Sparta man flown to Erlanger after crash

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Greg England
Staff Writer
greg@myspartanews.com
According to unofficial reports, Sparta resident, Troy Wilhite, was taken by Life Force medical helicopter to Erlanger Hospital, on Feb. 22, after he was involved in a crash on West Bockman Way, at the Highway 111 intersection. E-911 records show emergency personnel were dispatched, at approximately 1:45 p.m., and found Wilhite unable to respond to their questions. Officials speculated Wilhite might have had some kind of seizure, which could have been the cause of the crash.


Tips from residents lead to marijuana arrests

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Waymon Andrew Allen

Jonathan L. Brandenburg

Two Sparta men were arrested, on Feb. 22, after numerous complaints from residents about drugs being sold to school children led to officers observing a drug deal as it occurred and a subsequent car and foot chase with one of the suspects.
According to Deputy Craig Capps with White County Sheriff Department, Jonathan L. Brandenburg, 37, and Waymon Andrew Allen, 28, face several charges after a recent investigation of a suspected drug selling operation at a residence on Linda Avenue.
Capps stated he and Deputy Dale Bumbalough set up surveillance of the residence and soon witnessed what they believed to be a … CONTINUED


General Assembly considers numerous bills this week

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Tennessee state representatives and senators are maintaining a busy schedule this week with the review of several proposed pieces of legislation, as well as taking part in budget hearings for the various governmental departments.
One bill of special interest, HB 3352, was presented by State Representative Charles Curtiss and would prohibit the state emergency communications board from requiring the board of directors of any emergency communications district to hold more than 50 percent of the district’s operating budget in reserve.
Also on this week’s agenda were the following:
HB 0396: Requires the department of health to develop and implement a program to provide colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured … CONTINUED


‘Hatch Act’ enters into political controversy

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

A law established in 1939 that addresses the specifics of governmental employees running for public office has come to the forefront in White County this past week as questions arose about two candidates for sheriff in the May Primary Election.
White County Election Commission office had been provided with information that Jeff Bulakowski and Guy Goff, both veteran law enforcement officers and the only two candidates for sheriff in the May 4 Primary, could possibly be in violation of the Hatch Act. However, according to Shelley Adams, administrative assistant for Division of Elections, neither the administrator of elections nor the state Division of Elections determines the status of … CONTINUED


Haley named District 6AAA Coach of the Year

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Coach of the Year. Bryan Haley was named the girls’ District 6AAA Coach of the Year. He was joined on the All District team by three of his players. Three Warriors also received All District honors.

White County High School was very well represented on the post season glitter squad for the school’s first run through District 6AAA.
Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley, was named the girls’ Coach of the Year for the league. He was joined by three of his players on the squad. Two seniors, Tasha Delaney and Jessica Wilson, along with junior, Kristin Jones, were named to the 11-member squad that was picked by the league … CONTINUED


Lady Cavaliers steal title with free throw

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Up for two. Tasha Delaney goes up over Cookeville’s Hannah Goolsby for two of her 12 points in the championship game on Monday. Cookeville defeated the Warriorettes 35-34 by virtue of a free throw with no time left in the contest.

Baseball calls it a walk-off homerun so for the lack of a better explanation, Cookeville stole the District 6AAA title with a walk-off free throw.
In a District 6AAA girls’ championship game that saw the lead change hands six times and the largest lead of the game by either team never exceeded six points, the outcome came down to a single free throw with no time left … CONTINUED


Strong start pushes Warriors to win for third place

Posted by | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Devon Davidson led the Warriors with 20 points in the consolation victory over Warren County. WCHS travels to Ooltewah Saturday for a 6 p.m. (central) region contest.

The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders in Tuesday’s consolation game of the District 6AAA tournament.
WCHS scored the first 13 points of the game and would finish off a 69-55 win over host, Warren County, to capture third place finish in the tournament. The win sends the Warriors to Ooltewah Saturday night for the opening round of the Region 3AAA tournament.
Four players scored in double figures for the Warriors as they started the game on fire shooting the … CONTINUED


Warriors finish third with 69-55 win over Pioneers

Posted by | February 24, 2010 12:00 am

Josh Turner was one of four players in double figures for the Warriors in the consolation game victory over Warren County Tuesday.

The Warrior basketball team defeated Warren County 69-55 in Tuesday’s District 6AAA consolation game.
The win gives the Warriors a third place finish and sends them on the road Saturday to take on Ooltewah, the second place team from District 5AAA.
The Warriors jumped out to a 13-0 lead and would never trail on the way to the victory. Four Warriors scored in double figures led by the 20 points of Devon Davidson. Josh Turner added 16.
See Thursday’s edition for complete details.


Lila Marguerite Knipe

Posted by | February 23, 2010 12:00 am

Lila Marguerite Knipe, 89, widow of the late Ted Knipe, passed away Feb. 19, 2010, in Medical University of South Carolina Hospital with loving family by her side.
Mrs. Knipe was born born July 3, 1920, in Colony, Mo., to Clyde and Bessie Logan.
She was a former restaurant owner in Missouri. She enjoyed 20 years of volunteer service with the American Red Cross. Mrs. Knipe was the first Mrs. Kornpone, in 1978, and again in 1980, in Sparta.
Survivors include her daughter, Sherry McKinney Putnam and husband Stephen, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandson, Billy McKinney, of Sparta; granddaughter, Becky Nokes and husband John, of Smyrna; two great-grandchildren, … CONTINUED


Joan McDonald Selby

Posted by | February 23, 2010 12:00 am

Joan McDonald Selby, 70, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Selby was born April 16, 1939, in Overton County, to Robert Herman and Hattie Beulah Deck McDonald.
She had been a hairdresser.
Survivors include her husband Delano (Pee Wee) Selby, of Sparta; sisters, Jean Eldridge, of Livingston, Joyce Austin, of Chattanooga; brother, Ken McDonald, of Sparta; nieces, Marcia Kentner, of Goodlettsville, Michelle McDonald, of Sparta; nephew, Mike McDonald, of Dayton, Ohio; very special nephews, Mitchell and Micah High, of Sparta; and many other nieces and nephews.
The family will have a private burial at a later date.


Mary West Kirby Griffin

Posted by | February 23, 2010 12:00 am

Mary Rena West Kirby Griffin, 70, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 22, 2010, at Alive Hospice Nashville.
Mrs. Griffin was born April 20, 1939, in Sparta to Leon Willard and Anna Clara Young West.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her children, Gary Kirby, Connie Wagner and husband Thomas Earl, Donna Griffin, David Kirby, Kim Young, all of Sparta; nine grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; and sister, Gennie Miller, of Jamestown.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Feb. 25, 2010, at Hensley Chapel Church, with burial in Young Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church after 6 p.m., Feb 24. J.C. Allen will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home


Overtime loss costs Warriors trip to title game

Posted by | February 23, 2010 12:00 am

Devon Davidson and Jordan Armstrong attempt to trap a Cumberland County player late in the semifinal game at Warren County. The 45-39 loss to the Jets dropped the Warriors into the consolation game.

With one minute left in regulation on Saturday, the Warriors appeared on their way to joining the Warriorettes in the District 6AAA championship game.
However, that was not to be as not only did Cumberland County come back and force overtime, the Jets outscored WCHS 9-3 in the extra period to take the spot in the finals and drop the Warriors (7-18) into the consolation game. The 45-39 loss also sends the Warriors on the … CONTINUED


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