Monthly Archives: October 2009

Wardlaw killed in plane crash

Posted on October 31, 2009 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comOriginally published: Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, 3:44 PM CDT

This is the scene in Lawrenceville, Ga., where a Cessna 310 twin-engine plane crashed into a home. The plane was en route to Sparta. (Courtesy of CBS Atlanta News)

(Editor’s note: Photos and a portion of the information are courtesy of CBS Atlanta News.)
The pilot killed in a Friday afternoon plane crash in Georgia has been officially identified as James Wardlaw, 58, of Atlanta, formerly of Sparta.
Wardlaw had lived in White County for several years where he was a well known optometrist.
Chief Forensic Investigator Ted Bailey, of Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office, officially released Wardlaw’s name as the pilot more than 24 hours after the … CONTINUED

Warriors headed to playoffs

Posted on October 31, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Time to celebrate. The Warrior football team is headed to the playoffs after their 21-14 win over Cumberland County Friday night.

The White County High School Warrior football team is headed to the state playoffs.
The Warriors, who came into Friday’s game still in search of their first win of the season, picked the perfect time to win a game. The 21-14 win over the visiting Cumberland County Jets clinched the 5A playoff spot for WCHS.
Three touchdown passes by Conor Sparkman, one each to Ethan Tollison, Travis Howard and Seth Anderson, accounted for the 21 points on the board for the Warriors. The WCHS defense held the … CONTINUED

Upper Cumberland Race for the Cure raises more than $75,000

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Upper Cumberland Komen Affiliate is pleased to announce the success of its first annual Race for the Cure, which was held on Oct. 17 in Cookeville. With a total of 1,200 participants, including 62 teams, more than $75,000 was raised to help fight breast cancer.
The Upper Cumberland Race for the Cure is a sanctioned 5K event and was approved last spring by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion in research since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end … CONTINUED

Jogger attacked by dogs

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dog attack. The male juvenile attacked by neighborhood dogs suffered many bites, mostly to his hands, as he fended off the loose animals.

A White County juvenile was attacked by dogs, on Oct. 21, while jogging on Jericho Road in the southwestern portion of White County.
According to a report by Deputy Andy Julian with White County Sheriff Department, the male juvenile was jogging, not far from his home, on a four-mile route.
The report stated the juvenile noticed a medium-sized brown dog, multiple puppies, and a couple of terriers started to follow him as he jogged. As he continued, a black dog from another residence reportedly began … CONTINUED

Two WCHS runners qualify for state cross country meet

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Headed to state! Casey Bales and Morgan Voyles qualified for teh state cross country meet with top 10 finishes in the Region 3AAA meet in Chattanooga.

As has become commonplace for White County High School, it will once again be represented at the state cross country meet next weekend.
Freshman Morgan Voyles finished sixth in the girls’ Region 3AAA race to earn a spot in the event. Senior Casey Bales, whose tenth place finish qualified him, will join her at the competition.
See Monday’s edition for more details.

Retha Walker Williams

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Retha Walker Williams, 84, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Williams was born Aug. 9, 1925, in White County, to Dave Walker and Lala Weaver Walker.
She enjoyed 49 years of marriage to Hollis Rhea Williams, and together they ran Sparta Feed Store. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong member of Cherry Creek Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her son, Blake Williams and wife Kimberly, of Sparta; granddaughters, Melea Johnson and husband Brad, of Sparta, Alicia Williams, of Cookeville; great-grandson, Matthew Walker Johnson, of Sparta; and one brother, Erby Gene Walker … CONTINUED

Sheriff offers Halloween tips

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

It’s Halloween time again, and that means kids will be trick-or-treating. White County Sheriff Department would like to offer up the following safety advice to parents, guardians and children’s loved ones.
•Children should wear reflective clothing while trick-or-treating and/or carry a flashlight so they will be well lit
•Inspect treats. Do not eat open candy and treats. Throw them away.
•Be mindful of traffic and your surroundings. Don’t dart out into traffic. Have an adult or parent with you.
The days are shorter and the nights are getting longer, so please be mindful of children in the roadway. If you are out walking, wear light, not dark clothing. … CONTINUED

Sex offenders prohibited from Halloween celebrations

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Registered sex offenders supervised by Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole will again be under strict guidelines that prohibit them from participating in Halloween and other fall festival activities.
According to state records, Sparta and White County has 51 registered sex offenders. Five of those are currently inmates at White County Jail. One county road lists four registered sex offenders. Three other county roads each have two registered sex offenders. The remaining registered sex offenders are scattered throughout the city and county.
According to Bo Irvin, director of TBPP, the department’s goal is to protect the safety of the public, especially children. Irvin said this effort has been … CONTINUED

THP ready for Halloween patrol

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Safety. Lt. R.C. Christian, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, encourages parents to carefully monitor their children during Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating.

Tennessee’s state troopers are planning extensive patrols in White County, as well as other areas, on Halloween night to help prevent any illegal behavior that might hinder the fun of children and adults who want to celebrate within the guidelines of the law.
According to Lt. R.C. Christian, of White County, who serves as special programs lieutenant for Tennessee Highway Patrol, a night of celebration can quickly turn into a real night of horror if someone is injured by an impaired driver.
Since Halloween falls on Saturday this … CONTINUED

Three Island home destroyed by fire

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Total devastation. This photo of the living room of the home on Three Island Road shows the devastation the fire left behind on Oct. 25.

A home on Three Island Road was destroyed by fire Oct. 25 despite the efforts of firefighters, who worked nearly four hours to extinguish the blaze.
According to Lt. Matt McBride with Central View Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched, at approximately 11 a.m., to the residence and found the structure already heavily involved in flames.
McBride stated the fire was believed to have started in a front bedroom. He said approximately 80 percent of the structure was destroyed, and the residents lost … CONTINUED

Volunteer firefighters needed countywide

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A problem that has been plaguing White County fire departments for several years is now culminating into a serious issue for the majority of the districts – the lack of volunteers.
Fire Prevention Month is coming to a close, and fire officials in Sparta and White County are concerned about the future of their departments and how they will adequately protect the residents.
White County has nine fire departments that are totally manned by volunteers. City of Sparta makes the 10th department, but has a full-time paid staff. However, this department also relies on volunteers.
“Mainly, what it is – people are not volunteering any more,” said Tracey … CONTINUED

Stuffed animal parties teach beauty inside and out

Posted on October 29, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Name of business:
Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop
212 Bluebird Lane (home business)
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone number:
(931) 783-1ARK [1275]
Name of owners:
Terry and Dawn Peterman
Hours of operation:
Office hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., call for appointment or to schedule your party.
When did you open for business?
April 2007
What products or services do you offer?
“Noah’s Ark is a stuff-n-fluff party idea like the mall stuffing store, except we bring everything you need to your home or other place of party. We are available for birthday parties, corporate events, daycare workshops, girl/boy scout parties and community service events, or any other … CONTINUED

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