to head. After making a catch, Dylan Vance gets ready to square off against defensive back, Jordan Armstrong, during Friday’s final practice of the spring.

Lots of hitting. The Warriors got in plenty of hitting not only during the intrasquad scrimmage, but also during the entire 10 days of practice.

Looking for room. Warrior wide receiver, Robbie Johnson looks for room to run as teammate, Andrew Manus, blocks for him during Thursday’s practice. The Warriors just completed their ten days of spring practice. They will now spend the summer preparing for their season opener August 21st against Franklin County.

Ten days of getting acquainted.
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White County Co-op showcases customers

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Customer appreciation. These photos on the White County Co-op storefront were chosen as part of a monthly rotation of the Co-op’s customer’s favorite photos.

The White County Co-op announced new photos of customers will be displayed each month as a way to thank the myriad of patrons from all walks of life, who shop at the Mayberry Street store.
“The Co-op is not just for farmers anymore,” said manager Mitchell Stephens.
He said homeowners, pet owners, garden growers and just about any other consumer can find quality products at reasonable prices.
Now, they could also find their favorite photo of themselves showcased, and all they have to do … Read More


Three Star goals set for 2009

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Three Star planning. Wallace Austin, President of the Sparta – White County Chamber of Commerce and local Three Star Chairman, recently hosted a Three Star meeting with Karen Brown, regional economic development specialist with ECD. The group discussed the committee’s priorities and goals for 2009 as they apply to the five-year strategic plan. Pictured (l-r): seated, Karen Brown, Helen Pate and Wallace Austin; back row, Jody Sliger, Rhonda Dawson, Cherri McNeil, Barb Witzigman, Tommy Pedigo.


Changing the World One Small Action at a Time

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

You can change the world. That’s what the people behind the movement “We Are What We Do” believe. People like you taking small actions that add up to big change.
It started with the question, “What would you ask one million people to do to change the world?” Thousands of ideas from around the world came in. The ideas weren’t sweeping policy changes – they were small and unexpected everyday actions that anyone can do:
-Keep a promise.
-Read a story to a child.
-Learn something new.
-Run an errand for an elderly neighbor or single parent.
Fifty of the best suggestions were published in the book “Change … Read More


Police chief warns of increasing frauds and thefts

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth urges city and county residents and businesses to take measures to protect themselves from becoming victims of theft and fraud.
“We just need to be more vigilante about our valuables,” stated Guth.
He suggests not leaving items in vehicles where they can be easily stolen. At the least, he suggests putting them out of sight.
“Don’t leave them in there overnight,” said Guth. “Medications are the same way. We have a lot of medications that are taken out of vehicles. Don’t leave your medications in the car.”
Guth explained if any items can be seen from outside a vehicle, thieves are tempted to … Read More


Landfill committee questions county executive’s authority

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Questions. County Commissioner Richard Lane, member of the Solid Waste Committee, reviews some documents provided by the chairman during Thursday’s meeting.

A two-hour Solid Waste Committee meeting Thursday night ended with members approving a motion to request the county executive’s presence at the next meeting with documentation that corroborates his reported statement that he is in charge of the landfill.
While other matters of business were addressed by the seven-member committee, discussion centered on White County Executive Herd Sullivan’s recent decision to allow DeKalb County to haul garbage to White County Landfill. According to a resolution approved in November 1997 by White County Board of Commissioners, all out-of-county … Read More


Merchandise recovered in international scam

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Stolen items. Merchandise fraudulently obtained with credit card numbers and recovered at a Sparta residence are valued at approximately $4,000 to $5,000.

On May 12, officers with White County Sheriff Department went to a White County residence and recovered approximately $4,000 to $5,000 worth of merchandise that had been purchased with fraudulently obtained credit card numbers.
According to Detective Ruben Hormilla with WCSD, a detective from Hartford, Conn., had contacted the department about a credit card processing center computer containing credit card numbers from Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express that had been hacked.
“He got some information through his investigation that the merchandise that was fraudulently … Read More


School Board considers stricter cell phone policy

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Math awards. These students pose with Director of School Donny Haley after receiving plaques for their excellence in math. Pictured (l-r): Kayla Oaf, Kendall Barker, Haden Welch, and Joseph Stockton. Not pictured was Gracie Geer.

At its May 14 meeting, White County School Board discussed changes to the cell phone and electronic device policy in light of nearly 2,000 violations in the past year.
“Cellular phones and electronic devices seem to be a major problem and an issue,” said Director of Schools Donny Haley. “Our principals at the middle school and high school tell us that they spend a large amount of their time with abuse of cell … Read More


Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker, 80, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Survivors include six children, Carolyn Stults and husband Arlin, of Sparta, Debbie Knowles and husband Bob, of St. Louis, Mo., Les Barker and wife Beverly, of Murfreesboro, Leesa Barker, Travis Barker, Tracey Barker and wife Sheila, all of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Robert Knowles, April Taylor, Brian Vincion, Ashley Lewis, Keri Seay, Brittney Barker, Bradley Barker, Kendall Barker, Eli Barker, Shelby Barker; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Lewis, Lindsey Vincion, Bryan Knowles, Lucy Knowles, Hannah Knowles, Braydyn Taylor, Carter Vincion; sisters, Martha Lee, Patty England, both of Sparta; beloved brothers-in-law, Reed Demps, Carl … Read More


Nola Lewis Broom

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Nola Lewis Broom, 95, of Sparta, passed away May 16, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mrs. Broom was born March 28, 1914, in White County, to Joseph Anderson Lewis and Mary Morgan Jones Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Shellie Broom; son, Ronald Broom; and brothers and sisters, Robert Lewis, Clyde Lewis, Bessie Johnson, Ray Lewis, Leslie Lewis, Nota Bennett, Jessie Rogers, Bennie Lewis, Lawrence (Jack) Lewis; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Clifty Cemetery, in Cumberland County. The family will receive friends … Read More


Christopher Scott Cantrell

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Christopher Scott Cantrell, 37, of Doyle, passed away May 16, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 17, 1972, in Dublin, Ga., to Deborah Aldridge and N.J. Cantrell Sr.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Pappas, of Arizona; father, N.J. Cantrell Sr., of Ashcamp, Ky.; mother, Deborah Cantrell, of Tampa, Fla.; and aunt, Nancy Aldridge, of Doyle.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Morrison. John Murphy will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Jo Fisher

Posted by | May 18, 2009 12:00 am

Betty Jo Fisher, 76 passed away May 16, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Ms. Fisher was born Feb. 26, 1933, in White County, John and Venia Sparkman Fisher.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Hoyte, Eldred and I.T. Fisher, and two sisters, Katie Hawkins and Edna Glenn.
Survivors include one sister, Shirley Johnson and husband Don, of Sparta; nieces and nephews, Rhonda Kirby and husband Brad, Mark Fisher, Greg Johnson, Kathy Brymer and husband James, Robert Glenn, J.L. Glenn, Brenda Young, Carolyn Vinson, and Mary Ellen Johnson, all of Sparta, Charles Glenn and Wayne Glenn, of Rock Island, Lucille Roberts, of Walling, Juanita … Read More


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