Cross country competes over the weekend

Posted by | October 2, 2008 12:00 am

Running in Virginia. Markie Voyles traveled to Richmond, Virginia to compete in a cross country invitational over the weekend. She finished 34th out of the field of 154 runners. She was fourth among the Tennessee runners who competed. The remainder of the cross country team competed in the A.F. Bridges in Nashville.

   The White County High School cross country team was in action in two different states over the weekend.
    Markie Voyles headed northeast to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the McDonald’s XC Festival at Maymont.  She finished 34th out of the 154 field in the girls’ invitational.  Her time was 20:06.  Voyles was the fourth fastest runner … CONTINUED


Probation search reveals meth materials

Posted by | October 1, 2008 12:00 am

A routine probation search Sept. 26 at a residence on Bluebird Lane led to the arrest of two individuals after sheriff department officers uncovered a stash of what authorities called “mother jars” containing liquids believed to be meth-making materials.



Dump truck downs communication lines

Posted by | October 1, 2008 12:00 am

Numerous White County residents found a disruption in phone services Monday morning when a dump truck driven by Doyle Mayor Robert Meeks tangled with lines on McMinnville Highway.
“It disrupted everything we supply service to in the Sparta area,” said Mike Prater, manager of Ben Lomand Telephone, in Sparta. “It was an honest mistake. It was just one of those accidents.”
According to Prater, Meeks had been dumping what was left in the bed of the truck near his shop, in Doyle, when someone came by to talk to him. When he started back down the road, he apparently forgot to lower the bed, which then entangled with … CONTINUED


Warriorette volleyball holds on to defeat Livingston

Posted by | October 1, 2008 12:00 am

Jessica Wilson goes up over a Livingston player to keep the ball from crossing back over the net. WCHS defeated Livingston 3-1, but lost by the same score to Oakland.

   The Warriorettes began a busy week of action with back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday.
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    They played host to non-district foe, Livingston, on Monday and came away with the 3-1 victory.  The outcome was reversed on Tuesday when Oakland came to town for a 7AAA contest.  The Warriorettes were defeated 3-1 in that match.
    Monday’s match began with the Warriorettes looking as if they were going to make quick work of the Lady … CONTINUED


Homecoming week

Posted by | September 30, 2008 12:00 am

WCHS and WCMS celebrated homecoming last week.  Check out the video showing some of the highlights. 


$60,000 of meth found

Posted by | September 30, 2008 12:00 am

Julie Ann Stinson

Charles Edward Rice

Joan Carol Officer

    White County Sheriff Department has made its second sizable drug bust in a week.
Through efforts by the TBI, the 13th Judicial Task Force, U.S. Marshals and the DEA, a substantial amount of illegal drugs was found at a residence in the western part of White County. 
Arrested were:
•Charles Edward Rice, 58, of Sparta, manufacturing, delivery selling (two counts); simple possession/casual exchange; $502,000
•Julie Ann Stinson, 42, of Sparta, charged with manufacturing , deliver, selling (two counts); simple possession/casual exchange; bond, $502,000
•Joan Carol Officer, 46, of Sparta, charged with simple possession/casual exchange, bond $2,500
    •Richard Lee Simms, … CONTINUED


Probation search reveals meth materials

Posted by | September 30, 2008 12:00 am

A routine probation search Sept. 26 at a residence on Bluebird Lane led to the arrest of two individuals after sheriff department officers uncovered a stash of what authorities called “mother jars” containing liquids believed to be meth-making materials.
“The liquid in the jars is also known as meth oil,” said Deputy Dale Bumbalough, of White County Sheriff Department.
According to Bumbalough, Jennifer Marie Puckett, age 30, of Sparta, and Jonathan Gerald Puckett, 30, of Sparta, were arrested.
Bumbalough said Department of Children’s Services was also called to the scene to take custody of three children who were living at the residence.
Jennifer Marie was charged with three … CONTINUED


Donald Ray Greene

Posted by | September 30, 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 | September 30, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

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 … CONTINUED


Fear itself

Posted by | September 29, 2008 12:00 am

    Most Americans are familiar with what is probably one of the greatest lines from a speech in our country’s recent past. “…the only thing we have to fear is – fear itself…” are Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words from his 1933 inaugural address.
But what exactly do FDR’s words mean today?
Fear is an emotion that creates many actions and reactions. Fear comes from the potential results of risk. Stand too close to the edge of a cliff and you’ll feel it.
Seems to me that is what our economy is feeling. The real questions – are we that close to the edge, and what is the solution?
Expert … CONTINUED


The old Sunday School room is gone

Posted by | September 29, 2008 12:00 am

    My dream of living in town came true almost a year ago. My, it’s funny how time passes so quickly!
As I cross the streets in downtown Sparta, I look around and recall many precious moments from my childhood – visiting  Gooch’s Drug Store for a cherry Coke, going into Hyder’s 5 & 10 for some sour apple candy…and the list goes on and on.
    However, this week brought a little sadness to my heart as I watched a piece of my childhood disappear from view. Oh, I realize time goes on and things cannot stay the same forever.  But, sometimes it is nice to dream about a … CONTINUED


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