Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tornado rips through White County

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Relatives of Benny and Geraldine Ancar survey what remains of the couple’s belongings after their trailer was ripped completely off the foundation during the March 23, 2011, tornado that affected several residents of White County. The Ancars live in the western portion of the county, on Will Thompson Road.

No injuries were reported when a tornado made its way across the western portion of White County, on Mar. 23, flattening one residence and causing damage to several other homes, structures and property.
According to White County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Savage, the tornado affected a nine-mile stretch of the county from the White/DeKalb county line to Iris … CONTINUED


Legislators consider shutting down public access to 911 calls

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A law that would make 911 calls and transmissions of those calls confidential has been placed on the Senate’s State and Local Government Committee calendar for March 29.
Numerous media outlets across Tennessee, as well private citizens, have expressed their objections to this law, citing attempts by the government to place yet another restriction on the public’s access to data that should be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act.
Adding the special section, as follows, would amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 86, Part 1, which is the section of law that regulates emergency communications districts. “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, all 911 calls … CONTINUED


William (Tom) Thomas Baker

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William (Tom) Baker, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 23, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Baker was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Sparta, to J. C. and Gusta Baker.
He was a U.S. veteran.
Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Paula Baker; children, Shirley Baker, Joyce Crusie, Robert (Bob) Baker and wife Louise, Bill Baker and wife Rita, Deland Baker and wife Edna, all of Sparta; stepchildren, Glen Conley Jr. and wife Kathy, Peggy Sapp and husband Jason, Wanda Bowman and husband Kenneth, Paul Hutson and Michelle Allen, all … CONTINUED


Soccer defeats Cumberland County

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sailing in. Jordan Dukes, a sophomore on the Warrior soccer team, sails through after kicking the ball in the 3-0 loss to DeKalb County. The Warriors host Cumberland County today at 6 p.m.

The White County High School soccer team broke into the win column with a 3-1 victory over visiting Cumberland County Monday.  (Look for full details of that win in Thursday’s edition.) WCHS played host to the DeKalb County Tigers on a chilly Thursday spring evening and were defeated 3-0.
The Warriors and Tigers played to a scoreless tie for the first 37:30 of the contest. In fact, WCHS controlled the ball for much of those … CONTINUED


Teachers receive ratings in state ‘Report Card’

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Every county in Tennessee has received the final documentation about the educational status of their school teachers during the annual analysis of the “State Report Card.”
One of the several categories in the Report Card focuses on teachers and rates those who are “Highly Qualified.”
A “Highly Qualified” teacher is any public elementary or secondary school teacher who holds at least a Bachelor’s degree, is fully licensed in Tennessee and submits the required documents to demonstrate competency in the content area(s) being taught.
Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a … CONTINUED


Evelyn Louise Wilson Myers

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Evelyn Louise Wilson Myers, 76, of Sparta, March 25, 2011, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Myers was born Jan.13, 1935, in White County, to Johnny and Gladys Sapp Wilson and was married to the late James LeRoy Myers.
Survivors include three daughters, Dianne Arthur, of Smyrna, Lisa Liles, of Nashville, Tina Renee Myers, of Sparta; brother, John David Wilson, of Sparta; two sisters, Betty Broyles, of Sparta, Fay Luna, of Washington; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 29, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Jeff Guth will officiate. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m., … CONTINUED


Chester Ray Graham

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Chester Ray Graham, 88, of Chattanooga, passed away March 22, 2011, at the NHC of Dunlap.
Mr. Graham was born March 21, 1923, in White County, to Hershel Thomas and Bertha Holland Graham.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II, and was retired from Delta Airlines after 30 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Reba Alice Swindell Graham; and second wife, Mary Jane Valkenburg Graham.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Eggert, of Jasper; two sons, Stanley Ray Graham, Michael Thomas Graham, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by all his … CONTINUED


Reported tornado rips through western part of county

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.comOriginally published @ 6 a.m., March 24, 2011

No injuries were reported when a severe storm, which is believed to have spawned at least one tornado, made its way across White County, on Mar. 23, and destroyed at least one residence and damaged several other homes and structures.
WATCH VIDEO
At approximately 6:55 p.m., a tornado warning was issued, putting all White County and Sparta emergency personnel on alert and setting off tornado sirens in Sparta’s city limits.
In less than 10 minutes, personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services advised local E-911 dispatchers a tornado was spotted on the ground near Highway 70 west, near the intersection of Highway 136, also known as O.T. Jones … CONTINUED


Horace Eugene Dennis

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Horace Eugene Dennis, 66, of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Dennis was born Feb. 28, 1945, in White County, to Arthur and Lula Belle Qualls Dennis.
Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Rollins and husband Thomas, of Sparta; three sisters, Betty York and husband Edward, of Sparta, Essie Lebenhart, of Sparta, and Judy Stoglin and husband Teddy, of Sparta; two nephews, Anthony Stoglin and wife Nina, of Sparta, Troy Smith and wife Robin, of Illinois; niece, Betty Morris and husband Roger, of Sparta; and great-niece, Bethany Smith.
Graveside service was 3 p.m., March 25, 2011, at Highland Cemetery. Don Burns officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


Track team battles cold afternoon at Coffee County

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Leading the pack. Morgan Voyles and Alex Stover led the pack around the corner during the 3200-meter race at the Coffee County track meet on Thursday. Voyles and Stover finished first and second, respectively, in two different races on the afternoon.

The White County High School track and field team battled the elements Thursday in a meet at Coffee County.
The WCHS distance runners had a good day leading the team for the afternoon.
Hannah McCoy, Alex Stover and Morgan Voyles lined up for the first race (3200 meter). From the start, it was all White County.
Voyles and Stover led wire-to-wire coming in first and second, respectively.… CONTINUED


G.S. (Jack) Sherrell

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

G. S. ( Jack) Sherrell age 71 of Sparta passed away Sunday evening March 27 , 2011 at White County Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Warriors vs. Cavaliers moved to Tuesday doubleheader

Posted on March 28, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Taking a cut. Adam Farley (shown above) and the Warrior baseball team will take on Cookeville Tuesday in a doubleheader slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The games will be played at the Cookeville High School field.

To say the series the Warriors will play at the beginning of the week is a key would be a bit of an understatement.
Not only is it the first District 6AAA series for the season for the Warriors, but also it is against their archrivals, the Cookeville Cavaliers.
WCHS comes into their initial district series with an overall record of 3-2. Four of those games were played in a tournament … CONTINUED


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