Sparta man faces several charges after pursuit

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Benjamin Eugene Cole, 41, of Sparta, was arrested on Old Smithville Highway after trying to elude Sparta Police officers on Monday, Jan. 19, during a chase that began on West Bockman Way.
According to police records, Officer Rodney Daniel responded to a call about a possible drunk driver in a two-door SUV. Daniel reportedly observed a vehicle matching that description as it pulled out of West Bockman Shell.
Daniel stated he observed the vehicle swerve and almost strike another vehicle. Daniel initiated a stop, but the vehicle continued down Bockman and turned north onto Highway 111.
Deputies with White County Sheriff Department joined in the pursuit as it … CONTINUED


‘Crimes of opportunity’ under investigation

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Several burglaries on Saturday, Jan. 17, affected several businesses, including the Department of Children Services, First Baptist Church, Russell Cleaners, and Color Concepts. Some items were taken but vandalism was also perpetrated.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth called these incidents “crimes of opportunity”. He further stated, “they had nothing to do with the Sullivan case.”
He asked residents with any information on these crimes to call Sparta Police at 836-3734.


Mary Ellen Farley

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Ellen McBride Farley, 88, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at her residence.Farley was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Putnam County, to David Crockett McBride and Carrie Pennington McBride.
She was retired from the school system as a dietician and had been a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Ray Farley; and brothers, Tommy McBride and Daniel McBride. Survivors include one son, David Ray Farley Jr. and wife Kay Summers Farley, of Sparta; grandchildren, Kristen Farley, of Knoxville, Michael Farley, of Sparta; brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Cora McBride, of Cookeville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Minnie Peek, of Sparta, Genetta Irby, of … CONTINUED


Jackson Dewitt Davis

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Jackson Dewitt Davis, 70, of Chattanooga, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at his residence.
Davis had served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was retired from TVA as an iron worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Orton Davis; son, Scotty Alan Miller; and brother, Jimmy L. Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Cunningham Davis, of Chattanooga; four daughters, Jackie Bush and husband Greg, of Harrison, Helen Varnadore and husband Buddy, of Sparta, Shirley Gill and husband Clif, of Okeechobee, Fla., Michele Tindal, of Chattanooga; three sons, Mark Davis and wife Kathy, of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Dean Davis and wife Sarah Beth, … CONTINUED


Lillie Cleo Brimer

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Lillie Cleo Brimer, 94, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 25, 2009, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Jan. 27, 2009, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Cummingsville Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sarah Ellen Ruden

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Sarah Ellen Ruden, 79, of Nolensville, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral service was 11 a.m. Jan. 26, 2009, at Spencer Funeral home, with burial in Malloy Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriorettes drop second straight 7AAA game

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Drawing some attention. Tasha Delaney passes back to the top of the key after drawing the attention of four Siegel defenders in the paint. Delaney tallied 10 in the game, but the Warriorettes were defeated by the Lady Stars. The loss dropped the WCHS girls into a third place tie in the district race. Look for more pictures from the game in the photo gallery.

    For the first time this season, the Warriorette basketball team lost back to back games. 
    The worst part of that scenario is that both contests were against District 7AAA foes while the Warriorettes are in the midst of a hotly contested race for … CONTINUED


Stars shoot past Warriors in 7AAA action

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Up and under. Conor Sparkman goes up and under to avoid the Siegel defender.

    The Siegel Stars had won their first seven District 7AAA games by an average of more than 20 points per contest and, in fact, no one in the league had come within single digits of them the first time through the district.
    The Warriors (9-12, 3-5) did nothing to change those facts on Friday in Murfreesboro when the two squared off in the first game of the second trip through the 7AAA slate.  The Stars (15-4, 8-0) rolled to a dominating 65-35 win over WCHS equaling the exact margin of victory as the first … CONTINUED


Eighth grade teams split recent contests

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

Krista King leads the Warriorette fast break down court against Tullahoma East on Thursday.

Zach Hampshire races down court in the boys’ game.

    The White County Middle School eighth grade teams split their most recent outings.
    The teams hosted Tullahoma East on Thursday in conference action.  The Warriorettes picked up the win while the Warriors were upset in their outing.
    The Warriorettes captured the 37-19 win after jumping to a 12-2 lead at the end of one quarter.  Loren Foster paced the Warriorettes pouring in 22 points.  Krista King added seven.  Allyson Quillen and Amber Hudgens chipped in with three each.  Latha Wilson rounded out the scoring with … CONTINUED


Search continues for next Warrior football coach

Posted by | January 26, 2009 12:00 am

    The search for the newest White County High School football will move to the next level in the coming weeks.
    The job has been posted on the TSSAA website and resumes were accepted until Friday, January 23rd.  Now that the time for acceptance of resumes has closed, the administrators will sit down and proceed to the next phase of hiring the new coach.
    According to WCHS athletic director, Terry Crain, there has been a lot of interest in the open job. 
    “We received a number of resumes,” said Crain.  “Now that we are not accepting resumes anymore, we (administration) will sit down and decide on our next steps.  … CONTINUED


WCHS teams have rough night at Siegel

Posted by | January 24, 2009 12:00 am

    Siegel celebrated homecoming in high fashion Friday night with a sweep of the WCHS basketball teams.
    The Warriorettes fell into a tie for third place in the district with the 52-36 loss to the Lady Stars.  Lacy Yslas and Tasha Delaney both posted double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Siegel duo of Shanice Cason (21) and Caralisa Connell (16).  The Warriorettes’ second consecutive loss drops them to 18-4 overall and 5-3 in the district.  After getting off to a 14-1 start in the 2008 portion of the season, the Warriorettes are 4-3 in 2009. 
    The high flying Siegel … CONTINUED


Owner of apartments requests city sewer

Posted by | January 23, 2009 12:00 am

A man who is converting an existing building outside the city limits into four apartments and has plans to construct eight more appeared before Sparta leaders last week to request sewer service for those dwellings.
Scott Davis, of Davis Rental Properties, said the building that will contain the four apartments is located at 2368 Smithville Highway, which is within the area where City of Sparta recently completed one of its sewer upgrade projects. Davis stated sewer taps have already been installed on the portion of the highway adjacent to the apartments. Davis said the property is designated as “commercial” on the county tax records. He also indicated he … CONTINUED


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