Monthly Archives: November 2008

White County Heritage Museum receives $20k donation

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Helping hands. Several area and state dignitaries pose for a picture in the “educational wing” of the White County Heritage Museum following the presentation of a $20,000 contribution from representatives of AT&T.

Representatives from AT&T traveled to Sparta recently to announce a $20,000 contribution to the White County Heritage Museum.
“We are very pleased to support the White County Heritage Museum,” said AT&T Regional Director Marystewart Lewis. “This museum will help make our state a better place for Tennesseans of all ages.”
The contribution will help support the conversion of the former library building into a heritage museum with exhibits, interactive and interpretive components, and an outreach program … CONTINUED

Election coverage Nov. 4

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

View the latest election statistics on beginning after 7 p.m., Nov. 4, 2008
Click on this link and see how candidates are faring in each precinct in White County.

Priscilla Gore

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Memories. The neighborhood near the old White County High School brings memories of days when good friends and good times were all that mattered. Goodbye, my dear friend. You will forever be remembered with love. L-R: Donna Swindell Cavanah, Kim Swindell Wood and Priscilla Gore.

Priscilla Gore, 59, of Woodbury, formerly of Sparta, passed away Oct. 31, 2008.
Gore taught at Short Mountain Grammar School when she first lived in Woodbury. She then went on to teach English at Cannon County High School until her retirement. Gore was a cheerleader sponsor and a senior class sponsor, making several senior class trips. She loved her profession, and she loved … CONTINUED

Martha Ann (Pollye) Speck

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Martha Ann (Pollye) Speck, 97, of White County, passed away Nov. 3, 2008, at her residence.
Speck was born May 9, 1911, to Mark and Josie Bradley.
She worked in the White County school system 45 years. She enjoyed teaching children. She had no children of her own, but her nieces and nephews were her children.
Speck was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John McGraw Speck; brother Charles Floyd (Puss) Bradley, Clyde Oliver (Shine) Bradley; nephews, Tyrone Speck; great-nephew, Robert Speck; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kermit and Ruth Speck.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Dimple Dunn; nieces and nephews, John Martin, Marcus Bradley, Eston Lee Bradley, Floyd … CONTINUED

Gladys Ray Hash

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gladys Ray Hash, 91, of McMinnville, passed away Nov. 3, 2008, at River Park Hospital.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Nov. 5, at Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home, in McMinnville.
Love-Cantrell-Cope Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jaycee Dawn Wilhite

Posted on November 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jaycee Dawn Wilhite, infant, passed away Nov. 1, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Jaycee Dawn was the daughter of Crystal Coffman and Steven Wilhite.
Survivors include her parents, both of Sparta; sister, Haylee Wilhite; brother, Camron Wilhite; grandparents, Danny and Melinda Wilhite, Barbara Coffman, all of Sparta, the late Roger Dale Coffman; and great-grandparents, Mary Alice Smith, of Cookeville, and Rascoe and Ann Cooper, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be graveside at 3 p.m., Nov. 4, 2008, at Highland Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Building Blocks of Boomer Health

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you’re one of nearly 78 million Baby Boomers. Many Boomers are investing more time to learn about healthier food options as well as what they can do to improve overall health and wellness. So what can you do to improve your health and possibly even slow the aging process?
Mind, Body, Spirit
When it comes to a healthier lifestyle, mental and emotional attitudes can be just as important as diet and exercise. Activities that bring true satisfaction and help keep people energized and engaged are vital. Volunteering, continuing education and creative expression are some of the ways to stay active … CONTINUED

State officials tour Philips

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Informational tour. State officials toured Sparta’s Philips plant to gain more information about the many changes recently made by the company, as well as future plans.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley and State Representative Charles Curtiss visited Sparta’s Philips plant Thursday for a tour to see the improvements made, both in the plant and in management style.
The tour conducted by Plant Manager David Uhrik Sr. left the distinguished guests very impressed with the creative solutions undertaken at the plant.
“The most impressive thing I’ve seen here is the difference in this facility from three years ago when we were here,” said Curtiss. … CONTINUED

5,000-plus choose early voting

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Voters in White County have set a precedent that was matched almost everywhere else in the nation as Sparta residents flocked to the courthouse to cast the ballots for the next president of the United States.
According to White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey, the “unofficial” total for early voting as of Friday was 5,169. This figure is 31.94 percent of registered voters and exceeds early voting numbers for any presidential election. White County has a total of 16,183 registered voters.
The 2008 early voting totals in White County have already surpassed those of the three previous presidential elections.
In November 2004, White County had 4,149 early … CONTINUED

Flu vaccination important for high-risk individuals

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

According to Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year with flu complications and about 36,000 people die because of the flu.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper, who is a registered nurse, said October or November is the best time to get the flu vaccine to be protected throughout the entire flu season.
Immunization against influenza can be administered in the form of an injection or nasal spray. Health providers can explain guidelines for each type of vaccine. Supplies of flu vaccine are available at county health departments, health care providers’ offices, pharmacies and grocery stores.
High risk people, those … CONTINUED

$500,000 sewer grant received

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

City of Sparta is the recipient of a half-million-dollar grant from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development that will be used for sewer rehab.
According to Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, this money can be applied for every other year. City of Sparta signed a “commissioner’s order” a few years ago that committed the city to spend its CDBG money for the next 10 years on refurbishing its sewer system.
During a December 2007 meeting, Public Works Director Ross Fan reported on the “Basin 5” sewer rehab project, which included South Oak Street, Highland Drive, Dale’s Place, Cooper Street, Windsor Drive and the Camp Heights area.
The “Basin … CONTINUED

Alumni teams entertain at WCHS

Posted on November 3, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Still running his team. After more than thirty years, Rick Powell can still run the offense especially in the gym where he played many high school games. Powell was on hand for the alumni game as was his teammate, Timmy Brock, and maroon team member, Jordan Swindell.

Still competitive. No matter how long it’s been, when former WCHS players hit the floor, it will be a competitive game as was evidenced in Saturday’s alumni games. Mary Lee Nash tries to avoid the trap of Kristy Richardson Adams and Lindsey Foster Lowery as Melissa Dunham Hill moves to get open.

1,000 point club. On hand for the alumni game


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