Ova Lee Lawson White

Posted by | October 16, 2009 12:00 am

Ova Lee Lawson White, 92, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 15, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. White was born March 28, 1917, in Van Buren County, to John and Avo Medley Lawson, as the sixth of seven children.
She was a faithful member of Lost Creek Methodist Church and worked many years at Sparta Shirt Factory.
Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband of 65-plus years, Theodore Roosevelt (T.R.) White; two daughters, Maggie Mae Simmons, Ruby Frances White; great-granddaughter, Emily Simmons; great-grandson, Kyle Simmons; three brothers, John, Creed, Cordell Lawson; and three sisters, Elizabeth Guy, Annie Wilson and Mamie Forsyth.
Survivors include her son, John David … CONTINUED

Shelby Cohen Buck

Posted by | October 16, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Shelby Cohen Buck, 76, of Jamestown, passed away Oct. 10, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Buck served in the U.S. Navy and retired from GMAC, in Muncie, Ind.
Survivors include his sister, Carla Smith, of Elkart, Ind., and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be in Muncie, Ind., at Garden of Memory Cemetery.
There will be no viewing at the family’s request
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Broadway Bella offers beauty needs for all

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Ready to serve. Lori Hampshire, owner, and Micah Dodson, hair stylist, are ready to pamper their customers in their new location on East Bockman Way, next to State Farm Insurance.

Open house. A large group of customers, family and friends join Lori and the staff for Broadway Bella’s open house. Everyone had so much fun the party went on into the night.

Broadway Bella Salon
132 East Bockman Way
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 837-9911
Name of owners:
Lori Johnson Hampshire
Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri, 9-6; Sat 10-3
When did you open for business?
September 11, 2009
What products or services do you offer?

Food Lion donates $500 to Woodland

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Funds. Food Lion recently presented a $500 check to Woodland Park Elementary. L-R: Craig Lynn, principal of Woodland Park Elementary, Dana Dildine, William Randolph, Carman Ratliff and Jenny Kaczmarek, Food Lion manager

Walmart donates to community

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

central view elementary. L-R. Brandi Rice, Mary Gunnels, Sandra Gentry, Jackie Howard, Shelia Felton, Rebecca Durand, Deborah Roberts, Mary Graham, Esther Cash, Annette King, and Store Manager David McCormick.

Sheriff. Walmart recently donated $1,000 to White County Sheriff Department for “White County Kids Say No To Drugs” t-shirts.

Walmart recently donated to Central View Elementary and the White County Sheriff Dept.

Dodson reinstatement denied

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

At an Oct. 15 hearing, a three-member committee denied Dale Dodson’s request to be reinstated to his position with the Sparta Police Department. [Video by Greg England and Kim Swindell Wood]

Facing the haunting echoes of the word…cancer

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Fun. Debbie McPeak attempts to cast her troubles aside as she hits the open road with her partner in life, J.B. Dailey, on a recent trip to North Carolina.

Celebration. Debbie McPeak has more than one reason to celebrate. First and foremost, she is a breast cancer survivor. She also helped celebrate a winning moment with her partner in life, J.B. Dailey. J.B.’s son, Jamie Dailey, won as Dailey and Vincent Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year, in September 2009. Also pictured are Julie Huffin, Candy Gore Holland (J.B.’s daughter), J.B., Debbie McPeak (back row, second from right), and Brooklyn and Breeana (J.B.’s granddaughters).

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Doyle mayor asks for paving help

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Doyle Mayor Robert Meeks is reaching out to county officials in hopes of obtaining assistance with repairing the mile-and-a-half stretch of highway that runs through the small town.
During the Monday meeting of the Joint Economic and Community Development Committee, Meeks asked for suggestions about how to remedy an ongoing problem. Meeks talked about the deterioration of the highway through Doyle because of the heavily loaded dump trucks that are traveling to and from Middle Tennessee Limestone. This section of roadway is within the city limits of Doyle.
Meeks said many of the community businesses prosper because of the customers they get from Middle Tennessee Limestone, but he … CONTINUED

‘Spec’ buildings needed

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

A well-known Sparta businessman who has been one of the many leaders in helping White County prosper during the past several decades told officials Monday this community would “moss over” if steps were not taken to ensure industrial development.
Tom Crosslin spoke to members of the Joint Economic and Community Development Committee about the need for spec buildings to show prospective industries. Crosslin has built several spec buildings in the past and helped locate businesses in this area. However, at the onset of the discussion, he said he was not interested in constructing a spec building at this time, but he realizes the need to have a site … CONTINUED

E-911 Board discusses changes in budget

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

At its October 13 meeting, the White County E-911 Board discussed potential changes in their budgeting and reporting methods to better provide information to the White County Commission and the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, regarding E-911 operational costs and capital improvements.
E-911 Board Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Cole told the Board about his participation in recent meetings with county commission subcommittees, including the budget committee.
“After meeting with some of the other agencies – the county and I’m sure the city feels the same way, they’d like to see our budgets a little clearer,” said Cole. “As I told the budget committee last night and I also told … CONTINUED

Stolen vehicle was alleged get-away car

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Donny Lynn Hutchings, 47, of Sparta

A Sparta man, who allegedly stole a gun from a Cookeville farm supply store and led police in a high-speed chase on Oct. 12, is also alleged to have stolen the vehicle used in the pursuit from a residence in White County.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, a resident reported his vehicle stolen some time between 10 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 8:23 a.m. on Oct. 12.
The vehicle was later discovered when Cookeville Police reportedly began chasing Donny Lynn Hutchings, 47, of Sparta, in reference to the alleged theft.
Hutchings reportedly led police in a chase, which ended at … CONTINUED

Driver charged with vehicular homicide

Posted by | October 15, 2009 12:00 am

Daniel Magallanes Garcia, 22, of Baxter

A Baxter man has been charged in the death of Amy Tollison, 32, of Cookeville, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Oct. 8 on Wildcat Road.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, Daniel Magallanes Garcia, 22, faces charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI in the incident.
Garcia is being held at White County Justice Center under a $250,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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