Monthly Archives: August 2008

Sparta elects three aldermen

Posted on August 11, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

One newcomer to the political arena and two veterans of governmental leadership now comprise half of the six-person board that has the responsibility of making decisions affecting more than 5,000 people who live within the city limits of Sparta.
Nine candidates threw their hats into the ring during the Aug. 7 election as they vied for three seats on Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Howard Griffin, Margaret Pearson and Debbie Cantrell Sopha were the incumbents. Griffin and Sopha ran for reelection. However, Pearson, who had also served as mayor of Sparta several years ago, declined a bid for reelection because of health issues.
When the final votes … CONTINUED


WCHS cheerleaders make history

Posted on August 11, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

All Stars. Five WCHS cheerleaders were named to the UCA All Star squad. They are (l to r): Lauren Cannon, Allison Sampley, Jada Thompson, Heather Holman and Logan Hodge.

Record setting. The White County High School cheer team made history when they were named Camp Champions at TTU’s UCA camp in June.

    The White County High School varsity cheerleaders participated in the Tennessee Technological University Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp during early June to get the squad prepared for the coming sports seasons.  The cheer team came home after setting history for WCHS cheerleading.
    The team spent four days in vigorous training beginning in the early morning hours … CONTINUED


Football players learning to take the heat

Posted on August 11, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warrior football team takes a water break to try and battle the effects of the extreme heat.

WCHS trainer, Bobbie Severt, tends to senior football player, Marshall Milton, during a recent practice.

    Before the season even starts, football players have already learned to take the heat.
    This is a literal statement in that those who choose to compete in football have to learn to deal with practicing, sometimes twice a day, during what many consider the dog days of August.  As the eighth month of the year gets here, not only the temperature, but also the humidity rises making for hot and tedious times on the football … CONTINUED


Rotary Club holds annual golf tournament

Posted on August 11, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rotary winners. Bill and Harris Haston presented the winning trophy to the team of Jeremy Phillips (middle), Stephen Holland (second from right) and Ben Holland (right) at the annual Rotary Club golf tournament. Mark Frasier, another member of the winning team is not pictured.

   The Sparta Rotary Club held its annual golf tournament in June at the Sparta Country Club.  This year’s tournament was dedicated to past Rotarian and community leader, J.D. Haston.
    Despite the threat and clouds overhead all day, for the most part, the players remained dry and comfortable.  There were 18 four-man scramble teams who began the 18-hole tournament in a shotgun start at about … CONTINUED


Willene (Bill) Reedy Martin

Posted on August 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willene (Bill) Reedy Martin, 84, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 6, 2008, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Martin was born June 2, 1924, in Van Buren County, to Wilburn and Notie Shockley Reedy.
She was a devoted member of Oakwood Street Church of Christ.
Martin was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Burnam Martin; brothers, Ben, J.L., William Bo Reedy, Edward Shockley; and son Jerry W. Quinn.
Survivors include her daughter, Tamara Martin, of Sparta, and friend Charles Floyd, of Nashville; two sisters, Georgia Officer, Aline Woods, both of Sparta; two grandchildren, Jimmy Fisk, of McMinnville, Orlandso Buchanon, of Manchester; four grandbabies of the heart, Carlos … CONTINUED


Elections results available

Posted on August 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A short night of calculating election results saw a change in the makeup of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Robert Verble, president of First National Bank of Tennessee, and Judy Parker Payne, a teaching assistant at Woodland Park Elementary, took two of three open seats on the board. Debbie Cantrell Sopha, who has already served a four-year term, was reelected to fill the third seat.
Tina Lassiter Miller, White County assessor of property, was re-elected to her position. Miller was challenged by Terry Stinnett.
More election details will be in the Aug. 11, 200, edition of The Expositor.
For total vote counts for each candidate, click onto … CONTINUED


Carroll Clifford Craig

Posted on August 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carroll Clifford Craig, 74, of Joelton, passed away Aug. 6, 2008, in Nashville.
Craig was born Feb. 23, 1934, in Warren County, to Clifford Clayman Craig and Rosetta Baker Craig.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Craig retired from Ford Motor Co. after 40 years of employment. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of Rock Island Masonic Lodge #452 and UAW Local 737 Nashville Glass Plant.
Craig was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Denton.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Craig, of Joelton, Amy and Thor Catalogne, of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Luke, Lucie Catalogne, of Nashville.
Funeral service … CONTINUED


Jo F. Bateman

Posted on August 8, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jo F. Bateman, wife of William F. Bateman, passed away Aug. 8, 2008, at Wharton Nursing Home, in Pleasant Hill.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Further arrangements are pending.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.


‘Quarantine’ hurts landlords

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

“Watch out” were the two words spoken by Charles and Ruth Caldwell as they gave advice to other White County landlords about closely monitoring individuals who are renting their properties.
The Caldwells recently became familiar with an aspect of law enforcement that has been a costly venture for the semi-retired former business owners. One of their rental properties was quarantined because of the presence of items in the house that were consistent with the possible manufacturing of meth. The cost of “cleaning up” the residence exceeded $3,000. According to Ruth, they were lucky. She and Charles were told the expense could have exceeded $10,000.
The news came as … CONTINUED


Ruth Velma Kennerly

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Velma Kennerly, 86, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 2, 2008, at her residence.
Kennerly was born April 12, 1922, in the Hilham community, of Overton County, to Vernatus Bilbrey and Cordelia Davis Carmack.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward Kenerly, brothers, Elmer Carmack, Lester Carmack; and sisters, Zella Carmack Curtis, Stella Carmack Burks.
Survivors include her son, Gary Ward Kennerly, of Spencer; daughter, Debra Gail Kennerly, of Lantana, Fla.; granddaughter, Shannon Nicole Shahamad, of Lantana, Fla; grandson, Matthew Quinn Shahamad, of Lantana, Fla.; three sisters, Gertrude Krupa, of McMinnville, Dorothy Cope, of Spencer, Bobbie Hill, of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service … CONTINUED


Zella Black Wise Freeman

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Zella Black Wise Freeman, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2008.
Freeman was born June 26, 1926, in Augusta, Ga., to Frank Dunbar Wise and Josie Miller Dunbar Wise.
Just a few of her accomplishments were a graduate of Central High School and Evans Business College. She was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a member of White County’s Welcome Neighbors Club, and active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was a member in Spencer and Smithville.
Freeman worked at Western Union at the time of her marriage and continued part-time most of her life at various places of employment as a … CONTINUED


Heart of a rare color

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

W.C. Bohannon is proud of all the medals he was awarded for service to his country, but his Purple Heart is proof of the blood shed by him and many other White Countians who have earned this badge of courage.

One of White County’s Purple Heart recipients was 20 years old when he entered military service along with several other young men from White County and the surrounding area.
W.C. Bohannon, now in his 80’s, remembers vividly the day he was wounded during World War II. As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday of the Purple Heart on Aug. 7, Bohannon reminisces about his military service.
“On … CONTINUED


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