Opal Dean Jernigan Hodge

Posted by | December 19, 2018 9:59 am

Opal Dean Jernigan Hodge, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Hodge was born Sept. 23, 1930, in White County, to Alton Lewis Jernigan and Jimmie Mae Moore Jernigan.  She was a homemaker and loved traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom Hodge; sisters, Jean Drummonds, Nancy Guy; and a brother, Bo Jernigan.

Survivors include her children Beverly (Lewis) Copeland, Jackie (Frances) Hodge, Carol (Michael) Wilson, Tommy (Marsha) Hodge, Connie Ann Presley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Holman

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 19, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial … Read More


Van Buren basketball homecoming

Posted by | December 18, 2018 12:15 pm

Photos by STEPHANIE SULLIVAN

Dakota Simmons & 2018 Homecoming Queen Taylor Robinson

2018 Homecoming Princess Gabrianna Young & Dillon Young

Hootie Huerta & 2017 Homecoming Queen Taya Lewis

2017 Homecoming Princess Jessica Delong & Axel Rodriguez

Desarai Baker & Gavin Jaffre

Zach Bennett & Cayliegh Caldwell

Logan Young & Starla Davis


White County Warriors and Warriorettes vs. Signal Mountain

Posted by | December 18, 2018 12:09 pm


Van Buren Eagles and Eaglettes vs. Jackson County – action shots

Posted by | December 18, 2018 12:06 pm

Photos by STEPHANIE SULLIVAN


Donald C. Horton

Posted by | December 18, 2018 8:23 am

Donald C. Horton, 91, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 15, 2018, at Signature Health Care.

Born Nov. 14, 1927, in Newport, Tennessee, he was the son of Christopher and Emma Horton.

He served in the Army 7th Infantry Division, in the Pacific, during  World War II.

Mr. Horton was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, a special friend to Anna Ruth Burroughs, and friend to many others. He worked in financial institutions for 40 years and appraised real estate until his retirement. He was a graduate from the University of Tennessee, member of the First Baptist Church of Cookeville, and a very avid golfer.

Mr. Horton … Read More


Sonic Shootout tips off Dec. 19

Posted by | December 17, 2018 3:25 pm

From Dec. 19 through Dec. 21, Roy Sewell Gymnasium is the place to be for those who enjoy high school basketball.

The Warriors and Warriorettes are hosting the 11th Annual Sonic Shootout, with 16 teams representing 10 different high schools expected to compete. Games will begin at 9:30 a.m. each day, except for the first day, when the games will start at 10 a.m., with a girls’ games starting each day and a boys’ game finishing each day. There will be a total of eight games played each day. The boys’ and girls’ tournament brackets will be the same format as previous years, an eight-team bracketed tournament, with … Read More


WCMS wins 3 out of 4 against Warren County

Posted by | December 17, 2018 3:22 pm

Logan Brown takes a shot underneath the basket for the Warriors, on Thursday night.

By Eli Rushing

A sweep of Warren County was thwarted on Thursday night as the eighth grade boys’ team fell in heartbreaking fashion while the rest of the teams glided to victory.

The seventh grade girls got the night off to a superb start, as they grabbed a 24-13 lead in the first half and refused to let go. Celeste Reed took on a unique role by pushing the ball up the court by herself on the fast break. This opened up several scoring opportunities, as she ferociously drove into the lane and either … Read More


Kelly DeWayne Cash

Posted by | December 17, 2018 3:12 pm

Kelly DeWayne Cash, 50, of the Mt. Gilead community of White County, passed from this life, on Dec. 16, 2018, at Hospice of Cumberland County, in Crossville.

Mr. Cash was born Dec. 11, 1968, in Detroit, Michigan the son of Mary Joyce Cole Cash and Kenneth Glenn Cash.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Glenn Cash, and his grandparents, Grady and Lois Cash and Willard and Adaleen Cole.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Joyce Cole Cash; two sons, Cody Cash, Ty Cash; former wife and mother of his children, Christie Cash; two brothers, Alan Cash and wife Amy, Kevin Cash; two nieces, Brittany Tinch and … Read More


One vehicle accident on McMinnville Highway

Posted by | December 17, 2018 1:52 pm

Landowner, Kenneth Broyles, examines the damage done to his property while a sheriff’s Deputy looks on.

At approximately 6:15 a.m. December 17, a car with one occupant was driving northbound on McMinnville Highway. During the course of trying to negotiate WHeats Curve, left the road, striking a fence post on the land of Kenneth Broyles, and coming to rest in a ditch in front of the National Guard Armory. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.


Warriors roll over Signal Mountain

Posted by | December 17, 2018 12:54 pm

Dyson Reece goes in for a layup against Signal Mountain, on Friday night. Reece finished the game with 11 points to help the Warriors pick up the win.

After losing on the road at Red Bank, on Tuesday night, the White County High School basketball Warriors bounced back in high fashion in Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on Friday night.

The Warriors made quick work of the Signal Mountain Eagles, rolling to the 78-42 win. The outcome was never in doubt after the first two minutes of the game.

Sparta scored on six of their first seven possessions. Whenever someone did miss, a teammate was there to pull the rebound … Read More


Warriorettes hold on late against Signal Mountain

Posted by | December 17, 2018 12:53 pm

Gracie Dodgen knocks down one of her five threes, on Friday night. Dodgen led the Warriorettes to the win with 24 points.

On a rainy Friday night, Roy Sewell Gymnasium was the place to be for a night of high school basketball, as the Warriorettes hosted Signal Mountain High School.

The Warriorettes had to hold off a surging Signal Mountain team for the 59-49 victory, keeping their record unblemished at 10-0.

The game wasn’t as close as the score seems, as the Warriorettes were outscored 15-9 in the fourth quarter but held on for the win.

The Warriorettes placed three seniors in double figures led by Gracie Dodgen … Read More


Adam Huddleston wins $250 in Expositor Christmas promotion

Posted by | December 17, 2018 12:43 pm

Adam Huddleston, of Sparta, is the November winner for The Expositor’s “12 Weeks of Christmas” promotion. Huddleston’s name was drawn at Sparkle City, which is one of the sponsors. He was presented with a check for $250 by Ashlee Burger, Expositor sales representative/classifieds.


Where is a good place to lay everything?

Posted by | December 17, 2018 12:41 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

What would you like to have written on your tombstone after you’re gone? What would any of us choose to be remembered for? Or maybe we should just ask ourselves what our greatest achievement in life has been. I guess it all boils down to one question, “What do I want to be remembered for?”

As I recall, I don’t think I have ever looked upon anyone’s headstone in a cemetery and seen etched in stone their net worth. The Bible says a good name is rather to be had than great riches. Reading that scripture reminds me of a story I … Read More


The latest news we need to know and why we need to know it

Posted by | December 17, 2018 12:39 pm

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

Things are moving so fast these days it’s hard to know what is worth covering and what to just let go. In reality, and sadly, most of what we see and hear is no longer  a presentation of facts but rather an opinion- driven presentation that furnishes some facts, while leaving other very important facts out. And sometimes we are given outright lies. (Sigh!) So here we go in no particular order.

The Khashoggi murder – So as I understand this “scandal,” the Saudis executed this Saudi citizen at their embassy, in Turkey. In the latest news from the Turkish government, … Read More


© Copyright 2019 | Sparta Live