Monthly Archives: November 2013

9th grade teams open with wins

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

Last second win. Deandra Luna, shown above driving to the basket in the first half, hit a late three pointer to give the freshman/sophomore Warriorettes a 46-44 win over Cannon County.

Making a move under the basket. Warrior freshman, Logan Swoape, looks to make a move in the paint during Monday’s season opener for the ninth grade team.

The White County High School ninth grade teams opened their season with a pair of wins over visiting Cannon County on Monday night.
The Warriors rolled to the dominating 53-21 win in the nightcap.
The girls’ game, which was actually made up of both freshmen and sophomores, went right down … CONTINUED


Michael Thomas Ervin

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

Michael Thomas Ervin, 54 of Sparta, formerly of Charleston, S.C., passed away Nov. 17, 2013. at his home.
The family has chosen cremation without any planned services.
Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Chattanooga, was in charge of arrangements.


Virginia Mitchell Jolley

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

Virginia Mitchell Jolley, 95, a retired Memphis City school teacher, passed away Nov. 11, 2013, at Bright Glade Convalescent Center, where she had been a resident in recent years.
Ms. Jolley grew up in Whiteville, Tenn., and received her bachelor’s degree in science and music from Blue Mountain College. She later received her master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis. For more than 30 years Ms. Jolley taught science at Snowden Junior High School.
She leaves three sons, Bro. Timothy Jolley, of Grahamstown, South Africa, Charles Jolley, of Roanoke, Texas, William Jolley, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a brother, Dr. Charles Mitchell, of Sparta.
Graveside service … CONTINUED


Larry David Greene

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

Larry David Greene, 58, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at his home in Grandview, Mo., after an heroic battle with prostate cancer.
A memorial service was held Oct. 7, 2013, at McGilley and George Funeral Home, in Grandview, Mo.
Mr. Greene was born Oct. 30, 1954, in Detroit, Mich.
He attended school in Harper Woods, Mich. He graduated from South Lake High, in St. Clair Shores, Mich., where he played drums. He went on to play drums and do sound work for the Marshall Tucker Band.
Mr. Greene was a summa cum laude graduate of Macomb Community College, with a degree in mechanical engineering, in 1996. He attended … CONTINUED


Kenneth “Ken” Harlan Simmons

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

Kenneth “Ken” Harlan Simmons, 87, of Cookeville passed away Nov. 17, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville.
Mr. Simmons was born July 25, 1926, in Jacksonville, Fla., to James Henry and Nola Ethel Geer Simmons.
He served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II, in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean Conflict and later as a member of the Air National Guard. He retired from the Caterpillar Tractor Co. where he worked as a material controller, with 40 years of service. He had been a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ since moving to Cookeville, in 1997. He enjoyed clock-making.
He is survived … CONTINUED


Edna L. Whiteaker Jackson

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

Edna Lucile Whiteaker Jackson, 87, of the Camp Heights community of White County, passed away on Nov. 19, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
She was the daughter of Eddie Mc Daniel Whiteaker and Mary Margaret Eller Whiteaker, born April 25, 1926, in White County.
Mrs. Jackson was a member of Central Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Andrew Landon Jackson Sr.; and sons, Donald Eddie Jackson and Andrew Landon Jackson Jr.
Mrs. Jackson is survived by her loving daughter, Margaret Ann Carter; grandchildren, Jay Landon Carter and wife Vivian, Eddie Lee Carter and Amy; great-grandchildren, Tristan Lee Carter; and a host … CONTINUED


Junior Hodge

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

Junior Hodge, 88, of the Bon Air community of White County, passed away Nov. 6, 2013, at his home, after an extended illness.
Mr. Hodge was born Dec. 11, 1924, in White County, to Will and Theori Prater Hodge.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, in World War II, Company C 2nd Pioneer Battalion,18th Marine Regiment and 2nd Marine Division.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harold Hodge and wife Veda.
Survivors include wife of 66 years, Anna Ruth Hodge, of Sparta; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Odie Brock, of Rock Island; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Judy Hodge, of Sparta; … CONTINUED


Brenda Nell Young Spivey

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

Brenda Nell Young Spivey, 52, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 18, 2013, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Mrs. Spivey was born April 5, 1961, in White County, to James Edward and Anna Pauline Cumby Young.
She was a former shirt factory employee.
Mrs. Spivey was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Edward Lee “Pete” Young.
She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Spivey Franklin, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Dylan Wendt, Austin Wendt, Rayne Dodson, all of Doyle; companion of more than 25 years, Clyde “Pap” Spivey Jr., of Sparta; four brothers, Wayne (Charlotte) Young, Jody Young, Darryl … CONTINUED


Margie E. Felton

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

Margie E. Felton, 83, passed away Nov. 12, 2013, at Sheltering Arms Home, in Palmer.
Mrs. Felton was bon Feb. 21, 1930, in Jasper, to Luther Bryan and Della Ophelia Caldwell Johnson
She was a member of the Church of Christ attending at Gruetli-Laager.
Mrs. Felton was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Paul Felton; stepson, Thomas Felton; sisters, Irene Pickett, Willa Mae Collins; and brothers, Mitchell, Sydney and Hammon Johnson.
She is survived by her sons, Danny J. (Sandra) Wilmoth, of Boaz, Ala, Bill (Sharon) Wilmoth, of Blountville; daughters, Ann Harris, of Mount Juliet, Pauline Keller, of Eads, Brenda Sandler, of Arden, N.C.; stepdaughter, Mary … CONTINUED


Checking in with all the latest action from the middle school hoops’ teams

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

Up and in. Seth Jolley goes up for two points in the WCMS eighth grade Warriors loss to Harris Middle School on Monday.

Knocking down a three pointer. Eighth grade Warriorettes, Jessie Green, knocks down a three pointer during the first half of the WCMS win over Harris.

The following are the latest results reported from middle school basketball.
In their most recent outing, the eighth grade teams hosted Harris Middle School from Shelbyville Monday in Central Tennessee Conference action and ended with a split.
The Warriorettes had on hold to secure the 43-42 win after building a 31-16 halftime lead.
WCMS still held a double-digit lead, 37-27, … CONTINUED


WCHS takes a pair of wins at York Institute

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

Guarded on all sides. Cade Crosland handles the pressure well from not only a Dragon defender, but also the York student section. The Warriors outscored the Dragons 24-15 in the final period for the 64-58 victory, their third in as many games this season.

Taking aim for 1,000. Loren Foster gets ready to release for a three pointer that just happened to be the 1,000th point of her high school career. Foster hit eight threes in the game which is also a single game Warriorette record. WCHS improved to 2-1 with the 74-31 win over York Institute.

The White County High School basketball teams hit the road Tuesday … CONTINUED


Deputy DA McKenzie seeking 13th District Criminal Court judge seat

Posted on November 18, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Running for criminal court seat. Deputy District Attorney, Gary McKenzie, has announced his candidacy for the 13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge.

After 13 years of trying cases in criminal court, Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie felt that it was time for a big change, a change that could have him making rulings on cases rather than prosecuting them.
On Nov. 11, McKenzie, who is the lead prosecutor of homicide and violent crimes in Cumberland, White and Dekalb counties, announced his candidacy for Criminal Court Judge for the 13th Judicial District, a seat currently held by Judge Leon Burns, who is not seeking re-election.
McKenzie said the decision … CONTINUED


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