Jackie E. Whiteaker

Posted by | January 16, 2009 12:00 am

Jackie E. Whiteaker, 74, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 16, 2009, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Berniece Marcum Jackson

Posted by | January 16, 2009 12:00 am

Bernice Marcum Jackson, 86, of McMinnville, passed away Jan. 16, 2009, at her residence.
Jackson was born Oct. 1, 1922, in White County.
She was a member of Newtown The Baptist Church and a retired employee of McMinnville Garment Company.
Jackson was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Bessie Knowles Marcum; sisters, Katherine Marcum, Reba Tindell; and brothers, Reed and John Marcum.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Hobert E. Jackson, of McMinnville; sons, Paul D. Jackson, of Orlando, Fla., Donald E. Jackson, of McMinnville; brothers, Alton Marcum and wife Pearle Marcum, Meril Marcum and wife Ruby, Earl Marcum, all of White County; four grandchildren, … Read More


College football

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

    Okay, if this year doesn’t make a college football playoff system a necessity, then someone just doesn’t have a concern for what is best for the game, student athletes and fans.
    I hate to be mean and judgmental about what people are thinking, but this is getting ridiculous.  College football is the only sport where the title is not decided on the field, but on computers and in polls.  I just don’t get it.
    Now, before you Florida fans get mad or carried away, I’m not saying that Florida is not good enough to be national champion.  They are a great football team and are definitely a deserving … Read More


WCHS district games

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

The WCHS basketball teams have taken on three consecutive district teams, Cookeville, Lebanon and Oakland. 


Rescuing the downtrodden

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

Cookeville Rescue Mission recently received a donation of $2,700, which was collected by members of Sparta First Baptist Church during the Christmas season. L-R: Pastor J.D. Davis, of Sparta First Baptist, Bro. Larry Self, director of the Rescue Mission, and George Savage, member of Sparta First Baptist and Rescue Mission board member.

Larry Self’s words are straightforward about the 33 years of his life that have been spent helping thousands of individuals who have been down on their luck.
The man who began a Rescue Mission more than three decades ago in Cookeville is now expanding his ministry into White County.  
“I understand when something new comes in … Read More


Kenny R. Sherrell

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

 Kenny R. Sherrell, 47, of Baxter, passed away Jan. 13, 20009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Sherrell was born July 8, 1961, in Putnam County, to Lloyd Ray and Anna Jewell Sherrell.
He was a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church and worked at Williams Wholesale 28 years.
Sherrell was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Vesta Massa, George and Alice Sherrell, and brother-in-law, U.L. Netherton.
Survivors include his parents, Lloyd Ray and Anna Jewell Sherrell, of Baxter; sister, Lavinia and husband Herb Leftwich, of Baxter; nephew, Nathan Netheron and wife Molly, of Cookeville, niece, Tonia Wheeler and husband Stephen, of Cookeville; great-nephews, Gunner and Zach … Read More


Roy Bert Sparkman

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Roy Bert Sparkman, 76, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 14, 2009, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Sparkman was born March 10, 1932, in Van Buren County.
He had served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired farmer.    Sparkman was preceded in death by his parents, Ivey Rennel and Bessie Lee Johnson Sparkman; two daughters, Winter Joy Crain, Pamela Louise Sparkman; and granddaughter, Tara Danell King.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Kay Hollis Sparkman, of Bone Cave; four daughters Movita King and husband Phillip, of McMinnville, Julie Sparkman, of Lascassas, Delma Hindsman and husband Eddie, of Avenger, … Read More


WCMS takes three of four from Cornerstone

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

Devin Davidson steals a pass from the Yellow Jackets, but the Warriors came up short 46-40.

Eighth grade action. The eighth grade teams split their games with Cornerstone Middle. Allyson Quillen and the Warriorettes were victorious 34-23.

Dalton Nash, Skylar Delaney and Hunter Cantrell are all in the paint battling for the rebound during the seventh grade boys' win over Cornerstone.

Kelsey Roberts drives to the basket against Cornerstone as the seventh grade Warriorettes remained undefeated on the season.

    White County Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade teams played host to Cornerstone Middle from Baxter on Monday.
    The WCMS teams won three of four games on the night … Read More


Another 7AAA split at Roy Sewell Gymnasium

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

Jessica Wilson puts up a shot in the paint during the win over Oakland. The Warriorettes (15-2) are currently ranked 14th in the state and will take on eighth ranked Riverdale Friday.

Lacy Yslas led the Warriorettes with 19 points in the win over Oakland.

Corey Johnson sails in for two points in the second half of Tuesday's game.

    Oakland made the trip from Murfreesboro for a District 7AAA doubleheader Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium and went back home with a win and a loss.
    The Warriorettes, after getting off to a slow start in the first few minutes, got things rolling and sailed to the 59-20 win … Read More


WCHS hosts Riverdale for homecoming

Posted by | January 15, 2009 12:00 am

WCHS will present the basketball homecoming court prior to Friday's game. Mr. and Miss Basketball, Corey Johnson and Lacy Yslas (middle), will be honored, along with the rest of the court. The members are (l to r): sophomores, Kristin Jones and Josh Turner, seniors, Heather Roberts and Aaron Puckett, juniors, Tasha Delaney and Caleb Lowery and freshmen, Lacey Clark and Caleb Fuson.

White County High School will celebrate homecoming Friday when Riverdale visits for a District 7AAA doubleheader.
Mr. and Miss Basketball, Corey Johnson and Lacy Yslas, along with the rest of the homecoming court, will be honored prior to tip off of the girls’ game.  Those festivities … Read More


Roadside tire-changing ends in serious injuries

Posted by | January 14, 2009 12:00 am

A Sparta man was seriously injured Friday while he was changing a flat tire on Highway 111.
Bob Hughes, 69, of Sparta, was reportedly on the northbound side of Highway 111, on the shoulder of the road, changing a flat tire for his girlfriend. The driver of a passing vehicle reportedly struck Hughes.
Emergency services personnel were dispatched to the scene of the incident around 3:21 p.m., Jan. 9. White County E-911 received a call from the victim’s girlfriend, Shirrell Carter, stating Hughes had been struck.
A first responder arrived within 10 minutes of the call being dispatched. White County Emergency Medical Services transported Hughes to the airport … Read More


WCHS varsity teams split with Oakland

Posted by | January 14, 2009 12:00 am

   The Warriors and Warriorettes recorded another District 7AAA split Tuesday when the Oakland High School teams visited Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
    The WCHS girls, behind 19 points from senior post player, Lacy Yslas, rolled to the 59-20 victory. Yslas was the lone Warriorette in double figures in another balanced attack.  The win improves the Warriorettes to 17-2 overall and 4-1 in the district with a huge district contest looming against Riverdale Friday night.
    For the Warriors, it was yet another example of two solid quarters and two costly periods.  WCHS outscored the Patriots 28-25 in the first and fourth quarter.  However, Oakland got the best of the Warriors in … Read More


Suspect caught after nine-day run

Posted by | January 13, 2009 12:00 am

    Officers from White County Sheriff Department and the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Joe Daniel Honaker on Monday, Jan. 12, at a residence on Glade Creek Road and charged him with attempted murder of a police officer and evading arrest after an incident that injured White County Deputy Craig Capps.
    According to a WCSD arrest report, Honaker was found after information on his location was obtained. The report states that Honaker was found hiding in a horse (CORRECTION: house) trailer on the property.
    Deputy Capps has returned to work after having reportedly received a concussion and leg injuries during the Jan. 3 incident on Fish Road in the … Read More


J.W. Pollard

Posted by | January 13, 2009 12:00 am

J.W. Pollard, 75, of DeKalb County, passed away Jan. 11, 2009, at DeKalb Community Hospital.
Pollard was the former owner of BeeJay Apparel Inc, Pollard Enterprises, Hummingbird Aircraft Charter, partner in Sligo Boat Dock and former Fixed Base Operator at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, as well as owner of Pollard Farms.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. Pollard Sr. and Beulah Mosley Pollard; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Casto and Josie Puckett; sister-in-law, Donavee Puckett; brother-in-law, Glynn Webb; and nephew, Jeff Garrett.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Bettye Puckett Pollard, of the Peeled Chestnut community of DeKalb County; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Morris Puckett, of … Read More


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