West end traffic light still hot topic

Posted by | February 11, 2019 8:02 am

By Rachel Auberger

Mayor Jeff Young addressed what he said were complaints from constituents about the new traffic light on the west end of town, urging those in attendance at the Feb. 7 Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting to remind residents  the light was installed by Tennessee Department of Transportation after a 2011 Federal Traffic Safety Study showed data that proved the intersection to be a liability.

Young said he and Chris Dorsey, city administrator, had two meetings with TDOT to discuss the installation and the city’s initial apprehension for its placement. Young said TDOT brought their attorneys and engineers to those meetings. The city was … Read More

Donna Lee Farmer

Posted by | February 9, 2019 1:13 pm

Donna Lee Farmer was born June 23, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of LaVern Reeds and Vera McNew Reeds. She passed from this life on Feb. 5, 2019, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

She was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church for many years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cross-stitching and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Farmer was preceded in death by    her sisters, Susan Reeds and Barbara Reeds Poenicke, as well as her brother, James Reeds.

Those family members surviving include her husband, Roy, of Quebeck; children, Terry (Beth), of Quebeck, Kenneth (Alisa), of Spencer, David, of Nashville, Gary “Joe” … Read More

Nina Sue Erney

Posted by | February 9, 2019 10:24 am

Nina Sue Erney , 79, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2019, at Parkwest Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Sparta, the daughter of William Ledford and Clara Brock Ledford.

Mrs. Erney was a member of DeRossett Church of Christ. She loved to quilt and spend time spoiling her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Fred Erney.

Survivors include her sons, Darryl Erney (Anna), of Sparta, Barry Erney (Sonda), of Sparta; daughter, Cheryl Johnson (Charles), of Sparta; grandchildren, Samantha Johnson, Josh Erney, Jessica Iniguez, Joshua Johnson, Amanda Henry, Jamie Williams, Matthew Erney, Neikka Starkey, Mykka Erney; and 18 great-grandchildren.… Read More

Roy Leon Miller

Posted by | February 9, 2019 9:42 am

Roy Leon Miller, 49, passed away Feb. 4, 2019, at his residence, in Pikeville.

Mr. Miller was born May 11, 1969, in Sparta, to Riley Stanley and Mary Edith Denton Miller.

He is preceded in death by his father, Riley Stanley Miller, and a son, Riley Leon Miller.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Edith Miller; sisters, Joyce Stanage, Sandra Songer, Tara Miller; brother, Ray Miller; grandson, Warren Taylor; daughters, Sarah Taylor, Rachel Miller, Justina Miller; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; and special friend, Kathy Wooden.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Feb. 9, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth … Read More

Bernell Ward Hudgens

Posted by | February 9, 2019 9:35 am

Bernell Ward Hudgens, 97, a resident of Mooresville, North Carolina, formerly of Wake County, North Carolina, and Sparta, Tennessee, passed away Feb. 7, 2019, in Mooresville.

Mrs. Hudgens was born Feb. 13, 1921, in White County, to C.K. Ward and Hassie Clark Ward.

She was a loving wife and mother who was also a teacher and    worked for a time at Commerce Union Bank, later as a bookkeeper for the Farmers Co-op Tobacco Warehouse, and was active in her church and community.

Mrs. Hudgens was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Hugh Hudgens; son, Hugh Ward Hudgens; a sister and three brothers, and great-granddaughter, Keara Rose … Read More

Van Buren County wheel tax fails, property tax may be only choice

Posted by | February 9, 2019 7:21 am

Dear SpartaLive,

The people of Van Buren County have spoken. The Wheel Tax Referendum failed. Myself and the county commission more than respect the right for people to vote. That is what our veterans fought and died for.

There has been so much said about the wheel tax. One that is most disturbing are a few, and one or two who do not even live in this county let alone own property in Van Buren, that told people there would be a  property tax increase on top of the wheel tax. That is not true. It has never been talked about to my knowledge. In essence, the vote … Read More

Warriors trail at the half

Posted by | February 8, 2019 8:28 pm

The Warriors trail the Warren County Pioneers 36-34 at the half. Masyn Winningham led the Warriors with 14 points in the first half.

Inside estate sale

Posted by | February 8, 2019 8:37 am


Saturday, February 9th, 7 AM – ???

870 Wood Rd., Walling (off Old Kentucky Rd) Grandfather clock, Living room, Dinning room, and

bedroom items, Odd chairs, HH items, Fridge, Freezer, Dishes, Clothing & MORE! Too much to mention!!!


Tech to host FIRST LEGO League East TN Championship on Feb. 9

Posted by | February 8, 2019 7:45 am

Approximately 48 10-member teams comprised of youth ages 9-14 from Knoxville, Jonesboro, Kingsport, Nashville, Manchester and Oak Ridge will be competing in the FIRST LEGO League 19TH Annual East Tennessee Championship Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Tennessee Tech will once again be the hub for science and technology by hosting the FIRST LEGO League 19TH Annual East Tennessee Championship Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Approximately 48 10-member teams comprised of youth ages 9-14 from Knoxville, Jonesboro, Kingsport, Nashville, Manchester and Oak Ridge will be competing in the robotics event which is hosted annually by Tech.

“For many of these kids, it will be their first time on a college campus,” said Kris Craven, associate professor of Tech’s basic and general engineering department. “It’s a very important outreach for us every year. We look forward to having the students on campus.”

The competition, which will … Read More

Bailey and Hill propose Medicaid Block Grant legislation

Posted by | February 8, 2019 7:21 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and House Commerce Committee Chairman Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) have introduced legislation calling for state officials to submit a block grant waiver amendment to the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The lawmakers hope to bring   Tennessee’s financial success story to the state’s TennCare program. Senate Bill 1428 / House Bill 1280 was filed Feb. 6 in the House of Representatives and Feb. 7 in the Senate ahead of the General Assembly’s bill deadline.

“Tennessee is one of the best financially managed states in the nation,” said Senator Bailey.  “A block grant … Read More

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