Azilkie Gilliam

Posted by | October 17, 2008 12:00 am

Azilkie Gilliam, 68, of Sparta passed away Oct. 16, 2008 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her son, Paul Gilliam, of Sparta; mother, Naoma Mosley Farris, of Sparta; sisters, Lynda K. Reed and husband George, of Sparta, Mildred Beal, of Ohio, Wanda Lackey, of Manchester; brothers, Bill Shelton, of Sweetwater, Robert Shelton, of California; grandsons, Paul D. Gilliam, Roger Gilliam; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 20, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in New Bon Air Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Oct. 18, and 4-8, Oct. 19.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge

Memories that last a lifetime

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Preserved forever. Samantha Heady creates a way for most anyone to preserve precious memories or to make a very personalized memento for that special someone.

Name of business
724 South Edgewood Drive
Sparta, TN
(931) 738-8838
Name of owner
Samantha Heady
Type of business (what is sold and/or manufactured, etc.)
“I sell custom artwork. People email me their pictures and I create anything from birthday cards, Christmas cards, baby announcements and even posters.”
How long has the business been in operation?
since 2005
Number of employees
Anything else you would like to share?
“In college, I learned the program Adobe Photoshop through a work … Read More

Economic downturn on rollercoaster ride

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Necessity. White Countians are pinching their pennies when making trips to the grocery stores. Sales are down in most retail areas, but food is one item where consumers are still spending their dollars, albeit conservatively.

    Details of a national bailout plan and Wall Street declines have caused White Countians to turn their focus toward their own economic future and how Tennessee is faring in this financial downturn.
    Tennessee Department of Revenue collects taxes in numerous areas, but there are specific categories that hold more interest for White County consumers. There are noticeable declines in three of the areas. 
 In White County, in September 2008, monies collected by Tennessee … Read More

150 weapons to be sold

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

    Weapons confiscated from convicted felons and during drug-related arrests will be sold by White County Sheriff Department to help fund additional guns for the deputies.
    Sheriff Oddie Shoupe addressed Steering Committee B of White County Board of Commissioners during a Monday night meeting about the scheduled sale. Shoupe said Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns signed the official order granting the sheriff permission to proceed with the sale.
Shoupe said serial numbers are checked through all sources to determine if any of the weapons are stolen. If a gun is determined to have been stolen, it is returned to its owner.
    Shoupe said the judge was “really upset” about … Read More

Homes needed for dogs at county shelter

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Mixed breed male puppy - somewhat shy, but very lovable and friendly.

Beautiful male Rottweiler - alpha male with a very gentle soul.

Dewey. Adorable young male Lab - very gentle and loving.

Mixed breed male with lots of energy and very friendly.

Male hound - great dog that needs lots of love and space to roam.

Young male Lab mix, very gentle, great family dog.

Beautiful male Spaniel with great attitude and mild temperament.

Mixed breed female - very gentle, and easily trained.

These are a few of the dogs available for adoption at the White County Animal Shelter, which … Read More

Orsega wins 6th annual YMCA 5k

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

5k winner. Mike Orsega was the winner of the 6th annual YMCA 5k run finishing the course with a time of 18:51. Orsega also won the race in 2006.

Ready, set, go! The 56 runners and walkers in the annual YMCA 5k take off as the start of the race is signaled. This year’s race was the sixth edition of the event.

    The Sparta YMCA held its 6th annual 5k run/walk Saturday, October 4th.  The winner was no stranger to the race.
    Mike Orsega, the 2006 winner of the race, took the honors this year completing the 3.1 mile course in 18:51.  The race began in front of … Read More

Lowery listed as day to day

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Day-to-day. Josh Lowery, shown above throwing a pass in the Eastern Kentucky game, had to leave last week’s game with an injury. The diagnosis is a strained oblique muscle and he has returned to practice. His status going into Thursday’s game with UT-Martin at Tucker Stadium is day-to-day.

    Sparta’s Josh Lowery, one of the quarterbacks on the Tennessee Tech football team, is listed as day-to-day on the TTU injury report after having to leave last Saturday’s game at Murray State with an injury.
    Lowery, who came in the game in the first half, was hit hard several times in the game and finally took a blow that forced … Read More

Pounders are next on the schedule for Warriors

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Looking for room. Warrior running back, Sam Gribble, follows lineman, Bryce Pullum, looking for room to run in last week’s game against Brainerd. This week the Warriors are on the road at Chattanooga Central for another 4-4A match-up.

    After another heartbreaking loss to Brainerd last Friday at Warrior Stadium, the White County High School football team hits the road Friday looking for a way to bounce back.
    The Warriors have had a whole week to lick their wounds after Brainerd came from behind and scored 12 points in the final four minutes to steal the win.  The Warriors led 20-12 with eight minutes to play, but couldn’t hold … Read More

Siegel ends WCHS volleyball season

Posted by | October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Net action. Warriorette senior volleyball player, Katelyn Meadows, puts the ball in play against Siegel in the first round of the District 7AAA tournament at Cookeville. The Warriorettes’ season came to a close with a 3-0 loss to the Lady Stars.

    For the third straight year, the Warriorette volleyball team had their season come to an end in the first round of the District 7AAA tournament.
    This year, it was Siegel who ousted the Warriorettes Tuesday in three straight games, albeit hard fought, at Cookeville High School.  Siegel took 25-14, 25-15 and 25-21 victories to earn a spot in the semifinals along with top seeded Cookeville, Blackman and … Read More

Ernestine Underhill Smartt

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Ernestine Underhill Smartt, 81, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 11, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville
Smartt was born Oct. 15, 2008, in DeKalb County, to Frank and Lula Page Underhill.
She was retired from Rockford Textiles and had been a member of the Church of God.
Smartt was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Harris Smartt; daughter, Charlene Griffin; and granddaughter, Marie Hollandsworth.
Survivors include four daughters, Diane Crouch and husband Willis Crouch Jr., Nancy Lance and husband Jeff, all of McMinnville; Debbie West and husband Ralph, of Sparta, Judy Griffin and husband Phil, of Fort Myers, Fla.; one son, Johnny Ezra Smartt, of … Read More

Frances Marie Lawson Green Brown

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Frances M. Brown, 65, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Brown was born April 5, 1943, in White County, to Marvin Roosevelt Lawson and Edna Pearl Young Lawson Dulaney.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Maddie Lawson, Vallery Dulaney; stepfather, Bill Dulaney; grandchild, Brandon Lee Hankins; great-grandchildren, C.W. Winnett, Jonathan O’Neal Stanford; and brother-in-law, Gary Hutton.
Survivors include four sons, Jeff Green and wife Juwana, Randall Green, Wayne Green, all of Sparta, Everett Brown Jr., of Baxter; two daughters, Becky Winnett and husband Charles, of Sparta, Louise Brown, of Cookeville; three brothers, Eugene Lawson and wife Gail, of Sparta, … Read More

Riley R. Young

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Riley R. Young, 69, of Nashville, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at Skyline Medical Center, in Nashville.
Young retired from Metro Nashville Fire Department after 32 years of service. After retirement, he spent a lot of time helping Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club with many of their projects, including their annual car show. He also helped Old Hickory Chamber of Commerce and Shrine Temple and many AACA car shows. He was very proud of his service to each of these, attaining the status of master judge and certified team captain with AACA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Clara Kelsey Young, and one brother, Willie Martin … Read More

Timothy Mason

Posted by | October 15, 2008 12:00 am

Timothy Mason, 41, of Quebeck, passed away Oct. 14, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Mason was born Dec. 3, 1966, to Davina Ann Savage Mason and Allen Lee Mason.
He was a mechanic for Federal Mogul.
Survivors include his mother, Davina Mason, of Quebeck; his fiancée, Paula Eller and her daughter, Danita Valentine, both of Sparta; brothers, Gary Mason and wife Jennifer, of Quebeck, Brad Mason and special friend, Lori Panter, of Quebeck; nephews, Cody Mason, of Quebeck, Dustin Mason, of Murfreesboro; niece, Jaden Brymer, of Quebeck; grandmother, Opal Savage, of Doyle; uncle; two aunts; and several cousins.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 18, 2008, … Read More

Warriors vs. Brainerd

Posted by | October 14, 2008 12:00 am

The Warrior football team dropped another heartbreaker, this time falling 24-20 to Brainerd.

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