Monthly Archives: June 2008

It can be a tough job!

Posted on June 15, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    I’ve decided it’s official.  I need hazardous duty pay.  
    I’ve known for quite a few years now that I have to be very careful when covering sporting events because I find myself in the line of fire quite often.  
    I’m on the sidelines of football games with huge guys coming flying out of bounds at me, not just at the high school level but also at Tech games.  I stand on the field at high school softball and baseball games with balls flying everywhere at any certain time.  I am also along the baseline at basketball and volleyball games.  Even at soccer games, I have to avoid the … CONTINUED

Change is coming for WCHS athletics

Posted on June 15, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    The 2008-09 season will mark the 25th year the White County High School teams have been a member of District 7AAA and have competed with the Murfreesboro schools.
    Due to a recent vote by the TSSAA Board of Control, the 25th year will be the final one at least for four years.  
    Last week, the Board of Control had their meeting and by a narrow vote of 5-4 voted to pass the new realignment, known as the “Z-Plan.”  The plan had been up for consideration in 2004, but failed 7-2.  This time with some tweaking and kinks worked out the plan passed.
    The new plan, which will go … CONTINUED

J.D. “Bucky” Cruise

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J.D. “Bucky” Cruise, 58, of Sparta, passed away June 12, 2008, at his residence.
Cruise was born March 18, 1950, in White County, to Jesse Dodson Cruise Sr. and Virgie Jennie Lee Grissom Cruise Holman.
He was a retired employee of White County school system where he worked as a custodian 30 years. Cruise loved all “his” little children. His faithful dog, Brownie, passed away the same day.
Cruise was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Dodson Cruise; stepfather, T. J. Holman; brother, Thomas Holman; his beloved sister, Susan Cruise; special loved ones, Johnny and Tula Rascoe; and Thomas Simrell.
Survivors include his mother, Virgie Grissom Cruise … CONTINUED

City employee arrested for sexual solicitation

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnny Vaughn Cody

A White County man who once served as a county commissioner and is now employed by City of Sparta’s street department has been charged in Cumberland County with solicitation for sex with a minor.
Johnny Vaughn Cody, 55, was arrested June 6, 2008, at Caney Creek Bridge, on Highway 70 West, in Cumberland County.
According to the report filed by Investigator Chad Norris, Cody was taken into custody when he attempted to meet a 15-year-old for the purpose of having sexual contact.
The arrest resulted after an ongoing investigation where pornographic materials, with notes written on them, were being left under the bridge. The notes … CONTINUED

Janice Marie Brymer

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Janice Marie Brymer, 54, of Quebeck, passed away June 13, 2008, at her residence.
Brymer as born May 28, 1954, in White County, to Sylvester Brymer and Wilma Young Brymer Miller.
She had been a housewife.
Brymer was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Luther Miller; and stepdaughter, Rose Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, William Clay Brymer, of Quebeck; mother, Wilma Young Miller, of Sparta; one daughter, Elaine Young, of Sparta; three stepdaughters and spouses, Barbara and Jeff Masters, of Sparta, Alice Young, of Sparta, Linda and Nolen Myers, of Doyle; one sister, Rachel Brady, of Sparta; three brothers and spouses, Gary and Jean Brymer, of Quebeck, … CONTINUED

Patricia E. Armstrong Pennington

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia E. Armstrong Pennington, 67, of Sparta, passed away June 11, 2008, at her residence.
Pennington was born July 30, 1940, in Washington D.C., to George V. Armstrong Jr. and Elizabeth Alice Armstrong.
She had been employed with Linowes and Blocker Law Firm as a secretary.
Pennington was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father, Col. George V. Armstrong Jr., of Louisiana; two sons, Charles F. Pennignton Jr., of Maryland, Paul A. Pennington, of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Laura A. McSorley, of Virginia, Pamela R. King, of Sparta; two brothers, Robert Armstrong, of Murfreesboro, Richard Armstrong, of Blountville; and several grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11 … CONTINUED

1-million-gallon water tank gets facelift

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

A job that is expected to cost more than a quarter-million dollars for the rehabilitation of one of Sparta’s water tanks was addressed during the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Neal Westerman, an engineer with James C. Hailey and Co., explained the steps leading toward the complete refurbishing and repainting of the water tank located at was known for decades as Baker Park. The 1-million-gallon tank sits of the property adjacent to the city’s animal control facility, which was once the site of Baker Park Swimming Pool.
 “We just had our sanitary survey on our water system,” said Ross Fann, director of … CONTINUED

‘Eyesore’ needs to be cleaned up

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

One of Sparta’s aldermen who has been adamant about cleaning up the city has once again voiced his concerns during a Thursday board meeting.
Howard Griffin, longtime member of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, did not mince any words when he stated his opinion.
“The old Sonic is an eyesore – weeds are growing up around the building – it’s deteriorating and falling down,” said Griffin. “We don’t need to do favors – we need to hit them all the same way, regardless of who owns it.”
Griffin mostly recently remained persistent about cleaning up the property on the right side of the entrance to … CONTINUED

High school teams working hard during their summer vacation

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

Hitting the weights. Sam Howard and Dustin Howell spot for Sam Gribble during football workouts.

Aaron Puckett goes up for two points.

Dillon Kay gets a spot from football coach, Josh Kerr.

Corey Johnson takes the ball to the basket for the Warriors during Tennessee Tech team camp.

    The vacation continues for the local high school athletes.  
    Yes, they are out of school for the summer and are able to hang out at the lake or pool.  However, the fun begins only after they get in their practices or workouts for their respective sports.
    Some football players are getting up at 5:30 a.m. and running while almost 50 … CONTINUED

West named to CSA Board of Directors

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

L.R. West

L. R. West, Sparta Electric Director was appointed to Central Service Association Board of Directors at the annual stockholder business meeting in Orange Beach, Ala., on May 20, 2008. 
The board consists of 11 directors serving three-year terms.  He was elected to this position by his peers based on integrity, leadership ability and vision. 
In its 70-year history, CSA has grown to serve the entire seven-state TVA service area and has recently begun marketing efforts outside its previous boundaries.  What began as a billing service has grown into an association offering a very comprehensive range of modern, computerized information systems to assist in all … CONTINUED

Should transient vendors buy license?

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

A topic that has been discussed in previous meetings of county commissioners once again became the focal point Monday night as Steering Committee B members brought up the matter that had been tabled from last month.
Members of the committee were agreement that some type of action should be taken to require transient vendors to purchase a license before being allowed to sell their products. The matter had been referred to back to the committee from April’s county commission meeting so members could further evaluate the cost of the license and the enforcement of violators.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, who was present at the Monday night meeting, said these … CONTINUED

Industrial Board membership questioned

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

County commissioners are questioning whether certain members of a state-chartered board are serving in that capacity in violation of Tennessee law.
B.K. Luna, commissioner and member of Steering Committee B, presented committee members Monday night with copies of the state charter for “The Industrial Board of White County,” which was certified April 19, 1971. In addition, Luna presented a list of the 11 members now serving in that capacity. Six of those names had been highlighted as having possible conflicts in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated 7-53-301, which states, “No director shall be an officer or employee of the municipality.”
Luna questioned whether or not industrial board members … CONTINUED

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