Haystak: Live at the Venue

Posted on September 2, 2018 9:09 pm by Sparta Live

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Music and fans flooded The Venue in Cookeville, Tennessee, August 25. What was meant to be a small-town memorial concert in Sparta, evolved to a prodigious party in Cookeville that housed many bands and artists. Of course, the main attraction everyone was waiting for was the one and only HAYSTAK. The crowd anxiously anticipated the performances of Haystak, Static G with DJ Kr8kutz (all members of Rhymsick Entertainment – Official music label since 4/20/16) and Yung Kleff.  

The show was hosted by Freakshow Entertainment’s Bubba and TJ. They kicked off the event around 4PM. Local Sparta band, Faces of Death, took the stage first. They opened with an CONTINUED

Smith and King to wed May 16

Posted on May 12, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tina Michele Smith and Daniel Brian King will be married Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Fall Creek Falls.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Brenda Clark, of Rock Island, and Ronnie Emberton, of McMinnville. She is a 1991 graduate of DeKalb County High School and is employed at M-Tek of Manchester.

The future groom is a 1996 graduate of Van Buren County High School and is employed at Moeller Marine, in Sparta.

North Sparta Church of God teams up with Walmart and Pepsi

Posted on January 6, 2014 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Leader of the food pantry, Susan Lewis, and Stacy Scott of the food pantry work with Sparta Walmart associates to end hunger in White County.

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
In a community service action, Walmart and Pepsi have partnered with North Sparta Church of God in an effort to end hunger in White County.
To feed the hungry, customers and employees have been encouraged to donate non-perishable food items. The North Sparta Church of God food pantry distributes the donated food to those in need. More than 2,000 items were donated; countless cans, Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, soups and other food items were given.

Happiness comes from helping others through their difficult times

Posted on December 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Jeff and Peggy Harmann

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
Jeff and Peggy Harmann spent much of their time on the road before they retired. They walked along the Great Wall of China, saw the ruins of Rome, visited Stratford-upon-Avon, and went to Italy, but realized they had never been to Rock Island.
Jeff and Peggy received a wake-up call when they were diagnosed with illnesses that they realized could possibly keep them from accomplishing what they had hoped to do in life. Thus, they resolved to do what good they could while they could.
Deciding to enter a new season of life together, Jeff and Peggy retired on … CONTINUED

Sparta artist carries on family tradition

Posted on December 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Raela Gore
Staff Writer
April Price has been crafting her entire life. As a child, she was always looking for another way to craft; she was involved in drawing, needlework and ceramics. She later created faux stained glass, jewelry, and her current pastime, clay ornaments.
It began as something to sell in the shop. Her mother, Olivia Stone, was very skilled in the art form herself and helped April get started. April began to use colorful clay to sculpt unique jewelry. She discovered how much she enjoyed sculpting and began exploring other avenues.
April now has a great deal of her shop dedicated to her art. There … CONTINUED

Very Merry Gifts for Everyone

Posted on December 9, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Opening presents on Christmas morning is an exciting time for everyone.

Holidays are always more festive and fun once you’ve bought a sleigh full of gifts for everyone on your list. Make all of your family and friends merry this year with great gift ideas, like a classic toy. Stuffing their stocking with the gift of good vision and eye health is also a wonderful way to put a smile on anyone’s face. Perhaps, you need a gift for the music lover in the family. Tails will be wagging when you give a snuggly gift to your favorite furry companion. And, there’s nothing more thoughtful than a beautiful, … CONTINUED

The ultimate Christmas gift

Posted on December 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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From the left, Stephanie Dulaney and Vonette Murphy

Vonette Murphy and a group of volunteers visit the White County jail at the invitation of the sheriff, Oddie Shoupe, for a 12-step addiction program; the program is not funded by any group and is run by the volunteers themselves. Every 12 weeks, 20 new people who sign up for the classes are admitted to the program. Four women and four men go in weekly to speak with the inmates.
The program is based on Jeremiah 29:11, which states:
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’” says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, … CONTINUED

Still kicking high after nine decades

Posted on November 25, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Doris Gamble has lead a vivacious life, to say the least. Sorting through the newspaper clippings and pictures she’s saved, it’s easy to see her vibrant spirit highlighted by her many accomplishments.
“I haven’t been still long,” Gamble said.
Gamble is by definition a triple threat, being talented in acting, singing, and dancing.
Gamble was very active in theatre, performing for the Cookeville Drama Center and with other acting groups. She has played roles in The Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and French Toast, to name a few.
Gamble was also a member of The Spirits, an a cappella singing group. She … CONTINUED

“Who am I?”

Posted on November 11, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Saylor Wilson

On the floor, left to right: Courtney Ashley, Journey Jones, Linda Stegall; middle row, left to right: Addie Hickey, Thomas Dalton, Hannah Simmons, Megan Wilson, Mallory Scott; standing, from the left: Saylor Wilson and girl Loren Vickers

Journey Jones

Megan Wilson

Students in Terri Newton’s Freshman Focus class completed an assignment in which they were to choose a quote that they felt described them, their beliefs or their lives. In addition they were required to expand upon the quote in a short paragraph that explained how the quote actually related to the students. The students were then asked to design a “Who Am I” mini poster … CONTINUED

Aging in Place

Posted on November 4, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Careworker prepares food for a senior woman.

Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible. It can be hard to imagine that tasks around the house that were once done with ease can one day pose a challenge. Anticipating the challenge and planning accordingly may allow you to remain in your home for an extended period of time. Often, with some minor modifications, your home can be adapted to help you stay as long … CONTINUED

NHC resident keeps hallways hot, staff members laughing

Posted on October 21, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Donald Nash, 84, a resident at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, says he enjoys visiting and playing bingo.

Ask anyone at NHC Healthcare of Sparta about Donald Nash and a smile — maybe even a chuckle — will be the immediate reaction.
“He’s a hoot,” they say.
At 84, Donald Nash now spends his days at NHC, visiting with friends and playing bingo.
It’s a switch from when he was younger, traveling to different cities, working a variety of jobs.
Nash says he grew up in Baxter.
“ I stayed there until I got out of school,” he said.
After finishing school, he moved to Detroit, MI, to work … CONTINUED

Farm offers a second chance for those in need

Posted on October 14, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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At the little chapel on the farm are (L-R) Bro. Larry Self, director of Cookeville Rescue Mission; Ronnie Lindsey, Step Upward Farm house leader; and Kim England, CRM interim director.

Residents tend gardens and livestock while living at Step Upward Farm.

Near the border of White and Putnam counties, in a quiet neighborhood, sits a cozy house, just like the others that surround it.
But, there’s something different about this house; something special — it’s the site of the Cookeville Rescue Mission’s Step Upward Farm. The Step Upward Farm serves as a serene place where folks can get their life back on track and discover or reconnect with … CONTINUED

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