Adoption of the heart

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

The Dawson family proudly poses with the newest addition to their family. L-R: Tom Dawson, Macey Dawson, Zechariah Dawson, Rhonda Dawson and Megan Dawson.

Why would any couple who has already raised two daughters, seen them graduate from high school and watched them enter college even consider starting all over again by bringing a preschooler, who cannot speak English, into their home?
The answer to the aforementioned question is one simple word – love.
Tom and Rhonda Dawson were not looking to become parents for a third time, but God had a different plan for the family that is known for their unconditional love. Daughters Megan and Macy … Read More


Tornado sirens planned for city

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

The water tank on Mose Drive, which sits atop the hill behind the old Wal-Mart location, is the second site that will accommodate a tornado siren.

Baker Park water tank, just above City of Sparta's Animal Shelter on East Bronson Street, will be one of two locations for a tornado siren.

This now defunct siren sits behind the old jail on South Church Street. This siren was once used as a warning system during emergency situations.

Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay addresses Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen to explain the area of coverage for the tornado sirens.

A plan to help protect residents in City of SpartaRead More


eCommunity development through “Connected Tennessee”

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

 
The White County eCommunity Leadership Team, comprised of White County business and civic leaders, met June 17 to discuss the status and importance of broadband infrastructure to the development of the community.
Larry Raybon, Connected Tennessee’s eCS project manager in Middle Tennessee, led the meeting to identify certain benchmarks for broadband technology. Connected Tennessee’s goal is to accelerate the availability and use of technology toward creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improve healthcare, enhance education and more efficient government.
“A lot of companies coming into White County and Tennessee, if they’re not already using the Internet in their particular jobs, they expect … Read More


Harriet Marie Mott Taffner

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

Harriet Marie Mott Taffner, 73, of Sparta, passed away June 20, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Taffner was born May 11, 1935, in New York, to Arthur and Harriet Mott.
She had been a homemaker.
Taffner was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Andre Taffner.
Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Swindell, of Sparta, Wendy Taffner and Kim Woods, both of Florida; one son, Thomas Taffner, of Florida; and five grandchildren.
A private funeral service will be 2 p.m., June 24, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. John Hunter will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Joe Nash

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

Robert Joe Nash, 68, passed away June 21, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Nash was born May 8, 1940, in White County, to David Nash and Lennie Opal Davidson Nash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Ann Hutson Nash; two sons, Bobby Ray Nash and wife Sandra, Robert Allen Nash and wife Mary; three daughters, Jo Ann Standridge and husband David, of Sparta, Elaine Stewart and husband Wade, of Doyle, Audrey Mae Willis and husband Roger, of Brush Creek; sister, Lennie Phillips, of Cookeville; brothers-in-law, J.L. Phillips, Billy … Read More


Levona McPeak Jones

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

Levona McPeak Jones, 86, passed away June 21, 2008, at Northside Health Care Center.
Jones was preceded in death by her parents, Martha Cole and Joe McPeak; brother, Wallace McPeak; sister, Della Mae Johnson; and daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Treva and Waymon Jones.
Survivors include two brothers, Herrod McPeak and wife Geneva, of Walling, Joe McPeak and wife Dora, of McMinnville; three daughters, Karen Young and husband Dorris, Fredia Hall and husband Randall, Anita Young and husband Gary, all of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Kevin Young, Celia Hall, Kerry Young, Joey Hall, Doug Hall, Justin Young, Gloria Young; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., June 25, 2008, … Read More


Hershel L. Cannon

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Hershel L. Cannon, 59, of Sparta, passed away June 23, 2008, at his residence.
Cannon was born June 29, 1948, in White County, to Carl Douglas Cannon and Jennie Roberts Cannon.
He had served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
Cannon was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Russell Cannon.
Survivors include two sons, Ryan Travis Cannon and Jason Rochell; mother, Jennie Cannon; brothers, Steve Cannon and wife Karen, Grover Keith Cannon and wife Angela, Terry Cannon and wife Annette, Gordon Cannon; sisters, Sandy Clark and husband Mike, Sharon Greene and husband … Read More


James Lincoln Holmes

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

James Lincoln Holmes, 61, of Crossville, passed away June 20, 2008, at his residence.
Holmes was born Dec. 12, 1946, to Abraham and Dollie Holmes.
He had been an automobile mechanic. Holmes loved collecting coins and knives, as well as hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Sue Holmes; brother, Odis Pippin; and sister, Rachel Holmes.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Holmes; sons, Scott Holmes, James Holmes Jr.; daughter, Dollie Brown; stepdaughter, Crissy Dunn; four grandchildren; brother, David Pippin, sisters, Faye Paris, Veda Scott,; host of nieces and nephews; and special friend, Wayne Selby.
Funeral service was 11 a.m., June 23, 2008, … Read More


WCHS athletes get mandatory two-week break

Posted by | June 23, 2008 12:00 am

Ashley Page drives around a defender in a Warriorette camp game at MTSU.

Corey Johnson puts up the game winner in the camp game against Cumberland County at Stone Memorial.

Robbie Johnson handles the ball at Stone Memorial's team camp.

    It’s no secret high school athletes spend a great deal of their summer working out, conditioning and practicing for their chosen sport/sports.  For the next two weeks, high school athletes across the state of Tennessee get a break from the summer rigors.
    The TSSAA-mandated dead period began on Sunday, June 22nd and runs through Saturday, July 5th.  The definition of the dead period according to the TSSAA handbook … Read More


Gunshots critically wound WCHS graduate

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

A 24-year-old woman who was raised in Sparta and graduated from White County High School in 2001 was the victim of several gunshot wounds Monday that were reportedly inflicted by her estranged husband.
Alicia O’Connor Garcia, daughter of Ricky and Leah O’Connor, of White County, was working at her job at Tip Top Hair Salon, in Old Hickory, when her estranged husband, 37-year-old Chris Garcia, reportedly walked in the salon at approximately 11:30 a.m., June 16, and shot Alicia five times. Chris then reportedly shot himself. Both Alicia and Chris were transported to Vanderbilt Hospital.
According to area news sources, Chris later died from his wounds. On Wednesday … Read More


Commissioners extend current budget

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

Every third Monday of the month, the elected county commissioners meet at 7 p.m., on the third floor of White County Courthouse to make decisions about all facets of running the county government. The public is encouraged to attend these open meetings.

Several items were discussed in preparation for the submission of the 2008-2009 White County budget for approval. Jerry Denton, county commission chairman, presides over the meetings.

White County will continue to fund day-to-day government operations based on figures from the 2007-2008 budget until the new one can be finalized and approved.
Twelve commissioners were present at the Monday night full court meeting of the board, with
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Firefighters open doors to community

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

White County firefighters are preparing for simultaneous open houses in each of the districts.

Ever wondered about the people riding in the big red fire trucks? Ever thought about joining them?
Find out the answers to these and many other questions at the first joint Open House at each and every fire department throughout the county, including the City of Sparta and the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.
The events will take place simultaneously across White County at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2008.
 Across the county, residents can visit with the firefighters and volunteers, tour the facility, and check out the equipment, as well as learn the basic
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Charles Donald “Don” Howard

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

Charles Donald “Don” Howard, 61, of Walling, passed away June 18, 2008, at his residence.
Howard was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Walling, to Charles and Julier Polllard.
He was a dedicated Christian, serving as a pastor more than 30 years and currently serving at Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Howard had been a radio broadcaster in Sparta for many years, serving as the voice of White County.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Humphrey Howard, of Walling; two sons, Jeffery Howard and wife Martha, of Sparta, Bryan Howard and wife, Karen, of Cookeville; one daughter, Nicole Farley and husband Jason, of Sparta; … Read More


Ruth M. Long Swack

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

Ruth M. Long Swack, 86, of Raleigh Township, Mich., passed away April 22, 2008.
Swack was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Ray Swack.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Jenkins and husband Robert; two sons, Gerald Long and wife Sue, Thomas R. Long; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be graveside at 11 a.m., June 21, 2008, at Doyle Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Strong will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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