Monthly Archives: May 2010

Myrtle (Granny) Colwell

Posted on May 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mrytle (Granny) Colwell, 87, of Smithville, passed away May 14, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Colwell had been homemaker and was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Susie Campbell Usrey; husband, Dallas Colwell; one grandson, David Crook; one son-in-law, Jackie Daniel; one daughter-in-law, Ann Colwell; and stepmother, Mary Ellen Usrey.
Survivors include six daughters, Charlie Mai Daniel, Mary Bates and husband Ronnie, Frances McGuire and husband Eddie, Tena Colwell, all of Smithville, Teresa Pack and husband Jerry, of Livingston, Barbara Huling and husband Keith, of Smithville; four sons, Alton Colwell and wife Christine, Albert Colwell and wife … CONTINUED

Warriors wrap up spring drills with scrimmage

Posted on May 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A quarterback's view from the line.

Coach Tracy Malone talks to Conor Sparkman during maroon/gray scrimmage.

The 2010 Warrior football team wrapped up spring drills with two days of scrimmage action.
On Thursday, the coaches split the team into maroon and gray squads for an intrasound scrimmage and then the final day of practice on Friday was a controlled scrimmage against Smith County.
The Warriors were defeated by the Owls, a perennially tough team coached by former Warrior head coach, Jimmy Maynard, but Coach Tracy Malone was able to come away with positives from the day.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have won the scrimmage, but we … CONTINUED

Five vying for berths in state track meet

Posted on May 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Led by senior Casey Bales, five White County High School athletes will vie for berths in next week’s state track meet when they compete Tuesday at the sectionals at Walker Valley High School.
Bales, the veteran of the group, will lead the way as four of his younger teammates will also compete for a trip to the Big Show. Bales will be looking for his third straight trip to the state in track. He also qualified in cross country this past fall.
The WCHS track team should be fairly familiar with the teams they will compete with in the sectional. The other region that joins in is the … CONTINUED

Robert Earl Parker

Posted on May 18, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Earl Parker, 65, of Sparta, passed away May 18, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Parker was born Dec. 6, 1945, in White County, to Waymon Clay and Gusta Parker.
He had been employee at Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and retired after 41 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mildred Sue Parker.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Parker, of Sparta; daughter, Tamala Sue (Tammy) Woods, of Sparta; son, Dewayne Parker, of Cookeville; five granddaughters, Brook, Amber and Alisha Woods, all of Sparta, Ariel and Waverly Parker, both of Cookeville; brother, Clay Parker and wife Ruth Ann, of Sparta; niece Lisa … CONTINUED

Freeman found guilty of mother’s murder

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Drew Freeman (left) is escorted from the courtroom by Officer Alan Hale, of White County Sheriff Department. Freeman was found guilty of 2nd degree murder in the August 2008 shooting death of his mother Zella Freeman.

James Drew Freeman, 57, of White County, was convicted, on May 13, of second-degree murder in the Aug. 2, 2008, death of his 81-year-old mother Zella Freeman.
During the trial, a 12-person jury, made up of eight men and four women, heard testimony from 17 witnesses, including six experts from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and one expert from Forensic Medical Management Services of Nashville.
In addition to testimony on the witness … CONTINUED

City approves capital outlay funds for E-911

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County E-911 Board of Directors presented a request to Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its recent meeting for capital outlay funds in the amount of $24,032.50 to purchase generators for the communications center and the E-911 towers.
The money requested is 25 percent of the total cost, which is $96,130. An interlocal agreement between City of Sparta, White County and E-911 states the city will provide 25 percent of E-911’s funding, with the county providing 75 percent.
Marty Carmichael, City of Sparta administrator, said he assumed this money would come out of funds the city agreed to set aside for E-911 to utilize for capital … CONTINUED

Two charged in theft on Ed Phifer Road

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jessican Deeann Stafford

Chadwick Noble Dunham

Two White County residents were charged, and other individuals sought, in connection with the theft of several items from a residence on Ed Phifer Road in White County.
According to Detective John Ford with White County Sheriff Department, Jessica Deeann Stafford, 32, and Chadwick Noble Dunham, 29, were arrested May 8 for their alleged involvement in the theft.
Ford stated Deputy Rusty Bafford received information that a stolen television had been pawned by Stafford.
More information was uncovered that Dunham was reportedly in possession of a laptop computer and an X-Box video game console, which had also been reported stolen from the … CONTINUED

Construction starting on 48-unit apartment complex

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Property that once belonged to Chester Sewell, who passed away several years ago, will be the location of an apartment complex, according to Dennis Clark, codes enforcement officer for City of Sparta. The expanse of property is on North Spring Street, directly across from the entrance to White County Community Hospital. The construction will consist of six buildings, with each containing eight apartments. There will also be an office and community center building. Clark said a company out of Albertville, Ala., has purchased the land. Olympia Construction, also located in Albertville, Ala., is in charge of the project.

Dump Soup

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dump Soup

1 pound lean ground beef
2-10 ounce cans reduced sodium vegetable soup
16-ounce can black beans, drained
1 quart tomato juice
15-ounce can corn, drained
1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
Brown ground beef and drain. Combine ground beef with remaining ingredients in medium soup pot and simmer about 35 minutes.

Beat the heat

Posted on May 17, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

It's always quality time when a mother and daughter can have fun blowing bubbles together on a picnic in the park.

The smell of the barbecue grill, the sounds of children playing and the feel of warm sun on the skin are all signs of summer. With increased outdoor activities, there also comes a list of precautions you should take to keep your family safe and healthy.
“We know women are usually the caretakers of the family,” says Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, a registered nurse and executive director of HealthyWomen. “Summer brings lots of great opportunities for family fun, but also requires some special planning to keep kids and … CONTINUED

Betty Mitchell Carmichael

Posted on May 14, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Mitchell Carmichael, 1918-2010

Betty Mitchell Carmichael, 91, passed away on May 9, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Chattanooga.
Mrs. Carmichael was born Aug. 20, 1918, to Bessie Sims and William Frances Mitchell, in Hougaton, Kan.
After graduating from White County High School, in 1938, Betty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, in 1942, from University of Tennessee. She married Hugh M. Carmichael in 1946, and they lived together in Knoxville before relocating to Sparta, in1948.
Mrs. Carmichael was a Home Demonstration Agent in Nicholasville, Ky., and Lebanon, Tenn., and the Field Director for Girls Scouts in Knoxville, TN. She taught Home Economics at … CONTINUED

Nyleptha Matilda Bryant Shell Roberts

Posted on May 14, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nyleptha Bryant Shell Roberts, 1898-2010

Nyleptha Matilda Bryant Shell Roberts, 112, oldest person in Tennessee, ninth oldest in the United States, and 20th oldest in the world, died peacefully, but unexpectedly, in her sleep of natural causes just after midnight on May 5, 2010.
She was born in the Bon Air community on March 12, 1898, to John and Mollie Bryant.
She was nine years old when she first saw a car, in 1907. During her long life, she lived in Kentucky and Chicago, Ill., worked in a grocery and a clothing store, and managed a laundry service. However, most of her work was as a homemaker for … CONTINUED

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