Monthly Archives: December 2015

Police department adds new policies

Posted on December 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

Sparta Police Department has adopted a new policy about racial profiling and has policies in the making for body cameras and racial bias.

“This is not a problem we have here in Sparta,” stated Sparta Chief of Police Jeff Guth. “It is just complying with state law.”

Guth stated that the policy brought before the board was created by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and has been thoroughly looked over by City Attorney, Lynn Omohundro.

The adopted policy states, “The Sparta Police Department requires officers to investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, enforcing criminal and motor and vehicle laws. At a minimum, reasonable suspicion must exist that … CONTINUED

Brown family calls healing of son Aiden a miracle

Posted on December 24, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Aiden Brown, a 9-year-old boy from Sparta, has undergone yet another surgery this month to reduce the large scar that runs across his chest. He’s spent considerable amounts of time in hospital rooms this year, but this time, he got to go home afterwards, and even got to drop by his third grade class’s Christmas party a couple days later.

Now, he is preparing to share a very special Christmas with his family.

It was a miracle-at least, that’s what the headline on Erlanger Children’s Hospital’s website, where Aiden Brown is listed as one of their miracles of 2016, says.

“I am Aiden. I am a miracle,” it … CONTINUED

Miracle child Brynna Webster on path to recovery

Posted on December 24, 2015 8:08 am by Delaney Austin

On May 13, 2015, 18-month-old Brynna Webster and family were moving into a new home in Sparta when she accidentally pulled an appliance-moving dolly on top of herself, bringing it down with enough force to cause her to scream once and stop breathing.

After calling 911 and being rushed to the emergency room, LifeForce airlifted Brynna to the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger where doctors were sure she had a skull fracture.

Unconscious, Brynna’s blood pressure dropped and her brain suffered a secondary diffuse injury, which is caused due to a lack of oxygen. The next day, an echocardiogram revealed her heart was only working at about 25 percent … CONTINUED

Lawsuit against White County is dismissed

Posted on December 24, 2015 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

Another lawsuit concerning White County Jail has been dismissed, as a suit filed by Eddie Judkins against White County and a physician who had been contracted to provide medical services to inmates, alleging medical neglect has been dismissed with prejudice, primarily for being outside the statute of limitations, in an order filed on Dec. 14.

The civil rights suit was filed on May 27, 2014 by Eddie Judkins, against White County and Johnny Bates, M.D., the physician contracted for the White County Jail.

In the suit, Judkins alleged in his lawsuit that Dr. Bates acted with “reckless disregard and callous and deliberate indifference to Mr. Judkins’ serious medical … CONTINUED

Leonard Clifton Boyd

Posted on December 24, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Leonard Clifton Boyd, 81, of Spencer, passed from this life on Dec. 22, 2015, at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga. Mr. Boyd was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Sparta, the son of the late Joe Boyd and Maggie Guy Boyd.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 27, 2015, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery. Wayne Sullivan will officiate. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 26, and 9 a.m-2 p.m., Dec. 27, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Joe Green

Posted on December 24, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Henry Joe Green, 86, of Walling, passed away Dec. 21, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Green was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ and proudly served his country in The U.S. Army in Korea.

He was born Nov. 24, 1929, to Sallie Lee Lowery and James “Jimmy” Carroll Green.

From an early age, he farmed and developed his talent with animals and the land.

He was a lifelong resident of the Cassville and Walling communities, in White County.

He met his wife of 62 years, Martha Willene Wilhite Green, as he rode the fence line near the one-room    schoolhouse at Jones’ Chapel where she taught.… CONTINUED

Freddie Wayne “Foxy” Phifer

Posted on December 24, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Freddie Wayne Phifer, 70, passed away Dec. 22, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Born June 13, 1945, in Doyle, he was the son of Charles Fred Phifer and Alva Swoape Phifer.

Mr. Phifer was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Phifer was preceded in death by brothers Charles Phifer, J.W. Phifer; sisters, Bettye Parsley, Frances Burgess, Kathy Wolfe; son, Greg Phifer; and granddaughter Avery Graves.

Survivors include his sweetheart, Sharon Shockley, of Spencer; son, Mark Phifer, of Texas; daughters, Karen (Mark) Stovall, of Owensboro, Kentucky, Stephanie (Jason) Graves, of Franklin, Kentucky, Heather (Brad) Ferguson of Columbia, Missouri; sister, Marilynn Johnson … CONTINUED

Yeshua’s Sabbath Church Torah Nugget

Posted on December 23, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

If you need a touch from heaven, listen to this worship service. If you also need a right now word about the times in which we live, then also listen to this pastor. If you want the CD so you can listen in your car, I will mail it to you. Just let me know. And if you have any questions about the teaching, please message me, Dr. Larry Pratt, at as I love to talk about Yahweh and the Messiah. 12192015-joseph-jesus-reveal

Missing our loved ones

Posted on December 23, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(By Linda Leach) – Even though this time of year we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, many of us have loved ones that have passed on, and we miss them dearly. This photo from 1953 shows my father, me at the age of 3, and my sister. Both my father and sister have passed on. My father served in World War II in the U.S. Army, in Germany, Italy and Africa. My father loved spending time and having fun with his children. Over 30 years ago, my sister was murdered in her home by thieves. I love them dearly and miss them dearly. I am thankful … CONTINUED

Lora Beth Hyder

Posted on December 23, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lora Beth Hyder, 38, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Hyder was born Sept. 1, 1977, in Sparta, the daughter of Jesse Massa, Jr. and Margaret Ashbaugh Massa.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Corey Massa.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis Hyder, of Sparta; two sons, J.D. Hyder, Malcom Hyder, both of Sparta; mother, Margaret Massa, of Byrdstown; father, J.W. Massa Jr., of Sparta; brother, Jared Massa, of Cookeville; grandmother, Marie Massa, of Sparta; mother-in-law, Wanda Hyder, of Sparta; special friend, Virginia Tollison and husband Stanley, of Sparta; nephews, Dillon Tollison, of Sparta,Tyler Tollison and wife Nikki, … CONTINUED

Freddie Wayne Phifer

Posted on December 23, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Freddie Wayne Phifer, 70, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 22, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friesel completes TCAT work training

Posted on December 23, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A White County resident was among the graduates of the fall trimester class at Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville.

Completing the program of theory, skills and worker characteristics was Sarah Friesel, administrative office technology.

A total of 29 students from 10 counties received diplomas from Director Warren Laux. TCAT McMinnville’s service district includes Warren, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Grundy, Sequatchie and White counties. Students from Putnam and Franklin counties also completed.

TCAT McMinnville’s spring trimester begins Jan. 4, 2016.

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