Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

    If one thing is life is constant, it is that things are always going to change. 
    I am sitting here three weeks almost from the exact minute that I got that terrible phone call telling me about Markie.  I was sitting at my computer doing just like I do every Saturday night/Sunday morning working on Monday’s paper.  Sadly, that was one of those phone calls that I will remember the exact words for the rest of my life.  I have had several of those and it never gets any easier.  I remember the exact words from phone calls about Markie, as well as Jeff Griffin and Lindsay Floyd.  … Read More

Capturing life’s important moments

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Convenient. Visual Image Photography is conveniently located at 100 East Bockman Way, right next to Sparta Café.

owners. Donald and Paul Holman can affordably capture the perfect picture for every need.

Name of business:
Visual Image Photography
100 East Bockman Way
Phone number:
(931) 836-2800
Name of owners:
Donald and Paul J. Holman
Hours of operation:
By appointment
When did you open for business?
What products of services do you offer?
“We primarily do our photography work for childcare centers, dance schools, beauty contests, fire departments, wherever we can photograph large numbers of people. Our concept is to keep low prices and do lots of … Read More

Small Plates Are Big

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Small plates are transforming the way we eat. Across the country, from restaurants to homes, exciting menus of diverse small plates are being served instead of old-school one plate entrees.
Perfect for parties where conversation is key, small plates make the usual cocktail party into something festive and a delightful treat of many tastes. More than appetizers but less than a full-on buffet, small plate food is the sizzling hot new food trend you can try without busting the budget.
Think tapas, American style – Burgers go mini to become stylish sliders. Salad wedges and shots of soup transform favorite fall classics into snazzy utensil-free finger foods. Add … Read More

Old Railroad Grade Road now re-open to traffic

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Dangerous drop-off. This area of Old Railroad Grade Road is a big concern of area residents because of the danger for anyone to drive off the road and plunge nearly 60 feet into a creek.

Old Railroad Grade Road in the eastern portion of White County in now back open for traffic after work was completed on bridge construction, leaving a potentially dangerous situation for travelers.
In one section of the road, drivers face a dangerous drop-off that does not have a guardrail. On one side is a rock bluff and on the other is a creek approximately 50 to 60 feet below the roadway.
“We’re aware of … Read More

Salaries revealed for City of Sparta

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

City of Sparta recently passed its budget for the new fiscal year with the payroll totaling $2.9 million.
According to Sparta Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 2, “In order to assure the recruitment and retention of personnel necessary to maintain a continued high level of public service, it is the policy of the city that the level of compensation of municipal employees should favorably compare with prevailing rates in private industry and other governmental agencies in the competitive area. In carrying out this policy, consideration shall be given to the duties and responsibilities of the various types of positions, rates paid for comparable services in public and private … Read More

John Bill Evins

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

John Bill Evins, 85, of Smithville, passed away Nov. 10, 2008.
Evins was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and retired business owner of Smithville Builders Supply. He was a World War II veteran and was a navigator on a transport aircraft.
He had formerly served as county trustee, a member of  the city board of aldermen, city mayor, WJLE Board of Directors, board member of First National Bank and deacon at Smithville Presbyterian Church. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was board member of Smithville Electric System.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Veta Evins; parents, William Sellors and Virgil Roosevelt Tramel Evins; grandson, John … Read More

Dorothy May Rowland Johnson

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Dorothy May Rowland Johnson, 85, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Johnson was born March 21, 1923, in New Castle, Pa., to Clifford and Lela Rhodabaugh Rowland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe B. Johnson.    
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Smith and husband Thomas, of Sparta, Judy Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, both of Texas; three sons, Roy Johnson and wife Sandy, of Florida, Ronnie Johnson and Janet, of North Carolina, Ray Johnson, of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Holly Brown and husband Hoss, Rhonda Simmons and husband Harlan, Jonathan Smith and wife Erika, and … Read More

Royce Kirby Henry

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Royce Kirby Henry, 74, of Sparta passed away Nov. 14, 2008, at the Life Care of Sparta.
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Henry was born Aug. 27, 1934, in White County, to William Floyd and Vallie Void Judd Kirby.
She was a beautician and a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.
Henry was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.L. Henry; and one son, Grant Henry.
Survivor include two sons, Steve Henry and wife Gail, of Bowling Green, Ky., Rick Henry and wife Susan, of Sparta; grandchildren, Jason Henry, Sabrina McDowell, both of Sparta, Heather Buchanan, of Sugar Hill, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Landon Frazier, Addison Frazier, Mollie … Read More

James Louis Wurm

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

James Louis Wurm, 58, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 16, 2008, at his residence.
Mr. Wurm was born Aug. 13, 1950, in Traverse City, Mich., to Ambrose and Emma Seegmiller Wurm.
He was proud to be a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Wurm, of Sparta; son, Jonathan Wurm, of Cookeville; daughter, Leah Neal and husband Josh, of Sparta; two brothers, Cleo Wurm and wife Veda, of Traverse City, Mich., Larry Wurm and wife Rosemary, of Grand Haven, Mich.; sister, Connie Meade and husband Larry, of Kingsley, Mich.; grandson, Alexander Neal, of Sparta; uncle, Ben Wurm, of Traverse City, Mich.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, … Read More

WCHS basketball season tips off Tuesday

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Basketball preview. The Warriors and Warriorettes open their season Tuesday in Hall of Fame games. Check out the online edition of the basketball season preview.

    The White County High School basketball teams open their season Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium when they host Hall of Fame games.
    The Warriorettes tip things off at 6:30 p.m. against Baylor and the Warriors will follow against Stone Memorial. Season tickets will be honord at the games, but all seats are general admission for Hall of Fame games. 
    Little is known about the Warriorettes’ opening night opponent.  The private school from Chattanooga will be making their first ever trip to Sparta.  A … Read More

WCHS learns new district fate

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

    Everyone has known it was coming for a few months now, but the TSSAA Board of Controls made it official Thursday when they realigned athletic districts across the state of Tennessee.
    At least for the next four years, all sports teams at White County High School will compete against the same teams in their district/region.  Since the early 90’s football has been in an entirely different league than the other sports at WCHS.  That will change with the start of the 2009-10 season.
    The TSSAA decided a reorganization plan needed to be formed.  They wanted to renew rivalries and keep them across the board in all sports while … Read More

Warrior football team honored with banquet

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Award winners. The Warrior football team was honored with a banquet Thursday evening in the high school cafeteria. Team and individual awards were presented. Those receiving individual awards were (l to r): Seth Anderson, Tyler Good, Dalton Bain, Dillon Kay, Zack Saylors, Seth McDonald, Jordan Brown, Aaron Murray, Allen Sullivan, Sam Gribble, Jay Currin, Bryce Pullum, Dailey Hummelt, Sam Howard, Ethan Keiffer, Dustin Howell and Marshall Milton.

    The White County High School football team put the finishing touches on the 2008 season when they were honored by the Quarterback Club with a banquet. 
    After starting the night off with a meal enjoyed by the players, coaches and guests, … Read More

School report card released

Posted by | November 14, 2008 12:00 am

White County teachers are once again proud of the school system’s success with the release of the 2008 School Report Card from Tennessee Department of Education.
Donny Haley, director of schools, is equally impressed, but is still focused on some problem areas that he said are the primary goals for the educational staff.
See all the detailed stats HERE
“Overall, it was a good report,” said Haley. “Academically and performance-wise, we are equal to or above the state in just about every category.”
In 1992, the Tennessee Education Improvement Act established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce … Read More

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