Riverdale takes two from White County

Posted by | February 11, 2009 12:00 am

    The White County High School basketball teams dropped a pair of District 7AAA games at Riverdale Tuesday.
    The Warriorettes fell to 7-6 in the district and 20-7 overall with the 53-40 loss to the Lady Warriors of Riverdale.  Ashley Page led the Warriorettes, who never led in the contest, with 12 points.  WCHS was within five with two minutes to play, but Riverdale finished out with an 11-3 run to seal the victory.
    A record setting performance by Corey Johnson was not enough for the Warriors to hold on for the win in the nightcap.  Johnson knocked down a school record eight three pointers on his way to … CONTINUED

Antonio Datwain

Posted by | February 10, 2009 12:00 am

Antonio Datwain, 78, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 9, 2009, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory L. Jones

Posted by | February 10, 2009 12:00 am

Gregory Lee Jones, age 45, of Sparta passed away Feb. 8, 2009, at his residence.
Jones was born Aug. 1, 1963, in White County to Clayton and Evelyn Louise Graham Jones.  
He was a factory worker.
Survivors include his parents, Clayton and Evelyn Jones of Sparta; sisters, Patsey Young and husband Kenneth, Kathy Dodson and husband Mike, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Feb., 12, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m., Feb. 11, at the funeral home.  Joe England will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge

Shop here, if you can

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

It’s now time for another walk down memory lane, because I want everyone who reads this column to understand the importance of what I am about to say.
As a city girl, I have countless fond memories of downtown Sparta. I lived only a few blocks from the center of this wonderful little town. That was back during a time when life seemed much simpler and every store that graced “The Million Dollar Mile” held treasures galore.
All I had to do was sweet-talk my mom (or Dad) into allowing me to walk down High School Hill toward the wondrous atmosphere of the thriving downtown area. Not one … CONTINUED

No Backyard? No Problem.

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

During World War II, Americans were encouraged to convert their backyards into Victory Gardens to contribute to the war effort. The gardens also saved families money, something that was not abundant to most at the time. With the current economic downturn affecting many families’ budgets and in light of produce scares in 2008, starting a backyard vegetable garden is a great way to help reduce grocery bills during the summer months while keeping your family supplied with healthy foods.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space — maybe only a balcony — you can still produce plump red tomatoes, fresh lettuce, spicy peppers and more before … CONTINUED

Vehicle malfunction possible cause of crash

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

Seatbelt safety in action. A concerned passerby climbs back into the SUV that rolled over on West Ravenscroft Road to retrieve something for the three-year old child and her mother, who both escaped serious injuries in the crash.

An unknown equipment malfunction is believed to be the cause of a SUV rollover on West Ravenscroft, Jan. 3, with a mother and daughter on board.
According to Trooper David Slatton with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jennifer Lynn Daniels, 25, of Sparta, was traveling east on West Ravenscroft Road with her 3-year-old daughter in a 1997 GMC Yukon.
Daniels reportedly told Slatton the vehicle started behaving erratically, and the rear wheels … CONTINUED

Sewer service to apartments delayed

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

A White County businessman has still not been given a definitive answer about whether or not City of Sparta will provide sewer service to his property on Smithville Highway.
Scott Davis, of Davis Rental Properties, had addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on Jan. 22, about hooking onto the city’s sewer line on Smithville Highway. Davis has converted a new structure into four apartments, with plans to construct two additional building that will house a total of eight apartments. The apartments are located outside the city limits, but are adjacent to one of the city’s recent sewer projects that extended service into the county.
Davis stated during … CONTINUED

$600k needed by Middle TN YMCA to take over facility

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

Expanse. The back portion of the YMCA property is sectioned off into ballfields used by Little League teams, which could change if Middle Tennesse YMCA takes over the Sparta-White County facility.

The goal is 1,100 members and more than a half-million dollars in donations for Middle Tennessee YMCA to take over the struggling Sparta organization that has been receiving the majority of its funding from the two governmental entities.
During a work session for Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, on Thursday, Mayor Tommy Pedigo said there are four things City of Sparta can do with the YMCA, “ shut it down, keep doing what we’re doing now, … CONTINUED

Mildred Irene Tackett Powers

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

Mildred Irene Tackett Powers, 77, of Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 8, 2009, at her residence.
Powers was born July 26, 1931, in White County, to David and Joe Mae Crawford Tackett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bertha Elllis, Maggie Smith; and two brothers, Herbert Tackett and David Tackett Jr.
Survivors include three sisters, Rowena Lowery, of Murfreesboro, Jessie Mae Dobbs, of Manchester, Ruby Parkeson, of Tiptonville; one brother, Buster D. Tackett, of Dayton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Charles Lee, Joyce Tackett, Larry Tackett, Bobby Tackett, all of Ohio, David Lee, of Algood, Stevie Tackett, of Chattanooga, Fran George, of California, Wilma Foster, of … CONTINUED

Mildred Power

Posted by | February 9, 2009 12:00 am

Mildred Power, 77, of Olympia Place, in Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 8, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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