Monthly Archives: May 2013

Welch wins college funds through employer

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

Jesse Welch, junior at TTU, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Tennessee Grocer’s and Convenience Store Association.

One local student recently received scholarship money from the Tennessee Grocer’s and Convenience Store Association.
Jesse Welch, a three-year employee of Floyd’s Cash Saver grocery store, was awarded the $1,200 TGCSA Scholarship Award.
“I won the scholarship through my job at Floyd’s here in Sparta,” he told the Expositor.
“I won it my freshman year college — I’m not exactly sure if it’s the same scholarship,” he said. “The Tennessee Grocer’s Association gives out quite a few. But, I was awarded a scholarship from them my freshman year and then … CONTINUED


Norris pays it forward by volunteering at senior center

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

James Norris, a volunteer at the Sparta-White County Senior Center, stands among some of the beautiful paintings hanging inside the center’s art room.

James Norris will tell you he doesn’t mind to help out others. In fact, he’ll do what ever he can to help someone in need.
At 71, Norris volunteers for the Sparta-White County Senior Center; delivering meals and helping the center and the local senior community in anyway he can.
After a long career of factory work, Norris, who is originally from Cumberland County, retired and moved to White County.
“I moved to DeRossett first and then I move on down here,” he said. “I’m … CONTINUED


Wheel tax failure – what it could mean to WCSD

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

The proposed wheel tax has had the community talking, and emergency workers across the county have expressed concern over what the failure to pass the tax would mean for the services they provide, as cutting the portions of the county budget that finance these services has been discussed as one of the only options left for the county commission to fund the federally mandated Affordable Care Act.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe says he wants White County residents to understand that the failure of the wheel tax creates a perilous scenario for the community, and he refuses to cut his budget any more than he has, as he feels to … CONTINUED


Honor veterans, those now serving this Memorial Day

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

Paul Steele recounts service in Army during Vietnam War.

Paul Steele was drafted, in 1968, to travel overseas to a foreign country to fight a battle that was taking the lives of American soldiers by the thousands. Steele, who served in Vietnam, came back home a changed man and thereafter dedicated his life to educating the children of White County.

At the age of 22, Paul Steele found himself in the jungles of Vietnam, serving his country in one of the bloodiest battles of America’s history.
Steele was in college when tensions in Vietnam escalated.
“The draft board would grant college students a deferment based upon successful completion … CONTINUED


Area groups working to help tornado victims

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

Numerous organizations and churches in the Sparta area are assisting with aid to the victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. Find out below how to help.

One week after a deadly EF-5 tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma, folks across the nation are finding ways to pitch in and help victims to get back on their feet. Local organizations are pitching in and doing what they can to aid storm victims.
Life Care Center of Sparta has announced its office will serve as a drop-off center and will be collecting bottled water and bottled sports drinks, personal hygiene items, and diapers until next Friday.
From there, the donated … CONTINUED


TBI releases Crime in Schools Report for 2012

Posted on May 25, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released an annual report on crime in Tennessee schools over the past three years, and has found that there has been a 16.5 percent decrease in crime over the span of the study.
The report, which compiled reports of crime in public and private school systems up to 12th grade, notes that there have been a total of 10,980 reported offenses in Tennessee schools during the 2012, a 16.5 percent decrease sicen 2010, which reported 13,151 offenses.
Simple assault was the most frequent offense, accounting for 36 percent of all offenses.
In fact, crimes against persons made up the largest majority of … CONTINUED


Tennessee Highway Patrol to step up seat belt and DUI enforcement during Memorial Day weekend

Posted on May 24, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will step up seat belt and DUI enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The THP also encourages all motorists to drive safely during the 78-hour period. State troopers will conduct several seat belt and sobriety checkpoints and will be out in force patrolling statewide to help ensure safe roadways this holiday.
The 2013 Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 24 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27. Sixteen people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend. That was a decrease from 19 fatalities in 2011. Last year, alcohol was involved in six … CONTINUED


Police seek tips in Dixie Food Mart burglary

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police are seeking tips from residents on the identity of the suspect(s) behind the burglary of Dixie Food Mart on Spring Street that they believe occurred sometime between 7 p.m. on May 19 and 4:59 a.m. on May 20.
According to a report by Sgt. Doug Goff, who responded to the scene at approximately 5 a.m. on May 20, an unknown suspect threw a concrete block through a side window of the store and took several cartons of cigarettes.
The total quantity of cartons stolen is still unknown at this time.
Security cameras at the store and nearby businesses were not able to capture an image of … CONTINUED


WCHS Class of 2013 receives diplomas

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Upon instruction from class president, Rebekah Walters, the Class of 2013 turns their tassels, which symbolizes the change from student to graduate.

On a warm clear Monday night at Dee Harris Field, the 105th graduating class of White County High School moved from the ranks of student to alumni.
The Class of 2013, which is 236 strong, accepted their diplomas, turned their tassels and then broke into celebration, along with a few tears along the way.
The theme of this year’s graduation was “Celebrate the Present, Embrace the Past.” Following the processional of graduates to the age-old tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduation ceremony began in front … CONTINUED


Wheel tax fails – what’s the next step?

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike McLatchy, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, asks county commissioners if the squad’s funding will be eliminated to help finance the Affordable Care Act.

A resolution to implement a wheel tax in White County has failed for lack of a majority vote by county commissioners.
During the May 20, 2013, meeting, the controversial wheel tax, which would have been a means for funding the mandated Affordable Care Act, was defeated for lack of a two-thirds majority vote by commissioners. This was the second of two required readings of the resolution. The resolution passed during the April meeting.
White County Board of Commissioners is comprised of 14 members. … CONTINUED


Self Governance event coming to White County

Posted on May 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A group dedicated to helping Tennesseans “rediscover, own, and preserve their civic authority” will be hosting an event in Sparta next week.
The Tennessee Center for Self Governance, a 501C3 nonprofit organization, will make a presentation at the White County Courthouse, at 7 p.m., May 30.
There is no cost to attend the presentation. The educational benefits, according to president Mark Herr, are invaluable.
“We teach the average citizen how to exercise their civic authority,” Herr said. “We hope that [attendees] get a sense of hope that they can learn how to keep their republic.”
Following an educational presentation held last month, that centered around gun control and … CONTINUED


Three Warriorettes named Softball All District

Posted on May 22, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

First team all district. Baylee Bain, Kaitlyn Heath and Kelsey Roberts were named to the District 6AAA Softball first team.

After the Warriorette softball season came to an end, it was announced that three Warriorettes were named to the All District 6AAA team.
Even though the team struggled at times this season, the good news is that all three of those that received honors are just juniors and will be back next season. In fact, the Warriorettes will return all their starters and most of their top reserves. There was only one senior, Sidney Taylor, on the WCHS team.
The three players named All District were Baylee Bain, … CONTINUED


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