Deputies receive new weaponry

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

Heavy fire-power. White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Deputy Chadra Daniels, Chief Tommy Simmons, and Deputy Jacob Groce show off a couple of the new AR-15’s, which have been put into service by all WCSD officers in the county.

Officers with the White County Sheriff Department now have new Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for use in their fight against crime. The department used funds from the sale of confiscated guns to purchase the weapons.
AR-15 was the original name for what became the militarily designated M16, the assault rifle first used by the United States military in the Vietnam War. The “AR-15” designation, sometimes mistakenly referenced as assault rifle … CONTINUED


‘Highlands’ looks to the future

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

Facilitator. Dr. Bob Bell, president of Tennessee Tech, jots down some of the ideas presented Wednesday during a Highlands Initiative brainstorming session at Oldham Theater.

A marketing program begun four years ago to promote a tri-county area of the Upper Cumberland can now boast several success stories with plans to continue the same strategies for an extended period of time.
In 2003, business and governmental leaders from White, Putnam and Overton counties began brainstorming sessions about how to better promote the Upper Cumberland region. The Highlands Initiative was developed from these meetings.
On Wednesday, some six years after the initial ideas were formulated and four years after the … CONTINUED


Commissioners say ‘no’ to support of E-911 legislation

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

A resolution that would show support for the adjustment of the cellular rate for 911 service and dedicate all new revenue to the 911 districts has been “dropped” from further action by members of the county commission’s Steering Committee B.
The resolution, which was originally presented at the February 2009 meeting of White County Board of Commissioners, failed to receive a majority vote. The resolution was then sent to Steering Committee B for review during its March 9, 2009, meeting.
The resolution stemmed from a bill that will be presented to Tennessee State Legislature during its current session.
“I think we need to support this,” said Jerry Austin.… CONTINUED


Robert Eston Hale

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Robert Eston Hale, 78, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hale was born Oct. 11, 1930, in White County, to Isom and Sallie Jane Wilson Hale.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Hale was a retired shirt factory manager. He was a member of the Sparta Masonic Lodge and Sparta Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Wilson Hale; daughter, Dana Severt and husband Larry, of Sparta; son, Robert Allan Hale and wife Janice, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica; four great-grandchildren, Abby, Kayla, Alizabeth and J.J.; brother, … CONTINUED


Virginia Ruth Howard Campanelli

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

Virginia Ruth Howard Campanelli, 66, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2009, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Campanelli was born June 11, 1942, in White County, to Willie J. and Bonnie Pearl Louise Blaylock Howard.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sarah Nicole Campanelli.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Campanelli, of Sparta; three sons, Frank Campanelli and wife Valerie, of Old Hickory, Vince Campanelli, of Cookeville, and Joseph and wife Mary Campanelli, of Sparta; two daughters, Sue Ahrens and husband Don, of Harbor Beach, Mich., Cathy Landra and husband Dennis, of Farmington Hills, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Loretta Rowland, of Sparta.… CONTINUED


Arvil Norton

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

Arvil Norton, 89, of Smithville, passed away March 15, 2009, at his residence.
He was a member of Keltonburg Church of Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had been a farmer and factory worker.
Norton was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Norton; parents, Jim and Annie Chaffin Norton; brother, Virgil and Edwin Norton; and sisters, Irene Brown and Zella Morrison.
Survivors include his children, Russell and Margaret Norton, Jackie and Lisa Norton, Brenda Kay and Danny Cantrell, all of Smithville; grandchildren, Crystal, Brandi, Nioka, Annieka Norton, Dwayne Foster, Tonia Pack, Jacob and Olivia Norton, Bryan and Heather Cantrell; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, … CONTINUED


Mrs. C.E. (Nelle) Sanders Stephens

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

Mrs. C.E. (Nelle) Sanders Stephens, 105, of Knoxville, passed away March 14, 2009, at Shannondale Healthcare Center.
Stephens was the daughter of Robert Lee and Elma Fears Ozburn Sanders.
Mrs. Stephens was a member of Central Baptist Church, in Beardon, and a former member of First Baptist Church, in Tullahoma, where she lived 1936-1985. Mrs. Stephens was a charter member of First Baptist Church, in Sparta, which was chartered in 1929. She was a descendant of many prominent early settlers of Tennessee and Virginia. Mrs. Stephens was active in the Tullahoma Woman’s Club while living in that community.
Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence … CONTINUED


McFadden making trip to the “big dance”

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

    In addition to the Jolly siblings earning a trip to the NCAA tournament as coaches, Sparta will also have someone going dancing as a player.
    Former Warriorette, Molly McFadden, a 2006 graduate of White County High School, will put on her dancing shoes this weekend.  Actually, McFadden will be lacing up her tennis shoes and donning an MTSU uniform. 
    The Lady Raiders won the Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament earning the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.  MTSU is currently 28-5 overall on the season.  They defeated Arkansas Little Rock 74-54 in the Sun Belt finals. 
    McFadden, a reserve for MTSU, played in one game during … CONTINUED


Rain dominates local spring sports action since Thursday

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

    The saying goes, “You win some, you lose some and some get rained out.”
    The latter was definitely the case as far as local spring sports action that was scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  In fact, it wasn’t that some got rained out.  All the games were rained out.
    The weather wreaked havoc on all the outside games as rain has fallen almost continually from Thursday through Saturday leaving water standing on all fields.  That, in addition to cool temperatures, sent everyone inside.
    Soccer, which generally plays in almost any weather conditions other than lightning, was actually the first to decide upon postponement for their game at home … CONTINUED


Meet & greet the new coach

Posted by | March 16, 2009 12:00 am

    The Warrior Quarterback Club is hosting a Meet and Greet for new football coach, Tracy Malone, tonight at 6:30 p.m.
    The QB Club is encouraging everyone interested in Warrior football to come out to the event and welcome the new coach to Sparta.  Refreshments will be served at the gathering. 
    Malone was announced as the new coach two weeks ago and had his first meeting with the team later that week.  This will be his first meeting with the supporters of WCHS football in general.
    All players, parents, fans and supporters of WCHS football need to be on hand to show their support of the football program. Parents … CONTINUED


Women’s Show is April 25

Posted by | March 13, 2009 12:00 am

The Annual Expositor’s Women’s Show is set for April 25, 2009, at White County Agriculture Complex, with a day of fun, entertainment and prizes.Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the show continuing to 4 p.m. The grand prize drawing will be at 4 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 16 and are available at The Expositor office 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The cost is $6 in advance and $8 at the door.


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