Monthly Archives: August 2014

Head Start closed for holiday

Posted on August 28, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The L.B.J.& C. Development Corporation Head Start centers and the Central Office will be closed Sept. 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. The Head Start Centers will re-open on Sept. 2, 2014.

Happy birthday Eva

Posted on August 28, 2014 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Eva Taylor Mahan celebrated her 1st birthday July 2, 2014. She is the daughter of Jeff and Mollie Mahan, of Cookeville. Eva is the younger sister of Lena Mahan. Her grandparents are R.L. and Opal Mahan, of Sparta, and Donald and Kathy Mott, of Baxter.

Wilson Named Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland

Posted on August 27, 2014 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Board of Directors is pleased to announce Carolyn Wilson has been named Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland Affiliate. Wilson previously served as the Affiliate Coordinator. Wilson has a background in social work and education and has served in advocacy roles throughout her career. Wilson will be responsible for the overall operation of the organization including representing Komen Upper Cumberland to the public and community organizations, providing guidance to volunteers and committees, and be responsible for building systems and procedures to accomplish the mission, goals and policies set forth by the Board.


Tennessee Treasury Department to host series of free webinars on saving for college

Posted on August 27, 2014 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

In celebration of College Savings Month, the Tennessee Treasury Department wants to help making college planning easier. Beginning Sept. 10, the department will host a series of free web-based seminars – or webinars – on topics related to college savings. These webinars will include information about the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan, which allows people to save money for children’s college expenses with tax advantages. Money earned on investments in TNStars is tax-free, provided it is used for qualified higher education expenses. Registration for the webinars is open to anyone who would like participate. To register, visit



This week, 40 years ago, White County boy scouts set up squirrel boxes

Posted on August 27, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

This week in 1974, boy scout troop 174 set up squirrel nesting boxes around the county under the supervision of Conservation Officer Gene Alcorn (far left). Do you recognize any of these White County boy scouts?

General Motors to invest $185 million in engine plant in Spring Hill

Posted on August 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with General Motors officials announced today the company will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.  Spring Hill is among six manufacturing locations around the globe that will produce the new engine, and an additional $48.4 million investment is planned for the Bedford, Indiana powertrain castings plant.


Hay fire threatening structure

Posted on August 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Firefighters are currently responding to a hay fire at 450 Hanson Lane, with the fire threatening a nearby structure.

Johnny “Junky” Clay Roberts

Posted on August 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Johnny Clay “Junky” Roberts, 42, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

Mr. Roberts was born Aug. 27, 1971, in White County, to Alton and Rosetta McCloud Roberts.

He was an in-ground construction worker and foreman. Mr. Roberts was a race car enthusiast, from building the cars to racing them. Every day was race day.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Dewey Douglas Roberts.

Survivors include his daughter, Kristen Chadwick and husband Kevin, of Chatsworth, Georgia; son, Jakeup Choate, of Sparta; parents, Alton and Rosey Roberts, of Sparta; brother, Robbie D. Roberts, of Sparta; and two nieces, Kaysee Lane and … CONTINUED

Reba Janell Ford

Posted on August 27, 2014 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Reba Janell Ford, 74 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Ford was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Sparta, to Dewey Jones and Winnie Conley Jones.

She was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.

Ms. Ford was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Estelle Wilson, Mary Belle Bumbalough, Eva Hicks; and one brother, Richard Jones.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony Graham and wife Karen, of Nashville, Keith Graham and wife Tracie, of Florida;

grandson, Sawyer Graham, of Florida; sister-in-law, JoAnna Jones, of Tullahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Aug. 29, … CONTINUED

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design

Posted on August 27, 2014 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design for 2014 is an all-new, out-of-this-world symbol! The maze at Blowing Springs Farm is in the shape of a mysterious crop circle, open Thursdays through Sundays beginning September 25! Follow the attraction’s social media pages for an upcoming contest related to this sighting!,,,



Wooftrax app is raising money for local animal shelters

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Raela Gore

Taking the dog for a walk is now good for you, your dog, and your local animal shelter.  Download the Wooftrax app, take the dog for a walk, and donations are made to the animal shelter of your choice for every mile walked.  Visit for more information.

Golden Mountain Road to be closed for the fair

Posted on August 27, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Golden Mountain Road will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 27 in preparation for the 2014 White County Fair.

© Copyright 2020 | Sparta Live

SIGN UP FOR MORE! Get special offers and updates from us in your inbox. Sign Up!
+ +