Monthly Archives: September 2018

Warriors slow down but can’t stop Rebels on homecoming

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warrior football team tried to make a statement, on Friday night, at Warrior Stadium when they took on the Franklin County Rebels, and for the first quarter, they did just that.

WCHS held the Franklin County Rebels to just seven points in the first 12 minutes of the game. However, in the second quarter, the Rebels would get three touchdowns and took a 28-6 lead into the half. Franklin County would score three more times in the second half to pull out the 48-6 win. The loss drops the Warriors to 0-5 on the season.

The Warriors’ defense looked improved in the first … CONTINUED


In memory of Pistol

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

Friends of Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite, along with Wilhite’s mother, Jewel Smith, and White County High School Class of 1983, of which Wilhite was a member, dedicated a flagpole in her memory prior to the Warrior football homecoming game, on Sept. 14, 2018. Donations provided the flagpole, plaque, and paid for all installation costs, as well as funded $500 for the Pistol Foundation Scholarship Fund. Wilhite was the longtime sports editor for The Expositor and a well-loved sports enthusiast in her community, donating countless hours to coaching and mentoring the youth of White County.


Bad conduct at recent football game

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Dear SpartaLive,

Students, parents, and friends go to ballgames to support their team. Games are intended to be fun for the spectators as well as the players. Supporting your team is important. It encourages them to play hard and do their best. Games are intended to be played in an encouraging atmosphere.

Throughout the game and after the game with White County, on Friday night, behaviors did not demonstrate support but belittlement. During the game, the pep section on Cookeville’s side, as well as those on the sideline, regularly chanted “Sparta sucks.” At halftime, another demonstration of poor sportsmanship was displayed when Sparta’s band took the field. The … CONTINUED


Two verses in the middle of nowhere

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

“How do you do? My name is Sue.”

I’m not sure how many will remember that line from the popular song by Johnny Cash, but this young man’s father left him early in his life. Before he did, he named him Sue. The boy had to grow up with a girl’s name. Later on in the song, the father reveals the reason for naming the boy Sue. He had figured in his absence the name would either ruin him or make him tough and calloused. Growing up in those days would have been hard for a boy named Sue. He would have … CONTINUED


A speech that needs a lot of work

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman

Even though a week has passed, I thought it might be profitable to analyze former President Barack Obama’s “coming out” speech from the other day. I sincerely doubt he will write another, different speech between now and the election that isn’t a basic recap of the arguments made in this one. So let’s get to it.

I thought he started off in a kind of bad place, citing what a great example George Washington was, before disregarding his example, and I quote,” I was also intent on following a wise American tradition. Of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage, making room for … CONTINUED


Whose money should be used by candidates?

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

There has always been a problem with money in politics. Whether it was used to directly fund a particular candidate or promote specific legislation that was good for a particular group or groups, it has been a fact of life in our government. Since the beginning of our country, there has been an ongoing struggle to define how much money and whose money was acceptable to fund candidates running for election in all levels of government. In 1904, Theodore Roosevelt accepted over $2 million from corporations for his successful presidential campaign. This caused a bit of a scandal, so the Tillman Act … CONTINUED


Woodland Park holds inaugural Panther Prowl Walk-A-Thon

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On Sept. 28, 2018, the Woodland Park PTO will hold the inaugural Panther Prowl Walk-A-Thon. Students will take donations and will walk laps during a 30-minute time period. The Fall Festival will begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. During the Fall Festival, participants will be able to purchase tickets or an armband allowing them to enjoy games, face painting, a petting zoo, and inflatables. All proceeds will be used by the PTO to support school programming. Woodland Park Principal Lane Ward asks that everyone find a Woodland Park Panther to support.


School board honors students

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

The White County Board of Education took time out of their scheduled meeting Thursday night to honor area students for their optimism.

Lane Ward, Woodland Park Elementary principal, addressed the board and visiting parents and described why the faculty at Woodland Park decided to award the students they picked.

“The board of education gave us the option to choose which core values we wanted to honor,” said Ward, in a phone interview. “We chose optimism.”

Ward stated that without optimism, progress would never happen. He continued by stating the quickest way to improve any organization is to bring optimistic people into it.

“We took this opportunity to acknowledge … CONTINUED


CH Donuts opens in new location

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

CH Donuts has relocated to another part of town but still offers the sweet treats that made them a Sparta favorite. Located now on the corner of West Street and West Bockman Way, the first day of business was Sept. 15, 2018. When asked why he decided to move to the new location, owner Raya Chea stated it was because of the location. “We are now in the middle of town,” said Chea. “There will be better business here.” Construction crews have been busy since mid-April to get the new shop ready for customers. Chea stated he is excited about the opening. He and his team will be … CONTINUED


Rescue squad prepares to provide hurricane assistance

Posted on September 17, 2018 1:01 pm by Rima Austin

People living on and near the East Coast have been preparing for days since they learned the path of Hurricane Florence.

Inland, rescue teams have been preparing for the aftermath to go and help. One team making those preparations was Sparta-White County Rescue Squad. The squad began loading supplies and tools to make the trek.

“We got a call from the team in Overton County,” said Ray Brown, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad. “They are putting together a group to go to South Carolina. They called us because of our experience with swift water.”

More than a million people were initially evacuated out of North Carolina and … CONTINUED


Car and EMS vehicle collide on Crossville Highway

Posted on September 17, 2018 12:12 pm by Rima Austin

Emergency services were called to what appeared to be a head-on collision between a car and a Crossville Emergency Services vehicle at approximately 11:00 a.m. September 17. Reportedly, the ambulance was transporting a patient when a car, carrying one occupant, entered the Crossville Highway and struck the ambulance. The occupant of the car was transported to the hospital but the condition of all occupants of the vehicles were unknown at this time. The incident is still under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


One vehicle accident on Pollard Road

Posted on September 17, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

A young mother and her 4-month-old baby were involved in a one-vehicle accident west of Sparta, on Pollard Road. According to authorities, the driver lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree. There were no injuries. Mother and baby were reported to be fine.


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