Posted by Sparta Live | May 8, 2020 9:03 am
By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., native of Sparta
I often recall the “Norman Rockwell” days of my youth; i.e. the warm carefree days of summer, the bonding of youthful friendships that would become lifelong, the opening of a new school year and the annual county fair, the snowy winters of Christmas, and the warmth of a coal or wood-burning stove, the freshness of spring and the awakening of nature. And, neighbors looking after each other, raised summer windows, no locked doors, and the togetherness of our family of five seated around the kitchen table for the evening meal. And, the calm quietness and reverence of … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 8, 2020 9:01 am
Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins
There’s federalism, and then there’s overreach. In a crisis like this one, there’s a fine line between the two, but the Trump administration is intent on making officials walk it. As some Americans lose patience with the stay-at-home orders, the Justice Department wants the country to know it’s paying attention. If governors or local leaders abuse their power to keep people locked up and businesses closed up, Attorney General William Barr wants states to know: he isn’t giving them a pass.
In a memo earlier this week, the nation’s chief law enforcer announced that he’s hand-picked two attorneys to keep an … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 8, 2020 8:56 am
By Rachel Auberger
“Even if things aren’t looking your way, never give up until it is over,” Tyson Welch, a dual-sport senior athlete at White County High School, said.
Welch also said sports have plenty of lessons that are as relevant off the athletic field as they are on it, but he just didn’t realize those lessons would be quite so significant before he ever crossed the stage as a White County graduate.
Welch is among what will become the infamous Class of 2020 who definitely didn’t have things “looking their way.” However, as sports have taught him, he and his classmates at White County High School are … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 8, 2020 8:53 am
By Topher Wiles
I admit, my family has done a lot of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend, my family visited the ember green forests of the Great Wood with Pickett, Heather, Emma, and Smalls. Not long before that, we visited the beautiful farms, mills, and forests of Connecticut. It was the New York subway station and a special musical cricket that drew their focus previously. Before that, it was Central America that held my children’s awe as they followed a Spanish conquistador in his hunt for gold. Some of our best journeys have been to Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, Ireland in the days of St. … CONTINUED
Posted by Sparta Live | May 8, 2020 8:52 am
Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl
Katie Grace was on the phone. That’s always exciting. This time she sounded a bit tired and, perhaps, just a tad discouraged.
“Where are you, K.G.?” I asked…brightly, I thought.
No answer from the usually bubbly 6-year-old. Then, after a brief pause, “I’m tired.”
“We’ve been to K38,” her mom, our daughter, picked up the conversation. “We’re on our way home now with takeout.”
“Oh! That sounds great Katie Grace. Did you get a cheese bowl?”
K38 Baja Grill is K.G.’s favorite restaurant, and a cheese bowl (cheesy dipping sauce with nacho chips) is her favorite item on the menu. My … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 8, 2020 8:45 am
By Rachel Auberger
Yess Home Center, the number one independent manufactured and modular home dealer in Georgia, is bringing over 50 years of experience to Sparta to offer spacious, affordable, quality homes to the Upper Cumberland.
The sixth location in the Yess family of dealerships opened this week at 801 Walker Cove Road, next to Huddle House, under the management of Sparta local Becky Brogden.
Brogden, who has 16 years’ experience in the manufactured homes business, has teamed up with owners Richie and Heather Altman, also known as the “Yess Man” and the “Yess Woman,” of Baxley, Georgia, hoping they can help people in the community achieve their … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 8, 2020 6:26 am
Cancelled until further notice!
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 7, 2020 8:13 am
Earl Lenell Randolph, 77, of Sparta, passed away May 6, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, i Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by | May 7, 2020 7:56 am
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 6, 2020 9:03 am
William “Bill” Martin Domiano, 80, passed away April 29, 2020, at his home in Sparta, with his loving wife by his side.
Mr. Domiano was born June 7, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to William F. and Jane Domiano.
He served his country from 1957 to 1962, in the U.S. Navy. He later worked for Operating Engineers for 35 years, then retired. He moved to Florida and sold real estate for 11 years and served in the Coast Guard during 9/11. Bill was a member of East Sparta Church Of God for many years, and he loved his Sunday School.
Mr. Domiano was preceded in death by his parents, … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 6, 2020 9:01 am
Rodger Dale Howser, of Cookeville, passed away on his 66th birthday, May 4, 2020, at his residence.
Mr. Howser was born May 4, 1954, in Pikeville, to Frank Howser and Edith McDaniels Howser.
He was a member of the Algood Church of God where he played bass guitar with the Praise Team. Mr. Howser was an electrician with Cherry Creek Electric and an avid University of Tennessee fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Howser; sister, LaVada Campbell; and grandson Matthew Maynard.
Surviving family members include his two sons, Scott (Krystal) Howser, Devin Howser; daughter, Traci Whitaker; sister, Betty Howser;… CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | May 6, 2020 8:58 am
Laurine Rich Shubert, 97, of the Cherry Creek Community of White County, passed away May 1, 2020, at her residence.
Mrs. Shubert was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Sparta, to Harvey Rich and Ina Mae Cunningham Rich.
She was a retired school cook, serving for many years at Capshaw Elementary and Dry Valley School. She was also a homemaker and a farmer. She was a long-time active member of Mt. Herman Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and cooked for all occasions.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Shubert; sons, Bobby and Richie Shubert; brothers, … CONTINUED