Monthly Archives: February 2009

WCMS student earns unique opportunity

Posted on February 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Accomplished student. Crockett Sewell proudly displays a special coin and pin set awarded to him, commemorating his trip to witness the inauguration of President Barack in Washington, DC.

Crockett Sewell, son of Greg and Lisa Sewell, was among nearly 3,000 middle school students across the nation, and the only one from White County, whose academic achievements earned invitations to the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Sewell attended the event as a member of Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (JrPYIC), an organization sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC).
“Mainly, we learned how to be a better leader in our community and learn more about the world,” … CONTINUED

Find the Ultimate U through holistic healing

Posted on February 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Happy home. Linda and Pete Siggelko are happy transplants from Indiana, who are now living in the White County area. He restores old vehicles to their former glory and she restores vibrancy into appreciative customers’ lives.

CPR for babies. Linda Ann Siggelko, a nurse for many years, teaches how to perform CPR on a child, which is among the many other skills she’s developed.

Name of business:
Ultimate U
P.O. Box 426
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
Web site:
Name of owners:
Linda Ann Siggelko, R.N., M.S.S.
Hours of operation:
By Appointment
When did you open for business?
January 26, 2009
What products CONTINUED

Senior artists donate paintings to WCCH

Posted on February 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beautiful art. White County Community Hospital Board Chairman Barbara Witzigman helps hospital Administrator Joel Taylor with one of the beautiful paintings created by one of the art students at the Sparta Senior Center.

Several original paintings by members of the art class at Sparta-White County Senior Center have been donated to White County Community Hospital and will be put on display in various patient rooms throughout the hospital.
“We’ve recently re-painted and re-done all of our patient rooms,” said Joel Taylor, WCCH administrator. “They’re good looking, and they add a lot to our patient rooms. We’ve had several compliments already.”
The White County artists, Sarah Farley, Donna Rutledge, … CONTINUED

Mobile home burns to the ground

Posted on February 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Complete loss. This mobile home is reduced to rubble by a fire on Wednesday morning after movers left it overnight, near its previous location.

A mobile home, in the process of being moved, burned to the ground early Wednesday morning just off Crossville Highway.
According to E-911 records, firefighters with BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments were dispatched, at approximately 4:55 a.m., to the area near 11021 Crossville Highway. Within approximately 14 minutes of their arrival, the mobile home was “on the ground.”
A witness on the scene stated the mobile home was being moved, but was left overnight after it struck an electrical junction box near the … CONTINUED

911 fees opposed

Posted on February 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A resolution to support an increase in cell phone fees for E-911 failed to pass during the Monday night county commission meeting when members were divided about whether or not it was the right time to impose additional expenses on White County residents.
“This is a version of what Overton County passed,” said Commissioner Jerry Denton, who also serves as chairman of E-911 Board of Directors.
The resolution presented to commissioners would simply acknowledge support of possible legislation that would levy an additional 50 cents on the $1 monthly E-911 fee on cell phones. Residential landlines already pay $1.50, while business phones are charged $3. The resolution stated … CONTINUED

Harper proud to be part of Summitt legacy

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Following championship #3. Kellie Jolly Harper, a 1995 graduate of WCHS, poses with Lady Volunteer coach, Pat Summitt, following the championship win over Louisiana Tech in 1998. Harper, currently the head coach of Western Carolina University, was a four year member of the Lady Vols winning three national championships and twice earning All Final Four honors making her an integral part of the 1,000 win legacy of Summitt.

Raising the hardware. Kellie Jolly Harper and Chamique Holdsclaw raise their third national championship trophy high above their heads as Coach Pat Summitt looks on. Harper was a member of national championship teams in 1996, 1997 and 1998 compiling more


Thomas Sevier Watkins

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thomas Sevier Watkins, 65, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2009, at his residence.
Watkins was born Dec. 13, 1943, in White County, to Isaac Watkins and Annie Mae Shockley
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Survivors include his son, David Watkins, of Sparta; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Wood, of Smyrna, Misty Watkins Bingham, Christy Watkins, both of Murfreesboro; stepson, Jason Watkins, of Murfreesboro; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Feb. 28, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Lee Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Feb. 27, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billie Haston Thaar

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billie Haston Thaar, 86, of Sterling Heights, Mich., passed away Feb. 21, 2009, in Michigan.
Thaar was born Oct. 31, 1922, in White County to Joe Morgan and Willie Rogers Haston.
She was a member of Bethany Church of God, in Sterling Heights.
Survivors include her husband, Ernest Thaar, of Michigan; children, Richard Little and wife Mamie, Nancy Reynolds and husband John; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Feb. 27, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Feb. 26, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Leon (H.L.) Dodson

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Herbert Leon (H.L.) Dodson, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Dodson was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Sparta, to Herbert Leon Dodson Sr. and Sally Denton Dodson.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired postal worker and farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Dora C. Dodson, of Sparta; daughter, Sammie Doris Johnston, of Dallas; three granddaughters, Jessica, Caris, Brook; grandson, Phillip Johnston; three sisters, Martha Sue Mason, of Quebeck, Lesterene Meadows, Mildred Ashworth, both of Sparta; brother W.C. Dodson, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.… CONTINUED

Barbara Cyrene Gannon

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barbara Cyrene Gannon, 61, of McMinnville, passed away Feb. 24, 2009, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, in Murfreesboro.
Gannon was born July 9, 1947, in White County, to Wilburn and Myrtie Nash Barnes.
She was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Gannon was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Franklin Roe Nash.
Survivors include her husband, Don L. Gannon, of McMinnville; stepchildren, Danny Gannon, of Viola, Becky and Larry Miller of Campaign, Bobby Gannon, McMinnville; brother, Donald Barnes, of Campaign; sisters, Dimple Burris, Quebeck, Roberta Brock, Doyle; step-grandchildren, Cory, Chris, Heather, David, Terri, Chad, D.J.; nieces, Kay Stamps, Frances Luna, Sharon Elledge; and a host … CONTINUED

Shooting victim’s parents ask for help

Posted on February 26, 2009 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comOriginally Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:37 PM CST

Joe and Vauda Sullivan are just taking one day at time as they cope with the shooting death of their only son. Terry Sullivan, 50, is shown with his parents at a young age when he was full of fun and mischief.

Terry Sullivan and his sister Daphne were quite the pair when they were young. Not only did they share a family tie, but the two siblings also worked together every day.

Vauda Sullivan and her son Terry have always shared a special relationship, much like that of most mothers and sons. Vauda said he would call her every day just to tell her he loved her.


Doris Elizabeth Lewis Watts

Posted on February 25, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Doris Elizabeth Lewis Watts, 73, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Watts was born Sept. 7, 1935, in Smithville, to Fay and Carene Lewis.
She had been a factory worker.
Watts was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin Douglas Watts; and grandson, Jason Watts.
Survivors include her daughter, Pam Ellison Tollison, of Cookeville; sons, Philip Wayne Watts, of Knoxville, Paul Lewis Watts, of Nashville; and three grandchildren, Lucas Watts, of Knoxville, Alex Watts, of Memphis and Haley Ellison, of Cookeville.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Feb. 26, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Robinson Chapel Cemetery. … CONTINUED

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