Monthly Archives: August 2018

Darryl Curtis Hickey

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Darryl Curtis Hickey, 53, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at his residence.

Born Dec. 8, 1964, in Pikeville, he was the son of James “Bud” Hickey and Katherine “Kay” Hickey.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his sister, Cheryl Sullivan, of Sparta; nephew, Zachary Tyler Sullivan, of Sparta; special friends, Danny O’Dell, Kyle O’Dell, Mary Bailey, Wayne Presley; special family, David, Patsy, Shawn, Amy, Alexus Solomon; special caregiver, Chris Gamble and husband Rick; and lifelong friend, David Lee England.

A special thank you is extended to Dr. Ty Webb and all his staff.

Funeral will 1 p.m., Sept. 1, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, … CONTINUED

Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Donald Wayne “Don” Pearson, 80, owner of Sparta Office Supply, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Pearson was born July 11, 1938, in Sumner County, to Henry Sherman Pearson and Edith Faye Woodward Pearson.

After completing Draughn’s Business College, in 1958, Mr. Pearson worked for HG Hills and Cooper & Martin grocery stores. He moved to Sparta, in 1966, with his wife, Rita, and their two children, opening Cooper & Martin where Floyd’s Cash Saver currently operates.

In 1972, Mr. Pearson opened Sparta Office Supplies, in downtown Sparta, where it still remains. For over 40 years, he enjoyed working with the … CONTINUED

Wanda Faye Wallace Bumbalough

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Wanda Faye Wallace Bumbalough, 69, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2018.

Mrs. Bumbalough was born April 20, 1949, in Sparta, to James Edgar Wallace and Della Mae Baker Wallace.

She was a waitress at Nick’s Restaurant, in Cookeville, for 25 years. She loved music, specifically Elvis and Randy Travis, hunting for treasures at yard sales, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Bumbalough was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Nina Hale, Elsie Crowe, Lillian Walker, Scarlett Lehman, Russell Wallace, and Robert Wallace.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Bobby Bumbalough; daughter, Amanda Young; son, Ricky Bumbalough; grandchildren, Kyle Young, Angel Young; great-grandchildren, … CONTINUED

Dove season opens Sept. 1

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Early Canada goose season also begins

Dove season opens on Saturday, Sept. 1 at noon (local time), the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s 2018 dove season is again divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 13 through Nov. 4; and Dec. 8 through Jan. 15, 2019. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

Doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the highest concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit at all times while … CONTINUED

Fall Creek Falls improvements

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Crews have been working diligently as part of the continual process of Fall Creek Falls Park maintenance and improvement. The area around the nature center has become a premier viewing point for hikers. The access to view the rumbling waters of the falls is wheelchair accessible and will open the experience to some individuals to enjoy for the first time. The nature center will be reopening soon.

Justin Mooneyham clears one of the overlooks.

Cara Alexander Tinch, Layne Shockley, Jacob Sparkman, Chris Sammons, Robin Bayless

Shops at 93

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

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By Hansel Moore

Much of the Van Buren County’s history has been connected to the Hitchcock Building, at 93 Spring St.

If you grew up in Van Buren County, you may have visited it as a gas station, car repair garage, grocery store, laundry mat, hardware store, or gift store. At one point, you may have had a meal, which was located in the diner area known as The Shed.

Constructed in 1945 for “Uncle Morris,” the building has been in the Hitchcock family for generations. Over the years, it has been repurposed and fitted for a variety of commerce opportunities, as it has … CONTINUED

Van Buren County’s Mountaineer Folk Festival is Sept. 7-9

Posted on August 31, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

By Hansel Moore

The Mountaineer Folk Festival is coming to Fall Creek Falls. Sept. 7-9 will be a weekend packed with music, food, and vendors of all types.

The Mountaineer Folk Festival is one of the largest craft, music, and demonstration festivals in Tennessee State Parks. It is co-sponsored by Fall Creek Falls State Park, Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park, and Tennessee Arts Commission. Craft booths are restricted to handmade items, and demonstrations and music are representative of the type and style found on the Cumberland Plateau prior to the Great Depression. Friends of Fall Creek Falls invite everyone to come to the village area of … CONTINUED

Bowling to speak at National Fiber for the new Economy Conference

Posted on August 31, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Janice Bowling

A national group that advocates for expansion of advanced broadband internet access has invited Tennessee Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) to speak at their upcoming conference in Ontario, California. The conference called “Fiber for the New Economy” is sponsored by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC).

CLIC represents a wide range of public and private entities that support the authority of local communities to make the broadband Internet choices that are essential for economic competitiveness, democratic discourse and quality of life in the 21st century. The coalition asked Bowling to share her expertise on increasing access through state and local high speed broadband initiatives and … CONTINUED

Warriorette volleyball goes 1-1 to open their week

Posted on August 31, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Hannah Kate Sims spikes the ball, on Tuesday night, against Rhea County. Sims had her best game of the year, on Monday night, against Coffee County. She finished the game with seven kills and six blocks.

After opening their week with a 3-1 win over former district rival Coffee County, the roles were reversed when the Warriorette volleyball team hosted Rhea County, on Tuesday.

The visiting Lady Eagles in the first meeting between the two teams defeated the Warriorettes 3-0.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes picked up a 3-1 (25-17,25-23,22-25, and 27-25) win over the Lady Raiders. Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes in kills, with eight and blocks … CONTINUED

WCMS volleyball team adds two more wins to move to 8-0

Posted on August 31, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Alyson Jones serves the ball against Coffee County, on Monday night.

The White County Middle School volleyball team was in action on Monday and Tuesday nights. The Warriorettes picked up wins in both games, with Tuesday night’s game coming down to the wire.
The Warriors picked up a conference win, on Monday night, against Coffee County. The Warriorettes won that game in straight sets win 25-10 and 25-16.
On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes would pick up a win in the first game, winning by a final score of 25-11. However, in the second game, the game would be close throughout, with neither team getting much of a lead. … CONTINUED

Warriors open region play against Summit

Posted on August 31, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warrior football team will open their region slate this Friday night when they travel to Summit High School.

This will be the second time the Warriors and the Spartans have ever faced off on the gridiron. Last season, Summit jumped out to an early lead on the Warriors and never looked back winning by a final score of 47-0.

Summitt,, who started its football program in 2011, had a rough go the first few years. The Spartans went 4 and 26 in the first three years. However, since Brian Colman took over the Spartans, the team has gone 20-14 over the past three … CONTINUED

Maddle convicted in criminal court of multiple drug charges

Posted on August 30, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Eddie Maddle, 47

According to a press release from Putnam County Sheriff Department, on Aug. 29, 2018, Eddie Maddle, 47, of Sparta, was convicted on One Count of Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Manufacture, Deliver or Sell following a two-day jury trial in Putnam County Criminal Court. Sergeant Chuck Johnson initiated the investigation, in 2015, that developed into a search warrant being issued for Maddle’s residence. Drugs and chemicals associated with the manufacture of Meth were found at the residence. Investigators with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigation Division and other criminal investigators within this office both assisted with this particular investigation.

“I am proud to … CONTINUED

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