Antiquing with a new flair

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Owners Tonya and Mike Gilbert and Shari and Rodney Baker take time out from their grand opening to pose in front of just some of the items at their new antique business.

Antiques of Sparta has officially opened in the old Greene’s Auto Parts building at 558 West Bockman Way after extensive cleaning and refurbishing.

Mike and Tonya Gilbert have joined forces with Rodney and Shari Baker to share their love of antiques and offer White County the opportunity to purchase unique collections, including just about everything from furniture and glassware to tools and original, collectible Coke signs and fixtures.
Customers are now able to browse and buy … Read More

Are state employees paid too much?

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Gov. Phil Bredesen and state legislators will be discussing how to cut the state budget by several million dollars.

A shortfall of almost $585 million has Gov. Phil Bredesen and state legislators scurrying in search of ideas about how to balance the budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
News reports have listed expected cuts in several areas, including the layoffs of some state employees. However, the final decision is still undetermined as to what departments will be affected and which employees will receive their pink slips. Will cuts be made from the lowest paid positions, or will state departments actually be forced to trim excess spending by eliminating … Read More

Robber grabs fistful of cash

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Jason Lee Rose

 A reported homeless man was arrested Tuesday after creating a diversion and robbing South Young BP Market.
Jason Lee Rose, 33, of Sparta, was captured by Sparta Police Department at approximately 8:30 p.m., May 6, 2008, after he allegedly stole an unnamed amount of cash from the cash register.
According to Investigator Travis Barker, Sparta Police Department, Rose entered the store around 7 p.m. and “attempted to get a man to purchase a beer.”
“He jumped over the counter while the clerk was busy with a transaction and stuck his hand in the cash register,” said Barker.
Barker said the clerk hit Rose on the … Read More

Simmons takes over as chief deputy

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Chief Deputy Thomas R. Simmons

A familiar face to residents with more than 30 years law enforcement experience, Thomas Simmons has been named White County Sheriff Department’s new chief deputy by Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.
Simmons has been serving in the detective division for the past six years and remembers the days when the caseload was not as large as it is now.
“When I first started as a road deputy, we all did our own investigations,” said Simmons.
The tall, soft-spoken White County native has been associated with White County law enforcement since 1974.
“I appreciate Sheriff Shoupe for giving me this opportunity and promoting me into this … Read More

Baseball comes up short against Blackman

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Dalton Bain throws down to second.

Joseph Johnson points out a fly ball to outfielders, Conor Sparkman and Wesley Dickson.

Conor Sparkman picked up the only Warrior hit of the game.

   The White County High School baseball team continued their steady play into Monday night’s loser’s bracket game in the District 7AAA tournament, but just could not come up with the hits to pick up the win.
    The Warriors allowed just two Blackman runs in the game, but were shut out as their season came to a close with the 2-0 loss.  The Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 6-18, but showed much improved play … Read More

Warrior football preparing for spring scrimmage

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Spring drills

Spring drills

Elwood Pennington came to help out with Warrior football spring practice.

Spring drills

    Pads have been popping at the Warrior football practice field in the afternoon for the past several days.
(To Hear Audio, click on volume bar on medial player.)
   The Warriors have been getting in their allotted spring practice and will wrap things up with a scrimmage Friday that will involve a bit of family rivalry.  Warrior head coach, Josh Kerr, will take on his former team that just happens to be coached by his father, Larry Kerr.
    The younger Kerr talked about taking on his dad’s … Read More

WCHS soccer shut out by Blackman in tourney

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Steven Richardson

    The White County High School soccer season finished off their most successful season record wise in the history of the program, but at the end, fell victim to yet another District 7AAA foe.
    The Warriors, the eighth seed in the District 7AAA tournament, were defeated by top-seeded Riverdale 6-0 in the opening round of the league tournament.  The loss left the Warriors without a win against a district foe, not only this season, but in the history of the program.  (WCHS did actually get credited with a win a couple of years ago when Riverdale had to forfeit, but the win came a few days later … Read More

WCHS softball eliminated by Cookeville

Posted by | May 8, 2008 12:00 am

Miya Teeples

    The Warriorette softball season came to an end with a 6-4 loss to Cookeville Monday in the District 7AAA tournament.
    Cookeville plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then added one run in each of the second and fifth innings to propel themselves to the win.  The Warriorettes, after scoring one run in the first, added three in the sixth, but could not overcome the first inning deficit they built for themselves.  The loss was the second in the double elimination tournament bringing the WCHS season to a close.
    Both teams had to play through errors in the first inning.  WCHS took … Read More

A tribute to Moms-to-be

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am


This column is dedicated to two children who aren’t even here yet. So Happy Mother’s Day to those expectant moms.
My niece Christy and her husband Heath are pregnant, due in July. Nephew Josh and his wife Allie are pregnant, too, and they are due in October. Christy is having a boy, and Josh is expecting to be surrounded by pink items.
The boy is going to be named Hayden Russell McCallen. Of course, that may change and he may be named something else when the time comes.
So Hayden, (or whatever your name is) this is your Aunt Jo. These are a few … Read More

Doing business the old-fashioned way

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Whatever happened to shopping at home? Have we forgotten the one basic rule of supporting our community?
I suppose this has been a topic of great concern to me for quite a long time. What possesses a White Countian to go outside this community and purchase the very same items he or she could find within the boundaries of Sparta?
One of the first answers I would probably get from one of these individuals would be, “Well, it’s cheaper.” Cheaper? Just how much cheaper is it? Are we talking about hundreds of dollars, or are we talking about just a couple of bucks?
The Internet has also become … Read More

What Mom really wants wrapped up this year

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Mom wants a trip. Lori and Logan Dyer share a moment considering what would be the “ultimate Mother’s Day gift.” A vacation on the beach suited both as the perfect option for this year.

Tradition say’s it’s a day for breakfast in bed, bouquets of flowers, special gifts and simply saying “thank you.” For all the work Mom does throughout the year, she deserves to be pampered on Mother’s Day.  
But what do moms really say they want for Mother’s Day?
That depends on who is asked and how old the kids are, according to a very unscientific survey held this past week.
The number one answer fell … Read More

Worth the trip to Sparta when searching for Antiques

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Treasure are waiting to be rediscovered, restored, refinished and revived with new life from yard sales, antique shops, and flea markets in White and the surrounding counties.
Sparta offers easy access from all across the state, with Highway 111 and Highway 70 weaving right through, it is the perfect location for antique dealers to display their wares, and a great location for residents to search for mementoes of the past. There are at least nine locations of antique and collectible shops with several within just blocks of downtown Sparta.
Plan an outing with friends and enjoy a day scouting antiques and visiting one of the wonderful spots for … Read More

Tractor restoration requires teamwork

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

(L-R) Anthony Lumpkin, Tyler Sparkman, Chris Elrod and Lauren Haston put the finishing touches on the 1950’s model tractor they have been refurbishing as a part of their agriculture class.

Fire engine red is the color of choice
Four high school seniors in the agriculture classes at White County Career Technical Center are looking forward to an upcoming auction where a dilapidated tractor they have painstakingly restored will be sold to a lucky bidder.
Scott Griner, instructor, is proud of the accomplishments of his students who have taken a late 1950s, 641 Ford tractor, and brought it back to life through their dedication and hard work.
The tractor … Read More

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