On a mission for Jesus Christ

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

These three young men, who are devout Mormons, are headed down the sidewalks in Sparta with a definite purpose in mind — meeting the residents of this community and spreading the message of Christ. L-R: Jason, Ryan and Humberto.

Three young men have been walking countless miles for several weeks to deliver a message of utmost importance to the Sparta-White County community.
The message is simple – trust in Jesus.
Ryan, Humberto and Jason can be seen spryly walking across town, with their backpacks securely fastened as they set out on their daily mission of spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
However, their mission is sometimes greeted with … CONTINUED


Sparta hires new police officer

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the hiring of a new police officer during its recent meeting to take the place of a 16-year veteran on the force who was fired in September 2009 for official misconduct.
David Michael Grissom, of Sparta, was approved by the board at the request of Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth. However, two members, Judy Payne and Debbie Sopha, voted “no.” Grissom will fill the vacancy created upon the firing of Sgt. Dale Dodson.
The votes were cast after Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo reminded the board City of Sparta was named in a lawsuit filed by Dodson in an attempt to be … CONTINUED


Barbara Erger

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Barbara Erger, 66, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Erger was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Trenton, Mich., to Joe Taft and Pansy Agnes Crane Payne.
Mrs. Erger took great delight in her grandchildren and enjoyed working in her garden where she could make anything grow. As a young woman, it was common to find her drag-racing cars, wake-jumping boats and taking her children for thrilling rides on a snowmobile. She enjoyed time with her family, especially camping and playing games.
She was the office manager at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Diabetes Center.
Mrs. Erger was a member of St. Andrew Catholic … CONTINUED


Sara Josephine (Jo) Overall

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Sara Josephine (Jo) Overall, 78, of Camden, passed away Dec. 26, 2009, at the home of her daughter, in Murfreesboro.
Mrs. Overall was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Sparta, to John T. Lee and Frances Pearson Lee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Hubert Overall Jr.; and brother John Lee.
Survivors include her daughters, Sara Juanita Terry and husband Bill, of Murfreesboro, Lee Ann Shanks and husband Ron, of Cary, N.C.; son John Hubert Overall III, of Camden; sister, Carolyn Jernigan and husband Bill, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Donna Lee, of Sparta; brother, Charlie Lee and wife Kay, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Brittany … CONTINUED



Sixth grade teams capture conference titles

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Tournament champs. In the finals, the Warriors defeated Harris Middle School from Shelbyville, while the Warriorettes took the title win over Warren County.

Tournament champs. Both the White County Middle School sixth grade teams captured the championships of their conference tournaments played in McMinnville a week ago. The pictures of the team are actually from earlier in the season.

Both the White County Middle School sixth grade basketball teams recently put the finishing touches on outstanding seasons by capturing the titles in the season ending conference tournament.
The youngest of all the Warrior teams finished with an unblemished 20-0 record defeating Harris Middle School in their championship game. … CONTINUED


Sonic Shootout tips off today

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

The 2nd annual Sonic Shootout tips off this morning at 9 a.m. at Roy Sewell Gymnasium with a full slate of games on tap.
The home standing Warriors and Warriorettes wrap up the first day of action with the final two contests of the opening day. Both teams will take on Daniel Boone High School from Gray, Tennessee. The Warriors play at 6 p.m. followed by the Warriorettes at 7:30.
The Shootout was resurrected last year after being on hiatus since 2003.
Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley, has spent a great deal of time getting the tournament organized and talks about the second year of the latest edition of … CONTINUED


Warriorettes take time to give back to community

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Teaming up for presents. The Warriorette basketball team teamed up with the Interact Club at White County High School to purchase gifts for 16 children in the Pennies for the Needy program. Coach Bryan Haley and the Warriorette coaching staff want to stress giving something back to the community that supports the team.

Most Tuesdays and Fridays, the Warriorette basketball team can be found in action on the hardwood pursuing victories.
Recently, the team took time away from their basketball responsibilities to give something back to the community, which supports them. The WCHS girls’ team, in conjunction with the Interact Club at the school, participated in Pennies for … CONTINUED


Three Warriors receive Upper Cumberland honors

Posted by | December 28, 2009 12:00 am

Jordan Armstrong

Zack Young

Travis Howard

When the Herald-Citizen released its All Upper Cumberland football team, three Warrior underclassmen received second team honors.
Two juniors, Jordan Armstrong and Zack Young, as well as sophomore, Travis Howard, were recognized for their work on the football field.
Armstrong followed up his Special Teams Player of the Year Award in District 6AAA with the nod on the UC second team. Armstrong handled the punting duties for the Warriors, was a running back on offense and played cornerback on defense.
The junior intercepted two passes on defense and carried the ball 64 times for 210 yards and a touchdown on offense. Armstrong’s … CONTINUED


Deborah Elaine McCulley Rodgers

Posted by | December 27, 2009 12:00 am

Deborah Elaine McCulley Rodgers, 51, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 25, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Rodgers was born Nov. 8, 1958, in White County, to Loyd and Ola Steele McCulley.
She was an employee of Federal Mogul in Sparta.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Rodgers, of Sparta; daughter, Courtney Taylor Rodgers, of Sparta; brother, Jimmy McCulley, of Sparta; sister, Mary Ruth Stamps, of Sparta; two stepdaughters, Julie Seibers of Sparta and Bobbie Michelle Yates, both of Sparta; and four grandchildren, Ashley Seiber, Savannah Yates, Sebastian Seibers and Sophie Knowles.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Dec. 29, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Howard Cemetery. … CONTINUED


Roberta Lea (Bobbie) Austin

Posted by | December 27, 2009 12:00 am

Roberta Lea (Bobbie) Austin, 58, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 24, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Austin was born April 22, 1951, in White County, to Alfred Jackson and Ida Phillips Barlow.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Justin Rose and Lonnie Young, and two sisters, Ardith Wampler and Daisy Bell Barlow.
She was an employee of Federal Mogul.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Austin of Sparta; two sons, Jason Rose of Sparta and Jordan Austin, both of Sparta; two stepsons,Kenny Young, of Sparta, and Adam Austin, of Montana; three stepdaughters, Rhiannon Buring, of Mt. Juliet, Katie Isbel, of Ohio, Jamie Haston, of … CONTINUED


Tillman T.C. Howell

Posted by | December 27, 2009 12:00 am

Tillman Cason (T.C.) Howell, 1931-2009

Tillman Cason (T.C.) Howell, 78, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2009.
Mr. Howell, was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Paris, Tenn., to William Ira Howell and Gladys Griffin Howell.
Mr. Howell received his doctor of pharmacy degree from UT Memphis School of Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist in Sparta more than 40 years. He was a church elder at Cumberland Heights Church of Christ. His favorite pastimes were UT sports, riding his lawnmower and fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Amanda Sims.
Survivors include his wife, Karyl King Howell, of Sparta; daughter, Becky Sims and … CONTINUED


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