Monthly Archives: July 2008

Rising temps!

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    At this time of year, I always get a new appreciation for the dedication and strength that all the young men who play football put into that sport.
    I’ve said before and I will say it again, it takes special young men to put on pads and go out in the heat and practice football.  
    Granted, all sports take dedication and hard work, but I think it would be hard to argue with the facts of what football players go through.  They not only practice outside in temperatures that near 100 degrees sometime, but they do this not in shorts and tee shirts.  They put on pads and … CONTINUED

Warriors in the midst of two-a-days

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Chelsea Duke bumps the ball during the Warriorette volleyball team's pratice Monday morning.

The Warriorette soccer game is going through camp being conducted b A. R. Richardson.

The White County High School football team opened full contact practice Monday and have been going through two-a-days.

    Official practice for fall sports teams got underway Monday and for the Warrior football team that meant two-a-days.
    With the season opener against archrival Cookeville set for August 29th, the Warriors have just about a month to get ready for that opener.  The pads went on for the … CONTINUED

The Rev. William R. Simmons

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Rev. William R. Simmons, 80, of Sparta, passed away July 28, 2008.
Simmons was born April 7, 1928, in White County, to Ondis and Mattie Palmer Simmons.
He was a retired minister of White County.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Ruth Davis Simmons, of Sparta; two daughters, Billie Paige and husband John, of Middleton, Ind., Treva Jackson and husband Wayne, of Sparta; four sons, James Simmons, of Sparta, John Simmons, of Anderson, Ind., Arthur Simmons, of Sparta, Jason Simmons, of Sparta; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., July 31, 2008, in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in … CONTINUED

Firmon Lee (Pop) Cantrell

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Firmon Lee “Pop” Cantrell, 74, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 21, 2008 at his daughter’s home in Metamora, Mich.
Cantrell resided in Oxford, Mich.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a lifetime member of Cedar Lodge #60 F&AM, in Clarkston, Mich. He retired as production manager from Ford Motor Company, in 1986.
He was preceded in death by parents, Firmon Gist and Ira Lee Brown Cantrell; two brothers, F.G. “Dutch” Cantrell, Ben Cantrell; one sister, Zula Mae Cantrell Wilson; and wives, Joyce Ann Klein Cantrell and Suzanne Peters Cantrell.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Joyce … CONTINUED

Juvenile crime outlook

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Juvenile crime rates indicate a variety of charges, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

According to White County Youth Officer Lynn Mitchell, the end of the summer and the start of a new school year is the busiest time of the year for his office.
“The end of August, first of September is always my worst two weeks of the year, as far as calls at night, looking for runaways, kids not coming home at night, fights at the fair,” said Mitchell. “That’s when my phone rings.”
Most children are excited to see friends they haven’t seen the entire summer, and Mitchell says that’s a recipe for trouble.

Drug Task Force gets thorough audit

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A recent audit conducted by the state’s comptroller’s office noted several problems with recordkeeping and distribution of funds.
The 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, which includes White and Putnam counties, as well as several surrounding counties, was “written up” during an audit that itemized each flaw and recommended procedures to remedy the problems.
According to the report, purchase orders were not always issued for items that were purchased.
 Putnam County executive office administers purchasing for the Judicial District Drug Task Force Fund under procedures adopted by the Putnam County Commission. These procedures require the issuance of purchase orders.
However, the office did not issue purchase orders for some … CONTINUED

Johnny Alvin Shell Jr.

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnny Alvin Shell Jr., 60, of Chicago, passed away July 7, 2008.
Shell was born in Stone, Ky., to Johnny and Gaythel Shell.
He served in the U.S. Army and was in Viet Nam.
Shell was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his loving grandmother, Nyleptha Shell Roberts, of Sparta; uncle, Leon Shell, of Augusta, Ga.; aunt, Juanita Harris, of Fairview, Mo.; great-uncle, Hubert Bryan and wife Martha Mae, of Sparta; cousins, Michael Shell, Janet O’Callaghan; and close friends, Liliana Estrada, Ronald Kaohl.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Aug. 2, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. The Rev. Cleve … CONTINUED

Volleyball and soccer practice

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriorette volleyball and soccer teams are also in their first week of preseason practice.

Continuation of two-a-days

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warrior football team is in the midst of two-a-days.  Warrior seniors, Sam Gribble and Seth McDonald, talk about this year’s team. 

Deadline Aug. 5 for state job buyouts

Posted on July 31, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

State of Tennessee employees wait for the verdict about who has been approved for proposed buyouts and who will be laid off because of a budget shortfall.

Kim Swindell Wood
State employees are waiting for the next step in the governor’s plan of how to cut the budget with a deadline of Aug. 5 for those who want to voluntarily participate in a buyout program.
A shortfall in state revenues for the end of last fiscal year and for the upcoming year caused Gov. Phil Bredesen to formulate what has been dubbed the Volunteer Buyout Program. The buyouts were part of cuts totaling $468 million in … CONTINUED


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

Over the past several weeks, I have started making small changes in content, editorial coverage and style of our paper. This has come with as much mixed reaction as I have ever witnessed.
Many of the comments have been positive.
Our Web site has a new look, increased traffic, limited content and an excellent forum where people can voice thoughtful opinions – good or bad. I have also changed the tone of the news reporting. Our reporting will continue to provide details and events, but with a somewhat less harsh edge.
It was through the Web site/blog comments that caused me to write this column explaining my recent … CONTINUED

Decades: August 2008

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

Decades (August 2008)

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