Industrial Board membership questioned

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

County commissioners are questioning whether certain members of a state-chartered board are serving in that capacity in violation of Tennessee law.
B.K. Luna, commissioner and member of Steering Committee B, presented committee members Monday night with copies of the state charter for “The Industrial Board of White County,” which was certified April 19, 1971. In addition, Luna presented a list of the 11 members now serving in that capacity. Six of those names had been highlighted as having possible conflicts in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated 7-53-301, which states, “No director shall be an officer or employee of the municipality.”
Luna questioned whether or not industrial board members … Read More


Former P.O.W. bids final farewell

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

A man who served 1950-1966 as White County Court Clerk and several years as mayor of Doyle passed away early Monday morning after an extended illness.
Gerald Bryan Wallace, 83, of Doyle, was well known throughout White County and a familiar face at many of the restaurants where he loved to “hold court” with his many friends and neighbors.
Wallace, who survived the horrible perils as a prisoner of war during World War II, became a role model of hope for other soldier amputees.
It is difficult to synopsize a man’s life in such a small space. However, the following story, which was originally printed in The Expositor, … Read More


City employee arrested for sexual solicitation

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

A White County man who once served as a county commissioner and is now employed by City of Sparta’s street department has been charged in Cumberland County with solicitation for sex with a minor.
Johnny Vaughn Cody, 55, was arrested June 6, 2008, at Caney Creek Bridge, on Highway 70 West, in Cumberland County.
According to the report filed by Investigator Chad Norris, Cody was taken into custody when he attempted to meet at 15-year-old for the purpose of having sexual contact.
The arrest resulted after an ongoing investigation where pornographic materials, with notes written on them, were being left under the bridge. The notes reportedly asked for … Read More


High school teams working hard during their summer vacation

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

Hitting the weights. Sam Howard and Dustin Howell spot for Sam Gribble during football workouts.

Aaron Puckett goes up for two points.

Dillon Kay gets a spot from football coach, Josh Kerr.

Corey Johnson takes the ball to the basket for the Warriors during Tennessee Tech team camp.

    The vacation continues for the local high school athletes.  
    Yes, they are out of school for the summer and are able to hang out at the lake or pool.  However, the fun begins only after they get in their practices or workouts for their respective sports.
    Some football players are getting up at 5:30 a.m. and running while almost 50 … Read More


Little League wraps up regular season

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

Pierce Whited delivers a pitch during a 9/10 year old baseball game.

Sliding in safely.

Making the catch in the outfield.

    The Sparta Little League teams wrapped up their final week of the regular season and got the annual city tournament started on Tuesday after rain delayed the start for a day.  
    The city tournament is scheduled to last through Monday, June 16th.  The title games for five of the six leagues will be played Monday followed by the naming of All Stars.  The Little League girls’ champion was to be decided on Friday, but rain could postpone that to Saturday.
    In the final week of the regular … Read More


‘Eyesore’ needs to be cleaned up

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

One of Sparta’s aldermen who has been adamant about cleaning up the city has once again voiced his concerns during a Thursday board meeting.
Howard Griffin, longtime member of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, did not mince any words when he stated his opinion.
“The old Sonic is an eyesore – weeds are growing up around the building – it’s deteriorating and falling down,” said Griffin. “We don’t need to do favors – we need to hit them all the same way, regardless of who owns it.”
Griffin mostly recently remained persistent about cleaning up the property on the right side of the entrance to … Read More


1-million-gallon water tank gets facelift

Posted by | June 12, 2008 12:00 am

 
A job that is expected to cost more than a quarter-million dollars for the rehabilitation of one of Sparta’s water tanks was addressed during the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Neal Westerman, an engineer with James C. Hailey and Co., explained the steps leading toward the complete refurbishing and repainting of the water tank located at was known for decades as Baker Park. The 1-million-gallon tank sits of the property adjacent to the city’s animal control facility, which was once the site of Baker Park Swimming Pool.
 “We just had our sanitary survey on our water system,” said Ross Fann, director of … Read More


Don’t treat my flag that way!

Posted by | June 10, 2008 12:00 am

It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m typing just as quickly as I can before my deadline so I can tell you about something that has angered me.
A friend of mine called a couple of hours ago to tell me about something he had seen that upset him a great deal. As he was traveling down one of our streets in town, he observed a tattered American flag being flown upside down! Now, for those of you who are familiar with flag etiquette, I have already said enough. For those of you who are not acquainted with the proper way to fly Old Glory, I will give you a … Read More


Gerald Bryan Wallace

Posted by | June 10, 2008 12:00 am

In honor of former World War II prisoner of war Gerald Bryan Wallace - may your sacrifices never be forgotten.

In honor and remembrance of his service to his country.

U.S. Veteran Gerald Bryan Wallace, age 83, of Doyle, passed away June 9, 2008, at his residence.
Wallace was born Nov. 27, 1924, in White County, to David Smith Wallace and Montie Ree Davis Wallace.
He was a retired White County Court Clerk and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Wallace was preceded in death by three brothers, Powell, James and Bobby Wallace, and one sister, Pam Vaughn.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stacy Wallace, … Read More


Ruby Virginia Weaver

Posted by | June 10, 2008 12:00 am

Ruby Virginia Weaver, 80, passed away June 9, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Weaver was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Irving, Ky., to Senora Fike Dunaway.
She was a member of Knight’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was a Christian strong in her faith and wished to leave words of love and encouragement to her many friends at Masters Healthcare, whom she dearly loved and appreciated.
Weaver was a beloved wife, mother and “granny” and a retired seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Willie Clayton Weaver; one daughter, Lanora Katherine Weaver Nabors; and one granddaughter, Sharon Copeland.
Survivors include one son, … Read More


Tenneesee state parks offer summer vacation fun

Posted by | June 9, 2008 12:00 am

Tennessee State Parks offer summer vacation fun on less than a tank of gas. With unique recreation opportunities, high-quality accommodations and exceptional value so close to home, Tennesseans don’t have to let rising fuel costs stall their summer plans.  There is a Tennessee State Park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.
Accommodations range from camping to cabins and inn rooms and state parks offer a variety of outdoor fun including hiking trails, water sports, mountain biking, golf and skeet shooting.  Visit www.tnstateparks.com to make reservations or to learn more about what the Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Golf Trail have to enjoy.… Read More

New festival celebrates visual, performing arts in the Upper Cumberland

Posted by | June 9, 2008 12:00 am


Get a breath of fresh air in the beautiful Tennessee countryside — and celebrate the arts in the Upper Cumberland while you’re at it — by attending the Fresh Air Arts Festival, set for the first full day of summer in historic Granville.
 The only arts festival in the Upper Cumberland showcasing “plein air” painters and their peers in the fine and folk crafts, as well as music, the Fresh Air Arts Festival is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 21, in Granville’s Veterans’ Park, located in Jackson County. A free public event, the festival is sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance.
“The Upper Cumberland has … Read More


Hosting the perfect summer-savvy picnic

Posted by | June 9, 2008 12:00 am

People having barbecue by the lake

Summer is the perfect time to bring together family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. Dust off the grill, lay out a fresh blanket and enjoy delicious food while soaking up the sun with the ones you love.

That’s the advice of cleaning expert, author and television personality, Laura Dellutri, the “Healthy Housekeeper,” who outlines four simple steps to help you plan the perfect summer-savvy picnic. Armed with tried-and-true secrets she learned as a hostess and mother of five, Dellutri offers these tips:

-Planning ahead

The first step to a great summer picnic is the food selection. Picnic food is some of … Read More


‘Eyesore’ needs to be cleaned up

Posted by | June 9, 2008 12:00 am

One of Sparta’s aldermen who has been adamant about cleaning up the city has once again voiced his concerns during a Thursday board meeting.
Howard Griffin, longtime member of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, did not mince any words when he stated his opinion.
“The old Sonic is an eyesore – weeds are growing up around the building – it’s deteriorating and falling down,” said Griffin. “We don’t need to do favors – we need to hit them all the same way, regardless of who owns it.”
Griffin mostly recently remained persistent about cleaning up the property on the right side of the entrance to … Read More


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