Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bertha Jean Ballew

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

Bertha Jean Ballew, 66, passed away Nov. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ballew was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Monroe, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cleo Ellen Veuqerra Fuentes; Two brothers, Ronnie, Tommy Fuentes; daughter, Brenda Joyce Wiggins; and great-grandchild, Luis.
Survivors include lifelong companion, Joe Thomas Young, of Sparta; four daughters, Debbie Young, of Cookeville, Teresa Exum and fiancé Keith Mabe, both of Sparta, Charlene Beasley and husband Randy II, of Walling, Linda Sullivan and husband Richard, of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 30, 2008, at Hensley Chapel Baptist Church, with burial

Thanksgiving Classic results for WCHS

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

Lacy Yslas goes up for two points in the win over Gallatin.

The Warriors got back in the win column with a victory over Lincoln County. Aaron Puckett netted 24 points in each of the two games over the weekend.

    The Warriorette basketball team improved to 5-0 picking up a pair of wins over the weekend in the Thanksgiving Classic at Warren County. The White County High School Warriors added a win and a loss to their worksheet over the weekend.
The wins weren’t easy to come by, but they are wins nonetheless and find the Warriorettes undefeated two weeks into their season.  WCHS played from behind before … CONTINUED

Beecher Cummings

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

Beecher Cummings, 94, passed away Nov. 26, 2008, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Cummings was born July 20, 1914, in Warren County, to Homer and Arrie Mitchell Cummings. He was a heavy equipment operator and farmer
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola Davis Cummings, and second wife, Johnnie Bell Lewellyn Webb Cummings; three brothers, Arthur and Clifford Cummings, Vasco Presley; two infant daughters, Selma, Judy Cummings; one stepson, Tom Webb; one stepdaughter, Sylvia Mullins; and his Grandparents who helped raise him, Crockett and Susan Baker Mitchell.
Survivors include his daughter, Joan Wilson and husband Jere, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Becky Wilson, of Sparta, Mark

Time to give thanks

Posted on November 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    It’s time for my yearly column about Thanksgiving and all the things with which I feel I am blessed.
    At first as I started to write this column I thought it has been a pretty rough past few weeks.  Maybe it’s hard to count blessings and think of things for which to be thankful when I am still feeling so empty.  Almost every Thanksgiving for the past six years, it seems I have had to find a way to get through a painful loss to my extended family. 
    But then I thought a little deeper about things and I realized that because of those loved ones and so … CONTINUED

Pearson leaves legacy of service

Posted on November 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Margaret Pearson was all smiles when she was announced as the 2001 Citizen of the Year. Partially hidden behind Pearson is her longtime and dear friend, Annie Martin Mitchell, who preceded her in death.

The first and only female mayor of Sparta passed away Wednesday, leaving behind a lifetime of service and commitment to her community.
Margaret Pearson, whose true age never seemed to be a factor in how hard she worked, first became a part of the political arena in 1987, when she was the first woman elected to Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. This was only one of many “firsts” for Pearson. She was also … CONTINUED

WCMS picks up three wins at Baxter

Posted on November 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Reverse lay-up. Skylar Delaney goes for a reverse lay-up during the overtime loss by the seventh grade Warriors at Cornerstone. Delaney tossed in 17 to lead the Warriors in scoring.

And one. Devin Davidson lays the ball up and gets fouled following a steal in the second half of Monday’s game at Cornerstone. The eighth grade Warriors held on for the 52-47 win.

Coming up with the steal. Loren Foster looks for a teammate after coming up with a steal in the second half of Monday’s game. Krista King waits to help.

    The White County Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams traveled to Baxter on Monday to … CONTINUED

Freshmen split at Warren County

Posted on November 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    The White County High School freshman teams split their opening night games at Warren County Monday.
    The Warriorettes came away with the 37-17 victory while the Warriors were defeated 81-56.
    The first game of the night pitted the Warriorettes against the Lady Pioneers.  The Warriorette team is actually made up of the freshman and sophomore girls. 
    The Sparta squad jumped to a 5-0 lead after one quarter and built that advantage to 14-3 at the half.  By the time the end of the third quarter rolled around, their lead had expanded to 24-7.
    Lauren Bouldin led the Warriorettes on the night with nine points followed closely by Lacey … CONTINUED

Warriors and Warriorettes in Warren Co. Thanksgiving Classic this weekend

Posted on November 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    While most people are either relaxing after all the turkey and dressing on Thursday or fighting the maddening crowds doing their Christmas shopping, the Warrior and Warriorette basketball teams will be back on the hardwood on both Friday and Saturday competing in the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Warren County High School.
    The Warriorettes will open the Classic on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Gallatin.  The Warriors will have the second game of the day also taking on Gallatin.
    The Gallatin girls’ squad finished 7-20 last year, but played in what most consider the toughest girls district in the state, District 9.  They have to compete against the likes … CONTINUED

THP patrolling holiday highways

Posted on November 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee troopers will be patrolling the state’s highways during the Thanksgiving holiday as they conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the entire state.
The official holiday period began 6 p.m., Wednesday, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Nov. 30.
Troopers will kick off the holiday weekend by taking part in a law enforcement campaign called C.A.R.E. Across Tennessee (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).
On Wednesday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., a state trooper will be posted every 15 miles along Interstate 40. Officers will be looking for aggressive drivers, hazardous moving violations, impaired drivers and drivers who are not using seat belts.
In 2007, 13 people were killed in crashes on … CONTINUED

Warriorettes win; Warriors lose at Coffee Co.

Posted on November 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Handling the ball. Stewart Mitchell handles the ball in the 61-57 loss suffered by the Warriors at Coffee County.

Going for 3! Ashley Page puts up a three pointer during the Warriorettes' 58-39 win over Coffee County Tuesday.

    The Warriors and Warriorettes of White County High School made the trip to Coffee County Tuesday night for a preview of what will be a district game next season and came home with a split of the night’s contests.
    For the second time in as many games, the Warriorettes built a large lead and then had to hold off a late rally by their opponents.  The Warriorettes led 30-12 at … CONTINUED

Revenue collections up 1 percent

Posted on November 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The up and down movement of state revenue collections has caused officials to take a long hard look at finances and how Tennessee’s budget can be trimmed even farther than first anticipated.
State revenue collections for October 2008 were $709.1 million. This figure was only 1 percent above the collections for October 2007.
However, October 2008 was the third consecutive month where sales taxes and corporate income taxes experienced negative growth, according to Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz.
October’s collections were $75.8 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was under-collected by $72 million. The four other funds were under-collected by $3.8 million.

Thanks for family and freedom

Posted on November 26, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

America’s day of thanks is a time when families get together and celebrate the bounty, with which they’ve been blessed.
Former history teacher and coach at White County High School, Roy Sewell, is quick to point out the true origins of Thanksgiving.
“The first settlers that came over here, that was what it was about – giving thanks that they had found themselves a free land – a land that they could live in and be free,” said Sewell.
He says he’s thankful for being an American and that families across America are free to continue gathering for a traditional dinner, just has he has done most of … CONTINUED

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