Monthly Archives: August 2008

City board votes unanimously to approve budget

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay shows city board members a certificate for the Silver Award received from Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy for the fire department’s extensive number of training hours. Sparta Fire Department ranked in the top 20 in the state.

Sparta officials have one more chance to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for the city’s proposed budget for 2008-2009.
During a recent meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members voted to approve the budget. However, the matter requires a second vote, which is set for the Aug. 21 meeting.
A summary of the city’s budget lists total revenues for the general fund at … CONTINUED

Warriors get taste of Friday Night Lights

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On the move. Sam Gribble heads down the field looking for a block from Seth McDonald.

Making a stop. Dalton Bain makes a stop of a Campbell County player during the first quarter of the jamboree. The Warriors were defeated 7-0 by the Cougars.

Huddle up. The Warriors huddle around Coach Josh Kerr during the jamboree at his alma mater.

    The Warrior football team got their first taste of Friday night under the lights when they traveled to Anderson County for the Orthopedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge Jamboree. 
    WCHS played two of the five quarters of the event played at the alma mater … CONTINUED

He did it!

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    I know I’ve said it over and over again, but Michael Phelps is amazing.  He finished off one of the greatest Olympic feats Saturday night when he won his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Olympics.
    I made sure I was in front of the television when he took to the pool, because I just knew it was going to be one of those history-making moments and it was.  We may never see anyone else win eight gold medals during one Olympics.  I watched with my friends, Jeremy and Lindsey Austin, and we were all on the edge of our seats for the race.  Actually, Jeremy and I … CONTINUED

Scooter mishap slows night-time traffic

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Highway 111 crash leaves debris scattered on the roadway.

On Aug. 9, 2008, at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to Highway 111, just south of the O’Connor Exit, about a motor scooter that had crashed. The driver of the scooter was taken to White County Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Personnel from White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Fire destroys Hutchings residence

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Only a shell of the house belonging to Lozetta Hutchings remains after an early morning fire, on Monday.

Volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of a structure fire early Monday morning in the North End community of White County.
According to Andy McCulley, fire chief of North End Volunteer Fire Department, the home of Lozetta Hutchings, on Bryan Gribble Road, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m., Aug. 4.
Assisting North End VFD were Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Services and White County Sheriff Department.


Testimony from a ‘dead’ man

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Back to life. On Sunday, Aug. 24, the Agricultural Building will be the location for Henry and Susanne Ray to share their inspiring story of Henry’s death and return to life.

Death is a topic that is taboo for many people, but one man is anxious and ready to describe an experience that most people refer to as a miracle beyond belief.
Upper Cumberland residents are invited to hear the unique testimony of Henry and Susanne Ray, on Aug. 24, at White County Agricultural Complex, at the fairgrounds.    “It’s a God story,” said both Henry and Susanne in unison.
The Williamson County couple has been relaying their inspiring … CONTINUED

Airport official wants FBO standards reviewed

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Discussion during a recent board meeting about the contractual agreement with the fixed base operator at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport led the airport manager to address the issue of minimum standards and what should be expected of the entity that provides that service.
Averitt Aviation has been the FBO for the airport since 1998. However, Douglas said Averitt is reportedly feeling the need to downsize because they are not getting the level of business as in the past.
 “In my opinion, they’re breaking their lease,” said Douglas.
Douglas said he has spoken with Averitt’s vice president, Steve Gregory, and explained the problems. Douglas said phones were “going unanswered” … CONTINUED

Local officers qualify with weapons

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ready, aim. Officers with the White County Sheriff’s office fire their pistols at targets during their annual qualification with their service weapons as Sergeant Darrin Gongaware, their firearms instructor, scores their marksmanship.

3-year-old stricken with leukemia

Posted on August 18, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The family of a 3-year-old White County boy is struggling to help him recover from a blood disease that afflicts almost 4,000 people annually.
Seth Randolph was diagnosed with leukemia approximately six weeks ago.
“July the 1st was the day that everything kinda happened,” said Karen Randolph, Seth’s mother. “We woke up to a normal day – we thought.”
That morning, as they got ready for the day, Karen found bruising that she could not explain. She went to Seth’s daycare to see if anything unusual may have happened. Karen realized children could get rough when they are playing games. However, nothing out of the ordinary had occurred … CONTINUED

Leslie (Les) Holland

Posted on August 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Leslie (Les) Holland, 70, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 16, 2008, at his residence.
Holland was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Sparta, to Charles A. and Cora P. Baker Holland.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Holland, of Sparta; son, William L. Holland and wife Heather, of Summerville, S.C.; daughter, Teresa Holland, of Sparta; two brothers, Eugene Holland and wife Joyce, of Cookeville, Elmus Holland and wife Pat, of Sparta; two sisters, Ruby Hardy, of Cookeville, Verdena Hutson, of Sparta; two grandsons, Sean Demps, of Sparta, Arthur Holland, of Summerville, S.C.; and four granddaughters, Heather Demps, of Lebanon, Sharis Holland, Grace Holland, Elizabeth Holland, all of Summerville, S.C.

Geraldyne Vise Woolbright Chambers

Posted on August 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Geraldyne Vise Woolbright Chambers, 78, of Sparta, formerly of Oklahoma, passed away Aug. 15, 2008.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., Aug. 19, 2008, in Oklahoma.
Greer Funeral Home, in Mangum, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.

Results from Anderson County Jamboree

Posted on August 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dustin Howell makes a tackle for a loss against Campbell County during the Orthopedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge Jamboree.

    The Warriors got their first taste of Friday night under the light when they traveled to Anderson County for the Orthopedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge Jamboree.  WCHS played two quarters.
    They took on Campbell County in the second quarter of the five-quarter event.  Campbell County outscored the Warriors 7-0.  In the fourth quarter, the Warriors face off against Clinton.  The Dragons won that quarter 13-0.
    See Monday’s edition for more details. 

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