Monthly Archives: February 2009

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

Thomas Sevier Watkins

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

Thomas Sevier Watkins, 65, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2009, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrange

District 7AAA tournament action

Posted on February 24, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes saw their seasons come to a close in the opening round of theDistrict 7AAA tournament.


Posted on February 24, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live


Elizabeth Diller

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Elizabeth Diller, 78, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 21, 2009, at her residence.Diller was born Aug. 23, 2009, to Aden and Elizabeth Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Reuben and Owen; and step son-in-law, Nathan Martin.
Survivors include her husband Marlin Diller, with whom she was united in marriage Feb. 10, 1998; three brothers, Arthur, of Chambersburg, Pa., Theodore, of Denver, Pa, Kenneth, of Waynesboro, Pa.; 12 stepchildren, Rebecca Martin, of Smithsburg, Md., Rachel Moyer and husband Peter, of Sparta, Miriam Petre and husband John, of Manton, Mich., Wayne and wife Margaret, of Mt. Herman, Ky., Lee and wife Rebecca, of Sparta, Lynn … CONTINUED

Sewer hook-up for apartments delayed, again

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Questions. Alderman Robert Verble (left) asks about the manner in which the sewer construction project on Smithville Highway was handled, while Alderman Jeff Young said he wants more information about annexing that area.

For the third time in less than two months, a White County man’s construction project has been put on hold after city officials have still not given him a definitive answer about providing sewer service to his apartments.
During the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, members voted to delay their decision until the city attorney could research the legalities of providing the service to property owned by Scott Davis, of Davis … CONTINUED

Board votes to purchase out-of-town truck

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

City officials accepted a bid Thursday night for the purchase of a utility truck from an adjoining county that was one of seven submitted from both Sparta and out-of-town dealerships.
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen members were presented with bids, ranging from $37,275 to $41,635.
Vice Mayor Hoyt Jones made a motion to take the low bid, which was seconded by Alderwoman Debbie Sopha. However, it was pointed out to Jones the low bid of $37,275 (from Edd Rogers Valley Ford) was for a two-wheel drive vehicle instead of a four-wheel drive, which was what had been designated in the bid specifications.
The low bid for the … CONTINUED

Cavaliers hold Warriors at bay in second half

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Blocking the path. Matt Mitchell goes up and blocks a shot attempt by Cookeville’s Taylor Hennigan in the first half of Friday’s opening round game. Cookeville took the lead at the start of the second quarter and despite a concerted effort by the Warriors, the Cavaliers held them off for the 58-48 win. The Warriors finished their season 11-17.

Driving to the hoop. Corey Johnson drives to the basket against Judah Akers for two of his game-high 17 points in Friday’s loss at Cookeville.

    Once again, the Warriors of White County High School hung with their archrivals for most of the game.
    But in the end, the Cavaliers … CONTINUED

Warriorette comeback comes up short at Lebanon

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

It’s a battle. The Warriorette game with Lebanon on Thursday was a physical contest. Lebanon came out on top of the Warriorette 65-56 advancing to the semifinals. The Warriorette season ended with a 20-9 record, but were short of a appearance in the region tournament.

The Warriorettes head toward center court to shake hands with Lebanon at the end of the final game of the 2008-09 season.

    A 17-point hole the Warriorettes found themselves in in the first half of Thursday’s District 7AAA opening game proved to be just a bit too much to overcome.
    The WCHS girls’ team fought their way back to a two-point deficit, but … CONTINUED

I saw a great love

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David and Betty Maxwell.

With each year that quickly passes, I find myself realizing the many years in age that separate me from the generation of youth who are now experiencing their first taste of love. They, just like I probably did at one time, think they are the first ones to ever fall in love. They most likely make an ugly face when they see an older couple holding hands or sharing a kiss.
Today’s column will address that youthful arrogance. You see, falling in love is not just for the younger generation. The greatest love of all is one that has survived the span of decades … CONTINUED

Thomas E. (Bucky) Cantrell

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Thomas E. “Bucky” Cantrell, age 84, a resident of Fairfield Glade, passed way Feb. 21, 2009 at Life Care Center of Crossville.

Cantrell was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Etowah, to James and Juanita Cantrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Ruth Gist Cantrell; and brother, Mike Cantrell.
Cantrell served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from U.S. Plywood Corp. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he lettered in Tennis for three years and was the team captain his senior year. He was a leader in

Airport FBO readies for active summer

Posted on February 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At the February meeting of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (UCRA) Board, Eric Walker with Region Air, the fixed base operator or FBO, reported recent weather had an impact on activities, but plans for several events to be held at the airport throughout the summer should pick up business substantially.
“As everybody knows, we’ve had the worst weather we’ve had in a long time,” said Walker. “We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for the coming months. There’s a women’s air race coming through. That’s a very large event for the area.”
The all-women transcontinental Air Race Classic will be held June 23 through June 26. It will … CONTINUED

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