Xpress has maroon tint again this season

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

The Tennessee Central Xpress semi-professional football team is back for their second summer of action and is off to a 1-1 start.
Two former Warrior football players, as well another Sparta resident, are a part of the team this season. Mike Shank is a lineman on the team and a pair of 2006 WCHS graduates and former Warrior football players are on the offensive side of the ball. Zac Buckner is in his second season as a running back on the team and Joseph Gwynn is the quarterback.
The Xpress opened their season with a 15-10 win over the Clarksville Eagles, who held a 10-0 advantage at the … CONTINUED


Little League baseball’s road to the championship

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Providing back-up. As the Bill Boruff shortstop makes the play during pitching machine baseball action, his teammate is ready to back him up just in case help is needed.

Sparta Little League just finished off their season ending city tournament and stories have already ran recounting the winners.
The following is a recap of how teams made it to the championship.
In 11/12 baseball action, Bill Boruff advanced to the semifinals with a 7-0 victory over Hunter Funeral Home. Samuel Hillis and Pierce Whited combined to pitch Boruff’s to the win giving up just two hits and striking out seven. They did not allow a walk. Hunter Funeral … CONTINUED


Making their way to the softball championships

Posted by | June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Looking for the ball. A pair of U.S. Bank oufielders attempt to make a play on the ball during the senior girls’ softball title game.

Throwing to first. Jacie Redmond, who plays for Don Randolph and Associates, gets ready to throw to first after fielding the ball during the Little League softball tournament.

As the city tournament came to a close and champions were named, the following is the path that the softball teams took to the title game.
In the Little League girls’ 11/12 year old league, Don Randolph advanced with a narrow 1-10 win over Savage Building Center. Deandra Luna scored the winning run in the … CONTINUED


Piece of downtown history deeded to City of Sparta

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Arnold Lefkovitz (second from left) and his sister, Phyllis Lefkovitz Gordon (second from right), were joint owners of the vacant lot that was once the location of their parents’ department store. The siblings have donated the property to City of Sparta for a park. Other family members present during the June 8 dedication ceremony include Phyllis’ husband, Ralph Gordon, Leslie Lefkovitz Kirshner and Marcie Lefkovitz Bashuk, Arnold’s daughters, and Arnold’s grandson, Jay Lefkovitz.

A small plat of ground that sits on the corner of Bockman Way and North Main Street will be transformed into a park for the downtown area and honor the two individuals who were once … CONTINUED


Wholesale Outlet robbed at gunpoint

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

A man reportedly walked into the Wholesale Outlet at 10125 Crossville Highway, on June 11, at approximately 11:25 a.m., and took an undisclosed amount of money and left at a high rate of speed toward Crossville.
According to Detective Chris Isom with White County Sheriff Department, the man is described as a white male, approximately 5 foot 6 to 8 inches in height, with a stocky build.
He reportedly left in a green 90s model small Ford Ranger-type pickup with a red tailgate.
Witnesses reportedly told law enforcement the man was wearing a red short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans and brandished what was believed to possibly be a … CONTINUED


Alleged Rite Aid robber also wanted for murder

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Dale W. Wilbanks

The man who robbed the Rite Aid in Sparta, on June 6, identified by law enforcement officials as Dale Wayne Wilbanks, was arrested June 13 in Manchester.
He was also wanted for his alleged involvement in several other crimes, including murder.
According to Investigator Allen Selby with Sparta Police, a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) had been issued for Wilbanks, and he was seen in the Coffee County area.
Manchester Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol reportedly pursued Wilbanks until he wrecked the stolen vehicle on Murfreesboro Highway and fled.
He was reportedly taken into custody by Coffee County Sheriff Department in a wooded … CONTINUED


Police chief reminds residents about yard sale ordinances

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

With yard sale season in full swing, Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth wishes to reminded residents of the local ordinances that prohibit attaching signs on any public structures or buildings.
“Basically, you’re just not supposed to put signs up on street sign poles, light poles, and that kind of things,” said Guth.
He also said signs are not allowed on the branches of trees.
“Your sign has to be independent,” stated Guth. “Which means, if you got a stick and your sign’s attached to the stick and you drive it down in the ground, that’s fine.”
Guth said two city ordinances, 11-905 and 11-909, govern the placement of … CONTINUED


Harper guest speaker at alumni function

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Back home. Kellie Jolly Harper, a 1995 WCHS and 1999 UT graduate, will be the guest speaker Thursday night at the White County Chapter of the UT Alumni Association’s annual meeting. The general public is invited at 7 p.m.

Kellie Jolly Harper will return to her hometown this Thursday, June 17th, as the special guest speaker of the White County Chapter of the UT Alumni Association.
Harper is no stranger to basketball fans of both White County High School and the University of Tennessee. A 1995 graduate of WCHS, Harper led the Warriorettes to many national rankings including eight weeks at the top spot in the nation in … CONTINUED


City softball tournament champions decided

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

The play at second. Bill Boruff’s shortstop fields the throw down from the catcher to tag out a Don Randolph runner attempting to steal. Bill Boruff won the 11/12 year old softball city championship.

Action on the base paths. U.S. Bank’s shortstop Savannah Bolin tries to make a play as Bill Boruff’s Courtney Pryor runs to third. Umpire Johnny Burchett looks on at the play during the senior girls’ softball title game.

In both the junior and senior girls’ softball leagues, the runners-up in the regular season made moves up the rankings to capture the city tournament titles.
In the Little League 11/12 year old softball division, Bill … CONTINUED


Comeback nets Red Turner’s perfect season

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Into third. Jacob Bouldin slides into third for Red Turner’s as Savage Building Center’s Gage Rigsby waits for the throw. Red Turner’s overcame a 4-0 deficit for the 5-4 win completing a perfect season. Look for a rundown of the remainder of the week’s tourney action in Thursday’s edition.

Red Turner’s Sporting Goods spotted Savage Building Center four runs in the first inning and then fought their way back to capture the 5-4 win polishing off the undefeated season in Little League baseball 11/12 year old action.
Savage Building Center got to Red Turner’s starter, David King, for four runs in the top of the first inning. King … CONTINUED


Pitching machine champions win big

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Under the tag. A Bill Boruff base runner gets in under the tag of the Red Turner’s third baseman during pitching machine baseball championship action. Bill Boruff captured the tournament title.

Looking it in. Sonic first baseman, Megan Anderson, looks the ball in for the out as a whole host of her teammates watches the play. Sonic defeated Express Graphics for the pitching machine softball title.

Both the pitching machine softball and baseball championship games ended with large winning margins.
In the softball game, Sonic, who was also the regular season champion, defeated Express Graphics 14-4. In the baseball game, Bill Boruff’s pulled the mild upset defeating regular … CONTINUED


White County Hospital pulls upsets to win title

Posted by | June 14, 2010 12:00 am

Delivering the pitch. Holden Howard delivers a pitch to the batter for White County Community Hospital in 9-10 year old baseball action. Hospital came from third place in the regular season to win the tournament title.

The White County Community Hospital 9/10 year old baseball team finished third in the regular season.
That didn’t stop them from capturing the city championship title. The Hospital team defeated the top two seeds on the way to the tournament title on Saturday.
After upsetting second seeded, Crush, in the semifinals, Hospital held off the number one team, Tristate Distribution, in Saturday’s title game picking up the narrow 6-5 victory.
Hospital put … CONTINUED


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