Monthly Archives: January 2019

Elizabeth Jane Thompson Bohannon

Posted on January 31, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Elizabeth Jane Thompson Bohannon, 77, passed away Jan. 30, 2019, at her residence after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Jane was born Oct. 6, 1941, in Sparta, to Herbert Brown Thompson and Elizabeth Cole Thompson, who proceeded her in death.

She retired from Findlay Elementary School after 30 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade. She formed close friendships with many of her co-workers that she carried throughout her life, still meeting them monthly for dinner, until her illness no longer allowed.

After retiring from school, she moved her home embroidery business to a small house on the Thompson family farm and expanded Bo-Tee’s Embroidery, where she … CONTINUED

Checking in with the White County High School swim team

Posted on January 31, 2019 10:10 am by Sparta Live

By Eli Rushing

The month of January has proven fruitful for the men’s and women’s swim teams at White County High School.

At a meet on Jan. 5, three WCHS records were broken. two women qualified for regionals, and numerous personal bests were set. Evan Welch brought her A-game as she placed first in the 200-meter individual medley, setting a new school record of 2:37.80 and punching her ticket to the regional meet. She also finished first in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.40 and shattered another school record with her second-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:26.28).

Abby Welch also impressed with her victory in … CONTINUED

White County Middle School 8th grade Warriorettes win CTC title

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Warriorettes All-Conference



The White County Middle School Warriorette basketball team swept both first place trophies from the Central Tennessee Conference this season.

The Warriorettes went 14-0 in the conference regular season to capture that title and then polished off their season with three wins in the conference tournament last week and brought home that trophy as well.

The Warriors were ousted from the CTC tournament in the championship game Friday night, with a 37-27 loss to South. The Warriors defeated Warren County 50-39 to make it to the championship game.

The Warriorettes fell behind early in championship game, trailing 4-2 after the first quarter. In the … CONTINUED

Warriors avenge early losses to Cookeville Cavaliers

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Dyson Reece goes up for a layup in Tuesday night’s game against Cookeville. The senior finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds.

As the old saying goes, “It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row.” Well, on Friday night, the Warriors proved that saying true, as they pulled out a 72-59 win over the Cookeville Cavaliers, on Senior Night.

The Cavaliers (20-7, 5-1) who had beaten the Warriors (19-6, 3-2) the first two times this season by a combined three points, were coming into Tuesday night’s game after picking up two district wins last week and had taken sole possession of first place … CONTINUED

Warriorettes fall to Lady Cavaliers for the second time

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Mia Murray takes a shot at the free throw line, on Tuesday night, at Cookeville. Murray led the Warriorettes with 17 points and eight rebounds.

For the second time in as many meetings, a fourth-quarter comeback by the Warriorettes (21-4, 3-2) came up short against the Lady Cavaliers (19-7, 4-2).

Cookeville picked up the 60-59 win and took a half a game lead on the Warriorettes for second place in the district.

The Warriorettes had four players finish in double figures. Mia Murray led the team with 17 points. Kendreah Reeves finished with 14, Alaina Stiles chipped in 12, and Gracie Dodgen tallied 10 points.

On Tuesday night, … CONTINUED

TTU Dean’s List fall 2018

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County

Julia C Adcock, Sarah Brett Anderson, William A Arthur, Alicia K Austin, Jonathon T Baca, Kendall R Barker, Sharon Denise Benz, Priyanka Ramesh Bhakta, Jacie Boyd, Daniel R Bray, Kaleigh L Bray, Tanner Dale Bryant, Katlin B Burks, Mackenzie K Burton, Larry J Choate, Kenley Nicole Clark, Andrew K Clouse, Ariel Rose K Copeland, Makenna S Cravens, James R Crider, William Cade Crosland, Erika L Dibrell, Katelyn N Dibrell, Nara G Dickenson, Staci K Dildine, Summer Layne Dyer, Jaimie Erwin, Jake T Farley, Kortni A Ferraro, Kristin A Ferraro, Autumn K Ferree, Elizabeth Jane Fishback, Jonas H Fornehed, Caleb E Fox, Josiah T Fox, Christin A … CONTINUED

An evening to remember… how could we forget?

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

An evening to be remembered, yes, that’s what it was. An evening to remember!

For a Saturday, it was too early to climb out of bed, but we did. Then we hurriedly packed, dived in the car, stopped for a brief breakfast, and rolled down the entrance ramp to I-81 for a 275-mile drive to the Nashville suburb of Mt. Juliet.

A black-tie and evening-gown affair was brewing for downtown Nashville – Tennessee’s largest city / capitol / “Music City, USA” – and Stephen and Whitney were planning to attend. Sammie and I would be babysitting the Playl boys. The inaugural ball … CONTINUED

The power of remembering

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

By Topher Wiles

Get ready husbands, because Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away!  While it may not be a high priority on your list, and she may say it isn’t important to her, I want you to remember the beauty of your bride anyway.  Remembering her, honoring her love, and celebrating her beauty are choices you can make that will strengthen your marriage, benefit your family, and up your Valentine’s Day game. Remembering my wife has changed my life, and I think it can change yours, too.

Now, I’ve got a lot of moments to remember in life.  It was through tear-filled eyes I’ve seen the amazing … CONTINUED

Rights and non-rights: A simple way to distinguish the two

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Lawrence W. Reed

As a score of politicians prepare to announce their 2020 campaigns for president of the United States, we can expect “rights” to be in the news every day, as they are promised to us one after another. “You have a right” to this or that and “If elected, I’ll make sure you get it” will soon be monotonous refrains.

America is a nation founded on the notion of rights. Our independence was declared in 1776 on a foundation of “unalienable” rights granted to us, not by mortal authorities, but by the Creator himself. Our ancestors rebelled against the British because … CONTINUED

Averitt honors White County employees for 20 years of service

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Averitt Express recently honored associates Lisa Dodson (above), of Sparta, and Selina Ross (below), of Walling for 20 years of service. Dodson and Ross are now among the more than 1,000 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.

BASF and White County High School provide opportunity for work-based learning

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Each year, BASF’s site in Sparta hosts students from White County High School’s work-based learning program. Angelle Howard, 2018 White County High School graduate, successfully completed the program and is continuing her training at the site while pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University. This program supports the company’s growing workforce needs by creating a diverse pipeline of talent and fostering students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. L-R: Andy Schmitt, BASF’s Site manager in Sparta and Angelle Howard, White County High School graduate and current Tennessee Tech University student.

TN legislators introduce several bills this week, including STOP Act

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Several bills introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly this past week have been presented by state senators and state representatives from White County and surrounding counties, as well as one of particular interest that was submitted by State Senator Shane Reeves.

Reeves, who represents District 14, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore counties, as well as parts of Rutherford County, introduced a bill this week that would require local boards of education to adopt policies to allow a parent to view photos or video footage collected from a camera or video camera installed inside a school bus under certain circumstances. SB0182 was filed Jan. 28 and was … CONTINUED

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