Monthly Archives: May 2013

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

Sheriff Department and TWRA to sponsor free youth fishing event

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

The White County Sheriff Department and TWRA is sponsoring a free fishing event at the Bridgestone Firestone Wildlife Management Area, and is offering a day of fun and prizes for children age 16 and younger.
The event, scheduled for Sat., June 8 from 4-8 p.m. provides an opportunity for children age 16 and younger to fish for free without a license if they are accompanied by a non-fishing adult.
Local businesses are donating prizes for participating children, and the department is seeking additional business sponsors to provide prizes.
Youths may register as they arrive.
The event will be held in the Bridgestone Firestone Wildlife Management Area through the … CONTINUED

Bill Boruff leading Little League standings

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

Stirring up dust at the plate. A Hunter Funeral Home base runner slides safely home as the ball gets away from the Red Turner’s players at the plate during action at the Smithville Highway fields on Tuesday night.

After last week’s action in the Sparta Little League 11-12 year old boys’ division, Bill Boruff had the league lead.
Boruff’s came in at 6-2 just one game up on Red Turner’s, who stood at 5-3. Hunter’s Funeral Home holds down third place and Sonic checks in at fourth place.
The following are recaps provided from last week’s Little League 11/12 baseball games. No other division recaps were available.
Offenses … CONTINUED

“Vandal” caught at Payne Nursery

Posted on May 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On the morning of May 15, 2013, Payne Nursery owner Tony Payne went to work only to discover numerous damaged potted plants. The scene was confusing. He questioned what could have done so much damage. It was a question that did not go unanswered for long. Shane Gray was working when he walked upon a critter that stopped him in his tracks. He was perplexed and momentarily stunned. It was an armadillo in Tennessee. Not one to waste time, Shane called for help to corral the beast. He and Gary Clouse chased the animal across the driveway, through a couple of greenhouses and between hundreds of potted plants. … CONTINUED

State to create recovery courts to combat drug abuse and mental health issues

Posted on May 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have announced the forthcoming creation of nine recovery courts that will combine services provided by drug courts with those of mental health courts and veterans courts to maximize available resources to make the biggest impact on drug abuse.
According to a press release by TDMHSAS, $1.56 million has been designated in the state budget for the recovery courts, which will incorporate intensive judicial supervision, treatment services, sanctions and incentives to address the needs of addicted nonviolent offenders.
Combining similar issues of mental health, substance abuse and veterans affairs in one location, according to the department, will best utilize … CONTINUED

Trooper based in White County memorialized

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Trooper Ronnie Hale

A special memorial service was held on May 17 at the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in Nashville to honor Tennessee troopers and other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as part of National Police Week, and White County’s Trooper Ronnie Hale was one of two troopers honored and added to the THP memorial wall.
The service honored the 41 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the establishment of THP in 1929.
The ceremony featured a roll call of the names of all 41 fallen troopers and three wreaths laid before the memorial wall by Tennessee Department … CONTINUED

Sparta native earns doctorate

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carrie (Ross) Abood (second from right, front row), along with the other graduates of the doctorate in education program, celebrate their achievement as the inaugural class to graduate from the new program.

After nearly 30 years, one Sparta native is finally finished with school.
Carrie (Ross) Abood went all the way with her education recently earning her doctorate of education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University — one of 22 students to graduate from the inaugural group of graduates from the program.
Abood, born and raised in Sparta, grew up playing basketball and soccer. Her family resides in Sparta.
Her father and grandfather practice dentistry … CONTINUED

Starting early key to scholarship applications

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deadlines, paperwork and long hours — filling out scholarship applications could be considered a full-time job for some.
Lisa Yoder, guidance counselor at White County High School, says applying for financial aid and scholarships is time consuming and tedious but it can pay off in the end. Literally.
However, applying for scholarships is more than just filling out paperwork.
Yoder advises that students get involved with their school and their local community as a way to help boost their chances of being awarder scholarships.
“They have to stand out from their competitors,” Yoder said. “They need to be a good student.They need to take classes that are challenging. … CONTINUED

Joe Elbert Boyd Jr.

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Elbert Boyd Jr., 82, of Spencer, passed away May 18, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mr. Boyd was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Sparta, to Maggie Lou Guy and Joe Elbert Boyd Sr.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., May 20, 2013, at Spencer Funeral, with burial in Shockley Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

2 arrested in January drug and theft bust

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A Golden Mountain couple who had been under investigation for months by the White County Sheriff Department have finally been arrested on drug and theft charges, following indictments recently issued by the grand jury.
According to a report by Detective Joseph Williams, earlier this year, residents and informants had provided the department with information there was reportedly drug activity and stolen property at a home on Golden Mountain Road that was owned by Larry and Betty Conley.
Det. Williams and Det. Craig Capps investigated the complaints by conducting an undercover drug operation at the suspected home. After completion of the operation, Det. Williams reports that he and Det. … CONTINUED

Baseball players receive postseason honors

Posted on May 19, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

All District 6AAA. Nine Warrior baseball players earned All District honors during the spring of 2013. They are (l to r): Adam Farley (honorable mention), Dustin Cole (second team), Ethan M. Roberts (first team), Kane Young (second team), Kade Howard (honorable mention), Michael Sain (first team), Jake Young (first team), Holden Null (honorable mention) and Jalon Foster (first team).

The finishing touches were put on the 2013 Warrior baseball season with a banquet on Tuesday celebrating the season as a team and also distributing post-season honors.
The All District team was selected by the coaches prior to the start of the District 6AAA Tournament with nine Warriors getting … CONTINUED

WCHS youth basketball camp dates set

Posted on May 19, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School basketball coaches have set the dates for their annual youth basketball camps at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
First up will be the Warriorette camp, which is set for May 28-30. It is open for students that will be enrolled in grades 3-8 for the 2013-14 school year. (Younger ages must be approved by camp staff.)
The camp will be from 9-11 a.m. on May 28 and 29. The 30th is tournament day and will last from 9 a.m. to noon.
The cost of the girls’ camp is $40 per player. The camp instructors will be Coach Haley, Coach Nathan Aaron and Warriorette players.

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