Monthly Archives: March 2013

Michelle Denise O’Connell-Cunningham

Posted on March 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michelle Denise O’Connell-Cunningham, 51, of Quebeck, passed away March 23, 2013, at her residence.
Mrs. O’Connell-Cunningham was born Dec. 30, 1961, the daughter of Michael P. and Jacquline Moreland O’Connell.
She had been employed as a manager for Dollar General.
Mrs. O’Connell-Cunningham was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Steven Cunningham.
Survivors include three brothers, Jim O’Connell and wife Jennifer, of Glendale, Ariz., Scott O’Connell and wife Janet, of California, Steve O’Connell, of California; two bonus daughters, Kim Wilson and husband Mike, of Lincoln, Ark., Michelle Cunningham, of Lincoln, Ark.; bonus son, Daniel Cunningham and wife Shawna, of Lincoln, Ark.; four bonus sisters, Lauri Hagen … CONTINUED

40-year-old former jail demolished Friday night

Posted on March 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Braving a steady rainfall and diminishing daylight, a demolition company leveled a structure that had once served as a jail facility, as well as serving a dual role as Sparta Police Department. City of Sparta owns the property where the deteriorated building had sat unused for the past several years, except as limited storage space.

Winford Gene Pendleton

Posted on March 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Winford Gene Pendleton, 69, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2013, at his daughter’s home, in Sparta.
Funeral service will be noon, March 30, 2013, at this daughter’s home, with burial in Friendship Cemetery, in Spring City. The family will receive friends at his daughter’s home, noon-8 p.m., March 29.
Survivors include his wife, Tennie Pendleton; daughters, Julie “Cotton” Mackie and husband Bobby, Jeanie Graves and husband Buck; son, Alex Whitson; brother, Roy Pendleton; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Miktarian exhibits art at Vanderbilt

Posted on March 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Paul Miktarian, of Sparta, is pictured here with some of his recent paintings. He has had his most recent exhibit called “Kaleidoscope” at The Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt, in Nashville. This show will end during the first week of April. For more information on this exhibit call Merritt Ireland at (931) 526-9967 or e-mail her at

Unmanned car crashes into Bockman Shell

Posted on March 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

This Hyundai became sandwiched between the Bockman Way Shell station and cars parked along the side of the building after it rolled down Moore Street. The Hyundai’s owner had exited the vehicle, believing it was in park, but was actually still in drive, according to a report by Sparta Police Department.

A Sparta woman thought she had parked her car near the Dance Academy on Moore Street, only to see it take off without her, crashing through two fences and into the Shell Station car wash, before coming to rest after hitting the main building of the Shell Station.
According to Sparta Police Officer Brent Copeland, Peggy Davis, … CONTINUED

Van Buren County commissioner vacancy filled by Harris

Posted on March 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

With a full body present, the Van Buren County Commission was called to order at 6 p.m., March 16, 2013, at the civic center, in Spencer.
After dispensing with the reading of the minutes from the February meeting, the group proceeded with the next order of business. Appointing someone to fill the vacant position of county commissioner in the first district was quickly resolved, with a 6 to 3 vote for Tim Harris. Harris was sworn in directly after the meeting.
Next, the commission approved the resolution contingently accepting construction bids for water system improvements. The $444,562 Community Development Block Grant attached to this resolution will be used … CONTINUED

Proposed bill for judge licensing dies in House

Posted on March 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A bill that would have removed licensing requirements for judges has reportedly died in the house.
The proposed bill, which would have amended sections of the Tennessee Code Annotated effectively changing the current qualifications to become a city, court of criminal appeals, general sessions, or court of appeals judge by removing licensing requirements, was taken off notice in the House yesterday.
The proposed bill would have allowed individuals who are not licensed attorneys could serve as judges.
According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, “the bill could result in persons untrained in Tennessee law serving as judges. The complexity of current law and court rules would limit … CONTINUED

Alleged cocaine dealer surrenders

Posted on March 28, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Danita Jean Sigler

Less than a week after the White County Sheriff Department offered a $200 reward for the arrest of alleged drug dealer Danita Jean Sigler, age 39, Sigler is now behind bars after turning herself in at the White County Justice Center on March 25, 2013.
According to Detective Joey Williams, Sigler was wanted on six counts of selling schedule II drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine and pills, as well as four counts of selling drugs in a school zone.
Sigler is one of the 67 individuals the department sought to apprehend in the recent Operation Hawk Bill drug roundup.
Det. Williams says that on March … CONTINUED

Relay For Life now a daytime event

Posted on March 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County Relay for Life will have its first-ever daytime event, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., May 4, 2013, at White County Fairgrounds. Bring out entire family and join in the fun for a great cause. Opening ceremony is 11 a.m., with White County High School Color Guard and others presenting lots of entertainment and activities all day.
There will also be silent auctions, a car show/cruise-in, and great food with proceeds going to help find a cure for cancer. The main Relay for Life opening ceremony will be 5 p.m., followed by recognition of cancer survivors, survivors’ and caregivers’ laps, and luminaries. Anyone who is interested in forming a … CONTINUED

Fentress Countians anxiously await vote on York Institute funding

Posted on March 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A small community is anxiously awaiting the decision of the state’s House Subcommittee on Education.
A decision that, depending on the vote, could honor a nearly 80 year old promise — or leave hundreds of students without a school.
It’s the first time that a bill — introduced by Governor Bill Haslam — to transition the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, a public high school, back to Fentress County has been formally proposed.
However, it’s not the first time that the state has discussed discontinuing funding for the high school, named in honor of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York.
“In 2010, (then-Governor Phil) Bredesen left … CONTINUED

Vastelle Faith Sanders Maughon

Posted on March 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Vastelle Faith Sanders Maughon, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 27, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.
Mrs. Maughon was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Boaz, Ala., to Andy and Ila Smith Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Maxwell Maughon.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Maughon, of Sparta, Robert M. Maughon and wife Donna, of Gatlinburg; her daughter, Susan Massey and husband Randy, of Carthage; two grandchildren, Mickaela Massey, Max Massey; and two brothers, Cois Sanders and Ned Sanders, both of Boaz, Ala.
Funeral service will be 5 p.m., March 29, 2013, at Hunter Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2 … CONTINUED

Lewis Franklin Teeple

Posted on March 27, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lewis Franklin Teeple, 91, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2013, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.
He was born March 15, 1922, the son of the late James Porter and Nancy Teeple, who had resided in Sparta.
Mr. Teeple lived a life of service and was an active member of the Sparta and White County community. He was a member of the Findlay Church of Christ and a former farmer, small business owner and White County Veterans Service Officer. During the Great Depression, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Like many others from White County, he volunteered for service during World War II where he was … CONTINUED

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