Aggravating kidnapping charges filed

Posted by | August 26, 2009 12:00 am

Jamaine Lamar Lemons

A Sparta man has been arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping for reportedly forcing his girlfriend and her three juvenile children to return to their home at gunpoint, on Aug. 14, after a domestic argument escalated.
According to a report by Deputy Nathan Blaylock with White County Sheriff Department, Jamaine Lamar Lemons, 30, of Sparta, and his girlfriend, Jessica Deeann Stafford, 31, of Sparta, got into a fight that caused her to leave the residence with her children and go to her father’s home.
Later that day, Stafford reportedly returned with the children to retrieve some personal belongings. Upon arrival at the … Read More


Elsa Ranee Shackles

Posted by | August 25, 2009 12:00 am

Elsa Ranee Shackles, 2004-2009

Elsa Ranee Shackles, 5, passed away Aug. 19, 2009, at Sara Bush Lincoln Health Care Center, in Mattoon, Ill.
Elsa Renee was born March 13, 2004, in Champaign, Ill., to William Brian Shackles and Melissa Ranee Nash Shackles.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Sherman F. Lake and Darrell Shackles.
Survivors include her mother, Melissa Shackles, of Mattoon, Ill.; father, William Brian Shackles, of Mattoon, Ill.; grandmothers, Pat Lake, of Walling, Cleta Shackles, of Mattoon, Ill.; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 25, 2009, at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Bro. Steve Smith will officiate.… Read More


Richard Whitelaw Briscoe

Posted by | August 25, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Richard Whitelaw Briscoe, 87, of Sparta, passed away at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Briscoe was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Lanton, Mich., to W.F. and Mary Alice Thompson Briscoe.
He was a lieutenant in World War II and a pilot for Air Transport Command of U.S. Army Air Corps and flew missions out of North Africa.
After the war, Mr. Briscoe owned several small businesses in West Plains, Mo. He became co-owner of a national fundraising company based in Kansas City, Mo. For the last 16 years of his career he was the director of administration and finance … Read More


Mary Evelyn Russell

Posted by | August 25, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Evelyn Russell, 72, of Rock Island, passed away Aug. 24, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Russell was born Nov. 19, 1936, in Van Buren County, to Thomas Mayes and Minnie Shockley
She was a member of a Church of Christ and had retired from Oster Corporation.
Ms. Russell was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Gail Solomon and son Johnny, of Rocky River community; son, Steve Russell and wife Regina, of Rocky River community; six grandchildren, Beth Duggin and husband Jeremy, Wes Solomon, Amanda Simmons and husband Eric, Whitney Arnold and husband Jared, Stephanie Lewis and husband Abe, Bryan King and … Read More


Football season

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but I love this time of year, especially from Friday nights through Monday nights.
Well at least once all the football seasons swing into action; it’s a great time of year if you are a true football fan.
For me, it starts on Friday nights with high school football games. There is so much pageantry and tradition associated with football at the high school, college and professional level.
What other sport has tailgate parties before every game? From Friday nights at high schools to Saturdays at any college game and then on to Sundays at NFL stadiums across the country.
If … Read More


Baked Chicken Nuggets

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
One-half cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried basil
One-half cup margarine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken breast into one and one-half inch pieces.
In a bowl, mix the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Melt the margarine. Dip the chicken nuggets into the margarine, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place the chicken on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes. The length of time varies with ovens and they will burn easily.


Taste of Home Cooking School coming to Sparta

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

Where can you learn a new chocolate recipe, master your mom’s manicotti, and experience cooking in an entirely new way? At a Taste of Home Cooking School Show, of course! Each event is a culinary encounter like no other.
Our Taste of Home Cooking School events are engaging, informative, and fun. At each show, a professionally trained Culinary Specialist demonstrates a variety of recipes, tips, and techniques. This season, we are presenting “Fall Comfort Classics.” Mouthwatering dishes like “Flank Steak Santa Fe” and “Smoke Salmon & Chives Cheesecake” will be prepared. In addition to learning several new recipes, every Cooking School attendee receives a gift bag filled with … Read More


Fresh Flavors to Make Any Meal Special

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

Chicken and Pastina Soup

Panko-Crusted Petrale Sole With Basil, Garlic and Orange

Asparagus Bundles

Cooking shouldn’t be a chore; it should be a celebration. To help achieve that, Chef Michael Chiarello has created some recipes with Progresso broth and panko bread crumbs.
“Any chef knows that the secret to truly great cooking is not any special technique,” says Chiarello. “To create incredible meals, all you need is high quality ingredients.” Starting with a delicious wine is another way to turn any meal into a celebration. Let your evening shine with award-winning Cavit Collection wines and cook up your own perfect meal with these and all of Michael’s recipes … Read More


Weekend DIY projects mean lasting home improvements

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

With the national median home price down double digits from the same time last year, it’s no surprise that many homeowners are deciding to stay put. As a result, many are looking for ways they can improve their homes. Luckily, there are many do-it-yourself, cost-efficient home improvement projects that will do just that.
“Right now, people are looking for ways to get more enjoyment from their homes because they know they are going to be living in them longer,” says Tom Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. “However, with the economic uncertainty, homeowners are focusing on projects that … Read More


Buzz on in for the 2009 Air Show

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

Skilled pilots are ready to take off with breathtaking aerobatics and amazing feats on Sept. 19, 2009, in Sparta.
An estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend the 2009 edition of the Upper Cumberland Air Show on Sept. 19 at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport. This year’s show will include favorites from the past, as well as many new performers, including a special appearance by the Air Force A-10 “Warthog,” Greg Koontz with his captivating act in the bright yellow Piper, CC Gerner in the Extra 300L, the Red Thunder Team in formation, two Pitts 12, one with Larry King the other with Bryan Jensen at the controls, The … Read More


City sets meeting with E-911 Board

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

Two Sparta aldermen cast nay votes on the budget during Thursday’s board meeting because of the unsettled issue of funding for White County E-911.
During the Aug. 6 meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members voted to table voting on the budget until a meeting could be set with E-911 Board of Directors. A meeting of the entire city board and E-911 Board members had not been scheduled to-date.
However, on Aug. 7, Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo and the city’s attorney, Lynn Omohundro, met with Mike Kress, E-911 attorney; E-911 Board Chairman Jerry Denton; White County Executive Herd Sullivan; White County Commission Chairman Terry Alley; White … Read More


Quebeck Post Office could cease operation

Posted by | August 24, 2009 12:00 am

Unknown. Quebeck Post Office, which has been a focal point of activity and service for several decades, may be closed down by U.S. Postal authorities.

(Editor’s note: The following information was provided by Flo Denton, Quebeck-Walling Community Club public information officer).
A community landmark that has long served as the postal service for the Quebeck community may be on a list designated for closure in the near future.
According to Flo Denton, public information officer for Quebeck-Walling Community Club, more than 30 area residents gathered for a meeting Aug. 18, 2009, at the community center, to discuss the fate of their post office.
In a letter dated Aug. … Read More


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