Final trip

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Tuesday as I drove to Riverdale High School for the sectional track meet, I realized it was my last official trip to that school and Murfreesboro covering the teams of District 7AAA, a pretty impressive district that is being broken up.
Next year instead of making bunches of trips to Murfreesboro and Lebanon, the games will be much closer. Our district will have trips to Cookeville, McMinnville, Crossville and the longest trip will be Manchester. That’s kind of a bittersweet thing for me.
The trips will be much shorter and I really believe it is a really positive move for our teams, but there is still a part … Read More



Seals arrested on 125 counts

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

A 53-year-old Doyle man was arrested May 7 on 125 counts of sexual-related charges.
Selby Seals, of 221 Gooseneck Rd., was booked into White County Jail, on Thursday morning. According to Detective Chris Isom, of White County Sheriff Department, Seals has been charged with 15 counts rape of a child, 70 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, and 40 counts of aggravated sexual battery. The bond for Seals was set at $2.4 million.
Isom said the investigation had been in progress for several months and was conducted by White County Sheriff Department and the office of the district attorney general of the 13th Judicial District.
Seals … Read More


City questions E-911 funding request

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
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City of Sparta officials were presented with a memorandum from their attorney Thursday that chronologically detailed eight years of statistics about funding for E-911 to attempt to determine whether or not the city is actually required to provide more than the $25,000 they have been contributing for the past several years.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo was adamant that the city could not afford to pay $69,954, which is the amount of the invoice the city recently received from E-911. This figure was the original amount the city contributed in 2001-2002.
During a 2004 meeting of Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, an order was issued … Read More


City approves zoning change on former Sewell property

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

City of Sparta has approved the rezoning of approximately 1.32 acres on North Spring Street that was formerly owned by Columbia Mule Day showman Chester Sewell.
During the recent meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members approved the request, which was made by Guy Luna, well-known White County businessman, who purchased a portion of Sewell’s property at 420 N. Spring St. The property was rezoned from “Industrial M-1” to “Commercial D.”
In other business, the board also approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for Fasttrack Industrial Development Program funds.
Marty Carmichael, City of Sparta administrator, said the grant was on behalf of Philips … Read More


Fireworks-less ‘4th’ still expected to be special

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Ron (Fuzzy) Phifer introduces members of the band “Loaded Otis” as they prepare to entertain the crowd at the 2008 July 4th Celebration in downtown Sparta.

Entertainment and food will highlight event
The July 4th celebration of 2008 concluded with a great fireworks display, as was evidenced by the hundreds of spectators who shared their “oohs and aahs” all along Bockman Way and around Liberty Square in downtown Sparta. However, due, in part, to recent economic conditions it has become apparent the extravagance of a fireworks show this year cannot be supported by the diminished donations for the annual event.
The revived 4th of July celebration of 2008 … Read More


E-911 Board considers interlocal funding dispute

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Officials with White County E-911 address the Tennessee Communications Board about issues with continuing funding by the City of Sparta and White County.

Following a meeting with Tennessee Emergency Communications Board on May 7, the White County Emergency Communications Board unanimously voted May 12 to invite City of Sparta and White County officials to meet and work out a solution to funding issues about the operations of the local dispatching services.
The heart of contention involves funding from the city and county based on an interlocal agreement and requirements by the TECB, which oversees emergency communications districts in every county in the state.
The interlocal agreement addresses the … Read More


Tax revenues increasing for White County

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Tax revenues collected by White County for April 2009 showed definite gains in all categories while Tennessee overall did not experience the same windfall.
Income tax collections increased from $32,497 in March 2009 to $108,694 in April 2009.
Inheritance, gift and estate revenue increased from $0 to $164,956.
Motor vehicle tax collections show an impressive gain from $89,329 in March 2009 to $97,431 in April 2009.
State sales tax also increased from $918,799 in March 2009 to $1,024,308 in April 2009.
Local sales tax showed gains from $257,315 in March 2009 to $293,623 in April 2009.
According to information received from Sara Jo Houghland, communications officer for Tennessee … Read More


Robert Benton Underwood

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Robert Benton Underwood, 78, of Sparta, passed away May 13, 209 at Masters Healthcare.
Mr. Underwood was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Putnam County, to William Cramp and Delia Jackson Underwood.
He was a member of Eaton Church of Christ and a machinist at Dacco Inc.
Mr. Underwood was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, June Pippin Underwood; brothers, Carlie and Everett Underwood; infant brothers, Carson and Ben Underwood; sisters, Myrtie Anderson and Bonnie Anderson; and infant sister, Magdaline Underwood.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Louella Underwood, of Sparta; two sons, Ben Underwood and wife Anta, of Bloomington Sprigs, James Underwood, of Sparta; three daughters, Marilyn … Read More


Warriorette basketball camp set for May 27-29

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Coach Bryan Haley has announced the dates for his annual Warriorette basketball camp.
The camp will be held May 27-29 at Roy Sewell Gymnasium on the campus of White County High School. Registration for the camp is Sunday, May 24th from 2-3 p.m. at the high school. Late registration is available 30 minutes prior to each camp session.
Coach Haley, his assistant coaches, Katy Pinion and Rebecca Beaty, along with members of the Warriorette team, will be instructors for the camp, which is open to girls who will be in the third through eighth grade.
Campers will be separated by age. Both of the high school gyms will … Read More


Yslas and Bales headed to state

Posted by | May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas qualifed for the state in the discus throw.

Chelsea Baca narrowly missed qualifying for the state in the 300-meter hurdles.

Casey Bales came in fourth in the 800-meter qualifying him for the state.

The ultimate goal of any high school student athlete or team is to make it to the state. Two WCHS athletes achieved that goal Tuesday and a third narrowly missed.
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Lacy Yslas and Casey Bales will be representing Sparta and White County at next week’s Spring Fling, the championship events for all spring sports. Chelsea Baca missed out by less than a second on making it three maroon … Read More



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