Monthly Archives: May 2012

Gang activities now punishable under RICO Act

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A revision of an existing law by Tennessee legislators will provide court systems with tougher alternatives for gang related activities.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law, on May 21, 2012, that would include the commission of or attempt to commit a criminal gang offense within the definition of racketeering activity and enterprise for purposes of the Racketeer and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).
Under the original wording of the law, persons could be charged with under the RICO Act who:
•Received any proceeds derive from a pattern of racketeering activity, or through the collection of an unlawful debt, to use or invest any part of the proceeds or the … CONTINUED

Voting districts may change for some White Countians

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Some of White County’s registered voters may soon be notified of a change in their voting precincts just in time for the upcoming election.
According to Dorcas Marcum, White County administrator of elections, once every 10 years, in conjunction with the decennial census, local governments are required to redistrict and reapportion their legislative bodies according to state law.
All districts must be based on the 2010 census blocks established by the federal government.
“Our redistricting began with the existing districts as a foundation,” Marcum said. “Then, based on an increase or decrease or a shift in the population, redistricting decisions were made.”
Every district has some change. A … CONTINUED

Walter Dutz

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Walter Dutz, 65, of Warren, Mich., passed away May 24, 2012, in Michigan.
Mr. Dutz was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Karisfield, Germany.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked from GM Tech Center as a maintenance supervisor for 44 years.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Dutz, of Warren, Mich.; daughter, Heidi and husband Larry Smith, of Warren, Mich.; son, Walter Jr. and wife Kristin Dutz, of Warren, Mich.; brother, William and wife, Elfriede Dutz, of Sand Point, Mich.; sister, Wilma Reichert, of Germany; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., June 1, 2012, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation … CONTINUED

Ezra Franklin Davison

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ezra Franklin Davison, 83, of Pall Mall, passed away May 27, 2012, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., May 31, 2012, at Jennings Funeral Home, in Jamestown, with burial in Upchurch Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon-3 p.m., May 31, at the funeral home.
Jennings Funeral Home, in Jamestown, is in charge of arrangements.

Rural post offices affected by cutbacks

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A recent decision by the United States Postal Service to implement a plan that will provide cost reductions of approximately $1.2 billion will have an impact on two of White County’s post offices.
    According to the public relations department of U.S Postal Service, Doyle Post Office hours of operation will be cut from eight to four. Walling Post Office, which is also open eight hours, will be decreased to six.
The Postal Service will move ahead with a modified plan to consolidate its network of 461 mail-processing locations.
The original plan called for consolidation of 264 locations, which would have occurred from February 2012-February 2013.
However, a modified … CONTINUED

Animal Shelter needs immediate help to prevent euthanasia

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Under the new management of shelter manager, Ronni Connelly, White County Animal Shelter has managed to reduce the euthanasia rate to a near zero percent, down from a 99 percent figure last year.
The only dog that was put down in the last five months was a dog with aggression issues due to shelter stress. In her honor, a fenced run has been added to the shelter so dogs in Connelly’s care can relieve that stress. However, this near no-kill streak may end this week.
The shelter currently has 16 kennel runs, two of which are over sized for litters of puppies. There are 27 dogs in the … CONTINUED

James Reece Looney

Posted on May 31, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Reece Looney, 86, of Smithville, passed away May 27, 2012, at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.
Mr. Looney had been superintendent of East TN Bridge Builders. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Solomons Aircraft Carrier Ship CVE67 and was a Seaman First Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Houston and Calllie Armenda Jackson Looney, and six sisters, Edith Cantrell, Mary Lou Robinson, Sally Cantrell, Auda Mae Maynard, Pauline Billings and Willie Dimple Maynard.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Polly Collins Looney, of Sparta; five children, Lana Paulette Green, of Dalton, Ga., James Randall … CONTINUED

Samantha Renee Cox Blanton

Posted on May 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Samantha Renee Cox Blanton, age 27, of Sparta, passed away Tuesday morning, May 22, 2012 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was born June 24, 1984 in Smithville, Tenn. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Blanton, of Sparta; parents, Kenneth and Leeann Cox, of McMinnville; two sisters, Dana O’Neal of McMinnville and Amanda and husband Richard Blackburn Jr., of Morison, Tenn.; and three nieces, Sierra Griffith, Tristen Griffith and Gracie O’Neal.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Hunter Funeral Home with Rex Boles officiating. Visitation was held from 7 p.m. until 9

Commissioner challenges county executive’s decision

Posted on May 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

County Commissioner Diana Haston, who represents District 1, hands White County Executive Herd Sullivan copies of applications she received from individuals who are interested in the position of director for White County Emergency Medical Services.

One of White County’s commissioners sternly directed some accusations toward the county executive about the manner in which he handled the appointment of a new director for the ambulance service.
Diana Haston, commissioner for District 1, came equipped with numerous handouts that were distributed with the remainder of commissioners that were present. Haston’s straightforward remarks were directed at White County Executive Herd Sullivan who had submitted the name of Rex Clouse as the … CONTINUED

Summer Reading 101

Posted on May 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Children can learn from sharing their reading experience with their parents.

Children can begin learning to read at an early age and also develop a respect for literature.

When school is out for summer, the last thing many kids want to do is pick up another book. However, reading is one of the most important activities children can do now to help themselves later – both when they go back to school in the fall, and later in life.
If children don’t engage in educational activities such as reading and math over the summer, they can experience summer learning losses.
“With the majority of U.S. fourth-grade students reading … CONTINUED

Unemployment rate remains same in White County

Posted on May 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County is seemingly projecting a positive outlook for unemployment numbers as the Department of Labor’s most recent report shows the figure unchanged for April 2012.
According to Tennessee Department of Labor, White County remains at 10.6 percent unemployment rate, which was the same number for March 2012 after revisions for accurate calculations.
Although this is good news for White County, the jobless rate of 10.6 percent is the highest in comparison to the five bordering counties. Cumberland County registered 8.7 percent for April, down from 9.3 percent in March; DeKalb, 7.5 percent, down from 8 percent in March; Putnam, 7.2 percent, same as March; Van Buren, 10.5 … CONTINUED

Jimmy Ray Matheney Sr.

Posted on May 29, 2012 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jimmy Ray Matheney, Sr., age 45, of Walling, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Highland Medical Center in Sparta. He was a carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Matheney, of Walling; a daughter, Alicia Matheney and her husband Nathan Cope, of Spencer; a son, Jimmy Ray Matheney, Jr., of Walling; grandchildren, Kasey Michelle Coffman and Jordan Cope; parents, David and Brenda Matheney, of Smithville; two brothers, David Wayne Matheney, of Smithville, and Christopher George Matheney, of Sparta; and two sisters, Davia Sue Quistgaard, of Sparta, and Melissa Davenport, of Sparta.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Cora Wilmouth and Emma Donelson … CONTINUED

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