Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jeanna Beaty Willman

Posted on November 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Funeral services for Jeanna Renee Beaty Willmann, 35, of Sparta, were 10 a.m., Nov. 25, 2013, at Presley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Benton Flatt officiating. Burial followed in Shipley Cemetery.
Mrs. Willmann passed away Nov. 21, 2013, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Sparta.
She was born March 14, 1978, in Putnam County, to Gary and Wilma Jean Beaty.
Mrs. Willmann was a CNA for 10 years. She liked to crotchet and loved music and was a loving mother.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Devon Lee Willmann, and her grandparents, Mayford and Christine Beaty and Mr. and Mrs. James Wesley Burgess.
Survivors include … CONTINUED


THP conducts checkpoint in Van Buren

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

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper is checking a logging truck during the Nov. 22 checkpoint.

Highway 111 is a major thoroughfare between I-40 and Chattanooga, and Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers realize that many dangerous vehicles traverse this busy road.
Troopers have conducted several sobriety checkpoints on the highway in Van Buren County in recent months, and on Nov. 22, they conducted what they say is another successful endeavor.
According to THP Sgt. Jimmy Jones, the statistics of the Nov. 22 checkpoints are:
-One DUI
-Two wanted persons captured
-One seatbelt violation
-Three drug charges
-One registration violation
-Two drug paraphernalia charges
-Three commercial motor vehicle violations
-Two tax … CONTINUED


Cookeville woman killed in Bunker Hill crash

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

A fatal crash on South Bunker Hill Road claimed the life of a Cookeville woman on the afternoon of Nov. 22.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ronnie Simmons, just after 3 p.m., Jeanna Willman, age 35, of Cookeville, was traveling north on South Bunker Hill Road in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala.
As she initiated a small curve, Trp. Simmons says she left the right side of the road and sideswiped a guardrail.
Willmann attempted to bring her vehicle back onto the roadway, but reportedly overcorrected and crossed the centerline. She reportedly steered back into her lane of traffic, striking the guardrail on the right side a second … CONTINUED


Jobless rates are showing a small decrease

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

Tennesseans have seen little relief in unemployment, as the newly released statistics show that the jobless rate only decreased.1 percent from August to September and October.
On Nov. 21, the state released a combined report of unemployment figures for September and October. According to the report, for both months, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent, a decrease from August, in which the rate was 8.5 percent.
The unemployment rate is higher than it was at the same time last year, when the rate was 8.2 percent.
Local unemployment figures for counties have not been released yet, but most recent figures released for August showed White County with an … CONTINUED


Cullom to serve 23-year sentence on meth charges

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

Another Sparta resident, Lamar Mandell Cullom, has received a lengthy sentence for drug charges stemming from the March 5 drug roundup Operation Hawk Bill, in which 23 individuals who had been indicted by the Grand Jury were arrested.
According to Detective Joey Williams of the White County Sheriff Department, Cullom, had been charged with two counts of the sale of methamphetamine along with additional charges for violation of the drug-free school zone law, an added felony charge for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
Det. Williams says that Cullom took a plea deal for 15 years for the drug charges, but he will also serve eight … CONTINUED


Families report stolen vases at Highland Cemetery

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

Although Highland Cemetery sits in the middle of a highly-populated area, acts of vandalism are still plaguing the otherwise peaceful resting place.

Families visiting their beloved deceased relatives at Highland Cemetery were recently upset to find that flower vases on their graves had been stolen.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on Nov. 7 a resident reported that during a recent visit to her husband’s grave, she noticed that his vase, along with several other vases, were missing.
An officer investigating the report found that 12 graves appeared to have missing metal vases.
During their investigation, Chief Guth says that the department called the local recycling center … CONTINUED


Still kicking high after nine decades

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

Doris Gamble has lead a vivacious life, to say the least. Sorting through the newspaper clippings and pictures she’s saved, it’s easy to see her vibrant spirit highlighted by her many accomplishments.
“I haven’t been still long,” Gamble said.
Gamble is by definition a triple threat, being talented in acting, singing, and dancing.
Gamble was very active in theatre, performing for the Cookeville Drama Center and with other acting groups. She has played roles in The Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and French Toast, to name a few.
Gamble was also a member of The Spirits, an a cappella singing group. She … CONTINUED


Abell signs to play softball for Cumberland University

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

Signing day. Kristen Abell, a senior at WCHS, was surrounded by a large entourage on her signing day with Cumberland University to play softball. Pictured on the front row with her are her parents, Kristy and Mike Abell, along with her sisters, Mollie and Addison. On the back row are: Ralph Jackson, her first pitching coach; Rhonda Girdley, her middle school coach; Heather Stanfill, Cumberland University head coach; Michael Connell, Jack City spring coach and current pitching coach; Chris Jacobs, JC head coach; Charles Williams, JC coach; Stephanie Gutierrez, Cumberland University assistant coach; Jason Wyatt, former high school coach; and Grant Swallows, WCHS principal.

For the second time … CONTINUED


15 Warrior football players receive 6AAA honors

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

Assistant Coach of the Year. Warrior defensive coordinator, Josh Hackett, was voted by the other coaches in 6AAA as the Assistant of the Year.

Overall MVP. Warrior senior, Blake Lynn, was voted the overall Most Valuable Player of District 6AAA. He shared the honor with Rhea County’s Demitrious Patterson.

District 6AAA accolades rolled in for 15 of White County’s football players when the coaches in the league got together to vote on the postseason honor squad.
Fifteen different members of the maroon and gray squad received honors from the coaches, including one coach and five players that received superlative recognition.
Blake Lynn, Warrior tailback and outside linebacker, was … CONTINUED


Warriors suffer first loss

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

A bit of a reach in. A Lebanon defender gets whistled for a reach-in foul against Warrior point guard, Dalton Nash, during Friday’s game.

After squaring off against Lebanon High School for decades and decades in the old Lebanon High School gymnasium, the White County High School teams made their first ever visit to the new Lebanon High School Friday and the visit wasn’t a good one for the Warriors.
WCHS was right with the host Blue Devils (2-0) for most of the first three quarters before a 15-2 Lebanon run gave the host team a lead they would never relinquish handing the Warriors (3-1) their first loss … CONTINUED


Warriorettes net 50-43 win

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

Driving in. Warriorette point guard, Bella Taylor, drives with the ball against Lebanon. Taylor dished out five assists in the contest.

Playing their first game ever in the new Lebanon High School gymnasium, the Warriorette basketball team found the gym to their liking with the 50-43 win.
The win didn’t come easy though. WCHS built a 16-point halftime lead, but had to hold off a Lebanon run and finished with the seven-point win.
Loren Foster again led the Warriorettes in scoring tossing in 23 points. Amber Hudgens was the only other WCHS player in double figures with 11 points. Kelsey Roberts was not able to suit up for … CONTINUED


When America’s innocence was lost, Nov. 22, 1963

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

A reprint of The Dallas Times Herald, dated Nov. 22, 1963, uses only four words to denote the tragic event.

The Texas School Book Depository, which is the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots, now houses the JFK museum. (Photo by Kim Swindell Wood)

As I sit in my office that is filled with sunshine on this cool November day, my thoughts travel back in time to a dark day 50 years ago – Nov. 22, 1963 – the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated.
As a young student at East Sparta Elementary School, I vividly remember that somber moment when my teacher … CONTINUED


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