Monthly Archives: September 2008

Industrial land has first prospect

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Prime acreage near the airport that became the center of controversy when commissioners wrangled over whether or not to purchase the land will soon be the site for the first industrial prospect to locate in the north end of the county.
In February 2008, county commissioners voted to purchase approximately 61 acres near Upper Cumberland Regional Airport to be used for industrial land.
According to Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce and county commissioner, he has obtained a letter of intent from “a solid prospect.”
In August 2008, commissioners approved a resolution to apply for a FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program grant on behalf of Streamline … CONTINUED

O’Connor Utility topic of work session

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    One city official wants a solution to the unresolved situation between City of Sparta and O’Connor Utility District about a water contract that has not yet been solidified.
    During a Monday night work session for Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, board member Jeff Young took a stance about the O’Connor issue, which initially began two years ago when the district secured a water contract with Cookeville while still under a contractual obligation to Sparta.
    O’Connor had been purchasing approximately 18 million gallons water per month from City of Sparta. The result for City of Sparta was a reported loss of approximately $115,000.
    Marty Carmichael, City of Sparta … CONTINUED

Warriors host Jets for 2008 homecoming

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

One of many. Seth McDonald drags down a Cleveland runner for one of his 18 tackles in last week’s game.

Time out to talk. Warrior assistant coach, Montuka Murray, along with head coach Josh Kerr, talks to the defense during a timeout in last week’s game against Cleveland.

The Queen and princesses. White County High School is celebrating homecoming this week. Things will culminate Friday night with the homecoming game against Cumberland County. During halftime of that game, the 2008 homecoming court will be presented. Five members of the court are the above seniors. All five young ladies were nominated by the football team with the WCHS student


Soccer picks up another 1-0 win

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

   The White County High School soccer team has fared well against their neighbors to the east and west this season.
    They picked up their third win of the season Tuesday when they defeated Stone Memorial, the new high school in Crossville, by a score of 1-0.  On their worksheet, they also have a 1-0 victory over Cumberland County High School.  Their other win of the season came against their neighbors to the west, DeKalb County. 
    Tuesday’s game was another defensive battle for the Warriorettes.  The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half.  In fact, neither team scored until the final five minutes of the contest … CONTINUED

Child safety event sponsored by White County Sheriff Department

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County Sheriff Department sponsorred a free child safety event on Monday, September 22, at the Sparta Wal-Mart. Child Identification cards were provided, free of charge, and child safety seats were inspected for the safety and security of children on White County roads.

Young says city has been ‘robbed’

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    Lifetime Sparta resident and businessman Jeff Young who serves as a city alderman strongly stated to other board members Monday night he is tired of paying money to an outside source for engineering purposes.
    Young stated his concerns during a work session scheduled at city hall for Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman. He was adamant about his displeasure with the amount of money that has been spent to pay Alton Hethcoat, environmental engineer of Hethcoat & Davis Inc., in Brentwood.
    “I’d like to see this city use a stronger arm in what we do and in what we say we’re going to do,” said Jeff Young. “I’m … CONTINUED

Alderman questions short meetings

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    His decade of experience as a county commissioner exhibited itself Thursday night as one of Sparta’s newly elected aldermen addressed two matters of business.
Robert Verble, who also served as county commission chairman during his tenure, said City of Sparta’s charter states the mayor is supposed to appoint committees at the first or second meeting after each election, with three aldermen on each committee.
    “Where are they?” asked Verble. “I feel like we probably need that, because coming up here and staying 15 minutes twice a month [and] getting a packet 48 hours before coming in here is probably not serving the citizens of Sparta like we need … CONTINUED

Volleyball finding it hard to finish off matches

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Making the play. Warriorette libero, Stephanie Lewis, goes into the bench to keep the ball in play during the match against Stone Memorial.

    The Warriorette volleyball team opened the week with matches against Stone Memorial (Monday) and Blackman (Tuesday) and played with both teams, but just couldn’t finish off the match.
    In both matches, the Warriorettes won the opening game, played close in the middle, but fell apart at the end.
    On Monday, the Warriorettes hosted Stone Memorial, a very strong squad that rolled over the Warriorettes in their first meeting.  That wouldn’t be the case this time around. 
    WCHS, playing with an adjusted line-up, came out and … CONTINUED

Warriorette golf trio headed to region

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Region tourney bound. Three Warriorette golfers qualified for next week’s region tournament at Champions Run in Murfreesboro. They are (l to r): Sydney Howard, Allison Geer and Katelyn Kirby.

    Three White County High School golfers earned the right to advance to next week’s Region 4AAA tournament with their play in Monday’s District 7AAA tournament.
    Seniors Katelyn Kirby and Sydney Howard, as well as  freshman, Allison Geer, will  compete as individuals in the region tournament, which will be played at the same course as the district, Champions Run in Murfreesboro.
    The district tournament qualified three girls’ teams and three boys’ teams for the region.  In addition, the top five … CONTINUED

City’s reaction to water plant problems questioned

Posted on September 25, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Repairs. City employees are shown more than a year ago as they worked to remedy the problems discovered at the water plant.

    A lengthy work session for city officials Monday covered a variety of topics with one issue sparking a lively debate between the mayor and one of the aldermen.
    After an introductory lead-in to the meeting about the responsibilities of the mayor and aldermen, Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo opened the floor for discussion about issues of concern to board members.
    “I think you were exactly right when you said the board has the responsibility to set policies and procedures,” said Robert Verble.  “I’ve been coming for about … CONTINUED

Reba J. Brockett

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

Reba J. Brockett, 74, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 23, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Brockett was the daughter of George Alton Martin and Maude Price Martin.
She was a homemaker and loved to garden and grow flowers. She gave most of her vegetables to friends and neighbors. She was a Christian lady who played the piano in several White County churches.
Survivors include her husband, Art Brockett; daughter, Patricia Ann Martin and husband, The Rev. “Buck” Martin; three sons, James B. Brockett, of Sparta; Charles E. Brockett, of Cumming, Ga., Michael A. Brockett, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two sisters, Gaynell Martin, of Murphy N.C., Evelyn Hembree, of … CONTINUED

Business is blooming

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

Family business. New greenhouses at Buds and Blooms Greenhouse add to their capabilities, including custom sowing of heirloom plants.

New location. Buds and Blooms is now located on the east side of town in the parking lot next to Broadway Market.

Buds and Blooms Greenhouse
6777 Old Smithville Highway South, Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 761-7611
•Name of owners:
Allen and Vonda Selby
•Hours of operation:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (seasonal)
•When did you open for business?
“We started with two greenhouses in 2004. We’ve expanded to eight greenhouses now. We have moved our business in town to the parking lot beside Broadway Market.”
•What products of services … CONTINUED

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