Fairest Little Miss 2008

Posted by | September 3, 2008 12:00 am

Fairest Little Miss pageant was held Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. Winner, Breanna Noell Bush; first runner –up, Hanna Clayton; second runner-up, Cassidy Jade Jones; third runner-up, Janessia Lack; fourth runner-up, Kendra Lindsey Guy; Miss Congeniality, Hailee Rae Young.


Fairest Junior Miss 2008

Posted by | September 3, 2008 12:00 am

Fairest Junior Miss pageant was held Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. Winner, Lauren Brooke Gardenhire; first runner-up, Brooke Alyssa McCulley; second runner-up, Paige Winningham; third runner-up, Staci Kay Dildine; fourth runner-up, Allyson Danielle Copeland; Miss Congeniality, Brook Alyssa McCulley.


Ollie Geer

Posted by | September 3, 2008 12:00 am

Ollie Geer, 73, passed away Sept. 1, 2008, at her daughter’s residence surrounded by her family.
Geer was born Jan. 10, 1935, in White County, to Joseph Green Cox and Rosa Lee White Cox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brothers.
Survivors include her loving husband of 47 years, Robert (Bob) Geer; daughter, Debbie Horton and husband Jimmy, of Murfreesboro; sons, Andy Geer, of Sparta, Randy Geer and wife Laura, of Cookeville; three grandchildren, Joshua Horton, Robert Andrew Geer, Tisha Geer; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Sept. 3, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Big Springs … Read More


Erbie Lee Conley

Posted by | September 3, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Erbie Lee Conley, 77, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2008, at his residence.
Conley was born Dec. 22, 1930, to Norman Edgar and Samantha Jane Walker Conley.
He was a farmer and had served in the U.S. Army.
Conley was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Erbie Lee Conley Jr.
Survivors include three sons, Larry Conley and wife Betty, of Sparta, Herbert Conley, Delin Conley, both of Indianapolis; two daughters, Mary Jane Hubbard and husband Roger, Janet Shannon and husband Jerome, all of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; and one sister, Thelma Dean Lawson, … Read More


Mattie Sue Cooper

Posted by | September 3, 2008 12:00 am

Faith, family, and Tennessee Technological University—Mattie Sue Cooper defined her life in terms of her Christian faith, her love of family, and her loyalty to the university where she served as a much beloved librarian, first as assistant, then as Head Reference librarian, from 1945 till 1979.
Born in Overton County June 15, 1914, she played basketball at Rickman High School, beginning a lifelong love of sport. In 1938 she took her B.S. in history from then TPI, all the while teaching at Pond Ridge Grammar and Rickman High schools to pay for her education and her B.L.S. from George Peabody College, in 1941. She was librarian of … Read More


20 percent electric increase effective Oct. 1

Posted by | September 2, 2008 12:00 am

For the second time in eight months Tennessee Valley Authority has increased its rates to distributors and caused Sparta Electric Director L.R. West to worry about how those on a fixed income will be able to afford the rise in the cost of electricity.
Beginning Oct. 1, Sparta Electric customers will see a change on their electric bills. About 56 percent of TVA’s power supply comes from fossil fuels used to make electricity – coal, oil and natural gas.  West said coal is 128 percent higher than the cost in January 2008. Natural gas prices are up by more than 65 percent.    West said TVA increased its rates … Read More



Drought causes multiple economic problems

Posted by | September 2, 2008 12:00 am

The severe drought that has been experienced in Tennessee during the past several months has created a snowball effect on the economy and triggering a rise in power costs. (See related story in today’s edition.)
Tennessee Valley Authority receives its data from 317 rain gauges located throughout the states covered by the power supplier
The most recent data from TVA, dated Aug. 14, 2008, indicated the entire Valley has had 25.32 inches of rainfall since Jan 1, 2008. This figure is 75 percent of the normal amount.
The definition of a drought is “a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems.”
According to the U.S. Geological … Read More


Vehicle burglaries being investigated

Posted by | September 2, 2008 12:00 am

Police are on the lookout for the perpetrator who burglarized seven vehicles in Sparta within a 36-hour period.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on Aug. 18, one victim reported his vehicle, which was parked in Elmwood Village, had its window broken out. An Alpine CD player Model 98, as well as a soundSCREEN 10-inch speaker, was stolen.
On Aug. 19, three vehicles were burglarized at Knollcrest Apartments. Several items were taken, including a JVC CD player, a Sony Explode Stereo Model 1000W and approximately 100 CDs.
On the same night, the driver’s side window was broken out of a vehicle on Pearson Street. A Pioneer CD/MP3 … Read More







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