Woman dies in Monday crash

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Ramona E. Young, 46, of White County, lost her life after a four-vehicle crash Monday.
According to Sgt. Jimmy Jones, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Young was driving a blue 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, when she reportedly swerved into an oncoming lane of traffic and struck a white 2005 Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck, pulling a trailer loaded with a utility building.
Traffic was diverted around the serious crash scene for several hours Monday afternoon, on Highway 70, just east of where Jerry Parker Road intersects.
Jones said a vehicle in the westbound lane had stopped to turn left. A red 2006 Nissan Sentra, driven by Melissa Lassiter, 18, … Read More

Leaving a legacy of love

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Alice Selby was born March 25, 1954, in Sparta, to Merle and Dora Lou Bandy. She had two older brothers, Mark of Sparta and Floyd of Lineville, Ala.
She was very active during her school years becoming the secretary of her class. She graduated from White County High School in 1972.
Soon after high school, she married Jeff Stewart and moved to Tullahoma for a time. While there, she worked for Worth Ball and Bats in payroll.
They moved back to Sparta in 1976, and she began working at Wagner (now Federal Mogul). She and Jeff had one son, Ryan, who was born May … Read More

Candidate wants Americans to revert back to basic values

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Monty Lankford, a Republican from Franklin, is looking to unseat Democrat Lincoln Davis who now represents the 4th Congressional District. 

Lankford visited White County recently and met with several area residents at The Coffee Corner who inquired about his political platform. This is Lankford’s first run in the political arena.
 “I graduated from a Christian college and was really trying to seek direction – what God’s plan was for my life,” said Lankford, as he explained his reason for seeking the U.S. Congressional seat.
Lankford said his beliefs have no “gray” area. He believes something is either right or it is wrong. There is no middle ground.… Read More

Staying ‘young’ at heart

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Tina Young always has a song in her heart and a smile on her face, which has helped her through her battle with cancer.

Tina Young is the owner of the Sparta Café, which she has operated five years.  She is accustomed to hard work and most times working 85 hours a week.It takes a lot of self-discipline to make “a go” of that kind of establishment. And Young certainly has done well with the business.
In early May 2006, and with her very hectic schedule, she was trying to take care of herself and her family. One of her routines was to follow general guidelines for women … Read More

Court docket

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Court news from April 18 and 25, 2008
The following people appeared in White County General Sessions Criminal Court, April 18, 2008


•GS21560, State vs. Rebecca J. Barlow, driving under the influence, simple possession schedule VI, possession drug paraphernalia, continued to May 23, with attorney
•GS21561, State vs. Tony L. Brakeall, theft under $500, continued to May 9
•GS21562, State vs. David E. Brown, simple possession schedule VI, possession drug paraphernalia, continued to May 23, with attorney
•GS21572, State vs. Melanie C. Byrd, underage consumption of alcohol, pled guilty, sentence to 11 months, 29 days, suspended to one day to serve, balance on CPS, 50 hours Read More

Juveniles sentenced in arson case

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Two White County High School students pled guilty to reckless burning in juvenile court after being charged in an incident in February where an outbuilding was set on fire near the school.
“On Feb. 15, we had a shed on fire on Roosevelt Drive,” said Sgt. Jeff Hutson, fire investigator with Sparta Police Department.
The call came out at approximately 12:07 p.m., and members from Sparta Fire Department and SPD responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the flames.
The fire was deemed “suspicious,” and the investigation led officers directly to teens seen in the area.
According to Hutson, juveniles from WCHS were seen in the area … Read More

Dementia Unit provides encouragement

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Christine Moody, a resident of NHC Healthcare of Sparta, “washes” dishes in the newly designed area for those with dementia.

The world of an individual afflicted with dementia can now be a place with hope and productivity thanks to the special unit at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Christen Bryant, LPN, who supervisors the Dementia Unit, said each resident feels like a part of her family. Bryant is proud of the newly remodeled section of the unit where a “kitchen” has been constructed.
Although the small alcove is minus a refrigerator and stove, a scaled-down version of kitchen cabinets and a sink are clearly visible to those who … Read More

Former Knox County Clerk wants to serve Tennessee

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Mike Padgett, a Democrat from Knoxville, wants to become the next U.S. Senator from Tennessee and declares he “resonates well with Republicans, Democrats and Independents.”
Padgett, who served 21 years at the local level in politics, has also been a business owner. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science and has worked in the advertising field, in Atlanta.
Padgett and his wife have been married 37 years and have three children.
He was active in Gov. Phil Bredesen’s campaign, in 2002. Padgett has also been active in other aspects of the political arena.
Padgett said Gray Sasser, Tennessee Democratic Party chairman, asked him … Read More

Warrior baseball splits final regular season games

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Bryan Holland

Jordan Brown

Roggie Haston

    The White County High school baseball team will head into postseason play after splitting their final two regular season games against non-district opponents.
    For their final two regular season outings, the Warriors had outcomes on vastly different ends of the spectrum.  They traveled to Coffee County on a cold, rainy Monday afternoon and were defeated 17-3.  They, however, bounced back to end the regular season with a 12-4 win at Oliver Springs on Tuesday.  
    Monday was just an ugly game for the Warriors.  A 2-1 lead by the Warriors after the top of the second inning turned into a runaway by the … Read More

Warrior soccer loses to archrival, Cookeville, 7-1

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

The Warrior soccer defense battles to keep the Cavaliers out of the goal.

Billy Richardson battles it out with a Cookeville player.

    For the first 40 minutes of action between neighboring rivals, Sparta and Cookeville, the Warriors hung right with the team who is battling for the top seed in the District 7AAA tournament.
    The Warriors, however, exerted a great deal of energy keeping the contest close in the first half and Cookeville took advantage of that three times in the first 20 minutes of the second half and added three more in the final 20 minutes to take the 7-1 win.
    Playing … Read More

WCHS eliminated in team district tennis tournament

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Justin Turney won a couple of matches in the individual singles tournament and will be in action on Thursday in the 7AAA individual tournament.

   The White County High School tennis teams had a tough challenge facing them in the first round of the team District 7AAA tennis tournament.  They had to face off against top-seeded Siegel.
    Since coming into the league five years ago, Siegel has virtually dominated tennis.  The Stars and Lady Stars had won the past three district titles.  Both teams advanced to the state last season.  The teams added a fourth straight title to their resume.
    Not only did the Siegel teams eliminate the Warriors … Read More

Warriorette track captures first team victory

Posted by | May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Ayesha Cullom and the Warriorette track team won their first meet of the season at Macon County on April 29th.

    The White County High School Warriorette track team hit a milestone Tuesday in the track meet at Macon County.  The squad picked up their first team victory.
    The Warriorettes came out on top in the points standing for the first time in their first season of competition in over 15 years.  The Warriors finished third out of five competing teams.  
    For the Warriorettes, it was a complete team effort to get the victory, according to track coach, Dave Bruce.
    “I was impressed with all our girls today.  We … Read More

Butcher is on the cutting edge of recovery

Posted by | April 30, 2008 12:00 am

A life-changing occurrence that literally happened in the blink of an eye has left one White County family dealing with the aftermath of their son’s injuries while also attempting to explain to him about the death of his best friend. 
Don Butcher, who was visibly emotional as he talked about Oct. 6, 2007, keeps a close watch over his son, 15-year-old Jackson. A patient voice quietly instructs Jackson in the simplest things, such as when to sit and when to keep his hands at his side. This is all a part of the teenager’s therapy at Life Care Center of Sparta as he recovers from a car crash … Read More

Arter Parker “A.P.” Baker

Posted by | April 30, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance for service to his country.

Arter Parker “A.P.” Baker, 88, of Spencer, passed away April 29, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Baker was born May 22, 1919, to Arter Parker Baker and Laura Lawson Baker.
Baker had been a member of First Baptist Church of Spencer where he was a deacon. He was a World War II veteran and a retired Van Buren County judge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amanda Hillis  Baker; brother, Rufus Baker; and three sisters, Rosetta Craig, Revena Forsythe, Frances Nunley.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Ray Baker and wife Claudene, of Spencer, Robert … Read More

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