Monthly Archives: May 2009

Warriors wrap up spring football practice

Posted on May 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Going head to head. After making a catch, Dylan Vance gets ready to square off against defensive back, Jordan Armstrong, during Friday’s final practice of the spring.

Lots of hitting. The Warriors got in plenty of hitting not only during the intrasquad scrimmage, but also during the entire 10 days of practice.

Looking for room. Warrior wide receiver, Robbie Johnson looks for room to run as teammate, Andrew Manus, blocks for him during Thursday’s practice. The Warriors just completed their ten days of spring practice. They will now spend the summer preparing for their season opener August 21st against Franklin County.

Ten days of getting acquainted.

Christopher Scott Cantrell

Posted on May 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Christopher Scott Cantrell, 37, of Doyle, passed away May 16, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 17, 1972, in Dublin, Ga., to Deborah Aldridge and N.J. Cantrell Sr.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Pappas, of Arizona; father, N.J. Cantrell Sr., of Ashcamp, Ky.; mother, Deborah Cantrell, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Shannon Witherington, of Clarksville; and aunt, Nancy Aldridge, of Doyle.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Morrison. John Murphy will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wrap up of spring football practice

Posted on May 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Warriors, under the direction of new head coach, Tracy Malone, wrapped up their 10 days of spring practice.

Beth McKee Waggoner

Posted on May 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beth McKee Waggoner, 52, of Sparta, passed away May 18, 2009.
Ms. Waggoner was born Jan. 1, 1957, in Florence, Ala., and moved to Sparta at the age of 11. She was a graduate of White County High School and attended Tennessee Technological University, and while attending college, became ill and has fought a long hard battle for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McKee; two uncles, Don Estes, Bass Estes; and one aunt, Sylvia Estes Redmon.
Survivors include her son, Kris Waggoner, of Sparta; mother, Linda Estes Strasburg and husband Pete, of Sparta; father, … CONTINUED

Three Star goals set for 2009

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Three Star planning. Wallace Austin, President of the Sparta – White County Chamber of Commerce and local Three Star Chairman, recently hosted a Three Star meeting with Karen Brown, regional economic development specialist with ECD. The group discussed the committee’s priorities and goals for 2009 as they apply to the five-year strategic plan. Pictured (l-r): seated, Karen Brown, Helen Pate and Wallace Austin; back row, Jody Sliger, Rhonda Dawson, Cherri McNeil, Barb Witzigman, Tommy Pedigo.

Changing the World One Small Action at a Time

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

You can change the world. That’s what the people behind the movement “We Are What We Do” believe. People like you taking small actions that add up to big change.
It started with the question, “What would you ask one million people to do to change the world?” Thousands of ideas from around the world came in. The ideas weren’t sweeping policy changes – they were small and unexpected everyday actions that anyone can do:
-Keep a promise.
-Read a story to a child.
-Learn something new.
-Run an errand for an elderly neighbor or single parent.
Fifty of the best suggestions were published in the book “Change … CONTINUED

White County Co-op showcases customers

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Customer appreciation. These photos on the White County Co-op storefront were chosen as part of a monthly rotation of the Co-op’s customer’s favorite photos.

The White County Co-op announced new photos of customers will be displayed each month as a way to thank the myriad of patrons from all walks of life, who shop at the Mayberry Street store.
“The Co-op is not just for farmers anymore,” said manager Mitchell Stephens.
He said homeowners, pet owners, garden growers and just about any other consumer can find quality products at reasonable prices.
Now, they could also find their favorite photo of themselves showcased, and all they have to do … CONTINUED

Police chief warns of increasing frauds and thefts

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth urges city and county residents and businesses to take measures to protect themselves from becoming victims of theft and fraud.
“We just need to be more vigilante about our valuables,” stated Guth.
He suggests not leaving items in vehicles where they can be easily stolen. At the least, he suggests putting them out of sight.
“Don’t leave them in there overnight,” said Guth. “Medications are the same way. We have a lot of medications that are taken out of vehicles. Don’t leave your medications in the car.”
Guth explained if any items can be seen from outside a vehicle, thieves are tempted to … CONTINUED

Landfill committee questions county executive’s authority

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Questions. County Commissioner Richard Lane, member of the Solid Waste Committee, reviews some documents provided by the chairman during Thursday’s meeting.

A two-hour Solid Waste Committee meeting Thursday night ended with members approving a motion to request the county executive’s presence at the next meeting with documentation that corroborates his reported statement that he is in charge of the landfill.
While other matters of business were addressed by the seven-member committee, discussion centered on White County Executive Herd Sullivan’s recent decision to allow DeKalb County to haul garbage to White County Landfill. According to a resolution approved in November 1997 by White County Board of Commissioners, all out-of-county … CONTINUED

Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Elizabeth Geer Barker, 80, of Sparta, passed away May 17, 2009, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Survivors include six children, Carolyn Stults and husband Arlin, of Sparta, Debbie Knowles and husband Bob, of St. Louis, Mo., Les Barker and wife Beverly, of Murfreesboro, Leesa Barker, Travis Barker, Tracey Barker and wife Sheila, all of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Robert Knowles, April Taylor, Brian Vincion, Ashley Lewis, Keri Seay, Brittney Barker, Bradley Barker, Kendall Barker, Eli Barker, Shelby Barker; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Lewis, Lindsey Vincion, Bryan Knowles, Lucy Knowles, Hannah Knowles, Braydyn Taylor, Carter Vincion; sisters, Martha Lee, Patty England, both of Sparta; beloved brothers-in-law, Reed Demps, Carl … CONTINUED

School Board considers stricter cell phone policy

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Math awards. These students pose with Director of School Donny Haley after receiving plaques for their excellence in math. Pictured (l-r): Kayla Oaf, Kendall Barker, Haden Welch, and Joseph Stockton. Not pictured was Gracie Geer.

At its May 14 meeting, White County School Board discussed changes to the cell phone and electronic device policy in light of nearly 2,000 violations in the past year.
“Cellular phones and electronic devices seem to be a major problem and an issue,” said Director of Schools Donny Haley. “Our principals at the middle school and high school tell us that they spend a large amount of their time with abuse of cell … CONTINUED

Little League baseball action in full swing

Posted on May 18, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Close at second. Red Turner’s runner, Tyler Qualls, barely gets safely into second before Bill Boruff’s shortstop, Garrett Turner, can make the diving tag in Little League baseball action.

Whenever Mother Nature allows, baseball action at the Little League complex is in full swing for the 2009 season.
Just like their older counterparts at the high school level, the Little League teams have had their share of rainouts, but they have been able to also get in plenty of action. The following results are those reported from the first two weeks of action.
The Little League (11/12 year old) teams opened their season on April 17th. In the … CONTINUED

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