Monthly Archives: February 2014

Help Our Heroes to be hosted by U.S. Marine Kevin Honaker

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kevin Honaker

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
In September 2011, Lance Corporal Kevin Honaker was serving in Afghanistan as a combat engineer. While on a mission to search for and disable improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to protect fellow Marines, Honaker was severely injured when an IED exploded beneath him. Doctors were forced to amputate one leg beginning above the knee and the other beginning below the knee.
After eight months of rehabilitation, 10 surgeries, and the fitting of prosthetic legs, Honaker returned to Sparta. He is currently attending Tennessee Technological University and majoring in Natural Resources Management. He intends to continue his education at Auburn University.
Because the … CONTINUED

Tennessee Health Care Campaign comes to Sparta

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
On Feb. 25, and 27, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign for the Upper Cumberland will be at the White County Public Library to answer questions about health insurance. Trained volunteers will be present to answer any questions. Those interested may call (931) 528-8422 to make an appointment.
According to, “The Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) is the state’s premier nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group and a leader in the health care justice movement. Our mission for everyone to have guaranteed affordable choices in health care began in 1989. We envision a society where the physical, mental, and emotional health needs … CONTINUED

Two arrested and indicted for Farley murder

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County Sheriff Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, on Feb. 9, 2014, at 8 p.m., along with Sheriff Shoupe conducted an investigation into an assault – homicide of Jill Farley. The investigation will allege that the suspects met the victim at the Dollar General Store, on Roberts Matthews Highway, in Sparta.
Within eight hours, the suspects were in custody on alleged drug charges. Officers and agents Sheriff Oddie J. Shoupe, Detective Richard Lynch, Chief Thomas Simmons, Detective Craig Capps, Detective Steve Page, Detective John Meadows, Detective Chris Isom, Detective John Ford, Sgt. Andy Julian, Deputy Ryder Cook, and Agent Dan Friel and … CONTINUED

Grant Curtus Boswell

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Grant Curtus Boswell, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Boswell was born April 27, 1971, in Owensboro, Ky., the son of James and Paula Biggs Boswell.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Feb. 15, 2014, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 9:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

White County celebrates FFA Week

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

From the left are White County FFA members Baylee Bain, president; Blake Carter, historian; and Justin Farley, reporter, observing White County Executive Herd Sullivan sign a proclamation designating Feb. 15-22, 2014, as National FFA Week in White County.

White County FFA will celebrates National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22, 2014.
“Ignite” is this year’s theme, and it celebrates more than 82 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than half-a-million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.
FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more … CONTINUED

Jerel Deen Lance Johnson

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jerel Deen Lance Johnson, 57, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga.
Mrs. Johnson was born Dec. 11, 1956, in Sparta, to Frank Lance and Willie Shelton Lance.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, James H. Johnson, of Sparta; daughters, Cynthia (Robert) Adkison, of Walling, Rebecca (Danny) Margeson ,of Sparta; son, Mikie Johnson, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Blain, Tiffany, Jay, Jonathan; one great-grandchild, Aleena May; sisters, Willie Poss, Betty McNeil, Linda Williams, Mary Hammock, Maurine Luna, Darlene Gatton; and several nieces and nephews.… CONTINUED

Dr. Leighton H. Smith Jr.

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dr. Leighton H. Smith Jr., longtime Sparta physician, passed away Feb. 13, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Dr. Smith was born Aug. 27, 1923, in Nashville, the only son of Leighton H. Smith Sr. and Maibelle Bledsoe Smith.
In 1941, as a senior in high school, he was student commander of the ROTC program and spearheaded a fundraiser for War Bonds. It was so successful that Glenn Miller called him during the fundraiser at the Hippodrome, in Nashville, to offer to play any requested song.
Dr. Smith went on to earn his bachelor’s degree and his doctorate in medicine from Vanderbilt University. He served his residency … CONTINUED

Shirley Diane Norris

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shirley Diane Norris, 60, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Norris was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Nashville, the daughter of Winefred and Bobbie Adcock Turner.
A memorial service will be 5 p.m., Feb. 19, 2014, at Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Edward Hauk

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Edward Hauk, 57, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 12, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Hauk was born March 21, 1956, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of John Hauk and Margret Johnson Hauk.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grand jury indicts two for Farley murder

Posted on February 17, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Brian Anthony Logan

Miranda Michelle Brown

Two White County residents have been indicted for the alleged murder of a Cookeville woman after the pair reportedly confronted the victim at Dollar General Store, on Roberts-Matthews Highway, in Sparta.
Brian Anthony Logan, also known as Allyn Marcial Hodges Jr., of 357 Eller Road, in Sparta, and Miranda Michelle Brown, of 130 Southard Road, in Sparta, have been charged in the Feb. 9, 2014, death of Jill Adcock Farley, 41, of Cookeville, formerly of White County.
According to a press release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Farley had driven into the parking lot of Dollar General and waited in the vehicle … CONTINUED

Checking in with other district tournaments

Posted on February 16, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Some other district tournaments in the area are also of note to local readers.
The Van Buren County teams are competing in the District 6A tournament at Hardy Memorial. The Eaglettes are the top seed and are still awaiting their first action.
They will take on Lookout Valley (11-13) Monday at 2 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. They are 18-8 overall and went 11-0 in district play.
In the other side of the bracket, Whitwell (13-14) will take on Hardy Memorial (6-19).
The championship game is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. The consolation game will be Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
The Van Buren County boys’ saw their … CONTINUED

Warriors roll into District 6AAA semifinals

Posted on February 16, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On target. Cade Crosland hit six treys in the 12 minutes of the Warriors’ 82-49 win over Rhea County in the quarterfinals of the District 6AAA tournament. The Warriors will now take on Stone Memorial Monday at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Warriorettes against Cookeville at 6 p.m.

Even though their game was two days later than originally expected to be played, the Warriors didn’t show any ill effects from the change in the 6AAA district tournament schedule as they rolled into the semifinals with an 82-49 win over Rhea County at Cookeville High School on Saturday.
The game was moved from Thursday to Saturday due to the … CONTINUED

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