Sex offenders prohibited from Halloween activities

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Convicted sex offenders will be under a special watch during Halloween that restricts their activities and prohibits involvement in events where children are present.  
Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole has sent a letter to every state-supervised sex offender specifically outlining the department’s guidelines. Restrictions have been discussed with the offenders, and the signed documents will be placed in their files.
However, Sparta and White County officers will be keeping an eye on all sex offenders, even those who are no longer on probation or parole. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said these checks fall within the legal parameters of law enforcement’s duties.
“We feel White County is above all … Read More


Early voting keeping election officials busy

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Early voters are reportedly turning out in record numbers with White County already seeing more than 2,200 taking advantage of the 14-day chance to cast ballots for the candidates of their choices.
As of Wednesday afternoon, White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey said she has seen a steady line of voters since the early voting began Oct. 15.
Voting hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Bailey has averaged about 350 on the weekdays. On Saturday, 153 cast their votes. The largest turnout thus far was Oct. 20, when 411 took the opportunity to vote early. For an eight-hour day that number averages 51 … Read More


Cheyanne Marie Adkins

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Cheyanne Marie Adkins, infant child of Tasha Evans and Phillip Adkins, passed away Oct. 22, 2008, at Stone Crest Medical Center, in Smyrna.
Survivors include her parents, Tasha Evans and Phillip Adkins, both of Murfreesboro; brother, Ethan Adkins, of Murfreesboro; and grandparents, Nelda Black Adkins, of Murfreesboro, Clifton, Adkins, of Michigan, Denna Evans, of Murfreesboro, and Micky Evans, of Illinois.
Funeral service will be graveside at 2 p.m., Oct. 24, 2008, at Anderson Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sixth grade basketball teams continue to roll

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Working in the paint. Lindsey Phillips has been producing in the paint for the sixth grade Warriorettes.

Putting it up. Cole Vaughn puts up a shot in the paint for the 3-0 sixth grade Warriors.

    The White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams have gotten their season off to a dominating start. 
    Three games into the season, both the Warriors and Warriorettes are 3-0 and both have won their games in commanding fashion.  They began this week with back-to-back games.
    On Monday, the teams hit the road to Tullahoma West and came home with two decisive wins.
    The Warriorettes led 18-0 at the half on the way … Read More


Warriors wrap up home slate by hosting Red Bank

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

One more time at Warrior Stadium. Sam Gribble, shown above running for one of his two touchdowns last week at Chattanooga Central, and his fellow seniors will play their final game at Warrior Stadium Friday when Red Bank comes to town.

    Coming off their first region win in two seasons, the Warrior football team returns to Warrior Stadium to host Red Bank in the final home game of the 2008 season.
    The game will serve as senior night for the 15 Warrior seniors as well as managers, senior cheerleaders and band members. 
    With the Warriors coming in riding the coattails of their first region win in 14 games, … Read More


Former Warrior now a part of Vanderbilt athletics

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Vandy’s strength and conditioning staff. Gabe Teeple (back, right), a 1994 graduate of White County High School, is a member of the strength and conditioning staff at Vanderbilt University. He and Chris Turner (kneeling) are assistants to head strength coach, John Sisk (back, left). Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Sports Information.

    When the Vanderbilt football team, who is off to their best start since 1956, hits the field on Saturdays, it’s no secret to sports buffs that a great deal of the efficiency that is seen during the game is the project of a lot of work well before the game or even the season begins.  What most … Read More


Spartan teams take three titles

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Breaking free down the sideline. Junior Spartan, Josh Rowan, broke a long run setting up the only touchdown of the game. Noah Roberts later scored to give the Spartans Junior team an 8-0 win.

Youth on the gridiron. Three different Spartan youth football teams won championships in their league with McMinnville. The championships were played Saturday at Warrior Stadium.

In for six. Daniel Bray scored the first of two second half touchdowns to help the senior Spartans come from 12 points down to take the 13-12 win.

    The youth football organization with teams from both Sparta and McMinnville played their championship games on Saturday at Warrior Stadium.
    Spartan … Read More


Soccer season ends in district first round

Posted by | October 23, 2008 12:00 am

Leaving her mark. The Warriorette soccer team’s season ended Monday in the district tournament. Chelsea Sims finishes off her career as the all-time leading scorer in WCHS soccer history.

    Much like their volleyball counterparts, the Warriorette soccer team had their 2008 season come to a close in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament at the hands of Siegel.
    WCHS had to travel to Murfreesboro Monday to take on the Lady Stars, who are the hosts for this year’s tournament and the top seed for the event.  Siegel proved why they earned that top seed as they shut out the Warriorettes 5-0 bringing the season to an … Read More


Herman Vasco Presley

Posted by | October 22, 2008 12:00 am

Herman Vasco Presley, 88, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 21, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 24, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Sodom Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Horace L. (Bill) Choate

Posted by | October 22, 2008 12:00 am

Horace L. (Bill) Choate, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Choate was born Aug. 21, 1925, to Alphus and Maggie Haney Choate.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol Choate.
Survivors include two sons, Steven E. Choate, of Clawson, Mich., Roger D. Choate, of Harrison Township, Mich.; daughter, Joni K. Wallace and husband John, of Sparta; three brothers, Carlos Choate and wife Sarah, of Crosswell, Mich., Dillard Choate and wife Dimple, of Smithville, Grady Choate and wife Becky, o Warren, Mich.; sister, Marie Stacy and husband Frank, of McMinnville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service … Read More


Dr. Lloyd Kerr

Posted by | October 22, 2008 12:00 am

Dr. Lloyd Kerr, 73, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Kerr was born Nov. 20, 1934, in White County, to Joe Edward and Rowenia Sparkman Kerr.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard more than 40 years.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Vinson Kerr, of Sparta; daughter, Renee Denis Backes and husband Gary, of Denver, Colo.; and two grandchildren, James Andrew Kerr Carpenter, of Murfreesboro, and Garrett Lee Backes, of Denver, Colo.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., Oct. 19, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Edna Grace Golden Hawley

Posted by | October 22, 2008 12:00 am

Edna Grace Golden Hawley, 85, of Sparta, passed away at her residence Oct. 20, 2008.
Hawley was born Feb. 27, 1923, to Baxter and Nettie Tollison Golden.
She was a retired shirt factory worker.
Hawley was preceded in death by a son, Thomas (Butch) Johnson; brother, J.D. Golden; and sisters, Bertha Brown, Tommy Young, Ann Dettery, Shirley Golden and Odell Hunter.
Survivors include her son, Don Johnson and wife Joan, of Sparta; daughter, Lynne Simpson and husband Barry, of Sparta; sister, Ruby Snow of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Sheleh Golden, of Ratcliff, Ky., Eugene Golden, of Sparta; grandchildren, Deborah Geer and husband, of Sparta, Donisa Johnson and fiancé Donnie … Read More



Surviving tough economic times

Posted by | October 20, 2008 12:00 am

    My subject for today is one many of you may not want to hear. You probably feel as if the news carries enough doom and gloom, and you’re not ready for any more negatives comments. Well, I truly understand, but please just bear with me for a few moments.
    There are days when I, just like everyone else, worry about how I’m going to pay for gas and buy groceries. The costs are continually rising, and financial relief seems to be in the distant future. However, I never give up hope. I suppose that’s my stubborn streak and the faith I have that those matters are in the … Read More


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