Sparta man facing animal cruelty charges

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

Billy Robert Austin, 46, of Sparta, will make his initial appearance in White County General Sessions Criminal Court, on Friday, on animal cruelty charges after law enforcement discovered numerous dogs abandoned, reportedly without water or food.
“The place smelled really bad,” stated Sgt. Wade Pike, of White County Sheriff Department. “One dog was injured where he had been in a fight with some of the other dogs. It had several wounds around his legs and face area.”
At approximately 3:45 p.m., April 22, 2008, Pike was sent to a home on McMinnville Highway, where the landlord wanted to “check the condition of the house” after the tenant had … Read More

Luna asks why he was singled out

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

A longtime White County businessman and county commissioner who has been selling tires to the board of education addressed his fellow elected officials Monday night about why he was the only one named in a letter from the district attorney general’s office, since at least four other commissioners have also reportedly received pay checks from the county for services rendered.
Commissioner B.K. Luna, of Luna and Son Tire Co., said Sheriff Oddie Shoupe faxed him a letter the sheriff received from District Attorney General Tony Craighead that addressed the law about county commissioners receiving compensation from the county for services rendered.
“I’m being investigated about selling tires to … Read More

Warrior baseball halts six game losing skid with 12-2 win at Grundy County

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

Bryan Holland picked up the win at Grundy County.

The Warriors get an Oakland runner in a pickle.

Roggie Haston throws a batter out in the Oakland game.

Seth McDonald hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning at Grundy County.

Wesley Dickson dives to attempt to make a play in the outfield.

    The Warriors split two games as last week ended.
    On Friday, they ended their six-game skid when they stepped out of District 7AAA action to take on Grundy County in Coalmont.  The Warriors took advantage of the rare opportunity of not facing a league foe by … Read More

WCHS battles Riverdale tough in 7AAA series

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

Jordan Brown hauls in a fly ball.

Roggie Haston dives to tag a Riverdale runner.

Bryan Holland

Dalton Bain makes a play at the plate.

Doing what it takes to make the play.

    The Warrior baseball team played their best District 7AAA series of the season when they took on the other Warriors – Riverdale.
    Riverdale won both games, but when it was over they knew they had been in a battle as the two close games left the Warriors gathering confidence for the coming district tournament.  The Warriors had lost the previous five district series of the season by an average of … Read More

State Board of Education sets new rules for athletic physicals

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

    The requirements for athletic physicals are being changed for the 2008-09 school year and the new rule is being handed down from the ultimate enforcer for anything related to education – the State Board of Education.  
    White County High School athletic director, Terry Crain, said, “I have received information outlining information about the change in physical requirements for incoming ninth grade athletes at the high school.  It is also for seventh graders. These rules will have to be followed before a child can play sports.No matter what type of physical an athlete is required to have, they must be completed before they can even try out.”
    Prior to … Read More

Soccer takes win at Bledsoe County

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

Franklin Austin

   The White County High School soccer team added another win to their worksheet Tuesday when they traveled to Pikeville and defeated the Bledsoe County team 8-1.  
    Just 10 minutes into the game, Jesse Lilligren had already recorded a hat trick pushing WCHS out to a 3-0 lead from which the out manned Bledsoe County squad could not recover.  
    Lilligren’s first goal was unassisted.  On the ensuing two shots that found the back of the net, he got assists from the Fann brothers.  Joshua Fann, the freshman, assisted on the Lilligren’s second goal.  Not to be out done, the older Fann, Jonathan, gave the assist on the … Read More

Voyles is district champ x 3

Posted by | April 24, 2008 12:00 am

Markie Voyles took first place in three different running events at the District 7AAA track championships.

    The eight teams of District 7AAA got together on a hot, sunny Tuesday afternoon at Riverdale High School for bragging rights in track and field.
    In track, district competition does not decide who advances on to the next level toward the state meet.  That competition starts at the region level.  District 7AAA is as competitive as it comes in all sports, so they are not about to let an opportunity slip away without a chance to name a district champion.  Near the end of each track season, the teams of the district … Read More

Ramona E. Young

Posted by | April 23, 2008 12:00 am

Ramona E. Young, 46, of Sparta, passed away April 21, 2008.
Young was born Feb. 20, 1962, in Elizabethton, to Donald Widener and Margaret Ann Baker Widener.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Charles D. Young, of Sparta; father, Donald L. Widener, of Sparta; one brother, Paul Widener; three sisters, Donna Widener, Monica Lawson, Marlene Carlile; stepmother, Wanda Widener, of Sparta; and eight nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., April 24, 2008, at Brindley’s Chapel Church of God with burial Black Oak Cemetery.
Bro. Gene Burgess and Bro. Wayne Depew will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home in

Floyd Thomas Mason

Posted by | April 23, 2008 12:00 am

Floyd Thomas Mason, 85, of Quebeck, passed away April 21, 2008.
Mason was born, Oct. 22, 1922, in White County, to Dillon Mason and Cassie Pettit Mason.
He was a retired truck driver and farmer.
Mason was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Sue Dodson Mason; son, Bruce Thomas Mason and wife Patricia Ann, of Sparta; daughter, Reba Jo Bain and husband John, of Walling; grandson, Jonathan Mason, of Quebeck; grandson, Mason Farmer.
Funeral services were 5 p.m., April 22, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Jericho Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Anaya

Posted by | April 23, 2008 12:00 am

Betty Anaya, 77, of Sparta, passed away, April 21, 2008.
Anaya was born, Aug. 1, 1930, in Gary, Ind., to Sherman Miller and Marjorie Straley Miller.
She had been a real estate broker and devoted mother.
Anaya was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include three sons, Steven Ayers, of Orange County, Calif., Robert Linn, of Los Angeles, Calif., Ronald Linn, of Orange County, Calif.; four daughters, Pamela Grover, of Fair Hope, Ala., Merry Thompson, of Sparta, Susan Long, of Sparta, Patricia Bramwell, of Orange County, Calif.; brother, Gordon Miller, of Findley, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held at … Read More

William R. Snodgrass

Posted by | April 23, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of William R. Snodgrass who faithfully served his country.

William R. Snodgrass, 85, of Nashville, passed away April 21, 2008.
Snodgrass was born Sept. 15, 1922, in White County
He had been a state comptroller, state politician and served in the U.S. military.  He was also a member of Woodmont Christian Church.
Snodgrass is survived by his wife, Faye Birdwell Snodgrass, of Gallatin; two daughters, Dr. Emily Bailey, of D.C., Plano, Texas, and S. Elizabeth Bailey, Esq., of Athens, Ga.; one son, William R. Snodgrass, Jr., of Nashville; ten grandchildren, Sara Monclus, Lalita Monclus, Ramachandra vanGils all of Plano, Texas; Christian Saupe, Gabrielle Saupe, … Read More

Eugene Wade Norris

Posted by | April 23, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of Eugene Wade Norris who faithfully served his country.

Eugene Wade Norris, 82, of Detroit, Mich., passed away April 13, 2008.
Norris was born Jan. 2, 1926, in White County.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a licensed taxi driver, mechanic, real estate broker, and a business manager and owner.  He had also been a member of the Masons.
Survivors include his wife Kathryn Jacobs Norris; three daughters, Dr. Patricia Norris-Parsons and husband William, of Jekyll Island, Sandra Drury and Gary, of Brunswick, Pamela Strickland and husband Charles, of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson Braxton Parsons, of Jekyll Island; two granddaughters, … Read More

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