HAZ-MAT offload operation underway

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am


An update from Chief Gary L. Howard, public information with Cumberland County Sheriff Department, states hazardous waste professionals are now in the process of offloading the hazardous waste material containing Titanium Tetrachloride into the specially made tanker. (SEE TOP STORY ABOUT TRAFFIC REROUTED THROUGH SPARTA.) The process is proceeding as planned. 

The evacuation order for the area remains in effect along with the existing road closures.  The only shelter remaining open in Cumberland County is Latter Day Saints, on Genesis Road, exit 320.  

Officials are hopeful that the operation will be complete and roads opened sometime tonight.

Traffic exiting the ramp at Smithville Highway exit, in … Read More


I-40 eastbound lanes open

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

According to Chief Gary L. Howard, of Cumberland County Sheriff Department, emergency workers and hazardous waste professionals have worked through the night in their effort to clean up the hazardous waste site so that lanes of Interstate 40 may be reopened.  

The east bound lanes, which were closed because of their close proximity to the hazardous waste containing Titanium Tetrachloride, have reopened as of 6 a.m. (CST).  The west bound lanes will remain closed as cleanup efforts continue on the crash site and will reopen as soon as possible.

 

 

12 apartments may be added to Sparta Housing Authority

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

This acreage adjoins City of Sparta’s Animal Shelter and will be the site for not only the future expansion of Oak Hill Apartments, but also 12 units for Sparta Housing Authority.

A federally funded program that has provided housing for thousands of White County residents approximately 40 years will soon expand with new dwellings to be built on East Bronson Street.
Sparta Housing Authority is expected to soon add 12 units for people age 62 and older. The SHA now oversees living facilities on Lee Street, Harris Street, Oakwood Street and Kent Street, as well as Craig Rock Village, and some units in Van Buren County.    
According to … Read More


Ladder truck vital addition to fire department

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Capt. Jason Sparks checks out the ladder truck purchased a few months ago for Sparta Fire Department. The truck was bought shortly before a major fire at one of the churches in the county. The department aided in fighting the fire with their newly obtained equipment.

A major fire in downtown almost 10 years ago has caused city officials to review the type of firefighting equipment that would be available if a similar incident occurred again.
 A ladder truck was purchased only a few months ago from Celina to be utilized by Sparta Fire Department. Firefighters first used the new piece of equipment soon thereafter during a major … Read More


Domestic violence touches community

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

“Domestic violence should not happen to anybody – ever – period,” said Carolyn Cheek, executive director of Gracemoor, a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from violent and/or abusive situations. “But it does (happen) – and when it does, there is help.”
Cheek indicated domestic abuse happens in every community and was again brought to public attention by the recent situation involving Sparta native Alicia O’Connor Garcia. Garcia was shot several times by her estranged husband while she was working at her job in the Hermitage area as a hairdresser. He then reportedly turned the gun on himself. He later died from his wounds.
“This is a tragedy that … Read More


William D. Simmons Jr.

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

William D. Simmons Jr., 69, better known as “Junior,” of Sparta, passed away July 10, 2008, at his residence.
Simmons was the son of Thurman Denny and Patty Elizabeth Wilson Simmons.
He had been employed by Savage Lumber Company.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Harvell Dial Simmons, of Sparta; son Michael Simmons and wife Pamela, of Quebeck; grandchildren, Desiree Simmons, Bobby Simmons; sister, Pearl Hash and husband Terry, of Quebeck; five brothers, Otis Simmons and wife Mary Edwina, of Sparta, James Simmons and wife Margaret, of Ohio, Sherman Simmons and wife Agnes, of McMinnville, Herbert Simmons, of Doyle, Hubert Simmons and wife Vondell, of Texas; two stepsons, … Read More


Louise Harris Henderson

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Louise Harris Henderson, 75, of Sparta, passed away July 13, 2008, at her residence.
Henderson was born Jan. 7, 1933, in White County, to Edgar and Katherine Elrod Harris.
She was retired from Wagner Electric.
Henderson was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Alvaree Holland, Donavee Puckett; and one brother, Darnell Harris.
Survivors include her husband, Eldon Henderson, of Sparta; daughter, Shawn Rice and husband Kenneth, of Sparta; two grandsons, Daniel and Dustin Rice; sister, Hazel Felts; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., July 15, 2008, at the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Plainview Cemetery, in Cassville. David … Read More


Sidney Williams

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Sidney Williams, 80, of Sparta, passed away July 13, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Williams was born July 27, 1927, in Sparta, to Doc and Dovie Clark Williams.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army.
Williams was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sandra K. Williams; sister, Mildred Sorrell; and three brothers, D.C. Williams, Dennis Williams, Carlen Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Roberts Williams, of Sparta; two daughters, Tracey Jones and husband Rick, of Sparta, Tammy Williams, of Sparta; brother, Charles Williams and wife Rosemary, of Sparta; sister, Jo Ann Peek, of Warren, Mich.; niece, Kim Buck, husband Shane, their son, Caden, all … Read More


Gwyn Ann Brogden

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Gwyn Ann Brogden, 60, of Nashville, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 13, 2008, at Skyline Medical Center, in Nashville.
Brogden was born April 4, 1948, in White County, to Kenneth Brogden and Annette Perry Brogden.
She was a retired railroad switch operator.
Brogden was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her mother, Rubye Brogden, of Sparta; brother, Gary Brogden and wife Janice, of Sparta; nephew, Rhyn Brogden and wife Becky, of Sparta; niece, Shana Brogden, of Nashville; great nieces and nephews, Zoe and Alex Cantrell, Sara Kate and Ben Brogden; and very close friend, Marcus Gambrell, of Nashville.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., July … Read More


Nannie Pearl Judd Green

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Nannie Pearl Judd Green, 85, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2008.
Green was born Feb. 12, 1923.
Green was married to W.T. Green more than 65 years and had been a member of Oak Grove Church since 1942. She was a wonderful Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always dedicated to what was best for her family. She was a loving and caring for others. Her family and friends loved her dearly, and she will be sorely missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton Judd and Ethel Brady Judd; infant son, Barry Lee Green; brothers, Tim Judd, Edward Judd.
Survivors include her … Read More


Frank H. Oettel

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Frank Howard Oettel, 86, passed away July 9, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Oettel was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Glen Carbon, Ill.
He was a retired machinist for General Motors.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Oettel, of Sparta; son, Frank Donald Oettel, of Sparta; four daughters, Kathleen Warner, of Arizona, Pam Oettel, of Illinois, Patricia Roberts, of Indiana, Janene Oettel, of Maryland; two sisters, Deloris Mann, of Florida, Phyllis Whitcomb, of Michigan; stepchildren, Donna Galecki, of Michigan, Glen Walters, of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., July 13, 2008, at the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home.
Hunter Funeral Home was


HAZ-MAT offload operation underway

Posted by | July 13, 2008 12:00 am


An update from Chief Gary L. Howard, public information with Cumberland County Sheriff Department, states hazardous waste professionals are now in the process of offloading the hazardous waste material containing Titanium Tetrachloride into the specially made tanker. (SEE TOP STORY ABOUT TRAFFIC REROUTED THROUGH SPARTA.) The process is proceeding as planned. 

The evacuation order for the area remains in effect along with the existing road closures.  The only shelter remaining open in Cumberland County is Latter Day Saints, on Genesis Road, exit 320.  

Officials are hopeful that the operation will be complete and roads opened sometime tonight.

Traffic exiting the ramp at Smithville Highway exit, in … Read More


Tanker crash in Cumberland County reroutes traffic through Sparta

Posted by | July 13, 2008 12:00 am

Traffic is non-stop through downtown Sparta just after daylight Sunday after a HAZ-MAT truck overturned Saturday afternoon, on I-40, in Cumberland County. Eastbound and westbound lanes are shut down until later Sunday afternoon.

Trucks were rerouted through Highway 70 when their normal path of travel on I-40 was shut down Saturday afternoon. A chemical spill caused all travelers to be diverted to alternate routes, with the bulk coming through Sparta. The already busy section of downtown highway is becoming a non-stop thoroughfare, with a constant flow of tractor-trailers.

A crash on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County, on Saturday afternoon, caused
the shutdown of the eastbound and westbound lanes, … Read More


3 percent raise not ‘across the board’

Posted by | July 10, 2008 12:00 am

County employees will get a 3 percent raise in the upcoming fiscal year, but some will get more than others.

One county commissioner has questioned why some deputy clerks are receiving more than the 3 percent pay raise that had been placed in the 2008-2009 budget.  
B.K. Luna questioned the equality of the proposed pay increase during the Tuesday budget committee meeting. Luna asked if anyone received more than 3 percent. 
“They equalized the deputy’s position at $28,773,” said Mark Farley, White County finance director. “There may be some in that deputy category that got more than 3 percent.”
Farley said the budget committee had previously set the … Read More


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