Monthly Archives: March 2011

Softball opens 6AAA play with win

Posted on March 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Making a play. Raven Pope, the senior centerfielder for the WCHS softball team, fields the ball during one of Monday’s games at Upperman.

After finding the going tough last week at the Commando Classic, the Warriorette softball team was able to find their way into the win column as this week began.
In fact, WCHS won two of the three games they played on Monday and Tuesday including their district opener against Cumberland County.
The Warriorettes traveled to Baxter Monday for a non-district doubleheader. They came from behind to defeat McMinn County 6-2. The second game saw Upperman rally from behind to defeat the Warriorettes 4-3.
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White County Fire Committee seeks legal opinion about funding

Posted on March 24, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County Fire Committee members have voted to request legal assistance from the county’s attorney about the exactness of a resolution that stipulates how volunteer fire departments will be funded.
During the March 16, 2011, County Commissioner Matt McBride, who serves on the Fire Committee and is also a volunteer firefighter, opened the meeting with a discussion about White County resolutions 33-10-97 and 34-09-93. According to minutes from the Sept. 20, 1993, White County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Resolution 34-09-93 was tabled. This resolution was the basis for Resolution 33-10-97. (The “97” in this resolution represents the year in which it was passed.)
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Ramon Coronado

Posted on March 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ramon Coronado, 42, of Sparta, passed away March 20, 2011.
Mr. Coronado was born Sept. 3, 1968,in Elwood, Ind.
He was a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Cribbs Coronado, of Sparta; daughter, Tiffany Coronado, of Sparta; mother, Mary H. Coronado, of Florida; brother, Fino Zamora, of Florida; sister, Josie Zamora, of Florida; nieces, Stephanie, Mya, Jennifer, Samantha, Gabby; and nephews, Jordan (Pops), Robert and Chente, all of Florida; along with extensive extended family throughout the states who were all close to his heart.
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Barbara Ann Brock

Posted on March 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barbara Ann Brock, 64, of Walling, passed away March 19, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Brock was born June 3, 1946, to Woodrow Wilson Keen Sr. and Mary Jane Ridge.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Brock; three daughters, Debra Dunlap, Brenda Turner, and Rebecca Scearse; son, Billy Brock Jr.; five grandchildren, Cory Judkins, Casey McLemore, Megan Dunlap, Brittany Wiist, Eric Wiist; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton and McKayla Dunlap.
A memorial service will be 8 p.m., March 24, 2011, at Hunter Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., March 24, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Irene Price Green

Posted on March 23, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Irene Price Green, 89, of Walling, passed away March 21, 2011, at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Mrs. Green was born May 22, 1921, in DeKalb County, to Windfield and Elizabeth Hitchcock Price.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elijah Horace Green; two sisters, Willie Hudgens, Bernice Herren; and three brothers, Grady, Finley, and Fred Price.
Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Shepard and husband Kieffer, of Nashville; grandson, Greg Shepard and wife Kathleen, of Rogers, Ark.; two great-grandsons, Alex Shepard, Sullivan Shepard; and two sisters, Raynelda Bohannon and Jewell Tharp, both of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., March 26, 2011, … CONTINUED


Favorites Reinvented with Flavorful Surprises

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dirty Martini Steak Kabobs

Cheesecake Tart with Popcorn Crust and Berries

With spice consumption at an all-time high across America, it’s an exciting time for flavor. According to the McCormick(r) Flavor Forecast(r) 2011, different tastes, textures and colors are mixed and matched to deliver fun and excitement to eating.
“We’re seeing a more adventuresome spirit in the kitchen – playful takes on America’s favorites that bring both the comfort of familiarity and the energy of the unexpected,” says Larry Tong, McCormick chef. “For example, a contemporary combination of mustard seed and vermouth sparks a martini-inspired steak kabob, complete with onion and olive garnishes.”
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Velma Green Walker

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Velma Green Walker, 81, passed away March 18, 2011, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, in Murfreesboro.
Mrs. Walker attended the Smithville Church of Christ and was a member of Keltonburg Church of Christ. She held a clerical position at Cripps-France and Family Medical Pharmacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Susie Rankhorn Green; husband, Kelly Walker; brothers, James and J.D. Green.
Survivors include a daughter, Diane Scott, of Murfreesboro; son, Jason Walker, of Smithville; granddaughter, Angela Duke- Tucker, of Antioch; and four sisters, Josie Boyd and Janice Haley, both of McMinnville, Dorothy Adcock and Maureen Sellars both, of Smithville.
Funeral service was 4 p.m., … CONTINUED


City sewer overflows reported

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Recent heavy rains that fell on Sparta have caused problems for the city’s sewer system with several overflows reported to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Olof Fornehed, public works director, addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the March 27, 2011, meeting.
“When the ground is saturated like it is now, it doesn’t take very much rain for the sewer to start acting up again,” said Fornehed.
During the past two weeks, Fornehed reported 31 overflows in the sewer system to TDEC.
“Some of those, of course, are just continuous overflows because we have to report every 24 hours,” said Fornehed.
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Burn permits required through May 15

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta and White County residents who are planning to burn debris must remember burn permits are required before that first flame begins to flicker.
According to Steven Scott, Tennessee’s state forester, burn permits are free and are required in all areas of the state, by law, until May 15.
County residents can obtain burn permits by calling White County’s office for Division of Forestry, at 657-2410. City residents must contact Sparta Fire Department, 738-7380. A permit number will be issued over the phone.
State laws require a permit for open-air burning from Oct. 15 through May 15. Permits are usually valid for 24 hours and can be issued … CONTINUED


‘Gift of Caring Drive’ underway

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Top Salespersons. The top sellers, so far, in the Girl Scout ‘Gift of Caring Cookie Drive’ are (l-r) Celene Young with 102 boxes, Darbi McKee with 27 boxes, Hannah Morris with 21 boxes, Morgan Case with 21 boxes, Shandi Elia with 15 boxes, and Autumn Yates with 10 boxes.

Several White County Girl Scout troops have been working hard to help some soldiers that were recently deployed to Kuwait.
Nine of the soldiers that were deployed are residents of White County. They will be gone for a year and are very close to the hearts of White County Girl Scouts.
A local Girl Scout dad was one of … CONTINUED


Census numbers come in lower than expected

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake because of the low Census count for 2010, City of Sparta and White County officials are now making initial preparations to conduct a recount just like the one that was done in 2003.
According to the official Census 2010 data that was released on March 16, White County’s population is listed at 25,841 and City of Sparta at 4,925. Both figures are below the amount needed to maintain the level of federal funding that both governmental entities are now receiving.
The 2000 Census reported White County’s population at 23,102. After a recount, in 2003, the figure was listed at 26,066.… CONTINUED


New, improved driver licenses and ID cards will be issued

Posted on March 21, 2011 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons recently announced the state will soon issue new and improved driver licenses and identification cards.
The new license and its updated security features will help combat document fraud and protect the identities of Tennesseans by using the latest credentialing technology.
This is the first major revision of Tennessee driver licenses and ID cards since 2003.
“A top priority of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security is safeguarding the identity of Tennessee citizens to prevent identity theft and document fraud,” said Commissioner Gibbons. “The new cards will be the most secure our state has issued to date.”
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