Bernadette Mae Dolente

Posted by | August 11, 2009 12:00 am

Bernadette Mae Dolente, 60, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2009, at home, after a short battle with cancer.
Mrs. Dolente was born May 20, 1949, in Trinidad, Colo.
She had been employed as a Walmart associate. She leaves behind a legacy of love that will live on through her children and all the lives she touched.
Mrs. Dolente was preceded in death by her father, Max Lopez, of Las Vegas, N.M.; a sister; and two brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Michael Dolente, of Sparta; mother, Geneva Zamora, of Sparta; sister, Germaine Lopez, of Las Vegas, N.M.; brothers, Faustin Lopez, of Denver, Colo., Gary Lopez … Read More

Back in town

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

I am back in town after my second week on the beach this summer.
I have figured out that vacations are great, but that I am more tired when I get back from vacation than I was before I left. Of course, that may have something to do with the whirlwind weekend I have had since returning from vacation and although the events of the weekend didn’t technically have anything to do with sports, for me, there was a sports feel to it.
After arriving back home from Panama City, I found myself with a little over an hour to get ready and be in Cookeville at the … Read More

Easy Beef Lasagna

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Easy Beef Lasagna

1 and one-half pounds lean ground beef
1/8 teaspoon powdered garlic
One-half teaspoon salt
One-half teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
26-ounce jar pasta sauce
1 and one-half cups water
1 pkg. (20 to 25 oz) frozen cheese ravioli
1 cup shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese

Heat oven to 400. Stir garlic powder into ground beef and brown. Remove from skillet and drain. Return to skillet. Stir in salt, nutmeg and pepper. Stir in pasta sauce and water. Bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Layer one-half of ravioli mixture, and one-half of cheese in a 13-9 inch greased baking dish. … Read More

Calling all creative home bakers

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

What does a Strawberry Streusel Cheesecake have in common with Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars and a Country Cinnamon Apple Clafouti? These award-winning original dishes were inspired and created with Martha White® muffin mixes and took top honors in the Martha White Muffin Mix Challenge™.
The inaugural recipe contest was so successful that the premier baking company is announcing the call for entries for the second annual Martha White Muffin Mix Challenge. This year’s challenge features more prizes for the winning recipes and consumers who vote online. The starting point is the same: create an original recipe utilizing at least one of the 19 delicious varieties of Martha White … Read More

4 fun ways to capture life’s memories

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Life is full of unique experiences and memorable events. But often our most significant moments are fleeting. So we rely on memories — and the tradition of storytelling — to keep them alive.
Throughout the ages, women have found ways to preserve their family histories and honor loved ones. From keeping a journal to creating a beautiful charm bracelet that captures special memories, here are four fun, tried-and-true ways to tell your story:
Use photography
Images, like photographs and drawings, are great ways to remember events in our lives. Since the invention of cameras, women have used photo albums to capture events and illustrate the stories of their … Read More

Back-to-School’s in the Bag!

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Supreme Sandwich With Turkey, Ham & Roast Beef

Apricot Turkey Sandwich

Turkey and Apple Roll-Up

Back-to-School brims with new beginnings even though the old routines are still valued, such as putting together the daily school lunch. Kids develop new tastes and interests as they grow and change during the summer months, so by the fall, something as favorite as a trusted PB&J combo seems downright boring.
It’s time to brighten up those brown-bag goodies with some simple changes. Jazz up all your child’s favorites by thinking through bread choices and complementary condiments. Slice some apples for that PB&J sandwich and put them between raisin bread or cranberry-walnut slices.… Read More

Suspects being sought in theft

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

    The identity of three suspects is being sought by Sparta Police for their alleged involvement in a theft at Murphy USA on Aug. 3.

Controversy reported within Chamber ranks

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

A Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting Aug. 3 that began with a training session reportedly ended with a Chamber member’s personal letter to Chairperson Helen Pate read into the record, leading to what two directors felt were verbal insults and admonishments at them, personally.
At the meeting, Pate reportedly read a letter to directors that had been sent to her by Thor McNeil, owner of Fragrant Mushroom. The letter had been signed by McNeil and was dated July 26, 2009.
McNeil addressed some specific concerns he had about the Chamber and its operation. McNeil also addressed a concern about a specific company that, throughout the years, … Read More

$25,000 reward offered

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Justice. Terry Sullivan was found murdered on Jan. 16, 2009. Family and friends are now offering a reward.

Family and friends of murder victim Terry Sullivan have joined forces to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the January 2009 shooting death of the 50-year-old White County man.
Joe Sullivan, Terry’s father, said he has been adamant about offering this reward since the day his son was found murdered at his Oakland Drive home, on Jan. 16, 2009. The reward will be issued to the individual with information “leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in his … Read More

62-year-old dies in crash

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Trapped. Joe Thomas Luna, 62, who died in a Wednesday night crash, was extricated from his vehicle by Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.

crash. The 1986 Dodge Ram driven by Joe Thomas Luna, 62, sits sideways in the edge of yard on Eaton Road. At the bottom of the hill is the 1993 Buick Regal driven by Jackie Edward Brown, 18.

A Hutchings College Road resident died in a Wednesday night crash that occurred near the crest of a hill on a rural road in the southwestern portion of White County.
Joe Thomas Luna, 62, of Sparta, died in the two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m., Aug. … Read More

Stella M. Potter

Posted by | August 10, 2009 12:00 am

Stella M. Potter, 55, of Monteagle, formerly of Spencer, passed away Aug. 7, 2009, in Sewanee.
Funeral service was graveside 2 p.m., Aug. 10, 2009, at Town Cemetery, in Spencer.
Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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