WCHS basketball season tips off Tuesday

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Basketball preview. The Warriors and Warriorettes open their season Tuesday in Hall of Fame games. Check out the online edition of the basketball season preview.

    The White County High School basketball teams open their season Tuesday at Roy Sewell Gymnasium when they host Hall of Fame games.
    The Warriorettes tip things off at 6:30 p.m. against Baylor and the Warriors will follow against Stone Memorial. Season tickets will be honord at the games, but all seats are general admission for Hall of Fame games. 
    Little is known about the Warriorettes’ opening night opponent.  The private school from Chattanooga will be making their first ever trip to Sparta.  A … CONTINUED


WCHS learns new district fate

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

    Everyone has known it was coming for a few months now, but the TSSAA Board of Controls made it official Thursday when they realigned athletic districts across the state of Tennessee.
    At least for the next four years, all sports teams at White County High School will compete against the same teams in their district/region.  Since the early 90’s football has been in an entirely different league than the other sports at WCHS.  That will change with the start of the 2009-10 season.
    The TSSAA decided a reorganization plan needed to be formed.  They wanted to renew rivalries and keep them across the board in all sports while … CONTINUED


Warrior football team honored with banquet

Posted by | November 17, 2008 12:00 am

Award winners. The Warrior football team was honored with a banquet Thursday evening in the high school cafeteria. Team and individual awards were presented. Those receiving individual awards were (l to r): Seth Anderson, Tyler Good, Dalton Bain, Dillon Kay, Zack Saylors, Seth McDonald, Jordan Brown, Aaron Murray, Allen Sullivan, Sam Gribble, Jay Currin, Bryce Pullum, Dailey Hummelt, Sam Howard, Ethan Keiffer, Dustin Howell and Marshall Milton.

    The White County High School football team put the finishing touches on the 2008 season when they were honored by the Quarterback Club with a banquet. 
    After starting the night off with a meal enjoyed by the players, coaches and guests, … CONTINUED


School report card released

Posted by | November 14, 2008 12:00 am

White County teachers are once again proud of the school system’s success with the release of the 2008 School Report Card from Tennessee Department of Education.
Donny Haley, director of schools, is equally impressed, but is still focused on some problem areas that he said are the primary goals for the educational staff.
See all the detailed stats HERE
“Overall, it was a good report,” said Haley. “Academically and performance-wise, we are equal to or above the state in just about every category.”
In 1992, the Tennessee Education Improvement Act established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce … CONTINUED


Edith Elizabeth Clemons Brown

Posted by | November 14, 2008 12:00 am

Edith Elizabeth Clemons Brown, 85, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at her residence.
Brown was born Oct. 21, 1923, in White County, to Jesse and Bessie Stults Clemons.
She was a beautician and homemaker for many years and a member of Doyle First Baptist Church.
Brown was preceded in death by her son, David Eugene Brown; sister, Macey Johnson; and brother, Carl Clemons.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, James Harvey Brown, of Sparta; son, Sammy E. Brown and wife Wanda, of Lavergne; daughter, Sherry Elaine Morgan, of Sparta; sister, Jewell Haley, of Sparta; two brothers, Willie Clemons and wife Virgie, of Sparta, … CONTINUED


Robert A. (Buddy) Goodwin

Posted by | November 14, 2008 12:00 am

Robert A. (Buddy) Goodwin, 81, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at NHC Healthcare f Sparta.
Goodwin was born March 21, 1927, in White County, to Marion Dallas and Mary Etta Eldridge Goodwin.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea. Goodwin was retired from Thomas Industries, in Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Treva Lafever Goodwin; second wife, Helen Thompson Goodwin; and four brothers, Roy, Willie, Paul Gene, Duane Goodwin.
Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Davis, of Cookeville; son, David Goodwin and wife Henrietta, of Sparta; granddaughter, Jennifer Davis, of Cookeville; great-grandson, Navada Davis, of Cookeville; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Swift … CONTINUED


Jimmy Eugene Parks

Posted by | November 14, 2008 12:00 am

Jimmy Eugene Parks, 72, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at his residence.
Parks was born Sept. 4, 1936, in White County, to Bob and Easter Emerton Parks.
He retired from Thomas Industries where he had worked as a mechanic.
Parks was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Johnny Edward Parks, Bobby Lee Parks and Clyde McKinley Parks.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Blaylock Parks, of Sparta; two sons, Jimmy Eugene Parks Jr., James Lloyd Parks and wife Lisa, all of Sparta; five grandchildren, Hillary Leeann Parks, Danny Gene Kirby, Jonathan Michael Kirby, Rachel Clarice Parks, Leah Dawn Parks; sister, Dorothy Blaylock and husband … CONTINUED


Man stabbed during domestic incident

Posted by | November 13, 2008 12:00 am

A White County man was taken by Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon suffering with serious injuries after being stabbed. Read the complete story HERE.


248 grams of meth found

Posted by | November 13, 2008 12:00 am

A tip from a concerned resident led officers with White County Sheriff Department to a large stash of meth and several stolen items Monday at a residence in Van Buren County. Read the complete story HERE.


Engineer questioned by Sparta alderman

Posted by | November 13, 2008 12:00 am

A recent work session that lasted approximately three hours brought together city officials and Sparta’s longtime engineer for a roundtable-type discussion about the projects with which he has assisted and the amount of money he charges for his services.
Alton Hethcoat, of Hethcoat and Davis Inc., has been working with City of Sparta about seven years.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo opened the session by stating some of the members had questions for Hethcoat. Pedigo also stated Ross Fann, public works director, is a licensed engineer. The mayor said the city had hired Fann with the intent that he could also assist with any engineering needs.
“I guess one … CONTINUED


Edith Elizabeth Clemons Brown

Posted by | November 13, 2008 12:00 am

Edith Elizabeth Clemons Brown, 85, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth C. Sparks

Posted by | November 13, 2008 12:00 am

Kenneth C. Sparks, 55, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 12, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Sparks was born Dec. 1, 1952, in White County, to James Burton Sparks and Mary Francolie Dodson Sparks.
Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Wilma Sparks; daughter, Kimberly Ann Randolph and husband Jay; sisters, Lizzie Lee Blinskey, Ella Mae Spears, Linda Gail Harness, Mary Rose Jones; brothers, James Benny Sparks, Hubert Glenn Sparks; grandchildren, Jayla Leeann Randolph, Noah Donald Randolph; special nephew, James Sparks; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 15, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Board Valley Cemetery. … CONTINUED


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