District 7AAA first round games set

Posted by | February 15, 2009 12:00 am

    The White County High School basketball teams found out their fates for the first round of the District 7AAA tournament when the coaches met on Saturday.
    The Warriorettes wound up in fifth place and will have to travel to Lebanon.  That game is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.
    The Warriors will also be on the road for their first round contest.  They will travel to Cookeville to take on their archrivals Friday at 7 p.m.
    The semifinals are set for Saturday at Siegel. 
    Complete tournament details will be in Thursday’s edition. 


Attempted robbery suspect arrested

Posted by | February 14, 2009 12:00 am

A White County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted bank robbery Feb. 12 of First National Bank in Sparta.

According to Investigator Travis Barker, of Sparta Police Department, Justin Robb, 24, “turned himself in” and now faces charges of theft over $500 and aggravated robbery.
At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, Robb, along with his father, reportedly agreed to meet with FBI agents on Highway 56, in Smithville. He was transported to Sparta and released into Barker’s custody.
Barker stated he had gathered information about the suspected robber, who tellers described as a short, heavy-set male in his mid-to-late 20’s.
 “He came into the
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Property tax freeze still debated by commissioners

Posted by | February 13, 2009 12:00 am

County commissioners said they want to know more about a Tennessee law passed in July 2007 that allows them to determine if qualifying taxpayers who are more than 65 years of age can have their property taxes frozen at a specific rate.
Members of Steering Committee B discussed the matter during a Monday night meeting, with at least three of them stating they need details about their options.
On July 1, 2007, the “Property Tax Freeze Act” went into effect after being passed by Tennessee General Assembly in June of the same year.
This act allows the legislative body of any county or municipality to adopt by resolution … CONTINUED


Rescued dogs being treated

Posted by | February 13, 2009 12:00 am

The dogs confiscated by White County Sheriff Department on Feb. 11, numbering more than 250, are still being evaluated and treated by medical personnel from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at a temporary shelter at White County Fairgrounds.
According to Diane Robinson, with ASPCA, each animal has to be assessed for the specific issues it is facing. Additionally, the number of dogs needing care is a daunting task for the all-volunteer group.
Robinson stated their first priority is the health and wellbeing of the animals. And, although the dogs were inspected at the residence, which is owned by Gary and Heidi Holland, it … CONTINUED


Noelie Francis Crosslin

Posted by | February 13, 2009 12:00 am

Noelie Francis Crosslin, 75, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 12, 2009.
Crosslin graduated from St. Joseph Academy, in Bay St. Louise, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Narcisse Mark and Virgile Fucich Dick; son, James Crosslin; and sister, Rosemary Holmes.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Thomas (Tom) Eugene Crosslin, of Sparta; son, Thomas (Tommy) Eugene Crosslin and wife Karen, of Sparta; daughter Karen Coriell and husband Gavin, of Anderson, S.C.; grandchildren, Thomas Eugene Crosslin II and wife Ursula, of Columbus Ohio, Laura Annmarie Joyce and husband Michael, of Brentwood, Adam Breland Crosslin and wife Lauren, of Sparta, Jason Collin Floyd, of Lebanon, Allison … CONTINUED


Mattie Jane McPeak Cruise

Posted by | February 13, 2009 12:00 am

Mattie Jane McPeak Cruise, 89, passed away Feb. 12, 2009, at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab Center.
Cruise was born March 29, 1919, in White County, to John Christopher McPeak and Stella Elizabeth Davis McPeak.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Wallace Cruise; daughter, Debra Jane Cruise; sister, Clata Dell McPeak Horton; and brother, J.B. McPeak.
Survivors include her son, Ron Cruise and wife Beverly, of Pigeon Forge; two sisters, Laurine McPeak and Ernestine Boyd, both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Chris and Donna Cruise, Ronda and Darrell Manis, Curt and Crystal Cruise, Craig and Geanine Cruise, Casey and Stacy Cruise; eight great-grandchildren, Patrick, George, … CONTINUED


WCHS splits Friday the 13th doubleheader with Blackman

Posted by | February 13, 2009 12:00 am

    Lots of superstitions surround the mystique of Friday the 13th.
    At Roy Sewell Gymnasium, the WCHS teams ended the night in a draw on whether the always talked about date had any superstitious meanings.  The WCHS teams split the night’s contest with the Blackman High School teams on senior night.
    The Warriors ended a four-game skid picking up the 67-53 win over the Blaze.  The Warriors trailed by seven, 43-36, going into the fourth quarter, but cranked it up a notch in the final frame.  A 22-0 run helped the Warriors pull away and secure the 67-53 win behind 28 points from senior Stewart Mitchell.  The win leaves … CONTINUED


Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery

Posted by | February 12, 2009 12:00 am

A man wearing a makeshift mask attempted to rob First National Bank in Sparta on Thursday.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, a short, stocky white male wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots entered the bank, at approximately 8 a.m., wearing a mask fashioned out of a plastic bag with holes made for his eyes.
Guth stated the man appeared to be armed with a knife. He reportedly approached a teller’s window and demanded money.
“He actually jumped up on the teller’s window on his knees,” said Guth. “And I don’t know why; but he just jumped down and left. He didn’t get any money.”… CONTINUED


Riverdale exacts their revenge on Warriorettes

Posted by | February 12, 2009 12:00 am

Putting it on the floor. Ashley Page puts the ball on the floor in Tuesday’s game. Page hit four treys in the game, but Riverdale took the 53-40 victory.




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Warriors lose lead and game at Riverdale

Posted by | February 12, 2009 12:00 am

Record breaking performance. The Warriors lost a double digit lead and were defeated by Riverdale Tuesday. However, in the loss, Corey Johnson set a new school record for most threes in a game. The senior guard hit eight shots outside the arc on the way to a career high 31 points. WCHS hosts Blackman Friday for senior night and the regular season finale.




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Black History Month Celebration

Posted by | February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta Civic Center was filled with people from all walks of life and all races as they came together with one common goal – to celebrate Black History Month. The Saturday event focused on the history of African-Americans, as well as the outlook for the future under the guidance of the first black president, Barack Obama. Herman Hill, American Legion commander and organizer of the event, provided those who gathered with a line-up of inspirational and motivating entertainment, which was presented by several choirs from the surrounding area and out-of-state.


Mass dog-breeding operation raided

Posted by | February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Officers with White County Sheriff Department, working in conjunction with District Attorney Randy York, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society on an investigation that began almost two years ago, took custody, on Wednesday, of an estimated 275 dogs from a residence on Lost Creek Road. Read the complete story on the NEWS page.


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