Monthly Archives: April 2008

Butcher is on the cutting edge of recovery

Posted on April 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A life-changing occurrence that literally happened in the blink of an eye has left one White County family dealing with the aftermath of their son’s injuries while also attempting to explain to him about the death of his best friend. 
Don Butcher, who was visibly emotional as he talked about Oct. 6, 2007, keeps a close watch over his son, 15-year-old Jackson. A patient voice quietly instructs Jackson in the simplest things, such as when to sit and when to keep his hands at his side. This is all a part of the teenager’s therapy at Life Care Center of Sparta as he recovers from a car crash … CONTINUED

Arter Parker “A.P.” Baker

Posted on April 30, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance for service to his country.

Arter Parker “A.P.” Baker, 88, of Spencer, passed away April 29, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Baker was born May 22, 1919, to Arter Parker Baker and Laura Lawson Baker.
Baker had been a member of First Baptist Church of Spencer where he was a deacon. He was a World War II veteran and a retired Van Buren County judge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amanda Hillis  Baker; brother, Rufus Baker; and three sisters, Rosetta Craig, Revena Forsythe, Frances Nunley.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Ray Baker and wife Claudene, of Spencer, Robert … CONTINUED

Road Trips

Posted on April 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

         You know one of the best things about my job.  It’s all the really neat road trips I get to take.  (Well, at least before gas prices rose so ridiculously high.)

            So let me divulge a little secret.  The games I go to are only a small part of the fun.  My gang and I have made a regular occurrence of going to Buffalo Wild Wings in Murfreesboro or Chattanooga or wherever we can find one.  I think that’s the best part of going to Murfreesboro a bazillion times per year. 

            Buffalo Wild Wings has really good wings and while waiting on your food you get to play … CONTINUED

Rosia Lee Ward

Posted on April 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosia Lee Ward, 75, of McMinnville, passed away April 27, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Ward was of the Baptist faith and had been a factory worker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Evelyn Carter Gilreath; two sisters, Beatrice Grisby, Thelma White; and five brothers, Tory Gilreath, Porter Gilreath, Raymond Gilreath, Charles Gilreath, Cullum Gilreath.
Survivors include one daughter, Rose Caten and husband Howard, of McMinnville; one grandchild,
Joshua Dillion Caten, of McMinnville; two sisters, Mae Conant and husband Ray, Mary Jones, all of Sparta; five brothers, Paul Gilreath and wife Betty, of Sparta; George Gilreath and wife Morrel, of Lafeatte, Kenny … CONTINUED

Mildred Gladys Maynard Qualls

Posted on April 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mildred Gladys Maynard Qualls, 73 of Sparta, passed away Monday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Qualls was born Oct. 30, 1934, to Toy and Mertie Cleo Clouse Maynard.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Eugene Qualls.
Survivors include one son Ricky E. Qualls and wife Kathy, of Cookeville; two grandchildren, Krystal Qualls and Ryan Qualls, both of Cookeville; one brother, Herman Floyd Maynard and wife Joyce of Sparta; and one sister, Helen Williams and husband Roger of Sparta.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., May 1, 2008, at the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends … CONTINUED

William Clark “Bill” Gilliam

Posted on April 29, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance for service to his country.

William Clark “Bill” Gilliam, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Gilliam was born March 29, 1926, in White County, to Charlie Gilliam and Jessie Reed Gilliam.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and had been employed at Wagner Electric.
Gilliam was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Lowery Gilliam, of Sparta; one son, Denny Gilliam and wife Joan, of Sparta; two granddaughters, Jennifer Gilliam and Chelsey Gilliam, both of Sparta; one grandson, Chaz Gilliam, of Sparta; special brother-in-law, Cecil Elliot, of Sparta; and … CONTINUED

WCHS softball drops two more heartbreakers

Posted on April 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Markie Voyles

    For the lack of a better way to describe the Warriorettes fortunes in close games, they are just snake bit.  
Four out of their last six games, they have lost in the bottom of the last inning of the game.  The latest two of those were in a doubleheader on Friday at Franklin County High School.
The teams got together to play a pair of five-run games and both went right down to the wire.  Franklin County broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth for the win.  The second game was also scheduled for just five innings, but the teams played to a … CONTINUED

Sarah E. Hall

Posted on April 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Evelene Hall, 60, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2008, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Hall was born Nov. 10, 1947, in Cumberland County, to Walter Cagle and Zella Troglen Cagle.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Hall of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer Boggs of Sparta; son, Steven Hall, of Sparta; grandson, Ryan Boggs, of Sparta; father, Walter Cagle, of Pikeville; and sister, Mary Cunningham, of Pikeville.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., April 30, 2008, in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m., April 29, 2008, at the … CONTINUED

WCHS soccer team adds another victory

Posted on April 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warrior senior soccer player, Kris Jones

    A little over a week ago, the White County High School soccer team played host to Jackson County in front of the WCHS student body.
The Warriors returned the favor and went to Gainesboro on Friday and played in front of the JCHS student body.  No matter the location, the Warriors were able to record the shut out victory picking up their ninth win with the 5-0 victory.
The Warriors got off to a quick start in the game with the first three goals being scored on headers.  Just four minutes into the contest, WCHS senior, Kris Jones, headed in a goal … CONTINUED

WCHS softball swept by Cookeville in two-game series

Posted on April 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Miya Teeples

Holly Selby

    The White County High School softball team took on archrival, Cookeville, on back-to-back nights in District 7AAA action, but couldn’t come up with a win in either game.
    Each team honored their two seniors on each respective home field, but in the end, it was Cookeville who got the better of the two senior night contests.  Cookeville took a 10-1 win on Wednesday.  Thursday’s game was closer, but the Lady Cavs still polished off a 5-1 victory.
    Wednesday’s game, which was postponed from an earlier date, was at Sparta and the team started the game a little misty eyed after honoring seniors, Ashley Brock … CONTINUED

WCHS swept by Siegel to wrap up 7AAA regular season

Posted on April 28, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wesley Dickson gets caught in a rundown.

Jaylen Qualls throws to first baseman, James Guth.

Senior pitcher, Drew Haston, threw five strong innings in the 3-2 loss to Siegel.

    The White County High school baseball team wrapped up their District 7AAA regular season with a series against Siegel.
    The Warriors were not able to get the goose egg out of the win column in district games, but after Siegel showed their power in a 14-1 win on Friday, the Warriors had the Stars on the ropes at home Saturday before narrowly falling 3-2.
    Friday’s meeting at Siegel was all about the power of the Siegel Stars as they … CONTINUED

Gibson resigns as district attorney

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The man who sat at the helm of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.
William E. “Bill” Gibson, who was first elected to the position in 1990 and reelected during each successive race, sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen, on Thursday, stating his resignation would be effective July 10, 2008.
Gibson’s actions came into the forefront when it was reported he had written letters to Christopher B. Adams, between July 2004 and July 2006, while Adams was awaiting trial for murder and aggravated robbery. Adams had pled … CONTINUED

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