Officers find contraband in jail cell

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Ronald David Vance

David Bruce Hill

Two inmates at White County Justice Center face additional charges after correction officers found contraband in their cell, on Oct. 4.
According to Sgt. Barnie Creek with White County Sheriff Department, Ronald David Vance, 51, of White County, and David Bruce Hill, 23, of Grimsley, Tenn., have each been charged with introduction of drugs into a correctional facility.
Creek stated, during a head count at the jail, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from a cell.
When Creek and Corrections Officer Tavares entered the cell, the smell reportedly “would knock you down,” which caused Creek to order all inmates in … CONTINUED


Truck crashes and flips on top

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

A reckless driving complaint that was called into E-911 at noon, on Oct. 8, 2010, ended with the driver reportedly crashing the vehicle on Ray Broyles Road.
According to E-911 records, dispatchers received a call about a driver in an older-model, brown truck who was reportedly driving in a reckless manner.
City of Sparta police officers reportedly came into contact with the vehicle, at which time the driver reportedly attempted to elude the officers. By 12:12 p.m., the records indicate a police officer was “in pursuit” of the truck. At 12:16 p.m., a White County Sheriff Department deputy reported the vehicle was “on its top at Ray Broyles … CONTINUED


Jimmy Scott

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Jimmy Scott, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lillian Wilson Hale

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Lillian Wilson Hale, 82, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2010, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Douglas MacArther Taylor

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Douglas MacArther Taylor, 68, passed Oct. 3, 2010, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mr. Taylor was born Oct. 12, 1941, in White County, to John R. Taylor and Tilley Mae Jones Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma Taylor; and several brothers and sisters. .
Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Gene and Rosie Lee Taylor, of Sparta, Bobby Taylor, of Nashville, Ronnie Taylor, of Baxter, Dorothy Reece, of North Carolina, and Ollie Taylo,r of New York; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
At his request, there will be a private service.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Fred Lee Davis

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Fred Lee Davis, 85, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 6, 2010, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Davis was born March 14, 1925, in Spencer, to Pike and Virginia Brock Davis.
He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. Mr. Davis enjoyed working many years as a school teacher in Van Buren County. He was a member of the Hickory Valley Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jo Keith Davis, of Sparta; one daughter, Karen Benningfield and husband Doug, of Sparta; one brother, … CONTINUED


Herman J. Presley

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Herman J. Presley, 67, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 7, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Presley was born Oct. 3, 1943, in Van Buren County, to Elvina Sullivan and Herman V. Presley.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 11, 2010, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Hitchcock Cemetery. The family will receive friends 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 11, at the funeral home.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Georgetta Joanne Davis

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Georgetta Joanne Smith Davis, 74, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 8, 2010, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Mrs. Davis was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
She was a homemaker and an avid reader.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Sonovich Smith Wells.
Survivors include her husband, Robert V. Davis, of Sparta; daughters, Bobbie Jo Vandever, Lisa and husband Jackie Cannon, all of Crossville; son, Tony L. Davis and Theresa Jones, of Sparta; grandchildren, Tim Vandever and wife Kristy, Christy Smith and husband Shane, Jared E. Davis, Jordan T. Davis, Heather Brown, Megan Clendenon, Justin Jones; and great-grandchildren, Bailee Dumouchel, Emary Dumouchel, … CONTINUED


WCHS defense denies York Institute

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Defensive touchdown. Warrior linebacker Travis Howard heads for the end zone after taking the ball away from a York running back.

The WCHS defense forced four York Institute turnovers and turned three into touchdowns as the Warriors improved to 4-4 overall on the season with their 30-21 win over the Dragons.
The two teams combined for five turnovers, four by York, but also had a grand total of only two penalties in the game. Both of those came in the fourth quarter and one was a kick out of bounds by the Warriors.
Each team scored once in the first half and the third quarter ended with York … CONTINUED


Duo preparing for state match

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

Two White County High School students will be making their final preparations for the state golf tournament today.
A.J. Wilkerson and Allison Geer will get in their practice rounds today at Willowbrook before the official rounds over the next two days.
Wilkerson tees off on hole #10 at 9:10 a.m. for his 18-holes of practice. Geer will follow on the same tee at 9:30. Both will be in groups with others golfers from Region 3AAA.
Official play begins on Tuesday with 18 holes followed by another 18 holes on Wednesday. Wilkerson, a sophomore will tee off on Hole #1 Tuesday morning at 9:10 in group #8. He will … CONTINUED


Soccer shut out in district finale

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

The Warriorette soccer team fell victim to a Cookeville team that was honoring their seniors last Thursday.
The Lady Cavaliers had already sewn up the top spot for the coming District 6AAA tournament and got down to the business of sending their seniors out in style with a 7-0 defeat of the Warriorettes. .
For the first 16 minutes of the contest, the Warriorettes battled the district regular season champs to a scoreless tie. Cookeville broke the tie with a goal in the 17th minute. With three minutes left in the half, the Lady Cavaliers ran the lead to 2-0 with a shot from 25 yards out. Just … CONTINUED


Backyard Invite a big success

Posted by | October 11, 2010 12:00 am

And they’re off. The girls take off as the gun sounds to start the Backyard Invite. The Warriorettes finished third as a team. Morgan Voyles and Alex Stover finished third and fourth, respectively.

An obstacle course. The runners had to jump over hay bales at the start of the Backyard Invite, the first cross country race hosted by WCHS in more than 25 years.

With hay bales as markers for the race and a beautiful summer-like fall day as the setting, the first cross country race hosted by White County High School in more than 25 years was a huge success according to those who participated.
With runners … CONTINUED


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