James Thomas Ray

Posted by | February 5, 2019 3:11 pm

James Thomas Ray, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 4, 2019.

Mr. Ray was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Sparta, to James Sylva Ray and Lena Belle Farley Ray.

He was a remarkable man who courageously served his country as a flight crew chief in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Ray retired from Fleetguard but also had a noteworthy career with Lockheed Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft. He … Read More


Chili supper

Posted by | February 5, 2019 1:27 pm

Saturday, Feb. 9

Who: Kynett United Methodist Church

What: Chili supper; $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under

When: 4-7 p.m.

Where: 226 Roberts St.

Contact: (931) 212-3832


Gospel singing

Posted by | February 5, 2019 1:26 pm

Saturday, Feb. 9

Who: New Hope The Baptist Church

What: Singing featuring Brothers and Sisters in Christ

When: No time available

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 261-4558


Chili dinner

Posted by | February 5, 2019 1:25 pm

Saturday, March 9

Who: White County Humane Society

What: Chili dinner; $10 adults, $5 children 10 and under (chili, cornbread, dessert, drink); tickets available from members of White County Humane Society, Friends of White County Animals, at The Berry Basket, and at the door

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Sparta First United Methodist Church, 23 N. Church St.




White County Middle School 8th grade Warriorettes win sectionals

Posted by | February 5, 2019 7:31 am

When the White County Middle School eighth grade Warriorettes’ basketball team was getting ready for the season this year, they were coming up with goals that they wanted to accomplish. The first goal they came up with was to win the CTC regular season and tournament titles. They achieved that goal by going undefeated in CTC play and winning the championship game in the CTC tournament.

Their second goal was to win the 2019 Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Class AAA Girls Basketball State Tournament. On Thursday night, the WCMS Warriorettes moved one step closer to accomplishing that goal as they picked up a win over Blackman Middle … Read More


Second-chance points doom Warriorettes

Posted by | February 5, 2019 7:28 am

Alaina Stiles knocks down one of her three, three-pointers in Friday night’s game vs. Stone Memorial. Stiles finished the game with 17 points going 3 for 3 on two-point attempts and 3 of 4 on threes. She was also two of three from the free throw line.

As important as offense and defense are to the game of basketball, sometimes the outcome of a game has as much to do with one of the most basic fundamentals – pulling a rebound.

The Warriorette basketball team was not able to complete the season sweep of Stone Memorial, on Friday, when they were outrebounded 31-19 by the Lady Panthers. Inside … Read More


Warriors unable to overcome an early deficit

Posted by | February 5, 2019 7:26 am

Masyn Winningham goes up for a layup against Stone Memorial, on Friday night. Winningham led the Warriors with 12 points.

It didn’t take long for White County High School to be brought back down to earth after their huge win over Cookeville.

All it took was an almost perfect game plan and a team willing to do just what the coach asked.

Stone Memorial, whom the Warriors lost to by only one point in Sparta and scored 55 points against, slowed down the tempo of the game, and their players passed up shot after shot until they got just the one they wanted. Most of the time, or … Read More


Elizabeth Louise Esposito

Posted by | February 4, 2019 3:06 pm

Elizabeth Louise Esposito, 78, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 3, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Esposito was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Ridgely, Maryland, the daughter of William Welch and Mildred Haley.

Arrangements are pending.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Hennessee Smith

Posted by | February 4, 2019 12:16 pm

Ruth Hennessee Smith, 92, a McMinnville resident and Bledsoe County native, passed away Feb. 2, 2019, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 11, 1937, the daughter of Thurman Hennessee and Fronie Johnson Hennessee.

She was a retired employee of Magnetek Century Electric and a member of the Church of Christ, She was married to Merlin Smith who preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1996.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chelsie Smith; sister, Geraldine Hennessee; and nephew, Tommy Stiles.

Survivors include two sons, Mike “Doc” Smith, of Rock Island, Alan Smith, … Read More


Rotary Club Valentine Dinner and Dance for Literacy tickets on sale

Posted by | February 4, 2019 11:46 am

Rotary Club of Sparta’s 2nd Annual Valentine Dinner and Dance for Literacy is Feb. 14, 2019, at Duck Pond Manor, in Sparta.

There will be a silent auction before dinner while popular local musicians Sarah Merritt and family entertain during dinner. Following dinner there will be DJ music and dancing.

Silent auction items available for bids include a full day at local spas, therapeutic massage, wine, foods, art, and other items. Local businesses generously support Rotary Club of Sparta Literacy projects.

Susan Kirby, Valentine event chair, said Rotary Club of Sparta is excited “to show our commitment to the community by emphasizing literacy for children and adults.

“The … Read More


Edward Clay England

Posted by | February 4, 2019 10:47 am

Edward Clay England, 84, passed Feb. 2, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta

Mr. England was born July 6, 1934, in Sparta, to Alpha England and Della Rice England.

He served his country in the U.S. Army, 1960-1964. After his service, he enjoyed farming, church, and family.

Mr. England was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Douglas Carl England.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hall Melton England; son, Karl England and wife Cindy; brother, Alpha Eugene England and wife Arleen; grandson, Joshua England; stepsons, Gentry Melton and wife Zarita, Keith Melton and wife Rachel; step-grandsons, Preston Melton, Kelby Melton; and step-granddaughter, Olivia Drennan.

Funeral … Read More


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