Monthly Archives: June 2009

New laws effective July 1

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Public Chapters with 7/1/09 effective date
HB0416 Attorneys at Law – As enacted, clarifies that certain government employees are not prohibited from providing pro bono legal services. – Amends TCA Title 8; Title 16 and Title 23.
SB0073 Education – As enacted, removes restriction on commercial advertising on school buses that requires such advertising to be composed of black lettering on a white background; prohibits advertisement of individual food items that, pursuant to law, cannot be sold via vending machines to students in pre-K through grade 8.   – Amends TCA Section 49-6-2109(e).
SB1208 Victims’ Rights – As enacted, confers immunity from civil action … CONTINUED

Pit Stop Pizza officially opens in downtown

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

Welcome. Members of the business community, as well as friends and family, welcome Pit Stop Pizza as new members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. Pit Stop Pizza is at 109 W. Bockman Way. Phone 837-5500

Expansion project indicates positive outlook

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

Project. Norcom officials and members of the design and construction team review blueprints for the new addition. L-R: Rich Pieper, vice president of operations; Carol DeKraker and Jim DeKraker, owners of Norcom; Kevin Pieper, customer service; Paul Spite, architect with Maffet-Bouton and Associates; and Luke Allen, of W&O Construction.

One White County industry is ignoring all the projected doom and gloom about the economy and proceeding with the construction of a 22,675-square-foot addition that will eventually provide approximately 150 more jobs to area residents.
Jim and Carol DeKraker are looking to the future, and they are not allowing the negative national news headlines to dampen their spirits. As … CONTINUED

Power outage triggered by bird nest at substation

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

Substation. This expanse of steel, informally known as the Wal-Mart Substation, is the source of delivery for White County’s electricity. Something as seemingly inconsequential as a bird’s nest caused a recent power outage.

A power outage last week that left White Countians without electricity on a sultry summer day was remedied by the quick response of both Sparta and Caney Fork electric departments.
According to officials with Sparta Electric, a bird was the culprit that caused the early morning blackout, on June 15, 2009, by building its nest in the wrong place at the wrong time. The substation that was affected, which sits adjacent to Wal-Mart, services both … CONTINUED

Sparta GFWC to host flower show

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

Colorful. Margie Stevens is surrounded by a few of the countless beautiful flowers she grows in her huge expanse of yard. Stevens and other members of GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club are sponsoring a Flower Show for other gardening enthusiasts.

Show off those gardening skills and that proverbial green thumb at the July 11 Flower Show at White County Agriculture Complex.
Members of Sparta-General Federation Woman’s Club will be sponsoring their first Flower Show. Margie Stevens, who astounds her many friends and neighbors with her array of flowers, said this event holds a special place in her heart.
“We’re just trying to give something back to the community,” said … CONTINUED

Classic Cuts adds new stylist

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

Convenient location. Classic Cuts has plenty of parking at their location on Mayberry Street next to Valley Barn Builders.

Contemporary or classic cuts. Debbie Brady and new master barber/stylist, Terrenia Jolley, are ready to give customers the style they want at a price they can afford at Classic Cuts.

Classic Cuts
235 Mayberry St
Phone number:
Name of owners:
Debbie Brady
Hours of operation:
Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to ?
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
When did you open for business?
What products or services do you offer?
“Matrix, Redken, Chi, Aerogel, Paul Mitchell, Joico, Back to Basics. Cuts, colors, foiling, perms, waxing, … CONTINUED

Changes made to July 4th

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

Because of a slow response by entrants for the proposed karaoke competition at this year’s July 4th celebration, changes are now underway about the stage entertainment.
Celebration Chairman Woody Phillips indicates there will still be a competition, although on a somewhat smaller scale.
“Since we didn’t give the community a whole lot of time to prepare for this, we will still accept the entries of those who wish to enter the competition by the June 30th deadline,” said Phillips. “Those entrants will then compete against one another in a single bracket, with the top three finalists taking home cash awards and trophies.”
Phillips said he hopes to garner … CONTINUED

Man seriously injured in crash

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

Near tragic crash. The driver of this Toyota pickup crashed into the mobile home in the background, June 22, after reportedly suffering a seizure and losing control on Crossville Highway.

A Sparta man was seriously injured and a mobile home was destroyed, at approximately 9:30 a.m., June 22, after the man reportedly suffered a seizure and lost control of his vehicle on Crossville Highway, just east of Corolla Road.
According to Trooper Kevin Ballew with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Matthew L. Crawford, 22, was traveling east on Crossville Highway in a 1994 Toyota pickup. After passing a vehicle, Crawford reportedly had a seizure, causing him to cross the west … CONTINUED

Robert Lynn Weaver

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

Robert Lynn Weaver, 71, of Sparta, passed away June 24, 2009, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Weaver was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Sparta to Klodus Fate and Lela Burgess Weaver.
He had been White County Road Superintendent for many years and had also served in the National Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Moore Weaver, of Sparta; daughter, Melby Haney and husband Paul, of Sparta; six stepdaughters, Faye Moore, Kay Moore, Renea Henry and husband Kevin, Sandy Clouse and husband Allan, Cindy Hickey and husband R.J., all of Sparta, Teresa Baker, of Maryland; grandson, Ryan Nation, of Michigan; six step-grandchildren, Rhonda Welch and husband Paul, Scott … CONTINUED

Yslas named Second Team All Midstate

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

All Midstate honors. Lacy Yslas, shown above throwing the discus at the state track meet this spring, was named to the Tennessean’s All Midstate team in the discus. Yslas will be competing for Tennessee Tech next season.

Lacy Yslas has played basketball since somewhere around the age of five.
She also took on the sport of volleyball in middle school. So when the title of this very article states she was named All Midstate, it comes as no surprise to anyone that the multi-sport athlete received honors. The surprising part is that her longtime sports of choice were not the ones that netted her highest honors.
Yslas was … CONTINUED

Little League All Star teams readying for action

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

13/14 year old softball all stars. The lone Sparta softball all star team is already assured of a trip to the state, but will play Portland Saturday at 3 p.m. in Portland for seeding. Members of the team (in no particular order) are: Kerrie Copeland, Callie Marcum, Bailey Murray, Dominique Nichols, Haley O’Dell, Kayla Roberts, Brittany Sherrell, Chelsea Sherrell, Breanna Smith, Shauna Taylor, Sydney Taylor, Cendra Tollison and Hanna Young. Tony Ray Young will manage the team. He will be assisted by Melissa Price and Ken Taylor. The pitching machine all star pictures will be in a later edition.

An all star keeping his eye on the ball.


Jerry Wayne Geer

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

Jerry Wayne Geer, 68, of Ironton, Ohio, passed away June 19, 2009.
Mr. Geer was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Sparta, to David and Irene Geer.
He had been a 40-year member of Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18.
Mr. Geer is the son of the late David Geer and the late Irene Geer.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dave and Denton Geer, Clay and Dovie Billings, and nephew, John Geer.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Fife Geer; son, Terry Geer and wife Andrea, of Doyle; stepdaughter, Brooke Brumett and husband David, of Berea, Ky.; stepson, Bryon Vickers, of South Point, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Tegen Vickers, Nathanial, … CONTINUED

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