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


School holds memorial at track for Voyles

Posted by | October 31, 2008 12:00 am

Remembering Markie. Students, teachers and other mourners were on hand at Warrior Stadium Tuesday afternoon to remember cross country/track/softball player, Markie Voyles.

    The death of WCHS star athlete, Markie Voyles, has hit school hard again.  Jut a little over a year removed from an accident that took the life of Jeff Griffin and left Jackson Butcher in a coma for several weeks, the students are again having to come to terms with how to deal with grief.
    That is hard to do for anyone, much less high school students who have undergone such tragic accidents in two consecutive Octobers. 
    Voyles was remembered Tuesday in a memorial ceremony at … Read More


Klukis in serious condition after crash

Posted by | October 30, 2008 12:00 am

Twisted. The vehicle reportedly driven by Benjamin Lee left the roadway and struck this guardrail striking the mobile home in the background.

A young White County man is reportedly in serious condition at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga, after a Saturday crash in Doyle.
According to information from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wendell Klukis was one of two passengers in the vehicle that reportedly left the roadway around 4:51 p.m., Oct. 25, near Gamble Street, in Doyle, hit a guardrail and jumped a gulley before striking a mobile home.
The vehicle, which was driven by Benjamin Lee, was reportedly traveling west on McMinnville Highway and had just passed Keith’s Market … Read More


Crash statistics indicate data for teens

Posted by | October 30, 2008 12:00 am

Recent crashes in White and surrounding counties involving teenagers has raised the question among many parents about the safety of younger drivers on the highways and the laws that govern the license issued to these novices on the roadways.
According to National Safety Council, young drivers are involved in fatal traffic crashes at more than twice the rate as the rest of the population. On the basis of current population trends, there will be 23 percent more 16-to-20-year-old drivers on the road in 2010 (26.1 million) than there are today.
This age group makes up 7 percent of licensed drivers, but suffers 14 percent of fatalities and 20 … Read More


Thaddeus L. Hall Jr.

Posted by | October 30, 2008 12:00 am

Thaddeus LaVaughn Hall, Jr., 63, of Rickman, formerly of Sparta, passed Oct. 29, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hall was born Aug. 3, 1945, in White County, to Roberta Martin Hall and Thaddeus L. Hall Sr.   
He was an insurance agent.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred K. (Kathy) Hall, of Rickman; son, Chip Hall and wife Teresa, of Sparta; daughter, Kendra Alley-Saunders and husband James, of Sparta; mother, Roberta Hall, of Sparta; sister, Selisa Haston and husband Richard, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Brittaney N. Hall, Breanna Lee Hall, Trey Hall, Seth Anderson Alley, Ariel Paige Alley, Caleb Addison Alley, Andrew Blake Saunders and Briley Alison Saunders.
Funeral … Read More


Unemployment rate 9%

Posted by | October 29, 2008 12:00 am

A lagging economy spurred by rising gas prices and the demise of some of the nation’s financial giants has sent unemployment rates in some areas on a downward spiral.
The nation’s September 2008 overall unemployment rate was listed at 6.1 percent. However, several counties in Tennessee are experiencing high unemployment figures, with White County’s numbers also increasing.
White County rose to 9.0 percent in September 2008, compared to 5.3 percent in September 2007.
In April 2004, the largest employer in White County announced it would be shutting down after 35 years. Emerson, which had begun its tenure in the community under the name of Mallory Timers, had provided … Read More




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