State officials tour Philips

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

Informational tour. State officials toured Sparta’s Philips plant to gain more information about the many changes recently made by the company, as well as future plans.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley and State Representative Charles Curtiss visited Sparta’s Philips plant Thursday for a tour to see the improvements made, both in the plant and in management style.
The tour conducted by Plant Manager David Uhrik Sr. left the distinguished guests very impressed with the creative solutions undertaken at the plant.
“The most impressive thing I’ve seen here is the difference in this facility from three years ago when we were here,” said Curtiss. … Read More


5,000-plus choose early voting

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

Voters in White County have set a precedent that was matched almost everywhere else in the nation as Sparta residents flocked to the courthouse to cast the ballots for the next president of the United States.
According to White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey, the “unofficial” total for early voting as of Friday was 5,169. This figure is 31.94 percent of registered voters and exceeds early voting numbers for any presidential election. White County has a total of 16,183 registered voters.
The 2008 early voting totals in White County have already surpassed those of the three previous presidential elections.
In November 2004, White County had 4,149 early … Read More


Flu vaccination important for high-risk individuals

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

According to Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year with flu complications and about 36,000 people die because of the flu.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper, who is a registered nurse, said October or November is the best time to get the flu vaccine to be protected throughout the entire flu season.
Immunization against influenza can be administered in the form of an injection or nasal spray. Health providers can explain guidelines for each type of vaccine. Supplies of flu vaccine are available at county health departments, health care providers’ offices, pharmacies and grocery stores.
High risk people, those … Read More


$500,000 sewer grant received

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

City of Sparta is the recipient of a half-million-dollar grant from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development that will be used for sewer rehab.
According to Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, this money can be applied for every other year. City of Sparta signed a “commissioner’s order” a few years ago that committed the city to spend its CDBG money for the next 10 years on refurbishing its sewer system.
During a December 2007 meeting, Public Works Director Ross Fan reported on the “Basin 5” sewer rehab project, which included South Oak Street, Highland Drive, Dale’s Place, Cooper Street, Windsor Drive and the Camp Heights area.
The “Basin … Read More


Alumni teams entertain at WCHS

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

Still running his team. After more than thirty years, Rick Powell can still run the offense especially in the gym where he played many high school games. Powell was on hand for the alumni game as was his teammate, Timmy Brock, and maroon team member, Jordan Swindell.

Still competitive. No matter how long it’s been, when former WCHS players hit the floor, it will be a competitive game as was evidenced in Saturday’s alumni games. Mary Lee Nash tries to avoid the trap of Kristy Richardson Adams and Lindsey Foster Lowery as Melissa Dunham Hill moves to get open.

1,000 point club. On hand for the alumni game

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Warriors end 2008 season with 31-7 loss

Posted by | November 3, 2008 12:00 am

Looking for an opening. Aaron Murray, a Warrior junior, looks for a hole to carry the ball through in Friday’s season finale. The Warriors were defeated 31-7 by region champ, Rhea County. The Warriors finished 2-8 on the season.

Clogging up the middle. The Warrior defense clogs up the middle on the above play, but Rhea County amassed 275 yards on the ground in the contest.

    The White County Warrior football team saw the curtain come down on the 2008 season with a Halloween night loss to Rhea County in Dayton by a score of 31-7.
    Rhea County, who claimed the Region 4-4A title after their win coupled … Read More


Loyd Wilson

Posted by | November 2, 2008 12:00 am

 Loyd Wilson, 78, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 31, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

 Wilson was born Sept. 3, 1930, in White County, to Arthur Ray Wilson and Bessie Elizabeth Hale Wilson.
He was a member of Haston Chapel Church of God and a firefighter with Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Bobbie Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Vance and husband Gayle, Jewel Guy; three nieces, Julie Wenger, Altia Vance, Jennifer Hight; one nephew, Alex Vance; three great-nieces, Amanda Roberts, Amber Wright, Logan Wenger; and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., Nov. 2, 2008, … Read More

Herbert Eston Simmons

Posted by | November 1, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Herbert Eston Simmons II, 55 passed away Oct. 31, 2008, at his residence on West Ravenscroft Road, in White County.

Simmons was born Jan. 12, 1953, in Sparta, to Herbert Eston Simmons and Virgie Mae Simmons. 
He was a machinist and served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife Cynthia Kay Simmons, of Sparta; two sons, Herbert Eston Simmons III, of Birmingham, Ala., Stephen Eric Simmons, of Johnson City; daughter, Ashley Marie Simmons, of Johnson City; stepdaughter, Amberly Kalyn Evans, of Cookeville; three brothers, Jesse Simmons, of Sanford, Fla., Hershell and Malcolm Simmons, both of Sparta; grandson, Michael … Read More

Warriors fall in season finale

Posted by | November 1, 2008 12:00 am

Season finale. Aaron Murray looks for a hole in the line as teammate Marshall Milton blocks. The Warriors were defeated 31-7.

The Warrior football team wrapped up their 2008 season on the road on Halloween night against the Rhea County Golden Eagles.  WCHS was defeated 31-7 by the Eagles, who learn at the end of the contest that their win coupled with a Walker Valley victory over Cleveland, gave them the region title.
The Warriors finished the season at 2-8.  See full details in Monday’s edition.


Still struggling

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

    To be quite honest, I am still a bit numb and having trouble staying focused on anything as another edition of the sports goes to press. 
    Actually, my mind constantly wanders and it goes to one certain person every time and that’s Markie.  I should be getting ready to cover her in the state cross country meet for the third consecutive year.  Instead, I have sat in front of my computer compiling pictures for a slideshow for her funeral.  It still chokes me up and gives me a sick feeling in my stomach to think about the events of this weekend.  I’m trying not to be mad or … Read More


John Scott Cass

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

John Scott Cass, 31, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 29, 2008, at his residence.
Cass was born April 18, 1977, in Putnam County.
He had been a supervisor at Central Heating and Air.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Harvel Cass, and grandmother, Mable Garrett.
Survivors include his father, James Marshall Cass, of Baxter; mother and stepfather, Pamela Sherree and Jake Libbey, of Cookeville; brothers, Jimmy Cass, of the Johnson Chapel community, Sam Cass, of Baxter; sisters, Cynthia Haley and husband Bryan, of Sparta, Tori Cass, of Baxter; stepbrothers, Victor Libbey, Curt Libbey and wife Laura Beth; stepsister, Elizabeth Werner and husband Mark; grandfather, Lloyd … Read More


Robert Maguschak

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Robert Maguschak, 79, of Sparta, passsed away Oct. 30, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Maguschak was born June 13, 1929, in Bever Meadows, Pa., to Joseph and Elizabeth Chernasky Maguschak.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired department manager at Wagner Electric. He was also a cantor for St. Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta, and St. Michael Catholic, in McAdoo, Pa.
Maguschak was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Maguschak.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Clara Kovalick Maguschak; son, Robert Maguschak Jr., of Hazelton, Pal; four daughters, Debra Conway and husband Michael, of … Read More


Official hoops practice now underway

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

Warrior practice. Warrior senior Corey Johnson looks for someone to pass to during the first basketball practice of the season.

Practice underway. The leading returning scorer for the Warriorettes, Lacy Yslas, puts up a shot during the first practice of the season on Monday.

    Monday officially began the start of preseason basketball practice.
    The Warriors and Warriorettes both took to the court Monday afternoon for their first official practices of the season.
    The Warriors are a little short-handed to start things off.  In addition to having four players on the football team, a couple of others are dealing with injuries leaving fifth-year head coach, Eric Mitchell, with less … Read More


Warriors wrap up season at Rhea County

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

Stopping the receiver. Dalton Bain makes a tackle on a Red Bank receiver after the catch in last week’s game. The Warriors travel to Rhea County this Friday.

    The Warrior football team makes a Halloween trip to Rhea County to wrap up the 2008 season.
    The Warriors and Golden Eagles will square off for WCHS’ final game in Region 4-4A against a team who is assured of no less than second place in the region with a win.  Rhea County is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the region.  A win will give them no less than second and that coupled with a Cleveland loss could move Rhea into … Read More


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