Warriors fall to DeKalb County in Thursday night soccer

Posted by | April 28, 2017 3:52 am

Warriors pictured left to right: Sebastian Dunham, Baltazar “Paco” Sebastian and Daniel Jones. Warriors’ Varsity Soccer suffered a tough loss to DeKalb County Tigers, on Thursday, April 27, 2017, with the score of 5-0. Friday, April 28, is the last home game and Senior Night for the Warriors. The Warriors will take on Sequatchie County at 5 p.m., with seniors players being recognized at half time.

Northfield Vineyards named the Chamber’s Member of the Month

Posted by | April 27, 2017 1:00 pm

Northfield Vineyards with members of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce has proudly selected Northfield Vineyards as the Chamber Member of the Month. Northfield Vineyards is located in the northern portion of White County, on the Ray Family Farm, which has a rich family tradition that goes back for five generations. Northfield Vineyards provides a wide selection of locally crafted wines. For more information about Northfield Vineyards, visit their website at www.NorthfieldVineyards.com or visit them at 515 Ray Cemetery Rd., in Sparta. Their hours are 10 am.- 6pm., Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm. on Sundays. Sparta-White County Chamber … Read More

Tennessee issues a Public Health and Safety Advisory for Fentanyl

Posted by | April 27, 2017 12:41 pm

A press release has been issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrols Office regarding a Public Health Advisory issued by the State in regards to the prescription drug, fentanyl.

Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Fentanyl is an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, into the illegal drug market, and it is causing fatalities. According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills.

To increase … Read More

Rotary Club of Sparta announces Annual Golf Tournament for June 10

Posted by | April 27, 2017 10:35 am

The Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce its annual golf tournament on June 10, 2017 at the Sparta Country Club golf course. This year’s memorial tournament honors the late Dr. Jeff Ross and Edd Rogers. The golf tournament is one of Rotary’s biggest fund raiser and all funds will be used to support the community’s non-revenue school sports, dictionaries for all third-grade students in White County and many more projects that benefit Sparta.

John Hunter, event chair, says, “This year’s tournament will be bigger and better thanks to the support of Sparta’s businesses and local golfers.”

The tournament will have a total of 18 teams with … Read More

England breaks own record

Posted by | April 27, 2017 9:47 am

Jade England broke her old White County High School shot put record on April 20, 2017. She threw the shot put 39 feet 0 inches, which broke her old record of 35 feet 9 inches.

Warriors fall in both games this weekend because of rain

Posted by | April 27, 2017 9:43 am

This past weekend, the White County High School Warriors’ baseball team traveled to Chattanooga to play in the Soddy Daisy Trojan Classic. This year’ the Warriors were only able to get in two of their four scheduled games, because of all the rain that came in. On April 21, the Warriors took on Ooltewah High School to get the tournament started. The Warriors lost in a pitcher’s duel 2-1. On April 22, the Warriors got their game against Tullahoma High School in after the rain had stopped. The Warriors, who were shorthanded on the day, lost 6-0.

On April 21, the Warriors took on Ooltewah High School. In … Read More

Friends of White County Animals

Posted by | April 27, 2017 7:05 am

Jennifer Tatum-Cranford and her beloved pug, Otis

Introduction by Sharon Langford – president, Friends of White County Animals

Jennifer Tatum-Cranford’s story was originally published last fall in our Friends of White County Animals’ Quarterly Electronic Newsletter. This was such an informative and interesting story that we wanted to make it available to a wider audience who may not receive our FWCA electronic newsletters. If you would like to become a subscriber (it’s free) to our FWCA Newsletters just go to our website at: www.friendsofwhitecountyanimals.com and click on the “more” button and then in the drop down menu, click “contact”, and “join our mailing list”. This will take you … Read More

White House budget cuts

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:55 am

Dear SpartaLive,

The White House released its proposed budget several weeks ago. Since the budget included recommended cuts to social programs I thought it would be interesting to research how these proposed cuts might impact White County citizens. To do that I had to get information from three agencies that I know provide federally funded program social services here in our county. The three agencies I contacted were: Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA), Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Disability (Upper Cumberland AAAD) TN Ship Medicare Information & Counseling, and White County Schools. I think the information I gathered about the services might surprise you and … Read More

National Day of Prayer

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:52 am

Dear SpartaLive,

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4. Whether we are encountering economic hardships, threats from foreign enemies or troubling circumstances, our God knows exactly what we are facing. Coming together as a nation in prayer is a way we are able to seek our Creator God for his wisdom, strength, protection and peace. Humbling ourselves before God and seeking His face in prayer is a way to acknowledge our trust and faith in Him. God is ready to respond when we seek him with all our hearts.

George Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God.” … Read More

Music to my ears and heart

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:47 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

As a third-grader, my brother wanted to become a great pianist. So my mother signed him up for piano lessons. Maybe he would learn to play like Liberace, or some boogie-woogie piano player on the radio, or hymns at First Baptist Church.

I was in first-grade and wanted to be like big brother. But there was a problem.

Mrs. Taliaferro – the piano teacher – was inflexible in her   rule for minimum age requirement. Children she taught must be no younger than 8 years old or in third- grade. As an almost 6-year-old first grader, I was way too young to be … Read More

What if there is another government shutdown?

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:44 am

Language of Liberty – By KrisAnne Hall

The shutdown showdown seems like a wild train ride and the political aftermath is only just picking up steam. I think it is important to be clear about what the faithful few are actually fighting for (and against) during the shutdown showdown. Let me reset the framework in the simplest possible terms, so that we don’t forget the essentials.

Our federal government, created by the States in 1787, was created to be a limited and defined federal government. Not my words, but the words of the people who created it – easily researchable and verifiable.

James Madison (called the Father of … Read More

Legislative news from the House

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:41 am

Paul Sherrell

From State Representative Paul Sherrell

IMPROVE Act passes House Of Representatives

Last week, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January in an effort to help fund the state’s $10 billion backlog of road construction projects.

House Bill 534 is a sustainable plan that improves the state’s infrastructure, cuts taxes at historic rates, and encourages high quality jobs that maintain Tennessee’s economic momentum. While the legislation raises the tax on gas and diesel by .06 and .10 cents respectively over a … Read More

Tullahoma man and woman charged with multiple counts of shoplifting and criminal trespassing

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:35 am

Michael Anthony Nichols

Chrissy Michelle Felton








Two Tullahoma residents have been charged with have been charged with criminal trespassing and shoplifting after an ongoing investigation between Walmart’s asset protections personnel and Investigator Travis Barker with the Sparta Police Department.

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 4:50 pm, Chrissy Michelle Felton, 31, and Michael Anthony Nichols, 30, reportedly were viewed via a camera entering the Walmart Supercenter, in Sparta. According the warrants, both Nichols and Felton entered the store empty-handed.

Reportedly, both Felton and Nichols went throughout the store and picked up several items, including a two-liter Mountain Dew, a washcloth, bread, … Read More

DEA Drug Take-Back Day at Walgreens on April 29

Posted by | April 27, 2017 6:27 am

Police Chief Jeff Guth and the Sparta Police Department will be hosting the DEA Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 29, at Walgreens

According to the DEA, the Take-Back programs are a great way to dispose of old drugs safely. This service is provided free of charge to the public.

The primary reason the DEA, along with the Sparta Police Department, hosts the Drug Take-Back Day is to get unused and expired prescriptions off the streets. These prescriptions could become a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdoses and abuse.

For those who would like to take advantage of this free service, stop by the Walgreens … Read More

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