Monthly Archives: March 2012

William Randall Caldwell

Posted on March 5, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Randall Caldwell, 43, of Sparta, passed away March 5, 2012.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kimberly Faye Barlow Cates

Posted on March 5, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kimberly Faye Barlow Cates, 50, of Quebeck, passed away March 5, 2012, at Bethesda Healthcare Center.
Ms. Cates was born June 28, 1961, in White County, to Charles and Evelyn Cruise Barlow.
She was a retired realtor and member of the Trinity Assembly Church, in Algood. She was a master gardener and long- time director on the White County Humane Society board.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kayly Cates, of Sparta, Brandy Cates, of Cookeville; grandson, Mikah Mason; brother, Rick Barlow, of Smyrna; and nephew, Westen Barlow.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 7, 2012, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Jericho Cemetery. The family will … CONTINUED


Warriorette season ends in region semis

Posted on March 4, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Season finale. The Warriorettes saw their season come to an end Monday night in the region semifinals with a 49-44 loss to Cumberland County. Point guard, Allyson Quillen deals with the pressure defense of the Lady Jets during the first quarter.

After reaching one milestone and winning the first district tournament championship in 14 years, the Warriorettes came up just short in stopping another drought.
The WCHS girls’ basketball team had not been to the substate since 1997 and this edition of the team had themselves one victory away from getting back to that level. However, a slow start left the Warriorettes with an early 12-point hole out … CONTINUED


Spring sports busy preparing for openers

Posted on March 4, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rapping out a base hit. Warriorette sophomore, Kaitlyn Heath, gets a base hit during batting practice Tuesday. Senior catcher, Mollie Abell, is also in the picture. The Warriorette softball team will compete in playdays the next two weekends in preparation for their season opener on March 12th.

The unseasonably warm weather over the past few days has White County’s spring sports coaches enjoying working with their teams outside.
Official practice began for the sports sports teams on February 13th and the teams have seen the full spectrum of weather already. However, they have had some unusually warm days to work with, but the month of March always has … CONTINUED


Veterans may get sales tax holiday

Posted on March 1, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A bill that would create an annual sales tax holiday for eligible veterans was sent to the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, on Feb. 28, for further consideration.
The law, if passed, would designate the sales tax holiday on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day.
The following items would be exempt from state sales and use taxes if sold to any veteran during the sales tax holiday for veterans:
(1) Clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per item;
(2) Computers with a sales price of $1,500 or less per item;
(3) Books with a sales price of $50 or less per item;
(4) Sports, … CONTINUED


$11,000 in drugs found from 2011 truck robbery

Posted on March 1, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Three Cookeville residents have been arrested in connection with theft of $11,000 in prescription drugs that were allegedly taken from a delivery van, in April 2011, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta
Christina Darice Leap, Anthony Robinson Jr., and Corry Dewayne Rice, all of Cookeville, were charged with theft over $10,000.
According to Investigator Allan Selby of Sparta Police Department, just weeks after the robbery, Cookeville law enforcement officials were called to Leap’s residence on several noise complaints.
Selby said Leap was the only one at the house at the time officers arrived. Officers reportedly asked if they could come into the home and look around. Leap allowed officers … CONTINUED


Contractor selected for Legion’s elevator project

Posted on March 1, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

DECISION. American Legion Post 99 Past Commander Herman Hill (far left), County Executive Herd Sullivan (behind Hill), and Finance Director Mark Farley (back row), listen as Architect Derrick Clemow Of Upland Design Group (two seats down from Sullivan) reads the bids for the American Legion elevator renovation. Seated around the table are the contractors who presented bids for the project.

On Thursday afternoon, the conference room on the second floor of the White County Courthouse was packed with contractors who hoped they had submitted the winning bid for the American Legion Post 99 elevator renovation.
The bids were read at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and J. Cumby … CONTINUED


Gilley pleads guilty to rape of a child

Posted on March 1, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edward Ray Gilley Jr.

Nearly a year after his arrest, Edward Ray Gilley Jr., 49, of White County, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape of a child.
According to Detective John Ford, of White County Sheriff Department, Gilley pawned a cell phone at Quick Cash Pawn, in March 2011. When the owner of the pawnshop began deleting files on the phone to prepare it for resale, he reportedly discovered explicit videos of a child under the age of 13.
The owner reportedly recognized the child, which also led authorities to Gilley as the prime suspect.
A special grand jury convened, on March … CONTINUED


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