Should city officers drive patrol cars home?

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Sparta elected officials critiqued the proposed budget for the new fiscal year and questioned whether or not police officers should be allowed to take their patrol cars home when they are off-duty.
Alderman Howard Griffin posed the question when City Administrator Marty Carmichaels said the police department’s budget included two new patrol cars.
Mayor Tommy Pedigo said the city had once before stopped city officers from taking the patrol cars home. However, the practice had apparently resumed.
The mayor emphasized gas was then much less expensive.
Vice Mayor Hoyt Jones talked about the possibility of adding either bicycles or motorcycles so officers would have better access to areas … CONTINUED


$500,000 could be generated by 9.75 sales tax

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

An additional source of revenue briefly discussed at Monday’s city budget work session was said to be one that should eventually be considered by Sparta officials to prevent the state from possibly mandating it and keeping the money.
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen met at Oldham Theater on Monday to review the budget that has “no fluff,” according to City Administrator Marty Carmichael.  
“We need to look at all our sources of revenue and do everything we can to preserve the revenue that we do have,” said Carmichael.
Although the city will have a balanced budget, expenditures will be closely monitored and other sources of income may … CONTINUED


$340,000 expected from city’s solid waste fee

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Alderman Bobby Officer reviews the city's proposed budget for 2008-2009.

City officials spent almost two hours Monday reviewing the new fiscal year’s budget and determining how much money would be generated from all sources of revenue.
City Administrator Marty Carmichael took the lead in explaining the financial plan for the city. Numerous items were discussed, but the recently enacted solid waste fee was at the top of the list as a source of revenue.
According to Carmichael, he anticipates $340,000 in new revenue from the solid waste fee. The city has been collecting the commercial fees two months at a rate of about $16,000 monthly. Residential fees will … CONTINUED


Property tax revenue down for city

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

A portion of the city’s revenue that accounts for 39 percent of its income has decreased because of what officials believe to be a slowdown in the economy.
Although revenue for City of Sparta’s general fund is estimated at $4.3 million for fiscal year 2008-2009, property tax revenue has decreased, according to City Administrator Marty Carmichael.
Carmichael said he attributes this to industries cutting down on their inventories for personal property.
“It’s probably just a sign of the economic times,” he said.
However, the new city budget still projects a $1,000 surplus. Property owners will also receive some good news. The tax rate remains at $1.10. Carmichael said … CONTINUED


Heart of a rare color

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

W.C. Bohannon is proud of all the medals he was awarded for service to his country, but his Purple Heart is proof of the blood shed by him and many other White Countians who have earned this badge of courage.

One of White County’s Purple Heart recipients was 20 years old when he entered military service along with several other young men from White County and the surrounding area.
W.C. Bohannon, now in his 80’s, remembers vividly the day he was wounded during World War II. As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday of the Purple Heart on Aug. 7, Bohannon reminisces about his military service.
“On … CONTINUED


Log truck tangles with phone lines

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Workers repair the downed power lines.

Electric company employees team up to repair the power lines.

Logs fell onto the roadway after the load became entangled in some power lines.

Tennessee State Trooper David Slatton checks the height of the log truck.

Traffic was blocked on Turntable Road, on Monday, when a log truck pulled down phone lines as it crossed North Spring Street
On Monday, August 4, at approximately 3:37 p.m., Kent Justin Winfree, driver of the log truck, was traveling west on Turntable Road when the incident occurred. Traffic was diverted off of Turntable Road until the damage could be cleared.
According to Officer Dale Dodson, … CONTINUED


‘Quarantine’ hurts landlords

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

“Watch out” were the two words spoken by Charles and Ruth Caldwell as they gave advice to other White County landlords about closely monitoring individuals who are renting their properties.
The Caldwells recently became familiar with an aspect of law enforcement that has been a costly venture for the semi-retired former business owners. One of their rental properties was quarantined because of the presence of items in the house that were consistent with the possible manufacturing of meth. The cost of “cleaning up” the residence exceeded $3,000. According to Ruth, they were lucky. She and Charles were told the expense could have exceeded $10,000.
The news came as … CONTINUED


Economic growth spurred by ‘Highlands’

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

A four-year program that was devised to help accelerate economic growth in the region was the central focus of a special briefing Thursday at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.
People from White, Putnam and Overton counties gathered at the airport for an informational session about the progress of Highlands Initiative and what is planned for the future.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo served as the facilitator and opened the meeting with a statement that sent a strong message to those in attendance.           
“Isn’t it great that we’ve got everything together and we’re on the go and we’re all working together for the betterment of our community by using the assets
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Mary Orr

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Mary Orr, 90, of Hermitage, passed away July 28, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John L. Orr; parents, Dee J. Rollins and Julia Hodges Rollins; and brothers, William, Clyde, J.D.
Orr was a member of Hermitage Church of Christ.
Survivors include sons, Mark Orr and wife Jan, of Gross Pointe, Mich., Thomas Orr, of Hermitage; sisters, Syble West and husband Ralph, of Woodbury, Ritchie Jodway and husband Russell, of Fenten, Mich.; brothers, Baxter Rollins and wife Alice, of Tennessee, Jim Rollins and wife Marlene, of Mt. Juliet, and special friends, Angie Morrison, Betty Bell.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Aug. 1, … CONTINUED


Minnie Bell Sherrell Carter

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Minnie Bell Sherrell Carter, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 5, 2008, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Carter was born May 15, 1922, in White County, to Byrd Joseph Sherrell and Naomi Francis Pistole Sherrell.
She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Sparta.
Carter was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin N. Carter; brother, J.V. Sherrell; and sister, Jewel Moore.
Survivors include one son, Jack Carter and wife Pat, of Sparta; one daughter, Avalyn Pitman and husband Stanley, of Sparta; two granddaughters, Charity Holman and husband Rob, of Rogers, Ala., Jacklyn Pitman, of Sparta; great-grandson, Carter Bransford Holman, of Rogers, Ark.; … CONTINUED


T. Pierce Brown

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

T. Pierce Brown, 85, of Cookeville, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 1, 2008, at NHC of Cookeville.
Brown was born April 13, 1923, in Doyle, and was the youngest child in a family of four children of Horace Herbert and Mattie Evelyn Howell Brown.
He attended high school in Sparta, college at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, in Cookeville, Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College, Abilene Christian College, Northwestern University, Garrett Biblical Institute and Harding Graduate School.
He preached his first gospel sermon and baptized some relatives around 1939 and had been preaching regularly at some congregation since 1947. He … CONTINUED


Joe H. Mills

Posted by | August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Joe H. Mills, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 1, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mills was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Putnam County, to Dee Herchell Mills and Eliza Jane Judd Mills.
He had served 25 years as circuit court clerk of White County. Mills was also secretary/treasurer 30 years for White County Farmers Mutual Insurance. He was an active member of Sparta-White County Senior Center.
Mills was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Julia Ov Mills; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Mills and wife Sherry Beth, of Sparta, Terry Mills, of Sparta; brother, George Willard Mills; sisters, Ruby Hiers, … CONTINUED


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