Generosity of business benefits community

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Training exercises, such as the one picture above, provides experience for rescue squad members so they can act quickly to save lives in an emergency.

The Sparta-White County Rescue Squad held a training exercise recently at Scott’s Auto Salvage and Sales to hone the skills of emergency personnel in extricating persons from vehicles.
According to Rescue Squad Chief Mark Henry, this type of training is vital in providing the community with the help they need, when it’s need the most. Several cars, donated by Scott’s, had their roofs and doors removed with the specialized equipment used by responders in life and death situations. “You can have good equipment … Read More


Students soon rolling in the virtual cash

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

A new class at White County High School, called Virtual Enterprise, held a red carpet ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to introduce their new virtual company, Sparta Outdoor Supplies to area business and civic leaders.
This is the first opportunity for students to participate in this type of class at WCHS. Many high schools around the world have begun offering these type classes, which are geared at giving real world experience to students.
Teacher Kim Hitchcock acts as the company’s “board of directors” to oversee the entire operation. Hitchcock is new to WCHS and is perfectly positioned to guide the students through the process, having also taught the … Read More


Margaret Donovan Pearson

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Margaret Donovan Pearson, 87, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 26, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Pearson attended Vanderbilt University and U.T. Knoxville, receiving a BS and double masters. Margaret was a cryptanalysist with the Army Signal Corps, in Washington, 1944-45. She taught English, physical education and was honored by the State Speech and Hearing Association.
In 1952, she was asked to establish the Speech and Hearing program in Sparta. She joined Tennessee Department of Education, in 1958, and retired in 1984. After retirement, Pearson was the 1st woman alderman for City of Sparta, 1987-1991, and the first woman to serve as vice mayor. I
In 1991, she … Read More


Warriors go 1-1 during Thanksgiving Classic

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Looking for a path. Warrior sophomore, Jordan Armstrong, studies the defense looking for an opening in the loss to Gallatin on Friday. The Warriors bounced back to defeat Lincoln County on Saturday. They are now 2-2 on the season.

    The White County High School Warriors added a win and a loss to their worksheet over the weekend in the Warren County Thanksgiving Classic. 
The Warriors ended a three game losing skid when they defeated Lincoln County 76-42 on Saturday.  That followed on the heels of a 54-42 loss to Gallatin (5-0) on Friday.
The win over Lincoln County was a much-needed victory for the Warriors.  The win not … Read More


Warriorettes improve to 5-0

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Drawing a crowd. Jessica Wilson finds herself surrounded by a host of Carter players during the Thanksgiving Classic in Warren County. The Warriorettes are now 5-0 after winning a pair of games in the Classic. They travel to Stone Memorial Tuesday.

Pushing it down the floor. Keshia Daniels pushes the ball down the court against Carter on Saturday. Daniels tallied 14 points in the victory.

    The Warriorette basketball team improved to 5-0 picking up a pair of wins over the weekend in the Thanksgiving Classic at Warren County.
    The wins weren’t easy to come by, but they are wins nonetheless and find the Warriorettes undefeated two weeks into … Read More


WCHS splits pair at Coffee County on Tuesday

Posted by | December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Knocking it down. Ashley Page knocks down a three against Coffee County. Page came off the bench to hit five threes in a win over Carter in the Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend.

Up and in. Corey Johnson lays the ball up for two points against Coffee County. Johnson’s shots were of a longer distance in Saturday’s win as the senior knocked down five three pointers.

    The White County High School basketball teams made the trip to Coffee County on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to take on a pair of region teams, who will be in the same district next year with the WCHS teams.
    The Sparta squads … Read More


Bertha Jean Ballew

Posted by | November 30, 2008 12:00 am

Bertha Jean Ballew, 66, passed away Nov. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ballew was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Monroe, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cleo Ellen Veuqerra Fuentes; Two brothers, Ronnie, Tommy Fuentes; daughter, Brenda Joyce Wiggins; and great-grandchild, Luis.
Survivors include lifelong companion, Joe Thomas Young, of Sparta; four daughters, Debbie Young, of Cookeville, Teresa Exum and fiancé Keith Mabe, both of Sparta, Charlene Beasley and husband Randy II, of Walling, Linda Sullivan and husband Richard, of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 30, 2008, at Hensley Chapel Baptist Church, with burial … Read More

Beecher Cummings

Posted by | November 30, 2008 12:00 am

Beecher Cummings, 94, passed away Nov. 26, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Cummings was born July 20, 1914, in Warren County, to Homer and Arrie Mitchell Cummings. He was a heavy equipment operator and farmer
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola Davis Cummings, and second wife, Johnnie Bell Lewellyn Webb Cummings; three brothers, Arthur and Clifford Cummings, Vasco Presley; two infant daughters, Selma, Judy Cummings; one stepson, Tom Webb; one stepdaughter, Sylvia Mullins; and his Grandparents who helped raise him, Crockett and Susan Baker Mitchell.
Survivors include his daughter, Joan Wilson and husband Jere, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Becky Wilson, of Sparta, Mark … Read More

Thanksgiving Classic results for WCHS

Posted by | November 30, 2008 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas goes up for two points in the win over Gallatin.

The Warriors got back in the win column with a victory over Lincoln County. Aaron Puckett netted 24 points in each of the two games over the weekend.

    The Warriorette basketball team improved to 5-0 picking up a pair of wins over the weekend in the Thanksgiving Classic at Warren County. The White County High School Warriors added a win and a loss to their worksheet over the weekend.
The wins weren’t easy to come by, but they are wins nonetheless and find the Warriorettes undefeated two weeks into their season.  WCHS played from behind before … Read More


Time to give thanks

Posted by | November 27, 2008 12:00 am

    It’s time for my yearly column about Thanksgiving and all the things with which I feel I am blessed.
    At first as I started to write this column I thought it has been a pretty rough past few weeks.  Maybe it’s hard to count blessings and think of things for which to be thankful when I am still feeling so empty.  Almost every Thanksgiving for the past six years, it seems I have had to find a way to get through a painful loss to my extended family. 
    But then I thought a little deeper about things and I realized that because of those loved ones and so … Read More


Pearson leaves legacy of service

Posted by | November 27, 2008 12:00 am

Margaret Pearson was all smiles when she was announced as the 2001 Citizen of the Year. Partially hidden behind Pearson is her longtime and dear friend, Annie Martin Mitchell, who preceded her in death.

The first and only female mayor of Sparta passed away Wednesday, leaving behind a lifetime of service and commitment to her community.
Margaret Pearson, whose true age never seemed to be a factor in how hard she worked, first became a part of the political arena in 1987, when she was the first woman elected to Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. This was only one of many “firsts” for Pearson. She was also … Read More


WCMS picks up three wins at Baxter

Posted by | November 27, 2008 12:00 am

Reverse lay-up. Skylar Delaney goes for a reverse lay-up during the overtime loss by the seventh grade Warriors at Cornerstone. Delaney tossed in 17 to lead the Warriors in scoring.

And one. Devin Davidson lays the ball up and gets fouled following a steal in the second half of Monday’s game at Cornerstone. The eighth grade Warriors held on for the 52-47 win.

Coming up with the steal. Loren Foster looks for a teammate after coming up with a steal in the second half of Monday’s game. Krista King waits to help.

    The White County Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams traveled to Baxter on Monday to … Read More


Warriors and Warriorettes in Warren Co. Thanksgiving Classic this weekend

Posted by | November 27, 2008 12:00 am

    While most people are either relaxing after all the turkey and dressing on Thursday or fighting the maddening crowds doing their Christmas shopping, the Warrior and Warriorette basketball teams will be back on the hardwood on both Friday and Saturday competing in the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Warren County High School.
    The Warriorettes will open the Classic on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Gallatin.  The Warriors will have the second game of the day also taking on Gallatin.
    The Gallatin girls’ squad finished 7-20 last year, but played in what most consider the toughest girls district in the state, District 9.  They have to compete against the likes … Read More


Freshmen split at Warren County

Posted by | November 27, 2008 12:00 am

    The White County High School freshman teams split their opening night games at Warren County Monday.
    The Warriorettes came away with the 37-17 victory while the Warriors were defeated 81-56.
    The first game of the night pitted the Warriorettes against the Lady Pioneers.  The Warriorette team is actually made up of the freshman and sophomore girls. 
    The Sparta squad jumped to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and built that advantage to 14-3 at the half.  By the time the end of the third quarter rolled around, their lead had expanded to 24-7.
    Lauren Bouldin led the Warriorettes on the night with nine points followed closely by Lacey … Read More


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