Monthly Archives: June 2019

Selena Nicole Hutton

Posted on June 29, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Selena Nicole Hutton, 31, of Sparta, passed away June 28, 2019.

She was born March 22, 1988, in Holland, Michigan. She was the daughter of Dennis Hutton and Jeanna Tayes Simpkins.

Selena loved to draw, and she also loved poetry, make-up, and her job as a cosmetologist.

Survivors include her daughter, Ava Chevelle Hutton, of Sparta; son, Johnny Shane Douglas Hutton, of Sparta; mother, Jeanna Simpkins (Jeff Haston), of Sparta; father, Dennis Hutton, of Holiday; brothers, Douglas Hutton, of Hendersonville, Shane Hutton (Tiffany), of Cookeville; and sister, Ashley Harper (Jonathan), of Sparta.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., July 2, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Johnny … CONTINUED

Bluegrass at amphitheater

Posted on June 28, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

A bluegrass concert, which is sponsored by the City of Sparta, will be at 7 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2019, at Sparta Amphitheater, on Liberty Square, in downtown Sparta. Featured performers will be “Track 145” and “Connection 27.” In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Sparta Civic Center. Admission is free.

Youth basketball camp completed

Posted on June 28, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Jerry Lowery

Coach Eric Mitchell and the Warrior basketball players have completed their yearly summer youth basketball camp.

The young players were taught drills on how to improve every aspect of the game of basketball.  Individual skills included rebounding techniques, free throw technique, shooting technique, ball handling,  and passing skills.  The players were also taught position skills such as point guard and post play.

The mental aspect of the game was also a big part of the week. Sportsmanship was also emphasized during the camp.  Cade Crosland, a Warrior standout and now Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle, came and spoke to the players.

Coach Eric Mitchell stated, “The … CONTINUED

White County athletes compete in recent karate tournaments

Posted on June 28, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Athletes from the Bushido Karate Center have spent much of their time traveling the region in various tournaments. The team has traveled to Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, and in Tennessee. The team has been very successful in the tournaments with 62 first place wins, 25 second place wins, 16 third place wins and seven fourth place wins. Dani Auberger won six Grand Champion wins. A grand champion is earned after all the first place winners in each division and then compete against each other to find an overall champion. The numbers are great considering that only five athletes were able to compete in all the competitions. The five … CONTINUED

Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted on June 28, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on July 7th 2019 through July 13th 2019 on State Route 111 in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

Rowena Carter Hayes celebrates 99th birthday with family and friends

Posted on June 27, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On June 20, 2019, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 99th birthday of Rowena Carter Hayes. She is pictured with her children Barbara Carter Lacy and Ronnie Carter. She is also the mother of the late Elmore Carter Jr. Her great-granddaughter, Gabriella, helped select the “farm” cake for Mrs. Hayes.

TCAT students tour BASF

Posted on June 27, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On May 15, 2019, Tennessee College of Applied Technology students pursuing careers in industrial and mechanical maintenance toured the BASF site, in Sparta. During the tour, BASF employees shared their personal experiences working at a manufacturing facility to give students an idea of what to expect when they complete their training and begin working full-time. Pictured are BASF employees John DiCicco, David Bechler, Doug Vandermyde, Jerry Bishop, Brian Tupper, Kenneth Temple, and Andy Schmitt; and TCAT students Chandler Brown, Kenneth Adams, Gabe Myers, Joshua Granneman, Tyler Brewer, Michael Fritts, Amanda Olvera, Charles Gains, Jeng Demass, Randy Maddox, Marc Defoister, Chris Elmore, Lee Spicer, Phillip Blankenship, Thomas Branch, Stephen … CONTINUED

Northfield Elementary receives Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant for mobile STEM lab

Posted on June 27, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Northfield Elementary,  in Sparta, for a Mobile STEM Lab].  Northfield is one of 545 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

The vision and mission of the Mobile STEM Lab project is to have the supplies on hand for our students to create and build objects and write about their creation. Northfield recently purchased a rolling cart from Sam’s and sorted through boxes of manipulatives and extra school supplies to create a mobile lab. The cart also has Legos, k-nex … CONTINUED

Reed and Seibers arrested at Twin Falls State Park by rangers

Posted on June 27, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Courtney Michelle Seibers

Curtis Allen Levi Reed








Two Morrison subjects were arrested recently at Twin Falls State Park in the section that lies within White County.

According to an arrest warrant, at approximately 4 p.m., on June 14, 2019, Ranger Seth Webster and Ranger Damon Graham, park manager, came upon three persons in the park at Twin Falls.

The rangers reportedly came into contact with Curtis Allen Levi Reed, 26, who had two coolers on a stick, carrying them on his neck. The rangers asked if they could look inside the coolers, and Reed reportedly stated “yes.”

The first cooler was … CONTINUED

Mark’s Heating and Cooling

Posted on June 27, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Slatten faces multiple charges, including possession of meth

Posted on June 27, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

A 55-year-old Sparta man is facing multiple charges, including drug offenses, after he was recently arrested by Patrolman Cole Stickler, of Sparta Police Department

According to an arrest warrant, at approximately 9:22 p.m., on June 13, 2019, Stickler observed a blue vehicle eastbound, on Bockman Way, that was driven by a male subject he believed to be Monty Slatten. Stickler stated he had prior knowledge that Slatten’s driver license was revoked.

“I noticed the vehicle slowed down to turn in the BP station, on Bockman Way, and I turned around in the Hardee’s parking lot and watched a passenger get out of the vehicle and walked into the … CONTINUED

New law to protect firefighters named after Sparta’s Capt. Barry Brady who passed away in April

Posted on June 27, 2019 12:12 pm by Sparta Live

By Rachel Auberger

On July 1, Tennessee will join 40 other states in having a law that grants firefighters the presumption that impairment of health caused by certain forms of cancer will be declared to have been caused by their work.

The Barry Brady Act, named for the retired captain of the Sparta Fire Department who lost his battle with colon cancer earlier this year, grants firefighters with the presumption that any condition or impairment of health caused by all forms of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, and multiple myeloma cancer that results in hospitalization, medical treatment, or any disability has arisen out of employment unless … CONTINUED

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