Sidewalk blockage a problem

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Too cramped? City officials discussed allowing businesses to display their wares on the sidewalks as long as the items do not protrude farther than the depth of the benches. This bench measures 24 inches from the concrete curbing rounding portion of the seat.

    An ongoing debate about whether or not businesses should be allowed to display their wares on city sidewalks continued Thursday night as Sparta officials discussed how they should enforce the ordinance.
    Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo addressed the issue during Thursday’s board meeting about businesses placing items on the sidewalks that block pedestrian traffic. Police officers are enforcing the matter by informing business owners to remove … CONTINUED


Cycling for the children

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

on the way. Riders leave Memphis on their way to Jackson, during the 2007 Adoption Tour.

    More than 50 cyclists will be riding across Tennessee to bring the message of adoption as a part of the annual Adoption Tour.
    The 2008 Adoption Tour will arrive in Sparta at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at White County Courthouse. This year’s theme, “A Journey Home,” will celebrate the children who are waiting to find a permanent home. The event will also focus on those who have already finalized their adoptions or are in foster care.
    This is the fourth year for the Adoption Tour. The trek begins at 8 a.m., Oct. … CONTINUED


$7,500 requested for Doyle paving

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

    Town of Doyle has sent a bill to Sparta for a paving project that has officials asking questions about why the small town is requesting payment for a project that reportedly was supposed to be funded by Doyle.
    City of Sparta has received a letter from Town of Doyle that was signed by Doyle Mayor Robert Meeks, requesting Sparta remit $7,500 to Doyle for a paving project on Doyle Cemetery Road. Ross Fann, public works director for City of Sparta, addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its Thursday meeting about the original request he received from Doyle.
    City of Doyle officials reportedly informed Fann several months … CONTINUED


Donald Ray Greene

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Donald Ray Greene, 75, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 28, 2008, at Spencer Generations.
Greene was born Sept. 1, 1933, in White County, To Eli Greene and Lula Mae Parrish Greene.
He served his country, in 1956, in the U.S. Navy.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nell Ruth Greene; brother, Gene Ed Green; and half-sister, Marie Panzer.
Survivors include his sisters, Gladys Guy, of Spencer, Diana Fay Wilson, of Sparta; brother, John Elbert Greene, of Florida; several nieces, nephews, friends; and several “adopted families.”
Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Oct. 1, 2008, at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Bro. Leonard Simmons will officiate
Thurman Funeral


Earl Kay

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Earl E. Kay, 81, passed away at his home in Sparta on Sept. 30, 2008.
Kay was born May 18, 1927, in Shawnee, Okla., to Dorothy Mae Owen Kay and Emmett Earl Kay.
 He retired as a mechanic from Colorado Department of Highways, in 1988. Kay was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta and enjoyed mission work, church and family activities. Other favorite pastimes included camping and fishing, restoring old cars and making homemade ice cream.
Kay was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Erma Nell Sharp Kay, of Sparta; two … CONTINUED


Dr. Ron Wilson

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Dr. Ron Wilson, 54, of Franklin, passed away Oct. 5, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Debbie Wilson; two daughters, Erin Lanigan and husband Mike, Jill Wilson; son, Kevin Wilson; parents, Robert and Reba Wilson, of Sparta; and grandchild, Regan Lanigan.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Oct. 8, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 9, 2008 at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, with burial in Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery. He will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m., Thursday, until time for the service.
Ron requested no flowers be sent, but instead make a donation … CONTINUED


Bessie Marie Emerton Parks

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Bessie Marie Emerton Parks, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 4, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.    
Parks was born June 12, 1921, in Celina, to George and Bernettie Lynn Emerton.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, William Franklin (Will) Emerton and Charlie Edward Parks; two sons, Jimmy Emerton, John Thomas Parks; two granddaughters; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Crain and husband Nathaniel, of Spencer, Marie (Reedie) Brock and husband Ronnie, of Sparta; Helen Knowles, of Cookeville; seven sons, Earl Emerton, of Quebeck, Carl Emerton, William Emerton and wife Sue, Randell Parks, Micheal Parks, Marcus Parks and wife Beverly, Paul Parks, … CONTINUED


Betty Ilene Mueller

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Betty Ilene Mueller, 86, passed away Oct. 4, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Mueller was born July 13, 1922, in Sabetha, Kan., to John Brammer and Hazel Gentry Brammer.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Bernard Mueller; daughters, Mischelle Ferrell, of Sparta, Cherlye Daunhauer, of Indiana; son, Richard Mueller, of Indiana; brother, Bill Brammer of Florida; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.    
Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Oct. 6, 2008, at Hunter Cove Cemetery, in Overton County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the local animal shelter.
Thurman Funeral Home is in


Gerald E. Harris

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Gerald E. Harris, 72, of Walling, passed away Oct. 5, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Harris was born Dec. 14, 1935, in White County, to Erman and Maggie Edna Johnson Harris.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Louise Harris; one grandson; three brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth Pittman Harris, of Walling; three sons, Michael Harris and wife Joan, of Baxter, James Harris, of Sparta, Danny Harris and wife Shelly, of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Shana Mason, Jonathon Harris, Adriane Harris, Malachi Alexander, Cathy Dayberry, Erik Davis; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will 2 p.m., Oct. 7, 2008, at 2 p.m., at … CONTINUED


WCHS bowling squares off against York

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

WCHS bowlers. Bowling for White County in the match against York last week were (front row, l to r): Megan James, Kayla Clary and Shelia Holloway. Back row: Coach Larry Thompson, Shane Young, Ethan Hall and Billy Thomas.

    The newest sports team at White County High School competed for the second time Thursday when the bowling team took on York Institute at Bowling World in Cookeville.
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    The White County contingent couldn’t match up with an experienced York squad overall as a team, but some WCHS bowlers did have individual success.  In the final pin tally, York bested the WCHS squad 3,348 to 2,291.… CONTINUED


Wildcats defeat Warriors in “puntfest”

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

Busy punters. Jordan Armstrong, the Warrior punter, and his counterpart on the Hixson team, were busy players in Friday’s Region 4-4A game between the Warriors and the Wildcats. The two teams combined to punt 16 times in the game. The combined punt yardage exceeded the total combined offensive yards.

Forcing the pitch. Jay Currin gets into the backfield and forces the Hixson quarterback to option the ball to his running back. Currin had 14 tackles in the game, two of which went for negative yards.

    The punters for both WCHS and Hixson were put to work in Friday’s high school football game, which the Wildcats won by a … CONTINUED


WCMS football gets second win of season

Posted by | October 6, 2008 12:00 am

    The White County Middle School Warrior football team picked up their second win of the season last Tuesday when they went on the road to defeat Coffee County 26-12. 
    The teams traded punts on each of their first possessions.  Coffee County did manage a first down on their next series, but a big tackle for a loss by Blake Lynn put the Raiders in a hole and they would be forced to punt again.  The only thing was the punt never happened as the snap got away from the punter.  He chased the ball down and fell on it, but the Warriors got excellent field position out of … CONTINUED


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