Monthly Archives: June 2008

Here’s your big chance

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Okay guys and girls, here’s your big chance to take a shot at me.  It’s just the chance that some, if not all of you, have been waiting for.
    What exactly am I talking about?  
    Well, I will be doing a stint in the dunking booth at the Big Fourth of July Celebration on the square.  I’m not sure yet exactly what time I will be in there, but as far as I know it will be sometime between one and three o’clock.  I will be doing my time in there for Project Graduation.
    This may be the craziest thing I’ve done – putting this in my column … CONTINUED

Crash blocks traffic on McMinnville Highway

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A crash this week on McMinnville Highway brought out Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, as well as White County Sheriff Department officers.
Details of the crash will be available later.

200 fugitives arrested in Upper Cumberland

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Law enforcement officers prepare for a fugitive roundup as part of Operation FALCON, which included White County.

A seven-day operation led by U.S. Marshals saw more than 800 fugitives arrested in Middle Tennessee, with 200 captured in the Upper Cumberland.
According to Sgt. Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department who also serves as a U.S. Marshal, Operation FALCON (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally) 2008 was conducted in this region June 15-21 and spread across 32 counties, with five teams searching for the fugitives, including White County. The combined efforts of surrounding law enforcement agencies targeted violent felons and sex offenders.
O’Dell said he sent … CONTINUED

Little League All Star Tournaments hit town this weekend

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta's All Stars are getting ready for tourney action.

In addition to the team's getting ready, the fields are also getting fine tuned prior to the start of the three tournaments which will be played in Sparta.

    The Sparta Little League fields will be buzzing with action beginning this weekend, as the local league will play host to three different tournaments.
    The 11/12 baseball and softball, as well as 9/10 baseball area tournaments get underway Friday.  Sparta will also be host to the district tournament.  Volunteers have been doing renovations at the field this week in preparation for the event.  It also takes a lot of volunteers to … CONTINUED

Alton D. Adcock

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Alton D. Adcock, 78, of Sparta, passed away June 25, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Adcock was born Feb. 9, 1930, in DeKalb County, to Erby Adcock and Elizabeth Felts Adcock.
He served in the U.S. Army and was retired from Thomas Industries.
Adcock was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Verdie Lee Hawkins Adcock, of Sparta; one son, Dwight Adcock, of Sparta; two granddaughters, Savannah Stebing, of Cookeville, Amanda Adcock, of Lebanon; one great-grandchild, Austin Stebing, of Cookeville; and two sisters, Rowena Adcock, of Nashville, Ina Jo Prater, of Detroit.
Funeral service will … CONTINUED

Gunshot victim comes home

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alicia O'Connor Garcia

A young woman whose condition was uncertain after she was shot several times by her estranged husband in now out of the hospital and staying with family members in Sparta.
Alicia O’Connor Garcia, 24, a 2001 graduate of White County High School and daughter of Ricky and Leah O’Connor, of Sparta, is a “living miracle,” according to one of her aunts.
Garcia was working at her job at Tip Top Hair Salon, in Old Hickory, when her estranged husband, 37-year-old Chris Garcia, reportedly walked in the salon on June 16 and shot Alicia five times. Chris then shot himself and later died from his self-inflicted … CONTINUED

Tornado sirens planned for city

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live


A plan to help protect residents in City of Sparta in the event of severe weather conditions may soon come to fruition after a presentation by Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay to city officials on Thursday.
Kay explained to members of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen about their options for ensuring city residents are forewarned of possible tornadoes.
Kay said he contacted some companies that provide this type equipment. One company provided a “rough proposal” that would cover the city and also outlined what would be needed to install the tornado sirens and implement their usage.
The national standard for a tornado siren, according to Kay, is … CONTINUED

Fire caused by electrical short

Posted on June 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Volunteer firefighters responded to the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon where a barn was engulfed in flames.
According to Paul McCormick, chief of Mt. Gilead Fire Department, firefighters responded to 380 Iris Drive, at approximately 2:30 p.m., June 24, about a barn that was “heavily involved,” which is reference to a full-fledged fire. McCormick said the barn belonged to Jack Robinson, who resides at the same address.
McCormick said there was an electrical short in the meter box, which is reportedly the cause of the fire.
McCormick said the fire was completely under control by 5 p.m., and emergency services personnel cleared the scene by 6 … CONTINUED

Kenneth Randall Hunter

Posted on June 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kenneth Randall Hunter, 65, of Cookeville, passed away June 23, 2008, at his residence.
Hunter was born June 27, 1943, in Putnam County.
He had been a member of First Christian Church, in Cookeville. Hunter had also worked at Caterpillar Tractor Inc., in Joliet Ill., 1965-1999.
Survivors include his wife, Evon Hunter, of Cookeville; son, Scott Hunter, of Baxter; daughter, Pamela R. Hunter, of Cookeville; and four sisters, Mary Jones, Ruby Mayberry, Peggy Hunter, all of Cookeville, Wilma Clouse, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be noon, June 26, 2008, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home, in Cookeville, with burial in Brown’s Mill Cemetery.  Bro. John Wright will … CONTINUED

Patricia Ann Thelen

Posted on June 24, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia Ann Thelen, 52, of Crossville, passed away June 19, 2008, at her residence.
Thelen was born Dec. 22, 1955, in Ypsilanti, Mich.
She was of the Southern Baptist faith. Thelen had been owner and manager of Curves Fitness Center. She had enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, knitting and crocheting.
Thelen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mae and Clayton Massey, Frank and Margaret Ball, Edna Mae and Benedict N. Thelen; uncle, George Massey; and aunt, Francis Woodward.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Thelen, of Crossville; parents, Edwin and Mary Ball; sons, Michael Patrick Thelen and wife Laura, of Manchester, Eric Thelen, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; granddaughter, Mya Thelen, of … CONTINUED

Robert Joe Nash

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Joe Nash, 68, passed away June 21, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Nash was born May 8, 1940, in White County, to David Nash and Lennie Opal Davidson Nash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Ann Hutson Nash; two sons, Bobby Ray Nash and wife Sandra, Robert Allen Nash and wife Mary; three daughters, Jo Ann Standridge and husband David, of Sparta, Elaine Stewart and husband Wade, of Doyle, Audrey Mae Willis and husband Roger, of Brush Creek; sister, Lennie Phillips, of Cookeville; brothers-in-law, J.L. Phillips, Billy … CONTINUED

Adoption of the heart

Posted on June 23, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Dawson family proudly poses with the newest addition to their family. L-R: Tom Dawson, Macey Dawson, Zechariah Dawson, Rhonda Dawson and Megan Dawson.

Why would any couple who has already raised two daughters, seen them graduate from high school and watched them enter college even consider starting all over again by bringing a preschooler, who cannot speak English, into their home?
The answer to the aforementioned question is one simple word – love.
Tom and Rhonda Dawson were not looking to become parents for a third time, but God had a different plan for the family that is known for their unconditional love. Daughters Megan and Macy … CONTINUED

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