Ina Marie Thompson

Posted by | May 20, 2008 12:00 am

Ina Marie Thompson, 85, passed away April 18, 2008, in Phoenix, Ariz.
 Thompson was born Feb. 22, 1923, in White County, to George Hayden Sparks and Beulah Young Sparks.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace Thompson; and brothers, J.B. Sparks and Gene Sparks.
Survivors include her sons, George Thompson and wife Tammy and Jim Thompson and wife Donna; brother, Junior Sparks, of Sparta; five grandchildren; and many friends and relatives.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., May 22, 2008, at Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Horton will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Elizabeth Pennington Lowery

Posted by | May 20, 2008 12:00 am

Jean Elizabeth Pennington Lowery, 87, of Sparta, passed away May 20, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Lowery was born Oct. 2, 1920, to George and Georgia Hickey Pennington.
She was a retired bank teller from Sovereign Bank.
Lowery was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Gordon Lowery, and son, Billy Hugh Lowery.
Survivors include one son, John Lowery, of Sparta; four grandchildren, John David Lowery and wife Amy, of Sparta, Josh Lowery, of Sparta, Natasha Young and husband Jarred, of Murfreesboro, Sidney Lowery, of Sparta; and four great-grandchildren, John Tyler Lowery, Kalie Lowery, Zachery Dillon Lowery, Austin Lee Lowery.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., … Read More

Don’t get above your raising

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

How many times have you heard the title of my column said to you?
For those who are my age and older, it is almost a sure thing you have heard it many, many times. However, those who are much younger than the 50-plus-crowd probably do not even know what that phrase means. And, that is sad, because there is a lesson to be learned from those few words.
Parenting does not come with a set of instructions. We can read all the books from all the experts, but those are soon thrown out the window (literally) when we realize each of our children is cut from a … Read More

Garbage fee stinks for many

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Intersection at Taft Church Road and Highway 111.

Intersection at Walker Cove Road and Highway 111.

The unsightly view of garbage alongside city streets may get “prettied up” with the new carts that will be divvied out to Sparta residents.
However, the garbage makeover comes with a price. During the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members unanimously voted to accept the low bid for a side-loading truck and equipment that will be used to implement the new garbage collection system.
Stringfellow Inc. was the lowest bidder at $379,250, which includes the truck, number of carts requested, two cart-lifters for existing trucks and working with … Read More

Salaries set for county officials

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

State budget cuts that will mean the loss of more than 2,000 jobs have caused many White Countians to inquire about the compensation for officials in their own community whose salaries are controlled by Tennessee law.
Tennessee Code Annotated 8-24-102 establishes the minimum salary for county officials, which provides for an automatic increase in the minimum salary each year based on the percentage increase given to state employees for the previous fiscal year. The formula is then figured in proportion with the county’s population.
Salaries of general sessions court judges are to be increased annually in the same manner as state court judges, which is the actual percentage … Read More

Pauline Lucille Klukis

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Pauline Lucille Klukis, 85, of Spencer, passed away May 19, 2008.
Klukis was born July 6, 1922, in Omega, Ill., to John A and Katherine Ann Swalley Kagy.
She was a member of Cummingsville Methodist Church.
Klukis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles John Klukis; two sons, Charles Joe Klukis, Roger Dale Klukis; one sister, Darlene Bingham; one granddaughter; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.
Survivors include three sons, Rex Allen Klukis, of League City, Texas, Lonnie Dean Klukis, of Decatur, Ill., James William Klukis, of Doyle; four daughters, Carol Kay Henderson, of Maroa, Ill., Nancy Lynn Irvine, of Kelso, Wash., Mary Jo Clewell, of Lincoln, … Read More

Dorothy Helen McGinness

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Dorothy Helen McGinness, 82, of McMinnville, passed away May 19, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
McGinness was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Bledsoe County, to Hosea Roberts and Lena Hefner Roberts.
She was a member of Bethany Church of Christ. McGinness was also a retired schoolteacher, after 39 years of service to her profession.
McGinness was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gentry Bryant McGinness; sister, Hazel Haston; and sister-in-law, Nell Roberts.
Survivors include son Harold McGinness and wife Teresa, of McMinnville; daughter, Becky Bailey and husband Tommy, of McMinnville; three grandchildren and spouses, Brandon and Stephanie McGinness, Hilary and Chris Neale, Cassie McGinness, all … Read More

Paul T. Bartlett

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Paul T. Bartlett, 81, of Van Buren County, passed away May 17, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Bartlett was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Millinockett, Maine, to Joseph and Grace Ragon Bartlett.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and had been employed as an engineer for Georgia Pacific Paper Company.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Bartlett, of Van Buren County; three sons, Thomas H. Bartlett, of Tiffin, Ohio, Bradley Bartlett, of Buskirk, N.Y., Tracy Bartlett, of St. Mary, Pa.; stepdaughter, Sarah Custer, of Victoria, Texas; four stepsons, William Miller, of Payson, Ariz., Jeff Miller, of Sparta, … Read More

Gray edges maroon in Warriorette basketball intrasquad scrimmage

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas looks to pass out of a double team during the maroon and gray basketball game.

Tasha Delaney drives to the basket during the maroon and gray game.

    The Warriorette basketball maroon and gray game went just the way intrasquad games should go, down to the wire.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO   (To hear audio, click sound bar on video player.)
    Coach Bryan Haley wrapped up his spring practice with a maroon and gray game pitting his team against each other.  Spring practice was shorter in year’s past, but the fact they even got to have any at all was a change from just a few months … Read More

Warrior soccer team honored with banquet

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

    The White County High School soccer team brought the curtain down on the 2008 season with their banquet last Tuesday night at First Baptist Church.  Over 100 people attended the event honoring the team.  
    Coach Ross Fann recognized 23 players that earned a varsity letter.  Six junior varsity players were also recognized for their hard work.  The five seniors were honored with plaques.  Those five seniors are Franklin Austin, Josh Brown, Kris Jones, Stephen Mackie and Mason Rowland.  
    Fann also gave out individual player awards.  Logan Linehan received the Most Valuable JV Player award.  Zack Saylors took home the award for Outstanding Goalie Performance.  The Most Improved Player … Read More

Track team receives year-end awards

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

The members of the 2008 WCHS track and field team were recently honored with a banquet/cook-out.

    Although two members are still competing, the White County High School track and field team was honored with a banquet Friday.
    This was the first year of competition for the track team in over 15 years and the team made a good showing after being absent from competition for so long.  In its inaugural season, four members earned berths in the sectionals with two advancing on to the state.  
Justin Cunningham and Lacy Yslas both advanced to the sectional tournament in field events.  Cunningham competed in the shot put while Lacy Yslas … Read More

Updates from the Sparta Little League fields

Posted by | May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Shauna Taylor pitching for Citizen's Bank.

Savage Building Center's Zack Lynn on the mound.

    The teams of the Sparta Little League organization continue to hit the diamond when weather allows.  The following is a recap of the latest reported games.
    In pitching machine girls’ softball action on May 5th, Express Graphics defeated KFC 10-6.  Leading the way for the winners at the plate was SkyAnn Wilson with three hits.  Kristen Brown and Sarah Wilson added a pair of hits each.  Brooke Parrish led KFC with two hits.  Megan Wilson and Katie Jenkins picked up one hit each.
    In the second game on the 5th, Sonic defeated Rogers Group … Read More

Verna Frasier Clouse

Posted by | May 18, 2008 12:00 am

Verna Frasier Clouse


 Verna Frasier Clouse, 95, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Clouse was born Dec. 29, 1912, in White County, to Joe Allson Frasier and Rasilee Burden Frasier.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Conrad Clouse; and sisters and brothers, Eliza Bertha Fraiser, William Auther Frasier, Albert Stanton Frasier, Luther Frasier, Ova Vella Frasier, Thomas Leslie Frasier, Nannie Veline Frasier and Susie Lorell Frasier.
Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Willhite, of Sparta, Donna Jackson and husband Gilbert, of Chattanooga; brothers, James Frasier and wife Alma, of Sparta, Robert Frasier, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Ginger … Read More

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