Two taken to hospitals after crash

Posted by | May 8, 2009 12:00 am

One woman was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and another to White County Community Hospital after a crash, at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, May 4, at the intersection of Golden Mountain Road and Hale Street.

Weekend race in Crossville honors Chris Sopha

Posted by | May 8, 2009 12:00 am

Crossville, TN – May 4, 2009- After having the weekend off due to inclement weather conditions, the Southern Regional Racing Series, co-sanctioned with Tennessee Thunder Dirt Car Series, will hold its second event of the “Battle of the Series” this Friday, May 8th, at Crossville Speedway.
The event is in its fourth year honoring Chris Sopha, son of Doug Sopha, co-owner of Crossville Speedway, of Townsend, and Debbie Cantrell Sopha, of Sparta.
Mike Luna, current Southern Regional Racing Series president, said “Chris spent many nights with us at the shop working on race cars, traveling with us to the races, and many nights out to eat with Michael. … Read More

Complete eye care and ‘Moore’

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Eager staff. The staff at MooreEyes Family Vision Center, under the new leadership of Dr. Shannon Shelley and Dr. Sherrie Holman, continues the long, 52-year tradition of exceptional care for each patient’s needs.

MooreEyes, LLC
Family Vision Center
25 North Main Street
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 836-2235
(931) 836-3036
E-Mail Address:
Name of owner:
Shannon F. Shelley, O.D.
Hours of operation:
When did you open for business?
“Dr. Maurice Moore began this practice approximately 52 years ago. He practiced until 2002 when his health did not allow him to continue. Dr. Sherrie Holman began seeing patients at MooreEyes in 2003 and continues … Read More

Bredesen announces child care scholarship recovery act program

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Human Services announced the creation of a time-limited child care scholarship program for low-income, working families through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Providers at all licensed child care centers and homes across Tennessee are eligible to participate in this one-time, $42 million program.
“This scholarship program is designed to help working families provide their children safe, quality child care,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The Department of Human Services has created an excellent program to use our valuable child care Recovery Act dollars to reach as many eligible families as quickly as possible.”
Letters are arriving in the mailboxes … Read More

Chamber of Commerce makes plans for 2010 bike race

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Chamber of Commerce board members have given the proverbial “nod of approval” for a bike race that is expected to bring countless visitors to Sparta and provide business owners with a venue for promoting their merchandise.
During the May 4, 2009, meeting of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, members were presented with minutes from two special-called meetings where the proposed event was discussed.
Aaron Shafer, Chamber board member and owner of Pluto’s Hot Dogs, presented the board with the idea of a bike race that would take place in April 2010.
The event will be divided into two bike races. The race will be sponsored … Read More

Crime reports decrease statewide

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

A recently released Tennessee Bureau of Investigation document indicates the number of crimes reported in White County increased between 2007 and 2008 despite an overall decrease of 2.9 percent statewide.
In 2007, White County Sheriff Department listed 414 adult arrests and 42 juvenile arrests. In 2008, the adult arrests increased to 560, but juvenile arrests dropped to 21.
“The meth is coming back in full swing,” said White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe. “They’re getting around the loopholes of the law. There’s also a lot of fraud right now.”
Shoupe said domestic assault reports have remained “about the same.”
“It spikes every once in a while,” said Shoupe. “The … Read More

Two taken to hospitals after crash

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

T-boned. The driver of this vehicle was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center after the vehicle was struck in the driver’s side, while attempting a left turn off Hale Street onto Golden Mountain Road.

One woman was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and another to White County Community Hospital after a crash, at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, May 4, at the intersection of Golden Mountain Road and Hale Street.
According to a report by Patrolman J.T. King with Sparta Police, Megan A. Davis, 18, of Sparta, was reportedly attempting a left turn off Hale Street onto Golden Mountain Road.
Retha V. Maxwell, 78, of Sparta, was traveling … Read More

Liberty Square Celebration set for May 23

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Williams and Clark Expedition will perform at 2:30 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.

Nuthin’ Fancy will entertain the crowd at 3:25 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. during the yearly event.

Headline entertainment. Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent and her band the Rage will perform two shows at 4:15 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. for the Liberty Square: A Lester Flatt Celebration.

The entertainment is lined up for the Liberty Square Celebration May 23 and will feature the world’s best bluegrass talent along with a host of fun activities throughout the day and into the evening.
Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist and 2001 IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent, … Read More

Warrior baseball season ends at hands of Lebanon

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Diving play. Warrior shortstop, Roggie Haston, makes a diving stop of the ball and then flips to second baseman, Jalen Qualls, for the force out at second during Tuesday’s loss to Lebanon.

Can’t avoid the tag. Warrior pinch runner, Zack Burchett, tires to avoid the tag of the Lebanon catcher, but is called out at home during Tuesday’s season ending loss to the Blue Devils.

Seth McDonald steps on the bag after knocking down a hard line drive back at him playing first base.

The Warrior baseball team’s struggles carried over into the District 7AAA tournament where their season came to a close with losses in each of … Read More

WCHS soccer season comes to an end

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

The White County High School soccer season came to a rather unusual end.
The Warriors were scheduled to take on Siegel in the District 7AAA tournament’s opening round on Monday in Murfreesboro. However, as has been the case with almost every sporting event, wet field conditions forced postponement until Tuesday night.
From there, the details get confusing. Siegel’s field was still too wet on Tuesday, but all games were being played at the higher seeded team’s site. Riverdale hosted their first round game on Monday, while the other three were to play Tuesday. Blackman and Oakland both hosted their games. Since the region has to start Monday and … Read More

Softball season ends with heartbreaking loss to archrivals

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Picking up the bunt. Warriorette, Stephanie Guth, picks up a Riverdale bunt down the line during Monday’s game as teammate, Miya Teeples, helps with instructions.

Warriorette catcher, Brittney Gragg, hauls in a pop up during the season ending loss to Cookeville.

I’ve got it. Warriorette right fielder, Kasey Miller, comes into make a play on a fly ball while teammates, Lacey Clark and Raven Pope, are coming in for back-up. The Warriorettes were defeated by Riverdale and Cookeville ending their season with a 5-15 mark.

It is a given that games between archrivals are intense affairs under normal situations.
Things even get more intriguing when the contest is … Read More

Turney advances to District 7AAA singles semifinals

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

All District 7AAA tennis team. Three Warrior senior tennis players were named to the All District team. Pictured above are Coach Larry Thompson, Justin Turney (honorable mention singles), Kevin Honaker (2nd team doubles and honorable mention singles), Conlon Cash (2nd team doubles) and Coach Jensen Swindell.

After being eliminated in team District 7AAA tennis action, several WCHS players had the chance to advance to the region as individuals.
Sparta was not able to send anyone on to the region tournament, but Justin Turney, an honorable mention selection in 7AAA, came up just one victory short of a trip to the next level. Turney advanced to the semifinals before … Read More

Inaugural Markie’s Run overcomes weather

Posted by | May 7, 2009 12:00 am

Markie’s Mile. A one-mile race, Markie’s Mile, was held later on Saturday at the Tennessee Tech track. The run was for high school runners and gave them a chance to set personal records in the mile as the post season competition nears. All the runners who competed did indeed set new personal bests. Shown running at left are two of Markie’s Voyles close friends, Matt Sonnenfeldt and Casey Bales. Sonnenfeldt set a personal best time in the mile of 4:15. Bales didn’t run the complete mile, but ran 800 meters, his main event, and set the pace for the other runners in the first two laps.

Overall winner.

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Richard (Rick) Allen Cieske

Posted by | May 6, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Richard (Rick) Allen Cieske, 72, of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.  
Mr. Cieske was born March 24, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Cassimer and Phyllis Augustowski Cieske.
He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an interior installer and owned Construction Designs Specialists.
Survivors include his wife, Vanice (Van) Cieske, of Sparta; children, Jodie Smith and fiancé Jeff Henley, of Cookeville, David Cieske and wife Lori, of Milwaukee, Wis., Ann Cieske, Barbara Cieske, Phillip Cieske, Linda Cieske; sister, Sonya Rice and husband Lowell, of Ocala, Fla.; grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Jared Smith, … Read More

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