WCHS carpentry class builds more than just a structure

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Steven Lewis makes sure his hammer carefully lines up with the last nail he’s placed in the framework as James Lewis gives him a little direction.

David Vidrine, carpentry class instructor, checks out the work of his students.

The lessons learned in the carpentry class at White County Career Technical Center encompass more than measuring boards or slinging a hammer.
David Vidrine, instructor of the three classes that are comprised of students from White County High School, said his students utilize skills they have acquired from other subjects.
“The class itself – everybody thinks it’s just out here beating nails,” said Vidrine. “But the class involves a lot … Read More


Griffin family gives back in son’s memory

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Jeff Griffin had fun just about everywhere he went and made things more enjoyable for those around him. Above, he is shown entertaining everyone with his exploits on the camp swings.

One of the improvements made to the camp was the addition of paddleboats to the lake. A monument has been erected as a reminder of the dedicated camper. Air conditioning units were also added.

Jeff Griffin was a loyal attendee at Short Mountain Bible Camp and had planned to one day return as a camp counselor.

A tragic automobile accident in October of last year took the live of Jeff Griffin, a sophomore at White County High

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Acuff trophy comes to Sparta

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Scott poses with the award from the Hall of Fame and a fiddle made in 1968 by his grandfather. Roy Acuff had played a fiddle much like this one, which was also made by Scott’s grandfather.

Scott Acuff (far right) is pictured backstage with his wife, Shirley (on the far left); Blanche Williams, widow of Claude “Fiddler” Williams; and Roy Clark who was on hand to perform a couple of Roy Acuff songs.

Scott Acuff, of Sparta, attended a ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., April 16, to accept an award from the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. The funny thing is, Acuff doesn’t even play the fiddle.
“This whole … Read More


Staying ‘young’ at heart

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

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 based on age. She gave herself exams for signs of breast cancer.
“I found the lump just before my 40th birthday,” said Young
She … Read More


Former Knox County Clerk wants to serve Tennessee

Posted by | May 5, 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


Raymond LeRoy Starnes Sr.

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Raymond LeRoy Starnes Sr., 66, passed away May 5, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Starnes was born June 15, 1941, in Samford, Fla., to Harley Everett Starnes and Annie Mae Sasnett Starnes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roger Lundquist, John Harold Lundquist; and sisters, Gretchen Lundquist, Iris Kelley.
Survivors include his wife, Lilly Ann Starnes, of Sparta; two sons, Raymond LeRoy Starnes Jr. and wife Ronda Lynn, of Conroe, Texas, Randall Everett Starnes and wife Jessica Ann, of Sparta; two daughters, Eva Marie Clark and husband Richard, of Cookeville, Leah Rae Woodall, of Winter Springs, Fla.; two brothers, Harley Randall Starnes and wife … Read More


Delsie Whittimore Fuqua

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Delsie Whittimore Fuqua, 79, of Scottsville, Ky., passed away May 3, 2008, in Scottsville.
Fuqua was the daughter of Jimmie Arthur Whittimore and Berta Woodcock Whittimore.
Fuqua was a member of Mount Pleasant Church of Christ and a Bible teacher for many years. She had been a homemaker and was a member of League of Arts and Crafts where she taught quilting and art classes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Desse Whittimore, J.K. Whittimore; and two sisters, Hassie Harper, Elsie Stinson.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Herbert “Heavy” Fuqua, of Scottsville, Ky.; two sons, Dwight Fuqua and wife Pam, of Sparta, … Read More


Warriors stun Cavaliers in 7AAA opening round

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Roggie Haston prepares to apply the tag as a Riverdale runner tries to dive back into third base.

Warriors celebrate their win over Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.

Drew Haston came in and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win over Cookeville.

Josh Peterson and Bryan Holland watch carefully to make sure the ball rolls foul.

    When a team has not won a league game the entire season, any victory is a good one.
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    It turns into a great one when it comes in the opening round of the league tournament playing the top seeded team, … Read More


Elimination Monday for Spring Sports

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Dalton Bain throws down to try and pick off a Blackman base runner. Blackman won the game 2-0.

    Monday night turned into elimination day for three of White County High School’s spring sports teams.
    The WCHS softball, baseball and soccer teams were all defeated in must-win games Monday which brought the 2008 spring campaign to a close.
    The Warriorette softball team took on Cookeville in a loser’s bracket game at Siegel High School and were defeated 6-4.  The first inning turned out to be a decisive one for the Warriorettes as Cookeville plated four of their six runs in that frame. 
    For the Warrior baseball team, they only … Read More


Warrior soccer narrowly defeated by Pioneers

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Matt Geer scored the first goal in the loss to Warren County.

    In a very physical contest, the White County High School soccer team suffered a narrow 3-2 loss at Warren County.
    The Warriors came oh-so-close to picking up their first-ever district victory, but saw the Pioneers score the game winner with just under 10 minutes left to play.  The Warriors had a couple of opportunities late, but were not able to convert.
    WCHS took the 1-0 lead early in the game with Matt Geer scored on a header from directly in front of the goal at the 36:21 mark.  Over the next eight minutes neither team would … Read More


Warriorette softball falls in tourney’s opening round

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

The softball infielders huddle up prior to the start of an inning.

    The Warriorette softball team had the tough task of facing off against District 7AAA’s dominant softball team in Friday’s opening round of the tournament.  
    Riverdale came into the game having won 66 consecutive 7AAA contest.  They ran that streak to 67 with the 10-0 win over the Warriorettes in the first round dropping WCHS into the loser’s bracket.
    That game was supposed to have been played Saturday, but rain later in the day on Friday forced postponement of some games.  That means the Warriorettes will take on Cookeville in an elimination game Monday at 2 p.m.… Read More


Turney picks up two victories

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Justin Turney won two matches in the individual portion of the District 7AAA tournament before falling in the semifinals.

    With the Warrior tennis team being eliminated in the team portion of the District 7AAA tournament, Justin Turney, battled to try and earn a spot in the region tournament as an individual.  
    The WCHS junior won a pair of matches on Wednesday advancing to the Thursday’s action before being eliminated in the semifinals.  Tyler Brady won his first match, but was defeated on Wednesday afternoon.  Those were the only winners for WCHS in individual action.
    Turney won his first singles match defeating Farley from Siegel.  He followed that up … Read More


Voyles adds three more titles

Posted by | May 5, 2008 12:00 am

Markie Voyles won Midstate championships in three races, the 3200-meter, 1600-meter and the 800-meter.

    White County High School’s Markie Voyles added three more titles to her growing resume Saturday.  
    The junior not only took first place in three different races, but was also named the Outstanding Runner at the Midstate Rotary Invitational held at Tullahoma High School.  
    Voyles put together her best times of this season in all three races on the way to the victories.  In the 3200-meter (2 mile), she recorded an 11:44.63.  She finished three seconds ahead of  Tullahoma’s Claire Benjamin.  
According to Coach Dave Bruce, “Markie paced herself with the Tullahoma runner and passed … Read More


Warriors stun Cookeville

Posted by | May 3, 2008 12:00 am

The Warrior baseball team pulled off a stunning upset in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament.  (To hear video sound, you must click the sound bar on the video player.)


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