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


T.C. Howell

Posted by | December 23, 2009 12:00 am

T.C. Howell, 78, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald Barry Muller

Posted by | December 23, 2009 12:00 am

Ronald Barry Muller, 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Sharp Muller, of Sparta; two sons, Greg Muller and Doug Muller, both of Nashville; two stepchildren, Doug Kieffer and Carolyn Keiffer, both of Sparta; and one brother, Bill Muller, of Lebanon.
Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Dec. 23, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time for the service, on Dec. 23.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Popcorn Cookies

Posted by | December 21, 2009 12:00 am

One-half cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups plain flour
One-half teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups popped popcorn, slightly crushed
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
One-half cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and the salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the popcorn, chocolate chips, and pecans. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes or until brown. Cool on wire racks.


Easy Elegant Holiday Entertaining With American Lamb

Posted by | December 21, 2009 12:00 am

Roasted Leg of American Lamb With Feta Vinaigrette

Pecan Crusted Rack of Lamb

American Lamb Lollipops With Minted Tomato Sauce

Nothing says special celebration like elegant, delicious American Lamb. Whether it’s a holiday feast or an intimate family dinner, American Lamb is elegant yet easy to prepare. From the traditional leg roast to the quintessential rack, there’s a lamb dish for every holiday occasion. American Lamb’s unique, rich flavor can make any meal seem special and will make your family and friends feel especially appreciated.
Rack of Lamb – a Show-Stopping Favorite
An impressive presentation that is surprisingly easy to prepare at home, the rack offers versatility for … CONTINUED


YMCA deal fails

Posted by | December 21, 2009 12:00 am

In January 2009, negotiations were about to begin with Middle Tennessee YMCA about the possibility the organization taking over the daily operation of Sparta’s YMCA
A private consulting firm had conducted in-depth telephone interviews with households in the immediate area. Based on the findings of the study, the following key points were found.
•The study revealed 768 households that definitely would join Sparta-White County YMCA. With 768 new households, the YMCA has the potential to generate $375,648 in annual revenues from new memberships.
•Of the 353 current members of the YMCA, 311 were likely or very likely to continue their memberships at the facility.
The age range of … CONTINUED


Rezoning of two properties questioned

Posted by | December 21, 2009 12:00 am

North Spring Street. This older house, which was constructed in the 1940s, is on the second piece of property discussed at the board meeting. The address is 625 N. Spring St.

College Street. This is the house on the piece of property at 25 E. College St. that was presented for rezoning, from commercial to residential, at the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Two rezoning ordinances were presented to Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week that elicited a lengthy discussion about the procedures for these requests and proper notification of neighboring property owners.
The classification of property at 625 N. Spring St. … CONTINUED


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