Monthly Archives: November 2013

Woman arrested for allegedly stealing checks, identities of White Co. residents

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

Brenda Christine Schuler

A Florida woman who reportedly has a lengthy criminal history of defrauding and passing forged instruments is now being held in the White County Jail, as detectives say she has stolen checks and identities of residents in White County.
According to Detective John Ford of the White County Sheriff Department, he was initially contacted when blank checks were allegedly stolen from the mailbox of a White County man, and a female was reportedly attempting to pass them at a bank in Gallatin.
Det. Ford says the bank became suspicious when the female showed an identification that did not belong to her, so they called the … CONTINUED

County employees receive new insurance packets

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

Passing the wheel tax was only the first hurdle in providing county employees with health insurance. After an exhaustive three-month process, county employees have now received their insurance information packets and can begin choosing the plan best for them and their families.
To begin the process of bringing insurance to White County employees, Finance Director Chad Marcum placed an advertisement with an invitation to submit a proposal in the Aug. 12 edition of the Expositor with an Aug. 26 deadline.
He states that he also extended an invitation and mailed packets to everyone who had come into his office selling insurance since he took office, as he held … CONTINUED

Walker Valley shoots down Warriorettes 79-64

Posted on November 17, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Taking it at them. Alex Lewis takes the ball up for two points between two Walker Valley defenders. Lewis came off the bench to score 11 points, but the Warriorettes were defeated 79-64 by a hot shooting Lady Mustang team.

When the Warriorettes opened the season Tuesday night at home, they shot the lights out early, jumped to an early lead and finished off a lop-sided win.
The roles were reversed Friday night in Cleveland. The Walker Valley Lady Mustangs connected on 13 of their 23 three point attempts, built a double figure lead and held on for the 15-point win over the Warriorettes.
Sparta made several runs … CONTINUED

Warriors hold off Walker Valley for second win

Posted on November 17, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Leading the break. Warrior senior point guard, Dalton Nash, pushes the ball up the floor on the fast break during the win over Walker Valley Friday. Nash had a solid stat line in the game with nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. The Warriors, who are now 2-0, head to Jamestown Tuesday to take on York Institute.

After the first five minutes of the game, the Warriors never trailed the Mustangs Friday at Walker Valley High School in Hall of Fame action, but that doesn’t mean the game was in hand all the way.
WCHS led by double figures during the contest, but had to … CONTINUED

Foster inks with UAH on national signing day

Posted on November 17, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Signing day. Loren Foster (middle front), a senior member of the Warriorette basketball team, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to continue her basketball career past high school on to the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Loren was joined on signing day by her parents, Janie Randolph and Jerry Foster. Also present were (back row, l to r): Terry Crain, WCHS athletic director, Nathan Aaron, Warriorette assistant coach; Jalon Foster, Loren’s brother; and Warriorette head coach, Bryan Haley. Foster is in her fourth year starting for the Warriorettes and is the program’s all-time leader in three pointers made. NCAA regulations prohibit college coaches from being present


Michael Glenn Hankines

Posted on November 14, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael Glenn Hankines, age 46, of Sparta, passed away recently at his home.
Mr. Hankines was born March 9, 1967, in Van Buren County, to Hubert Tobitt and the late Iva Jean Hankines Tobitt.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Iva Jean Tobitt, and grandparents, Albert and Eileen Tobitt and J.T. and Dorthea Hankines.
Survivors include his son, Jackie Tyler Hankines, of Lebanon; daughter, Alexis Michelle Ferguson, of Lebanon; father, Hubert (Janet) Tobitt, of Orlando, Fla.; siblings, Melanie Sullivan, of Spencer, Diana (Andy) Haston, of Sparta, Tonya (Charlie) Tollison, of Sparta, Jonathan Tobitt, of Orlando, Fla., Brody McKenna, of Orlando, Fla., Kerry McKenna, of Orlando, Fla.;… CONTINUED

Velma Lowery Pack

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Velma Lowery Pack, 90, of Sparta passed away Nov. 12, 2013, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Pack was born Jan. 13, 1923 in the Clifty community of White County, to Tom and Grace Cooley Lowery.
She worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sparta Shirt Factory and was a housewife.
Mrs. Pack was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam Hill Pack; a son, Eddie Pack Sr.; three brothers; and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Arthur and husband Sam, of Clarksville; son Randall Pack and wife Sandy, of Henderson, Nev.; brothers, Gary “Penny” Lowery and wife Polly, of Sparta; sister, Sue … CONTINUED

Randall Lee (Randy) Stoglin

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Randall Lee (Randy) Stoglin, 53, of the Cole’s Chapel community of White County, passed away Nov. 10, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Stoglin was born June 2, 1960, the son of Walter Carson Stoglin and Kitty Clouse Stoglin Mahan, of White County.
He was preceded in death by his father; fraternal grandparents, Hamp and Minnie Smith Stoglin; and maternal grandparents, Asbury & Ella Hutson Clouse.
He is survived by his loving son, Landon Lee Stoglin; mother, Kitty Clouse Stoglin Mahan; sisters, Linda McMurtry, Debbie Rich, Kathy Tenpenny, Tracey Hutchings; brother, Jeff Stoglin; mother of son, Shelia Carr; seven nephews; three nieces; and a large host of … CONTINUED

E-911 board sets dispatcher pay scale

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At the Nov. 11 meeting of the E-911 Board of Directors, the board continued to make efforts to improve policies for employees of E-911, by setting a concrete pay scale for dispatchers.
Board member Geeta McMillan spoke on behalf of the personnel committee and recommended several ideas for the board to consider, such as a cost of living raise that is comparable to that of county employees, step increases in pay, annual employee evaluations, increased wages for completing extra training, and most importantly, a clearly defined pay scale.
According to board member Matt McBride, when looking through records at E-911 to try to establish pay rates for dispatchers, … CONTINUED

THP reminds residents to drive safely as holiday season approaches

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

November means the holidays are approaching, and with the holiday season near, residents are hitting the road to shop for gifts and ingredients for that special meal, as well as visiting family and friends.
The Highway Patrol wants everyone to enjoy their holiday season and arrive at their destinations safely, so Sgt. Jimmy Jones wants to remind residents to be safe as they take to the roads.
Sgt. Jones asks that residents remember to always wear their seatbelts and do not allow yourself to become distracted while driving.
In fact, the Highway Patrol has amped up efforts to enforce the state law against texting and driving.
Most importantly, … CONTINUED

Chamber discusses plans to bring new businesses to Sparta

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

At the Nov. 11 meeting of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, business consultant Lisa Norris gave her first presentation to the board about her research of Sparta-White County’s attributes in an effort to bring new business to White County.
In Norris’s report to the board, she described White County’s greatest asset as a “workforce of intelligent people with experience.”
Although these people may not be college educated, they have been successfully running their own businesses “out of their backyards,” she states.
Other assets the county has to offer, according to Norris, are the temperate climate, a rural location that is still close to larger cities, many entrepreneurs, … CONTINUED

One injured in Franks Ferry crash

Posted on November 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

 A man returning home after a trip to the dump may have totaled his truck, but he may have also saved his own life with his quick response. According to Sgt. Shannon Jenkins of the White County Sheriff Department, as the vehicle traveled on Franks Ferry Road, near the intersection of Hensley Chapel Road, a dog reportedly crossed the vehicle’s path. The driver swerved to miss the animal, but this action reportedly caused his vehicle to leave the roadway. As the vehicle began to travel down the embankment, the driver jumped out of the vehicle. He was transported to Highlands Medical Center by ambulance.

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